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The Eskimos had 52 names for snow because it was important to them; there ought to be as many for love."
-Margaret Atwood

 


Extra Pale, ESB, Pilsener, IPA, Porter, Maibock, Hefeweizen, Winter Ale, Oatmeal Stout
Well, I don't know about love, but the Summit Brewing Company was featuring nine names for beer during our wintry trek to St. Paul. They offer free tours of the brewery every Tuesday and Thursday - if I lived in town, I might have to go once a week!


Acting all Minnesotan-like, the Kuhnau family ignored the forecasted inches of snow and arrived at the brewery several minutes before the tour, dreaming of free samples to come. Adjacent to the waiting area, these two copper kettles made for an exciting beer-y view.


The tour itself was short but fun. We learned all about barley and malt and mash and yeast and fermenters and oxidation and bottles and kegs and such. The tour only featured two rooms, but they were heavy on the stainless steel and machinery - very impressive.

After the tour we returned to the waiting area for our three free samples. Much to our surprise, the samples were generous portions of the nine beers on tap. Between the six of us, we managed to sample every one!

After stopping by the giftshop for a glassware purchase, we returned to the blustery cold. We may have four more weeks before we can even talk about groundhogs and spring, but at least we were able to have a "cold one" to keep us warm for an afternoon.
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