These are the voyages of the 4Runnership Theodosopouli. Our 3-day mission: to explore great new breweries; to imbibe in new beer culture and new civilization; to become sideways where we have not stumbled before.
Beer Date 1120.4
Beer Captain’s Log: Our destination is Dangerous Man Brewing Co. in the northeast quadrant of Minneapolis. There we encountered a Dogwood Coffee Dubbel, brewed with Dogwood Coffee Ethiopian Amaro Gayo beans, which lends to fruity subtleties in the coffee. This dubbel is a beautiful burgundy brown in color. It’s a malty and somewhat spicy brew with hints of biscuit bread, banana, and dried fruits. Dangerously delicious!
Beer Date 1120.7
Beer Captain’s Log: Our destination is Town Hall Brewery in the West Bank area of Minneapolis.
The local flavor was Big Citrus American IPA, an American IPA dry-hopped with Citra hops. Town Hall’s AIPA is golden orange in color. Big tropical fruits dominate this brew. Flavors of mangos, grapefruits, pineapples, and lemons really shine through. Only slight bready malt notes are present. Bitterly bold!
Beer Date 1121.4
Beer Captain’s Log: Our destination is Indeed Brewing Co. in the northeast quadrant of Minneapolis.
Our guide served up a Sweet Yamma Jamma Sweet Potato Ale, a fruit/vegetable beer. This is Indeed’s take on a fall seasonal. Brewing it with sweet potatoes and candied yams makes this a unique fall brew, deep caramel brown in color. The brew is well complemented with seasonal spices such as cinnamon, all spice, and (possibly) ginger. Magnificently malty!
Beer Date 1121.6
Beer Captain’s Log: Our destination is 612Brew in the northeast quadrant of Minneapolis.
Our quest uncovered a Rated R Rye IPA, an American IPA with Rye. 612 misses with this brew. Faint orange and brown in appearance, it lacked any spicy, earthy aroma that should be expected from a rye ale. Malts dominate with very little hop presence. One and done. Poor pint!
Beer Date 1121.8
Beer Captain’s Log: Our destination is Fulton Brewing Co. in the north area of downtown Minneapolis.
We took on Batch 300 American IPA, Fulton’s Anniversary Beer, the 300th batch of beer brewed by Fulton. The color was a brilliant sunset orange. The aroma is of catty stank….Wonderful! The hops are delivered up, down, and all over the palate with a very minimal malty presence. By far the best brew of our exploration. Dank and delightful!
With our exploration complete, livers in need of some rest and faith in the unconquerable craft beer world intact, we set our navigational numbers to 43.5364 N and 96.7317 W. Home was only a few clicks away!
Not our final frontier of beer!
- Kosta Theodosopoulos