Ask the Patch Pros: All About Beer

Want to start homebrewing? Or just want to buy a good, new beer? Our pros are here to help.

Ah, beer. Such a lovely beverage.

Contrary to popular opinion, however, there is more to suds than Bud. The world of beer is much more complex and interesting, and we have a few pros who can help break it down.

Jason Alvey, owner of craft beer store in St. Louis Park, can help you find a delicious new craft beer—particularly one that is off the beaten path.

And Todd Jackson, customer service manager at , can help you get started if you've always wanted to try brewing at home.

If you have any beer-related questions in the next few days, please post them in the comments below. One of the aforementioned gentlemen will get you an answer ASAP.


Update: Jason Schoneman, founder and owner of Steel Toe Brewing, is going to be jumping into the fray on Thursday. Feel free to fire questions his way!

Todd J @ Midwest Supplies June 15, 2012 at 01:22 PM
We do not carry a kit for the black IPA year round. We do offer one up in "MOvember". Keep an eye out for it, it's wicked good. Commercially, Mountain Standard from Odell is another great offering, but it is more like a big brother to the Black IPA.
TSfan14 June 15, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Im a homebrewer, and would never try to make a Bud or Miller clone. However I will go to my nieghbors house and trade one of my beers for a Grain Belt Priemium.
Marc June 16, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Alvey, can I get your honest opinion on a local brewery? Do you find Sweet Child of Vine to be as inconsistent as I do? Seems the bottle, the growler, and various taps all vary in hopiness to clarity. It's ok if you don't want to answer since you are a retailer. Just wonder if I'm insane. They are all good, just different from each other.
Jason Alvey June 16, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Hi Marc, you'll always get some subtle differences from the bottled beer to keg beer. As long as the beer is good a little difference in clarity isn't a big deal. Hoppiness can be diminished in a bottle if it sits for a long time. Try to buy your bottles from a place that turns it over quickly so you'll get the beer as fresh as possible. Beer from a keg is obviously going to be as fresh as it gets. However, some bars are going to go through a keg faster than others. Line cleaning plays a part in it all too. Having said this I have never had any off flavors or problems with Fulton Sweet Child of Vine (or any of their other beers). I enjoy it from the bottle quite frequently and when I get time I pop on in to the tap room for a special treat of the super fresh variety. Honestly, we have never had any issues with Fulton's quality. They know what they are doing and do it well. Cheers!
gitsglenda July 11, 2012 at 05:54 PM
who distributes tonka beer and does it reach to sw mn like worthington,,mn windom etc.


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