Pride Beer Dabbler and Other Good Times

Voyageur Brewing Company is delighted to serve at the Pride Beer Dabbler in Minneapolis tomorrow night from 5:30 to 9:30. Please join us in Loring Park if you are able to sample our special offerings, Blanche du Bois (a spruce-infused variation of our Trailbreaker Wit) and Summer and Smoke, our Maple Hill Smoked Roggenbier dressed up in rainbow colors. Descriptions follow below:

Blanche DuBois (for 2016 Pride Dabbler)

Belgian Wit infused with Spruce
5.0% ABV – 15IBUs
Grain Bill: Pilsner, Wheat, Oats
Hops: Hallertau, Triskel
Spices: Orange Peel, Coriander, Cardamom, Spruce Tips
Yeast: La Chouffe

A faded southern belle both beautiful and frail, Blanche DuBois is one of Tennessee Williams’ most recognizable characters. A couterpoint to the rough and belligerent Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanche maintains an air of propriety in a world which is falling apart around her. In honor of Blanche and the writer who created her, we have infused our Belgian Witbier with freshly harvested spruce tips to create a delicately refined beer to offset the rough world of IPAs. Like it’s namesake, this beer provides enough inner strength to stand up to the worthiest of adversaries cloaked in a refined grace which is both subtle and smooth.

Summer and Smoke (for 2016 Pride Dabbler)

Roggenbier made with Smoked Wheat and Maple Syrup
5.5% ABV – 20IBUs
Grain Bill: American 2-Row, Oak Smoked Wheat, Rye, Bonlander Munich
Hops: Hersbrucker
Yeast: La Chouffe

Our second tribute to Tennessee Williams takes its name from one of his most subtle love stories, a story of sensuality and spirit, mischief and morality. In Summer and Smoke, Williams juxtaposes a pious preacher’s daughter with the improper doctor’s son who lives next door. It is a story of differences and attraction in which what seemed to be clearly delineated becomes blurred by the end. Much like the main characters, the styles which we brought together in our tribute beer may bring to mind distinct flavors, but converge into something special and leave you with something you didn’t expect by the end. Built from hefeweizen, rye, and rauchbier styles, this is a beer of strong flavors which, somehow, fit perfectly together. It is a beer with depth and complexity which will leave you questioning your preconceptions of what you thought you knew. Join us for a pint and celebrate the diversity and development which you find along the journey to a perfect union.

If you are with us in Grand Marais this weekend, we are proud to have some incredible musicians playing on Friday and Saturday evening. Minnesota favorite Timmy Haus will be putting the kind of rousing and fun show he is famous for on Friday the 24th, and the next night, Saturday 25th, we are very lucky to be hosting Willy Waldman, as astounding trumpeter who displays his talent all over the country but is available for one night only in Grand Marais. You can read about these great guys on their websites below.

It’s exciting to write about these events, but it’s just the beginning of a long, lively season. The 4th of July is around the corner, followed by the Grand Marais Art Festival, Hopped Up Caribou Festival in Lutsen. Please keep reading as we keep you up to date on many ways to spend the golden Minnesota summer with us.

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