Thursday, March 18, 2010

Quick Update; Odell, Goose Island, Boulevard and more!

Ohhhh man, it's an absolutely amazing time to be a craft beer fan in the state of Minnesota! I just received word that the wonderful little brewery called Odell Brewing out of Ft. Collins CO will be making it's way to Minnesota! Looks like we'll be getting the 90 Shilling Scottish Ale, 5 Barrel Pale Ale, India Pale Ale and the St. Lupulin EPA in 6pks as well as the Single Serve and  Oak Aged Woodcut Lines! Odell makes some kickass beers and I'm happy to report that they'll be our Beer of the Month in May with special pricing all month long!

This coming Monday, March 22nd, we will start selling Goose Island Night Stalker in 22oz bottles! Night Stalker is the same base beer as Bourbon County Stout, but instead of throwing it in Bourbon barrels, they dry hop the crap out of it with Mt. Hood and Simcoe. It's damn near as good (and as hoppy) as Surly Darkness (yeah... I said it!). Again, look for it in 22oz bottles priced at $9.99 on Monday the 22nd.

Boulevard Brewing has really stepped up their game the last few years with their Smokestack Series. This week, we will have their two newest releases. Rye-on-Rye and Dark Truth Imperial Stout. I'm super pumped to try the Rye. It's a hopped up rye beer aged in Templeton Rye Whiskey Barrels. Quantities are limited, and this one will go quickly. The Dark Truth is a 9.7% Imperial Stout brewed with barley, wheat, rye (for spiciness) and oats (for a creamy texture). Looks like this one will become a fixture in the Smokestack rotating lineup. For those that missed it, we have a very limited quantity of the Boulevard/Orval Collaborative Imperial Pilsner left. This beer is proof that you don't need a complex recipe to produce a delicious beer. 100% Pilsner malt and 100% Saaz hops... that's it and it makes for one hell of a snappy, earthy, grassy, floral beer. Get it now, because the hops taste great now and are going to fade with time.

Oh yeah... one last thing. Central Waters Brewing out of Amherst Wisconsin will be making it's Minnesota debut in April. I'll post in more detail as I know what beers they will be bringing.


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