Nick of the North

Upping the ante up the Shore

Nick Ortloff - Wednesday, May 27, 2015


The craft beer scene along Minnesota's Northshore continues to grow. This movement has finally reached Grand Marais in the form of a brewpub set up at the Gunflint Tavern. Today I have their Red Rock Rye, which it their Rye IPA offering at the time of writing this.


The beer pours a dark brown color with a nice khaki colored head and some good lacing.
The flavor profile starts out with a solid caramel malt backbone and floral-piney hop profile before opening up with some chocolate notes and, of course, rye. The rye element of the flavor is by no means overwhelming and compliments the rest of the flavor quite nicely.

If you ever find yourself in Grand Marais, be sure to check these guys out. They make some great beer and I'll be very interested to see what they will do in the future!

The Lovable Old Man

Nick Ortloff - Thursday, December 11, 2014

Well, winter has finally arrived here in the Northland. As the days get colder and darker, so do the beers. Today I will be showing off the winter seasonal release from Lake Superior Brewing which is aptly named Old Man Winter Warmer. Despite the name, this is actually barleywine style ale and not a traditional Winter Warmer style-ale.

The flavor starts out a with a nice strong smoked malt taste before transitioning to a nice candied caramel malt & dark licorice sweetness. The aftertaste is a mix of caramel and smoked malts with a light bitter hoppiness.
The things I enjoy about this beer is that it has a robust flavor profile and yet at the same time, is very reasonably priced, Be sure to pick yourself up a six pack of this as it will no doubt warm you up during the coldest winter nights.


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