India pale ales (IPAs) are the favorite beer style for many craft beer fans. There are many different sub-types within the style including British IPA, American IPA, session IPA , black IPA and others (click here for a quick review of the many IPA choices). This post will review the newest release from the Bank Brewing Company, Into the Black, which is a black IPA. Bank is located in Hendricks, MN in the former creamery building. Their beers are available in Minnesota and South Dakota. A taproom is located in the old bank building just down the street from the brewery. The brewery owner is Jason Markkula and the brewer is Richard Drawdy.
Into the Black (ItB) was released at a special party held at the Brewery January 10. Beer drinkers enjoyed ItB, Hop Bandit, Hop Lab and Walleye Chop during the party. I bought two bombers of ItB to take home, so the beer I review is very fresh. The guys at Bank recommend drinking it fresh so the hop character is at its’ peak.
Into the Black poured out black with a tan head into a goblet. The nose was dank and citrus hops with a slight bit of roasted and chocolate malts. The taste was a complex mixture of hops and the different malts. The hops are a combination of Simcoe, Citra and Amarillo. The malt bill includes two row, Crystal, dehusked Carafa III and pale chocolate. Dark Belgian candi syrup is also added. The beer has a medium mouthfeel.
ABV = 10%
IBUs = 98
This beer is very good and I will enjoy the second bottle soon! If you like other black IPAs like Odell’s Mountain Black Standard, Grand Teton’s Trout Hop & New Glarus’ Black Top you will enjoy this!
Get this beer now! What are you waiting for?
Remember to drink responsibly!
Last Saturday I took the short drive to Bank Brewing Company in Hendricks, MN to meet the guys from the Remedy Brewing Company. They were helping Jason Markkula and Richard Drawdy brew up a new batch of Hop Bandit for Bank Brewing. Matt Hastad Jason Davenport and Tyler Jepperson are preparing to open a new brewery in Sioux Falls, SD. They would like to become a focal point of the craft beer movement in Sioux Falls. Their initial brews will most likely be Honey Cream Ale, Chocolate Milk Stout and Citrus IPA. They are searching for a downtown site for their proposed 30 barrel brewhouse. They hope to start with the brewery, taproom, kegs and growler fills and eventually start to can their beers.
Remedy Brewing picked up the 1st place award at the recent Rock River Beer Fest in Luverne, MN for their Chocolate Milk Stout. The region is looking forward to sampling more of the Remedy Brewing Co. beers!
Thanks Bank Brewing Company for supporting craft beer!
Hop Lab from Bank Brewing of Hendricks, MN is a perfect choice for the hop lover. It is a dry hopped IPA with Amarillo, Citra and Simcoe hops. This is a great beer so get it now while it’s fresh (my bottle was dated 12/1)!
Beanz Coffee Stout from the Wooden Legs Brewing Company is a great choice for stout and coffee fans. It uses coffee from local coffee roaster Kool Beans Coffee. This beer is brewer Seth Koch’s “tiramisu” stout with intense coffee aroma and taste. The roasty malt backbone in this beer is complemented by chocolate and vanilla notes. An extensive review of Beanz can be found here.
Grab these beers while they are fresh and drink local. Merry Christmas!
Thanksgiving and Christmas are special holidays when we gather with family and friends. We are so busy preparing our homes and food that we don’t always get everything done. Don’t worry about the beer. Grab some of your favorites, relax and enjoy the time off.
I’m sure you all have read numerous lists of the appropriate beer to serve with each meal course. It is often impossible to find these choices in South Dakota. Good beer is available so don’t sweat the details.
Craft lagers are great for the Thanksgiving football games. I would suggest West O Brewing Holy L (hoppy lager) or the August Schell Brewing Company Pilsner.
At mealtime you might want to go to Sierra Nevada Celebration if you like hoppy beer or Boulevard Brewing Tank 7 if you like Farmhouse ales. If you are lucky you might have Wisconsin friends who set you uo with some New Glarus Cran-bic. That would be the perfect choice to accompany the cranberries.
Beef lovers will find that Deschutes Black Butte porter or Crow Peak Pile O’ Dirt porter would go well with the roast or tenderloin.
For dessert I will probably choose to go with real dairy on my pies. Real whipped cream for the pumpkin pie or rich vanilla ice cream on the apple pie can’t be beat. After all the good food and drink a nap is mandatory.
Remember to relax and enjoy your company. These holidays only come around once a year. Don’t sweat the beer choices. Happy holidays!