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!

Lil' LynLake Love

Nick Ortloff - Monday, October 20, 2014



Last weekend while I was heading down to Minneapolis, I was looking at my Facebook feed when I noticed a place called LynLake Brewery had just opened its doors the day before. Since I'm always looking for new craft beer to try out, I decided I would check it out.

The next day I made my way there and I noticed that it was about two storefronts down from The Herkimer, a well known brewpub in Uptown. 

From the outside, it looks like a rustic old theater complete with an old marquee. Upon entering the taproom, I was impressed with not only how enormous it was, but how that Uptown decor and old theater feel blended so seamlessly together

As of writing, they have six selections on tap and it covers a good range, from a blonde ale all the way to a stout. Of all the beers that had on tap, my favorite by far was the Sideburns Milk Stout. It's got a nice rich chocolate and lactose flavor with a sweet chocolate malt and light roasty aftertaste. 

As of right now, they don't offer growlers but they've just opened so hopefully that will change in the near future. If you ever are in Minneapolis, I would highly recommend checking this place out.









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