Crooked Water Spirits, Seasonal Bottles, and Blue Wolf Brewing Company

The Toast presents new beer and spirits news: this week, beers just right for the death throes of winter from Boom Island and Schell’s.

Heavy Table Hot Five: March 30-April 5

Three great tastes from the North Coast Nosh (from St. Croix Chocolate Co., Utepils, and Thousand Hills Cattle Co.) headline this week’s Hot Five.

Rick Didora /Heavy Table

Earth Rider Brewery in Superior, Wis.

Earth Rider Brewery draws on decades of experience from Fitger’s Brewhouse and puts out nuanced product at the neighboring Cedar Lounge in Superior, WI.

Pepperoni Pizza at Geek Love at Moon Palace Books

The newly opened Geek Love Cafe at Moon Palace Books in Longfellow, Minneapolis is nothing fancy and also exactly right for its setting.

Mirror Universe Hazy IPA by Fair State

Mirror Universe is a new (in cans) hazy IPA produced by Minnesota’s Fair State Brewing Cooperative, and it’s an unusually balanced and mellow example of its style.