Thursday, December 30, 2010

Grain Belt Premium

Grain Belt makes "The Friendly Beer."  Now brewed by the August Schell Brewing Company of New Ulm, Minnesota.  It was originally brewed in 1893 by the Minneapolis Brewing Company.  In the 1960's it became Grain Belt Breweries and was sold in 1976 to G. Heileman.  In the 1980's Grain Belt was taken over by Minnesota Brewing Company who brewed it until 2002 when Schell's took over.

The beer pours a light golden with a quarter inch of white fizzy, foamy head.  The aroma is sweet, slightly floral, and a hint of tropical fruit.  The taste is sweet and fruity, but light.  Grain Belt is fairly unique in its taste for a lager. This beer brings back a lot of memories of the Twin Cities, from drinking it at bars or parties, to driving over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis on the Hennepin Avenue Bridge past the old, large iconic Grain Belt sign. 

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