Big Wood Brewery, which was established in 2009 and opened a taproom in 2014, is an institution in Minnesota’s brewing industry. Besides crafting specialty brews with personality, they also provide a bustling, welcoming place where the White Bear Lake community can come together to share pints with friends.
“I have always said that ‘beer makes friends’ and brings people together,” says president and CEO Jason Medvec. “If you come down to the taproom, you will see a place that is filled most nights with people just sitting chatting with one another. That makes us happy.”
Below, Medvec offers up a curated list of top-notch beers that are perfect for a fall evening spent with friends.
Oktimberfest: A brew that’s just as crisp as the weather outside, this beer is a malt-forward, German-style Oktoberfest. You’ll taste notes of caramel and toffee with a dry finish.
- ABV (alcohol by volume): 5.6%
- IBUs (international bitterness unit): 21
Black Anvil: Stout drinkers will love this full-bodied, high ABV imperial stout. Brewed with magnum and saaz hops, as well as dark Belgian candy sugar, it has hints of dark chocolate, toffee, graham cracker and raisin.
- ABV: 9.5%
- IBUs: 77
Morning Wood: A fan-favorite, this beer was the 2014 City Pages Best Local Beer Winner and 2011 and 2012 ABR (Autumn Brew Review) Winner for Best Beer. Bragging rights aside, this beer gives you all the warmth and comfort of a cozy morning, without the blaring alarm clock or cumbersome commute. You’ll enjoy strong coffee flavors, slight maltiness, dark chocolate, oatmeal, toffee and earthy notes.
- ABV: 5.5%
- IBUs: 35