Minnesota is known for its variable weather. The summers are hotter, the winters are colder; spring erupts in a fury of green, while fall flames out in a spectacular display. The west wind from the plains whips across the state and tangles with cold air direct from Canada. Snow is measured in yards, not inches, and the state sees more than 30 tornadoes a year form in its wide open skies. In short, Minnesota weather is wild, unpredictable and more than a little exciting — just like Bad Weather’s beer.
Zac Carpenter & Joe Giambruno brew just one year round beer: Windvane — a complex red ale that balances resinous hops above a caramel heart. The rest of the year is as variable as the weather, with brews that suit the season and the palate alike. Right now they offer Ominous, a rich yet refreshing brown ale; and Migration, a pale ale with a great floral bouquet courtesy of rose hips. All three beers were interesting and lively, we can’t wait to see what they come up with next!
As a side note, we also really love the artwork they have commissioned for their beers. Each style has it’s own painting that artist Lucas Gluesenkamp creates especially for the brewery.
Right now, you can only get Bad Weather’s beer on tap or by arranging a visit to their brewery, which is part of an alternating proprietorship arrangement with Lucid Brewing in Minnetonka, just outside of Minneapolis. Want to visit? Drop them a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Great beer, great brewery — don’t miss it if you head to Minneapolis.