Beer of the Week: Castle Danger's dark chocolate stout

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Loren Green

This week's beer of the week is Dark Chocolate Stout from Castle Danger Brewery. It's a mid-body stout complemented by milk and dark chocolate flavors and additives. There is a milky mouthfeel and complexion to the stout, and the dark chocolate complements and enhances a bitter finish while the predominant flavor profile is in the roasted malts. The beer is a take on the brewery's George Hunter Stout and this is their first time with these particular additives, having previously married the stout with Jack Daniel barrels and, separately, with cinnamon, vanilla, and raspberry.

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Beer of the Week: Lift Bridge's Hop Dish

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Loren Green

This week's beer of the week is a hoppy beer worthy of its name. Hop Dish from Lift Bridge Brewing in Stillwater is an IPA brewed with seven hop varieties combined into a single recipe.

The beer is refreshing and crisp for a warm day and equally suited for a cold day spent dreaming of summer. Hop Dish is an American IPA, meaning it's a hop forward beer, but it's also balanced. While those who dislike a dominant hop profile may choose to pass, this beer's flavor is hoppy but not over-hopped, as it benefits from a distinctive malt base. It finishes with a citrus crispness that leaves a lingering bitterness countered by a subtle earthy taste.

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Beer of the Week: Fulton's Expat


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Beer of the Week: Fulton's Expat

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Katie Hoffman

This week's Beer of the Week is Expat rye saison from Fulton. Marking spring and the start of a new Twins season, the rye saison is familiar but just different enough. The rye added to the saison gives it a darker hue and a slightly sour counter to the crisp and spiced characteristics common with the saison style.

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Beer of the Week: Boom Island's Brimstone

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Beer of the Week: Boom Island's Brimstone

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Loren Green

Minnesota beer talk is often overshadowed by the IPA and, in recent Beer of the Week honorees, by heavier, cold weather beers. Well, this week's spotlight falls on Brimstone from Boom Island, the veteran (by Minnesota standards) brewery founded in 2011 which recently moved to a larger facility on Washington Ave. Brimstone is a Belgian Tripel, and it brings a lighter complexion and sweeter flavor profile to the discussion.

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Beer of the Week: HammerHeart's Flanary's Brew

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Beer of the Week: HammerHeart's Flanary's Brew

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Alma Guzman

This week's beer of the week is Flanary's Brew from HammerHeart Brewing Company. The beer is a smoked Irish oatmeal stout, just in time for a belated St. Patrick's Day celebration.

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Beer of the Week: Magic Hat's Dream Machine

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This week's Beer of the Week is Dream Machine, an India-style pale lager (IPL) from Magic Hat Brewing Company

"It's been nearly 10 years since we've added a new year-round beer to our lineup, says Dave Weissman, a rep for the Vermont-based company. "So we are pretty excited about this one."

We had our first tastes of this sweet and spicy, light lager this last week and have to say, we second that emotion. Here's more about how to pair it and where to find it. 

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Beer of the Week: Surly's BLAKKR

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Loren Green

This week's beer of the week is BLAKKR from Surly. It's a new imperial black ale that comes from a three-way, cross-state collaboration between Todd Haug at Surly and the brewers at Real Ale (Texas) and Three Floyds (Indiana).

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Beer of the Week: Northbound Smokehouse's doppelbock

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This week's beer of the week is Northbound Smokehouse's doppelbock. The selection is a winter seasonal that pours a dark brown and offers roasted malts, chocolate, and caramel notes in a full body beer. The doppelbock comes in 10-ounce pours from the brewpub, fitting of its body and 8.3% ABV.

The beer was also used as the base recipe for their recent Eisbock.

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Beer of the Week: Indeed's Burr Grinder coffee ale

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Loren Green
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This week's beer of the week is Indeed's Burr Grinder Coffee Ale. It's a new ale/coffee hybrid born of a collaboration with Dogwood Coffee. The pale ale is brewed with ground coffee in the kettle and topped off with cold press at the end of the process, a double treatment that makes this beer especially enticing for coffee lovers.

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Beer of the Week: Steel Toe's Rainmaker

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This week's beer of the week is Rainmaker from Steel Toe Brewing in St. Louis Park. The beer is a double red, offering a deep amber in color with a flavor just as robust as the name and color imply. It's brewed with caramel and dark roasted malts and, per Steel Toe's website, "a torrent of hops." The general style falls somewhere between a red and an ale, smoothly blending the two styles with a heavy hop influence.

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