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Cracking open a can of this Minnesota beer can help quench your thirst-- and help to restore pine forests here in Minnesota as well!

I've been a big fan of Minnesota's incredible craft beer industry and all the great local breweries across our state for years now. One of the favorite things my wife and I like to do is to hit up a local craft brewery and try a couple of the handcrafted beers each brewery creates-- and there are a lot to try!

While trying all those various beers is fun, it's even better when one of the beers you really like also serves a second purpose. And that's exactly what Castle Danger Brewery is doing with their White Pine Project IPA. (Castle Danger Brewery, btw, is located in Two Harbors, just north of Duluth along Minnesota's scenic north shore of Lake Superior, about 4 hours from Rochester.) And their White Pine Project IPA is helping to keep Minnesota's native pine forests healthy.

How does beer help out a forest? Well, according to Castle Danger's website, "A portion of the profits made from White Pine Project IPA will go directly to purchasing and planting thousands of seedlings every year" that help restore native white pine forests along the North Shore, it noted.

And the beer itself is reminiscent of pines, too, with "...aromas of bright citrus, tropical fruit, and pine with just enough bitterness to keep it balanced. The mellow golden malt character and effervescence carry the towering hop flavors as high as a stately white pine," Castle Danger said.

I tried some last year (it's available at various liquor stores here in southeast Minnesota) and really liked it.  And here's even better news: Castle Danger said they're set to release White Pine Project this week in both 6 and 12-packs-- and that it'll be available year-round. (It previously was a seasonal release, only available from February through May.)

Like I said, there are a TON of really good craft beers being brewed by some amazing breweries here in Minnesota. Keep scrolling to take a look at some other Minnesota beers I've tried-- and really like. (And, yeah, one might look a little familiar...)

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