The Mash Up: Time for Fall Beers and Fresh Hops

Wild Mind Artisan Ale's fresh hop beer is in the works // Photo via Wild Mind's Instagram

Wild Mind Artisan Ale’s fresh hop beer is in the works // Photo via Wild Mind’s Instagram

With well over 100 breweries now pouring their beer in Minnesota, there’s always something new to try. To keep you up-to-date, we present The Mash-Up—our weekly rundown of new beers and seasonal releases in Minnesota from your favorite local and national breweries. Visit growlermag.com every Friday for the latest or sign up for a weekly email.

The fresh hops are starting to roll into local breweries and autumn seasonal beers are in full swing as Surly, Tin Whiskers, and Foxhole have announced pumpkin or festbiers. But before tucking into fall beers, there are still a few more days of the State Fair to cap off summer by sampling through this year’s specialty beers. (Read our thoughts on the new beers here.)

Meanwhile, more limited offerings are being released lately. Boom Island will wrap up the Breaking Boundaries series with two news beers (twists on a quad and wheat wine), and Schell’s Noble Star series is back with Electrik Empress, making its debut at the Starkeller in New Ulm on Saturday.

New beers available this week (August 28–September 3)

August Schell Brewing Company's latest Noble Star beer, Electrik Empress, is now available // Photo via Schell's Brewery's Twitter

August Schell Brewing Company’s latest Noble Star beer, Electrik Empress, is now available // Photo via Schell’s Brewery’s Twitter

12welve Eyes Brewing

  • Ethel Beavers – Named for the cantankerous stenographer of “Parks and Rec,” this beer is “a malty amber with a subtle nuttiness.”
  • Mosaic Wheat IPA

612Brew

  • Farmhouse Ale – New in the Red Stack series.

August Schell Brewing Company

  • Electrik Empress –  A new Noble Star release, aged on plums and on tap at the Starkeller.

Barley John’s Brew Pub 

  • Classic Cascade IPA – This IPA available at the New Brighton brewpub features the classic Cascade hops flavors. 6.8% ABV.

Big Wood Brewery

  • Udder Stout –  A new milk stout from the White Bear Lake brewery.

Birch’s On The Lake

  • Chipotle Stout – A rich American stout with dried peppers, 5.5% ABV.
  • Strawberry Cider – 4.7% ABV.

Black Stack Brewing

  • Coffee Cream Ale – A collaboration with True Stone Coffee Roasters. On tap now.

Disgruntled Brewing

  • Juicylicious – A 6.5% ABV New England-style IPA single-hopped with Citra. “It might be the haziest, smoothest, full-bodied beer we’ve ever made,” says the brewery.

HeadFlyer Brewing

  • Sweet Music Saison infused with raspberries and honey – New in the Beyond the Door series.

Lupulin Brewing Company

  • Dortmunder – Lupulin made their first lager in the German Dortmunder tradition.

Mankato Brewery

  • Hopbiscus IPA – The brewery made a map of accounts who purchased this in-demand summer beer. Check with those accounts before it’s gone for the year.

Montgomery Brewing

  • Hop Junkies Volume 1 – An imperial IPA at a hefty 9.1% ABV and 109 IBU.

Portage Brewing Company

  • Pub Ale – A low-hop English-style ale with notes of caramel and chocolate. 4.5% ABV, 18 IBU.

Sisyphus Brewing

  • Piney But Younger IPA – “Tons of citrus notes along with pine,” says Sisyphus about this DIPA.

Steel Toe Brewing

  • Hoptread No. 2 – This experimental IPA strives for a juicy hop character using a similar malt bill as No. 1. “Loaded with new hop varieties to impart big aroma and flavor components reminiscent of pineapple, cantaloupe, peach, and guava. A present but subtle bitterness imparts just enough to cut the slight sweetness,” says the brewery. 7.0% ABV, 55 IBU.

Stone Brewing

  • Fruitallica – A three-brewery collaboration, brewed with help from Beavertown (London) and Garage Project (New Zealand). “ It’s a melee of ingredients that make for an immensely juicy beer. Kiwi and yuzu fruit alongside American and New Zealand hops plus London Ale Yeast, rounded out with a dash of Habanero give this beer a subtle, lingering heat,” says Stone. 8.0% ABV, 80 IBU.

Summit Brewing Company

  • Belgian-style Pale Ale – Summit premiered a new offering Thursday night at the beer hall. This sunset-orange beer “ showcases European hop varieties and a Belgian yeast strain, all layered over an elegant and complex blend of British, German, and Belgian malts,” Summit says. It will be on tap and in cans in early September. 5.5% ABV, 35 IBU.

Three Twenty Brewing Co.

  • Super Day IPA

Urban Forage Winery & Cider House

  • Maple & Oak Cider – “A crowd favorite at this winter’s Minnesota Wine Fest,” the cidery says on their website. A small batch will be on sale later this fall. “First we lightly oaked a dry cider with toasted French oak chips, then slightly sweetened it with organic maple syrup.” Bottles debut on September 1.

Wabasha Brewing Company

  • Hoffe Hefe – “A light hefeweizen with notes of citrus and lemon,” says the brewery.

Wild Mind Artisan Ales

Seasonal or rotating returns

Surly's fall seasonal, SurlyFest, is available now // Photo via Surly's Twitter

Surly’s fall seasonal, SurlyFest, is available now // Photo via Surly’s Twitter

Angry Inch Brewing

  • Cerveza del Lago
  • Papa’s Secret Stash

Bad Weather Brewing Company

  • Cauld Weather – One keg of this Scottish wee heavy is left over from last year, on tap now at the brewery.

Barley John’s Brewing Company

  • Cave Dweller – Barley John’s Oktoberfest, coming September 9.

Barrel Theory Beer Company

  • DDH Rain Drops – On tap now. “This beast gets a huge extra dose of Citra plus Vic Secret hops,” Barrel Theory says.

Birch’s On The Lake

  • Blood Orange Berliner Weiss – 6.0% ABV
  • Key Lime Shandy – 4.6% ABV

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

  • Blueberry Barrel-Fermented Du Pounde – One of two mixed-culture, oak-fermented fruited versions of their house saison. On tap and in 750-milliliter bottles.
  • Passionfruit Barrel-Fermented Du Pounde – Also on tap and in bottles.

Junkyard Brewing Co.

  • Galactic Falconer IPA – The hazy, New England-style IPA makes its return to taps at Junkyard Brewing. Learn more about the brothers behind the brewery in the latest Brewer Profile.

Surly Brewing Co.

  • SurlyFest – SurlyFest is a dry-hopped rye lager with a biscuit profile.

Waconia Brewing Company

  • WacTown Wheat – Waconia’s 2016 US Open Beer Championship bronze medal winner is now available in cans.

Wild Mind Artisan Ale

  • Lime in the Gose-nut – A “mixed-fermentation gose that packs a sour punch along with notes of lime, vanilla, and cinnamon. Made using our house blend of yeast and brewed with smoked sea salt and lime peel, we let this batch age even longer on vanilla beans, cinnamon, and oak,” says the brewery. Available in Crowlers Saturday, September 2.

Beers just announced

Fresh hops being used in a new beer at 56 Brewing // Photo via 56 Brewing's Twitter

Fresh hops being used in a new beer at 56 Brewing // Photo via 56 Brewing’s Twitter

12welve Eyes Brewing

  • Barleywine – Brewed this week.

56 Brewing

  • Wet Hop Pale Ale – Brewed using 63 pounds of Centennial hops.

Bad Weather Brewing Company

  • Saturation Wet Hopped IPA – Mighty Axe Hops announced a recent delivery to the St. Paul brewery.

Badger Hill Brewing Company

  • Minnesota Special Breakfast – Badger Hill’s collaboration with Cameron Coffee returns on September 29, also known as National Coffee Day.

Bang Brewing

  • Fresh hop – The Bang team recently road tripped to Michigan for fresh hops.

Bent Brewstillery

  • Barrel-Aged Dark Fatha – The barrel-aged version of Bent Brewstillery’s American imperial stout returns on October 28.
  • Maroon and Bold – The seasonal DIPA returns on October 7.

Big Wood Brewery

  • TBD – Something special, aged in Heaven Hill Distillery bourbon barrels.

Birch’s On The Lake

  • Red Rye Saison Saison – A 6.0% ABV farmhouse ale , listed as “on deck” on the brewpub’s website.
  • Vanilla Milk Stout Stout – 5.0% ABV with a slight sweetness.
  • Wild Rice Old Ale – 8.0% ABV and coming soon.

Boom Island Brewing Company

  • Quadrupel Hopped Quad – One of two announcements in the Breaking Boundaries series, this quad includes four big hops in addition to traditional candi sugar notes. 10.2% ABV, out September 29.
  • Barrel Aged Raspberry Sour Release – This Spontaneous Series framboise returns on September 22. 4.8% ABV with a ruby hue.
  • Black Currant Imperial Wheat Wine – As the name says, it’s a malty wheat wine brewed with the addition of tart black currant. “Big body and taste but easy to drink,” says Boom Island. Out September 15.

Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative

  • Pecan English Brown Ale – Releasing at Clocktoberfest on September 8.

Fair State Brewing Co-op

  • It’s Gold, Jerry! – Golden ale brewed with Cascade hops from Mighty Axe will be making its seasonal return. 4.8% ABV, 30 IBU.

Foxhole Brewhouse

  • Pumpkin Ale – Five malts and 80 pounds of pumpkin, plus vanilla and pumpkin spices. 6.2% ABV, 18 IBU. Some even went into rum barrels this week.

Fulton Brewing

  • Specter – A New England-style fall IPA coming in September.

Grand Teton Brewing Company

  • Black Cauldron Imperial Stout – Black Cauldron is back after two dry years. In cans and kegs this September. “The flavor of Black Cauldron is velvety smooth and roasty with dark chocolate and a hint of smoke,” says the brewery.
  • American Sour 2016 – The third release in Grand Teton’s Brewers’ Series. This sour is aged in hand-selected barrels and carefully blended before release. Out October 3.

Junkyard Brewing Co.

  • Shake-O-Matic Pineapple – The latest in the Shake-O-Matic IPA series features flavors of pineapple and will be available in Crowlers next week.

Modist Brewing Company

  • German Fat Cap – Crowlers of Modist’s fall seasonal, a “crisp, malty German festbier,” will be available next week.

Portage Brewing Company

  • Mosaic Session – A session IPA with hoppy berry, citrus, tropical and pine notes. 4.8% ABV, 40 IBU.

Sociable Cider Werks

  • Fresh hop – Mighty Axe Hops announced a recent delivery to the Minneapolis cidery.

Surly Brewing Co.

  • Frisson – Surly will release a “sparkling wine-inspired lager” next week, on September 6. The beer carries “notes of green apple, black currant, and grapefruit, is the rosiest, fizziest thing Surly brews.”

Tin Whiskers Brewing Co.

  • Funkenfest – Their märzen style lager returns on Friday, September 22.

Urban Forage Winery & Cider House

  • 2017 Mead – Coming this fall.

Wabasha Brewing Company

  • Great Pumpkin Ale – Makes its debut at Fall Fest on September 23.

Wild Mind Artisan Ales

  • Fresh hop – Coming in September.

Did we miss a beer release or announcement? Email us at [email protected] to let us know about new beers from this week and beyond. Or let us know what new beer you’re enjoying by using #TheMashUp on Twitter and Instagram.