Since 1997, Town Hall Brewery in Minneapolis has been brewing up awesome beers for the people of the Twin Cities. While the styles they make run the entire spectrum, they set aside one week each year for a single theme. Barrel Aged Beer Week 2017 returns, and continues to showcase this much sought after sect of beer.
The time has come to celebrate! 40 years ago, Old Chicago started by combining a love for great food with great beer. In continuing that commitment to the perfect combo, they’re throwing one heck of a party, the World’s Largest Tap Takeover with Sam Adams on Saturday, July 9th, 2016.
I’ll be there and was lucky enough to have Old Chicago give me a preview what’s to come at this awesome event. Here are some of the brews you should look to try at the tap takeover.
Every Festivus, Town Hall Brewery celebrates by tapping their Festivus beer, Elves Elixir, and Grinch’s Grog. They also have a fire outside along with complimentary mulled ale and this year mulled wine too. The warmer temperatures this year meant even move people hanging out around the fire pit outside. No several feet of snow like last year or deathly cold temperatures like the year before.
Mulled ale made be heating Town Hall’s Hope & King Scotch Ale along with a mix of spices then a shot of light rum if you like makes for a nice cold weather treat. This year Pete made up a batch of mulled wine which was equally delicious. The Festivus Ale, Elves Elixir and Grinch’s Grog were also enjoyed at $2.50 a pint ($1.75 for Pint Club members) from 5-6pm for the releases of these three seasonal brews. The Grinch’s Grog recipe stays the same each year but the Festivus and Elves Elixir recipes do change each time.
Wondering if they had a Festivus pole? Of course they did. On the bar the pole was available for airing your grievances throughout the night. Feats of strength wasn’t encouraged but could happen as the night and the beers went on.
In celebrating the passing of the Pint Law, Surly held the Power Of The Pint at the brewery on June 18th 2011. Entry was free and included a Surly Power Of The Pint glass for each visitor. As the gates opened, so did the sky with a downpour that soaked most. We headed inside to the brewery tasting room to get the first pints (having a nice stockpile of wooden beer tokens from previous Surly events meant we didn’t have to stand outside and purchase them before getting brew). First up was the pint of Moe’s Bender pictured above. This vanilla and cocoa nib infused version of Coffee Bender is the perfect way to kick off any day.
As the rain let up a bit to a drizzle, we headed outside to checkout the offerings in the outside tent. Outside they were pouring a great lineup that included year-round brews like Furious, Bender, and CynicAle along with seasonals Bitter Brewer and Smoke, Surly’s smoked baltic porter. A pint of Smoke please. That’s right, a pint of 8.3% ABV brew.
The 5nd annual Surly Open had great weather and was a great time as always. No that’s not a typo in the name. For the 3rd year, whoever was in charge of updating the graphics on the discs from 2nd to 3rd only changed the number resulting in the “3nd Annual…” and the tradition has continued on ever since. We started on the 8th hole of the beautiful Blue Ribbon Pine’s Disc Golf course and enjoyed an afternoon of beer and fun. Because this year added an ultimate tournament in the center of the course, some holes were skipped so the disc golfers wouldn’t be throwing over the ultimate game in progress. The pig roast was great and once again I went home winning a gift certificate (this time to Sea Salt) making me 4 for 4 at The Open. Always a great event I look forward to attending next year.