August Schell Brewing Co.

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Grain Belt

  • Grain Belt Premium
  • Grain Belt Premium Light

Local legends aren’t just born, they’re brewed. And no beer in the Midwest has a grander brewing tradition than Grain Belt. For over 100 years, Grain Belt has been the beer that fathers have passed on to sons and friends have passed amongst each other at local bars and watering holes. It is a beer with tradition that spans generations. Which is why it has become legendary–both here and across the country.

In the 1940s, around the same time Grain Belt built its famous bottle cap sign overlooking the Mississippi River in Northeast Minneapolis, they introduced a “Beer of Exceptional Quality”–Premium. With its crisp, unique flavor, Premium quickly became the flagship of the Grain Belt brand. And still is to this day.

Although the Grain Belt Premium recipe has changed hands over the years, one thing has remained the same–its legendary unique taste. And now that Premium is in the capable hands of a brewery with an even longer tradition than Grain Belt–the August Schell Brewery–may you rest assured that the flavor and heritage of Premium will live on forever.


Grain Belt Nordeast

Named after the hardworking neighborhood where the original Grain Belt Brewery established its roots back in 1893. ‘Nordeast’ is an endearing term which comes from the Northern and Eastern European immigrants and their language which helped shape Northeast Minneapolis. This amber American Lager is our way of honoring the storied past of Grain Belt and the people who helped to make it legendary! Cheers!

Grain Belt Nordeast is an American Amber lager and is the newest member to the Grain Belt Family. It has a light maltiness and hop aroma with a mild bitterness. Smooth taste with an excellent drinkability.

Beer Style: American Amber Lager

Alcohol By Volume: 4.7%

Schell's Brand

Bock  (Jan-Feb)
Schell's Bock has replaced Caramel Bock as our late winter seasonal. Brewed with a harmonious blend of 10 different types of malt and noble hops, Schell's Bock is fermented slowly, and then lagered for an extended period of time to ensure a smooth finish. This dark amber colored beer sports a robust malt character.

Maifest (March - April)
Maifest is a seasonal specialty beer offered in the spring months. It is brewed with a blend of three different specialty malts and the finest imported and domestic hops, in the tradition of Munich's Hofbrauhaus Maibock (My-Bock) beer. Maifest has a very large hop aroma, is smooth to the palate, and a unique malty sweetness than the other varieties.
Goosetown (April - September)
Schell's Goosetown is named after a neighborhood located across the tracks and down by the Minnesota River in New Ulm. The beer is Schells interpretation of a traditional, German-style Gose. It has a bright lemon zest and coriander aroma with a slight saltiness reminiscent of a cool ocean breeze. Lighter bodied, yet full flavored with lively carbonation that gives the beer a crisp, dry finish. A uniquely refreshing session beer, perfectly suited for a warm summer day.
Zommerfest (May - June)
Introduced on Memorial Weekend, 1998, and only available in the summer, Zommerfest is brewed in a 'Kölsch' style, which originates from Cologne, Germany. Its characteristics are fairly light—in color and in flavor. It is a pale gold color, low in hop flavor and aroma, with a light body and a somewhat dry finish. This is a pleasant, light-flavored beverage that goes well with any summer activity. It is brewed with 90 percent barley malt and 10 percent wheat malt and now brewed with real Minnesota honey from Madelia, MN.
Hefeweizen (July - Aug)
Schell’s Hefeweizen is made with 60% wheat malts and 40% barley malt. They use an authentic wheat beer yeast culture, which gives the beer a fruity ale character dominated by a citrus-like tartness. A slice of lemon is traditionally served with this type of wheat beer.
Octoberfest (Sept - Oct)
August Schell Octoberfest beer is brewed just once a year. They carefully select the perfect balance of Caramel malt, Pale malt, Cara Pils and Black malt with Cascade and Nugget hops to create a rich, smooth taste.
Snowstorm (Nov - Dec)
The 2009 edition of Snowstorm was brewed with copious amounts of Munich malt coupled with three different British crystal malts, and British Chocolate. Snowstorm is dark mahogany in color with a tan head and displays flavors reminiscent of dark fruit, licorice, and chocolate.
Schmaltz's Alt
Schmaltz’s Alt has a rich, sweet malty flavor with hints of licorice is balanced by a chocolaty bitterness. Dark brown in color and topped by a thick, creamy tan head.
Schells Deer Brand
Schell's Deer Brand was developed prior to Prohibition and has been Schell's flagship beer ever since. Brewed from 70 percent barley malt, 30 percent corn, and our unique 'Schell' yeast, Deer Brand is full flavored American Lager.
Schells Original Light
Schell's Light is an American lager with a golden color, light body and a refreshingly crisp dry finish. Brewed with 85 percent malted barley, it has a much fuller flavor than other light beer. 100 calories, 7 grams carbohydrates, 0.7 grams protein, 0 grams fat.
This beer is dark because the barley is roasted longer- a flavorul lager that everyone will enjoy.  Deep amber color with a light but classic maltiness.  Mild hop bitterness, excellent drinkability.
FireBrick was introduced in 1999, and is named after the bricks that line Schell's old boilers. It is the culmination of an effort to bridge the gap between the "popular-tasting" beers and the heartier, hand-crafted ones. It is made with four specialty malts, along with Vanguard, Chinook and Hallertau hops.
A shining example of the true European Pilsner style beer, Schell's Pilsner is brewed with 100 percent barley malt, where the imported German Hallertau hops flavor is showcased. Its full hop characteristic and delicate aroma were developed in Pilsen, Bohemia around 1840. This style was widely copied by early American breweries. Over the years, however, it has been lost to the much lighter-bodied, low-hopped relatives we refer to as American "Premium" beer.
Pale Ale
Pale Ale is really a hybrid—the best characteristics of an India Pale Ale's English malts and hops, combined with a German Alt yeast. It is medium in color, with a pronounced bitterness and a pleasant flowery hop aroma. Schell's is the only brewery that produces this particular beer style.
Schell's Stout
Schell’s Stout has been chosen as the newest year round craft beer offering. A departure from the traditional German style lagers, the Schell’s Stout is a London-Style Sweet Stout. If you enjoy the taste of coffee and chocolate, you’ll love this delicious brew. They used only the finest malts imported from Great Britain.
It is a combination of our favorite beer styles featuring the elegant drinkablity of a Pilsner, the bready maltiness of a Vienna Lager, and the hopping of a Pale Ale. The malt backbone was created using a large amount of Vienna coupled with judicious amounts of Caramunich and Caravienne. In the kettle, we aggressively hopped it with Cascade from the Pacific Northwest and German Tettnangs. We also dry hopped it to give it a bright, citrusy aroma. Hopfenmalz was fermented with our lager yeasts at a higher temperature to add some flavor complexities, then aged it for 6 weeks to provide the crispness that is only found in a lager.
Schell's Emerald Rye
It is an assertively hopped lager. Dry hopped with Emerald Hops imported from Germany, giving it a unique fruity flavor. A touch of rye adds a sublte spice note. The malt base gives it a biscuty backbone and deep red color.
Schell's Schocked Radler
Introducing Schell Shocked Radler. August Schell Brewery has created a traditional German style Radler, and they are calling it Schell Shocked Radler.  Schell Shocked Radler is light, crisp, grapefruit flavored brew, perfect for those sun-kissed days of summer. The distinct aroma of freshly picked grapefruit envelops your senses. The subtly sweet, citrus flavor is perfectly balanced by a delicate, hop bitterness, making it the ultimate summer refresher! To start, Schell Shocked is only available in a 1/2 barrell.
Schell's Fresh Hop Pilsner Series (Seasonal)
This year's Fresh Hop beer will be a pilsner that is single hopped with the new and exciting Mosaic hop variety. This hop gives off an abundant mix of flavors and aromas to the beer, hence the name Mosaic. Its characteristics are found to be floral, tropical, fruity, earthly and sweet. It can contribute notes of blueberry, mango, lemon, lime, other citrus, pine, fruit punch, herbs, spice, stone fruit, mint, bubblegum and black pepper.