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The Vikings season came to a disappointing halt, but football is still on the minds of many local beer makers, with the upcoming Super Bowl LII coming to town. This week’s new beer announcements include breweries getting ready to host some revelry, even if it’s for the wrong teams.
Other beer news can be found in the 2018 Surly calendar. Barrel-aged Darkness is on its way soon, Damien and Furious Black will come to cans, and Surly is adding variety packs. Meanwhile, there are exciting series beers from Steel Toe, Badger Hill, Talking Waters, and plenty more to get beer fans salivating this week.
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.
Indeed Terzo Barrel Blend
Indeed has a brand new special collaboration with Terzo restaurant, where restaurant staff personally selected a blend from the Wooden Soul barrel room. The resulting beer is a well-balanced blend that pours a slightly hazy red with flashes of brown and orange. “Vinous and wine-like, boasting notes of tart red cherry and raisin, along with aromas of sour cherry and dried fruit,” says the brewery. Tapped on Wednesday at Terzo, it is also on tap at the brewery in Northeast Minneapolis.
Schell’s Lunar Interference
This new release in the Noble Star Collection has a surprisingly malt-heavy focus. For the dark Berliner-style weisse beer, Schell’s brewers “combined a big, complex malt bill with a traditional brewing method, a mixed-culture fermentation, and nearly a year of aging in one of our original, 80-year-old cypress wood lagering tanks,” says the brewery. Nearly black in color, it has notes of bittersweet chocolate, cocoa, and coffee on top of a vibrant, lactic acidity. 7.5% ABV, 5 IBU.
Boom Island Kriek
The barrel-aged sour with cherries from the Spontaneous Series returns after first appearing in November 2016. Aged in barrels for over a year, “This Kriek is not sweet, but dry, sour, and nutty with a cherry funk. Delicious and distinctive, this style of beer has been known to convert newcomers to sours and create a wider audience to the Belgian tradition of brewing,” the brewery says. Clocking in at 4.8% ABV, this rose-colored beer is available for a limited time on draft and in 750-milliliter bottles, beginning with a release party on Friday, January 26.
Spilled Grain Brewhouse Emancipator Doppelbock
This doppelbock was cold-aged for over a year before release. After winning Spilled Grain a silver medal in the 2017 U.S. Open Beer Championship, it was released in 750-milliliter bottles on January 25. “This double (“doppel” in German) bock will have a malt-derived dark fruit character, alcohol warmth, subtle caramel and bread notes, and full round body,” the brewery says.
Barrel Theory Threat Level Midnight
Barrel Theory’s new imperial stout is an ode to “The Office” character Michael Scott’s fictional movie, “Threat Level Midnight.” The limited release imperial stout is made with maple, coffee, and vanilla and will be exclusively available at Casanova’s Dark Beer Cave Fest in Hudson this Saturday. 9.1% ABV.
New beers available this week (January 22 – January 28)
- Dwarven SMaSH
12welve Eyes Brewing
- Blueberry Dark Sour – “This complex, black-colored kettle sour has a deep purple hue (not unlike the bruise on our hearts from the recent Vikings defeat) and is packed with blueberry puree. Imagine blueberry jam on a hearty piece of dark toast,” says 12welve Eyes.
- Kentucky Cream Ale – A dark cream ale made with barley, corn, and rye.
- Sarlock – A new Russian imperial stout that 56 describes as featuring roasted and chocolate malts. In 12-ounce cans now. 10% ABV, 70 IBU.
Badger Hill Brewing Company
- Exiled Imperial barrel-aged Sour – Limited to only 250 bottles, this small batch release came out in the taproom on Thursday.
- Elevation Double IPA – This DIPA features Denai hops at pours at 7.8% ABV. Tapped on Saturday and available in the taproom and at select local bars.
Barrel Theory Beer Company
- Threat Level Midnight – Top Flight selection.
Birch’s on the Lake
- Bohemian Pilsner – This Czech-style Pilsner uses Weyermann floor-malted Bohemian Pilsner barley and 100 percent Czech Saaz hops. 5.3% ABV.
- Root Beer Doppelbock – Birch’s describes this beer as a “rich dark German lager with Weyermann Dark Munich barley as the base malt and a good dose of sassafras.” 7.5% ABV.
Dual Citizen Brewing Company
Now open in Midway, this new brewery has the following beers on tap:
- Broadway IPA
- Grand Imperial Stout
- Kellogg Cream Ale
- Lyndale Session Pale Ale
Earth Rider Brewery
- Twin Porter – Toasted biscuit with a dry chocolate body with surprising tropical hops notes, the brewery says. 5.1% ABV, 34 IBU.
Fair State Brewing Cooperative
- Obscure Reference – A new Kellerbier brewed in collaboration with Rochester’s Forager. Tapped this Thursday at the Northeast Minneapolis brewery.
- #52 Lite Lager – Tapped last night.
- Amiga Hops
- Gummies Make Us Likable
Giesenbräu Bier Co.
- Wookiee Series #2: Walking Carpet Rauchweizen – This dunkles weissbier was brewed with 100 percent smoked malt. 5.2% ABV.
- Double Down India Pale Ale – Double IPA, 8.5% ABV.
- English Barleywine – The release of this big beer on tap and in bombers introduced a 10-day countdown to Super Bowl LII.
Indeed Brewing Company
Indeed announced their brand calendar for 2018.
- Terzo Barrel Blend – Top Flight selection.
Junkyard Brewing Co.
- El Dorado Pale Ale – A new pale ale, currently on tap. 4.9% ABV, 40 IBU.
Lakes & Legends Brewing Company
- Blue 52 – This blueberry kettle sour is coming out for Super Bowl week. Brewed with more than 200 pounds of Minnesota Grown blueberries, it “starts unassuming and finishes tart,” says the brewery. ABV 5.1, IBU 31.
- IPA – This new IPA, also out in time for Super Bowl week, is made with Mosaic hops for a “clean, juicy, and citrusy” character, says the brewery. ABV 5.9, IBU 58.
Lake Monster Brewing Co.
- Apricot Gose – Available on draft only, Lake Monster describes this as “a tart German-style wheat beer made with sea salt, coriander, and apricot. The result is tart and fruity, with a huge apricot nose and a pleasing hint of salinity on the finish. Sweet fruit up front but with a dry finish, the sea salt helps clean your pallet [sic] and makes you want to take another sip right away.” 4.9% ABV, 10 IBU.
Lift Bridge Brewing Company
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Warden Milk Stout – Tapped in a limited-supply firkin on Wednesday.
- Gray Duck Baltic Porter – Lift Bridge teamed up with Goose Island to produce the first Baltic porter brewed by either company. Draft only and available at participating bars now.
- Creative Juices – New England–style IPA
Prairie Brothers Brewing
- Coco Boingo – A sessionable chocolate milk stout at 4% ABV, 25 IBU from the Fargo brewery.
- Dreamer Cream Ale – 4% ABV
- Lunar Affect – A Starkeller-only offering featuring Five Watts coffee.
- Lunar Interference – Top Flight selection.
- Golden Lad – British golden ale
- Rauchbier – Smoked beer
Steel Toe Brewing
- Pale Ale – New in the Brewer’s Evolution Series, this American pale ale emphasizes powerful hop flavors with a delicate balance of drinkability, the brewery says.
Summit Brewing Company
- The Local’s 20th Anniversary Ale – This golden ale made with Irish malt was tapped earlier this month and is available only at The Local in downtown Minneapolis to mark their anniversary. Summit says, “With a warming ABV of 5.5% and low bitterness at 33 IBU, the 20th Anniversary Ale is an American golden ale in style, featuring hop flavors and aromas of lemon-lime, mango, watermelon, orange zest, apricot and flowers. Additional notes of toast, bread crust, sourdough, toffee and caramel come from a strong malt foundation, while extended cold conditioning ensures crisp and refreshing drinkability.”
Talking Waters Brewing Company
- Sour Belgian Dubbel – The first release in the Confluence Series at Talking Waters, this limited offering was aged on tart cherries and aged in red wine barrels. Released on January 20.
Tin Whiskers Brewing Co.
- King Boreas Cream Ale – It’s Winter Carnival time in St. Paul. “Brewed in collaboration with team King Boreas, this Saint Paul Winter Carnival–exclusive cream ale is the perfect fuel for fighting off Vulcans and celebrating Minnesota’s best season,” the brewery says. 5.5% ABV.
Unmapped Brewing Company
- Lune Noire – A coffee stout at 4.8% ABV, 24 IBU.
- NOFXS – This foreign extra stout pours at 6.6% ABV, 45 IBU.
- Trail Rye’d – A 6.2% ABV, 30 IBU rye pale ale.
- Pomegranate Guava Sour
Seasonal or rotating returns
- Walnut Joy – “A rich and complex stout with a forefront aroma of chocolate, roasted dark malts and a slight note of hop bitterness and coconut with a resounding velvet, smooth finish on the palate. Then loaded with black walnuts and more toasted coconut,” the brewery says. 5.6% ABV, 28 IBU.
Barrel Theory Beer Company
- Java Oats – The oatmeal coffee stout is back, this time using Bootstrap’s DIY Espresso blend. 6% ABV.
- MPG – Mango, passionfruit, and guava in this 4% ABV Berliner weisse.
Boom Island Brewing Company
- Kriek – Top Flight selection.
Hammerheart Brewing Company
- Barrel-Aged Imperial Dublin Raid
Indeed Brewing Company
- Strawberry Fields Sour Ale – Indeed’s one-time collaboration with New Belgium has become a regular offering. With fruity sweetness and tart citrus, Strawberry Fields will be available in cans on the week of January 22.
OMNI Brewing Co.
- Hopsessed – The hoppy DIPA returns.
- Raspberry Milkshake IPA – A hazy fruit IPA, tapped on Tuesday.
Spilled Grain Brewhouse
- Emancipator Doppelbock – Top Flight selection.
Summit Brewing Company
- Keller Pils – This clean-drinking pilsner that debuted during 2016’s 30th anniversary celebrations returns full time.
Surly Brewing Company
- Cacao Bender – Bender brown ale on nitro, plus cacao. Available now through March.
Tallgrass Brewing Company
- Velvet Rooster – After a brief hiatus in 2016, this Belgian-style Tripel is back as a seasonal offering by the Kansas-based brewery.
Beers just announced
Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative
- RISe – A barrel-aged Russian imperial stout debuts at the brewery on February 2. Broken Clock will be selling pints February 2–3 at the taproom to mark its release. 10% ABV, 74 IBU.
- Hibiscus Saison – Also to be released on February 2.
Dangerous Man Brewing Company
- Cran-Razz Sour – 7.3% ABV, 20 IBU
- Barrel-Aged MF Diesel – HeadFLyer’s imperial stout is aged in Knob Creek bourbon barrels. “Roasty malt with undertones of coffee and chocolate, the barrel-aging adds another level of Mad Flavors,” the brewery says.
Junkyard Brewing Co.
- Experimental IPA – This upcoming IPA will feature Adjunct and Jarrylo hops. Out next week.
- Odin’s Blueberry – Coming soon, according to Loony’s website.
- Sasquatch – An upcoming gruit.
Surly Brewing Company
Surly unveiled their full 2018 calendar. In addition to Cacao Bender, already available on nitro and listed above, they’ll have the following new and returning beers throughout the year. Two notable new additions are seasonal variety packs, each of which will include a new limited release, and the Innovation Series, which includes taproom-style one-offs coming to cans for limited periods.
- Barrel-Aged Darkness – Out in February.
- Hopshifter IPA – A new year-round IPA to debut next month.
- 60 Below – To be included in the spring variety pack along with Hell, Furious, and Xtra-Citra.
- Barrel-Aged Misanthrope – A Belgian-style saison to hit shelves in March.
- Rising North Pale Ale – Due back for soccer season, starting in March.
- +1 Golden Ale – This collaboration with a currently unnamed partner comes out in April and will be available throughout 2018.
- Grindcore – An espresso milk stout to be available April through the end of the year.
- Heatslayer – Part of the summer variety pack, along with Hell, Furious, and Xtra-Citra.
- J. Wakefield – A new collaboration beer coming in May.
- #Merica! – This pre-Prohibition lager is due to arrive in mid-June.
- Citrus Xtra-Citra – This Innovation Series beer comes out in June.
- Twelve – Surly’s annual anniversary beer, due in June.
- BAOW! – A new barrel-aged oak wine, scheduled for release in July.
- Dry Hopped Kettle Sour – An Innovation Series release set for July.
- Frisson – August Innovation Series release.
- Oktoberfest – A draft-only release in August through October.
- Triple IPA – September Innovation Series release.
- Wet – Surly’s wet hop IPA is set to return in October.
- Damien – Damien returns in cans this year, as part of the Innovation Series. Set for an October release.
- Abrasive – The DIPA returns in November.
- Darkness – November 2018. Save the date.
Furious Black – Another popular but limited beer enters the Innovation Series. This one hits the can markt in November.
- Pentagram – A dark sour ale to be bottled in December.
- Stout – A new offering coming next December as part of the Innovation Series.
Tin Whiskers Brewing Co.
- Dynamo Imperial Chocolate Orange Stout Firkin – On February 2, Tin Whiskers will tap a special 11.5% ABV firkin of this popular seasonal with orange peel and chocolate.
- King Boreas Cream Ale infused with lingonberries – This new infusion comes out on February 3. “We couldn’t think of a more Minnesotan way to celebrate Big Game Weekend than to infuse our Winter Carnival–exclusive King Boreas Cream Ale with lingonberries,” the brewery says. Limited to a single in-house keg.
- New England IPA – Set to release on January 29, this IPA is described as “[a] tropical, hazy brew bursts with notes of tangerine and juicy citrus.” 5.6% ABV.
Tin Whiskers has four small infusion batch bottles coming out on February 10.
- Cinnamon & Orange Peel Wheatstone Bridge
- Habanero & Coconut Flipswitch IPA
- Manhattan Barrel Shifter Porter
- S’mores Lecky Scottish Ale
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