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A Taste of the Tropics

Written by Bennett

Just about every Minnesotan right now: “Well what in da heck, Barb! Jeepers it’s been a doozy of a cold spell, I almost ran out of hotdish for cripes sake. Ope! Better go check the oven. Tell your folks I says hi.” 

Yes, indeed. It’s been one of the most frigid winter spells we’ve experienced—almost record-breaking—if not for a few intermittent hours up in the positive degrees. Almost two weeks spent sheltering indoors has felt like a monotonous slog; a sort of Groundhog Day-esque alternate reality. And unfortunately, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow again this year. *Sigh* Guess we’re not out of the woods yet.

I don’t know about you, but this frigid weather has me daydreaming of tropical vacations. While actual travel hasn’t been encouraged recently, I urge you to take a mental vacation. You deserve it. Close your eyes—Imagine big-sky sunset vistas, toes curled in sand still warm from the day’s light, no problems in the world. I can’t fly you there, but these tropically-inspired craft brews can take your senses on that trip.

Modist Fruitropolis Imperial Smoothie Sour — $20.99/4pk Can

Double of this, double of that! Pineapple, passion fruit, raspberry, you name it—Modist is doubling it in this smoothie brew. Fruitropolis features gobs of fruit with a swirl of milk sugar on top of a smooth wheat and barley malt base. A snap of sourness keeps everything in balance.

BlackStack Ken Burns Presents — $21.99/4pk Can

Ken Burns is back with a new episode on BSB public beervision—pineapple, passion fruit, and mango! BlackStack takes their inhouse foeder-fermented mixed culture Berliner Weisse and lays it down on fruit, vanilla bean caviar and milk sugar. Roll the can to stir the juicy bits then serve in your best tiki glass. 

Untitled Art Florida Seltzers — $15.99/6pk Can

Currently available in three distinct flavors—blood orange pomegranate, prickly pear guava, and raspberry lime—the Florida Seltzer lineup takes you beyond the conventional sense of seltzer. Mega-brand bubbly water will be a distant memory after you take a sip of these. Vibrant fruit with a pop of acidity almost puts these in sour beer-territory, but without the gluten.

Junkyard Keep Me Cold Rainbow Sorbet — $10.99/Crowler

Just look at the label, how cute. A happy little luau-dressed penguin safe from circling killer whales atop a floating iceberg. This flightless bird has the right idea. Keep Me Cold features orange, raspberry and Tahitian lime, creating a delicious sweet and sour balance.