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Lift Bridge Chestnut Hill Brown Ale

Lift Bridge Chestnut Hill Brown Ale

When they’re not arguing about new bridges over the St. Croix or sitting in traffic waiting for the singular lift bridge over the St. Croix to open after repairs and/or lower, Stillwater residents generally like to have a good time over a well-crafted beer. Lift Bridge Brewing offers up the Chestnut Hill Brown Ale as part of its brewed year-round lineup. Brewed with cinnamon and allspice, this is not your typical brown ale. With a flavor profile somewhere between … Read entire article »

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John Henry West Indies Pale Ale

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Indeed Brewing Old Friend Holiday Ale

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