That’s a mouthful… in any case, one of Minnesota’s newest breweries, Badger Hill Brewing Co., has announced their flagship beers & will have their first two offerings available to the general public on Friday during the Beer Dabbler event at Pride. Some of you may have had a chance to check out their first offering, MSB (Minnesota Special Bitter), an ESB. In July (and at 7pm at the Beer Dabbler event) they plan to debut Three Tree American Rye, a beer that sounds as if it uses a German Roggenbier as a starting point, but includes American hop additions. Other beers on their docket include an American Stout, Foundation, that is slated for a fall release, a limited-release beer aged in wine barrels also slated for a fall release and a fourth year-round beer in early 2013.
Details from the brewery below.
Beer Details MSB (Minnesota Special Bitter): Style – ESB, Extra Special BitterA brew made in the tradition of English Special Bitters. The use of English malts such as Marris Otter and Crystal 60 provide a smooth malt backbone with small caramel undertones, medium mouthfeel and hints of biscuit flavors. The traditional ESB yeast adds complexity to the beer yet allows great clarity. The use of 4 English and American hops throughout the brewing process, including dry-hopping, provides traditional excellent hop flavor and aroma, with a bitterness that is evident but balanced. Finishes slightly dry. (ABV 5.8%)Three Tree American Rye: Style – American Rye (Roggenbier/Pale Ale hybrid)
Extremely complex, yet dry and refreshing. The blend of seven Belgian, American and German grains gives this beer a profile that is hard to match. The bready, spiciness of Rye is complimented by subtle saison and sweet caramel malt flavors, and true balance is achieved by the use of one unique American hop throughout the brewing process. A hybrid German yeast finishes the beer very dry yet with subtle hints of banana and clove. (ABV 5.2%)
Foundation Stout: Style – American Stout
An incredibly flavorful and complex stout that belies its easy drinking nature. Although classified as an American Stout, this beer’s ancestry is rooted in the traditional English Stouts and Porters of yesteryear, where drinkability and robust flavor went hand-in-hand. The initial flavors that come through are a moderate caramel presence with slight chocolate and coffee essence in the background. Medium-high mouthfeel is evident but not lingering as the beer finishes surprisingly dry, complimented with citrusy bitterness of American Hops. (ABV 6.3%)