2015 BEER DISCOVERY TOUR: Dangerous Man Brewing Company, Minneapolis, MN (July 7th, Brewery Stop #33) (recovered post) The 33rd brewery visited during our cross-country beer discovery tour (click to read about the whole trip) and last brewery visited in Minneapolis was Dangerous Man Brewing Co. We are really happy that we found this brewery was open, as it really had more of the environment we were looking for during our roadtrip. There were a few other breweries in the downtown area that were closed the day we were in Minneapolis, this just gives us reason to go back some day to try the one’s we missed.
After leaving Surly, we headded back towards downtown to the Northeast Arts District, were we admired this historic neighborhood with really cool with a local vibe. The stark contrast between the two brewery settings is like comparing a small mom-and-pop shop to that of wallmart. It’s a reality of being successful in that you grow, succum to the drive to produce more with increased demand, expand, produce more, then cycle repeats. This is how the industry works, unless you actively choose to stay smaller and keep your quality high. There are a few examples of successful breweries that I regularly visit that have done this. Regardless of either businesses intent, to stay smaller and keep it local, or become large, expand your beer production so that allows for distrubution to many states, the beer is what makes or breaks you.
Dangerous Man is doing an outstanding job of producing high quality beer, just in smaller quantities. They are bringing a wide variety of styles and making what we considered some of the best beers we tried the entire road trip. As you can see from the pictures, they have a fairly small taproom with a few tables, a long bar, beer list above the bar, and some merch available on a stand towards the back. We anticipated the ‘no taster tray’ situation and asked the server if she would be willing to provide tasters in sets so we could at least take pictures and such. They didn’t have a problem with doing this for us as they wanted us to try all of their beers so that we could figure out what one’s we liked best and hear our feedback on each.
You can see their production area on the other side of the bar. We spent a few minutes checking out the tanks and asking about their take on local brewing and what makes their beer different from other breweries. They weren’t sure if it was the recipes or the attention to details that provided such a great beer experience, regardless they clearly have a great product and outlook on providing it to the public.
We tasted nine of the beers available and each of them was pretty outstanding. The reviews start with the first picture and goes right to left in each set shown. Overall this is one of the better breweries we tried on the trip, we’d highly recommend giving them a try if you’re ever in Minneapolis. I can imagine that they do keep a few core beers around, tweeking the recipe as needed, but their seasonal’s seem to be really good. We did order a few pints after trying the samples and bought a hat, pint glass, and some stickers from them. It’s hard to pick my favorite beer out of the lineup, but the Peanut Butter Porter was really outstanding and inspirational.
Dangerous Man Brewing Company
1300 NE 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Dangerous Man Brewing Co. • IPA • IBU: 66 • ABV: 6.9% • SRM: 18
Orange draft with a solid white foamy head and great retention. The nose has a broad range of floral, citrus, and dried bread expressed. The front to mid mouth is a bit of dry fruit and citrus florals, with a strong grapefruit showing up backed with a bready malt. The mid to back dries out quickly with a full bodied carbonation.
Dangerous Man Brewing Co. • Cream Ale • IBU: 19 • ABV: 5.8% • SRM: 2
MALTS: Pale Malt, Vienna Malt, Flaked corn, Carafoam
Bright yellow hue, small bubbly head that dropped to a sheen, small amounts of lacing. The nose is a bit of cereal grains and sweeter notes. The front to mid mouth is a sweet wash of dried grains and vanilla notes. The hops are non-existant, with a rounded lower-carbonation mouth-feel.
|House Pale Ale
Dangerous Man Brewing Co. • Pale Ale • IBU: 48 • ABV: 4.6% • SRM: 16
Golden and amber hued draft, minimal head that left no lacing. The nose is stronger bready malts and earthy citrus notes. The front mouth is sweet and solid with a stronger citrus bight. The mid to back has a good amount of citrus pith and dries out with some sweet sugars expressed.
|Imperial Golden Rose Ale
Dangerous Man Brewing Co. • American Blonde Ale • IBU: 18 • ABV: 7.0% • SRM: 12
Hazy golden colored draft, minimal head and no lacing. The nose is sweet grains and some citrus zest. The front to mid mouth is sweeter grains and hints of citrus pith that dries to the back. Rounded and full mouthfeel.
Dangerous Man Brewing Co. • Porter • IBU: 28 • ABV: 5% • SRM: 30
Dark brown draft with a slight off-white foamy head with great retention and spidery lacing. The nose is strong with coffee and dark chocolates. The front mouth is all coffee and roasted grains with some chocolates lingering. The mid to back is roasted and bitter with a slight dry finish.
Dangerous Man Brewing Co. • Kölsch • IBU: 18 • ABV: 5.8% • SRM: 6
MALTS: Pilsner Malt, White Wheat
Bright yellow clear draft with a solid white large bubbly head and tons of retention and lacing. The nose is crisp and grassy with some lemon zest. The front to mid is lighter with some citrus and fress cut grass hop presence, malts are thin and crackery. There is a hint of earthy acidity on the mid to back, dries a little bit on the back.
|Chocolate Milk Stout
Dangerous Man Brewing Co. • American Stout • IBU: 28 • ABV: 5% • SRM: 40
Pours a dark brown/black with some tan head that dropped off to a sheen, spotty lacing if any. The nose is sweet milk chocolates. The front to mid mouth is solid, with a full mouthfeel and chewy approach. The dark cocoa powered and almost bitter coffee hints really shine with the lower sweet malts and dry mid to back end supporting the chocolate flavors. Great full bodied beer.
Dangerous Man Brewing Co. • Scottish Ale • IBU: 23 • ABV: 6.3% • SRM: 24
MALTS: Marris Otter, Crystal 120, Victory, Chocolate
HOPS: German Magnum
Dark amber/brown with some decent foamy head that had good retention. Nose is really roasted sweet malts and hints of peat, wood (oak) and some herbal bitters. The front mouth is rounded and full roasted grains with some coffee/cocoa bitterness, tobacco and dried fruit notes. The mid to back dries out a little bit, with some more dried fruit and herbal notes.
|Peanut Butter Porter
Dangerous Man Brewing Co. • Porter • IBU: 28 • ABV: 5.7% • SRM: 38
Dark black/brown hues, almost completely opaic with a tan full foamy head, tons of retention and lacing present. The nose is sweet grains, caramels, peanut butter and milk chocolates. The front to mid mouth is like a roasted peanut butter cookie with bitter chocolates. The complexity and layering of the sweet caramels, slight spice, creamy peanuts, and dry bitters is excellent. The roasted bitter aftertaste leaves you wanting more.