|Lazy Hayz with all that haze.|
I had a beer and a half in me by the time K. & L. arrived. First one was Lazy Hayz NE IPA, so-called because, you know, leaving a beer unfiltered is lazy, don't you know? I did not take notes on it, but I did take notes on their notes. Here they are: This haze bomb was brewed with milk sugar and Rakau and Citra hops to create a tropical, smooth IPA with notes of pineapple, citrus, and a hint of bitterness. Milk sugar, huh? Another one of those milk-
|Death to paper lists!|
The next one I went with was Lost Shoreline, an American Porter. As before, I didn't take notes, but I'll share theirs: Wild Mind Artisan Ales specializes in wild, sour, farmhouse, and rustic ales that are created using barrel aging, blending, and our own wild Minnesota yeast. The Lost Shoreline is a robust, complex porter brewed with dry, unsweetened coconut flakes. A heavy malt add rich chocolate flavors to the sweetness of the coconut to provide the delicious, tropical escape you've been looking for — without even leaving Minnesota.
I'm not huge on coconut porters, but this one was nice. Right on the money, there. A good ol' drinking porter, just the way I like them, roasty, robust, without too much of that additional flavors to wreck it up. Along came K. & L. and I helped them understand the scene there, who they are,
|Brother Kevin and sister-in-law Laurie|
enjoying their beverages.
Three beers down and a growler and two crowlers to go. The time started ticking. Brother and sister-in-law also mentioned one of my other favorite places, Sisyphus, and sister Lynn and brother-in-law Pete were brought into the activities for the Thursday Open Mic Comedy, starting at 8pm. I was glad that the beers at Wild Mind found favor with these two. They can be kind of particular.
And after a free-wheeling night of amateur stand-up and more beers at Sisyphus, a good night all-in-all. The next day, I opened up the growler of Tangy Hugs (where do they get these names?) and here are the notes:
Wild Mind Tangy Hugs. 6.8% ABV. Filled December 28, 2017.
Thick haze. No head, Big orange. Tropicana brewing company.
In the nose: Tropical. Citric. Fruity. Boom, boom, boom, boom. Low bitterness, high hops, high fruit. Yeah, they're doing it.
In the mouth: Fresh and fruity. Bright and delightful. Tasty, delicious. Big time citrus, big time yum. yum, again. And with that generous haze comes the orange juicination of the IPA. I mean, come on! If this is what you want, they made it. If it's not....hmmm. Sweet, fruity, ....mmmm.
This Northeast IPA was brewed with a blend of UK Golding, Citra, and Simcoe hops, as well as our wild house yeast blend and milk sugar, to create a complex hazy IPA packed with citrus flavor.
It is all those things, and yet, yet...I could do without the haze, and would like to skip the milk sugar. there's plenty of hop flavor, but it doesn't have to look like a glass or orange juice. Who wants that? Oh, yeah? Everyone, these days. Well, okay....just can't win.