Lift Bridge's Pilsner Is a Fine Getaway Beer Year-Round

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Loren Green

Take a break from the cold temperatures and that sidewalk ice that just won't chip away. Pull a lawn chair out of the garage, get a fire pit roaring, and think back to summer with Lift Bridge's year-round vacation, Getaway Pilsner.

The light yellow pilsner from Stillwater's elder brewery pours with a white foamy head that billows and collapses quickly, leaving a soft and light layer atop the classic European-style beer. Its aroma is grassy, with some pepper and yeast coming through as well, while the beer itself is crisp, clean, and flavorful with malt leading the way over the hops component. It's a pleasing beer to drink and the hops pull through with a crisp finish and not a tinge of bitterness.

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Bad Weather's Firefly: A Fall Beer with a Light Complexion

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Loren Green

Firefly from Bad Weather Brewing is a fall seasonal that offers something lighter in tone and body, pouring a bright yellow. On a shelf with the typical brown and amber fall seasonals, it helps make for a colorful array of the season's best.

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Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Is Red and Hoppy, but Not All That Evil

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Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Is Red and Hoppy, but Not All That Evil

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Loren Green

Fall seasonals are often darker in shade and a touch heavier on the tongue -- all in keeping with the changing leaves and the cooler temps. Nosferatu Imperial Red Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co. of Cleveland is a natural pairing for sweatshirts and the season's first beanie.

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Oskar Blues' Ten Fidy: Rich, Heavy, and Definitely to Be Enjoyed in Moderation

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Oskar Blues' Ten Fidy: Rich, Heavy, and Definitely to Be Enjoyed in Moderation

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Loren Green

Imperial stouts are known for being big, bold, and powerful beers. The alcohol by volume is higher than other beers and they often don't try to mask that, instead offering a complex depth of flavors for those who can sort through the booziness. Ten Fidy from Oskar Blues in Colorado definitely fits the criteria, but the beer itself is smooth and calm, replacing the black cherry tartness in many imperials with a milky, chocolate smoothness.


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Try a New, But Familiar, Fall Seasonal From Steel Toe


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Try a New, But Familiar, Fall Seasonal From Steel Toe

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The changing of the seasons is always a time for beer fans to get excited, with new recipes hitting shelves and old standbys returning for a limited time. This week we're sipping Steel Toe's Beltline Brown Ale, which falls somewhere in the middle: This is its second go-around but the recipe has been modified from 2013.

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This Rum-Aged Beer Is a Winter Warmer: Indeed's Rum King 2014

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This Rum-Aged Beer Is a Winter Warmer: Indeed's Rum King 2014

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A Rum King 2014 at the Indeed taproom

While the coming of colder weather is sometimes a bummer, at least that means more imperial stouts. The annual Rum King from Indeed, a black and boozy pour, is a complex, layered beer to bring some warmth as the earth goes barren for the winter.

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Bells Oarsman: An Intro to Sour Beers

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Loren Green

Like sour beers? Think you might like sour beers but you've never tried one? Allow us to make an introduction.

Bell's in Michigan is best known for its Two Hearted Ale, but the renowned brewery makes many others, including a light, crisp, and tart session beer called Oarsman. The sour ale is part of the brewery's regular year-round rotation, and is brewed in the style of a Berliner Weisse, though on the mild end of that spectrum.

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Drink Your Mexican Hot Chocolate in Beer Form

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Drink Your Mexican Hot Chocolate in Beer Form

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Loren Green

It's that age-old fall conundrum. You want a cozy seasonal beverage, but you also want a beer. You're all cidered out and think pumpkin beers can suck it. What do you do? Pour a beer in your hot cocoa? No, dummy. You crack open a Xocoveza Mocha Stout.

Who cares if you can't pronounce it? (Sho-Co-Vay-Za, if you insist.) This week's Beer of the Week -- from Stone Brewing in San Diego, with a bit of help from Insurgente in Tijuana -- is a unique, rich brew you'll be sipping all season long.

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Bauhaus Brew Labs' Stargrazer, a Light Dark Beer, Coming Soon to Cans

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Loren Green

It's Oktoberfest time and where better to celebrate than the newest German-themed brewery in the state, Bauhaus Brew Labs. Yes, the brewery also serves up a more traditional Schwandtoberfest bier, but they specialize in other beers of European origin, which is why we're sipping Stargrazer, a Minneapolis-style schwarzbier from Bauhaus.

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Pryes Brewing's Miraculum is a Citrusy, Dry-Hopped Minnesota IPA

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Miraculum, a Minnesota IPA, on tap now at local restaurants and bars
Miraculum IPA comes to us from Pryes Brewing Company, a newly licensed joint that's operating out of Lucid's facility in Minnetonka.

"It's a relatively little known shared equipment arrangement called an alternating proprietorship," says owner-founder Jeremy Pryes of his company's unique current set-up. "When Badger Hill announced its plans to leave Lucid to open a stand-alone production brewery in Shakopee, we jumped at the opportunity to rent their space in Minnetonka."

Pryes says his grander scheme involves opening a standalone facility, selling at liquor stores, and hopefully operating a small taproom where they'll sell mead, Miraculum, and other true-to-style beers.

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