I'll be at Town Hall drinking Masala Mama Friday night.
I can't wait to get my hands on Surly's Furious. I plan to bring home many cans. Where can I find it on tap?
Barley John's was recommended on the Midwest board. What would you consider their signature beer? What do they do that will please a hophead?
What other beers should I look for that I can't find in Iowa?
You are going to love, love , love Furious! Click on the following link for a list of places that serve Surly on tap. The most recent place I had Furious on tap was at Mackenzies Pub on hennepin & 9th in downtown Minneapolis about 2 weeks ago.
At Barley John's, you should try the Stockyard IPA if you love hops. Barley Johns clearly seems to be the favorite brew pub around these parts for those who really love beer. Too bad it isn't bigger (tiny place) and closer into the city (although it is a very quick drive, and worth it)
It should also be noted that you can get growlers at both Surly (at the brewery) and Barley John's!
I did check Surly's website. Growlers on Saturday from noon till 2:00 only.
So, I know what I'm doing at that time.
I read a review of Town Hall, on Beer Advocate, that mentioned the Black and Blue Burger as being good. I'll probably stick with that. I'm really just there for the Masala Mama. I've only tried it once from a growler that spent a weekend in the trunk of a car. Not a fair sample.
If you like Ethiopian food, I would recommend Blue Nile. Its a very unusual place that can be either empty or packed, depending on whether there is music that particular evening.
The bartender, Al (known on Beer Advocate as "feloniousmonk"), always carries whatever is available from Surly on tap. If you are lucky, Darkness may be available.
I assume you are going for the brew pubs? Barley John's is the best in my opinion. I just wish it were closer to my home to go more frequently.
For the micro brews I think the Summit beers and ales can hold their own with anyone and I also like the Schell's brands out of New Ulm, MN. But right now I am carrying on a love affair with the Bell's brand of brews out of Michigan and working my way through a different six pack a week that I can get at the Excelsior Village liquor store. This week it is Bell's Lager of the Lakes.
On tap, I know that you can get 2 Hearted and Oberon at both Grumpy's downtown and NE Bulldog (Bulldog also has a rotating stock of Belgian taps and bottles including Deus if you're a high(er) roller). I know there are many other places that have it as well. On several Wednesdays, the NE Bulldog has had an unfiltered cask-conditioned 2 Hearted 1/4 barrel. Absolutely terrific.
I have seen HopSlam at Surdyk's, though I do not think they have it there now. I have not seen it anywhere around here on tap. Sounds like you're into hoppy beers, so definitely check out Furious @ Surly and Summit's ESB.
If by some chance you end up in Hudson, go to the liquor store off 94E exit 2 next to County Market and get the pride of Wisconsin micros: New Glarus. Definitely try the Hop Head (IPA). I also like Yokel (unfiltered Pils), Fat Squirrel (nut brown), Naked (unfiltered lager I think)...man, try all of em. We can't get it over here in MN, but we make runs coming back from the cabin.
Foureyes137, Thanks for the New Glarus in Hudson tip. I did not know you could find them so close to the Twin Cities. We stopped in New Glarus earlier this year and tried a few of their brews. My wife bought a large liter bottle of their Cherry Ale in the local grocery store and thought it was a bottle of wine. Since it was red she opened it warm. Not good. We refrigerated it and it tasted better later.
Ok, here's what I found.
Blue Max is the greatest store I've ever been in. For anything, anytime. A feeling that I haven't had since I was a small child, and mom took me to the toy store.
I now have in my fridge(and out) Masala Mama, from Town Hall, which I was able to try the Cask conditioned. Maybe the best beer I've ever had.
Surly Fest, Surly Furious, Hop Devil, Sierra Nevada Harvest, Sierra Nevada Anniversary, Goose Island Demolition, Sam Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner, and New Englands Sea Hag. I bought the Sea Hag blind. Intiriqued by the cans. I've tried one, and find it pretty good for canned beer that isn't real expensive.
A few of these will be fairly common beers to some of you, but I can't get them here, so I wanted to try them.
Oh, and I picked up some Two Hearted.
All I can say is, you Minnesotan's can buy much better beers than us Iowan's, except on Sunday.
Didn't make it to Surly for the growlers, or Hudson for New Glarus.
Reasons to return.
Wow, drinking a Furious as I type this. Wow. I should just note, Wow.