Sunday, March 9th. Minnesota brewery taprooms closed. Fuck. Corey and I set our sites on Wisconsin. The land of Sunday beer sales. We planned on going to American Sky Brewery, Pitchfork Brewery and hit Casanova Liquors on the way back into MN. Dave’s Brewfarm was a lucky accident.
American Sky Brewery is located just off 94 close to the Fleet Farm in an industrial park. Very much like Jack Pine or Steel Toe. We walk in and the first thing you notice is the oval bar that has a liking of an airplane wing. American Sky’s theme is airplanes so this makes sense. The only thing between the taproom and the brewery were some ropes. Great atmosphere as you felt like you were in an airplane hanger which makes sense since they call their taproom ‘The Hanger’. Make sure to check their website for daily deals. Sunday was a fun day as we received free bacon and $2 off growler fills.
Corey – Hop Into Spring. A USA IPA
Corey – Taster of American Velvet Coffee Stout
Mike – Sneak Attack – Russian Imperial Stout
Mike – Cherry Blossom – Cherry infused amber ale (+growler to go)
All of the beers that we tried were solid.
Pitchfork Brewery is located at HWY 12 and 94 just on the eastern edge of Hudson. You can see the brewery from the HWY but it is camouflaged in a strip mall like building with other retailers. Pitchfork’s taproom felt like a little local bar with the taproom separated from the brewery. When you sit down you see CD’s across the bar. You then realize that these are the coasters for your beer. The taproom had a farm house feel to it with galvanized milking bucket lights hanging from the ceiling and unique little trinkets on the wall. For only being open for 7 months I felt they knew what they were doing.
Corey – Barn Door Brown Ale (+growler to go)
Mike – Big Bottom Honey Blonde
Mike – Taster Munich Dunkel (+growler to go)
All of the beers that we tried were solid.
Next up Dave’s Brewfarm. While at Pitchfork the owner mentioned that just past Baldwin, WI was Dave’s Brewfarm. We check Dave’s blog and he was open this weekend from 3-7PM. So we took an unexpected trip further east into Sconny. Some pro-tips on Dave’s Brewfarm. #1. Cash only. #2 Speed limit is 50MPH through Woodville on HWY12. Dave’s Brewfarm was just that. A farm. You park on the Wilson St. and make your way down a gravel driveway to a big white door that says ‘LaBrewatory Entrance’. The brewery/taproom felt like it was some kind of illegal prohibition taproom. You can tell that the locals love this place. Even non-locals are locals at Dave’s Brewfarm. It felt like your were shooting the shit at your local corner bar but instead you are out in the middle of nowhere. There were easily a dozen beers to try. $5 a glass or take home a 1 liter bottle for $15. Again CASH ONLY! The beer was the best I have had in a long time. Check his hours on the blog and make the drive if you can. Dave said the taproom can really fill up in the summer.
Corey – Saison Du Nord
Mike – LeCran (+1 Liter to go)
Mike – Schwarzenheimer
Our 3 hour tour of WI beer started turning into a 6 hour tour. We busted ass out of Dave’s and started our trek to Casanova. We grabbed a couple growler fills and some Dogfish Head. Fun adventure into WI and I hope to do it again this summer.
I read all of these articles about ‘Great Gifts For The Blah…Blah…Blah” and they suggest shit like $1500 bikes and clothing for $100+. As much as I would love for Santa to stuff a Ti Mukluk under my tree, I doubt that will happen anytime soon. So how about a gift list that doesn’t break the bank.
Here are some suggestions from your beer drinkin’ and bike ridin’ friends at MORBID because we care.
- Bottle/Can Sweater. These little stocking stuffers start at $5 and up. Check out Summit Brewing or maybe an Etsy creation for the can.
- Frame bag for your beer…er…I mean spare tube, gels, sex toys, cellphone etc. Banjo Brother frame bags are affordable starting at $32.99. They also make some great Seat Bags starting at $12.99.
- Niner YAWYD – Show off your beer pride by mounting your favorite beer bottle top cap on your bike. For only $12.99 it makes you 1.8MPH faster and aerodynamic bitches! While you flip over your handlebars it reminds you that you will need a beer soon.
- Beer Gear! Did you know there is a dedicated craft beer gear store in St.Paul? Yeah, it’s call The Beer Dabbler. It’s awesome. You can get some local brewery pint glasses for $5 bucks along with all kinds of other awesome beer stuff. How about a subscription to The Growler? Some good reading while dropping a deuce after filling up on that Christmas ham.
- Speaking of local beer. Dangerous Man Brewing has a damn fine looking Bike Hat for $28.99. You’ll look hipster as fuck. (Drink some fantastical beer there too). Check out other HammerBone caps.
- Want some arts for the beer drinking biker in your life? Immediately click over to Adam Turman’s website and purchase some awesome prints. Prints starting at $21.99 to purdy up those blank walls in your dwelling. Once you are done purchasing everything click over to Artcrank’s site to find out when your local poster party for bike people is going to take place.
- You can’t go wrong with a flask. Twin Six has you covered for $25.99. Holds alcoholic liquids and has a bike influenced design.
- Do you like to grill meats and drink beer? For $15 bucks this Grill Sergeant Apron is a no brainier. And if you just like to drink beer check out the insulated Hops Holster for $26 bucks or if you like to shotgun beers (fast drinker) try this non-insulated Camo Holster for $7 bucks.
- Who doesn’t enjoy a refreshing local craft beer? I know I do *wink* well then purchase a growler bottle and a gift card at your local brewery taproom. It is not a good idea to have the growler filled and wrapped under the Santa tree as this would create a vomit filled Christmas.
- Beard Bags has a nice can holster for your bike for $25.99. A twofer as it doubles as cozy!
- Park Tool bottle opener. It’s blue, opens bottles and functional assuming you need a 10mm wrench $5.99. Do you want to increase your awesomeness? Check out the Wall Mount Bottle Opener for $19.99.
- Want something crafty, recycled, functional and cool? Check out Trigo, they make little coin purses out of old tubes along with some other locally made craft goodies.
- Check your local bike shop. I’m sure there are some big sales going on with a Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm-Flailing Tubeman directing you to come inside and buy, buy, BUY!
- I’m out of ideas…go search the Googles and find your own shit.
Winter 2013 MEAT-UP – Feb 7th @ 7PMish. Northbound Smokehouse and Brewpub.
So you say, I’m new to this MORBID game, what’s a MEAT-UP you ask? Well, it’s a like going to the bar with 20-50 of your friends and having a good time drinking, chatting about bikes, beer, knitting, and random life lessons. Everyone is cool except for that one jerk over in the corner(hey the MSP bike community is small).
Show up, you’ll have a good time and I might give you some stickers or a coozie.
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