Spring 2008 Web Exclusive: Beer Picks

If you truly want to know beer, get infused with beer excitement at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul. Partner Weston Seifert has enough enthusiasm for the new horizon of beer to get even the non-beer drinker drinking. Seifert and his passionate staff are able to talk about beer in terms that make sense. Upon learning that Edible Twin Cities editor, Michelle Hueser did not like beer despite her best attempts, he vowed he would find a beer she liked by the end of the evening. We were all surprised and delighted that our editor discovered four beers that she actually liked. Here are her picks:

Rodenbach Grand Cru Flemish Sour Ale
This sour beer will be a startling surprise at first sip, but one you’ll want to experience again.

Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence
Beer that tastes like swilling dark chocolate. Need we say more?

Castille Rouge
Unique to the Happy Gnome (Seifert assures us he bought it all), this tangy beer tastes like cherries.

Bosteels Pauwel Kwak
This Belgium amber is fruity and slightly sweet with a nice balance of malt. 

As Seifert tells us, “A lot of artistry goes into these beers.” As a non-beer drinker who is curious, ask for singles at your local liquor store and take notes. Invite a few friends to bring singles and share. Our favorite pick is to visit the Happy Gnome and satisfy your curiosity among experts you can easily talk to.

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