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Tin Whiskers Salted Nut Roll Ale

The second Saint Paul confectionary collaboration between Tin Whiskers Brewing Company and the Pearson’s Candy Company taps this Friday, April 19th in the Tin Whiskers taproom! Yes, you read that right. On the heels of the successful Nut Goodie Porter, Tin Whiskers and Pearson’s have teamed up again. Only this time, they are featuring quite possibly the most iconic candy Minnesota has ever seen in their Salted Nut Roll Ale!

Don’t Worry, They Made More. . .

Tin Whiskers has doubled down on the amount of Salted Nut Roll Ale that they brewed compared to what the did for the Nut Goodie Porter. I am talking right around 400 cases of this stuff with plenty in reserve should they need it. They also have kegged around 120 barrels of Salted Nut Roll Ale. The beer will be on tap in the Tin Whiskers taproom starting on Friday, April 19th. Cans will start rolling out to liquor stores during the first week of May.

The only complaint that I heard from people about the Nut Goodie Porter is that it disappeared too quickly. Well, rest assured, there is a lot more of it, but the demand is still probably going to outpace the supply. So, don’t sleep on the Salted Nut Roll Ale.

Why the Salted Nut Roll?

Let’s be honest, if you aren’t from around here, you don’t get it. When I got my sneak peek down at Tin Whiskers, Jerard Fagerberg, an esteemed beer local beer writer and I talked about this. He grew up on the East Coast and had no idea how locally legendary the Salted Nut Roll was. Andy Bobst also explained that when BSG sends out a mixed palette of grain, they stick a few Salted Nut Rolls in there so brewers far and wide can enjoy the magnificence of this local treat. As a West St. Paul native, I understand the lore behind the Salted Nut Roll. Part of its charm is that it is not decadently sweet. The salty peanuts ensure that the caramel and nougat do not overpower with cloying sweetness.

As a Cub Scout back in the mid-80s, I sold a helluva lot of Salted Nut Rolls to help pay my way to activities so as to avoid the wrath of my Den Mother. Sure, she baked cupcakes for us and said all the right things, but deep down, all she cared about were sales. So, I would trudge all around the neighborhood selling these candy bars. I remember being so worried that I wouldn’t make my quota and never get to go to camp. Well, lo and behold, I soon came to find out that these candy bars pretty much sold themselves.

So, What About The Beer?

The Salted Nut Roll Ale is a balanced homage to the treat it is fashioned after. With the cream ale as its base, it’s not too sweet, not too heavy; Goldilocks would have found this one just right. The peanut aroma is in the nose at first. There is a bit of sweetness from the white vanilla. Why white vanilla you say? Because nougat has eggs in it and that would really mess with the beer.

The sip starts out sweet. Then it finishes dry and a little bit of the roasted peanut flavor comes out. Tin Whiskers used PB2 powder in the beer as opposed to peanut butter because the oil in the peanut butter would wreck any semblance of head retention in the beer. In a glass, the Salted Nut Roll Ale electrifies the room with a vibrant apricot orange color. In the belly, it is light enough to want another one.

This beer should go fast. So, I recommend getting your hands on a 4-pack early and often as soon as your favorite liquor store gets these gems out on the shelves. I will be at the tapping this Friday to have a few more of these fun collaboration beers. If you see me, say hello and tell me how many boxes of Salted Nut Rolls you sold as a Cub Scout. Prost!

Dan Beaubien has been involved with Beerploma since 2014 although his passion for craft beer dates back to 2006 when he started traveling for beer.  Dan mostly covers craft beer events, festivals, brewery openings/releases, and beer reviews. Dan has a soft spot in his heart for authentic British Style ales, IPAs, and all things barrel-aged.  If you have any questions or comments about this article feel free to email Dan at dan.beaubien@beerploma.com .

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In preparation for the upcoming series finale of the epic Game of Thrones series on HBO, The Happy Gnome in St. Paul just hosted a beer dinner fit for royalty. As I write this, the Stark motto is proven true once more: Winter is Coming. Frigid snow billows in the air outside, obscuring vision and tricking the eye into thinking, “did I just see a white and ragged form shambling toward me?”

The three-eyed raven looks on…

To back up a bit for those who have been living under a rock for the past 8 years or so. A Game of Thrones started as a novel written by George R. R. Martin, an amazing author who cut his teeth on science fiction and horror starting back in the 1970’s. I’ve been reading his books and short stories for ages. In 1996 he published this massive tome of fantasy, which I happened to pick up in a Borders remainder bin for $6. Over the next two decades Martin very slowly parcelled out more books in this series, with many a year between each new release. The popularity of the books became quite impressive. Then in 2011, HBO released the official television series based on the books to much bloodthirsty fanfare. Between holding very close to the books, rated R content, and fantastic visual effects this series has become one of the most popular in recent history. This Sunday the final season begins.

So how does beer fit in with this story? Well, the creators of the Game of Thrones TV series decided they wanted to do a craft beer tie-in and approached Brewery Ommegang about doing this. One can assume they were big fans of the Belgian style brewery located in Upstate New York (Cooperstown). I’ve loved Belgian owned Ommegang for years–drinking and collecting their takes on Belgian styles. When the first collaboration was released it was quite the event amongst both regular nerds and beer nerds! Since then, the’ve come out with a continuing series of beers to commemmorate characters from the show.

So many beers, so little time!

Enter the Happy Gnome. This bastion of beer culture looms over the Twin Cities beer scene like a veritable Great Wall in the North. The Gnome is famous for its epic beer dinners, hosting one nearly every month. This month General Manager Evan broke out five kegs of GOT beers they had been hoarding in their cellar (along with the giant dragon skulls) and invited the Ommegang folks out to share the details with us.

Upon entering the upstairs Firehouse Room event space we were handed stemware glasses filled to the brim with the tart and refreshing Ommegang Pale Sour. With drinks in hand we roamed the room, assessing our friends and foes, watching for signs of treachery. A hard-earned word of wisdom: Always check for hidden chainmail prior to sitting down to eat with strangers.

Ommegang representative Shaun Wolf sat at the head table with his entourage like some appropriately-named Stark lord, sharing out his extensive knowledge of the brewery and the beers. We the unwashed masses raised our special glasses of foamy libations in response. Like starving wildlings we guzzled through five amazing beers paired with spectacular dishes of rich foods.

Travis chanelling his inner Tyrion

Chef Scott Brink plied our hungry gullets with dishes ranging from a tangy asparagus salad, to the most tender of porketta roasts floating atop a creamy polenta. As usual, the food alone would have been worth the trip to St. Paul.

GOT swag?

The beers were an interesting mix of styles, each seemingly better than the last. With our salad course we were treated to the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms–a hazy straw colored possibly incestruous relation to the pale sour we had tried previously. Our second beer, paired with perfectly seared halibut was the sanguinous Fire and Blood.

The King in the North!

We moved on to the previously mentioned pork tenderloin that was a true wonder of the culinary arts. This was paired with Mother of Dragons, a slightly tart amber ale sharing lineage with Belgian dubbel and sour cherry kriek. With great Hodor-like debauchery I kept tearing into these dishes with abandon, forgetting to take pictures of them before demolishing them. Next was a cheese course paired with Jon Snow’s the King in the North. This beer was my favorite of the night: a strong 10.5% ABV smooth Imperial stout aged in whiskey barrels. So good.

I wanted to make some “goes down like Wildfire” comment on this, but it was too smooth and good

And the final dish was a decadent coconut Belgian chocolate cake that I barely had room left for. The last beer was yet another strong barleywine ale brewed for Tyrion Lannister: The Hand of the Queen. This was complex, slightly fruity, and all mellow–a big beer for one so diminutive in stature.

Sj and I dressed to kill at the GOT Dinner. Photo credit Sara Lovejoy

And with that, the feast was finished. Scraps of meat were thrown to the hounds, beers were spilled, banners torn down, and maybe only a few neccessary beheadings.

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Recently we have started to reach out to breweries looking to expand our coverage to include beers from outside the Midwest. I was thrilled when Double Nickle was one of the first to respond back to us with their Torched DDH (Double Dry Hopped) Hazy Pale Ale. This beer came all the way to us from New Jersey and that “fired-up” my excitement even more!

In the Fall of 2017 I had the opportunity to explore the New Jersey Craft Beer scene (click here to read all about it), and I FELL IN LOVE. It reminded me of the bootstrap mentality we had in Minnesota in the early 2010s. It was a time when it felt like brewers were artists exploring a new frontier on a small business adventure. New Jersey is in that mind set right now. The laws are not always in their favor, the customers are just learning about the wide variety of flavors and styles beer has to offer, and you have to be offered a tour before you can be offered a beer! I LOVED every minute of it. I didn’t make it to Double Nickle on my foray to the Jersey Shore, so I was excited when New Jersey came to me! So how does Double Nickel’s Torched compare to my nostalgic memories? Let’s find out!

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Description: Tasting:

Torched pours out with an orange-ish hazy color, and has a thick foamy head that lasts forever! When held up to a strong light in a dark room, it takes on an eerie pale straw gold color, but still super hazy. The initial aroma is a citrus-y hops aroma, with a strong mix of pine and orange tossed in. I am picking up some mango or other tropical fruit in the aroma, which is typical of the hop varieties that they used. Torched has a thick mouth feel, but is silky and smooth. Carbonation is present, but light. The beer an almost warming texture to it as well. The flavors are strong on those orange flavors, smoothed out by some mango, and I would describe it as juicy. The after taste is very clean for a dry hopped Pale Ale. Torched has a great balance between the citrus, piney, and tropical fruit aromas and flavors, and it makes for a very drinkable Pale Ale.

Pairing:

Torched screams for fresh wild caught salmon. Grilled or baked will do, but I would avoid a smoke version of this fish. The delicate citrus flavors would also pair well with a variety of white fish splashed with noticeable citrus flavors. Pork chops marinated in ponzu sauce would also be a great partner with this beer. Torched also screams to be paired with a good hardy brie!

Final Thoughts:

What I liked best: I loved the citrus and tropical fruit flavors.

What surprised me: Torched was smooth and reminded me of orange juice on the mouthfeel.

What I would improve: Just a little more carbonation would have gave this a mimosa like feel to it, and I think I would have enjoyed that.

Double Nickel Brewing was on the opposite side of New Jersey from were we stayed in 2017. But after falling in love with this state during the first adventure I WILL be going back again. Torched has also given me enough reason to sojourn out to Pennsauken to check out the brewery. This beer was smooth, well balanced, and very drinkable. It’s an excellent Spring Beer. This beer is for Pale Ale lovers who like something more drinkable then the heavy hop bombs from the West Coast. It is heavy on the fruity side, while still tasting like a beer. Lastly this beer is also getting the “Beerploma Seal of Approval”, and it is an excellent beer to seek out if you are in the area!

So what are your thoughts on this beer? Leave a comment below!

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The Northern Lights Rare Beer Fest

On Saturday, March 23rd at the Minnesota History Center, I attended my first Northern Lights Rare Beer Fest. This festival features 30 carefully selected breweries to showcase rare beers. One of the best things about this festival is that it is a fundraiser for Pints For Prostates, an organization focused on raising awareness for regular health screenings for prostate cancer. So, not only is it a fun opportunity, but a great cause to support. The festival organizers, Chop Liver Beer Festivals, put on a well-run festival and that alone is reason to have this on your radar for next year!

The Venue

This was my first time setting foot inside the Minnesota History Center. It is the perfect mix of fancy and practical for a beer festival. Spanning three levels, the breweries were peppered throughout the sprawling building. This made sure that you had to keep moving if you wanted to attempt to try everything.

A Worthy Cause

The aforementioned Northern Lights Rare Beer Fest is a fundraiser for Pints For Prostates. Pints For Prostates does a ton of work with awareness and promotion of men’s health screenings for prostate cancer and other health issues. At the festival, one could get a prostate screening for free. This is noteworthy because this screening would cost around $700 dollars.

The Pints For Prostates campaign was started by Chris Lyke back in 2008. Lyke, a beer writer himself and prostate cancer survivor, has championed this cause. Lyke has adeptly paired beer with the message of men’s health awareness. It is incredible to see so many craft breweries lining up to feature some wonderful beers for such a great cause.

The Beers

I think I short-circuited my Fitbit climbing all those stairs, but it was well worth it. The variety of beers on display was nothing short of awe-inspiring. There were some of the local darlings like Forager Brewery, Dangerous Man, and Barrel Theory on display. There were also some regional breweries who paved the way for our fairly young Minnesota craft beer scene like Brooklyn Brewery, Dogfish Head, and Bell’s Brewery.

It is important to have the big craft breweries present at beer festivals. They opened up doors long ago and introduced many of us to craft beer. Today, they are the hallmark of consistency while at the same time, continuing to innovate. I was definitely impressed by what the big boys brought to the Northern Lights Rare Beer Fest.

Rare Beer Fest Favorites

It would be impossible to get around and try all the beers that were pouring at the festival without getting really out of hand. So, I was selective in what I tried at the Northern Lights Rare Beer Fest. I also wanted to remember what I drank for the purposes of being able to pen this article.

Big stouts would be readily on display. I also knew that any sour beers being poured here would be incredibly delicious. So, like Greg Maddux during his Cy Young run, I changed speeds often going from big stouts, to lighter ABV, effervescent mixed fermentation beers. At the end of the festival, five beers stuck out to me as being fantastic.

Earth Rider Brewery Vikre Sugarbush Whisky Barrel Aged Valhalla

The base beer is a scotch ale with copious amounts of rich caramel flavor. The Sugar Bush Whisky barrel imparts some balance to the caramel sweetness with hints of wood and spirit. The mouthfeel is chewy and smooth all at the same time and I think that is really what grabbed me about this beer. It sure is nice that Earth Rider has such a great relationship with Duluth’s Vikre Distillery because I am sure there are many more of these fantastic barrel aged beers to come!

Fair State Brewing Cooperative Upick 2018

When I first got into beer, I really enjoyed mixed fermentation beers. However, now they are everywhere and not everyone brews them correctly. Luckily, I know I can count on Fair State Brewing Cooperative to produce a quality mixed fermentation beer because they have the knowledge and the patience to do them right.

The Upick 2018 reminded me why I love this style of beer. A bevy of tartness, sweetness, dryness, and effervescence-pretty much a Kama Sutra clinic for your palate. I have had several of these beers in the past and I love that each one is different because each year’s harvest of fruit is different. To be suprised by a beer is becoming a real treat in my old age. Thank you, Fair State, for dazzling my senses once again.

Brooklyn Brewery Better Angels

This angelic blend of barrel aged vintages is a mixed fermentation lover’s fantasy. Basically, this comes of as a remarkably restrained Imperial Oud Bruin. I love how the various flavors of red wine and bourbon come together to create some subtle flavors or plum, raisin, tart red grapes, and red wine vinegar. This drinks smooth, but at 9.5%, it could very well sneak up on you. I love that Brooklyn Brewery had this in their arsenal because it definitely fits the theme of the festival.

Forager Brewery Black Currant Lambic

Oh, sure, when the bagpipes started playing most of the people got in the Forager Brewery line for Nillerzzzzz. However, I have tried that one before and saw that they had their first ever Lambic. Knowing what I do about how well Forager can do a fruited mixed fermentation beer, I knew what my choice would be.

This is a fantastic beer. Full of black currant flavors that range from sweet, tart, and tannic, this beer is complex and remarkable. Knowing that it is a blended beer, I knew that it would be tremendous. I think that I could do an entire crowler of this beer on my own because it is so balanced.

Barrel Theory Stormbreaker

A lot of breweries will make a stout with food flavors that comes off tasting artificial and off-putting. However, Barrel Theory understands how to evoke flavors of foods in their beers that are mind-blowing and natural. The same can be said for Stormbreaker, a Russian Imperial Stout made with marcona almonds, roasted pistachios, vanilla, and cacao. The nuttiness in this beer is roasty and enchanting. Marcona almonds have an amazingly decadent flavor and that comes across in the beer. I also appreciated how the cacao and pistachio balanced things out. Another hit in a long line of amazing stouts in the Barrel Theory books.

All in all, the Northern Lights Rare Beer Fest was an amazing night of schmoozing and sampling. I love the cause and am glad to support Pints For Prostates. The Minnesota History Center is the perfect venue for such a classy affair. I look forward to going again next year and recommend that you do the same! Prost!

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Are Beer Snobs Ruining Craft Beer?

I am sure you have heard the adage that craft beer is 99% asshole-free. Well, just like 1% of the world controls 90% of the wealth, the 1% of craft beer assholes-let’s call them beer snobs-are contradicting the ethos and message of inclusion and hospitality the beer industry is attempting to foster. In order to make craft beer for everyone, we need to ditch the beer snobbery. Not only is beer snobbery bad for craft beer, it erodes a person’s soul one snide comment at a time.

What is a Beer Snob? Photo courtesy of the Brewer’s Association at CraftbBeer.com

A beer snob is someone who looks down their Kwak glass at you. They judge your from their ivory barstool and make you feel inferior for liking what you like. They act as though their craft beer experiences far exceed those of anyone else because they knew about every great beer before it was cool.

Why Are Beer Snobs Bad?

There are varying degrees of beer snobs out there populating online beer groups and forums. They smugly belly up to taproom bars and judge everything. This ridiculous judgement is sucking the joy and life force out of craft beer.

First and foremost, these pedantic know-it-alls make craft beer feel a lot like junior high school. Beer Snobs lord their precious knowledge over you like a lonely and less affable Cliff Clavin. This results in exclusion-similar to how most of us felt when we weren’t allowed to sit at the cool kids table in the school cafeteria. Oh, yes, I remember looking at that table thinking that their food must taste so much better because they are all wearing Girbaud jeans and shirts from The Gap. I also remember first getting into craft beer and feeling that same sense of wanting to belong. It gave me pause about whether or not this was a community I wanted to be a part of.

The second reason that beer snobs are bad is that they embody the one element of being Minnesotan I hate. Beer snobs are insufferably passive-aggressive. They will find any reason they can to one-up what you. They say things like, “Oh, I remember when I liked brown ales.” They make sure you know that whatever you are into, they found it first back when it was awesome. “Oh, yes, I liked a Gose four years ago, but now they are everywhere and not cool.”

Is it cool that you have tried a lot of beers? Sure. That is all well and good. However, just because your thumb is a calloused scepter of judgement thanks to your 15,000 Untappd check-ins does not give you the right to make my craft beer experience less than yours. As a matter of fact, no two craft beer experiences are alike because no two palates are alike. Unless you have Doc Brown on speed dial, there is no way in hell you can truly tell me that the 2008 Darkness is categorically better than the 2019 variety.

Lastly, beer snobs seem to have a troubling lack of empathy. Everyone starts from a novice level of beer knowledge and that is just a fact. Even Michael Jackson, the Beer Hunter (Albus Dumbledore of beer knowledge) didn’t burst forth from his mother’s loins with an innate ability to detect diacetyl. He once probably ordered a beer that wouldn’t even get a 1 out of 5 on Untappd and enjoyed the hell out of it.

I suspect that the beer snobs who lack empathy for a craft beer novice do so because they see a snapshot of what they used to be. They, too, remember feeling vulnerable and clueless about beer. This feeling of inadequacy manifested into a vitriolic quest to make others feel exactly as stupid as they did back in their formative craft beer drinking years. Well, congrats, asshat, you unlocked the achievement of bratty 7 year-old.

Beer Geeks Will Inherit The Earth

How do we change this? How do we get rid of that 1% and make craft beer 100% asshole-free? I have an idea. Let’s agree to replace beer snobs with beer geeks. Beer geeks are excited about all craft beer. A beer geek understands that everyone likes what they like and that is ok. A beer geek remembers what it was like to start out on this journey. However, rather than being bitter about their lack of innate knowledge at the outset of their quest for beer knowledge, they can appreciate how they have grown. That growth shows itself in a desire to want to celebrate their beer knowledge with others in a positive and convivial way.

A few beer geeks at the Homebrew Con in Minneapolis, MN.

By replacing beer snobs with beer geeks we ensure that craft beer can be a welcoming atmosphere for all people. There are so many underrepresented demographics in craft beer: females, Latinos, and African-Americans to name a few. These lacking demographics show themselves in both brewery staffs and patrons in taprooms. If there is one thing that will go a long way in raising the percentages of these groups and making them feel like they belong, it is someone reaching out and welcoming them to the table. It takes someone to keep front and center the notion that craft beer is about bringing people together, no matter how much they know about this amazing drink.

So, next time you are sharing a conversation and a pint, remember the golden rule: treat others the way you want to be treated. Also, know that it is ok to geek out about whatever beer that makes you happy. Prost!

Dan Beaubien has been involved with Beerploma since 2014 although his passion for craft beer dates back to 2006 when he started traveling for beer.  Dan mostly covers craft beer events, festivals, brewery openings/releases, and beer reviews. Dan has a soft spot in his heart for authentic British Style ales, IPAs, and all things barrel-aged.  If you have any questions or comments about this article feel free to email Dan at dan.beaubien@beerploma.com .

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