last weekend AP and I caught a flight to minnesota for some family time and an introduction into uncharted brew territory.
- our first stop was in st.paul, where we dropped by the happy gnome and the muddy pig (my favorite of the trip). both beer bars provided great service in a relaxed environment, and offered a thorough selection of beers that never make it to the left coast.
- I finally got around to trying some local classics such as surly furious and cynic and bell’s two-hearted, and finished up the night with a bottle of goose island’s madame rose, a tasty (if not slightly subdued) flanders style oud bruin that I never knew existed.
- the next day we headed down to northfield, but not before stopping by blue max liquors in burnsville, where we were greeted with packed coolers and an incredible selection.
- after burning a good half hour poring over their deep inventory, I had to make some tough choices as to which bottles would end up getting stuffed in the carry-on. on some advice from the pig, I picked up the olvalde’s auroch’s horn, and also nabbed new holland’s blue sunday and envious, among others.
- that night, we dropped by minneapolis, first at minneapolis town hall brewery and then at stub and herbs. town hall had a surprisingly killer lineup of house brews, including mango mama, a mango IPA that I could have knocked down all night. stub and herbs was as close as you could get to being on campus and was empty due to summer, but had a friendly bartender and pours of new holland’s pilgrim’s dole, which made for a perfect nightcap.
- AP and I celebrated our third day in town by heading over to summit brewing for a tour. the huge, spotless facility was impressive, and churned out quality brews, such as their EPA, hef, and porter.
- we closed up shop for the weekend by stopping by zipp’s liquors, which followed the earlier trend by having a killer selection of niche beers such as two brothers’ askew and weyerbacher sixteen. in general, I was blown away by the quality and selection of draft beer and bottles available in the twin cities, and am definitely looking forward to future trips. now I just have to remember to get a surly tour reservation going…