Six hand-picked beer recommendations from Jason Alvey, owner of The Four Firkins

  • Oro De Calabaza by Jolly Pumpkin Artisanal Ales. A golden-style ale, Alvey says the oak-aged beer – one of his all-time favorites – has an “earthy, barnyard” character that “sounds awful but is absolutely gorgeous.
  • Orval Trappist Ale. This imported Belgian-style golden ale, brewed by Trappist monks, is dry hopped (think of steeping tea, but using hops) that Alvey says produces a one-of-kind floral flavor.
  • St Feuillien’s Saison. This Belgian farmhouse ale has a “dry, earthy, spicy” flavor profile with hints of peach and apricot, Alvey says.
  • Flander’s Red Ale by Rodenbach Brewery. Fermented in wood (and with the same bacteria that is used in yogurt) this beer has a dry finish, with hints of passion fruit and sweet raisin, Alvey says.
  • Flat Earth Northwest Passage IPA. Closer to home, St. Paul-based Flat Earth’s IPA has the highest IBU (International Bitterness Unit) count of any IPA made in Minnesota. The result is a strong hop flavor with hints of pine, mango, guava and citrus.
  • Brau Brothers Brown Ale. Another Minnesota brew – although from farther afield, in Lucan, Minn. – Alvey says this is a great “session ale” because it has low alcohol content but is full of flavors such as caramel and raspberry.

Read about Alvey’s store The Four Firkins, and its new location here.

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