For a long time Minnesota was behind the times when it came to Craft Beers. We had Schell’s, Summit, and a few other rebels, but for the most part we were hunkered down in macro-beer-land. As such few craft brewers from other states didn’t send their wares here. Sure you had your brave ones like Pyramid, Boulevard, Leinenkugels, and semi-macro/semi-craft Sam Adams, but at the end of the day the most adventurous of that lot was Pyramids Apricot Wheat. Our craft beer scene was stagnant. But then in the early 2000s that began to change. We wanted more, nay we demanded more from our craft beer and if brewery greats like Stone and Yuengling wouldn’t come here, then by golly we’ll brew out own. Surly introduced us to hopped up IPAs that can match Stone any day, and might even have a bigger cult following! Schell’s produced Grainbelt Nordeast, a beer very similar in style to Yuengling Original! If they wouldn’t come to us, dang it someone stepped up to brew it! Recently I have been seeing a trend on the beer shelves around the Twin Cities. More and more well-known breweries are starting to penetrate our shelves. I take this as a sign that we are becoming a well-known Craft Beer Loving State! In the last year we have added Oskar Blues, Green Flash, and Clown Shoes to our available lines of beer! It’s exciting to see these brewing legends start to take us craft beer drinkers seriously.
Recently I got the opportunity to pick up one of the last bottles of 2013 Genghis Pecan from Clown Shoes, out of Ipswich, MA. I was saving this one for a special occasion, and it ended up at the Cabin with me. So welcome to Minnesota! Here’s a review and toast to making a GREAT decision to come here!
First off the beer poured thick, and had a quick forming foamy brown head. The head cascaded upwards as it poured into the shaker pint. The first smell gave off the aroma of light coffee, and almost no hop presence. I noticed it was dark, I shined a light through it, only a hint of red came out on the other side. As the head settled down I took the first sip. It had a medium to thick mouth-feel. It was smooth with strong roasted coffee notes, and it lingered with a fresh pecan flavor and mellow bitterness. It was kind of a chilly night, so it was a perfect after dinner beer. I honestly expected more sweetness out of a beer labeled as “pecan pie porter”, but that fact that is was more roasty was not a let down by any stretch of the imagination. Over all a very tasty beer, and great for after dinner whether you are a fan of coffee or toasted pecans. If pairing a meal to match with this beer I would pick a slow roasted pork loin, or pan fried mushrooms.
Overall I give this beer **1/2 stars (Excellent)
That’s all for this review. Time to go out and enjoy the lake! Prost!