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  • Twins Daily Welcomes Summit Brewing

    There are great rewards and great risks in doing something new. We know a thing or two about that at Twins Daily. We also know a thing or two about passion and experimentation and rejecting the limitations older corporate entities might embrace. (Or try to enforce.) I think these are core values with which our members empathize. If they didn't, I think they'd get their Twins fix someplace else.

    It has been harder to find local sponsors that embrace that same attitude. But today we welcome our first, and given their history, I wonder what took us so long to find each other. In 1986, Summit tackled a stodgy industry by trusting consumers to get past old habits by brewing new experimental products of exceptional quality. They took great risks and we've all received the great rewards.

    In the brewerís interview for their new Unchained series beer, brewer Gabe Smoley talked about the impressive measures he took to make sure that his beer would really be 100% organic:

    ďAnyone who works in an artistic or a very creative field will probably tell you that if you really want to accomplish something, you gotta challenge yourself. Ö You kind of put yourself out there when you take challenges like that. You know, thatís the kind of company we are. This company is full of great innovators. We donít back down to challenges. Thatís just the DNA of Summit.Ē
    I think thatís the DNA of Twins Daily too, and I think itís the DNA or our community. So, please raise a glass and welcome Summit to Twins Daily. I'm glad we found each other.
    Comments 36 Comments
    1. SAM D's Avatar
      SAM D -
      Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
      Thanks Summit. Your EPA was the reason I developed a love for beer with flavor. Also, thanks for sponsoring a great site like this, and being part of a great community.

      Drink locally!
      Ditto! I can still remember my first Summit EPA like it was yesterday, only it was 1999, which makes me feel really old.
    1. luke829's Avatar
      luke829 -
      I had the pleasure of sampling their wares about a year ago while attending a cousin's wedding at the "Happy Gnome" in Saint Paul. Had the EPA - good stuff. Had the Oatmeal Stout:



      Too bad it's only available in draught
    1. fairweather's Avatar
      fairweather -
      Awesome!
    1. fairweather's Avatar
      fairweather -
      "Beer the cause of and the answer to all of life's problems!"--Homer Simpson
    1. summitbeer's Avatar
      summitbeer -
      Chip here from Summit Brewing Company. Want to thank everyone for the kind words and amazing support on this thread. It makes it very easy to be proud to be a part of the Twin Cities community and Twins Daily. Cheers!
    1. cmathewson's Avatar
      cmathewson -
      Great call. I've been a fan of the beer since they had a brewery on University and I'd go there for tours. I am something of a beer common sewer, having sampled the local product across the country. I can say Summit has the best line-up of offerings east of the Rockies. The only weakness is the IPA, which does not have enough Cascade hops for my taste. But they now have Saga, a hoppier IPA. Between that, the EPA and the Oatmeal Stout, I have no need to drink anything else.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by cmathewson View Post
      I am something of a beer common sewer
      I'm going to chalk this up to auto-correct hilarity.... Brilliant.
    1. biggentleben's Avatar
      biggentleben -
      I wish I could get Summit here. I had some in my fridge often when I lived in the cities.
    1. Parker Hageman's Avatar
      Parker Hageman -
      I, for one, am looking forward to the Mai Bock. My personal indicator that spring is here.
    1. summitbeer's Avatar
      summitbeer -
      Quote Originally Posted by cmathewson View Post
      The only weakness is the IPA, which does not have enough Cascade hops for my taste. But they now have Saga, a hoppier IPA. Between that, the EPA and the Oatmeal Stout, I have no need to drink anything else.
      Glad you like the portfolio at large. Our IPA is a British-style IPA which is meant to come across more earthy and "noble" than in-your-face hoppy American counterparts. IPA intentionally has no Cascade (or any American) hops in there at all, rather the more famous European varieties of Northern Brewer, East Kent Golding and Target. This highlights the earthy, somewhat grassy hops character over the massive hop-bomb American IPAs like Saga IPA, which we LOVE as well!
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      Quote Originally Posted by summitbeer View Post
      Glad you like the portfolio at large. Our IPA is a British-style IPA which is meant to come across more earthy and "noble" than in-your-face hoppy American counterparts. IPA intentionally has no Cascade (or any American) hops in there at all, rather the more famous European varieties of Northern Brewer, East Kent Golding and Target. This highlights the earthy, somewhat grassy hops character over the massive hop-bomb American IPAs like Saga IPA, which we LOVE as well!
      Funny, IPA is my favorite Summit beer. I need to take a tour sometime. Glad to have you.
    1. Parker Hageman's Avatar
      Parker Hageman -
      I smell a Twins Daily Day at the Summit Taproom brewing...
    1. cmathewson's Avatar
      cmathewson -
      Quote Originally Posted by summitbeer View Post
      Glad you like the portfolio at large. Our IPA is a British-style IPA which is meant to come across more earthy and "noble" than in-your-face hoppy American counterparts. IPA intentionally has no Cascade (or any American) hops in there at all, rather the more famous European varieties of Northern Brewer, East Kent Golding and Target. This highlights the earthy, somewhat grassy hops character over the massive hop-bomb American IPAs like Saga IPA, which we LOVE as well!
      The IPA was my beer for 15 years. I rejoiced when it moved from a seasonal selection to a regular offering. But then I started sampling other IPAs, like Bell's Two Hearted or the the Flying Dog Snake Dog and Raging Bitch, and I stopped buying blue label in favor of the more "in-your-face" hop bombs. That's why I'm so pleased with Saga, which is all the hops I need, but smoother and more enjoyable than other hop bombs.
    1. luckylager's Avatar
      luckylager -
      Hooray for Summit! An appropriate partner for Twins Daily. I am a big-time consumer of Minnesota brewed adult beverages. I will buy a six pack of Saga tonight to celebrate the union.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Uh oh, I know one poster who won't be pleased with this news
    1. mikeee's Avatar
      mikeee -
      Wow, that is awesome!!
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