dsc01605Let’s do a little math, shall we?

11 years since the doors opened. 999 batches brewed…equating to nearly 91 batches brewed per year. And from those 999 batches brewed by Minneapolis Town Hall over more than a decade, there’s been nearly 150 uniquely different beers that have been conjured from the creative minds of head brewer Mike Hoops and his crew (several of which are proud medal winners in the Great American Beer Festival).

Now, that may not seem like a big deal to some. But for anyone who’s ever been around brewing, commercially or at home, they’ll know that’s a hell of a lot of experimentation (and hard work). Talk about prolific. But god bless Town Hall for their dedication to fine brewing, for they came through once again with another fantastic beer to commemorate a very significant milestone…Batch 1000.

I stopped in recently  to sample Town Hall’s Batch 1000, a super-hopped DIPA that uses five different varieties — Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Columbus and of course Simcoe — at a rate of 11 pounds per barrel. Not sure how that equates to IBUs, but I can tell you it’s mouth-puckeringly potent. My buddy Dirtyspeed from Friday Night Beer coincidentally was also at the bar for the tapping , so we sat down to compare notes on what we both agreed is a very fine beer.

Poured from the tap with a beautiful billowing head and ruddy orange coloring, giving way to a citrusy blast of lemons and floral grasses in the nose. The hops really come through. From the first sip, you’re assualted with a distinct hop bite that gently fades (but never disappears) into the background as you start to pick up some of the sweet malt backbone. Drinkability and mouthfeel are very good, masking the 8.5% ABV.

Dirtyspeed and I each had a couple samples, and were both very pleased with the effort. Here’s to another 1000 batches from the masters at Town Hall.     

Rating: A-

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