The Mash-Up: Bell’s Oberon is back, and more spring seasonals

Bell's Oberon is back // Photo via Bell's Brewery's Twitter

Bell’s Oberon is back // Photo via Bell’s Brewery’s Twitter

With over 150 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.

Spring brings some of the most diverse offerings to Minnesota. The barrel-aged beers keep coming, but so do floral and sessionable beers with crisp, refreshing notes. To kick off the season, Michigan’s Oberon is back on the market which is the best sign of spring for most beer drinkers.

In other exciting and interesting news, Able has a new beer out featuring the rye varietal grown at Far North Spirits in Hallock, Urban Growler has two new Hayloft Series beers, 56 just released the hyperlocal and sustainably-minded Solarama Crush, and Loony’s Brew has a non-alcoholic cream ale available at their northern Minnesota brewpub.

 

 

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

Wild Mind Spontané Framboise

This is a 100-percent spontaneously fermented lambic inspired wild ale. “Consisting of a turbid mash, aged hops, extended boil, and cooling for eight hours in our custom coolship, we made this base beer as traditional as possible,” says the brewery. And it wouldn’t be a framboise without the raspberries—all 700 pounds of them. Bottles release on Saturday.

Able Concentric Circles

The second beer made with Able’s house malt is a rye blonde ale that includes rye grown by Mike and Sheri Swanson of Far North Spirits. “We will get a great amount of the rye’s sweet, toffee, bready, and spice-like characteristics. Then, to compliment [sic] those flavors, American Bravo and Glacier hops will contribute their nice floral, fruity flavors, along with slight woody and citrus notes,” the brewery says, combining for a balanced, easy drinking beer.

56 Brewing Solarama Crush

This collaborative, sustainably minded IPA features “solar honey” and local grains, including heritage wheat and a bit of Kernza. Made in collaboration with Fresh Energy and Bolton Bees, it debuted in the taproom on Thursday and will later reach Spoon and Stable on April 22. A portion of sales will be used to benefit clean solar energy, pollinator-friendly habitat, and local beekeeping.

Inbound BrewCo Fruit of the Loop

A brand new citrus IPA from Inbound is debuting in their new 12-ounce cans. Made with Centennial, Chinook, and Cascade hops, and dry hopped with more Citra and Simcoe, it has strong citrus fruit flavors, especially grapefruit, that wash over the palate.

Hoops #1920 Pink Boots Society Collaboration Beer

Brewed with the Pink Boots Society on International Women’s Day, “We created a dry-hopped red ale to highlight this blend of aromatic hops. Piney notes combine with grapefruit aromas and a sturdy caramel malt backbone to create this quaffable ale,” says Hoops’ Melissa Rainville. “We coordinated with several women in the Twin Ports brewing community and the local Barley’s Angels group to create this beer. The Pink Boots Society receives $3 per pound of the hop blend used in this recipe and proceeds from sales of this collaboration brew, which apply [sic] to educational scholarships for its members.” 6.6% ABV, 60 IBU.

New beers available this week (March 26 – April 1)

Drekker Brewing Company’s Brain Freeze: Mango/Passionfruit/Guava Smoothie // Photo via Drekker Brewing Company Twitter

10K Brewing

  • Weize Uncle Dunkel

12welve Eyes Brewing

  • Bruce Springstout – A dry and roasty new stout. 4.7% ABV.
  • Fleur Delacour – A kettle sour made with hibiscus and rose petals. 5.1% ABV.

56 Brewing

  • Hop Coffee – A modified version of Flight Crew 56, this coffee IPA uses cold brew from Big Watt Coffee. On draft now and coming to cans next week. 6.0% ABV, 70 IBU, 9 SRM.
  • Blood orange-infused Citrus Chaos – Limited to a single keg at the taproom tonight. 5.7% ABV.
  • Solarama Crush – Top Flight selection.

Able Seedhouse + Brewery

  • Concentric Circles – Top Flight selection.

Alloy Brewing

  • Rock Out with your Doppelbock Out

Angry Inch Brewing

  • Lonely Monk – A Belgian-style single with stone fruit and tropical notes, the brewery says. 5.5% ABV, 27 IBU.

Bad Weather Brewing Company

  • Witbier – Available today in the taproom.

Barrel Theory Beer Company

  • Nimbly Bimbly Porter – Barrel Theory and The Growler cooked up a special beer with help from Erik Stolhanske of “Super Troopers,” a blueberry maple porter that tapped this Thursday.

Beaver Island Brewing Company

  • Muggsy’s Coffee Lager – A coffee cold press lager made with locally roasted beans. 4.5% ABV, 25 IBU.
  • You Betcha’ Bock – Out now, this bock features Minnesota maple and wild rice. “The perfect balance of toasty malt notes is complimented [sic] with rich, nutty aromas and the sweet smell of Maple Syrup,” the brewery says. 7.5% ABV, 18 IBU.
  • Tribute – A new session IPA with Amarillo, Mosaic, and Citra hops. 4.7% ABV, 51 IBU.

The Brewing Projekt

  • Dare Mighty Things: Lemon Drop

Copper Trail Brewing Company

  • Runestone Rye infused with morel mushrooms – Week three in the Cabin Fever series, this beer will tap on March 31.

Drekker Brewing

  • Brain Freeze: Mango/Passionfruit/Guava Smoothie – Available in cans.

Earth Rider Brewery

  • Edward Ryerson Rye IPA – Available on both nitro and CO2.
  • Raspberry Imperial Stout – “Flavors of dark chocolate and raspberry dominate this perfect sipper for early spring. Finishes dry,” the brewery says.
  • RaspbeCrush Tart – This kettle sour with raspberries is brewed with spring in mind. On tap today.

Foxhole Brewhouse

  • Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout – After one year in rye barrels, Foxhole is kegging this Russian imperial stout, now available in the Willmar brewpub. “Dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, licorice, anise and a slight tarry flavor & aroma blend together with a very slight alcohol warmth. Enjoy this rich creamy winter warmer in moderation,” the brewpub says. 8.7 % ABV, 65 IBU.

Hoops Brewing

  • #1920 Pink Boots Society Collaboration Beer – Top Flight selection.

Junkyard Brewing Co.

  • Barrel-Aged Uncrushable – Imperial stout, available in Crowlers.
  • Mango Shake-O-Matic IPA – A milkshake-style IPA also available in Crowlers.

Klockow Brewing Company

  • Angry Arms – A 5% ABV cream ale.

Lakeville Brewing Co.

  • Hop Bundle – A session IPA at 4.5% ABV, 60 IBU.

Left Hand Brewing Company

  • Juicy Goodness – Left Hand describes this new year-round beer as “a hazy golden ale which is dry-hopped with fruity hops.”

Loony’s Brew

  • Amaizing NA – Loony’s has brewed a batch of their Amaizing cream ale for non-drinkers. They note that this version is more bitter than the alcoholic version.

Lost Sanity Brewing

Opening this Saturday in Madelia, Lost Sanity’s lineup will include:

  • Brown ale
  • Cream ale
  • Double IPA
  • IPA
  • Lager
  • Porter

Inbound BrewCo

  • Fruit of the Loop – Top Flight selection.

Lupulin Brewing

  • Marzen – Lupulin celebrates Marchtoberfest on March 31.  

Shakopee Brew Hall

  • Monaghan – An Irish red ale, “expect smooth, subtle flavors of caramel and toasted bread crusts,” the brewery says. 5% ABV, 22 IBU.

Sisyphus Brewing

  • Raspberry Weizenbock – A 6.9% ABV, 10 IBU wheat ale available now.

Sociable Cider Werks

  • Session-style Sparkling Mead – This week’s new mead at Sociable was fermented from clover honey and premieres today.

Steel Toe Brewing

  • Campfire Dissent – After being poured at Rare Beer Fest last weekend, this limited beer is available in St. Louis Park, as of Thursday. “[A] bourbon barrel-aged version of Dissent Dark Ale with vanilla beans, smoke and a blend of chili peppers,” Steel Toe says.

Surly Brewing Company

  • Obscurity of Purpose IPA – Surly and Fair State came together for this collaborative beer. While Fair State’s is a “hazy IPA with no haze,” Obscurity embraces the haze and is out now, as of Thursday March 29. Fair State’s “Clarity of Purpose” will release soon.

Tin Whiskers Brewing Co.

  • Lingonberry Cream Ale – “We took this light, easy drinking style and aged it on a TON of lingonberries for a tart, fruity finish. Perfect for fans of sours, ciders, rosé, and springtime,” the brewery says. 4.9% ABV, 12 IBU.

Urban Growler Brewing Company

  • Ramón Nut Brown – The first of two brand new Hayloft Series beers. “A nutty, chocolatey, roasty brew with chicory and earthy notes—the perfect accompaniment to a malty brown ale,” the brewery says. It was brewed as a collaboration with Rainforest Alliance, Teeccino Herbal Coffees & Teas, and the University of Minnesota Master of Development Practice, as well as the Center for Integrated Natural Resources and Agricultural Management.
  • Ramón Nut Stout Collaboration #2 – “Notes of chocolate, coffee, and nuts pair fantastically with a full body stout,” the brewery says.

Urban Lodge Brewery & Restaurant

  • Fortuitous Happenstance Raspberry Wheat

Venn Brewing Company

  • Blackberry Saison – “A classic farmhouse ale infused with a touch of blackberries,” the brewery says. 5.3% ABV.
  • Dry-Hopped Saison – Out now, this saison has lemon and lime zest along with floral notes.
  • Golden Hop IPA – Venn describes this beer as dank, resinous, and bitter. 7.1% ABV, 70 IBU.
  • Mexican Dark Lager – This dark adjunct lager has nutty, honey, and caramel flavors, the brewery says. 5.7% ABV, 38 IBU.
  • Vic Secret Pale Ale – A single hop pale ale at 5.7%, 38 IBU.

Waldmann Brewery

  • Bock – “An unfiltered, deep mahogany brown, uber-malty German-style traditional bock. Floor-malted dark malt dominates this beer. The traditional maillard malt—while full-bodied—leads to a drying bread crust-like finish,” the historically minded brewery describes.

Wild Mind Artisan Ales

  • Spontané Framboise – A traditional coolship beer aged on 700 pounds of raspberries. Bottles release on Saturday.

Seasonal or rotating returns

Talking Waters Farmers Tan American Cream Ale // Photo via Talking Waters Brewing's Instagram

Talking Waters Farmers Tan American Cream Ale // Photo via Talking Waters Brewing’s Instagram

612Brew

  • Maibock Lager – “Our Maibock is a bright, deep golden color with a bready malt body and an assertive but pleasant hoppiness with a clean, smooth finish,” 612 says. 7.9% ABV, 30 IBU, draft only.

Bad Weather Brewing Company

  • Maibock

Beaver Island Brewing Company

  • Olde Steamboat – Beaver Island’s barleywine gets out of the taproom and into 750-milliliter bottles on Saturday March 31.

Bell’s Brewery

  • Oberon – Bell’s classic American wheat ale is back for a new spring season.

Bent Brewstillery

  • Giga Lupin – Bent’s dank and citrusy triple IPA returns today. This year’s recipe has notes of malt, lychee, ripe mango, and papaya, the brewery says. 10% ABV, 100 IBU.

Copper Trail Brewing Company

  • Downtown Dunkel
  • Hooper Trail

Inbound BrewCo

  • The Fuzz – Apricot pale ale, now at the brewery and in 12-ounce cans.

Mankato Brewery

  • Hopbiscus – A spring seasonal brewed with hibiscus flowers.

Steel Toe Brewing

  • 2014 Cellared Wee Heavy – Also poured at Rare Beer Fest last weekend, this cellared, award-winning beer is on tap for a limited time at the brewery.

Talking Waters Brewing Company

  • Farmer’s Tan – This cream ale is now available in 16-ounce cans.

Beers just announced

Insight Brewing Company's Royal Nuisance Unfiltered German Lager // Photo via Insight Brewing Company Twitter

Insight Brewing Company’s Royal Nuisance Unfiltered German Lager // Photo via Insight Brewing Company Twitter

Bad Weather Brewing Company

  • Firefly Rye – Firefly is being retooled this year. No longer a seasonal release, a tweaked recipe will be available in the taproom.

Bauhaus Brew Labs

  • Short Pants – A “thirst-quenching, delicious, lemony ale,” Short Pants is the spring seasonal release from Bauhaus, coming out next week. A wheat beer inspired by shandies, Bauhaus explains: “Unlike other shandies on the market, we use natural lemon products such as lemon zest, lemon concentrate, and lemon puree to provide a more authentic, handcrafted shandy that doesn’t taste artificial or sugary sweet.”

Burning Brothers Brewing

On April 7, Burning Brothers celebrates their fourth anniversary with a party at their St. Paul facility, with 14 different beers available, including:

  • Belgian Saison (Farmhouse Ale)
  • Black Pepper Porter
  • Dry Cider
  • Maibock
  • Parched Lime Shandy
  • Randall Infusion (It’s a surprise)
  • Sweet Cider

Dangerous Man Brewing Company

  • Barrel-Aged Wee Heavy – Aged in J. Carver rye barrels and Heaven Hill bourbon barrels, this beer will release in 750-milliliter bottles on April 14.

Fulton Brewing

Fulton has announced a new mixed four-pack of canned barrel-aged beers, with three beers to be included in each multipack. Hitting shelves after the Easter weekend.

  • Libertine
  • Proper Porter – A new barrel-aged offering.
  • Worthy Adversary

Insight Brewing

In another upcoming event, Insight’s announced a Dankbot party on April 20 with several casks to be tapped.

  • 4.20X Dry Hopped Mega Dankbot
  • Mango OG Kushbot
  • Purple Sticky Punchbot
  • Sour Dieselbot

Also coming soon:

  • Royal Nuisance Unfiltered German Lager – A new year-round offering, Insight describes this as a “crisp, biscuity and refreshing” lager at 4.7% ABV.

Lakes & Legends Brewing

  • All Are Welcome – This charity-minded beer returns for the second time on April 5 in a special taproom party with guest bartenders from 5pm–8pm. The beer takes Lakes & Legends’ Great Wit North base and infuses it with black currants, lime peels, and white pepper. 5.6% ABV. “The first thing you will notice is the intense purple color from the black currants and the off-white head. The tartness from the currants peaks out and finishes with a nice zesty finish,” the brewery says.

Schell’s Brewery

  • 1879 Kulmbacher Export – Stag Series #12
  • Funk Junction Peach – This juicy, peach sour with hints of lemon will be bottled and included with the purchase of a ticket to Funk Junction Sour Beer Fest on May 19 in New Ulm.

Surly Brewing Company

  • Black Lime Sardonic – Available at the Beer Hall for Infusion Tuesday on April 3.
  • Galactic Descent with orange peel and Citra hops – Available at the beer hall for Cask Saturday on April 7.

Urban Growler Brewing Company

  • Honey IPA – The next Plow to Pint series beer taps on April 4. This annual release is a West Coast–style IPA with Minnesota-harvested wildflower honey, plus Mosaic, Simcoe, Ekuanot, and experimental hops.

Waconia Brewing Company

  • Cerveza del Lago: Mexican Lager – Coming soon, according to a brewery newsletter.

Curious about recent releases? Peruse our Mash-Up archives. 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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Sept. 20, 2019 | 5:30–9pm
Upper Landing Park
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