Bank Brewing - Hendricks, MN

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  1. NIN1988

    NIN1988 Initiate (116) Oct 9, 2013 South Dakota

    Has anyone else tried their Hop Lab? It's a great IPA. I've had their smoke beer and Berliner Weiss also. I also went to the tap room recently and its a really cool place. We get them here in Sioux Falls, but I've heard they're also at Total Wine in the Metro area.
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  2. BigBadBeerSnob

    BigBadBeerSnob Aspirant (213) Jul 31, 2013 Wisconsin

    I haven't made it up to the taproom yet but have heard from friends that it's a pretty cool place. I'm hoping to make it to their release party Jan. 10th. for "Into the Black" (10% Black IPA)

    I will 2nd the Hop Lab endorsement. And I think you are talking about Smoke Bomb and Sour Bomb?? Both very good as well and I liked that the Smoke Bomb was a smoked ale rather than a porter like Surly Smoke or other popular smokey beers.
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  3. maximum12

    maximum12 Poo-Bah (4,713) Jan 21, 2008 Minnesota
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    Based on having tried 1876 Rye & Devil's Gulch, I'm surprised anyone is drinking Bank Beer.

    They were two of the worst beers I've ever tried to choke down. If they've turned a corner & are making some decent stuff, good for them - I never wish ill on a brewery. But I'll let y'all be the test goats for anything further they put out, as I won't be putting down good money for any more of their brews.
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  4. dc55110

    dc55110 Aspirant (293) Oct 24, 2010 Minnesota

    The Sour Bomb was not sour and at its price point it bombed. I gave it two chances a month or so apart hoping it had been released too soon, but both bottles were the same. A slightly tart wit bier.
  5. Chaz

    Chaz Poo-Bah (2,130) Feb 3, 2002 Minnesota
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    Different strokes and all, but both of those beers worked for me at the time (and yeah, I had two bottles of the latter and two sixers of the former, so I probably just got lucky. This was also taking into consideration the fact that those were brewed at the old Brau Brothers facility in Lucan.)

    The last I checked they were still brewing two their original brands (Rooster Lager and Walleye Chop) which were originally brewed at Cold Spring, but I'm pretty sure that everything is now being brewed and kegged/packaged at the new facility in Hendricks. Maybe their brewer can chime-in on this thread to clarify that? I know he's got an account on this site. :wink:
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  6. FourBetter

    FourBetter Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2010 Minnesota

    Been a few years but I quite liked their 1876 Rye. But I also really like rye ales.
  7. maximum12

    maximum12 Poo-Bah (4,713) Jan 21, 2008 Minnesota
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    I love rye ales; I'd have a rye IV set up if I could. I'm still waiting for that killer canned/bottled rye that I can have in the fridge 365 days a year.
  8. NIN1988

    NIN1988 Initiate (116) Oct 9, 2013 South Dakota

    Walleye Chop and Rooster are still contract brewed. I would really try the Hop Lab Green beer. I think they did a wonderful job on it and I usually snub IPAs from small breweries. The Hop Lab series, Smoke Bomb, and Sour Bomb are new creations after the new head brewer took over. I will agree that Sour Bomb is not exactly a bomb of sour flavor, more like an Oarsman type beer.
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  9. BankBrewer

    BankBrewer Initiate (0) May 9, 2014 South Dakota

    Hey guys. First post for me here!

    Chaz - I'm the brewer at the new facility in Hendricks. I've essentially created a whole new line of beers separate from anything created before June 2014, anything that you don't see below is part of the "" brands and is still being produced at Brau and Cold Spring for the fans of those brands.

    Here is the lineup so far:
    Hop Bandit - Simcoe Pale Ale. Single Dry Hop, Lower strength, more of a "session" ale if you want to split hairs. Uses about 1lb Simcoe/ BBL.
    Wanted - Amarillo Pale Wheat Ale. Double Dry hop, again, "session" strength, almost a "session IPA", if you will. Uses about 1.5lb Amarillo/ BBL.
    Sour Bomb - Tart wheat ale. The TTB doesn't like when we call it a Berliner Weisse. Straight-forward tart and otherwise clean, refreshing ale. Again, low strength on that one.
    Smoke Bomb - Smoke ale. 7% ale brewed with beechwood and cherrywood smoked malts to give an intense smoky flavor and aroma but finish clean and dry - not a porter.
    Hop Lab (green) - West coast IPA. Dry, 2 lb/ bbl of Citra, Simcoe and Amarillo.
    Into the Black - Imperial Black IPA. 10% Citra and Amarillo with Dark Candi Sugar added. 4.5 lbs hops /BBL
    Hop Lab (blue) - Same grain bill as green with 100% Citra @ 2 lb/ BBL

    dc55110 - I'd be glad to replace the product with another one of your choice if you would like, but here is a little more on that beer for you. We are working to get into a more affordable packages but, that was our first attempt at a retail package and with hand filling, labeling, crowning one at a time into those thick champagne bottles our cost is quite high.

    maximum12 - I'd really appreciate if you would give some of my new products a try!

    all others - Thanks for the kind words! I'm doing my best and always looking forward to feedback from the community.

  10. Can_if_you_can

    Can_if_you_can Crusader (793) Mar 15, 2012 Minnesota

    Yea, 1876 rye was AWESOME, one of the best ryes I've ever had next to Great River's "Hopopotamus"!!!
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  11. ramay86

    ramay86 Initiate (0) Jul 30, 2014 Minnesota

    Hop Lab Blue was, far and away, my favorite new MN IPA this year. Extremely well done, @BankBrewer.
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  12. Rajaholick

    Rajaholick Initiate (158) Jan 9, 2011 Minnesota

    Is this stuff really available at total wine?
  13. DoctorRock

    DoctorRock Initiate (174) May 13, 2010 Minnesota

    Bank Brewing Hop Lab Blue Label (dry hopped citra) available at Vinifera in Plymouth. Bottled 5/15. One of the best new IPAs I've had this year.
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  14. SD-Alefan

    SD-Alefan Savant (967) Dec 12, 2013 South Dakota

    Hap Lab Blue is superb.
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  15. HammsMeASAP

    HammsMeASAP Initiate (130) Jun 14, 2012 Minnesota

    I'll probably hit them up on Saturday. Hoping they still have it.
  16. TGanyone

    TGanyone Disciple (335) Jan 29, 2014 Iowa

    Is this the only place in the Cities that has it?
  17. DoctorRock

    DoctorRock Initiate (174) May 13, 2010 Minnesota

    I previously got it at Princeton's, bit not sure they have this latest batch. I would guess they do, but I'd call or stop in.
  18. ramay86

    ramay86 Initiate (0) Jul 30, 2014 Minnesota

    South Lyndale is where I got it the first go around. Drank a 5-15 bottle from Vinifera last night (thanks Andy), and it was splendid.
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  19. Boat

    Boat Initiate (75) Jul 29, 2014 Minnesota

    I picked one up at South Lyndale yesterday (5/15 bottle date). They still had quite a few in the cooler. Haven't tried it yet so I can't offer any recommendations.
  20. doner24

    doner24 Initiate (99) Apr 16, 2013 Minnesota

    They got it but there was only one bottle left on the shelf on Tuesday, not sure if they had anymore in back.
  21. BA-Landers

    BA-Landers Initiate (100) May 2, 2014 California

    Princeton's still has bottles. Just picked up some to try.
  22. TEdubbaD

    TEdubbaD Aspirant (259) Oct 31, 2013 Minnesota

    Haven't tried it yet but picked up a bottle at Liquor Barrel SLP, there were a few more in the cooler.
  23. Boat

    Boat Initiate (75) Jul 29, 2014 Minnesota

    My mistake. 4/15 bottle date, not 5/15.
  24. mnbearsfan

    mnbearsfan Aspirant (266) Dec 25, 2009 Minnesota

    Gonna crack one tonight!
  25. Petcha

    Petcha Aspirant (260) Jul 30, 2012 Minnesota

    Great beer, definitely has put Bank on my radar
  26. nograz

    nograz Disciple (393) Oct 30, 2013 Minnesota

    Had one last night, it is good, just too earthy/dank for me.
  27. HammsMeASAP

    HammsMeASAP Initiate (130) Jun 14, 2012 Minnesota

    Picked up the blue at Princeton's, dated 5/15. Will probably consume it tonight. Also, got Sour and Smoke Bomb.
  28. morimech

    morimech Poo-Bah (3,894) Nov 6, 2006 Minnesota

    Consumed my bottle. Too dank and overripe(rotten) fruity for me. But I knew this going in. I believe it is a well crafted beer even though I was not thrilled by it. People who like Toppling Goliath Sue beers would like this.
  29. DoctorRock

    DoctorRock Initiate (174) May 13, 2010 Minnesota

    Yellow label (Amarillo) is even better than the blue label. Great job guys!!!
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  30. ramay86

    ramay86 Initiate (0) Jul 30, 2014 Minnesota

  31. Otis32

    Otis32 Initiate (106) Jan 1, 2011 Minnesota

    The blue label was very good maybe not Sue/ZD good but a real solid beer. Is the yellow label out in good quantities now? Web site says available 5/22 but have not seen it. Amarillo is a favorite for me so am anxious to try it.
  32. DoctorRock

    DoctorRock Initiate (174) May 13, 2010 Minnesota

  33. ramay86

    ramay86 Initiate (0) Jul 30, 2014 Minnesota

    Those bastards switched to 22oz bottles!

    *happily hands over 9 dollars*
  34. Petcha

    Petcha Aspirant (260) Jul 30, 2012 Minnesota

    Yellow at Princetons. $7.50. Have some blue label left too
  35. sembo

    sembo Initiate (184) Feb 1, 2014 Minnesota

    Has anyone seen Blue or Yellow label in Minneapolis. Any left at South Lyndale?
  36. MNBeer1017

    MNBeer1017 Devotee (474) Mar 27, 2013 Minnesota

    Blue 4-15 at total wine bloomington
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  37. Frumious_Bandersnatch

    Frumious_Bandersnatch Initiate (102) Jan 20, 2015 Minnesota

    South Lyndale has several cases of Yellow,
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  38. Atom13

    Atom13 Initiate (133) Jun 29, 2010 Minnesota

    Just there blue too.
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  39. sembo

    sembo Initiate (184) Feb 1, 2014 Minnesota

    Thanks @Frumious_Bandersnatch, @Atom13, and @MNBeer1017! I stopped into South Lyndale Tuesday Night and grabbed a bomber of blue and yellow. Blue was solid, nice to see good beer coming from a newer brewery. I'd only sampled their stuff at beer fests so that was my first bottled sample. Yellow will probably be consumed tonight!
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  40. sembo

    sembo Initiate (184) Feb 1, 2014 Minnesota

    Drinking the yellow label tonight. Really great stuff,appreciate the recommendations. I think this stands up to some top notch national IPAs. Not the most complex beer, but smooth, lightish body, clean and lets the Amarillo shine. Awesome!
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