Pint Report: Summit Cabin Crusher

In Minnesota, one universal hallmark of our sacred summers is a trip to the cabin. Cabins are places of refuge for people to get out of the city and enjoy the happiness of family and friends. Cabins provide a place to gather and forge memories that last for eons. Summit Brewing Company recently released a perfect beer to pair with fishing, laughter, and making memories. The Cabin Crusher, a Kölsch-Style Ale with lime is going to be a darling in coolers all over the land of 10,000 lakes.

The Beer

Cabin Crusher is 4.8% ABV and 30 IBU. It is available in 12 oz. cans in 6 and 12-packs, as well as 16 oz. cans in 4-packs. Cabin Crusher uses Northern Brewer, Loral, and Lemon Drop hops. Cabin Crusher also used 2-Row Pale malt, Weyermann Barke Pils malt, Malted White Wheat, and Carapils malt along with Kölsch yeast.

Inspiration From A Special Place

The Summit Cabin Crusher will surely connect with the palates of Minnesotans thanks to its balance and accessibility. I will go out on a limb and say this beer was inspired by a family cabin up on Shirt Lake, just outside of Deerwood, MN. This log cabin holds a special place in the hearts of many, but especially for a family that epitomizes hospitality and fellowship. This cabin is not a flashy McMansion, rather, it is a quaint and cozy family focal point in the summer months. Yet, in its simplicity, each log and decorative accent acts as an invitation to belong and enjoy yourself. Just like the beer it inspired, in this cabin’s simplicity, there is perfection.

Shirt Lake

On Shirt Lake, the bass bite is as fierce as two Norwegian grandmas arguing passive-aggressively about whose lefse recipe is more authentic. Yet, the lime flavor in Cabin Crusher is not going to be a cause for anyone to be taken aback. The lime presents itself in every element of the amazing citrus fruit from the peel to the juice, and there is nothing artificial about the lime flavor. In fact, just like every bite of crappie at the family fish fry, it is hard to not want to keep going back for another sip of Cabin Crusher.

“Rancho Relaxo” sits on Shirt Lake

At this magical cabin on Shirt Lake, folks gathered around the roaring bonfire enjoy a symphonic concerto of spring peepers as they unwind from the day’s water activities. The sounds these frogs make are a lot like the ingredients that combine to make Cabin Crusher a delightful and refreshing beer. The malt gives some familiar flavor notes of honey, freshly baked white bread, and biscuit. The hops contribute to a bright and citrusy aroma and add just the right amount of dry finish. If you are looking for a mainstay in the cooler on your pontoon, Cabin Crusher adroitly fits the bill.

In these times of global uncertainty, it is good to know that Summit Brewing can give us a little bit of normalcy. Summit’s consistent and high quality beers remind us that while many things have changed, their beers are there for us just like we remember them. Enjoy the summer that is soon to be upon us and make sure you grab your fill of Cabin Crusher. After all, if the fish aren’t biting, you can at least guarantee that you won’t go thirsty. Prost!

Dan Beaubien has been involved with Beerploma since 2014 although his passion for craft beer dates back to 2006 when he started traveling for beer.  Dan mostly covers craft beer events, festivals, brewery openings/releases, and beer reviews. Dan has a soft spot in his heart for authentic British Style ales, IPAs, and all things barrel-aged.  If you have any questions or comments about this article feel free to email Dan at dan.beaubien@beerploma.com .