The Mash-Up: Fall Fests and New Brews in Lake Country

Urban Growler's new Oktoberfest beer will be available at Falltoberfest // Photo via Urban Growler's Facebook

Urban Growler’s new Oktoberfest beer will be available at Falltoberfest // Photo via Urban Growler’s newsletter

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.

Minnesota has more than 140 breweries that dot each corner of the state, now including new breweries in Crosslake (14 Lakes) and Little Falls (Starry Eyed.) This week brings a variety of styles—from wild ferments to malty Oktoberfests—and several beers showcasing Minnesota ingredients like honey, corn, and herbs.

On the scene this week: Rails and Ales celebrates the beers along the light rail in the Twin Cities, Forager and Lakes & Legends are hosting events, and Oktoberfest celebrations begin as early as tonight.

New beers available this week (September 4–September 10)

Canal Park Brewing's new beer of the month, // Photo via Canal Park's Facebook

Canal Park Brewing’s new beer of the month, Secret Surf Session IPA // Photo via Canal Park’s Facebook

12welve Eyes Brewing

  • Blackberry St. Paul Pale – On tap for Saturday’s Rails and Ales.
  • Trillsner – A new pilsner on tap in Lowertown.

14 Lakes Brewery

Three new beers are on tap at the new Crosslake brewery.

  • Arnie’s Amber – 5.1% ABV
  • Big Island – An 8.9% ABV double IPA
  • Blonde Rush – 6.3 % ABV

Barrel Theory Beer Company

  • Chazz Michael Michaels – An all-Simcoe IPA. 7.5% ABV.

Beaver Island Brewing

  • Coconut Sweet Miss – A coconut version of Sweet Mississippi Chocolate Milk Stout, tapped on Thursday.

Brewery Ommegang

  • Winter is Here! – Actually, it’s still summer. But Season 7 of Game of Thrones is here! This Belgian-style double white ale features Night King on the label and will be sold in 750-milliliter bottles as well as gift packs with Fire and Blood Red Ale.

Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative

Canal Park Brewing Company

  • Secret Surf Session IPA – Beer of the month at Canal Park, this is a hop-forward IPA with an orange finish.

Day Block Brewing

  • The Southern Gentleman – A small batch pale ale with “bourbon laced oak, sweet tea, a hint of peach.”

Disgruntled Brewing

  • Double Stuffed Milk Stout – 6.0% ABV
  • Hefeweizen – A hazy wheat to debut on Saturday.
  • Numba Five – Single-hopped with Vic’s Secret. 5.4% ABV.

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

  • Spirit Foul Hazy IPA – A collaborative IPA made with San Diego’s Modern Times Beer. “Super juicy, tropical, and dank,” says Fair State. Now on tap and in cans next week 6.3% ABV.

Fitger’s Brewhouse

  • Mango Habanero STIPA

Forager Brewery

  • Impeach Me – There are peaches in this new beer, out on Saturday in Rochester.

Lagunitas Brewing Co.

  • Sakitumi – A new national release beer that uses rice and sake yeast.
  • WTF – Wilco Tango Foxtrot is a new imperial brown ale that Lagunitas describes as rich, smooth and chocolatey.

Lakes & Legends Brewing Company

  • Barrel-Aged Blueberry Stout – A Belgian stout aged in whiskey barrels for over a year, then finished with blueberries grown in Princeton. It debuts Saturday at Lakes & Legends’ Harvest Fest Block Party.
  • Wallonia Fields – A rosemary-juniper saison made with locally grown herbs. 5.6% ABV.

Mankato Brewery

  • Oktagon – With low hop character and a light biscuit sweetness, this amber-colored beer is 5.4% ABV and out on Saturday.

Modist Brewing Co.

  • Deviation 009 – Out tomorrow, a Belgian DIPA made entirely from wheat and oats.
  • German Fatcap – Modist calls it their answer to Oktoberfest, taking German hops, malt, and yeast, and hopping it like an American IPA. A super-limited time seasonal, on tap and in select stores now.

Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub

  • Bridge Hanger Belgian Dark Strong
  • Espresso Porter – Infusion Tuesday this week was Northbound’s Smokehouse Porter plus espresso.

Odell Brewing Co.

  • Rupture – A “fresh grind ale” using a special machine that grinds hops to “rupture” them and release the essential lupulin inside. Odell says it’s “fresh, aromatic, with a bright hoppy character.” 6.0% ABV, 37 IBU.

Pryes Brewing Company

  • Cascade Pale Ale – Culminating a week of special infusions, Pryes unveils a new light-bodied, floral-citrus pale ale on Saturday. They’ll also serve a special batch infused with hops harvested that morning.

Roma Brewery

  • Agrippa – A smoked wheat dark ale. 6.0% ABV.

Sisyphus Brewing

  • Orange You Glad You Like Chocolate – This stout is the latest in the Employee Beer Series. Amarillo hops, orange slices, oats, cocoa nibs, and malt give a smooth, light mouthfeel with layers of chocolate and orange. 5.2% ABV.

Starry Eyed Brewing Company

The new brewery in Little Falls has the following beers available.

  • Robust Porter
  • SEB Wheat
  • XX Cream Ale

Surly Brewing Co.

  • Frisson – Surly just released this “sparkling wine-inspired lager.” The beer carries “notes of green apple, black currant, and grapefruit, is the rosiest, fizziest thing Surly brews.”

Tin Whiskers Brewing Co.

  • AC/OC – Tin Whiskers and Minnesota’s four Old Chicago locations have a special beer available, a New England-style Mango IPA with an electric name. 6.0% ABV, 30 IBU.

Town Hall Brewery

  • Combustion Junction – Town Hall has teamed up with two homebrewers for an American Smoked Porter to be entered into next month’s Great American Beer Festival’s Pro Am Competition. On tap now, Town Hall says the beer “has intense dark cocoa and fleeting smoky pepper flavors from apple and beechwood smoked malt.”

Urban Lodge Brewery

  • Jekyll & Hyde Chocolate Porter – “Milk chocolate and macadamia nuts on your nose, bittersweet chocolate and a hint of coffee finish,” says the brewery.

Wild Mind Artisan Ales

  • Feelin Lucky – A stout with both sour and stout character, and a blend of of barrel fermented and aged dark sours. 7.5% ABV.
  • Pash Bash – Wild Mind’s gold sour base with added passion fruit and dragon fruit, making a pink beer that pours at 5.6% ABV.

Seasonal or rotating returns

Able Seedhouse & Brewery's new Cosmic Pale Ale // Photo via Able's Instagram

Able Seedhouse & Brewery’s new Cosmic Fruit Pale Ale // Photo via Able’s Instagram

Able Seedhouse + Brewery

  • Cosmic Fruit – Able’s pale ale with citrus peels hits cans.

Angry Orchard

  • Pear Cider – A combination of Gala, Fuji, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and Granny Smith apples, plus Bartlett, D’Anjou and Bosc pears.

August Schell Brewing Company

  • Oktoberfest – The seasonal favorite returns before New Ulm officially celebrates Oktoberfest next month. 5.5% ABV.

Bad Weather Brewing Company

  • Tippin’ It Down – The ESB with Earl Grey Tea is back in the taproom now, and available for the first time in cans next week.

Bell’s Brewery

Three Bell’s seasonals are back on area shelves.

  • Best Brown
  • Octoberfest
  • Special Double Cream Stout

Big Wood Brewery

  • Wicked Ex – This American IPA is back at the taproom.

Excelsior Brewing Company

  • Double Up Imperial IPA – Fresh off the canning line, Double Up Imperial IPA is back.
  • Milfoil Lake House Saison – This saison uses French yeast, Minnetonka honey and actual local milfoil. 5.6% ABV, 23 IBU.

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

  • Dorado Gold – The Brett IPA is back on tap now. 6.0% ABV, 50 IBU.
  • IPA – Now being canned for the first time, this IPA is brewed with wheat malt and Horizon, Chinook, Crystal, Cascade, Simcoe, and Centennial hops. 6.2% ABV, 60 IBU, on tap now and in cans next week.

Lakes & Legends Brewing Company

  • Sweet Corn Summer Ale – The state fair is over, but summer still has another two weeks before the season officially ends. Made with real Minnesota sweet corn.

Leinenkugel’s

  • Harvest Patch Shandy – Available in early fall, this shandy is Leinie’s weiss beer plus pumpkin spice. “Notes of nutmeg, allspice and clove for a refreshing fall seasonal. It’s crisp and smooth,” says the brewery. 4.2% ABV, 11 IBU.

OMNI Brewing Co.

  • Oktoberfest – A classic Oktoberfest style lager with biscuit malts. Releases on September 9 in a daylong Oktoberfest celebration.

Roundhouse Brewery

  • Angel Seat – This amber ale is back at the taproom.

Wild Mind Artisan Ales

  • Velvet Crush – An IPA, Wild Mind-style. “The bitterness of the beer is super smooth and more juicy flavors,” says the brewery.

Beers just announced

Bent Paddle Valve Jockey Series Session Barleywine // Photo via Bent Paddle's Facebook

Bent Paddle Valve Jockey Series Session Barleywine // Photo via Bent Paddle’s Facebook

612Brew

  • Oktoberfest – “This brew is a traditional Bavarian-style fest beer- crystal bright and medium amber color. Full bodied and malty with notes of bread crust and spicy noble hops,” says 612. Out on Sept. 23 at the brewery’s annual party.

Badger Hill

  • Honey Badger Autumn IPA – Out on Sept. 13.

Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

  • Valve Jockey Series #3 – A “session” Barleywine to be sold in 16 oz. 4-packs and on draft. This limited time beer is malt forward and will raise funds and awareness for Northwoods Women in Science. 7.1% ABV, 50 IBU and coming to liquor stores next week.

C Squared Ciders

The Denver cidery comes to Minnesota next week, including a table at the 17th Annual Autumn Brew Review festival on Saturday, September 16.

  • Ella – A medium-dry India Pale Cider with Azacca hops. 6.5% ABV.
  • Ginger – A medium-dry cider infused with organic ginger. 5.5% ABV.
  • Lila – Off-dry cider with Colorado lavender, honey, juniper, and rose hips. 5% ABV.
  • Nona – Off-dry and “seductively bittersweet,” says C Squared. 6% ABV.

Copper Trail Brewing Co.

  • Ole-toberfest – Oktoberfest, Scandanavian-style. Out on Sept. 22 in Alexandria.

The Herkimer Pub & Brewery

  • Oktoberfest – This German-influenced beer will be celebrated at the brewpub on Sept. 23. 5.5% ABV, 26 IBU.

Indeed Brewing Company

  • Let It Roll IPA – The fall seasonal IPA is back on Sept. 18. The beer features notes of papaya, pineapple, grapefruit and lemon zest. It will be available until next Feb.
  • Rum King Imperial Stout – The rum barrel aged local favorite returns on the week of Oct. 9 in cans and kegs, with a sneak peak at Minnesota Old Chicago locations on Oct. 4.

Lift Bridge Brewing Company

  • Harvestör – Fresh hop season is just around the corner, as this beer will be prepped at the annual Pickin’ And Grinnin’ event on Sept. 9, and ready to enjoy about two weeks later.

Lupine Brewing Company

  • Collective Buzz – Lupine has teamed up with Hive Apparel and Keegan’s Apiary Sweet Bee Honey for a new lager coming out at an (as yet) undisclosed date.

New Holland Brewing

  • Baltic Anomaly – The honey porter is back soon.

Rock Bottom Brewery

  • Rocktoberfest – Releases on Sept. 19.

Roundhouse Brewery

  • Der Zug – Roundhouse’s house Oktoberfest, out on Sept. 21.

Urban Growler Brewing Company

Oktoberfest goes three different directions when Urban Growler celebrates Germany’s most famous drinking day on Oct. 4. In addition to the offerings below, the brewery will serve flights that include both beers plus a third option that blends the two.

  • Octoberfest (American Style)
  • Oktoberfest (German Style)

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.

 
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