Folks let me tell you, I’m taking this hunt for the best breweries and beef in Minnesota very seriously. Therefore, it’s time for the second stop of the tour – Lake Monster Brewing in St. Paul, Minnesota.
However, my personal favorite part of this stop was that dogs are allowed in the taproom! This didn’t excite Joseph nearly as much, but I was perfectly content admiring all of the good puppers that got lucky enough to tag along with their owners.
But let’s move into what y’all care about: what we drank and what we ate.
True Story Pale Ale
I had Joseph surprise me with a beer that he thought I would like, and he selected the Empty Rowboat IPA for me. This brew is an American IPA that has a citrus profile of orange and grapefruit. He was very successful in picking an option that I would like, as citrus flavors are normally what I’m drawn to. As you roll this beer over your tongue you get an initial hint of citrus, and it finishes with a kick of bitterness from the hops at the tail end. This brew has an ABV of 6.9%, so one was enough for me. (Different blog, same story. Whoops.)
Empty Rowboat IPA
We chose to go with the steak tacos, which were EXCELLENT.
Here are our individual reviews, and then scroll a little more to enjoy a photo of Joseph’s first bite of the tacos. Which he caught me taking in the middle of the bite and started laughing.
Joseph: These were AWESOME! The flavor profile is clean, fresh, and I would recommend ordering these with the mild salsa. It has a little punch to it, it’s not too hot but spicy enough to take the natural flavors to the next level. The steak may be a tick done for my taste, but the handmade corn tortilla adds to the authenticity of the taco.
Alyssa: These little tacos are full of flavor! We ordered them with all the fixings and that was a great choice. The toppings were fresh and complemented each other very well. I was thoroughly impressed with how authentic the tacos were and would definitely order these again. The steak was a little done, but I think adding the fixings on top kind of masked that a bit.