I like to think that what sets Ale Adventures apart from many other beer blogs and enthusiasts is in the name – “adventures.”
My wife Katie and I have found adventure in Minnesota’s craft beer scene. We’ve visited towns and breweries that we might not have otherwise. We’ve met fascinating people with wonderful stories and passions that we might not have otherwise. We’ve experienced a warmness and community in the craft culture that we might not have otherwise. All because we’ve pursued the adventure of beer. And so far, every mile, conversation and beer of this adventure has been worth it.
But every adventure must begin somewhere, and that’s what this blog post is about – the beginning of my (Adam’s) beer adventure.
I wonder if – in the same way we all must come of age – we come of an appreciation for beer. I can’t confirm that idea, though it makes sense to me. For some, that discovery of an appreciation for brewed drinks is relatively quick and easy. For others – like me – it takes time and persistence, a process of trial and error until the palate finally finds something it enjoys…or not.
I credit Inbound BrewCo. in Minneapolis as the beginning of my beer adventure, the place of my defining “Oh my gosh…I actually like beer!” moment.
I used to work a pair of jobs in the North Loop, right up the road from Inbound. One summer day in 2017, I decided to kill time between shifts at Inbound. The barman asked what I was having, and – after describing my still un-refined taste – he suggested the Imperial Saison. He claimed it was their best drink, his personal favorite and their best-selling. I quickly understood why. The Imperial Saison was brilliant – neither too hoppy nor too malty but somewhere right in the middle and loaded with a spices and flavors. Half-way through my glass I realized, “I really like this! Oh my gosh…I actually enjoy beer!”
Inbound BrewCo. has been a favorite since then and an experience I’m always eager to share with others. When a friend flew in from South Africa for my wedding, I took him to Inbound his first night. When my youngest sister turned 21, I took her to Inbound. Many a warm summer evening has been spent with friends at Inbound’s patio.
Saisons have continued to be one of my favorite beer styles, and the Imperial is one of the best. The only thing perhaps better is the Hallucidation series – Imperial’s beer-wine fusion full of pineapple, pear, spicy melon and cloves with a dangerous 15% ABU. We made it out to the 2017 release event, and my taste buds were sure grateful we did!
Other Inbound favorites have included the apricot and mango ales, rye saison, milk stout, chocolate Belgian quad and Kolsch. With such variety, Inbound is a great place to take someone new to craft beer.
The staff at Inbound is one of the best we’ve come across. They’re consistently warm, friendly, helpful and seem genuinely enthusiastic about their work. We love that.
Another reason Inbound stands out – and a testament to the quality and passion of their work – is their hours. Inbound is open every day with super convenient hours, making them an easy choice when deciding last-minute where to go for drinks! They’ve got some super cool merch, too!
I can’t speak highly enough of Inbound. It’s where my beer adventure began, and I’d be shocked – and disappointed in myself – if it ever fell out of my Top 3 favorite breweries.
Here’s our full review (categories are rated out of five 🍺):
- Beer Selection (number and styles available): 🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺
- Beer Taste (expected of style): 🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺
- Location (find-ability/ accessibility): 🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺
- Atmosphere/Venue: 🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺
- Service (of staff): 🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺
Other noteworthy factors: Nice outdoor and open-air indoor space for warmer months, 15-30 beers on tap at any one time to choose from, dog-friendly, great location in Minneapolis North Loop, fantastic staff
Three cheers and more beers to Inbound BrewCo!