Archival Story: “Appetites: Sampling Minnesota’s Gonzo Beer Flavors” – MPR

October 29, 2014

It’s pumpkin spice season — lattes, oreos, yogurt — and now beer.

Beer drinkers are seeing an onslaught of pumpkin brews, and it seems like every brewery out there has its own gonzo flavors hitting the market. Can this be a good trend?

James Norton, editor and publisher of the food and drink website Heavy Table, prepared a guided sampling for MPR News’ Tom Crann of some of the more out-there flavors made by local breweries. In choosing the beers, Norton found the challenge wasn’t in finding five worth trying, but rather in narrowing it down.

The beers:

  • Schell’s | Black Forest Cherry, Noble Star Series | New Ulm, MN
  • Borealis Fermentery | Mon Cherries Cherry | Knife River, MN
  • Urban Growler Brewing | Candy Corn Imperial Cream Ale | St. Paul
  • Bent Paddle Brewing + Duluth Coffee Company | Cold Press Black | Duluth, MN

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