HammerHeart Brewing

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Happy Thirsty Thursday!

While sipping our half-pint flight of beers at Northgate one beautiful Saturday, Rob instinctively looked up a brewery that we’ve been wanting to go to for some time. It was just Too. Far. Away… from us.

However, Rob’s iPhone indicated it was just 16 miles north of Northgate, about a 19 minute drive. We hadn’t any plans for the rest of the afternoon and didn’t want to finish the couple of half-pints in the flight that we didn’t like so much… so why not? We took the little jaunt north up to HammerHeart Brewing Company.

It was a beautiful Minnesota spring day, but one filled with mud! Such was the case getting into and finding a spot in their muddy parking lot.

But upon stepping across the threshold into HammerHeart’s taproom, the first thing I heard was the sound of bagpipes wailing! I believe that it was just for a special event that bagpipers were in the house that day; but I felt like I was being personally greeted. Ha!

HammerHeart Brewing gets its influence from Celtic and Nordic cultures as well as metal music. It’s a very interesting combination that you can read more about on their website. Rob thinks my brother would love this brewery, but we only had so much time during his visit. This just means you’ll have to come back for another round, JR!

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So what drew us to HammerHeart, you ask? Well, we’d been wanting to go for some time after reading their every-changing tap menu online over the past year or two.


But what may surprise you after yesterday’s post is that HammerHeart focuses heavily on smoke in its brews. So why on earth would their tap menu intrigue me? There is something else. Can you guess what it is?

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Yes, that’s right – the bourbon barrel aged beers! Like many tap rooms, they are not available all of the time; but we saw on the website that there were several available that day. No matter what, HammerHeart has many more different beers on tap at a given time compared to most other breweries in the Twin Cities metro; so there is bound to be something for everyone. But just be careful to order the right beer…

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Rob ordered a beer for himself and then added “and one Flanary’s Brew” for me. However, he hadn’t read the entire menu to see that there was a non-Bourbon Barrel Aged Flanary’s Brew on the bottom. {See menu above.} And of course, it was the Bourbon Barrel one that I wanted and the original that I was served.

I told him that it was just fine. But he took one for the team because he wanted to make my one beer of this brewery visit count. He went back up to order me the correct beer. He would just have to drink the mistake. ;-) It was a win-win for both of us. For the record, it was worth it! I could handle a mildly smoked oatmeal stout if you aged it in a bourbon barrel. Go figure.

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Rob also returned with a growler and a pint glass for our collection, too.

This is a great brewery for locals. If we lived anywhere near Lino Lakes, we’d be back on a regular basis. But, alas, we don’t. So we’ll just have to save HammerHeart for a special occasions. But I will tell you, it’s entirely worth the trip.

Do you like smoky foods or beverages?

If so, what’s your favorite?

Cheers~
Carrie

 

 

 

Roat Osha

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On Mother’s Day, after the crew returned home and we tidied up the house, Rob decided we should spend the beautiful afternoon on a walk… followed by dinner. He chose Roat Osha Thai in Uptown Minneapolis for two reasons: its proximity to the Lake of the Isles and because he checked my blog for half-price wine night!

It was the perfect day for a semi-leaisurely walk by the lake. There were very few people out, perhaps spending the time with their mothers instead. And although I took no photos, I enjoyed the nature to its fullest. We saw a beaver skirting across the water! I’m pretty sure that’s the first one I’ve seen in real life. I kept hearing the same birdsong over and over and inquired what bird it might be. Somehow, some way, Rob knew it was a red-winged blackbird. Sure enough, I saw many of them during the rest of our walk. And we saw at least two sets of goslings with their parents. They were still fuzzy and yellow and the smallest I’ve ever seen!

It was a perfect afternoon.

After the almost 3-mile walk around the lake, we took the couple blocks over to Roat Osha on Hennepin Avenue.

It was Happy Hour, which meant two dollars off all taps!

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Instead of original plan of ordering a half-priced bottle of wine {they only offered select bottles}, I had my first Loon Juice! {See the tap handle on the far right.} Loon Juice is a local Minnesota cider from Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery. It is a dry one, so I think it would go perfectly with some fresh Thai food!

Rob on the other hand, wanted to go with the Surly Smoke.

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I warned him not to order it. I recalled trying it once at Buffalo Tap. I didn’t like it because it is exactly what it is supposed to be – smoky. And I really am not a fan of smoky flavors, whether it be in food or beverages. I didn’t recall Rob liking it either; but he ordered it anyway. Then..

“Remind me never to order this again.” he said.

I think that’s what he told me the frist time.

For the record, Surly Brewing Company is a great local brewery that paved the way for all of the craft breweries we have in Minnesota today. To be fair, there is nothing “wrong” with the Surly Smoke at all, especially if you like smoke. It’s just that I don’t.

Since we had such a big brunch that morning and I wasn’t entirely all that hungry, we decided on a few Happy Hour apps. We started with these to share, which we ate half of before I decided to snap a photo:

4 Cream Cheese Wontons (plain, cranberry, or jalapeno)

4 Cream Cheese Wontons (choice of plain, cranberry, or jalapeno) – $3.50HH

Rob had read somewhere that Roat Osha has the best cream cheese wontons. They’re not something we order very often, but we did here for that reason. We ordered the cranberry version, something our beloved Nha Sang offers, too! We liked these just fine, except that there was a little too much wonton before you got to the cream cheese. I have no complaints for the price point! We each enjoyed two. Then…

For Him:

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3 Fried Spring Rolls (choice of pork or veggie) – $3.50HH

I think Rob liked these just fine, too. He ordered the pork ones. I always thought egg rolls were fried and spring rolls were fresh. I suppose you can fry spring rolls, too! I need to learn the difference.

For Her:

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4 Grilled Chicken Satay – $4.25HH

These were just what I wanted! I had not had chicken satay in so long! I was not familiar with the vinegary, yet syrupy cucumber dipping sauce on the right, but I thought it was tasty. However, I really enjoyed their homemade curry peanut sauce, so the sweet cucumber sauce went by the wayside.

Halfway through these skewers, I started to get full.

I was so glad I hadn’t ordered a full entree, despite the fact that everything that came out of the kitchen looked fresh and smelled absolutely delicious. At first, I had ordering remorse. But my small appetite quickly brought me back to my senses.

Now I have a reason to go back for a dinner entree! Since I get so stuck in a rut when it comes to Thai food, I think I’d go to Roat Osha, sit at the bar for an hour, watch all of the dishes come out to the other patrons and then order the one that looks and/or smells the best. Yes, that’s going to be my new method of ordering new-to-me food.

At the time of this writing, Roat Osha offers half-priced bottles of select wine on Monday, Thursday, Sunday from 4pm to close.

What is your favorite Thai dish?

Cheers~
Carrie

A New Morning Ritual + Smoothie Faves

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There’s something I’ve been doing nearly every morning for the past several months…

Drinking hot lemon water

I’ve read about so many benefits of doing this…

…But ultimately, it has become a comforting morning ritual for me!

Here is what I do:

  • Heat a mug of water for 1 minute. {When I make tea, I heat a mug of water for 2 minutes.} I have a friend that just fills her mug with warm water from the tap.
  • Juice 1/2 of a lemon and pour into mug of hot water.

I use a citrus juicer like this that catches the seeds:

juicerA couple of weeks ago, when my in-laws were in town, I had my husband pick up a bag of lemons when I knew they were going to Costco. These lemons are HUGE!

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I decided to slice one into thirds for my morning lemon water:

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That middle one got more than a little messy. Now, I cut each lemon into four wedges and just squeeze one wedge into the mug with my hand. I can handle a few lemon seeds! But for regular-sized lemons, just juice 1/2 lemon and save the other half for the next day. So simple.

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Oh, and as promised, of the 15 new smoothies I tried here, here and here, these are the ones I’d make again:

  • Green Monster Smoothie from Iowa Girl Eats – Very much like my Magic Green Smoothie, but with the added protein of Greek Yogurt
  • Dana’s Mango Smoothie from $5 Dinners – But only when I have juice in the house, which is rare. But it’s so tasty!
  • Coffee Smoothie from Snack Girl – So easy and a great use for leftover coffee!
  • Raspberry Grapefruit Smoothie from The Iron You – The prettiest smoothie ever! I love raspberries, too. But I’d probably have this as a refreshing summer snack, perhaps after a run or on a hot day on the deck, rather than at breakfast.
  • Avocado Smoothie from Chocolate Covered Katie – I’ve found that avocado in smoothies can make them so much creamier; but I also found that there needs to be the right balance or it’ll taste more like I’m drinking guacamole. This one’s a winner in my book. I’d like to rename it Avocado Milk.
  • Best 3-Ingredient Avocado Smoothie from Omnivore’s Cookbook – Another avocado one I liked and so easy!
  • Chocolate Green Smoothie from Greatist – This is a winner when I’m craving something chocolaty.
  • Tropical Green Smoothie from Simply Recipes – Yes, whisk me away to a tropical destination – stat!

And a few more links on how to make the perfect smoothie:

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What are your morning rituals?

Cheers~
Carrie

 

Miss Lyla

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Shamrock & Sophie Saturday

Shamrock and Sophie are hosting another friend this weekend!

Meet Lyla…

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Lyla is an Italian Rat. Haha! She is a mixed breed dog with some Italian Greyhound and some Rat Terrier {I hope I got that right!} with, perhaps a blend of another breed or two. Check out those ears!

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Miss Lyla is still a little playful puppy that has made both us realize that Shamrock has surpassed his puppyhood! Lyla gives him a run for his money.

Isn’t she a doll?!

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She adores toys, as every little pup should.

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She loves to play tug and fetch, too! {That’s something neither of our pooches do very well.}

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And she loves to tear toys apart and rip all of the stuffing out! It’s so fun to watch! Here’s a bit of the aftermath…

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Rob is so happy to lighten Sophie and Sham’s overflowing toy bucket! I have been hoarding those for far too long…

At night, Lyla likes to cuddle up under the covers to go to sleep. The first time she did this, Sophie watched her with utter confusion. Her eyes followed the bump that was Lyla as she made her way down to my feet.

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Our family dog while I was growing up, Jerry, loved to sleep under the covers, too. It’s their short coats that make them want to get all warm and toasty! Our furry children could never handle that…

Then during the day, there sure has been a lot playing going on in our backyard!

Lyla seems to feel right at home chez Sham & Sophie, but I know she has two loving parents who miss her dearly!

Happy Saturday!

Cheers~
Carrie

 

 

My Paddington

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I have a Paddington Bear all of my own…

“How’s that?” you ask?

Well, this year, my husband has been obsessed with ridding our yard of dandelions. We don’t like to spray chemicals on our lawn with our pooches bare paws trampling all over it; so he does it the old-fashioned way, digging them up from the roots.

He’s so obsessed that on a weekend, he’ll do it in the morning when he lets the dogs out. If one or two of them pop up before we go somewhere, he’ll get to those before we leave. And upon return, you’ll find him in the yard once again. It’s his way of staying on top of it.

He won’t even let the rain stop him.

There was a day last week when we had a complete downpour. Rather than wait it out, Rob went to the closet, found a trench coat and hat {both of which I never knew he possessed}, put them on and smiled at me. I laughed.

“You look like Paddington Bear!” I said.

He smiled again. I had to get some photos of him weeding dandelions in the rain… Enjoy!

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That’s my Paddington!

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What activity will weather never stop you from doing?

Cheers~
Carrie

NE Mpls Taproom Adventures {And a New Brewery in Town!}

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Happy Thirsty Thursday!

First off, I lied. Last week, I said I’d tell you about our spontaneous trip to another brewery after visiting Northgate a couple of months ago. But I’m going to change gears this week instead…

Because my brother and his family visited last weekend!

And I really want to tell you all about the Belated Birthday Brewery Tour we concocted for him and his wife! We love taking out-of-towners to visit our breweries. {Wanna visit?!} But we also had some of our own “firsts” on this taproom tour – including a brand spanking new brewery!

There are at least thirty craft breweries in the Twin Cities metro area now; so how does one choose which ones to hit? There is no way you can do them all! This 17-Brewery Crawl seems a little obnoxious. Rob and I even learned that six breweries may be too many to fully enjoy yourself.

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Here is how we narrowed it down:

  • Pick a Favorite – Start there when your palate is fresh. If you don’t have a favorite MSP brewery, ask around. Dangerous Man is ours. What also makes this brewery a great stop – they do not sell their beer outside of their brewery. You won’t find the beer in any restaurants, bars or liquor stores. You have to come to the source.
  • Stick to One Area – There are several breweries in a five-mile radius of each other in NE Minneapolis. Yes, our focus was Nordeast. We’ll change that up one day…
  • Concentrate on Just a Few – Only expect to hit two to four. This all depends on how much you are liking the beer at one stop or if you are just interested in changing things up. I think the magic number for a nice afternoon is three. Six? Probably too many, even with a designated driver.
  • Be Flexible – Your afternoon may turn into one of ideas, especially if one or two in your crew are sucking down the suds quickly. You might come up with a great place to eat! Someone might think of another brewery unbeknownst to others. Or you might decide to check out some dive bars instead. Whatever happens, don’t stick to a rigid schedule. Instead, go with the flow. It’s sooooo much more fun that way.

Here are our latest Nordeast Minneapolis brewery adventures!

1) Dangerous Man

Of course this is our first stop! We want the best beers to be tasted first. Do you want to know what was was even cooler about this visit? We arrived right when they opened – at noon. This means we were able to secure our first ever Dangerous Man growler!

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It’s funny… We have so many growlers now; but this one is going to be the most coveted. You see, Dangerous Man only offers about 20 to 30 growlers a day because they brew in such small batches. Growlers have always been sold out when we go. But this time, we got to take our very own Chocolate Milk Stout home.

As much as I love the beer at Dangerous Man, they have delicious sodas, too. After my run that morning, I said to Rob, “Mmm… I don’t know why, but I’m craving ginger today!”

He looked at me quizzically. I, too, thought it was weird. I can’t ever say that I’ve had that craving before. So when the gal behind the bar said that their homemade soda of the day was Ginger Peach, I was up on it. What I love about DM’s sodas is that they are sweet enough to make it taste like a soda should, but not thick, syrupy sweet. This one was so refreshing.

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Ginger Peach Homemade Soda

My brother’s wife D isn’t a beer drinker. But you don’t have to be to enjoy many breweries, especially on a beautiful day like it was on May 9th! And it was at Dangerous Man that D had her first ever kombucha! Yes, this fermented tea from Prohibition is all the rage. This one was also made with ginger.

Ginger-infused Kombucha

Ginger-infused Kombucha

It was delightful, but may be an acquired taste for some. The boys decided they’d rather stick to their beer.

For the record, JR’s fave DM beer was the Rooibos Red Ale. Yes, that’s right, this beer gets it red color from rooibos tea. The tea also adds earthy and floral notes to the flavor.

At this point, the food truck outside was calling our names… Carrie! Rob! JR! D!

No, that didn’t really happen; but looking at Butcher Salt‘s menu online was enough for us to decide to have lunch NOW and not give the next potential food truck a second glance for our main meal.

This was D’s first food truck experience!

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Here’s what we ordered from the friendly and helpful gals from the truck:

  • JR: Topped Hash Browns – hash browns | bacon | pepper jack | rosemary | sautéed peppers + onions + tomatoes | over easy egg – $8.50
  • D: Grilled Caprese – mozzarella | tomatoes | basil | balsamic – $8.50
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Grilled Caprese & Butcher Salt Sliders

I should start by explaining what Butcher Salt is… because I didn’t know until I researched it just now. From Butcher Salt’s website:

Butcher Salt is an inspired blend of sea salt infused with rosemary, sage, thyme, and marjoram. It’s our new take on classic street fare.

That’s why it looked like there was a black salt or dark spice of some sort in our luscious caramels! Mmm…

JR liked the Hash Browns just fine, but he could have done without the peppers.

Rob and I split our sandwiches. I thought the Sliders were just okay, kind of blah; but Rob loved them.

But the star of the day was the Grilled Caprese. We all agreed that it is possibly the best Grilled Cheese we’d ever had. I’ve had a something similar before, but without flavor. That was not the case here! It was cheesy, gooey and had a perfect balance of basil and balsamic flavor that was not overpowering, all pressed between perfectly grilled bread. I can’t imagine ordering anything else. Although, if it were available, I know that the guys would have wanted the Candied Maple Bacon. Alas, such was not the case.

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That’s perhaps the tiniest roundabout in the world. Is there anyone who’d like to challenge me on that one? ;-)

Then, there is someone’s genius yard sign that points directions to various breweries and taverns in Nordeast:

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Mental Note: We were headed in the right direction.

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2) Indeed Brewing

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This is usually the second stop in our NE brewery tour for newbies because there is always something unconventional on tap. This time – LSD, an ale brewed with Lavender, Sunflower Honey and Dates. This is one you’ll either love or hate. I happen to love it.

Here, we also scored a seat on the patio!

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D was grateful that they sell the flavored NA beverage San Pellegrino, which Rob and I affectionately call San Pay. We discovered a new flavor here, too: Pomegranate-Orange. I love that our fave bartender offered her a glass. It felt all fancy-like.

With two seafood allergies in the group, we were grateful we had lunched on Butcher Salt at Dangerous Man because a seafood-heavy Hibachi Daruma was the food truck parked at Indeed. That didn’t stop us from trying some nom-nommy pork potstickers, though!

So where would our third stop be? At this point in our NE Taproom Tour, we gauge that on our guests. What beers do we notice they enjoy? What scene suits them best? Or did we want to try something completely new? No matter what, we always have Insight and Northgate as solid backups.

They opted for something new to ALL of us!

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3) 56 Brewing

I found 56 Brewing online when I was looking for NE Minneapolis breweries. I knew that there were a few new ones in the area! It took a while to find it with a bridge out and some construction, but we finally located it tucked amidst a bunch of warehouses near the railroad tracks and Pedal Pub headquarters.

We had to follow signs to the back. Rob said that as we pulled up everyone was staring, thinking, “Do we know those people?”

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That’s exactly what it felt like at first… But it also felt like some friends opened up their garage door to serve us some brew.

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  Complete with brewery dog running around!

56 Brewing had just opened one week prior! To be fair, this is a brewery; but not a true taproom. They cannot sell pints. They can only offer samples and sell growlers. Samples?! Yes, please!

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I just love the names of these beers. On our way to Nordeast Minneapolis that day, I explained to JR and D the Polish influence in the area. I like that 56 Brewing takes pride in their community history. Check out the names!

  • Lake Sandy Rye – a rye lager named after a lake that is only labeled on maps of the area prior to 1900!
  • NE Nectar – a kolsh made with local honey.
  • Polonaise APA Polonaise is the French word for “Polish” and one of the five national dances of Poland.
  • Dark Territory – Dark Territory is a railroad term – very appropriate for the location of this brewery and this stout.

JR loved the Polonaise APA enough to purchase a grolwer. Rob and I filled one with the Dark Territory Dark Chocolate Coconut Stout. Yes, you read that right. One of the gals told us that she toasts the coconut in the oven before she adds it to the brew. That Dark Territory has so much promise. Rob and I will attest that it stands up to any stout we’d had at Dangerous Man. Yes, that good.

So we had to ask. “Why 56?” We were given this answer:

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56 Brewing is the first Community Supported Brewery in Minnesota. What is that? You can read more about that here. In addition, 56 uses sustainable, locally sourced brewing practices keeping in mind what is best for the community. You can buy a membership and fill up with a growler every week or month.

We all loved getting to try a new brewery right at its very beginning! I am so glad that JR and D were open to trying something new.

Still, since we didn’t get a true sit-down, taproom experience on that stop, the group decided it was time to go to just one more brewery. Because it was a beautiful day, we went in search of a brewery that we’d heard was known for its outdoor space.

4) Bauhaus Brew Labs

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Rob and I hadn’t been here yet, if only because the beers on their menu never seemed to match our personal preferences.

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JR ordered a pint of the Über Düber Hoppy Bock. Rob got the Midwest Coast SkyFive! which he said was solid and would order it again.

Nothing was standing out to me, so D and opted for the Whistler Classic Soda:

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D had orange while I sucked down one of the best cherry colas I’ve ever had! It’s right up there with Sprecher. I don’t drink soda very often; but when I do, it’s got to be a specialty one. I hadn’t heard of Whistler Sodas; but they come right out of our very own Forest Lake, MN!

It was such a freaking beautiful day! JR and D were now fascinated with the food trucks at each stop. At Bauhaus, they couldn’t resist Gastro Truck and their Grass Fed Beef Brisket with Horseradish Aioli & Greens!

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Before departing, JR decided to go with a flight of their year-round beers. This was his birthday gift after all…

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I love how each of the beers at Bauhaus is assigned a color. This makes it easy to recognize which beer you have if you pick it up in cans or see a tap handle at a bar or restaurant. After that flight, we were off…

Until… Someone decided that we should have one more pint…

5) Northgate Brewing

I had only had one beer all day, so I was happy to finish our tour off with a Maggie’s Leap Sweet Stout. JR ordered a Stock Ale on nitro. I don’t know why that didn’t sound very interesting to me; but I’m so glad he ordered it. I loved it and was highly impressed with how smooth it is. Now I go back to Northgate’s website and find the description:

We saved some of the stock ale we used to blend in with our Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Ale and put it on Nitro. Creamy deliciousness.

You had me at Bourbon Barrel and I didn’t even know it.

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So while I said that six breweries in one afternoon or evening is probably way too many, we did five that day. But consider the fact that not all of us drank at every brewery. We left the indulging to the Belated Birthday Boy! Besides, breweries generally have something interesting for your designated driver or that person who just really doesn’t like beer.

In any case, it was time to get back to the kiddos and take the real birthday boy, who was turning 15, out for some burgers and bacon!

What are your favorite places to take out of town guests?

Cheers~
Carrie

The Gem of Richfield

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There is a little gem of a restaurant in Richfield!

I vaguely recalled hearing about Lyn65 a time or two; but I seem to get it mixed up with all the other similar restaurants and place names:  LynLake, Lake & Irving… Okay, so maybe that’s only two others; but I know the difference now that I’ve searched for those links!

It was late afternoon on a beautiful spring day in Minnesota. I had just finished a run and was reading a Mpls-St. Paul Magazine on our back deck. I was reading about a new list of best burgers. Lyn65 was on the list.

Not long after, Rob came out to join me.

“Do you want to do dinner out tonight?” he asked.

To be honest, I just ran. I was tired. I was hungry. Cooking pork chops and broccoli didn’t sound fun nor appetizing. So the thought of dining out sounded good… as long as it didn’t take too much, well… more thinking.

“Where were you thinking?” I asked.

He hesitated in contemplation. Then he looked up at me inquisitively. Restaurant Volley?” he asked. It was a game I had recently created that we’d only played a few times prior.

We started off pinging and ponging with all of our usual suspects – the nearby tried and true dining spots. We were both hungry and didn’t want to venture too far.

Then I thought of Lyn65. I had just read about it. And really, Richfield wasn’t that far. I pulled it out as my next move in Restaurant Volley. First Rob said, “Hmmm…” And then, “Yes!”

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I was a little leery about being able to get a seat right away since it was a bit later than our usually Early Bird hours. I had a feeling that Lyn65 was a smaller restaurant, sort of like George & the Dragon. {Have I really not written an Impression about that one yet?!}

But we got lucky.

When I walked in, I asked the host if they had any seats at the bar. “We sure do!” he said and pointed us in that direction.

Yes, two seats, together, right in front of the tap handles. Aw yeah. That’s it. Their beer list wasn’t 100% up-to-date, but it didn’t matter because the bartenders were supremely attentive and informative! I love, too, that they serve half-pours.

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Our bartender recommended the Pryes Miraculum IPA – a local brew that we had not yet had. She gave us a little background on the brewery and offered a taste. Rob declined and just ordered the pint. He should have taken the taste because he wasn’t all that impressed. He followed it up with the Surly Abrasive, which is anything but! IMHO, it’s a very smooth DIPA. I don’t recall seeing it on tap before either.

I, on the other hand, was inspired by the almost summer-like weather and opted for a Paloma:

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I know that I’m still pretty new to Palmoas, but this one was absolutely fantastic.

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Paloma – Blanco Tequila, Black Pepper, Grapefruit, Lime, Mint

It had a little kick of spice to it from the black pepper. It would be difficult to order something else next time! They do cocktails craftfully here. They focus on a small number, but the expert care they take in putting them together is apparent. I felt like we were back in NOLA again, except for the fact that the bartenders talked with us here. If felt like real genuine warmth, not just “Minnesota Nice”, which often just equates to politeness.

I did get a shot of some of the tap handles, but Rob was more impressed by that mug sitting on top. He tried to find a replica on Ebay. For himself? I don’t know, really. But alas, he was SOL. Though the way his hands are mirrored in this photo, it does look like the mug is sitting atop his hands!

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Lyn65’s menu is separated into five sections:

  • Neapolitan Pizza
  • Salads & Vegetables
  • Pasta & Grains
  • Meat & Fish
  • Bar Food

They change the menu every few months with the exception of the burger and fried chicken which we are told is sort of what they are known for. For only $35, you can try a tasting menu, in which you choose one from each of the Salad/Veg, Pasta/Grain & Meat/Fish sections. I had a *really* hard time choosing! That often happens when I’m really hungry. But, oddly, I didn’t think I was hungry enough for three courses.

I gave the gal an idea of a few of the dishes that I was considering; but I always throw servers off when the items are so different. That evening, I couldn’t decide on the Spring Pizza, Wild Mushroom Pizza, Mussels, Crispy Fried Egg Salad or Buttermilk Fried Chicken.

She indicated that the salad wasn’t truly a full meal. So in the end, I chose a half order of the chicken. I have no idea why my photo turned out so blurry. It absolutely did not have anything to do with my lack of photography expertise. Perhaps the chicken did not want to be photographed? Yes, that’s it!

BUTTERMILK FRIED CHICKEN Grits, Coleslaw Half 14 Full 24

BUTTERMILK FRIED CHICKEN – Grits, Coleslaw {Half $14, Full $24}

When the chicken arrived, I had flashbacks to my high school days working at KFC. It smelled so good. And the half-order included three pieces of chicken – a keel {breast along the breastbone}, a leg and a thigh. Yeah. That half-order was a lot of food. One the side are your basic grits and a coleslaw that I didn’t even try. Before I even took a bite of my chicken, one of the bartenders plopped this in front of me. “You’ve got to try this!” he exclaimed.

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But first, I had to try the chicken sans sauce. {I know I’ll be comparing it to Revival when I make it there!}

Verdict: It was very good. The meat was hot, moist and juicy. {No apologies if any of you don’t like those words. Some things are hard to describe otherwise!} I liked the flavor, too. Still, I’d definitely order something else next time. It wasn’t something I’d say you’d have to get if you go to Lyn65. The hot sauce had a nice kick, though!

Rob was wavering over a few dishes, too. Our bartender warned us that the pasta dishes were smaller portions than what most people expect. We prefer that! So that is why Rob chose this dish…

CARBONARA MALTAGLIATI 14 Black Pepper Pasta, Pancetta Egg Yolk, English Peas

CARBONARA MALTAGLIATI – Black Pepper Pasta, Pancetta, Egg Yolk, English Peas {$14}

And she was right. This is a smaller portion of pasta, but not meal-sized. I wasn’t thrilled with the dish. I found it a little boring. However, Rob loved it; there was just not enough. {The bowl is deceiving because it’s very shallow.} He was still a bit hungry. So if you’d like to get the pasta here, I’d recommend you get something else to go with it.

While we were eating, some pizzas were delivered to our neighbors. Rob immediately had ordering remorse! “I’m getting that next time!” he said. That was a Grilled Asparagus Pizza with prosciutto, mushrooms and a soft cooked egg.

For “dessert” I had some sort of stout or porter by Bent Paddle Brewing. I’m so glad they started distributing throughout the Twin Cities. Duluth has a winner brewery up there!

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But not long after I ordered it, we were asked if we wanted a complimentary homemade soft serve cone. YES PLEASE! It was a cute little cone and a perfect little end to dinner. It’s a little something special to make Lyn65 stand out. I had read about the complimentary cones online somewhere; but wasn’t sure if it was something they did all the time. I’d say to just wait patiently and see if you are asked… ;-)

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I had no idea the little gem that is Lyn65 could be found in an unassuming strip mall nestled on the corner of Lyndale Avenue and 65th Street in Richfield.

We found the service at the bar to be impeccable. We’ll be back. I’m betting that we’ll be ordering that pizza. But maybe we can do a burger, too, and split the dishes. Yes, that is a good idea since Rob can’t eat the duck fat fries. Those’ll be all mine.

Question for you – fried chicken: plain or with hot sauce?

Cheers~
Carrie