Beer Snob

​Barrel-aged beers

by Krissy Ness | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 25th, 2015

Photo by Abigail Maki

Whiskey and bourbon and oak, oh my!

This week we will dive headfirst into some pretty heavy barrel-aged beers. They will keep you warm on those chilly spring days.

Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Stout (2014)(ABV 9.5 percent)

This Wisconsin beer has a decent head that sits atop the deep-dark imperial stout, which is aged in oak bourbon barrels and smells as potent as it tastes.

Large notes of vanilla attack your tongue while the not-so-subtle aftertaste of bourbon warms your belly. A…

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​BEER-thoven Drekker Brewing Co. retrospect

by Krissy Ness | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 4th, 2015

The band wasted no time kicking off the final BEER-thoven fest event as the music bounced off the walls in an excited manner, while guests bellied up to the bar to get one of Drekker’s delicious beers. During the event I was able to speak with a number of people in the crowd and get their perspective on the event and the beer as well.

I spoke with a group of ladies who were laughing and having a good time while sharing a pint. They each had something great to say about the event.

“A…

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BEER-thoven retrospect: Fargo Brewing Company

by Krissy Ness | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 25th, 2015

Photo by Gabby Hartze

Fargo Brewing Company responded to Junkyard with an equally impressive turnout for its BEER-thoven event.

People showed up to support the arts and enjoy local craft beer. Ranging from old to young, the crowd was excited to be there and share a pint with their neighbors.

I had the opportunity to speak with Brad Delzer from Theatre B who coordinated the event with the breweries. He spoke of the importance of bringing the arts and beer together and involving the community. It was a…

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​Junkyard BEER-thoven event retrospect

by Krissy Ness | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 19th, 2015

Aaron Juhnke having a beer with

The journey to Junkyard Brewery for Beer-thoven fest was a fight from the very beginning.

Parking was no easy task, and when I got there I was ready to battle for a spot to sit because this wasn’t my first rodeo at this brewery. The event brought out an older generation that is young at heart. It was exciting to have many different generations in one brewery celebrating the life of a great musician while sipping on delicious beer. Junkyard created a new beer, “Deaf Guy,” especially…

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​Walking In a Winter “Warmer” land

by Krissy Ness | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 17th, 2014

Boulevard - Nutcracker(ABV 7.8% IBU 38, Missouri) Deep gold in color and crowned with a fluffy white head, this winter warmer releases an immediate scent of molasses and chinook hops. The body of this beer is light yet complex, and hints of spice, gingerbread and minimal hops make this a perfect seasonal.

Goose Island - Festivity Ale(ABV 7.7% IBU 50, Illinois) An impressive head gilds this deep maroon beer. Hints of dark fruit and spiced aroma drift from this beer and continue into the…

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​Hop heaven

by Krissy Ness | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 10th, 2014

Summit - Harvest Fresh IPA (ABV 7% IBU 70, Minnesota) This transparent copper-colored beer possesses a fluffy white head that rises to the sky. The evident aroma of cascade, centennial and chinook hops rises from the glass while this beer finishes crisp and clean.

JL Beers - Hoppin’ Wet (ABV 6.7% IBU 70, JL Beers Brew) Cascade hops escape this light copper IPA providing a luscious, frothy white head that leaves attractive lacing on the glass. A crisp beginning starts this beer,…

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​Livin’ La Vida Local

by Krissy Ness | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 5th, 2014

Granite City – Batch 1000 (ABV 7.2% IBU 74, North Dakota) Deep amber in color, this double IPA boasts a luscious tan head that leaves an attractive lacing on the glass. Hints of citrus and pine escape this medium-bodied beer.

Fargo Brewing Co. – Deceiver (ABV 8.5% IBU 18 North Dakota) This Belgian Golden Strong is pale yellow in color, fairly cloudy and has a decent head. Minimal carbonation, backed by fair amounts of biscuit aroma, fills your nose and continues into the taste.…

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The Quest for Quads

by Krissy Ness | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 25th, 2014

Quad Ale Beer Review

Avery – The Reverend (ABV 10% IBU 24, Colorado) “The holy trinity of ales,” this Belgian-style quad ale has a dark caramel color with an off white foamy head. It makes this beer as beautiful to look at as it is to taste. With minimal hints of dark cherry and molasses, this beer boasts maximum flavor with a medium body. “Created by God, Feared by Satan, Loved by all.”

New Belgium – Cascara Quad (ABV 10% IBU 22, Colorado) Spiced with the fruits of the…

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​All Hail the Pale Ale

by Krissy Ness | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 19th, 2014

Sierra Nevada/Three Floyds - Chico King (ABV 6.5% IBU 45, California) Deep copper in color, this beer boasts an impressive fluffy white head that leaves great lacing on the glass. An aroma of nuttiness and biscuit emits from this beer. The mouth feel has a delicate carbonation, but is packed full of nutty and earthy flavors with subtle traces of citrus that linger appropriately.

Deschutes - Mirror Pond (ABV 5% IBU 40, Oregon) A beautiful fluffy white head dawns this bright orange-colored…

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​Junkyard Beer Review

by Krissy Ness | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 16th, 2014

Aaron and Dan Juhnke // Photo by J Earl Miller

Junkyard Brewing Company has officially opened its stellar new taproom on First Avenue in Moorhead. We’re delighted to present a special HPR Beer Snob review of all things Junkyard.

Hatchet Jack (ABV 7.2%) 

This Baltic Porter is deep in color and provides a beautiful, tan fluffy head. The aroma is potent yet nutty, with hints of chocolate. There is an undeniable taste of coffee that really brings this beer full circle.

Hop Habit (ABV 6.2%) 

An abundant white fluffy head sits atop this…

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