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Is it a smoothie? Is it a beer? Something to make the beer purists’ skin crawl? Sure, all of those, we suppose. Brain Freeze is fruity, creamy, tart and dreamy – what we’re calling a smoothie sour. This edition mixes strawberry and pineapple together with a whole bunch of lactose and vanilla with a pinch of gray sea salt and has a well-rounded tartness from a newly developed sour culture that brightens and enhances the complex fusion of flavors in this juicy style bender.
Nestled in the quiet groves along the Red River lies the legendary Hjemkomst Viking Ship. Dreamed up by Robert Asp and built by his hand, this beauty was sailed from Duluth, MN all the way to Norway, the homeland. While crossing the Atlantic, the crew encountered a violent storm that nearly forced them to turn back. A rogue wave smashed into the ship, tearing the rudder off and plunging the boat into almost certain peril. With their experienced skipper at the helm, they fought onward and completed their voyage. Their story of determination and perseverance has been an inspiration to many, and gives this wonderfully balanced Irish Red Ale its name.
Golden red in color, Broken Rudder Irish Red Ale has a smooth caramel flavor with lightly toasted malt notes. Over fifteen pounds of honey per batch are added to give this crowd favorite just a hint of sweetness and a crisp, clean and dry finish.
Coconut Killer is the first in our Valhalla Series, which is basically all the weird stuff our brewers dream up and want to try so we let them brew what they want.
Based on a hazy, New England Style IPA, Coconut Killer starts with the juicy, tropical fruit flavors from loads of Mosaic & Mandarina Bavaria hops, and then gives way to the rich vanilla and toasted coconut that were added in abundance. It’s also brewed with loads of oats and lactose sugar to give it a ridiculously smooth, creamy body.
Broken Rudder Irish Red has quickly become a crowd favorite with its golden red color, smooth lightly toasted caramel malt flavor, and the hint of sweetness and crisp, clean and dry finish from the fifteen pounds of local honey that are added per batch.
When we heard that there was a coffee shop opening up a few feet from our back door, this brewery full of caffiene junkies was just a little excited. Little did we know at the time that 20 Below Coffee was founded by some incredible people who were planning a world-class coffee shop. Then one day our new neighbors stopped by to introduce themselves and gave us a big bag of coffee. It was incredible. We knew the coffee would do well in one of our porters or stouts, but we tried adding some to the lighter, toasty and malty
Broken Rudder Irish Red and Coffee Rudder was born.
The cold brewing process used to infuse the coffee into the beer leads to a coffee flavor that actually tastes the way the coffee smells and doesn’t give off any bitterness or astringency. Due to popular
demand this unique combination has quickly become a taproom mainstay and festival favorite.
In March of 2016, The Roastmasters Series Broken Rudder with 20 Below Coffee was named to Men’s Journal’s list of the 101 Best Beers in America!
Ever had an encounter with an ethereal being along a wavelength and frequency unknown to this dimension that can only be described as an Ectogasm? Asking for a friend.
Ectogasm is a juicy, hazy, New England Style IPA that’s brewed with a heap of oats for a pillowy soft mouthfeel and an insane amount of Citra and Mosaic hops that make the tropical fruit aroma jump out of the glass!
Hell Bent American Brown Ale pours reddish brown with a thick tan head, and has the aroma of toffee, caramel, and a subtle floral note from a small dry hop addition of Horizon hops. The aroma gives way to a delicious roasted, nutty malt backbone provided by a heavy dose of English Brown malt. Hell Bent finishes clean with a slight bitter note from some early American hop additions.
Hiding in the shadows of the cold north, she waits for those who embrace the dark. She is silky and smooth from generous additions of lactose sugar that add a touch of creamy sweetness and perfectly balance her complex layers of roasted malt. Resting on mounds of cacoa nibs, she develops a deep, rich essence of dark chocolate.
She’s the Milk Maiden
Her bones made of ice
Brewed by fire
With everything nice
Milk Maiden Chocolate Milk Stout pours deep black with a rich, tan head. Generous additions of lactose sugar add a silky, smooth body and a bit of sweetness to balance the dark roasted coffee and chocolate flavors. Conditioning on loads of cocao nibs adds the finishing touch and gives this surprisingly sessionable stout its wonderful, rich chocolate flavor & aroma.
People Eater is a bright purple flavor monster! It’s kettle soured then loaded up with a ridiculous amount of blueberry puree. Then it’s conditioned on just enough Thai basil to give it a perfect tart, fruity and slightly herbal flavor! It almost looks as good as it tastes!
Phantom Hand is a Hoppy Pale Ale that’s heavily hopped with Azacca, Idaho 7, and El Dorado hops. It’s got a serious citrus hop aroma and a soft, smooth texture that gives way to a sneaky clean finish.
From 793 until 1066 AD the vikings raided and pillaged their way across northern Europe. They sought treasure, new lands and adventure. From their native Scandinavia they sailed, conquered and settled in lands from Russia to Newfoundland. Wherever they traveled the Norsemen brought their culture, language and often superior technology, leaving their mark and shaping history for centuries to come.
Black with hints of ruby red, Pillager Porter has strong notes of coffee and chocolate from a heavy dose of dark roasted malts. The bold flavors paired with its surprisingly light body and clean finish make this a very approachable and drinkable porter.
Pushing Daisies is a Belgian-style witbier. Witbier (white beer in Flemish) is a beer style that almost went extinct before its revival in Europe in the late 1960’s, and is now a popular spring and summer beer style in Europe and the United States.
Witbiers contain at least 50% wheat and are typically spiced with coriander and bitter orange peel and potentially several other herbs or spices. This combination of wheat, corriander, orange peel and phenolic Belgian yeast creates a wonderfully bready, citrusy and spicy beer that is perfect for Spring.
In Pushing Daisies, we added a generous dosing of chamomile flowers, which is a member of the daisy family. This gives our witbier pleaseant notes of floral citrus and lemongrass, creating an interesting yet delicate twist on the traditional style.
When making a kettle-soured beer, the brewing process is stopped in the middle of the boil, and a souring agent is added. In this case it’s lactobacillus bacteria, and it’s allowed to sour the beer right in the boil kettle. Once it’s reached its target pH the kettle is fired back up and what’s inside is boiled, killing all of the bacteria and stopping the souring process. Then the beer is finished just like a normal beer.
Techno Viking is very light and refreshing. Kettle souring gives it a nice tartness that’s not overwhelming or mouth puckering. The light German Pilsner malt backbone and mild tartness make this a very approachable and drinkable beer and a great introduction to the wonderful world of sour beers.
The New England-style IPA is a very new and uniquely American style of IPA. What sets these IPAs apart from the more established West Coast IPA and traditional English IPA is the shift from bitter, piney hop flavor to less bitter, juicy tropical fruit flavors and the use of oats, wheat, and other ingredients to give the beer a noticably soft mouthfeel and a very hazy appearance.
Wheez the Juice uses a whole bunch of flaked wheat and oats to give it a soft, creamy mouthfeel and more than 3 pounds per barrel of Mosaic and Mandarina Bavaria hops make it burst with juicy, tropical fruit flavors and aromas with very little bitterness. Go ahead, wheez a little juice.