Ever drank a good beer from a snifter? Studied carbonation tables for your kegerator? Or quietly snuck down to the basement in the middle of the night to get just one more whiff of hops emanating from the air lock on your fermentor?
My name’s Aaron, and suffice to say, I enjoy fresh and flavorful craft beer. I’ll go far out of my way to get it. Even better, I enjoy making it for my friends and family.
I am a Certified Beer Server through the Cicerone Certification Program, and in addition to managing this site, I’m also a freelance writer and contributor to local Twin Cities media outlets, including Heavy Table and Star Tribune’s Vita.mn.
I originally started this site as a venue to discuss my various home brew experiments. Working in public relations, I spend much of my time writing, so it was a fun diversion to keep my creative juices flowing and communications skills sharp. But over time, the site has grown into much more than that, including feature stories and industry Q&A’s with notable brewers and craft beer advocates, beer reviews, discussions on beer styles and food pairing, and relevant beer news.
It’s also a site focused on local beer happenings in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Next to more widely known U.S. craft beer meccas on the coasts, the Twin Cities has a vibrant and growing craft beer community that deserves to be chronicled and appreciated.
Shoot me an email and let me know what you think: firstname.lastname@example.org
Home Brewing Awards
- Gold Medal – 2009 Minnesota Renaissance Festival Byggvir’s Big Beer Cup, Eclectic – Fruit Beer category (Raspberry Wheat Stout)
- White Ribbon - 2009 Minnesota State Fair Home Brew Competition, Fruit Beer category (Raspberry Wheat Stout)
- Bronze Medal – 2012 Minnesota Renaissance Festival Byggvir’s Big Beer Cup, Specialty Cider (Common Perry)
Additional Beer Writings
- The Onion – Brooklyn Brewery’s Garrett Oliver Sets Sight on the Twin Cities (Special Insert for MN Craft Beer Week, May 2011)
- Star Tribune Vita.mn – Homebrewing Hotbed (January 2011)
- Star Tribune Vita.mn – Surly Society: Pulling Back the Curtain on a Craft Beer Phenomenon (September 2010)
- Star Tribune Vita.mn – Deschutes Beer Makes a Dramatic Arrival (April 2010)
- Heavy Table – The Dramatic Arrival of Deschutes Brewery (April 2010)
- Heavy Table – Hook & Ladder Hits Minnesota (March 2010)
- Star Tribune Vita.mn – Really Micro: Fulton Wants to Create “Approachable Beer” (January 2010)
- Heavy Table – Fulton Beer of Minneapolis (January 2010)
- Heavy Table – SurlyFest Release Party at Tracy’s Saloon & Eatery (September 2009)
- Heavy Table – Beer Springs Eternal: Maibocks and Bieres de Garde (May 2009)
- Heavy Table – Bell’s Oberon Release Party at Bryant Lake Bowl (March 2009)
- Heavy Table – All Hopped Up at FirkinFest (March 2009)
My Rating System
There’s as many ways to rate a beer as there are beer drinkers. I’m very familiar with the BJCP rating system, but for the purposes of this site I’ve chosen to assign simple grades to each beverage that I sample, largely because for most of us the A through F grade scale is something we’re pretty familiar with. But I also realize that for folks trying to discern the material differences between an “A-” beer and a “B+” beer, it might be a little abstract. So here’s how I tend to break things down:
- A+ — World class, deserving of the highest recommendation.
- A through A- – Strongly recommended, one of the best examples of the style.
- B+ through B- — Recommended, a solid offering but may have some very minor drawbacks.
- C+ through C- – Unlikely to recommend, a relatively average offering that may contain flaws or flavor profiles deemed unsuitable (at least for this author).
- D+ through D- – Not recommended, serious issues in appearance, aroma, flavor, and mouthfeel. What you might call a disaster.
- F — Not recommended. Avoid at all costs. Go directly to jail…do not pass Go, do not collect $200.