Discussion in 'US - Midwest' started by pourmeadrink, Nov 20, 2013.
Anyone seen any regular SotN lately?
They had it at Stinson but that was a few weeks ago now. Not sure if it's a quick mover though.
I've decided that I'm in the Christmas spirit, and that I have too many new goodies at home I already need to drink so I'll be passing on the Star of the North #1 "stash" I discovered the other day. As of two days ago there were 2-3 bottles at Byerly's in Chanhassen. If you're in EP/Chaska/Chan area, go get 'em!
^Anyone grab these?
I just got my first bottle of Framboise du Nord. Can't wait to try this one tonight.
The next Noble Star offering was bottled this month. It's called North Country Brunette and is a Berlin-Style Marzen Wheat Ale aged in wood barrels.
I know they let these beer bottle condition for a while. Anybody know when this will be out?
That sounds excellent. Stoked for this one too.
How long do these bottles stay good for? I don't mean aging for the sake of aging, but I bought a bottle of Framboise last month at the BX and I'll be drinking it Saturday night and I'm hoping it'll still taste okay (compared to the dusty bottle of Fallen Apple I found that wasn't quite so good anymore) - but if I luck out on stumbling across the Star of the North - would it hold up?
I had a Star of the North and a Framboise recently, both delicious as ever.
Had a SotN yesterday. Pretty damn good. Do not think it has evolved much. Certainly has not deteriorated. Have another bottle that I will drink sometime this summer.
Assuming you aren't planning on holding onto these beers for decades to come, I'd be willing to bet that when you get the urge to open your bottle it will still be good-very good.
Great! Thanks, folks. The one I have should get cracked tonight, but I'm still hoping I can stumble across Star of the North.
Saw 3 bottles of SotN at Team Liquor in Shorewood today. Buy at your own risk only because of how they are displayed on the top shelf in the middle of the store.
Great beer but I can't imagine a Berliner being a great candidate to age. Maybe the raspberries will fade but I don't know why you'de want that. These releases along with the Pils 30th Anny - Schells is killing lately.
Doesn't Schell use their original (well, post-Repeal era)140 bbl. cypress fermentation tanks, rather than barrels, for these beers?
Can't get anything by @jesskidden.
Berliner Weiss is known for maintaing its character rather than actually developing when aged. That said, they hold up really well over time. But the fruit character of Framboise du Nord will surely fade over time.
"Four generations later, current President Ted Marti and his son Jace, also German-trained brewers, revived a very rare cypress fermentation tank, purchased by third generation President Alfred in 1936 and located in a cellar built by Otto, for their newest Berlin-style wheat beer series: the Noble Star Collection... They used an authentic mixed culture of yeasts and bacteria from Berlin for fermentation and aged it in one of their original cypress wood lagering tanks from 1936."
Just popped a Star of the North last night. Still damn good!
Has it changed at all for the better or worse? Wondering if I should grab a few more bottles
Framboise Du Nord was damn tasty Saturday night.
I dont think it changed at all actually. It was still crisp and flavorful!
SotN and FDN hit the trifecta of what I look for in a MN based beer.
*Still taste fantastic
*Excellent extras for trades
The only drawback for me is that FDN could be a little more wallet friendly.
FDN seems to have faded the berries just a bit. I like that as I thought it was too raspberry heavy when opened. still have one SotN left, saving for a nice sit on the patio day
Next in the series: North Country Brünette
I'm so excited for this!
Finally opened Framboise Du Nord, what a beauty! Not overly tart and a delicious raspberry flavor.
Framboise du Nord won a bronze model in the German-Style Sour Ale at the World Beer Cup 2014!
Is SotN still out there... sitting on a shelf, lonely, waiting to be purchased?
I saw a bunch sitting on the shelf at Island Wines and More in Cumberland, WI. If you are up for a road trip, that is.
Thanks. Maybe can ask the in laws if I can't find it around the cities. They live in Grantsburg, but I know my farther-in-law passes through there often enough.
I believe there is still a case or two at Haskell's Minnetonka.
Do we have a release week for the North Country Brünette? I believe I saw that it was bottled in the first few days of April and they said they would let it bottle condition for a few weeks. Figured that would put us about this week or next week.
North Country Brunette has hit South Dakota. The (unconfirmed) word I heard was that the Sioux Falls distributor received only 5 cases - and they cover a very large geographic area of SoDak.
I picked up a bottle today in Sioux Falls.
I love the fact SD gets this before Roch...
Never try to understand beer distribution
We had Hoptimum before parts of California
Went to four firkins tonight to try the Brunette. It is very good and flavor profile reminded me a bit of La Folie. Probably my favorite from the series thus far.
Jace (head brewer from Schells was there) and he mentioned they are working on reconditioning their other cypress tanks for use. Currently they have 2 tanks and have 8 more that are being restored. He'd like to eventually have the noble star beers available year-round. Next up is a berliner aged on cherries.
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