GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Move over wine. Craft beer will see some equal time at this year's holiday table.
Michael Wagner, regional manager, the Four Firkins specialty beer store joined KARE 11 News @4 to showcase some of the diverse beer styles brewed for this season.
According to Michael, popular fall beer styles from Minnesota breweries include: wet/fresh hopped beers (available only in the season hops are harvested, September and October), Oktoberfest styles, pumpkin and sweet potato ales, and Michael saysyou'll start to see porters and stouts more.
Here are the featured beers-
Schell's Fresh Hop Pilsner
Last fall, the August Schell Brewing Co. released Fresh Hop Citra Pils as part of its Stag Series. Due to the popularity of this beer, they've decided to release a fresh hop beer variety annually as a limited seasonal offering. The Schell's Fresh Hop Pilsner Series beers will be made each year during prime hop harvesting season. Fresh hops don't survive long after being cut, so they are picked, shipped and quickly added into the kettle, preserving the aromatic oils and resins. This year's Fresh Hop beer is a pilsner that is single hopped with the Mosaic hop variety. Its characteristics are floral, tropical, fruity, earthy and sweet. It can contribute notes of blueberry, mango, lemon, lime, other citrus, pine, fruit punch, herbs, spice, stone fruit, mint, bubblegum and black pepper. Schell's Fresh Hop will be a very limited brew, yielding 100 barrels. ABV: 5% IBU's: 45
Brau Bros Brewing Co. Ringneck Braun Brown Ale
Ring Neck Brown Ale is modeled after the subtler English variation of the style, and has a depth of character that belies its quaffability. The first sip reveals biscuity, toasty malt. The second tantalizes with hints of cocoa and nuttiness from toasted oats. The third intrigues with a subtle raspberry note courtesy of an English ale yeast. ABV: 6.8%
Flat Earth Brewing Co. Mummy Train Pumpkin Ale
Tasting notes include lots of spice notes (cinnamon, nutmeg and clove) up front, finishes a little tart. Nice pumpkin flavor and caramel malt. Light-medium bodied. ABV: 5.2% IBU's: 30
Lift Bridge Harvestör Wet Hop Pale Ale
Celebrate the hop harvest with this bounty of fresh hopped IPA. Organic Cascade hops fresh from Hippity Hops Farm in Forest Lake, MN impart this beer with its unique hop character, while aromatic and caramel malts hold things down in the back, creating a balanced beer that celebrates the hop harvest without sacrificing your tongue. Pairs well with bluegrass music that's created by the volunteers who pick the hops. This brew is available just once a year. ABV: 6.0%
Bent Paddle Black Ale
Triple Oat Stout / Porter. Brewed to be a smooth, chocolatey, semi-roasted ale that bridges the islands of porter and stout. This Black Ale drinks like a porter but is opaque like a stout. Brewed with a generous amount of oats to round out the flavor. ABV: 6.0% IBUs: 34
Canal Park Nut Hatchet Brown Ale
This Nut Hatchet brown ale cuts in broad strokes with its hints of toffee and toasted nuts. You'll notice the balance of sweet maltiness and soft fruit, but its gentle caramel notes will really stand out. ABV: 5.7% IBUs: 22
For questions on Minnesota beers, head to Minnesota Craft Brew.