2012: The Year in Beer

Discussion in 'Midwest' started by hoeg0015, Dec 23, 2012.

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  1. hoeg0015

    hoeg0015 Initiate (0) Jul 15, 2008 Minnesota

    Time for the year-end lists! I always enjoy looking back and re-living some of my favorite beers and beer moments of the year. Here goes:

    Favorite new (to all or just to me) local beers:

    Indeed Day Tripper
    Summit Saga
    Town Hall Twisted Jim
    Surly Brett Liquor (maybe my #1 of the year)
    Fitger's Framboise

    Beers of Fame I ticked:

    Westvleteren XII ('03 was sublime, '11 was meh.)
    Heady Topper
    Founders CBS (bottle>tap for me)

    Out-of-market faves:

    Alpine Nelson
    Bruery Sour in the Rye
    Russian River Row 2 Hill 56
    Allagash Confluence

    On tap gems:

    Goose Island Dominique
    Great Lakes Rally Drum Red
    Bells Barrel Aged Cherry Stout (In the running for best of the year)

    Watering hole of the year: Buster's on 28th. Great bartenders, good events, gave me two free Kwak glasses just because I asked.

    Liquor store that stole the most of my money: The Ale Jail

    Favorite beer-travels experiences: The Mellow Mushroom, Charleston, SC, Papago Brewing, Scottsdale, AZ

    I really tried to limit this post, but dang, I drank a lot of tasty beer this year. What were some of your favorites? (Feel free to customize your categories).
     
  2. Alpar

    Alpar Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2009 Wisconsin

    Favorite new (to all or just to me) local beers:

    Indeed Day Tripper
    Indeed Jalapeno beer!
    Surly Abrasive
    Surly Brett Liquor
    Fitger's BA Ed Fitz


    Beers of Fame I ticked:

    Green Flash West Coast IPA
    Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
    Russian River Blind Pig (Personal Favorite)

    Out-of-market faves:

    Apple Brandy Hunahpu
    Blind Pig
    New Glarus IIPA
    CITRA
    Chocolate Rain
    Bligh's Barleywine!

    On tap gems:

    Bell's BA Batch 9000
    Surly Brett Liquor
    Lagunitas Tank 7 (mistake beer) Had this at Muddy Waters and was blown away
    Woodford Reserve Barrel Aged Darkness w/ Vanilla Beans (Whoa)

    Watering hole of the year: Bryant Lake Bowl or Muddy Waters. Buster's is definitely up there for me as well.

    Liquor store that stole the most of my money: Can't disclose secret beer buying locations :)

    Favorite beer-travels experiences:

    The Central Waters Anniversary Party was absolutely amazing. Free 1414 on tap, nothing can beat that.
     
  3. ryanfolty

    ryanfolty Aspirant (215) Jul 17, 2011 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    Thanks for the post and getting me to think about what an amazing beer year this was for me. Only my second year in the "game" so almost everything on my list was new to me.

    Favorite new (to all or just to me) local beers:
    Barley John Dark Knight Returns
    TH Czar Jack
    TH Tumaltuous Rare
    Surly Oak Aged Tea Bagged Abrasive
    Steel Toe Before The Dawn

    Beers of Fame I ticked:
    Bruery Chocolate Rain
    Bruery Black Tuesday
    Cantillon Blabaer
    Cigar City Hunahpu
    Westy XII - 40 year old bottle

    Out-of-market faves:
    Founders CBS
    Bells Black Note
    Lost Abbey Deliverance
    Sam Adams Utopias
    Goose Island King Henry

    On tap gems:
    CBS - Tilias & Happy Gnome
    Goose Island BCS - Busters
    Black Note - Busters
    Surly Oak Aged Tea Bagged Abrasive - TH Tap (went back later in the day for another glass of it)
    Bells Bourbon Barrel 9000 - Busters

    Watering hole of the year: Buster's (shocker based on my on tap gems list, right)

    Favorite beer-travels experiences: Black Friday at Goose Island Clybourn and Darkness Day
     
  4. hoeg0015

    hoeg0015 Initiate (0) Jul 15, 2008 Minnesota

    Pretty sure everyone knows all your money goes to your Wisconsin proxy.
     
  5. Alpar

    Alpar Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2009 Wisconsin

    That connection has since been lost... I'm on my own in the wild again:(
     
  6. minnesotaryan

    minnesotaryan Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2010 Minnesota

    Favorite new (to all or just to me) local beers:

    Indeed Day Tripper
    Indeed Midnight Ryder
    Surly Mild
    Surly Bandwagon
    Steel Toe Before The Dawn
    Indeed Haywire
    Summit Saga
    Fitger's BB Edmund Fitz

    Beers of Fame I ticked:

    Westvleteren XII ('03 was sublime, '11 was meh.)
    Heady Topper
    Founders CBS
    Pliny
    Kate the Great
    Framboise for a Cure
    Blacknote
    Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek

    Out-of-market faves:

    Alpine Pure/Exponential Hoppyness
    Bruery Sour in the Rye
    Russian River T25
    Dogfish Head Bitches Brew
    Dogfish Head 120 Minute
    2008 Bourbon County
    Cascade Strawberry

    On tap gems:

    Goose Island 08 BCBS
    Cantillon Rose De Gambrinus
    Townhall Barrel Monkey
    Townhall Fresh Hop
    Townhall Citra Pale Ale

    Watering hole of the year: Buster's on 28th, Pizza Luce St Paul or Bryant Lake Bowl, lots of exceptional beers poured.

    Liquor store that stole the most of my money: Firkins or Highland Park Haskells.

    Favorite beer-travels experiences: no real beer travels, but enjoyed some nice beers up at Fitgers and some nice beers at JL Beers in Fargo.
     
  7. morimech

    morimech Poo-Bah (2,809) Nov 6, 2006 Minnesota

    Favorite new (to all or just to me) local beers:
    Steel Toe Size 11
    Longbeard Winter Wheat
    Commander
    Mankato Original
    Chimney Sweep
    Hop Dish
    Midnight Ryder

    Beers of Fame I ticked:
    Fuller's London Porter

    Out-of-market faves:
    Tramp Stamp
    Double Old Thumper Ale
    Organic Farmer Brown Ale
    Four(#4) by Upright Brewing is my favorite of the year
    Bourbonic Plague
    Cuvee Des Jacobins Rouge

    Favorite beer-travels experiences:
    Sort of limited this year. But the visit to Toppling Goliath ranks one of the best I have had in recent times. Reminded me of the pleasant, intimite experiences of past travels that are missing, and never will be experienced in the twin cities.
     
  8. Otis32

    Otis32 Initiate (141) Jan 1, 2011 Minnesota

    Favorite new (to all or just to me) local beers:
    Easy Rider
    Day Tripper
    Morning Wood
    Auroch's Horn (on Rhubarb)
    Cherry Bean
    Saga

    Beers of Fame I ticked:
    None really

    Out-of-market faves:
    (Most On Tap & Enjoyed Locally)

    White Rajah
    Ol Chub
    Left Hand Milk Stout (Nitro)
    Ten Fiddy
    Osiris Pale Ale
    Daisy Cutter
    Artic Panzer Wolf
    Topless Wytch
    Jai Alai

    Favorite Local Watering Hole:

    Don't get out in the cities much but probably Groveland Tap.



    Favorite beer-travels experiences:
    Three Floyds taproom. Great people watching, great food & great beer.
     
  9. minnesotaryan

    minnesotaryan Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2010 Minnesota

    I need to add Groveland Tap and Town Hall to this.
     
  10. RKPStogie

    RKPStogie Initiate (0) Nov 4, 2011 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    Favorite new (to all or just to me) local beers:
    Indeed Day Tripper (Or just about anything Indeed)
    Toppling Goliath Pseudo Sue (It takes me the same amount of time to get to TG as TH so local to me:))
    Toppling Goliath Naughty 90
    Surly Bandwagon
    Summit Saga
    Toppling Goliath Mornin' Delight

    Out of Market Favs:
    NG Enigma
    NG Serendipity
    Cigar City Cucumber Sasion
    Hoppin Frog BORIS and BA BORIS
    3F Alpha King
    Stone Ruination 10

    Beers of Fame I ticked:
    Pliny
    CW 1414
    Brooklyn Black Ops
    Black Note

    On Tap Gems:
    KBS (Randomly on Tap at Haute Dish)
    TH Three Hour Tour

    Favorite Local Watering Hole:
    Tap House

    Beer Store that Stole the Most of my Money:
    Andy's in Roch
    France 44 in the cities

    Favorite Beer Travel-Related Experience:
    Great Taste of Midwest
     
  11. Penguin3200

    Penguin3200 Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2008 Minnesota

    Favorite new local beers tried this year:

    Indeed Daytripper
    Town Hall Pint Club Ale
    Steel Toe Before the Dawn
    Steel Toe Size 11

    Out of market new Favorites:

    Shorts huma Lupa IPA
    Crooked Stave Sentience
    Boneyard Hop Venom
    Beechwood BBQ Melrose IPA and Hop Ninja
    Pizza Port Bacon and Eggs

    Beers of Fame:

    Isabelle Proximus (thanks ShadesofGray)
    Apple Brandy Hunaphu (thanks Alex)
    Darkness Vertical (thanks Lobo and others at DD)
    Utopias
    Splinter Black
    BA Autumnal Fire (-at Firkin Fest)

    On tap gems:
    Bb Batch 9000
    Black Note
    KBS
    Stone 10th Anniversary Ruination

    Watering Hole:
    Town Hall and Town Hall Tap

    Beer Stores:
    SLL
    France 44

    Beer Travels:

    Firestone international Beerfest
    GABF

    Was an awesome year. Finally met the Mn BA crew, got involved in BIFs and had some awesome trips and experiences. Looking forward to 2013!
     
  12. hood17

    hood17 Initiate (0) Aug 6, 2011 Minnesota

    Local Favorites 2012 (in order)
    Surly Wet - simcoe
    Summit Unchained Abbey Ale
    Lift Bridge Hop Dish
    Indeed Midnight Ryder
    Brau Bros Rye Wyne - does 2011 vintage count?
    Summit Unchained Old 152
    Summit Saga
    Schells Chimney Sweep
    Dave's Brewfarm Matacabras - not sure if this is new for 2012 but it was the first I've had it


    Wow us Minnesotans are spoiled
     
  13. theCoder

    theCoder Disciple (393) Oct 24, 2011 Minnesota
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    You were correct to question it, its not new. My first time having it was 2 years ago and I love that beer.
     
  14. will1256

    will1256 Disciple (366) Dec 4, 2010 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    Favorite new (to all or just to me) local beers:

    Summit Saga
    Town Hall Mango Mama
    Surly Bandwagon
    Fulton Worthy Adversary
    Brau Brothers BB Quad

    Beers of Fame I ticked:

    Heady Topper
    Founders CBS
    Cantillon Iris
    Hunahpu’s
    CW1414
    FFF Dark Lord
    BCBS Rare

    Out-of-market faves:
    Alesmith Speedway Stout
    Ballast Point Sculpin
    FW Parabola
    FW Double Jack
    Eclipse EC18

    On tap gems:

    2008 BCBS
    Cantillon Rose De Gambrinus
    Bell’s Black Note
    Town Hall Three Hour Tour
    Dark Horse BBPtF
    CW1414

    Watering hole(s) of the year: Happy Gnome, Muddy Waters, Groveland Tap

    Liquor store that stole the most of my money: Thomas

    Favorite beer-travels experiences: Brought back a good haul from Boston, and managed to try some interesting beers in New Zealand this year!

    A great year of beer for me, got to try a lot of fantastic beers, went to some awesome tastings, and met some great BA’s. Just had my first kiddo, so this year might be a little less exciting on the beer front, but it will definitely be a different kind of exciting. Hope everyone else had as good a year as I did, and here’s to a great 2013!
     
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