Jeff Robinson the Sous Chef at Northbound Smokehouse Brewpub was recently diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme which is an aggressive brain tumor that will require surgery and/or chemo or radiation. Northbound is declaring Monday, November 18th A Day for Jeff where they will donate 100% of the profits that day to Jeff and his wife Marti.
Make sure to get to Northbound sometime on Monday to help support Jeff and Marti.
See below for all of the details.
For sixteen years Town Hall Brewery has been a Twin Cities beer destination. After winning fifteen GABF awards and opening an additional two locations—Town Hall has a lot to be proud of. Last month they celebrated their sixteenth year which included multiple beer releases throughout their anniversary week and they also held their annual anniversary dinner.
The hors d'oeuvres consisted of beef dolmades and meatball Timballo and were served with their Dortmunder Lager. The meatballs inside this pie like dish were quite tasty and had a great texture but the pasta was quite dry.
The second pairing was a very nice salad consisting of kale, prosciutto, feta cheese, shaved brussel sprouts with a squeeze of lemon juice. This was paired with the palate cleansing Mango Mama, a variation of Masala Mama IPA with mangoes. This was an excellent pairing because of the high salt content of the feta and the prosciutto.
Next came the main course which was a succulent portion of filet mignon wrapped in bacon and served on the rare side. Then it was topped with a lovely rosemary portebello mushroom cap, foie gras and nice pan gravy and served with a twice baked potato. This dish was paired with Anniversary Ale which was similar to a certain hoppy Holiday Ale from Sierra Nevada.
For dessert was a red wine poached pear with honey, cinnamon, star anise, and vanilla. Le Grand Whiner their special Grand Cru which was aged for 18 months in red wine barrels was paired with this and was definitely the highlight of the event. There was a very special quality to this one most likely from the tannins in the wood barrel in which it was aged.
Finally there was an unannounced dish which was some sort of a chocolate truffle. Velvety and rich this melted in the mouth and would please any chocolate lover. This was paired with 3 Hour Tour which is a fantastic Coconut Milk Stout and is a customer favorite. This was the perfect conclusion to a wonderful dinner.
Happy Birthday Town Hall Brewery!
Remember that local show last year called Beer Geeks? Well, it has gone national and Northbound Smokehouse Brewpub is going to be the first Minnesota brewery to be featured on the show, which will air on WFTC/MyFox 29. If you remember Amy Johnson and Jamie Robinson opened the brewpub just a year ago and have enjoyed much success over that time.
The focus of the segment will be on the collaboration they did with Indeed Brewing called Hotbox, which is a Smoked Imperial Porter made with 150 lbs of jalapeño and Fresno peppers along with smoked malt. “We’re thrilled to be one of the first Minnesota breweries featured on Beer Geeks TV,” said Amy. “Having recently celebrated our first birthday, it’s quite an honor to receive national attention. We’re also thrilled to share the spotlight with our good friends at Indeed Brewing.”
They will be hosting a viewing of the show at Northbound on
Saturday Sunday, November 9th 10th at 12:30 AM. To celebrate they will be having an extended happy hour ($3 house beers) from 10:00 PM until 2:00 AM. They will also be featuring some Indeed beers with a partial “tap takeover” to commemorate the partnership. One thing you may not know is that Jamie Robinson and Josh Bischoff (brewer at Indeed) brewed together at Town Hall and have remained friends, sharing their passion for brewing.
If you can’t make it on the 9th they will be hosting two more showings on November 10th at both 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM. “We truly hope that our loyal customers will join us to watch our television debut with us,” said Johnson. “None of this would be possible without their continued support.”
Congrats to Northbound on 1 year and cheers to many more.
Located just a half hour east of the cities, Pitchfork Brewing is churning out some very good beer. A flight only runs you $6 and you get to choose every beer by writing them on a laminated sheet from left to right (see photo) so that you can tell which beer that you are sampling. The focus here is most certainly on quality as was verified by all the beers that were sampled.
The Pitchfork Pale really stood out as did the Outwitted Belgian Ale. Pitchfork Pale Ale was very fresh and clean and had that classic grapefruit aroma from the Cascade hops. Outwitted was excellent as well partially due to the beautiful balance of the hops which neutralized the sweetness of the beer.
If you find yourself in the east metro you should definitely stop in—for it is certainly worth your time. Better yet, make this your next adventure regardless of where you are.
709 Rodeo Circle
Hudson, WI 54016
Phone: (715) 245-3675
Owners: Mike and Jessie Fredricksen along with Sarah and Jason Edwards
This was very tough to write considering all of the great brews that were to be had at the Autumn Brew Review. Although it was wet and the line to get in was long, beer lovers were rewarded with some of the best fall offerings around. Here is my top five list of beers from ABR:
5. Mole Midnight Ryder by Indeed Brewing - At first sip this one seemed to have a little too much heat, but the warm chocolate and cinnamon notes came through over time and helped this cask ale to achieve one of the top five spots.
4. El Hefe Negro by Surly Brewing - A very enjoyable and unique brew that was subtly sweet with that familiar banana clove flavor and kicked in the mouth with a dry hop addition. Something, it would seem, that only Surly could pull off.
3. Barrel Aged Saison Nourrice by Harriet Brewing - A slightly fruity and dry Farmhouse Ale aged in Chardonnay barrels with a subtle sourness to it that was certainly gratifying. This is sure to be a favorite of Harriet Tap Room goers.
2. Nitro Cold Press Black with Whole Bean Madagascar Vanilla by Bent Paddle Brewing - Certainly the best coffee beer at the festival and with a beautiful kick of vanilla beans. What really set this one apart from everything else was the velvety texture. Smooth and creamy from the nitrogen and wonderful roasted flavor from the Duluth Coffee Co. cold press coffee.
1. Royal Pale India Ale by Town Hall Brewery - The best use of hops at the festival goes to Town Hall for this brew. Citrusy Mosaic hops hit you in the face right away but the beer finishes nice and clean unlike some IPA’s out there. A world class beer, without a doubt.
A few notes from ABR: