2-21-2019 - Punk Tap List



February 21st

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Duluth Coffee Pale Ale

 COLD PRESS COFFEE PALE ALE 5.2%

EARTH RIDER BREWING // SUPERIOR, WI

Holy synergy, Batman! One of our favorite local breweries (remember all the fun we had at Cranberry Fest?!), partnered with our favorite local coffee roaster (remember all the coffee you’ve had here, ever?!), and remember how we make cold brew coffee and have it on tap?! Well, all of those great things exist in every pint of this beer. It’s at once flavorful and distinctive, but very drinkable. The golden hue, and mellow biscuit like malt body set the stage for everyone’s favorite aroma, fresh coffee! Just like what we pour on line #8, it contains cold brewed coffee in an expertly balanced amount. This beer is a symbol of what we love about what we do: collaborations of the highest quality. Drink it in Punks!

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All Day IPA

4.7% ABV

FOUNDERS BREWING CO // GRAND RAPIDS, MI

Among the trends over the last decade in the IPA category, one that seems to have largely come and gone is the “session IPA”. Founders however, has made it into one of their flagship beers, and would be now considered a style defining example. Session refers to a lower strength beer, still full flavored, but easier to enjoy several over the course of, well…a session I suppose. The term comes from the English brewing tradition where the pub is a social institution, and milder strength beers are better for facilitating hours of conversation and revelry. Of course, this is an American take on the whole thing, with no shortage of citrus forward hops, though not overwhelming. The biscuity malt body is enough to support the hops, but leads to a very clean refreshing finish, definitely living up to its namesake as a beer you could drink All Day.

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Créme Brûlée

IMPERIAL STOUT W/ LACTOSE AND VANILLA 10%

SOUTHERN TIER BREWING // LAKEWOOD, NY

One of the founding members of the current “dessert stout” category. This jet-black, viscous beauty is not for the weak of palate. Gooey chocolate flows forth riding an undercurrent of vanilla and toasted caramel. You’ll find this beer listed under the sipping chapter, unless you have a massive sweet tooth or a liver made of steel. Grab a goblet of this most inky goodness, and treat yourself to a pour of dessert.

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Death by Coconut

 IRISH STYLE STOUT W/ COCONUT 6.5%

OSKAR BLUES BREWING CO // LYONS, CO

Liquid. Mounds. Bar.

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Saison de Lis

BELGIAN STYLE SAISON W/ CHAMOMILE 5% ABV

PERENNIAL ARTISANAL ALES // ST. LOUIS, MO

How about a little burst of summer sunshine and warmth in the middle of a Wisconsin winter? Thankfully Perennial has just the ticket in the form of Saison de Lis, a year-round saison made with chamomile. Perennial has built a strong reputation around distinctive styles, drawing some notable inspiration from the Belgian brewing traditions. This palate pleaser is pale yellow in color, with a bright, herbal aroma that highlights the sweet, perfumey chamomile. Crackling dry, with a prickly carbonation make this a great refresher to accompany fatty snacks or meals. Pile up the cheese, salami, and olives; I’ll be right over.

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Trigo

 HOPPY WHEAT LAGER 6.3%

FOUNDERS BREWING CO // GRAND RAPIDS, MI

In 2014, Founders made waves when they sold a 30% stake in the company to the Spanish brewery Mahou San Miguel, causing some people in the beer community to label them as sellouts. However, while there have been many corporate buyouts within craft beer over the last couple of decades, this has seemed to be a synergistic partnership, bringing more quality Founders beer to more people, and bringing us more of their special releases! Trigo (Spanish for wheat) pays homage to that connection. Leveraging the lager brewing savvy of San Miguel, with Founders hop wizardry, they created a distinctively drinkable lager. Juicy pineapple and grapefruit rind are prominent in the aroma, floating down your gullet on a hazy river of wheat, finishing clean and just dry. This is a welcomed break from the bounty of rich, malty winter beers, so sip on and think of warmer days.

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Grand Cru

Oud Bruin 6% ABV

BROUWERIJ RODENBACH // ROSELARE, BELGIUM

**Current wild/sour beer**

This is an all-time personal favorite sour beer, a legend amongst beer connoisseurs, and one of my favorites to introduce people to the style. The art of producing this fine beer, comes down to the blending of various ages of the dark ruby nectar to achieve the proper balance of sour, sweet, and depth of flavor. The Grand Cru blend is made up of 2/3 older matured beer (usually 2 or more years) and 1/3 young beer (less than a year). Rodenbach is famous for their giant oak foedres (large vats) which provide the perfect environment for the lactic bacteria, brettanomyces, and other microorganisms to work their magic, slowly converting the sugars and alcohol into acids that create a flavor profile that shares more similar descriptors with balsamic vinegar than with most beers. Rich tart cherry, leather, oak, vanilla, and caramel are among the many aromas and flavors present. Do yourself a favor and let this beer warm up either from the tap or from the fridge, as its tapestry of taste expands exponentially as its temperature rises. Pair this up with red meat, be bold and use some in a stew or carbonnade, or find a robust blue cheese to bring yourself one step closer to nirvana.

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Crazy Juice

*COLD BREWED COFFEE* NOT BEER

BLEND FROM DULUTH COFFEE CO // DULUTH, MN

Brewed cold, steeped for nearly 24 hours, and served on nitrogen gas. The mellow, low-acid brew accompanied by the creaminess of the nitrogen creates a roasty, smooth, delicate coffee experience. Try it straight up, as a coffee float with ice cream, or with whipped cream and your favorite flavors in Off The Rails. This is also the base for our iced coffee drinks.

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