In light of the way Beer North has FALLEN recently(I regret to say I posted ONCE last week), I have thought deeply about what the next step should be. To help keep the small amount of followers I may still have, I have decided to cut Beer North posts to 3 per week, hoping I can achieve that goal… SO look for new posts every Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. I hope that you find these changes to your liking and with much luck I will add more posts as I settle into my new employed life.
With that said, Monday Morning Memories this week does NOT include any NEW beers. However, I did give a beer a second chance that I didn’t really appreciate earlier this year. Stone IPA, I had out of a bottle from a rack of Build your own 6 pack not knowing how old it was, I rated it rather low. I was sitting, or more accurately standing, at The Nook in St. Paul waiting for my table to enjoy their famous stuffed burgers. I enjoyed a tap of the formally berated beer and my eyes were open to the possibility of OLD IPA. This epiphany made me question my love for those pick your own 6 pack kiosks. From this point forward I will look more carefully at those bottles searching for dates, especially the more hoppy beers. The hoppier the beer the more important the freshness is. This time with the Stone I was able to enjoy it and pick out the subtle tastes, so much so that I ordered a second one. As for that burger, WOW, I had a Guy’s Big Bite, which is a burger stuffed with pepper jack cheese and topped with roast beef. It was amazing and served with hand cut french fries, which were the icing on the cake.
Another thing I enjoyed this weekend was the Summit taproom. I had the distinct pleasure to be invited to their taproom’s soft opening Friday night. The OFFICIAL Grand Opening is this coming Friday, September 28th from 3:00 to 8:00. They had Nate’s Dogs on site for food, board games, and music for entertainment. Who needs entertainment when you have good cold beer to enjoy. They offer pints($5) and 4 beer Flights($7) that are pre-selected. The other nice thing was that they sell tokens for each choice, that way you don’t have to deal with change from the bartender, just grab your beer and go enjoy! It was nice to enjoy fresh Summit while being able to show my wife and friends around the brewery. The highlight for them was the gift shop where we dropped a more than a few dollars. I suggest you check it out when you have a free Friday night!!
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