Thursday of my craft beer week was full of fun times and superb beer! From start to finish, I couldn’t help but smile with satisfaction about how much I love Minneapolis, craft beer, and community. I also love my Black Beauty [pictured below] who I may not have introduced until now.
Kevin and I hopped on our bikes, and the afternoon began at Glam Doll Donuts! I sang a quick happy birthday to the best drinking partner I could ask for (I had discreetly shoved a tea candle and lighter in my purse) and we ate our perfect filled donuts to fuel up for the ride.
We made our way to 612Brew to see some Adam Turman prints and enjoy one of my latest favs – the Mary Ann Ginger Lager.
As we came around the corner, it was obvious that 612 is hard at work getting their patio ready!
The nice surprise here was the Trivial Pursuit cards on the tables… Believe it or not, things got a bit competitive.
Ryan of 612Brew kindly bought us a round, so I also had the Six, a nice easy-drinking ale.
After purchasing a few postcard prints from Adam, we were off to Dangerous Man next!
Lucky for me, the Chocolate Milk Stout was on the menu for the first time when I’ve been there! It always goes so quickly. We also ordered the Scottish Ale and shard some sips. One of the unique things about Dangerous Man is that they offer 10oz pours which makes it much easier to try different beers without getting drunk or full.
Things were relatively quiet and nothing out of the ordinary was going on for craft beer week. I wonder why Dangerous Man didn’t participate more.
Rush River Brewing infused their Bubble Jack IPA with fresh lavender and served it on cask at Common Roots on Lyndale! It was as amazing as it sounds. The lavender was clearly present in the finish but not overpowering, which is a fine balance to master. It went well with my spring flatbread that I was more than ready to eat!
I enjoyed the creative use of the herb almost as part of the beer’s hop profile. It reminded me a bit of the gruit technique. It was fun to discuss the process with head brewer Brett, who I hadn’t met before.
My final beer of the night was Rush River’s flagship – Unforgiven Amber. It is one of few ambers I actually enjoy drinking and it was a perfect way to round out the flavors of the evening.
Huge thanks to everyone for their hospitality and enthusiasm during my first American Craft Beer week, espcially to Ryan – 612Brew / Broc, Brent, and Britt - Badger Hill / Tim, Dan, and Brett – Rush River. Thanks to Kevin for torturing his liver along with me. Also, hats off to Northbound Smokehouse for being such a huge participant. I couldn’t make it to everything I wanted to, so I’ll be planning ahead for next year!