The Mash-Up: Beers with cinnamon, chilies, and ‘everything but the sink’

Portage Brewing's Everything But The Sink // Photo via Portage Brewing's Facebook

Portage Brewing’s Everything But The Sink // Photo via Portage Brewing’s Facebook

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 every Friday for the latest or sign up for a weekly email.

Dark winter beers continue to release and hazy IPAs are also plentiful. But there are many intriguing and surprising new beers this week, such as Dangerous Man’s aronia berry golden ale, a mole bock at Shakopee Brewhall, and OMNI Brewing’s Cinnamon Toast Shanty Town Nut Brown. In more expected styles, Pryes has an Irish stout to release, Revelation has a peanut butter stout, and Third Street’s Cool Beans imperial coffee porter is back.

There are a number of imperial releases, plus interesting collaborations in the works from breweries like Forager, Junkyard, and more. Summit has a new Pilsner year-round release hitting the market, and Great Lakes’ Riverwest Stein hits Minnesota.



Each week, The Growler’s editorial team will highlight five of the most tantalizing new beers hitting taps and store shelves that we’re most excited about.

Shakopee Brewhall Molé Bock

This one has us intrigued: A traditional bock aged on ancho chilies, cacao nibs, and cinnamon. “Expect flavors of cinnamon, light clove, chocolate, and a pleasant peppery heat on the finish,” says the brewery. 6.3% ABV, 26 IBU. Just tapped. 

Pryes Dublin Dry Stout // Photo via Pryes Brewing's FacebookPryes Dublin Dry Stout

There are few styles as familiar and comforting than Irish dry stout, especially during the cold winter months. Pryes’ interpretation of a traditional Irish dry stout is said to be full-flavored, yet easy-drinking. The brewery waxes poetic in the description: “Dark as the Night Sky above the Liffey River, Malty as the rolling grassland below the Wicklow Mountains and Dry as the last plume of smoke from a smoldering campfire.”

Northbound Snowmaggedon Imperial Honey Brown Ale

The second of three releases in Northbound’s Snow series this winter is Snowmageddon Imperial Honey Brown Ale. The brewpub says that 120 pounds of honey were used to “give this imperial honey brown ale a layer of sweetness along with chocolate, nutty, and earthy qualities.” On tap at the South Minneapolis brewpub.

Steel Toe Size 11 Triple IPA // Photo via Steel Toe Brewing's FacebookSteel Toe Size 11 Triple IPA

This triple India pale ale is built on the same backbone as Size 7, but doubled in all aspects. “Malt sweetness up front, with a full slick mouthfeel, give way to a ridiculously copious layer of hops. Wave after wave of citrus peel, grapefruit, honey dew melon and guava are pronounced from aroma, to flavor, to finishing bitterness,” says the brewery. Available in the taproom starting on January 11. 11% ABV, 111 IBU.

Third Street Cool Beans Imperial Coffee Porter

This annual imperial coffee porter, sporting a rich dark brown color, a bold coffee aroma, and a smooth roasted flavor, returns to taps and cans this week. The porter is brewed with beans from Muggsy’s in St. Cloud. 9.1% ABV, 55 IBU, and available for a limited time.

New beers available this week (January 8 – January 14)

Voyageur Brewing Company Lost Compass British Imperial Stout // Photo courtesy of Voyageur Brewing Company's Facebook

Voyageur Brewing Company Lost Compass British Imperial Stout // Photo via Voyageur Brewing Company’s Facebook

12welve Eyes Brewing

  • Sprang Stout MN – This imperial oatmeal stout features Bootstrap cold press coffee for roasty chocolate notes with a high ABV. Brewed to celebrate the younger brother of a 12welve Eyes brewer, it’s smooth and easy drinking considering its 8.8% ABV, the brewery says.

10K Brewing

  • Cold Press Stout
  • Stout

Badger Hill Brewing Company

  • High Road infused with tangerine – Tapped this Tuesday and limited to a single keg.

Bent Paddle Brewing Company

  • Valve Jockey Series #4 Doppelbock – The latest in a series of beers created by Bent Paddle’s brewers is a doppelbock, being released Friday night at the taproom.

Boom Island Brewing Company

  • Imperial Wheat Wine – 9% ABV and available at the taproom.

Dangerous Man Brewing

  • Aronius – This one-of-a-kind golden ale is purple in color and features 100 pounds of local, organically-grown aronia berries.

Forager Brewery

  • Amiga Hops – Tapped last week.

Hayes’ Public House

  • The Morrígan Black IPA – Tapped on January 5.

Hoops Brewing

  • Sparkling Ale #94 – “A highly drinkable, single-hop varietal beer. A light-bodied and bright ale that showcases the Nelson Sauvin hops,” the brewery says. 5.4% ABV.

Inbound BrewCo

  • Cascade IPA – A classic American IPA out today. Using just Cascade hops, it has a spicy citrus bouquet with hints of grapefruit. 7.0% ABV, 70 IBU.

Junkyard Brewing Co.

  • Simcoe DIPA – Made with all Simcoe hops, Junkyard adds whole cone fresh hops “for hints of tropical fruits and a dry finish. currently in cans,” the brewery says. 8.1% ABV, currently available in cans and at the brewery.
  • Whistle Wetter – An imperial IPA with strong hop bitterness and a citrusy dank profile. 10.3% ABV, in cans and at the brewery.

Lakefront Brewery

  • My Turn: Kristin – This is a smoked maple weizenbock brewed to match breakfast flavors like waffles, bacon, and maple syrup. 8.2% ABV, 16 IBU.
  • Riverwest Stein – This Lakefront flagship is just entering the Twin Cities. It’s an amber lager with an off-white head with mild peppery and floral hop aromas, the brewery says. 5.6% ABV, 25 IBU.
  • Tiny Feet – A new DIPA available in the Hoppy Variety Pack and on draft. “Loads of tangerine, lemon, mango and pineapple aromas, while malted rye adds a distinct grainy, slightly spicy flavor,” Lakefront says. 8.8% ABV, 63 IBU.

Lakeville Brewing Co.

  • Britta’s Breakfast – A Nutella porter at 6.5% ABV.

Moose Lake Brewing Company

  • Irish Red Ale

Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub

  • Berries and Cream – This pink beer was Northbound’s Infusion Tuesday offering, a cream ale infused with a variety of real berries.
  • Imperial Honey Brown Ale – Top Flight selection.

OMNI Brewing Co.

  • Cinnamon Toast Shanty Town Nut Brown – Released on Thursday.

Portage Brewing Company

  • Everything But The Sink – A one-off beer that was made using leftover malt inventory in Portage. “Rich notes of caramel, chocolate, and dates,” the brewery says. 7%, 35 IBUs.

Pryes Brewing Company

  • Dublin Dry Stout – Top Flight selection.

Revelation Ale Works

  • Blood Orange Wheat
  • Brown Ale
  • Cherry Sour
  • Peanut Butter Stout
  • Red Rye IPA

Shakopee Brewhall

  • Double Prairieville – A big India pale lager. “Full of dried orange, cedar, and candied apricot flavors that finishes with a long, pleasant bitterness,” the brewery says. 9.2% ABV, 56 IBU.
  • Hankering – A European-style dark lager with notes of bittersweet chocolate, cola, and toasted biscuit, says the brewery. 5.6% ABV, 29 IBU.
  • Belobog – A white IPA with crisp orange peel, light clove, and West Coast IPA flavors. 6.6% ABV, 66 IBU.
  • Molé Bock – Top Flight selection.
  • Noble Holmes – An imperial version of Holmes Landing saison. 9.5% ABV, 31 IBU.
  • Prairieville Warmer – Hints of gingerbread and cinnamon define this winter warmer. 8.6% ABV, 54 IBU.

Summit Brewing Company

  • Dakota Soul – Featuring barley from Summit founder Mark Stutrud’s cousins’ family farm in North Dakota, this Czech-style Pilsner has notes of biscuit, honey, and graham cracker, with spicy and floral hops over a toasted body. It will be available year-round. 4.8% ABV, 20 IBU.

Surly Brewing Company

  • Enigma Dry Hopped Kettle Sour with Peaches – This collaboration with KEX is the first release in the 2018 Collaboration Series. “Expect subtle peach notes and fruity hop aromatics from Enigma dry-hopping,” Surly says.
  • Nitro Cacao Bender – Bender gets dressed up with cacao nibs, vanilla, and cold press coffee. Draft only as of this week.

Venn Brewing Company

  • #19 Scottish Export – A UK-influenced malt-forward session ale, this beer features notes of biscuit and toast. 4.5% ABV.

Voyageur Brewing Company

  • Lost Compass – Released on January 6, “This big 9.2 ABV beer has notes of toffee, date, prune, chocolate, and dark caramel,” the brewery says of their British imperial stout. A limited quantity of bottles are available.

Wild Mind Artisan Ales

  • This Is Reality – Tapped last week, this hazy IPA was fermented with Wild Mind house ale yeast and hopped entirely with Simcoe.

Seasonal or rotating returns

Jack Pine Brewing Company's Big Buck Barleywine // Photo courtesy of Jack Pine Brewing Company

Jack Pine Brewing Company’s Big Buck Barleywine // Photo via Jack Pine Brewing Company

Bad Weather Brewing Company

  • Cauld Weather Wee Heavy – Now available.
  • Munich Dunkel Lager – Releases today.

Badger Hill Brewing Company

  • Blood Orange Traitor – Returning this Saturday to the taproom.
  • 2016 Cherry Double Dunkel – Tapping at 12pm today for vintage night, to be followed by double porter, strong ale, and barrel aged strong ale.
  • Double Porter – For vintage night tonight, Badger Hill will tap a ⅙-barrel for those who can get there.
  • Strong Ale – Also on tap for vintage night tonight.
  • Barrel Aged Strong Ale – Closing out the vintage theme this Friday

Barrel Theory Beer Company

  • Black Lotus – The milk stout with coconut returns. 6.8% ABV.

Dangerous Man Brewing

  • Boysenberry Milkshake – Back on tap.
  • Chocolate Milk Stout – Back on tap.

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

  • Vienna Lager – The taproom favorite is now available in cans as well. A medium body, pale amber lager with lightly toasted malts and an herbal hop nose, the brewery says. 5.3% ABV, 25 IBU.

Great Lakes Brewing Company

  • Conway’s Irish Ale

Hayes’ Public House

  • Daiker’s Wee Heavy – To use Hayes’ words, “This thick, rich, and malty scotch ale is perfect for these cold winter months.” 9% ABV.

HeadFlyer Brewing

  • Vanilla Bean Porter – Back on tap last week at the Hennepin Avenue brewery.

Hoops Brewing

  • Stout #88 – Dark chocolate and coffee notes define this velvet-bodied beer. 6% ABV, 52 IBU.

Jack Pine Brewing

The Baxter brewery is celebrating their fifth anniversary this Saturday. They’ll have flights of Big Buck Barleywine, and are lead up to the event with five days of wood-aged beers.

  • Big Buck Barleywine – Out on Saturday with a limited supply of bottles available.
  • Wood-aged beers – Several new variations of Jack Pine beers released this week, including an imperial porter aged on hickory.

Moose Lake Brewing Company

  • Knot Bumper – Mango blonde.
  • Lost Logger – Blonde ale is back on tap.

Odell Brewing

  • Settle Down Brown – An American brown ale that pours at 6.5% ABV and is seasonally available.

Steel Toe Brewing

  • Size 11 Triple IPA – Top Flight selection.

Third Street Brewhouse

  • Cool Beans – Top Flight selection.

Beers just announced

Keep the North Cold, a Kernza beer made in collaboration between Fair State and Askov Finlayson // Graphic courtesy of Askov Finlayson

Keep the North Cold, a Kernza beer made in collaboration between Fair State and Askov Finlayson // Graphic courtesy of Askov Finlayson


  • 5th Anniversary Ale: The Woods #5 – This spruce aged white IPA launches on February 9 to kick off a weeklong fifth anniversary celebration at 612. 750-milliliter bottles will be sold at the taproom, as well as select bars and liquor stores later in the month.
  • Maibock Lager – Coming to the taproom in March.
  • Mary Ann Ginger Lager – Coming to 750-milliliter bottles near you in late March or early April.

Angry Inch Brewing

  • Resolution Ale – Aged in Chardonnay barrels and coming to 750-milliliter bottles soon.

Boom Island Brewing Company

  • Kollusion – Boom Island teamed up with Belgium’s Brouwerij Maenhout for this Russian Imperial Stout, scheduled for release on February 23. It’s already available at Brouwerij Maenhout in Ghent, Belgium, for those traveling overseas.

Bauhaus Brew Labs

  • Über Düber – A sparkling ale inspired by Australian beers, this effervescent beer has tropical aromas and a dry finish, plus an ABV of 8.0%. Also, check out the brewery’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark” homage advertising the beer’s return, notably “the swap” from 2017’s bottle format to 2018’s cans. Available starting next week.

Dangerous Man Brewing

  • Imperial Chocolate Milk Stout – This special release will be sold in bottles for the brewery’s fifth anniversary on January 20.

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

Forager Brewery

  • Barrel Aged German Chocolate Cake Porter – Rochester’s Forager has announced a collaboration with Decorah’s Pulpit Rock Brewing.

Junkyard Brewing Co.

  • El Dorado Pale Ale – A pale ale, expected to release soon.
  • Galactic Falconer – A New England-style IPA returning in late January.
  • Guava Shake-O-Matic IPA – A milkshake-style IPA coming out in late January, the brewery says.
  • Unnamed – The brewery also has a collaborative IPA in development with Brett Doebbeling, cofounder of Disgruntled Brewing, likely to release in late January.

Portage Brewing Company

  • Forest Reserve #01 – A mixed culture ale made with microflora from near Walker.
  • Mango Sticky Rice – A wild IPA with tropical notes. Releases on January 19.

Pryes Brewing Company

  • Russian Imperial Stout – Put aside in bourbon barrels for aging on January 9.

Surly Brewing Company

  • Pomegranate Sardonic – To be released for Infusion Tuesday, January 16.
  • Todd the Axe Man Fruit Cup Cask – Available on January 20 in limited supply for Cask Saturday.

Talking Waters Brewing Company

  • Berzerker Imperial Stout – Coming January 20.

Wicked Wort Brewing Co.

  • Burlesque – Two variations will release in bottles at Wicked Wort’s second anniversary party on January 20. Using a base imperial raspberry wheat beer, one release was aged in cabernet barrels, the other in chardonnay.

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