THE MONSTER SERIES

What if all the monsters in our minds are really just dreams waiting for us to let them come out to play? At LTD Brewing, we have wild imaginations that can only be tamed through experimentation. The Monster Series is what happens when we let our minds run wild. Beers that are unharnessed and unhinged. The true manifestation of our motto: Limited batches and unlimited possibilities.


Teaming up with Eric Neely's art (2014 - 2016); SR Brant's art (2017 - present), and Jeff Neidt's creative writing. Not only are these amazing brews but they have a label that matches the beast that is the beer.


Sleepwalker (2017) Triple IPA

Release Date: Aug 26, 2017, #of bottles released - 1008

A beer so big, so bold, so dream-inducing, we only dare brew it once a year. It’s an absolute monster at 11.5%, and is sure to leave you walking around in a daze asking: What. Was. That? Cause it was amazing. And I want another.


This is as balanced as a Triple IPA can get. Expect some sweetness from golden promise, light and dark crystal malts, and 120lbs of local Basswood honey. But don’t worry. This is a hop monster, ready to smash you with passion fruit, citrus, pine and spicy floral. Like the secrets in your closet, the alcohol is there, but nicely hidden.


Keep it cold and drink it ASAP. Seriously. Like as soon as you’re home. Aging is not kind to all those hops.


Cheers to limited batches and unlimited possibilities.


Bottled mid-August, 2017


Malts: Golden Promise, American 2-row pale, UK light and dark Crystal, flaked oats

Hops: Admiral, Cascade, Centennial, Galaxy™, Citra, Simcoe® and Mosaic®

Addition of 120lbs of local Basswood honey

REM (2017) BA English-Style Barleywine

Release Date: Aug 26, 2017, #of bottles released - 504

Brasher than a monster on the loose. More brazen than an werewolf howling at the moon.


To make our Real English Monster, we brewed the strongest beer we can legally make in our facility. Then we took the amber-hued nectar and let it chill out in two different whiskey barrels. But far from taming this beast, it only made it more delicious.


By combining the barrels, this 12% ABV monster of a beer has a complexity unlike anything you’ve experienced. Earthier than typical barleywines, you’ll pick up loads of heat and barrel flavor. Expect smooth Bourbon, toasted coconut, sweet molasses, and defined oak as you confront this boozy monster. But beware, it might leave you howling at the moon.


Cheers to limited batches and unlimited possibilities.


Bottled mid-August 2017

Aged in a combination of Heaven Hill and Wild Turkey Bourbon barrels.

BA Dream Maker BA Russian Imp. Stout

Release Date: June 4, 2017, #of bottles released - 144

We originally brewed Dream Maker to celebrate Blake and Hannah’s wedding. We brought it back for our 3rd Anniversary because this beer symbolizes our appreciation for all the love and fidelity you have shown us along the way.


Aged for 8 months in Buffalo Trace Single Barrel Select Bourbon Barrels from our amazing friends at Bacchus Wine & Spirits, expect big bourbon flavor, a defined hop presence, and notes of nuts and berries. More than just a beer, this is a story about committing to what you love and enjoying your own unending journey toward happiness.


It’s good now, but best aged until December 2017 or longer. Try to be patient. It’s worth the wait.

Emily's Dream (3rd Anniversary) Dragon Fruit Sour Ale

Release Date: June 4, 2017, #of bottles released - 480

We use our Emily’s Dream series as a playground to explore and expand what a sour can be. For our 3rd Anniversary, we continue the theme of experimentation by brewing a base sour, then doing a secondary fermentation with three different fruits: Lychee, Tangerine, and Dragonfruit. [see what we did there?]


Rather than blending, we kept the three beers separate, so you can explore the unique aspects of what each fruit adds to the beer. There’s a journey in flavor—ranging from bright tartness to lush and tropical—all with the tang and sass you expect from a sour. We hope you enjoy the experience.


Enjoy it now or let this dream hang out in your cellar to see what it becomes.

Emily's Dream (3rd Anniversary) Tangerine Fruit Sour Ale

Release Date: June 4, 2017, #of bottles released - 480

We use our Emily’s Dream series as a playground to explore and expand what a sour can be. For our 3rd Anniversary, we continue the theme of experimentation by brewing a base sour, then doing a secondary fermentation with three different fruits: Lychee, Tangerine, and Dragonfruit. [see what we did there?]


Rather than blending, we kept the three beers separate, so you can explore the unique aspects of what each fruit adds to the beer. There’s a journey in flavor—ranging from bright tartness to lush and tropical—all with the tang and sass you expect from a sour. We hope you enjoy the experience.


Enjoy it now or let this dream hang out in your cellar to see what it becomes.

Emily's Dream (3rd Anniversary) Lychee Fruit Sour Ale

Release Date: June 4, 2017, #of bottles released - 480

We use our Emily’s Dream series as a playground to explore and expand what a sour can be. For our 3rd Anniversary, we continue the theme of experimentation by brewing a base sour, then doing a secondary fermentation with three different fruits: Lychee, Tangerine, and Dragonfruit. [see what we did there?]


Rather than blending, we kept the three beers separate, so you can explore the unique aspects of what each fruit adds to the beer. There’s a journey in flavor—ranging from bright tartness to lush and tropical—all with the tang and sass you expect from a sour. We hope you enjoy the experience.


Enjoy it now or let this dream hang out in your cellar to see what it becomes.

Zombie Sleepwalker BA Triple Black IPA

Release Date: June 4, 2017, #of bottles released - 622

You thought you loved our Sleepwalker before, but just wait until you see how it comes back to life as a barrel-aged Black IIIPA. This beer returns to IPA’s historical roots, where it was often shipped in barrels to survive the long journey.

 

But that’s about all that’s traditional. The special dark malts combine with west coast hops for a deep, onyx color and dank flavor. Then we let this monster rest in select bourbon barrels. When it springs back to life, we dry hop it with enough Centennial and Cascade hops to gnaw on even the most ardent hop head.

 

Malts: Golden Promise, American 2-row pale, Dark Crystal, flaked oats, Carafa III Special

Hops: Summit, Cascade, Centennial, Galaxy™, Citra, Simcoe®, and Mosaic®

Barrels: Single Barrel Select Four Roses Bourbon from Liquor Store & More

Knob Creek Select Bourbon from Pub 819

Bottled: April 2017

Night Falls 2017 BA Russian Imp. Stout

Release Date: June 4, 2017, #of bottles released - 504

Once a year, we take the time to show our love for you, our friends and family. We started with our popular Night Falls Russian Imperial Stout and let it rest for a full year in Buffalo Trace 7-year Bourbon barrels. Yeah, you read that right. A. Full. Year.


The barrel time fills this beer with an even more rich and complex profile. Expect loads of boozy vanilla and toffee to mingle with roasted malt and dark fruits. As you drink this beer, we ask that you take some time to reflect on the memories we’ve shared and look forward to the good times to come.


It’s good now, but best aged until December 2017 or longer. Try to be patient. It’s worth the wait.

World Traveler

Costa Rican Cold Press Coffee Stout

Release Date: April, 2017, #of bottles released - 1008

Since our founding, we have been about pursuing life-changing experiences. Sometimes you have to venture out into to the world to broaden your horizons. That’s why our first collaboration brew took us to Central America to create a beer that combines native ingredients with worldly influences.
 
After a long, treacherous journey through multiple lobbies, navigating rivers of ticket lines, and enduring hours of screaming babies, we finally met up with our friends at Hoppy Ideas Brewing Co and Las Olas Brewing. We collaborated to unlock the secret of melding Costa Rican coffee with a silky smooth American stout. Back in Minnesota, we used our newfound techniques and 25 pounds of Costa Rican coffee to recreate the tropical experience. The beer bursts with smooth, roasted coffee and chocolate. We hope it inspires you to broaden your own horizons. As they say in Costa Rica, a cachete!

Buffalo Trace Barrel Aged Night Terror 

Double Chocolate Milk Stout aged in Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrels

Release Date: Jan 31, 2017, #of bottles released - 360

Indulge your deepest desires with this barrel-aged double chocolate milk stout. We start with our beloved Night Terror, a sweet, creamy-bodied beauty, laced with chocolate, lactose, and roasted malts. Then we gave it some alone time in Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrels.


The black-as-night beauty that sprang forth is sure to please. Rich and complex, with hints of vanilla, toffee, and candied fruit. But beware of the Night Terror, for once she gets ahold of you, you might not get away. Not that you’d want to.  

Amy's Dream 2016

Cold Press Coffee Stout

Release Date: Oct 1, 2016, #of bottles released - 1008

Our beloved Nightmare C&V Irish Dry Stout gets gifts of chocolate, vanilla beans, and Amy’s Blend dark roast coldpress coffee from Caribou Coffee. This beauty is bursting with roasted barley and chocolate. It’s surprisingly smooth and easy to drink—bitter chocolate, sweet vanilla, and a coffee pick-me-up. And 10% of all sales from this beer benefit Cancer Care. Drink beer. Do good. Repeat.

RAM (Real American Monster) 

Whiskey Barrel-Aged American-Style Barleywine

Release date: August 27th, 2016, #of bottles released - 504

Think all politics is just monsters butting heads in grandiose posturing? Does election season make you need a drink? We’ve got the beer for you. Our RAM takes the best of American ingenuity and runs wild. This two-headed monster hits you with a one-two punch of malty booze and citrusy hops. It’s complex, brash, and strong as hell. Kind of like this country of ours.


After brewing, we stowed the beer away in a combo of whiskey barrels. Because booze! The barrels lend some ripe plum and cherry, with hints of spice, caramel, and vanilla to keep it interesting. It’s good now, but best aged until after the election or after. You might need it then. And vote! Nothing’s worse than being consumed by a monster you had a chance to fight but did nothing about.


Cheers to limited batches and unlimited possibilities.Aged in a combo of Four Roses Single Barrel Select & Knob Creek Single Barrel Bourbon from our friends and neighbors at the Liquor Store and More and Pub 819.

Sleep Walker (2016) 

Triple IPA

Release date: August 27th, 2016, #of bottles released - 1440

A beer so big, so bold, so dream-inducing, we only dare brew it once a year. It’s an absolute monster at 11.5%, and is sure to leave you walking around in a daze asking: What. Was. That? Cause it was amazing. And I want another.


This is as balanced as a Triple IPA can get. Expect some sweetness from golden promise, light and dark crystal malts, and 120lbs of local Basswood honey. But don’t worry. This is a hop monster, ready to smash you with passion fruit, citrus, pine and spicy floral. Like the secrets in your closet, the alcohol is there, but nicely hidden. Keep it cold and drink it ASAP. Seriously. Like as soon as you’re home. Aging is not kind to all those hops.


Cheers to limited batches and unlimited possibilities.

Malts: Golden Promise, American 2-row pale, UK light and dark Crystal, flaked oats

Hops: Warrior, Cascade, Centennial, Galaxy™, Citra®, Simcoe® and Mosaic®

Addition of 120lbs of local Basswood honey from Weezies Beezies

The Yowie 

Australian IIPA

Release Date: June 2016, #of bottles released - 1008

What if all the monsters in our minds are really just dreams waiting for us to let them come out to play?


Australia is a badass place, so of course it deserves a badass beer. This beer’s more Australian than Paul Hogan carrying a koala while riding around in a kangaroo pouch. Premium all-Australia malt from Joe White Maltings™ and all Australian Galaxy™ hops. It’s a high, hard Crikey to the face, bursting with grapefruit, pine, and Aussie beauty. But be careful, at 8.2%, this lil’ Sheila will quickly have you saying G’Day, G’Afternoon, and G’Night.


*The Yowie is a highly debated figure. Kind of like our Bigfoot. Does he exist? Drink a couple Yowies and talk about it.

Night Falls RIS 

Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout (2yr anniversary)

Release Date: June 4th, 2016, #of bottles released - 288 of heaven hill barrels, 144 of other barrels

We’re entering our terrible twos. As a thank you to all of you—the drinkers, the workers, and the partners—we wanted a beer that doubled down on last year.  So we put our boldest, brashest Night Falls Russian Imperial Stout to rest for seven months in a variety of whiskey barrels. We kept each barrel separate, so you can taste the unique characteristics of each barrel. We hope you enjoy the beer as much as we’ve enjoyed your support.


It’s good now, but best aged until December 2016 or longer. Try to be patient. It’s worth the wait.

Emily's Dream #6 

Barrel Aged Raspberry Sour (2yr anniversary)

Release Date: June 4th, 2016, #of bottles released - 504

What if all the monsters in our minds are really just dreams waiting for us to let them come out to play?

If you’re good at math counting, you probably noticed we skipped Emily’s Dream #6. Well, after a long wait, she’s here for your drinking enjoyment. Like the others in the series, we kettle-soured #6 with lactobacillus delbrueckii. Then we trapped her for over half a year in oak barrels and did a 2nd fermentation with raspberries. Now she’s sprung out. Full of tart, tang, and sass, she brings all the funk you’d expect from a barrel-aged sour. We hope you find it worth the wait.

Enjoy it now or let this dream hang out in your cellar to see what it becomes.

Emily's Dream #8 

Grapefruit Sour Ale

Release Date: April, 2016, #of bottles released - 744

What if all the monsters in our minds are really just dreams waiting for us to let them come out to play?

The 8th warped offering in our Emily’s Dream series makes you feel small compared to its enormous flavor. We start with the conventional witbier ingredients—white wheat, pale malt, coriander, bitter orange, and belgian yeast. But we don’t much like conventions.

So we kettle-sour the beer with lactobacillus delbrueckii. Then age the straw-hued dream on grapefruit for an added citrus wallop. It’s a palate-shocker. Tart and tangy, with sharp nettles from the belgian yeast. After this, we think you’ll agree conventions are for Vegas conference rooms. Beer is for us.

Enjoy it now or let this dream hang out in your cellar to see what it becomes.

Emily's Dream #7 

Peach Sour Ale

Release Date: Feb, 2016, #of bottles released - 744

What if all the monsters in our minds are really just dreams waiting for us to let them come out to play?

The seventh warped offering in our Emily’s Dream series is our sourest offering yet. Pale straw in color with a lighter body and bursting with ripe peach. This beer will enchant and bewitch anyone who dares confront it.

Like the others in the Emily’s Dream series, we kettle-sour the beer using exclusively lactobacillus delbrueckii. The addition of fresh peaches makes the beer refreshing and infinitely drinkable. It’s a lil bit sweet, a lil bit tart, and a whole lot of delicious. So pour yourself a glass and start dreaming of spring. 

Enjoy it now or let this dream hang out in your cellar to see what it becomes.

REM (Real English Monster) 

English-Style Whiskey Barrel Aged Barleywine

Release Date: Dec 2015, #of bottles released - 504

Brasher than a Beefeater on watch. More brazen than an English hooligan after a loss. 

To make our Real English Monster, we brewed the strongest beer we can legally make in our facility. Then we took amber-hued nectar and let it chill out in a combination of 6 different whiskey barrels compliments of Ace Spirits in Hopkins (We really couldn't have done it without them!). But far from taming this beast, it only made it more delicious.

After combining the barrels, this 12% ABV, monster of a beer has a complexity unlike anything you’ve experienced. Drier and earthier than typical barleywines, you’ll pick up more heat and barrel flavor. Expect spicy rye, toasted coconut, sweet molasses and smooth oak as you confront this boozy monster. It’s good now, but best aged until April 2016 or longer. Be patient. It’s worth the wait.

Emily's Dream #5 

Whiskey Barrel Aged Sour Stout

Release Date: Dec, 2015, #of bottles released - 504

The fifth warped offering in the Emily’s Dream series starts off conventional enough. Pale American, UK chocolate, and Crystal malt sounds like another stout. Then things go down the rabbit hole pretty quickly.

We kettle-sour the beer using exclusively lactobacillus delbrueckii and toss in some Ecuadorian cacao nibs. Then barrel-age the beer in whiskey barrels. It’s acidic and tart, with a nose that will make wonder what the funk is that? It’s unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Because when the monsters of our minds find their way out to play, nothing holds them back. 

Enjoy it now or let this dream hang out in your cellar to see what it becomes.

Nightmare Bourbon 

Smooth Ambler Bourbon Whiskey Barrel Aged Irish Dry Stout

Release Date: Oct, 2015, #of bottles released - 288

We love our Night Mare Irish Dry Stout. So much so, we wanted to show it some affection with gifts of chocolate and vanilla beans. We also shared some booze courtesy of a stay in our Smooth Ambler Bourbon barrels.


And this beauty is paying us back, bursting with roasted barley and chocolate. It’s surprisingly smooth and easy to drink—bitter chocolate, sweet vanilla, and a sensual kiss of Bourbon. Like all loves, this one is best enjoyed right away at cellar temp. Cheers to limited batches and unlimited possibilities.


Malts: American 2-row pale, UK dark Crystal, UK Chocolate

Hops: Ahtanum, Centennial, Crystal

Aged with Ecuadorian cacao nibs and Malagasy vanilla beans

Nightmare Templeton 

Templeton Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Irish Dry Stout

Release Date: Oct, 2015, #of bottles released - 288

We love our Night Mare Irish Dry Stout. So much so, we wanted to show it some affection with gifts of chocolate and vanilla beans. We also shared some booze courtesy of a stay in our Templeton Rye Whiskey barrels.


And this beauty is paying us back, bursting with roasted barley and chocolate. It’s surprisingly smooth and easy to drink—the perfect trifecta of love: bitter chocolate, sweet vanilla, and earthy Rye. Like all loves, this one is best enjoyed right away at cellar temp.


Cheers to limited batches and unlimited possibilities.


Malts: American 2-row pale, UK dark Crystal, UK Chocolate

Hops: Ahtanum, Centennial, Crystal

Aged with Ecuadorian cacao nibs and Malagasy vanilla beans

Sleep Walker (2015) 

Triple IPA

Release date: Oct, 2015, #of bottles released - 504

A beer so big, so bold, so dream-inducing, we only dare brew it once a year. It’s an absolute monster at 11.5%, and is sure to leave you walking around in a daze asking: What. Was. That? Cause it was amazing. And I want another.


This is as balanced as a Triple IPA can get. Expect some sweetness from golden promise, light and dark crystal malts, and 120lbs of local Basswood honey. But don’t worry. This is a hop monster, ready to smash you with passion fruit, citrus, pine and spicy floral. Like the secrets in your closet, the alcohol is there, but nicely hidden. Keep it cold and drink it ASAP. Seriously. Like as soon as you’re home. Aging is not kind to all those hops.


Cheers to limited batches and unlimited possibilities.

Malts: Golden Promise, American 2-row pale, UK light and dark Crystal, flaked oats

Hops: Warrior, Cascade, Centennial, Galaxy™, Citra, Simcoe® and Mosaic®

Addition of 120lbs of local Basswood honey from Weezies Beezies