While we always appreciate the general convenience and accessibility of “big city” breweries, there’s something special about rural community breweries. Goat Ridge Brewing Co. is no exception.
Tucked away in the old Pantown neighborhood of St. Cloud, Pantown Brewing Co. brings the area’s history — and some old brewing equipment — to life again.
You’re probably familiar with the beer club concept where, for a subscription fee, a company ships a monthly package of specially hand-picked beers to your door. Shirts on Tap does the same thing, except instead of beer they mail you a box of a specially customized t-shirt, brewery bio, stickers and more.
We can’t say with certainty how many new breweries opened in Minnesota this year — our best guess is about 30 — but it’s been enough for us to put together a list of our favorites. Here are five new Minnesota breweries that blew our minds — in a good way — in 2018.
“Wooden hill” — It seems an unusual name for a staircase and an even stranger name for a brewery. But once you know the story and the context behind it, it seems more than fitting — an homage to and memory of a man. And not just any man, one of the best kinds of men — a grandfather.
Coming in at 12.8% ABV, we thought this one felt like a swift kick to the mouth…until we tried the barrel-aged.
RIS is dangerously smooth and subtly potent — between the two of us, we finished off the bottle a lot sooner than anticipated and were starting to feel more than just the Christmas spirit by the time we sipped our last drop.
Rustech’s taproom is probably one of the most organized, cleanest and aesthetically consistent we’ve seen. The brewery’s slogan is “Gather Enjoy and Relax” — or GEAR — and the theme falls somewhere between rustic farmhouse and mechanical steampunk.
Here are five things we’ve learned in our first year of beer blogging to help you on your own journey.
We never could have imagined what that beer adventure blog would lead to or what the next year would have in store for us! Of course, you’re welcome to read through all our previous blog posts for yourself, but here’s a quick recap of some of the highlights of our first year ale adventuring and beer blogging: