#TasteTC2015 Review – Day 1 (10.1.15)

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Taste The Twin Cities Tour 2015 (read first if you like)

Like any great adventure, our course was changed along the way and some gems where found when we weren’t even looking 🙂 Please note the beers I really enjoyed alot are marked with * .

The trip really began with a quick stop off at Brau Brothers for stout fries, a Ring Neck Braun Ale* & S’more Moo Joos* 🙂  A friend rode with me so we enjoyed a quick lunch together.

We arrived in Minneapolis after a lovely drive, enjoying the fall color changes along Hwy 169.  After picking up a girlfriend in Shakopee we made our way to the cities. We started our TasteTC adventure at Hello Pizza 🙂  It was my first time at Hello Pizza, though I have visited it’s Mother restaurant Pizzeria Lola many times ( I absolutely love the Forager with house made fennel sausage added!).  My brother works for Chef Ann Kim and enjoys treating me to a delicious slice when I am in town.  On this particular occasion I enjoyed a slice of the Holy Trinity at Hello and couldn’t have been happier with my choice, paired with BubbleJack (American IPA) from Rush River Brewing.

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Holy Trinity slice at Hello Pizza and BubbleJack

From Hello Pizza we made our way to Steel Toe Brewing.  We shared a flight of all the house beers on tap; Size 4, Provider, Sticker Fight, Beltline Brown*, Rainmaker, Size 7, and Dissent*. The first 4 where new to me.

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Steel Toe Flight

We had planned to hit up Fulton Brewing next, but due to location and the Twins playing we were told parking would be worse than awful, so we allowed my brother to take the lead and he led us to Lynlake Brewing, a gem!!  I can’t say enough good about this place, from the bicycle rim lighting, superb brews and a lovely rooftop area with “full butt” support benches and beautiful fire orbs.  I could have stayed here all night and plan to make a trip back!  Here I tried Private Isles, Lil Brimley*, Ten-Seventeen*, and Rubbish Oat-Amber*.  We also had a beer aged in white wine barrels and I can’t find the name but it was delicious.

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LynLake flight – rooftop with fire orb in background

Soon we were on our way to EastLake Brewing for a few more beers, but most of all tacos!  Located in a large market area, this place is close to a plethora of foods but by night we got TacoCat delivered right to us.  The tacos come in orders of 3, so the 3 of ordered The Ruckus, The Larry and The McFly and shared as we enjoyed beer flights.  For beers we tried; Nicollet Mauler*, Devil’s Kettle*, L’Ogre De Turvueren, Mud in your Eye*, Tall Bike, Shoot from the Hip, and Laeger-Hagemeister.   After our feast of tacos and brews we came to the realization that many of these taprooms close around 10-11 PM and we wanted to get to Urban Growler before it closed.

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Eastlake Flight and TacoCat tasting

We arrived at Urban Growler 15 minutes before they stopped serving and just asked for everything they had in flights, as we were all sharing. (More tasting and less tipsy= Moderation win)  My friend and I wanted to go here because it is FEMALE OWNED AND OPERATED!  The staff was absolutely enjoyable and the beers top notch.  We tasted: Big Boot Rye IPA, Cowbell Cream Ale, City Day Ale, De-lovely Porter*, Amber Skyline, Lemongrass Wheat*, Midwest IPA, Coconut Porter*, Mocktoberfest*.

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At this point we knew we were coming to an end to our first day, but decided to make one final stop at Town Hall Brewery.  I ended the night enjoying a beer flight, a cider flight and Tiramisu!   Our first flight included: Dortmunder*, West Bank Pale Ale, Masala Mama, Hope&King Scotch Ale*, La Folie 2015, Black H2O Oatmeal Stout*, Parkway Java Porter*. Our cider flight included: Heirloom*, Noire De Chambly, Echt Kriekenbier*, and Cuvee Des Jacobins Rouge*.townhall

It was a great first day!   40 new brews tasted.

Check back for Days 2 & 3 coming soon.

~CAKES~

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