Edit ModuleShow Tags

Drink of the Week: Schell's Aged Lager


photo by joy summers

I don’t care that the planters are still stuffed with the gray and brown boughs leftover from Christmas. I don’t mind that the crispy leaves are still hiding in the corners. I don’t even mind that the cushions haven’t been put outside. I am ready for a patio and a frosty beverage. I know it’s foolish to believe warm temperatures will last—Minnesota weather has a way of being a jerk about snow and such. However, there’s got to be a way to find the balance. That’s why this afternoon, I’m taking my pasty skin outside for a pint of dark beer and, with any luck, a little sunburn.

Schell’s newest brew in their Stag Series, #9, fits this in-between weather window perfectly. Plus, there are whiskey barrels involved. The cave-aged, barrel aged lager is all kinds of aged in the best kind of way. The mahogany-colored ale has a toasty, rich nose and the flavors are decadent: bitter chocolate, smooth oak and hint of charred caramel. It’s a creamy rich balance of smooth bitterness with just a thread of sweetness.

The beer is made by being stored in whiskey barrels underneath the historic brewery, and just enough of that flavor seeps into each sip. It’s the perfect patio companion for these early, warm afternoons.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

About This Blog

Minnesota Monthly's Taste Blog answers your restaurant and dining questions, dishes on latest discoveries, reflects on breaking news, and generally brings the plate to the page with a skilled crew of experts: Learn more about the Taste bloggers.

Have a food-related question? Email rfischer@mnmo.com

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Taste Blog

A True Farm-to-Table Dinner: Cedar + Stone Celebrates Farmers

Farmers get a special "thank you" dinner at JW Marriott's Cedar + Stone, Urban Table restaurant at Mall of America

Minnesota Wine Country: What’s New at the Minnesota State Fair

Enjoy local wines, hard cider, wine slushies, free food and wine demos and more at the Great Minnesota Get-Together

The Best (and Worst) Food Delivery Services

Twin Cities restaurant-to-your-door services, ranked

Gamertainment Go-Tos

Check out eight Twin Cities eateries to get your game on

New Specialty Brews and Beverages at the 2018 Minnesota State Fair

Quench your thirst with 40 specialty brews and beverages—here is a complete list of the 27 new and 13 returning beverages found only at this year’s Great Minnesota Get-Together

New Hotel, Great Restaurants: Stillwater Is Blowing Up

Lora Hotel, Feller Restaurant, Pearl and the Thief—what's going on in Stillwater!?

North Loop Destination: Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea

Espressos, teas, cold brews, and elixirs mean there’s something for everyone at North Loop’s new coffee and tea café

Berry Love Plus Berry Shortcake with Lime Whipped Cream Recipe

Everyone loves berries—including Justin Timberlake, the creator of the "brasberry"—but it just so happens the Twin Cities loves them more than most

3 Things to Eat This Week: July 25-29

Eat like a kid in summer: root beer popsicles, corncobs, Cubanos
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags