city pages features Astronomique's astro pale ale

LOCAL SUDS: 5 MINNESOTA BEERS TO DRINK IN JANUARY

This year, resolve to drink better. Not less. Certainly not more. Better. Challenge yourself. Shift the parameters of your comfort zone. Try beers you never thought you’d enjoy. Then try them again. If you dislike a style, attempt to nail down the reasons why. Pick apart the reasons you enjoy another. Stop being so comfortable.

Local beer culture has shifted dramatically over the past few years, and if you aren’t shifting with it, you’re going to be left behind. Education is re-education, so in 2018, push yourself to drink with more purpose. Explore, and start your exploration here, with five new beers to kick off the new year.

 

DAY BLOCK ASTRO PALE ALE
IPA, 6.1% ABV, 60 IBU

Day Block Brewing’s Bands that Brew series is one of the most inventive small-batch releases going in the Twin Cities beer scene. For their latest edition, the folks at Day Block invited trippy indie band, Astronomique, into the brewhouse to collaborate with head brewer Adam Weis on an everything-but-the-kitchen sink IPA that’s brewed with Belgian yeast and, in Weis’s words, “a shitload” of flaked rye.

Astro Pale Ale erupts with the clove esters of the Belgian yeast, though the body is as orange as mango. The sweet, slightly spicy rye flavor abounds, eating up the beer’s chinook, amarillo, and cascade hops. It’s a very atypical IPA, but then again, Astronomique is an atypical band. Astro Pale Ale drops at the band’s show at Day Block tonight.

- Jerard Fagerberg, Minneapolis City Pages