Brau Brothers' Sheephead is a mix of IPA and British bitter

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Sheephead ale, from Brau Brothers in Marshall, is everything the style calls for: accessible, crisp, light, and complex without being overbearing. It pours a dark gold with a creamy, consistent head and drinks with a soft biscuit malt countered by a light and piney hop bite. It's one part craft beer, one part summer slammer that's fitting for all occasions from fishing in the boat to mowing the lawn or playing catch in the backyard.

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Sisyphus Brewing's Brett IPA offers a nontraditional take on a popular style

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This July, Sisyphus Brewing opened in Loring Park with a steady rotation of in-house only beers available on their four taps. This includes Brett IPA, a 6.3% ABV, 62 IBU IPA that is brewed with Brettanomyces, a strain of wild yeast often used in sour beers.

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Get a taste of Lake Superior with Venture pils from Bent Paddle

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The Venture pilsener from Bent Paddle in Duluth might seem like a traditional Czech pilsener in style, but it's got a few Minnesota flourishes to set it apart. It's a light, crisp beer that's highly carbonated and highly refreshing, perfect for a day on the North Shore or on a beach along the chain of lakes in Minneapolis.

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Northbound Smokehouse's Bridge Hanger offers a break from light summer beers

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If you're looking for a break from the light beers of summer barbecues, look no further than Bridge Hanger, a Belgian dark strong ale from Northbound Smokehouse Brewpub in Minneapolis. The beer is part of a limited batch but head brewer Jamie Robinson expects to have it on tap at least through the week, with a return later in the fall and winter in an aged version.

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With Schell's Oktoberfest, there's at least one positive aspect of summer's end

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This week's beer of the week is bittersweet, both in flavor profile and because it marks the end of another Minnesota summer. The malt-forward Oktoberfest from August Schell's is back in stores across the state. The beer is modeled after Munich beers, and Schell's travels to the area on a nearly annual basis to stay current on the details of true German beers.

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Celebrate the North Shore with Sir Duluth Oatmeal Stout

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Summer is a great time for lighter beers, but that doesn't mean you always have to reach for those pale ales and witbiers. Up on the North Shore, breezes can be downright chilly, and that is the perfect environment for Sir Duluth Oatmeal Stout from Lake Superior Brewing, Duluth's elder production brewery.

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Dangerous Man's Rye IPA is a peppy and dry pairing for your burger


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Dangerous Man's Rye IPA is a peppy and dry pairing for your burger

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IPA fanatics know just how many varieties of the style exist, from the floral West Coast versions to the maltier British-inspired drinks. We've been sipping yet another variation: Dangerous Man's Rye IPA.

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OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale is a strong, woody hop bomb

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OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale from San Diego's Stone Brewing Co. does exactly what the name suggests: It takes the also worthy Arrogant Bastard Ale and ages it with oak wood chips, giving the brew an earthy and woody quality that offsets its signature heavy hop doses.

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With Windvane, Bad Weather brews a distinct Minnesota Red Ale

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After a bad weather-filled Home Run Derby, we're turning our attention to a kind of bad weather we like to have around: Minnetonka's Bad Weather Brewing Company and specifically, its flagship brew, Windvane.

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Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA offers a lighter, citrusy IPA experience


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Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA offers a lighter, citrusy IPA experience

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If you're in the market for a lighter IPA drinking experience, look no further than the Fresh Squeezed IPA from Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon. A citrusy IPA that minimizes the hop bitterness by contrasting with a heavy and aromatic dose of Citra, Mosaic, and Nugget hops, Fresh Squeezed offers a smooth and mellow finish. This overall easy-drinking beer is light on the tongue and palatable with a sessionable pale ale quality.

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