414 7th St., W.
St. Paul, MN 55102
This St. Paul brewery seldom stands still in rotating new releases of beer and ale. For now, you can count on the double brown Ominous to warm you when the cold weather hits. An intensely dark beer, Ominous is a blend of American, English and Belgian malts. The end product has a rich and nutty flavor. A dark sugar with date, raisin, plum and chocolate accents enhance the taste. Oats make a full-bodied texture.
3134 California St NE, Suite 122
Minneapolis, MN 55418
For a hearty winter beer, Dark Territory has the texture and flavors. An intricate blend of six different malts, oats, unsweetened coconut, cocoa and milk sugar, this dark beer has subtle flavors and a delicate aroma. Those who stay away from beer complain about the hop bitterness. Dark Territory offsets the bitterness with coconut, which also gives a textured and smoother taste. You can put aside the red wine; the beer goes well with bleu cheese and roast beef dishes.
1860 Schell Road
New Ulm, MN 56073
Almost any Schell beer can stand up to the winter while also being suitable for warmer weather. But two beers stand out for winter. The Chimney Sweep black lager has stalwart hop bitterness and a rich, roasted malt taste. Schmaltz’s Alt, with deep malt chocolate and sweet licorice flavors, has full-bodied flavors in addition to being a winter warmer. Since 1860, Schell Brewing Co. has been making craft beer. The brewery’s founder, August Schell, made history. Schell, his wife and family, and other German ex-patriates helped build New Ulm.
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1744 Terrace Drive
Roseville, MN 55113
Bent Brewdistillery has brews on tap. Its winter beers, Maroon and Bold and Uber Lupin, are hot sellers during the cold winter. Maroon and Bold, brewed only from Minnesota hops and malt, has rich hints of citrus, hay and sweet toasted marshmallows. Uber Lupin, made for late winter, infuses a mixture of rich cocoa, toasted bread crumbs and pungent floral hops. For now, the taps have run out of these beers. But refills are expected for the upcoming winter.
7942 College Road, Suite 115
Baxter, MN 56425
This brewery has a versatile beer selection good for any season. The seasonal beer Vengeance, however, is great for cold weather as well as the heat. Fresh cut jalapenos brighten the ale and generate enough heat on the palate that can warm you within. If Vengeance isn’t enough, Black Bear Oatmeal or Big Buck Barleywine might be more to your liking. Big Buck has an ABV of 10 percent, equal to the alcohol content of low alcohol wine. Black Bear Oatmeal has a rich and earthy mocha flavor with oatmeal smoothing the taste.
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