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    Had another of the ‘push pop’ sours I got from Forager tonight. This one is called Road Rally and is Blueberry, Plum, Marshmellow Creme and Vanilla Caviar

    This is hands down one of the best sour beers I’ve ever had. It drinks like a smoothie but there’s just a ton of fruit flavor in it and an almost perfect level of tartness.

    I love fruit sours – that sounds amazing except for the vanilla caviar. :conf2:

    I’m not sure you’d even notice it. You’d probably like a lot of these smoothie and breakfast sours that are all the rage now. I don’t really bother with finding Drekker ones but the Humble Forager ones are agood choice. Lots of others too

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    davescharf wrote:


    Cowgirl wrote:


    davescharf wrote:


    Had another of the ‘push pop’ sours I got from Forager tonight. This one is called Road Rally and is Blueberry, Plum, Marshmellow Creme and Vanilla Caviar

    This is hands down one of the best sour beers I’ve ever had. It drinks like a smoothie but there’s just a ton of fruit flavor in it and an almost perfect level of tartness.

    I love fruit sours – that sounds amazing except for the vanilla caviar. :conf2:

    I’m not sure you’d even notice it. You’d probably like a lot of these smoothie and breakfast sours that are all the rage now. I don’t really bother with finding Drekker ones but the Humble Forager ones are agood choice. Lots of others too

    Are these available in stores, or from the brewery only?

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    Cowgirl wrote:


    davescharf wrote:


    Cowgirl wrote:


    davescharf wrote:


    Had another of the ‘push pop’ sours I got from Forager tonight. This one is called Road Rally and is Blueberry, Plum, Marshmellow Creme and Vanilla Caviar

    This is hands down one of the best sour beers I’ve ever had. It drinks like a smoothie but there’s just a ton of fruit flavor in it and an almost perfect level of tartness.

    I love fruit sours – that sounds amazing except for the vanilla caviar. :conf2:

    I’m not sure you’d even notice it. You’d probably like a lot of these smoothie and breakfast sours that are all the rage now. I don’t really bother with finding Drekker ones but the Humble Forager ones are agood choice. Lots of others too

    Are these available in stores, or from the brewery only?

    You can find Drekker and Humble Forager in stores. Drekker tends to fly off the shelf in the places it’s delivered but Humble Forager’s are generally easy to find

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    davescharf wrote:


    Cowgirl wrote:


    davescharf wrote:


    Cowgirl wrote:


    davescharf wrote:


    Had another of the ‘push pop’ sours I got from Forager tonight. This one is called Road Rally and is Blueberry, Plum, Marshmellow Creme and Vanilla Caviar

    This is hands down one of the best sour beers I’ve ever had. It drinks like a smoothie but there’s just a ton of fruit flavor in it and an almost perfect level of tartness.

    I love fruit sours – that sounds amazing except for the vanilla caviar. :conf2:

    I’m not sure you’d even notice it. You’d probably like a lot of these smoothie and breakfast sours that are all the rage now. I don’t really bother with finding Drekker ones but the Humble Forager ones are agood choice. Lots of others too

    Are these available in stores, or from the brewery only?

    You can find Drekker and Humble Forager in stores. Drekker tends to fly off the shelf in the places it’s delivered but Humble Forager’s are generally easy to find

    Ok thanks! I was thinking Forager in Rochester.

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    Cowgirl wrote:


    davescharf wrote:


    Cowgirl wrote:


    davescharf wrote:


    Cowgirl wrote:


    davescharf wrote:


    Had another of the ‘push pop’ sours I got from Forager tonight. This one is called Road Rally and is Blueberry, Plum, Marshmellow Creme and Vanilla Caviar

    This is hands down one of the best sour beers I’ve ever had. It drinks like a smoothie but there’s just a ton of fruit flavor in it and an almost perfect level of tartness.

    I love fruit sours – that sounds amazing except for the vanilla caviar. :conf2:

    I’m not sure you’d even notice it. You’d probably like a lot of these smoothie and breakfast sours that are all the rage now. I don’t really bother with finding Drekker ones but the Humble Forager ones are agood choice. Lots of others too

    Are these available in stores, or from the brewery only?

    You can find Drekker and Humble Forager in stores. Drekker tends to fly off the shelf in the places it’s delivered but Humble Forager’s are generally easy to find

    Ok thanks! I was thinking Forager in Rochester.


    The Forager ones are only available in the taproom since they’re a Brewpub. They started the Humble Forager brand in WI so they can distribute those beers in MN and elsewhere but I believe Austin is the head brewer for both

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    That’s why I love Vinifera in Plymouth. Drekker hangs around a while. ;)

    Be prepared to pay hard for Humble Forager, though. Worth it if you’re going to treat yourself, but it’s not not daddy’s $12 four pack. You pay more for a 2-pack, no joke.

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    That’s why I love Vinifera in Plymouth. Drekker hangs around a while. ;)

    Be prepared to pay hard for Humble Forager, though. Worth it if you’re going to treat yourself, but it’s not not daddy’s $12 four pack. You pay more for a 2-pack, no joke.

    Yep – they’re around $8-$9 for a 16oz. can most places I’ve seen. The ones I’ve had have been worth it though.

    Someday I’ll get around to actually trying Drekker and Blackstack. I think I’ve had a total of 2 beers combined from the two breweries.

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    davescharf wrote:


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    That’s why I love Vinifera in Plymouth. Drekker hangs around a while. ;)

    Be prepared to pay hard for Humble Forager, though. Worth it if you’re going to treat yourself, but it’s not not daddy’s $12 four pack. You pay more for a 2-pack, no joke.

    Yep – they’re around $8-$9 for a 16oz. can most places I’ve seen. The ones I’ve had have been worth it though.

    Someday I’ll get around to actually trying Drekker and Blackstack. I think I’ve had a total of 2 beers combined from the two breweries.

    Drekker, I am picky, due to their overall style. Blackstack is very good. Worth it when you want to spend the money.

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    There just aren’t that many breweries out west whose beer is truly great. If I went through my Top Ten in the state they’re the only ones west Of Hwy 100 on that list for me.

    More Junkyard for me :lol: .

    I was never that impressed with anything Drekker made back when I was living in Fargo, but I also don’t think they had really branched out into sours yet. Could have just been a function of the market at the time, I remember some guys from Fargo Brewing at ABR a while back saying they wished they could make sours, but the demand wasn’t there.

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    davescharf wrote:


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    That’s why I love Vinifera in Plymouth. Drekker hangs around a while. ;)

    Be prepared to pay hard for Humble Forager, though. Worth it if you’re going to treat yourself, but it’s not not daddy’s $12 four pack. You pay more for a 2-pack, no joke.

    Yep – they’re around $8-$9 for a 16oz. can most places I’ve seen. The ones I’ve had have been worth it though.

    Someday I’ll get around to actually trying Drekker and Blackstack. I think I’ve had a total of 2 beers combined from the two breweries.


    The fruit goop is good for a couple months but then that style wears on you. Still good every once in a while but buying a 4pk every other week is a bit much for their sours.

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    2020 (officially, even though it’s released in 2021) Darkness dropped this week. Apparently, it’s really good, not 100% raisins like the regular 2020 Darkness. I picked up a couple bottles tonight. Probably will crack one this weekend, and save the other.

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    2020 (officially, even though it’s released in 2021) Darkness dropped this week. Apparently, it’s really good, not 100% raisins like the regular 2020 Darkness. I picked up a couple bottles tonight. Probably will crack one this weekend, and save the other.

    I don’t even think I got raisins. I got a lot of bitterness that tasted a lot like an Anise flavor.

    I had my Double Vanilla variant tonight and didn’t get much vanilla. Got a ton of the rye whiskey barrel though and that’s not a bad thing

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    davescharf wrote:


    The Rube wrote:


    2020 (officially, even though it’s released in 2021) Darkness dropped this week. Apparently, it’s really good, not 100% raisins like the regular 2020 Darkness. I picked up a couple bottles tonight. Probably will crack one this weekend, and save the other.

    I don’t even think I got raisins. I got a lot of bitterness that tasted a lot like an Anise flavor.

    I had my Double Vanilla variant tonight and didn’t get much vanilla. Got a ton of the rye whiskey barrel though and that’s not a bad thing


    The Vanilla was disappointing, for sure. I agree on your call. The Mole was OUTSTANDING, though.

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    Today just got really good. Finalized a buy for 2016 AND 2019 Toppling Goliath Assassin for $425 total. I’ve had them before, but only at shares. Finally have bottles of my own…

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    We hit up Brewing Projekt in Eau Claire today. Apparently the smoothie thing is a big thing. They only had one on tap but grabbed a couple fruity four packs to try at home. They have a crazy menu.

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    We hit up Brewing Projekt in Eau Claire today. Apparently the smoothie thing is a big thing. They only had one on tap but grabbed a couple fruity four packs to try at home. They have a crazy menu.

    The smoothies are very good, but buyer beware, sometimes they get chunky in the cans, even when fresh.

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    Cowgirl wrote:


    We hit up Brewing Projekt in Eau Claire today. Apparently the smoothie thing is a big thing. They only had one on tap but grabbed a couple fruity four packs to try at home. They have a crazy menu.

    The smoothies are very good, but buyer beware, sometimes they get chunky in the cans, even when fresh.

    The first glass I tried had pineapple and it was chunky but the second one was better. It tastes fine though.

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    Today just got really good. Finalized a buy for 2016 AND 2019 Toppling Goliath Assassin for $425 total. I’ve had them before, but only at shares. Finally have bottles of my own…

    $425 for 2 bottles?

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    sunbone wrote:


    The Rube wrote:


    Today just got really good. Finalized a buy for 2016 AND 2019 Toppling Goliath Assassin for $425 total. I’ve had them before, but only at shares. Finally have bottles of my own…

    $425 for 2 bottles?

    Yes

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    davescharf wrote:


    sunbone wrote:


    The Rube wrote:


    Today just got really good. Finalized a buy for 2016 AND 2019 Toppling Goliath Assassin for $425 total. I’ve had them before, but only at shares. Finally have bottles of my own…

    $425 for 2 bottles?

    Yes


    Yeah I don’t get it either but I get all my beer for free so I’m prolly not qualified to judge

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    davescharf wrote:


    sunbone wrote:


    The Rube wrote:


    Today just got really good. Finalized a buy for 2016 AND 2019 Toppling Goliath Assassin for $425 total. I’ve had them before, but only at shares. Finally have bottles of my own…

    $425 for 2 bottles?

    Yes

    It’s normally about $300 per bottle.

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    The Rube wrote:


    davescharf wrote:


    sunbone wrote:


    The Rube wrote:


    Today just got really good. Finalized a buy for 2016 AND 2019 Toppling Goliath Assassin for $425 total. I’ve had them before, but only at shares. Finally have bottles of my own…

    $425 for 2 bottles?

    Yes

    It’s normally about $300 per bottle.


    I just got ’18, ’19, and ’20 for $150. :poke:

    Yes, I won the raffle. :dance:

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    GO4 wrote:


    The Rube wrote:


    davescharf wrote:


    sunbone wrote:


    The Rube wrote:


    Today just got really good. Finalized a buy for 2016 AND 2019 Toppling Goliath Assassin for $425 total. I’ve had them before, but only at shares. Finally have bottles of my own…

    $425 for 2 bottles?

    Yes

    It’s normally about $300 per bottle.


    I just got ’18, ’19, and ’20 for $150. :poke:

    Yes, I won the raffle. :dance:

    Nice on the raffle! I’m more of a cellar vulture/auction vulture in those groups. A couple of friends and I will pool our money for larger purchases at times (like the recent Bottle Logic purchase mentioned earlier).

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    Found a four pack of the Starkeller Peach. It’s so hard finding the newer Starkeller beers near my house and this has probably been my favorite of all their sours

    Also going to finally try something from Stacked Deck and see if the growing hype about them is worth it.

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    Found a four pack of the Starkeller Peach. It’s so hard finding the newer Starkeller beers near my house and this has probably been my favorite of all their sours

    Also going to finally try something from Stacked Deck and see if the growing hype about them is worth it.

    I would say yes on Stacked Deck. The Vanilla Moonrise is outstanding, and the Trident is very good. I was wary of them, thinking they were just in it for the craft beer money, but they make some solid beers.

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    davescharf wrote:


    Found a four pack of the Starkeller Peach. It’s so hard finding the newer Starkeller beers near my house and this has probably been my favorite of all their sours

    Also going to finally try something from Stacked Deck and see if the growing hype about them is worth it.

    I would say yes on Stacked Deck. The Vanilla Moonrise is outstanding, and the Trident is very good. I was wary of them, thinking they were just in it for the craft beer money, but they make some solid beers.

    We’ve been drinking a lot of pastry stouts over the past few months because after the FSB 2019 anniversary beers my wife has wanted to try more of them. I picked up a 4-pack of Turtlenecks and Blazers as a result.

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    Yes, I am a member at Back Channel. All their beer names are MN-related in some way (many time, very obscurely). Looks like I know what I’ll be having on Sat…

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    Opened a Starkeller Peach last night. They haven’t made a single bad Berliner in the series but this one is hands down the best one of them all.

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    Rube – ain’t this one of your hangouts?

    https://mobile.twitter.com/VintageMNHockey/status/1374891830773436416

    How many people will think it is for Ovechkin? :lol:

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    But Rube doesn’t like IPAs :D

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    But Rube doesn’t like IPAs :D

    He likes some doubles, iirc. The extra booze balances out some of the hoppyness in many of them.

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    Karlsson wrote:


    davescharf wrote:


    But Rube doesn’t like IPAs :D

    He likes some doubles, iirc. The extra booze balances out some of the hoppyness in many of them.

    I know – I just like to poke him a little given a few years ago he was so anti IPA

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    But Rube doesn’t like IPAs :D

    I don’t like West Coast IPAs. :poke:

    NE and Milkshakes are great. Some “midwestern” style (Founders All Day IPA) are kind of passable. Maybe.

    Also, as was mentioned, the doubles/etc are good, simply because that shag-carpet feeling isn’t there, when you drink ’em.

    That being said, tried BlackStack’s 4th Anniv Quad IPA tonight. Expensive, it’s $20~ for a 4-pack of pint cans. Delicious. Very smooth.

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    davescharf wrote:


    But Rube doesn’t like IPAs :D

    I don’t like West Coast IPAs. :poke:

    NE and Milkshakes are great. Some “midwestern” style (Founders All Day IPA) are kind of passable. Maybe.

    Also, as was mentioned, the doubles/etc are good, simply because that shag-carpet feeling isn’t there, when you drink ’em.

    That being said, tried BlackStack’s 4th Anniv Quad IPA tonight. Expensive, it’s $20~ for a 4-pack of pint cans. Delicious. Very smooth.

    I’m with you. I can handle DIPA,Hazy, and Milkshake IPA as well as some west coast IPAs.

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    I think the only West Coast I can handle, and it’s definitely a sample at best, then done, is Ballast Point Sculpin, and Russian River Pliny The Elder (an LTD Sunday regular will bring in a growler after he visits family in CA; so 2-3 days old).

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    I think the only West Coast I can handle, and it’s definitely a sample at best, then done, is Ballast Point Sculpin, and Russian River Pliny The Elder (an LTD Sunday regular will bring in a growler after he visits family in CA; so 2-3 days old).

    Pliny is a DIPA and it’s damn tasty.

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    Still too hoppy for me. That being said, I can still appreciate quality.

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    Viking and I met up at Ansari’s for lunch/Twins game today at Ansari’s. As usual, quite a few good beers on tap (and to-go). I think my favorite was the 2018 Lift Bridge Irish Coffee Stout. He had the 2017 Prairie Vanilla Noir.

    And someone brought in a bomber of Weldworks’ Symphonize BA Stout to share. That was a banger.

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    Viking and I met up at Ansari’s for lunch/Twins game today at Ansari’s. As usual, quite a few good beers on tap (and to-go). I think my favorite was the 2018 Lift Bridge Irish Coffee Stout. He had the 2017 Prairie Vanilla Noir.

    And someone brought in a bomber of Weldworks’ Symphonize BA Stout to share. That was a banger.

    Where’d you guys meet?

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    In general or today? :D

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    In general or today? :D

    I was just clarifying that you met at Ansari’s for lunch at Ansari’s :D

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    Ah, my bad. Fatal flaw in my posting habits. :oops:

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    Ah, my bad. Fatal flaw in my posting habits. :oops:


    :poke:

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    MATT wrote:


    The Rube wrote:


    In general or today? :D

    I was just clarifying that you met at Ansari’s for lunch at Ansari’s :D


    It was at Ansari’s. :lol:

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    Perrin Brewing (MI) released their annual No Rules Vietnamese Porter today, and they allow proxy pickups (thanks to melmac/Mr melmac for muling!). I may have bought 2 dozen bombers, various years/variants. One of my top 5 beers ever. LOVE that beer. If one hasn’t had it, one should search it out.

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    We were in Hopkins today doing a program through Stages and the event took us past LTD. I used it as an excuse to buy some crowlers since we had friends coming by tonight.

    The S’mores coffee beer was excellent. Also bought a hazy vanilla white dessert stout that was a collab with Ineffable Brewing which was extremely unique in terms of flavor. The 3rd we opened a Blueberry Muffin Blond Ale that smells and tasted like they figured out how to liquify a Duncan Hines blueberry muffin.

    Besides the collab the most interesting thing I tried tonight was a Chai cider from Duluth Cidery. It was one of the better ciders I’ve had even though I’m not a huge fan of chai

    Best beer of the night though was the Bourbon Barrel Aged PTO from 3 Sheep’s. Just a great mix of bourbon and a pretty darn good base beer

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    The S’mores is awesome.

    The collab is basically with themselves (Ineffable is a former LTD brewer :D ).

    And the blueberry is indeed like a blueberry muffin.

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    Had Vanilla Bean Moo Joos at Brau Brothers. As good as it gets!

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    The S’mores is awesome.

    The collab is basically with themselves (Ineffable is a former LTD brewer :D ).

    And the blueberry is indeed like a blueberry muffin.

    I was thinking Ineffable was An old Blackstack

    Brewer and then I remembered it was LTD.

    I’ve never hated LTD as I think you know but I thought all 3 of these were very good compared to what they usually make. Our friends who came over had never had a white stout so that alone blew their mind.

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    White stouts are not common. Bought a crowler of the collab, should be interesting to try. I think LTD is starting to experiment a bit more, which is a good thing. I’ve heard through the grapevine that they are going to try to have their outdoor Anniv party this year. I guess they are fairly confident they can pull it off.

    Was there today with the usual Sunday Crew (locals) and LTD still had the Chocolate Rye Porter (Nitro) on tap. Darn good beer, and [mention]Armadillo[/mention] can attest to that.

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    This is a good belly laugh (and now I’m wondering if that is Handyman’s twin :lol: )

    [media]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhCxRgJsysk&ab_channel=RodolfoNieto[/media]

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    Had a Humble Forager smoothie beer. The strawberry/orange/banana marshmallow creme. It was delicious! Also had a Razzimus Prime raspberry sour from More brewing. We got it to go with dinner from Ansaris, that we got from Ansaris. Which was also good.

    Did I mention we had Ansaris? ;)

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    Had a Humble Forager smoothie beer. The strawberry/orange/banana marshmallow creme. It was delicious! Also had a Razzimus Prime raspberry sour from More brewing. We got it to go with dinner from Ansaris, that we got from Ansaris. Which was also good.

    Did I mention we had Ansaris? ;)

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    Had a Humble Forager smoothie beer. The strawberry/orange/banana marshmallow creme. It was delicious! Also had a Razzimus Prime raspberry sour from More brewing. We got it to go with dinner from Ansaris, that we got from Ansaris. Which was also good.

    Did I mention we had Ansaris? ;)

    Figured you’d like the smoothie beers especially from them

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    Cowgirl wrote:


    Had a Humble Forager smoothie beer. The strawberry/orange/banana marshmallow creme. It was delicious! Also had a Razzimus Prime raspberry sour from More brewing. We got it to go with dinner from Ansaris, that we got from Ansaris. Which was also good.

    Did I mention we had Ansaris? ;)

    Figured you’d like the smoothie beers especially from them


    I definitely need to try more. It’s like drinking juice, not beer! And not chunky like the ones from Brewing Projekt.

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    davescharf wrote:


    Cowgirl wrote:


    Had a Humble Forager smoothie beer. The strawberry/orange/banana marshmallow creme. It was delicious! Also had a Razzimus Prime raspberry sour from More brewing. We got it to go with dinner from Ansaris, that we got from Ansaris. Which was also good.

    Did I mention we had Ansaris? ;)

    Figured you’d like the smoothie beers especially from them


    I definitely need to try more. It’s like drinking juice, not beer! And not chunky like the ones from Brewing Projekt.

    Yeah, had to toss a couple cans from Brewing Projekt. I don’t do chunks. And they were fresh/properly coolered. :chainsaw: Haven’t bought anything from them since.

    Humble Forager is solid, although I tend to go for their pastry stouts instead of the sours/smoothies. And yes, the smoothies are juice. Pure juice.

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    Also bought a hazy vanilla white dessert stout that was a collab with Ineffable Brewing which was extremely unique in terms of flavor.

    Cracked mine tonight. HEAVY vanilla upfront, and I’m a sucker for vanilla. As it warmed, got some of the coffee in there. I fully enjoyed it.

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    davescharf wrote:

    Also bought a hazy vanilla white dessert stout that was a collab with Ineffable Brewing which was extremely unique in terms of flavor.

    Cracked mine tonight. HEAVY vanilla upfront, and I’m a sucker for vanilla. As it warmed, got some of the coffee in there. I fully enjoyed it.

    I generally enjoy one of a kind types of beer. This certainly fell in that category.

    Opened a growler of PAMP’s Rye Dopplebock. It’s just a really tasty well made German lager. Hint of rye and very malty.

    I was only buying one on whim (wife loves their Tiramisu beer they made recently) but since they only had two left they gave me the second for free. Yay for free beer

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    I had Ineffable’s White Stout the week they opened. It was heavy on the coffee, almost like a coffee blonde ale. The infusion of vanilla made it so much better (and it wasn’t bad to begin with, assuming you like the coffee taste).

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    For you bourbon aficionados is Kentucky Owl worth the price they charge? I saw a couple bottles of it earlier today and I know very little about it

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    For you bourbon aficionados is Kentucky Owl worth the price they charge? I saw a couple bottles of it earlier today and I know very little about it

    I’d say the Kentucky Owl Confiscated is somewhat overpriced (I usually see it in the 120+ range) for what it is. The assorted Batch releases of Kentucky Owl have been incredibly good. Whether that makes them worth the 25-300 or more is a different discussion, and is in the realm of cost/quality that it’s really hard to say, because it’s so much personal preference.

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    Bought a 4 pk of Minneapolis Cider Mango Habanero. Fan- :censored: tastic! This may be my go-to summer bevy.

    I see they have a Blueberry LE I may try.

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    davescharf wrote:


    For you bourbon aficionados is Kentucky Owl worth the price they charge? I saw a couple bottles of it earlier today and I know very little about it

    I’d say the Kentucky Owl Confiscated is somewhat overpriced (I usually see it in the 120+ range) for what it is. The assorted Batch releases of Kentucky Owl have been incredibly good. Whether that makes them worth the 25-300 or more is a different discussion, and is in the realm of cost/quality that it’s really hard to say, because it’s so much personal preference.

    This must have been a batch release given it was $250 a bottle

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    Bought a 4 pk of Minneapolis Cider Mango Habanero. Fan- :censored: tastic! This may be my go-to summer bevy.

    I see they have a Blueberry LE I may try.

    Minneapolis Cider has some really tasty options, that’s for sure.

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    Steve MN wrote:


    davescharf wrote:


    For you bourbon aficionados is Kentucky Owl worth the price they charge? I saw a couple bottles of it earlier today and I know very little about it

    I’d say the Kentucky Owl Confiscated is somewhat overpriced (I usually see it in the 120+ range) for what it is. The assorted Batch releases of Kentucky Owl have been incredibly good. Whether that makes them worth the 25-300 or more is a different discussion, and is in the realm of cost/quality that it’s really hard to say, because it’s so much personal preference.

    This must have been a batch release given it was $250 a bottle

    The Confiscated is across the top of the label.

    Dixon Dedman (the blender for Kentucky Owl, although he’s leaving) did a really good job on those batches. But, any time you get to $250 for a bottle of bourbon, it’s so much personal taste involved that I always hesitate to say if it’s worth the price.

    Ideally, you’d get a pour at a bar to try it out first. Not sure if anyone has it, but Volstead in Eagan, Borough in Mpls, Parlor in either downtown, Brick & Bourbon in Maple Grove, Whiskey Inferno in Chanhassen would likely be the best bets.

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    davescharf wrote:


    Steve MN wrote:


    davescharf wrote:


    For you bourbon aficionados is Kentucky Owl worth the price they charge? I saw a couple bottles of it earlier today and I know very little about it

    I’d say the Kentucky Owl Confiscated is somewhat overpriced (I usually see it in the 120+ range) for what it is. The assorted Batch releases of Kentucky Owl have been incredibly good. Whether that makes them worth the 25-300 or more is a different discussion, and is in the realm of cost/quality that it’s really hard to say, because it’s so much personal preference.

    This must have been a batch release given it was $250 a bottle

    The Confiscated is across the top of the label.

    Dixon Dedman (the blender for Kentucky Owl, although he’s leaving) did a really good job on those batches. But, any time you get to $250 for a bottle of bourbon, it’s so much personal taste involved that I always hesitate to say if it’s worth the price.

    Ideally, you’d get a pour at a bar to try it out first. Not sure if anyone has it, but Volstead in Eagan, Borough in Mpls, Parlor in either downtown, Brick & Bourbon in Maple Grove, Whiskey Inferno in Chanhassen would likely be the best bets.

    Yeah – I was out looking for a gift and saw it but I’d actually never heard of it. That’s exactly how I’d want to do it if I were serious about a bottle of it

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    Instant Zen (LTD Brewing) Hazy NE IPA, mango/passion fruit. Juice bomb. Loved it.

    Then went to Back Channel to meet up w/friends, ran into Viking by pure chance :lol: . The group I was with had bottles/cans to share. Typical. Good afternoon w/perfect weather.

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    Gorgeous day to be out. Biked from my SIL to Wabasha Brewing in the afternoon (22 miles total) and then stopped at Venn when driving home. Shared three flights of some pretty solid beers. I forgot how good Venn is.

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    Instant Zen (LTD Brewing) Hazy NE IPA, mango/passion fruit. Juice bomb. Loved it.

    Then went to Back Channel to meet up w/friends, ran into Viking by pure chance :lol: . The group I was with had bottles/cans to share. Typical. Good afternoon w/perfect weather.


    Are you able to bring your own and share there?

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    The Rube wrote:


    Instant Zen (LTD Brewing) Hazy NE IPA, mango/passion fruit. Juice bomb. Loved it.

    Then went to Back Channel to meet up w/friends, ran into Viking by pure chance :lol: . The group I was with had bottles/cans to share. Typical. Good afternoon w/perfect weather.


    Are you able to bring your own and share there?

    The normal Joe probably can’t. We were drinking with one of the owners. :lol:

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    Gorgeous day to be out. Biked from my SIL to Wabasha Brewing in the afternoon (22 miles total) and then stopped at Venn when driving home. Shared three flights of some pretty solid beers. I forgot how good Venn is.

    I need to add Venn/Arbiter to the places to check out this summer. My wife and I are planning to take a few Fridays off to hit some taprooms we haven’t visited

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    gopherguy06 wrote:


    Gorgeous day to be out. Biked from my SIL to Wabasha Brewing in the afternoon (22 miles total) and then stopped at Venn when driving home. Shared three flights of some pretty solid beers. I forgot how good Venn is.

    I need to add Venn/Arbiter to the places to check out this summer. My wife and I are planning to take a few Fridays off to hit some taprooms we haven’t visited

    Ditto. There are a lot of places I have not checked out, and some I want to revisit.

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    davescharf wrote:


    gopherguy06 wrote:


    Gorgeous day to be out. Biked from my SIL to Wabasha Brewing in the afternoon (22 miles total) and then stopped at Venn when driving home. Shared three flights of some pretty solid beers. I forgot how good Venn is.

    I need to add Venn/Arbiter to the places to check out this summer. My wife and I are planning to take a few Fridays off to hit some taprooms we haven’t visited

    Ditto. There are a lot of places I have not checked out, and some I want to revisit.

    I think if we were blocking them out we’d look at something like the following. We could pretty easily do these on a Friday afternoon and still pick kids up from whatever summer programs are going on those weeks.

    – Arbiter/Venn

    – Unmapped/Boom Island (never went to the old Boom Island either)

    – Waconia/Enki/Schramm

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    The Rube wrote:


    davescharf wrote:


    gopherguy06 wrote:


    Gorgeous day to be out. Biked from my SIL to Wabasha Brewing in the afternoon (22 miles total) and then stopped at Venn when driving home. Shared three flights of some pretty solid beers. I forgot how good Venn is.

    I need to add Venn/Arbiter to the places to check out this summer. My wife and I are planning to take a few Fridays off to hit some taprooms we haven’t visited

    Ditto. There are a lot of places I have not checked out, and some I want to revisit.

    I think if we were blocking them out we’d look at something like the following. We could pretty easily do these on a Friday afternoon and still pick kids up from whatever summer programs are going on those weeks.

    – Arbiter/Venn

    – Unmapped/Boom Island (never went to the old Boom Island either)

    – Waconia/Enki/Schramm


    Personal opinion: don’t bother with Enki or Unmapped. They have decent spaces….uh, yeah that’s it. Boom is okay. Waconia is great all-around: talkable staff, good beer, good space for what it is. I’d also recommend Spilled Grain in Annandale, although it is a hike. Great space, great beer, talkative staff.

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