You might know the Minnesota Stars (formerly the NSC Minnesota Stars) as the team that sang “Wonderwall” after each win on their way to an NASL championship last season. To honor that achievement, the club has teamed up with local homebrew supplier Northern Brewer to create beer dedicated to the Stars’ epic run.
The brew is called “Shining Star Pale Ale” and is described like this:
Bright and intrepid, great hops on a grassy backdrop, and superb interplay between all the elements. Wait, are we talking about the beer or the Stars Soccer team? The two converge in this tribute beer to The Minnesota Stars FC, the 2011 North American Soccer League Champions.
To support their worthy efforts we’ve developed a hop-forward pale ale of the American school. Palisade hops lend a smooth bitterness while Centennial and Columbus provide brisk citrus, pine, and grassy flavors. A measured contribution of crystal sweetness from Bairds Light Carastan rounds out the flavor and makes for a sessionable ale, perfect for watching the latest match or unwinding after a game.
Most of that is Greek to me, but it sounds cool. Who wouldn’t want a “sessionable ale”?
The best part of the collaboration is that 10% of the profits from the sale of the kit homebrewers can use to make Shining Star Pale Ale will go to the Sanneh Foundation, the charitable organization headed by former US international and native Minnesotan Tony Sanneh. The Sanneh Foundation uses soccer to make a difference in the lives of inner city youth.
Meanwhile, we hope that at some point in the future Stars fans are able to enjoy a pint of Shining Star in the new beer deck their stadium landlords are promising to build in place of the beer garden they tore down without warning last year.