by Patrick Doran
It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to visit something fun and beer related then get a chance to sit down and write about it. To break the silence I’m very excited to detail a recent trip to Hammerheart Brewing Company in Lino Lakes. These guys have a gorgeous Norse themed taproom that has been open for a few months. You will find them in kegs at a few select bars around town for now. Expect that to expand soon.
Pulling up to the place with Scandinavian flags flying on the outside and a rustic wood themed inside, it all reeked of a group that knew exactly what they stood for and wanted to be. I was lucky enough to contact Nathan one of the group in charge of this new brewery and he was gracious enough to offer to show me around the place. This was above and beyond and definitely not expected. I couldn’t pass up the chance to poke around in the back of a new brewery to get the full story.
I rolled out there on the Friday evening before Darkness day with plans to bring a few growlers to share with people waiting in line overnight for Darkness Day. This turned out to be one of the better plans I’ve had in a while. I got in and promptly ordered one of their flagship beers called Surtr’s Flame, a Smoked IPA brewed with cherrywood smoked malt. It was firmly bitter, with a delicious pine and bacon flavor on this finish. It sounds ridiculous but it total worked. I was lucky enough run into Nathan while ordering my first beer. He showed me around and told me of plans to be in bottles at liquor stores by the end of the year (score!) as well as plans to expand their already formidable barrel aging program that consists of multiple racks of barrels with beer in them.
I got to try a few other beers including their amazing Olaf the Stout aged in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels as well as a pumpkin Stout straight from the fermenter (yum). I finished up the night by trying an Imperial Porter brewed with the very hot ghost chilies. This was another winner. These guys have an exciting theme that nobody else in the area is doing and all their beers are dialed in and without flaws. Even if you’re nowhere near Lino Lakes, it is well worth the trip to seek these guys out. They have twelve tap lines of their own very creative beer. You will not be disappointed.
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