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The Muddy Pig

After doing a tour of Flat Earth Brewing Co. last weekend, my buddies and I headed to one of the better St. Paul beer bars, The Muddy Pig, to enjoy some eats and drinks. I’d been here before and knew this place had a great tap and bottle selection (that apparently their website lists roughly half of), but wow, I must have forgotten the extent of the strange brews available to try. Very impressed.

Since we’d already had a few earlier at the brewery and since I was driving, I didn’t go too crazy. Here’s what I had:

Founders Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale/Wee-Heavy: This 8.5% ABV brew gets an A- on BeerAdvocate.com and I can definitely see why. It had that familiar silky smooth profile of an 80/- export if you’d take a shot of Scotch and drop it in the glass. A bit sweeter in taste to go along with the higher alcohol level. I’m a fan of Scotch in general, so that probably is one of the reasons this beer has overpowered my current attraction to Belgian yeast-fermented brews to become my current favorite beer. I have to try more Scotch ales. This was likely my first.

Surly Mild: I remember trying this seasonal while on one of my tours of their brewery last year and recall it was probably the least favorite Surly brew I’ve tried besides their Hell lager (not much a fan of that style). I think this is the only mild I’ve ever tried, but what I got from it was a lot of roast flavor without much malty body to back it up. Low hops but any that are in this brew have an easy time shining through without much malt to cover them up. This 4% ABV beer was a good, interesting beer to end the night with for driving purposes but I can’t see myself ordering this, and if it’s truly indicative of the style, any milds too often.

Notice the 2009 Surly Darkness poster in the background?

I know by buddies ordered some IPAs and a Celebration Winter Ale of some sort, but I can’t remember exactly what. So, cheers!

Oh, p.s. – anyone have any Scotch ale recs? I need to try more of that style.

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6 responses

  1. Three Floyds Robert the Bruce

    February 18, 2011 at 7:53 am

  2. Oh wait, I take that back. It’s a Scottish ale rather than a Scotch ale. Confusing.

    February 18, 2011 at 8:08 am

    • Do we get Three Floyds here in MN? I do like Scottish ales too. I liked Odell’s 90 Shilling a lot, which is really the reason why I made that Scottish 80/- export last month (currently bottle-conditioning), but I really REALLY liked the stronger Scotch Ale I tried last weekend. Mainly because it combines my affinity for beer and scotch into one drink.

      February 18, 2011 at 9:21 am

  3. As far as I know, you need to go across the river to Casanova in Hudson, WI.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:46 am

    • Ah, I see. I could grab some Dogfish Head while I’m there too. Hmmm…

      February 18, 2011 at 11:09 am

  4. John Mitchell

    The Dirty Pig is the only place in the Twin Cities – not that I’ve tried so many – where I found our favorite beer, Dusseldorfer Alt. We lived in Dusseldorf for a couple of years in the 80s and we used to by this stuff by the case; the large 1/2 litre bottles. mmm…mmm…good…

    August 13, 2012 at 8:41 pm

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