Eastlake Brewery

I went into the new Eastlake Brewery last week. By new I mean they just opened. Not that they have been around and this is their new brewery. Eastlake has been open about a month at this point. They are nestled in a corner of the Midtown Global Market (which I’ll be writing about soon).

This is the place you put your foot when you bell up to the bar.
This is the place you put your foot when you belly up to the bar.

I started with their Blueliner. It’s an American pale ale, which is a style I really dig. This one was tasty and super balanced. Sometimes pale ales can be too hoppy or malty or just plain boring. This wasn’t any of those. Some of you are saying “woah woah woah, there’s no such thing as too hoppy.” And I say well kinda there can be. You know, depending on the style of beer. This beer had a distinct flavor that I can’t put my finger on. I wouldn’t be surprised to find out they use the same hops as LTD uses in their Australian IPA. Anyway, this was really good. And hit the spot with my burrito.

Next up I had a Stick Style. This is their India pale ale. It too was really good. I like their choice of malts and hops. I’m not sure which ones they use, but these go well with each other. So, it’s a good beer and I would be happy to have one right now.

That’s it. I didn’t have the time or driving ability to have any more than these 2 beers. I liked what I had and I will be back for more.

Eastlake is in the south east corner of the Midtown Global Market. They have a nice area that is a little bit sectioned off from the rest of the market. There must be about 50 seats. I wish I would’ve taken more pictures. Here’s the other picture I took.
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This has to be the smallest brewing space in Minneapolis. It’s like a brewery, only little. But no matter the size of the brewery, they are putting out some really good stuff.

Also, I love their art. The coasters and glasses all have these pictures on them that are both a little creepy and kind of cute. They depict animal/human creatures doing things like sitting by a fire or carrying a hacksaw with an animal leg thrown over it’s shoulder. I don’t know whats going on and I don’t care. I think they are rad.

Surly Brewing Destination Brewery Minneapolis

Surly built their new destination brewery in Minneapolis and it just opened 2 weeks ago. Shellie and I went there last Saturday night at about 9 PM. Upon walking in we were carded and told the kitchen was closed, so beer only. Which wasn’t a problem since we just ate at Jerusalem’s. We got a couple beers and started poking around.

Of course I had read about this place, both before it opened and the recent reviews of it, so I kind of knew what to expect. But honestly, this place is bigger and better than I pictured. The Beer Hall, as they are calling it, is the main room of the building. I’m not sure how many people it seats, but there are a lot of tables in there. Most of them are bigger and shared with other groups of people, but there are a few smaller tables.  At one end of the room there are windows into the brewing area. At the other there are windows facing out to the patio (patio! this is an acre of soon-to-be-beer-garden that can seat another 500 people). These windows are actually doors and it looks like the whole wall can be slid to the sides and opened up.

Surly Brewing Beer Hall
Surly Brewing Beer Hall

My Huong Kitchen Minneapolis

Now we’re getting somewhere with these Eat Street restaurants. I came up with the idea that Shellie and I should try them all out months ago. And now we’re really doing it.
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Last weekend we went to My Huong Kitchen for the first time. My Huong Kitchen is a Vietnamese place. It’s a very casual place and the prices are cheap. Like cheap cheap. The menu has some really interesting things on it and it was hard to pick what to get.

It’s Too Cold

It is painfully cold out today. As I write this it is -6 Fahrenheit, and we’re looking at a high of -4 today. That’s cold no matter where you’re from. I’m from Minnesota, by the way.

My view right now
My view right now

That’s my view right now and I can feel the cold coming through the closed patio door. I guess it isn’t terrible to look at, but I know what it feels like out there.

So, I guess this isn’t a travel, beer or food blog post. But it is a blog post about Minnesota. A lot of times when I travel I fall in love with a place. I go home and look at what it would cost to live there. What people do for a living. Maybe how they lean politically. I was thinking, do people do that with Minnesota? Do people come here and fall in love with it? Would I?

Not right now I wouldn’t. With this kind of weather you run from your house to your car. Then hustle into work. Then go back home. You can’t really get out there and explore when it’s this cold out. At least I don’t.

But, this will pass. Tomorrow it’s supposed to be 13 degrees, above zero! Heat wave! And soon enough spring will come, and that’s when the fun starts.

I’m working on some new posts right now. Shellie and I have done a bunch of stuff lately, so I need to get cracking on that. I’ll be back with posts about Minnesota beer and food and travel.

LTD Brewing Minnesota

I don’t even know where to start on this one. Because, according to Google maps, LTD is 3.4 miles from my house. But it took me 7 months to get there. That, by any standard is incredibly slow. But I did make it. And I’m glad I did since LTD Brewing has some seriously great beer.

I went into LTD Brewing alone one night when Shellie was out of town. The place was pretty empty at 7 pm. I like the space. The brewing equipment is to the left as you enter and the bar is straight ahead. There are tables and chairs through out and 2 areas with lounge chairs and couches. They also seem to have a TV with Nintendo 64, but it wasn’t on when I was there.

Merry Christmas from Minnesota

Merry Christmas, or whatever it is that you celebrate. I mean that sincerely, be happy in whatever way it is that makes you happy.

I for one enjoy a secular-capitalist-consumer style Christmas.

I’m sitting at home right now. Looking at our Christmas tree lights twinkling away. With a pile of presents under the tree. The house is clean and ready for tomorrow’s guests. It’s just me, and a beer, waiting for Santa Clause to show up.

So, enjoy. Get together with family and/or friends. Let your hair down. The holidays only roll around once a year.

Merry Christmas!

Happy Holidays!

Seasons Greetings!

Happy Kwanzaa!

Merry Chanukah!

Whatever. See you tomorrow!