3-15-2019: What's Tappening



March 15th

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Conway’s Irish Ale

 IRISH STYLE AMBER ALE 6.3% ABV

GREAT LAKES BREWING CO // CLEVELAND, OH

It’s just exactly the right time of year to have this on tap. St. Paddy’s Day is one of our favorite seasonal cultural and beer drinking celebrations. Conway’s is named after Great Lakes founder Pat Conway’s grandfather, so be sure to give him a toast when you enjoy it. Sweet, caramelized bready malts provide a flavorful experience, but remain very drinkable and refreshing. I’d rate this as one of the best examples of the style made anywhere in the U.S.

Sláinte!

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Irish Amber

IRISH STYLE AMBER ALE 4.75% ABV

FINNEGANS BREWING CO // MINNEAPOLIS, MN

One of the only non-profit beer companies in the world, you really are making the world a better place with each pint you drink. We have a definite soft spot in our heart (and our liver) for Finnegans, Ashley was a “Fintern” while we lived in the Twin Cities, working on spreading the good word about their beer and the many charities they helped benefit. Today, Finnegans focuses on “Turning beer into food” by helping provide fresh local food to food shelves. Philanthropy aside, the beer holds its own. Lighter bodied than many other Irish-style ambers, it has a lightly sweet, toasty malt body with a subtle grassy hop profile and a super clean finish. Join us this St. Paddy’s weekend for some Barstool Philanthropy!

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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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Cluster Fudge

IMPERIAL STOUT W/ CHOCOLATE AND HAZELNUT 8.5% ABV

HINTERLAND BREWERY // GREEN BAY, WI

You know those decadent little foil wrapped Ferrero Rocher chocolates with the hazelnuts in the middle? Well this is basically what would happen if you made one of those into a beer. It’s rich, but not syrupy, has a pleasant punch of hazelnut, but just like those crunchy chocolates, disappears in your mouth, leaving you wanting more. Cluster Fudge (makes me giggle every time I say it) lands firmly in the dessert stout category, but could get you into trouble with its combined strength and drinkability. Add this to the menu for your next dinner party.

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Raison D’Extra

 BELGIAN STYLE XX-STRONG DARK ALE W/ RAISINS 15-17% ABV

DOGFISH HEAD BREWING CO // MILTON, DE

We are happy to welcome another entry in Dogfish Head’s lineup of ultra high gravity beers. This elusive brown elixir is the bigger bolder version of their famous Raison D’Etra, a super food friendly beer, and a personal favorite. Undeniably robust, it drinks a bit like liquid brown sugar, in the best way possible. The raisins are wrapped up in a swirling sea of caramel, floral Belgian yeast, and just enough alcohol present to keep you on your toes. Definitely a sipper. Find your own raison to add a little decadence to your life.

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Pôrdij

 HAZY IPA 6.3% ABV

BENT PADDLE BREWING CO // DULUTH, MN

One of our favorite Bent Paddle beers from last year got a bit of a face lift for this season. It changed from a pungent “Double Pale Ale” to a Hazy IPA for this spring in a refreshing change. They are both winners in our book, but we sure can drink more of this one. Juicy, ripe berry notes are the first to the party, encased in a light foggy haze that is more beer than orange juice. It seems that this is a departure from the NE style of IPA that has ruled the roost for the past couple of years. Instead of super cloudy, silky smooth and almost no bitterness, this comes across like a juicy American IPA that just left a little haze in for effect. This is a hazy IPA for people who actually like IPAs.

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Orchard Wit

BELGIAN STYLE WITBIER AGED IN OAK FOEDERS 5.7% ABV

BRUERY TERREUX // PLACENTIA, CA

**Current wild/sour beer**

The Rue family has been making phenomenal Belgian-style beers in Orange County since 2008, but in 2015 they expanded their operation by adding the Bruery Terreux brand to showcase their sour and wild ales. This hazy golden number is a refreshingly tart spin on a spiced Belgian-style witbier that spends several months aging in giant oak foeders (vats). Orange peel and coriander lend a bright and herbal burst to the slightly puckering tart finish, all floating on a light, cracker-like ribbon of malt. It’s bracing and refreshing, just like Spring in Wisconsin. Each sip has been scientifically proven to help melt snow…drink up!

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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.


-Ian Finch


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