Best Local Beer
Big Wood Brewery's Morning Wood Coffee Stout
It didn't take long for Minnesota to become Land of the 10,000 IPAs but, as that happened, some folks incorrectly dismissed start-up breweries as hop-crazed and singularly focused brewers. That couldn't be further from the truth, exemplified by Big Wood Brewery and its award-winning Morning Wood Coffee Stout that balances a dark, heavy American stout with a light coffee flavor that perfectly cuts through the middle. Most coffee beers overstate the additive, but Morning Wood subtly adds Dunn Bros. coffee to darken the flavor and lighten the mouthfeel without sacrificing that core beer goodness. Complementing the darkness with a touch of oatmeal and chocolate, this is a true stout, not some hybrid, and it's a pleasant change of pace for a flagship brew. Next time somebody says all the new breweries are obsessed with hops, give them a Morning Wood.