The Craft Brewers Conference is in Minneapolis this May for the first time ever!
To celebrate, we have collaborated with some of our good friends across the state to brew some awesome new beers. All 7 will be released on Friday 4/29 and will be on tap until they run out!
For those of you from out-of-state visiting for the conference- welcome! We hope you enjoy these MN brews (and see why MN is the “Land of 10,000 LAGERS). For you locals- we’ll get back to our regularly scheduled Unmapped beer program soon, but take pride in knowing your state’s beer scene is something amazing!
Here are the collab brews:
No More Mr. Rice Guy (Spilled Grain, Annandale) – A Rice Lager brewed with our friends from Spilled Grain in Annandale. This beer is 4.0% ABV and 17 IBU. It’s light in body, but strong in flavor. Brewed with distiller’s malt and multiple forms of rice (rice flakes, Jasmine rice, and rice syrup solids), No More Mr. Rice Guy is crisp and clean. In the whirlpool, we added Sorachi Ace hops for just a hint of spice aroma to compliment the malty sweetness.
Smokin’ in the Taproom (22 Northmen, Alexandria) – Our buddies up in Alexandria, 22 Northmen, are known for killer lagers. In fact, the majority of their beer sold is of the bottom fermenting variety. For the Smoked Helles, we used a traditional step-mash schedule to help the fermentability of the beer. Pilsen and Beech Smoked malt make up the grain bill with Hallertau Tradition hops throughout. Strong notes of Beech Smoke in the aroma are balanced by a crisp pilsner flavor. Coming in at 5.2% ABV and 19 IBU, this beer is clean, elegant, and straight out of Bamberg.
It’s Gonna Be Mai (Little Thistle, Rochester) – Bock beers have traditionally been brewed for special occasions and this collaboration with GABF award winner, Little Thistle, was no exception. Brewed with Minnesota grown wild rice, we created the perfect balance between malty and sweet, this beer is so clean and delicate you’d think you were drinking a caramel Pilsner. Landing at 7.4% ABV, this Maibock is the most unique and purely spring beer that’ll help you bridge the gap between winter and summer. As the most underrated ‘90s boy band so eloquently sang, it IS going to be May.
Land of 10,000 Lagers (CBC Commemorative Beer) – This Czech Dark Lager was brewed as the commemorative beer for the Craft Brewers Conference being hosted in Minneapolis May 2-5. The recipe was created to celebrate Minnesota’s strong history and tradition in brewing and craft beer. Full flavors of baked bread and chocolate with Kazbek hops contributing classic noble spice and slight fruitiness all brought together with a clean lager fermentation. 4.9% ABV 24 IBU
Fantastic Voyage (Voyageur Brewing, Grand Marais) – Come along and ride on a Fantastic Voyage! This Double Dry Hopped West Coast IPA was brewed up with Voyageur Brewing Company on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Strata hops in the boil, Mosaic Incognito in the whirlpool, and both twice again for the dry hop. 7.5% ABV with aromas of Devil’s Lettuce, fresh strawberries, rainbow sherbert, and white Airheads. Slide slide slippity-slide!
Partners in (Wheat)Wine (Omni Brewing, Maple Grove) – What’s a Wheatwine you ask? Well, it’s like a Barleywine except made with a high percentage of wheat. Duh. This beer is high in ABV at 8.8% with notes of ripe grapes, stone fruit, and freshly baked bread. To add more layers of fun to this collaboration, each brewery is barrel aging a portion of the beer with ⅔ of our Wheatwine currently aging in Rye Whiskey and Rum barrels.
I Am the Warrior (Warrior, Duluth) – Partnering with GABF silver medalist and veteran owned brewery, Warrior Brewing Company, I Am the Warrior is our attempt at a traditional Norwegian farmhouse ale. At a smooth 5.9%, we brewed this beer with Kveik Hornindal yeast at high fermentation temperatures, apricot and other stone fruit aromas and flavors are at the forefront of this beer. Homegrown Rocky Mountain juniper branches were added to the mash for a unique piney bitterness which pairs with the bready and biscuit flavors from Maris Otter, rye, and honey malts. We topped it off with local Duluth honey to round out the profile.