By: Anthony Brousseau
With so many different craft breweries and beers to try in Minnesota, how do you sort the wheat from the chaff?
Luckily, the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild is here to help. Recently, the state’s preeminent organization of beermakers held its inaugural MN Brewers Cup, “the Guild’s first state-wide professional brewers competition.” Perusing the list of winners and runners-up will give you plenty of local beers to sample.
According to the guild, more than 500 beers from 80 breweries statewide were submitted for 24 categories—plus, a Best in Show award was handed out.
The beers were blindly judged by a panel of “certified beer judges.” Members of the guild also voted for Most Innovative Brewery, Best Collaboration Beer and Best Beer Art.
Victoria’s Enki Brewing earned high marks in two categories. The brewery’s Raven Russian Imperial Stout took second place in Imperial Stouts and Porters.
“The Raven-Russian Imperial Stout will intimidate some, for the brave who partake this shadowy drink, the mysteries revealed is their reward,” Enki’s website reads.
On the lighter side, they took home third place in the Wheat Beers category with their Hootennany Hefe Weiss. Here’s what the brewery has to say about Hootenanny:
“The spring/summer seasonal from ENKI, is sure to put you in the summertime mood. The classic German yeast strain provides aromas of banana, clove, and spice, while the wheat-heavy malt bill creates a chewy, rich mouth feel and crisp finish.”
To see the full list of MN Brewers Cup winners, click here.