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This month's "Get to the bottom of it" winner. 

 

 
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Summit drinkers sure are a thoughtful bunch. While it’s always hard to pick a winner, here’s what rose to the top.
Or should we say bottom? Click here to enter your own "Get to the Bottom of It" suggestion. You could win a $50 gift certificate to the Summit Gift Shop!

 

October 2015/January 2016: 
How do contortionists unwind after a hard day's work?
TRACY D, MINNEAPOLIS, MN 

August 2015/September 2015:
If the bottom of your seat on the airplane is a floatation device, why isn't the back of your seat a parachute?
HILLARY HUME, LITTLE CANADA, MN 

June 2015/July 2015:
When I drink a second Sága IPA, am I allowed to say "the Sága continues?"
MICHAEL VOURLOS, JORDAN, MN 

April 2015/May 2015:
If I drink Oatmeal Stout at night, is it like having breakfast for dinner?
JANEL SHAFER, SPRING LAKE PARK, MN

January 2015/February 2015:
Should the people you left out of your will be listed in a "won't"?
STEVE NETZMAN, SAINT PAUL, MN 

December 2014/January 2015:
Would you make one of your 5 senses stronger if it meant making a different sense worse?
TOM KOHEN, SAINT PAUL, MN 

October/November 2014: 
What would chairs look like if our knees bent the other direction?
ERIC LUOMA, RICHFIELD, MN

April/May 2014 winner: 
Why don't they serve alcohol in overtime? That's when it's needed the most.
JOSH BRODY, BURNSVILLE, MN

April/May 2014 runner-up:
When something tastes terrible, why do people always ask you to taste it?
JOE MCERLANE, MINNEAPOLIS, MN 

February/March 2014 winner:
If a bear and a shark were fighting over an EPA, who would win?
ALLISON L. GREDESKY, MINNEAPOLIS, MN 

February/March 2014 runner-up: 
Why are baseball fields different sizes?
ANONYMOUS 

December 2013/January 2014 winner:
How would you explain color to a person who has never seen before?
ANDERS LARSON, WHITE BEAR LAKE, MN 

October/November 2013 winner:
If the early bird gets the worm, how can good things come to those who wait?
ANONYMOUS

October/November 2013 runner-up:
Why is Birthday cake the only food you can blow and spit on, yet everyone rushes to get a piece?
MANDY LAUREN, SAINT MICHAEL, MN

August/September 2013 winner:
Why does Oktoberfest take place in September? 
CRAIG ANDERSON, ELM GROVE, WI 

June/July 2013 winner:
Where did the stripes on barber poles come from?
RYAN BLODGETT, ST. PAUL, MN

June/July 2013 runner-up:
If someone falls out of a tree and no one’s around to put it on YouTube, is it still funny?
CORY NELSON, PLYMOUTH, MN

April/May 2013 winner:
Why would anyone want to have their cake and eat it too?
BRODIE RAYMOND, ST. PETER, MN

April/May 2013 runner-up:
Why is gas the one thing that never goes on sale?
HOORIA KASHANI, SAVAGE, MN

February/March 2013 winner:
In movies why do they always park four blocks away from their destination and walk?
ROD LEE PAYNE, CEDAR FALLS, IOWA

February/March 2013 runner-up:
If you were going to die at midnight, what would you be doing at 11:45?
ADAM FLEITMAN, RICHFIELD, MN

December 2012/January 2013 winner:
Why does beer taste so good after manual labor?
MAX HUBER, ST. PAUL, MN

December 2012/January 2013 runner-up:
Why do I always have to ask for a full can of soda on a flight?
JEFF POTTER, MINNEAPOLIS, MN

October/November 2012 winner:
How much more thankful would the pilgrims have been if they had Summit?
GEORGE HARMAN NIECE, ST. PAUL, MN

October/November 2012 runner-up:
How come cartoon characters always have the same clothes on?
STEPHANIE THUROW, RICHFIELD, MN

August/September 2012 winner:
If beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy, why can't we buy it on Sunday?
STEVE NELSON, INDIANAPOLIS, IA

August/September 2012 runner-up:
Why don't spiders ever get caught in their own webs?  
MELISSA RICHASON, ST. PAUL, MN

June/July 2012 winner:
Why is quick sand faster than regular sand?
KRISTA KATHRINE, BLAINE, MN

June/July 2012 runner-up:
Why is sandwich meat round if the bread is square?
SETH URTEL, BLAINE, MN

April/May 2012 winner:
If thoughts only cost a penny, why are people always putting their 2 cents in?
MATTHEW TOLIC, EAGAN, MN

April/May 2012 runner-up:
Why do dogs like putting their head out the car window, yet hate it when you blow in their face?
CRAIG ANDERSON, ELM GROVE, WI

February/March 2012 winner:
Shouldn't Minnesota be nicknamed "The New Stadium State”
MATT MCFARLAND, ALVARADO, MN

February/March 2012 runner-up:
If it goes without saying, why do people say it anyway?
BRIAN KAUFENBERG, ST. PAUL, MN

December 2011/January 2012 winner:
How many sips does it take to get to the bottom of a Summit brew?
TRACY GIBBONS, COTTAGE GROVE, WI

December 2011/January 2012 runner-up:
Does living in Minnesota make Summit a home brew?
JASON OCHOCKI, CANNON FALLS, MN 

October/November 2011 winner:
Why does beer taste better outside?
MITCHEL W. FINNEGAN, ST. PAUL, MN

October/November 2011 runner-up:
How do pauses get pregnant?
MEGAN SCHULLER, MINNEAPOLIS, MN

October/November 2011 runner-up:
If it’s raining cats do they still land on their feet?
NEAL SUTTON, ST. CLOUD, MN

August/September 2011 winner:
Who keeps taking my socks?
CORY NELSON, PLYMOUTH, MN

August/September 2011 runner-up:
How do people at Facebook get any work done since they’re on Facebook all day?
LAURA ALEXANDRA HOFFMAN, MEMPHIS, TN 

June/July 2011 winner:
Why are eggs high in cholesterol but chicken is not?
CHRIS LENZ, ELKO NEW MARKET, MN

June/July 2011 runner-up:
Is there a rule that you have to wear skinny jeans to be in a band?
MATT MCFARLAND, BLOOMINGTON, MN

May 2011 winner:
Shouldnt "extraordinary" mean "more ordinary"?
MICHAEL CARROLL, WOODBURY, MN

May 2011 runner-up:
Why doesn't Minnesota want us to buy Summit on Sunday?
JOSH IDE, BLOOMINGTON, MN

April 2011 winner:
Where do study abroad travel blogs go to die?
BEKAH GRIM, SEATTLE, WA 

April 2011 runner-up:
How did a bottle opener come to be called a "church key?"
MICHAEL BURG

March 2011 winner:
Why does Winter Ale stop flowing before the snow stops falling?
ALEX MEYER, MINNEAPOLIS, MN

March 2011 runner-up:
Does anyone know where Lake Inferior is?
MATTHEW MCFARLAND, ALVARADO, MN 

February 2011 winner:
Can you daydream at night?
BEN SHERMAN, MAPLE LAKE, MN

February 2011 runner-up:
Why is Monday so far away from Friday, but Friday is so close to Monday?
TODD PETERSON, MOUND, MN 

January 2011 winner:
Do dogs call their feet humans?
DAVID ULVESTAD, DULUTH, MN

January 2011 runner-up:
Are taxes on beer called "sin taxes" because it is a sin to tax beer?
WARREN BILLUPS, BEMIDJI, MN 

December 2010 winner:
Is a beer in hand worth two in the fridge?
RON KINNER, GLASTONBURY, CT

December 2010 runner-up:
What's the most "unheard of" thing you've ever heard of?
ANN MCKINNON, SAINT PAUL, MN 

November 2010 winner:
If Facebook tells me I have 500 friends, where are they all on moving day?
TRICIA LORNTSON, RICHFIELD, MN  

November 2010 runner-up:
Could I have a subconscious mind without even realizing it?
MICHAEL JOYCE, ARCATA, CA 

October 2010 winner:
Is a high five a toast without beer?
ZACH CUSICK, ST. PAUL, MN

October 2010 runner-up:
Is buying beer at a municipal liquor store doing your civic duty?
JERRY GURITZ, RICHFIELD, MN 

September 2010 winner:
If the best things in life are free, why does Summit cost money?
RYAN FOSTER, MINNEAPOLIS, MN

September 2010 winner:
Shouldn't a "fork in the road" have 4 options to choose from instead of 2?
RUSSELL THOMAS, MAPLEWOOD, MN 

August 2010 winner:
Did the term "Holy Cow" originate in India?
PHILIP NELSON,HOPKINS, MN

August 2010 runner-up:
How does a bus driver close the door when he gets off the bus?
TOM BURTYK, SHAKOPEE, MN 

July 2010 winner:
If 98.6º is your body's average temp, why is it so uncomfortable when it's 98.6º outside?
SHANE TAYLOR, CHICAGO, IL

July 2010 runner-up:
Why don't they make larger ketchup packets?
MATT PLOEGER, FARMINGTON, MN 

June 2010 winner:
Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?
MELISSA FALLDIN, ST. PAUL, MN

June 2010 runner-up:
Why can't we invent a grass that only grows 2 inches tall?
DAVE O, ELY, MN 

May 2010 winner:
Do the birds and the bees know they're metaphors?
DAN BALOGH, ST. PAUL, MN

May 2010 runner-up:
Where does "work like a dog" come from? Ever seen a pug do hard labor?
DAN BALOGH, ST. PAUL, MN 

April 2010 winner:
Why is dryer lint always blue regardless of the color of your clothes?
ANDREW HEAIRET, SAVAGE, MN

April 2010 runner-up:
If you're going to hell, do you really need a hand basket?
JOHN JANSEN, MINNEAPOLIS, MN 

March 2010 winner:
Why are there no penguins in the Northern Hemisphere?
AARON DE BOER, MINNEAPOLIS, MN

March 2010 runner-up:
Are clams really that happy?
MIKE MILLER, MAHTOMEDI, MN 

February 2010 winner:
If we lived in a world without bad beer, how would we know what good beer was?
MATT MCRITCHIE, ST. PAUL, MN

February 2010 runner-up:
Why aren't toasters clear so you can see when your bread is burning?
JOE THIEL, FRIDLEY, MN

January 2010 winner:
Do cops get annoyed when the car in front of them drives the speed limit?
JENNIFER MARTIN, HUGO, MN

January 2010 runner-up:
How do people know what a bear hug feels like?
KATIE RIDDLE, EDEN PRAIRIE, MN 

December 2009 winner:
Are there boots made for not walking?
MIKE HESS, GUS KELLOM AND MEGANN KELLOM, MINNEAPOLIS, MN

December 2009 runner-up:
Can an atheist be denied insurance coverage due to an act of God?
CRAIG EGERMAN, LAKEVILLE, MN 

November 2009 winner:
Which is a better social medium–beer or Twitter?
HILLARY HEINZ, ST. PAUL, MN

November 2009 runner-up:
Why isn't there mouse or bird flavored cat food?
SARAH MASTRIAN, ST. PAUL, MN 

October 2009 winner:
Why isn't phonetic spelled the way it sounds?
SCOTT MARTIN, HUGO, MN

October 2009 runner-up:
What was the best thing before sliced bread?
AUBREY NIELSEN, CRYSTAL, MN 

September 2009 winner:
Do bees even have knees?
COLLEEN DOLPHIN, MINNEAPOLIS, MN

September 2009 runner-up:
If a mime swears, does his mother wash his hands with soap?
STEPHANIE ASHER, RICHFIELD, MN 

August 2009 winner:
Don't people who work past 6pm need a happy hour the most?
JENNY STOLTENOW, ST. PAUL, MN

August 2009 runner-up:
Do vegetarians eat animal crackers?
DAN BOYD, ROSEVILLE, MN 

July 2009 winner:
How many roads must a man walk down before you can call him a dude?
MIKE KODADA, LONSDALE, MN

July 2009 runner-up:
Do the pink flamingo people think that lawn gnomes are tacky?
BRIAN JARRELLS, ST. PAUL, MN

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  • Hopvale Organic Ale
    • Hopvale Badge

      Hopvale Organic Ale

      Brewed year-round

      Sustainability has never been so drinkable.

      Hopvale Organic Ale delivers the complex hop character of an IPA in an oh-so-drinkable session ale. Brewed with 100% organic hops, organic malts and organic lemon peel – all sourced in the U.S.

      ORIGINAL GRAVITY

      11º P

      IBUs

      55

      ALCOHOL BY VOLUME

      4.7%

      MALTS UTILIZED

      Organic Pale, Caramel 15

      FRUIT

      Organic Lemon Peel

      COLOR, (DEG L.)

      Sunrise Gold (7 L)

      HOPS UTILIZED

      Organic Bravo, Cascade, Centennial, and Chinook Hops

      YEAST

      Ale

      ESTABLISHED

      2015

       
  • Summit Extra Pale Ale
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      Summit Extra Pale Ale

      Brewed year-round

      The brew that launched
      a brewery.

      A craft beer pioneer. We've been brewing our flagship Summit Extra Pale Ale for independent thinkers and drinkers since 1986. Bronze color. Gold medal-winning flavor. Caramel and biscuity malts superbly balanced with citrus and earthy notes.

      ORIGINAL GRAVITY

      12º P

      IBUs

      49

      ALCOHOL BY VOLUME

      5.20%

      MALTS UTILIZED

      2-Row Pale, Caramel, Crystal

      COLOR, (DEG L.)

      Light bronze (12.5 L)

      HOPS UTILIZED

      Horizon, Fuggle, Cascade

      YEAST

      Ale

      ESTABLISHED

      1986

       
  • Summit Pilsener
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      Summit Pilsener

      Brewed year-round

      Crafted with care from farm to bottle.

      Brewed with Moravian 37 barley grown by our founder's cousins in the heart of North Dakota grain country. Matured six weeks for a crisp, refreshing malt backbone. Saaz hops add just the right amount of spicy aroma to this authentic Bohemian-style Pilsener.

      ORIGINAL GRAVITY

      11º P

      IBUs

      23

      ALCOHOL BY VOLUME

      4.50%

      MALTS UTILIZED

      Moravian 37, Caramel

      COLOR, (DEG L.)

      Golden (5 L)

      HOPS UTILIZED

      Vanguard, Saaz

      YEAST

      Lager

      ESTABLISHED

      2001

       
  • Summit True Brit IPA
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      Summit True Brit IPA

      Brewed year-round

      English-Style ale from this side of the pond.

      Originally named Summit India Pale Ale, our True Brit IPA is brewed with a nod to sublimely drinkable English ales. Quintessential UK hop varieties lend spicy, earthy notes with a background of caramel sweetness from the malt.

      ORIGINAL GRAVITY

      14º P

      IBUs

      61

      ALCOHOL BY VOLUME

      6.40%

      MALTS UTILIZED

      2-Row Pale, Caramel

      COLOR, (DEG L.)

      Bronze (13 L)

      HOPS UTILIZED

      Northern Brewer, Pilgrim, Target
      Dry Hopped: East Kent Golding, Fuggle

      YEAST

      Ale

      ESTABLISHED

      1993

       
  • Summit Great Northern Porter
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      Summit Great Northern Porter

      Brewed year-round

      A roasty dark beer for the entire year.

      One of our first beers, this award-winning Porter is an ale to enjoy year round. Named after the majestic railway stretching from St. Paul to Seattle, with roasted malts that offer up coffee notes leading to a slightly sweet, chocolatey finish.

      ORIGINAL GRAVITY

      13.3º P

      IBUs

      51

      ALCOHOL BY VOLUME

      5.40%

      MALTS UTILIZED

      2-Row Pale, Caramel, Chocolate, Crystal

      COLOR, (DEG L.)

      Black (60 L)

      HOPS UTILIZED

      Northern Brewer, Fuggle, Cascade

      YEAST

      Ale

      ESTABLISHED

      1986

       
  • Summit Horizon Red IPA
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      Horizon Red IPA

      Brewed year-round

      Red and Robust.

      Horizon Red IPA offers up an artful blend of exceptional American hops, creating an intense pine, citrus and earthy character while select malts offer a robust flavor and deep red hue. Originally named Horizon Red Ale.

      ORIGINAL GRAVITY

      14º P

      IBUs

      66

      ALCOHOL BY VOLUME

      5.80%

      MALTS UTILIZED

      2-Row Pale, Caramel, Wheat, Cara Red, Black

      COLOR, (DEG L.)

      Amber (22 L)

      HOPS UTILIZED

      Summit, Horizon, Mosaic, Cascade
      Dry Hopped: Cascade, Mosaic

      YEAST

      Ale

      ESTABLISHED

      2009

       
  • Saga IPA
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      Summit Sága IPA

      Brewed year-round

      Epic hop character.

      Named after the Norse goddess Sága, drinking companion of the God Odin. New Zealand hops lend a distinctive hop flavor and aromas of kiwi, passionfruit and apricot with a clean, assertive bitterness. An ale worthy of the gods.

      ORIGINAL GRAVITY

      14º P

      IBUs

      80

      ALCOHOL BY VOLUME

      6.20%

      MALTS UTILIZED

      2-Row Pale, Caramel

      COLOR, (DEG L.)

      Rich Gold (9 L)

      HOPS UTILIZED

      Centennial, Amarillo, Citra, Rakau
      Dry Hopped: Amarillo, Citra, Rakau

      YEAST

      Ale

      ESTABLISHED

      2012

       
  • Summit Maibock
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      Summit Maibock

      Brewed in the Spring

      Forget the frost with the official beer of Spring.

      This traditional German style earned the nickname "liquid bread" because it was brewed by monks to help them get through Lenten fasting. Moravian 37 malts and Czech Saaz hops give it a toasted sweetness with a little spice in the finish.

      ORIGINAL GRAVITY

      15.5º P

      IBUs

      40

      ALCOHOL BY VOLUME

      6.70%

      MALTS UTILIZED

      Moravian 37, Munich

      COLOR, (DEG L.)

      Dark Blonde (9 L)

      HOPS UTILIZED

      Saaz, Mt. Hood

      YEAST

      Lager

      ESTABLISHED

      1989

       
  • Summit Summer Ale
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      Summit Summer Ale

      Brewed in the Summer

      Savor summer with
      every sip.

      This highly drinkable beer is made for sunny days and long nights. With a crisp, clean bitterness. Lightly toasted malts. And an enticing fruity and floral hop aroma with hints of citrus. Every sip is a celebration of summer.

      ORIGINAL GRAVITY

      10.5º P

      IBUs

      37

      ALCOHOL BY VOLUME

      4.40%

      MALTS UTILIZED

      2-Row Pale, Cara Pils, Malted White Wheat

      COLOR, (DEG L.)

      Pale Straw (4 L)

      HOPS UTILIZED

      Mt. Hood, Wakatu

      YEAST

      Ale

      ESTABLISHED

      2012

       
  • Summit Oktoberfest
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      Summit Oktoberfest

      Brewed in the fall

      Celebrate the harvest.

      Inspired by the ultimate beer celebration, our Oktoberfest offers rich, toffee malt flavors up front with a hop finish as crisp as the autumn air. Like the fall colors, this beer is gone before you know it. Prosit!

      ORIGINAL GRAVITY

      16º P

      IBUs

      25

      ALCOHOL BY VOLUME

      7.10%

      MALTS UTILIZED

      Moravian 37, Crystal, Munich, 2-Row Pale

      COLOR, (DEG L.)

      Bronze (15 L)

      HOPS UTILIZED

      Northern Brewer, Tettnanger, Saaz

      YEAST

      Lager

      ESTABLISHED

      2001

       
  • Summit Winter Ale
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      Summit Winter Ale

      Brewed in the Winter

      Comforting as a down blanket. And way better tasting.

      One taste and it's easy to see why the Brits call this style Winter Warmer. Nutty, roasted malt flavor with hints of coffee, caramel, cocoa and a dash of hop spice. It'll warm your cockles. Whatever those are.

      ORIGINAL GRAVITY

      15º P

      IBUs

      40

      ALCOHOL BY VOLUME

      6.20%

      MALTS UTILIZED

      2-Row Pale, Caramel, Black Patent, Crystal

      COLOR, (DEG L.)

      Brown (40 L)

      HOPS UTILIZED

      Willamette, Fuggle, Tettnanger

      YEAST

      Ale

      ESTABLISHED

      1987

       
  • Summit Unchained Series
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      Summit Unchained Series

      Released Periodically

      Where brewers are free to explore their craft.

      The Summit Unchained Series gives our brewers free rein to create any beer style they want. To rediscover and reinterpret obscure traditional brews. Or invent their own. The result? Small batches. Huge flavor.

       
  • Summit Union Series
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      Summit Union Series

      Released every so often

      The inspired union of new ingredients and time-honored brewing traditions.

      Brewing has always been about discovery. For the Summit Union Series, we scour the globe for new (and sometimes rare) hops and malts. Then we add equal parts craft and creativity to bring you a whole new brew.

       
  • Summit Oatmeal Stout
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      Summit Oatmeal Stout

      Brewed year-round

      A taste you won't find everywhere.

      While its cascading rich black color will be familiar to Stout enthusiasts, ours is decidedly different. It's made with naked oats from the UK, for one. Smooth and slightly sweet, with hints of coffee, caramel and chocolate. Sold only on draught in select places.

      ORIGINAL GRAVITY

      13.3º P

      IBUs

      41

      ALCOHOL BY VOLUME

      5.20%

      MALTS UTILIZED

      2-Row Pale, Caramel, Oats, Crystal, Roasted Barley, Chocolate

      COLOR, (DEG L.)

      Pitch Black (80 L)

      HOPS UTILIZED

      Northern Brewer, East Kent Golding, Fuggle

      YEAST

      Ale

      ESTABLISHED

      2004