Let’s talk beer. I want to take a break from food for the day. You might be aware of my love for wine but I also love good beer. Greg and I went to Blue Max Liquors for weekend goodies last Friday, as suggested by the Heavy Table. I love those guys!
Located about 30 minutes away in Burnsville (MN), we arrived at a building that most people would be a bit leery to believe held a great collection of liquor, wine and beer from around the world. We found a few old beer pals from our days in college when Chumleys, with its vast amount of beers on tap and bottles, was calling our names in Lafayette, Indiana.
Don’t let it fool you. We were impressed and sure to return. If you aren’t able to make it to the other stores towards Minneapolis-if you’re like us and on the southern end of the state, traveling to other locations involves an hour or more-go here. Go here regardless! This is a great place to try new alcoholic beverages, not just beer, or find obscure beer/liquor that you might have had before and couldn’t find anywhere else.
You have to be willing to pay a bit more and I bet if you’re a fan of good brews, you’ll do so (quality over quantity). Think of it like this: it’s not lackluster, mainstream stuff….although they have that too. People were friendly and more than helpful and welcoming at the store. With Memorial Day coming, give it a try or try it later, they will be there. (Watch them go out of business. Noooo.)
Above and below are the beers we gathered: Rogue Juniper Pale Ale and Brutal Bitter, Old Ruffian Barley Wine-Style Ale, Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse and Collaboration Not Litigation Ale. What have you tried recently? What would you recommend?
Not a one had the reaction of “we paid $5 to $8 for this one beer?! Bad idea.” Greg enjoyed both the Juniper Pale Ale and the Old Ruffian Barley-Style Ale best and my top picks were the Hopfen-Weisse and Juniper Pale Ale but they were all worth trying. Of course, this is based on the styles we like but we both enjoy almost every kind with standouts in our minds. We haven’t met a Rogue or Surly that we weren’t fond of but we’ve found ourselves in bad moods with Coors, Busch Light and the like. There’s a time and place for those, I know. I’m eagerly awaiting our trip to Europe (it isn’t planned-just a dream at this point) for so many reasons, beer tops many of those reasons.
On that note, we finally ordered a beer kit from Brooklyn Brew Shop. We’ll be making our own very soon. Since money is tight, we bought the gallon kit with their Belgian Tripel (the most recommended of their kits, light pale in appearance). I enjoy a good Tripel. We’ll see and hopefully find ourselves obtaining more equipment for a larger “operation” one day. What do you like?