The Mash-Up: Town Hall wraps up big barrel-aged week, and breweries bundle up for the Winter Beer Dabbler

A barrel aged beer from Town Hall Brewery // Photo by Brian Kaufenberg

Kentucky Truffle, a barrel-aged milk stout from Town Hall Brewery // Photo by Brian Kaufenberg

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.

The Winter Beer Dabbler is tomorrow, Winterfest took place last weekend, and more beers are still coming out of the barrels to keep Minnesotans warm for however long the coldest season lasts this year. After all, a wise man once sang, “Sometimes It Snows in April.”

This is a celebratory week in Minnesota beer. Town Hall is concluding another big barrel-aged week, Bad Weather just tapped Batch 200 from their St. Paul brewery, Day Block turns four, and Revelation is turning one. In Brooklyn Park, Blue Wolf celebrated their first day and first beers sold.

Elsewhere, Boom Island has a true Belgian collaboration coming out tonight in Kollusion, and Barrel Theory and The Growler teamed up this week to brew a special still-to-be-named beer that’s truly one of a kind.

 

 

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.

Junkyard Barrel-Aged Coal Miner’s Daughter

Junkyard’s imperial stout is back again, available on draft and in Crowlers now. Past years’ Coal Miner’s Daughter have sported aromas of unsweetened chocolate, coffee, and vanilla, which lead into roasted malts and hop bitterness, followed by dark, dried fruit flavors. The stout was included in our list of LII Super Winter Beers

Bad Weathers Batch 200 Bohemian PilsnerBad Weather Batch 200 Bohemian Pilsner

This Czech-style Pilsner was brewed to celebrate 200 batches at Bad Weather. The brew day for this Pilsner included a triple decoction mash and two-hour boil for a rich, clean lager. Aromas of sweet Pilsner malt and spicy, herbal, and citrus notes of freshly harvested whole leaf Zuper Saazer hops from Hop Head Farms in Michigan dominate the nose. The flavor has notes of honey and cracker malt with spicy and citric hops, and a moderate bitterness on the finish, says the brewery. “Ask for the Slow Pour,” says Bad Weather. “Your patience will be rewarded!”

Town Hall Czar Jack

Town Hall’s Barrel Aged Week is coming to a close, but it’s ending Saturday with a imperial bang. Czar Jack, the brewpub’s imperial stout aged in American whiskey barrels, is one of Town Hall’s oldest barrel-aged recipes and won a gold medal at GABF in 2001. The beer starts off as the brewpub’s Ol’ Jack Frost imperial stout and is then aged in whiskey barrels to add complexity. 9.2% ABV.

Surly 60 Below Rye IPASurly 60 Below Rye IPA

This new variety pack exclusive celebrates the anniversary of the coldest recorded temperature in Minnesota. Packaged with Hell, Furious, and Xtra-Citra in a sampler 12-pack, the new beer features experimental hops and has notes of candied grape, orange, and vanilla cream,” Surly says, plus a rye grain bill that gives it a reddish hue with spicy malt character.

Utepils Moment Czech-Style Dark Lager

This limited release was inspired by a recent trip to the Czech Republic and debuted today. A Czech-style dark lager, Utepils says the beer has notes of toast, chocolate, and dark fruit. Limited to a single batch, it will also be sold in cans and draft for a short time.

New beers available this week (February 19 – February 25)

Day Block Brewing Company's Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout // Photo via Day Block Brewing Company

Day Block Brewing Company’s Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout // Photo via Day Block Brewing Company

12welve Eyes Brewing

  • Cherry Chocolate Stout – A new version of 12welve Eyes’ Chocolate Stout. 7.1% ABV.

Bad Weather Brewing Company

  • Batch 200 Bohemian Pilsner – Top Flight selection.

Badger Hill Brewing Company

  • Barrel Aged Double Porter – This big beer is in limited supply at the taproom and in bottles, beginning today.

Blue Wolf Brewing

A new brewery opened in Brooklyn Park on February 22. Beers will include:

  • Wolf Bite American Bitter
  • Wolf Cry Rye Ale
  • Wolf Spirit IPA

Boom Island Brewing Company

  • Kollusion – Boom Island teamed up with Belgium’s Brouwerij Maenhout for this Russian imperial stout, scheduled for release tonight. It’s already available at Brouwerij Maenhout in Ghent, Belgium, for those traveling overseas.

Dangerous Man Brewing

  • Mango Habanero Milkshake IPA – “Not too spicy, not too sweet, this IPA is super balanced with huge aromas and flavors of fresh habaneros and a big tropical mango presence, balancing the heat,” the brewery says.

Day Block Brewing Company

  • Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout – A chocolate-forward imperial stout aged in rye and bourbon barrels. “A fantastic aroma of fresh dates, vanilla and chocolate,” the brewpub says. 11.2% ABV, 55 IBU.

Disgruntled Brewing

  • 3.0 – A sessionable 3% ABV brown ale.

Drekker Brewing

  • Loki Is My Homeboy – Out today, this is the newest in Drekker’s Valhalla Series.

F-Town Brewing Co.

  • Bloody Hell – Blood orange helles
  • Coconuticus – Coconut cream ale

Fair State Brewing Co-Op

  • Mimir’s Hode – A new smoked Norwegian farmhouse ale brewed in collaboration with HammerHeart. This new beer debuts today at 4pm.

HeadFlyer Brewing

  • Chocolate Factory – Chocolate milk stout. Now on tap.
  • Tropical None the Wiser – HeadFlyer’s golden ale infused with pineapple and coconut and serrano chilies.

Junkyard Brewing Co.

  • Barrel-Aged Coal Miner’s Daughter – Top Flight selection.

Lakes & Legends Brewing Company

  • Golden Plum – Using Minnesota-grown plums, Lakes & Legends describes this sipper from the Farm Series as having “a nice tartness followed by a pleasant plum flavor. Off the nose there are nice notes of apricots and juicy plums.” 7.7% ABV, 34 IBU.

LTD Brewing Co.

  • Cranberry Brackett – Now available in 750-milliliter bottles, this braggor used over 240 pounds of local honey in brewing and 200 pounds of cranberries. 8.6% ABV.
  • NorthStar SCC IPA – “This medium-bodied citrus/pine IPA with 7.0% ABV showcases American 2-row and light crystal malts complimented with Simcoe, Cascade and Centennial hops for a citrusy, piney hop experience,” the brewery says.

Odell Brewing

  • Bull Proof – A bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout, the first of that style to be packaged by Odell since 2011. The brewery says it features notes of rich chocolate, caramel and toasted marshmallow. 12.0% ABV.

OMNI Brewing Co.

  • 19th Hole IPA – Brewed while thinking warmer spring thoughts—namely golf—this IPA features Cascade hops and debuted on Tuesday.

Pryes Brewing

  • Red IPA – “The Red IPA has flavors of Stone Fruit, Toffee and Marmalade. It was one of Jeremy Pryes’ Favorite recipes from his home brewer days,” the brewery says. Making its premiere on Sunday at 3pm.

Revelation Ale Works

Revelation celebrates their first anniversary with eight special bottle releases. They’ve unveiled four so far, with more surprises in store:

  • Whiskey Blueberry Sour
  • Whiskey Brown
  • Whiskey Brown: Vanilla and Coffee
  • Whiskey Cherry Brown Ale

Summit Brewing Company

  • Death and All His Friends – Brewed in Summit’s pilot system, this limited Beer Hall-only release came out on Thursday. A stout aged in Jamaican rum barrels, it features notes of chocolate, leather, tobacco, and smoke, plus a dark roasty character and a nice, dry finish, the brewery says. 9.9% ABV, 40 IBU.

Surly Brewing Company

  • DDH Triple Hops Brewed Hopshifter Cask – Available in limited supply for Cask Saturday.
  • Post Modern Coffee Break – This one-off beer was brewed for Modern Times’ Carnival of Caffeination this Saturday. Barrel-aged coffee beers add notes of rum, while the low alcohol beer features notes of oak and burnt sugar, Surly says. It will be available in the taproom on February 28.

Tin Whiskers Brewing Company

  • Dynamo Orange Chocolate Imperial Stout – “This big, bold stout is aged on orange peels and dark chocolate, making for a seriously decadent treat,” the brewery says as their popular imperial stout makes a limited return on February 23. A very limited supply of 2017 Dynamo Reserve will be available at 5pm and a single cask aged on chocolate and coffee will tap at 7pm as well.

Town Hall Brewery

The annual Barrel-Aged Week wraps up on Saturday, releasing a total of 14 big barrel-aged beers.

Earlier this week:

  • E. T. Wee – A Scottish-style Wee heavy-aged in bourbon barrels, this beer features malty notes of dark fruits, caramel, and toasted chocolate with a spicy oak note. It finishes with a creamy Tootsie Roll chocolate note.
  • Project 3106 – A Belgian-style Bruin with Belgian dark chocolate and kumquats aged in bourbon barrels. 9.2% ABV.
  • Twisted Trace – While Town Hall never intended to highlight specific barrels, they couldn’t ignore this single-barrel version of their award-winning barleywine. One of the week’s standouts, says head brewer Mike Hoops.
  • Kentucky Truffle – Available Monday on nitro, this strong chocolate milk stout was aged in bourbon barrels and pours at 8.8% ABV.
  • Vine’s Eye – Three wine barrels are the focus of Tuesday’s releases. Vine’s Eye is a strong American honey ale aged in red wine barrels. 9.7% ABV.
  • Barley Vine – An American barleywine aged in red wine barrels. 11.2% ABV. Dark fruits and jam-like flavors leap out in strong interplay with red wine character. Surprisingly dry and easy mellow for a barleywine.
  • Frosted Vine – An imperial stout aged in red wine barrels. 9.2% ABV.
  • Twisted Trace – A silver medal winner at GABF in 2013, this is an American barleywine aged in bourbon barrels. 11.2% ABV
  • Strawberry Stave – This strong dark wheat ale with strawberries, aged in bourbon barrels, is a new recipe this year. “We picked up slight, pleasant strawberry notes in the beer, so we accented that character with strawberries.” the brewpub explains. It features notes of graham cracker, strawberry, and spicy rye. An earthy character comes out at colder temperatures, with more sweet fruitiness as it warms.
  • Kentucky Truffle – Releasing on nitro on Monday, the CO2 version of this big milk stout has malt-forward chocolate sweetness with a dry, nutty, and vanilla boldness at the finish. 8.8% ABV.
  • Manhattan Reserve – Cherry grand cru aged in bourbon barrels. 9.7% ABV.
  • Foolish Angel – Belgian-style quadrupel aged in bourbon barrels 10.1% ABV.

Friday, February 23:

  • Buffalo Bock – A German-style weizenbock aged in bourbon barrels. This beer won a bronze medal at the 2014 GABF. 8.3% ABV.

Saturday, February 24

  • Czar Jack – Top Flight selection.

Urban Forage Winery and Cider House

  • Dandelion Wine – This once-a-year wine style is hard to find in commercial production. This year’s batch is available now in 375-milliliter bottles and features locally sourced, hand-picked dandelions.

Urban Lodge Brewery & Restaurant

  • Daze of Haze – A hazy and tropical IPA.

Utepils Brewing Co.

  • Moment – Top Flight selection.

Venn Brewing

  • Oatmeal Sweet Stout – Venn’s first nitro offering is “a roasty bomb with a creamy, velvety mouthfeel,” the brewery says. On tap now.

Waconia Brewing Company

  • Dry Irish Stout – Scheduled to release on February 21.

Wicked Wort Brewing Company

  • IPP Imperial Pomegranate Porter – Pomegranate complements the Mosaic hops, Wicked Wort says, giving a chocolate-forward porter a unique twist. 9% ABV.

Seasonal or rotating returns

12welve Eyes Brewing Company - Cherry Chocolate Stout, left, and Cataracts: El Dorado, right // Photo via 12welve Eyes Brewing Company Twitter

12welve Eyes Brewing Company – Cherry Chocolate Stout, left, and Cataracts: El Dorado, right // Photo via 12welve Eyes Brewing Company Twitter

12welve Eyes Brewing

  • Cataracts – A hazy IPA featuring El Dorado hops, at 7.4% ABV.

Barrel Theory Beer Company

  • Shooter McGavin – Citra DIPA

Junkyard Brewing Co.

  • Peanut Butter Bandit – Peanut stout, 6.4% ABV. Also available in Crowlers.

Northbound Brewpub & Smokehouse

  • Eisbock – Released on Tuesday, this ice-brewed beer was complemented at its release party with hot poker caramelization.

Rock Bottom Brewery

  • Fire Chief Red Ale

Surly Brewing Company

  • 60 Below Rye IPA – Top Flight selection. 

Urban Growler Brewing Company

  • Bock

Unmapped Brewing Co.

  • Pale Ale – Two new pale ales were brewed at Unmapped, both showcasing locally grown Cascade hops. “Try them both and compare the subtle differences,” the brewery says, emphasizing how ingredients define the beer.

Beers just announced

Sociable Cider Werks Burnout // Photo via Sociable Cider Werks Twitter

Sociable Cider Werks Burnout // Photo via Sociable Cider Werks Twitter

Barrel Theory Beer Company

  • TBD – Currently unnamed, Barrel Theory and The Growler cooked up a special beer with help from Erik Stolhanske of “Super Troopers.” A blueberry maple porter in style, the beer is being named through a contest at the Growler’s Facebook page.

Bent Paddle Brewing Company

  • Pôrdij Imperial Pale Ale – Coming next month.

Birch’s on the Lake

  • NE Sour IPA – A hazy and sour IPA dry-hopped with Citra. “Very tart and juicy,” the brewery says of this 5.2% ABV beer.

Dangerous Man Brewing

  • BA Chocolate Milk Stout – A special version of Chocolate Milk Stout was brewed this week in collaboration with Wild Mind Artisan Ales. This batch will use coolship fermentation and will age in a barrels for “at least a year,” the brewery announced on Twitter.
  • White Oatmeal Stout with Coffee – Brewed this week at Dangerous Man.

Foxhole Brewhouse

  • BA Russian Imperial Stout – After one year in rye barrels, Foxhole is kegging this Russian imperial stout for upcoming release.

The Herkimer Pub & Brewery

  • Bock – An annual malt-forward spring ritual, to be tapped prior to the brewpub’s rowdy bus ride to Schell’s Bockfest in New Ulm. 6.5% ABV, 25 IBU, 13 SRM.

Junkyard Brewing Co.

  • Orange Shake-O-Matic IPA – A milkshake IPA coming in early March.
  • Silverback – A new vanilla porter soon to hit the Moorhead taproom.

Sociable Cider Werks

  • Burnout – Returning to cans this March.

Summit Brewing Company

  • Barrel-Aged Westie 7th – Unchained #26 was aged in rum since late last year before being tapped on Monday at Dark Horse.

Surly Brewing Company

  • Coffee Bender with maple and vanilla – Coming to the Beer Hall in limited supply for Infusion Tuesday on February 27.

Wabasha Brewing Company

  • Anniversary Belgian Quad – One of three special releases for Wabasha’s anniversary. This one is out on March 1.
  • Bourbon Barrel-Aged Cave Stout – One of three special releases for Wabasha’s anniversary. This one is out on February 27.
  • Tequila Barrel-Aged West Side Popper – One of three special releases for Wabasha’s anniversary. This one is out on February 28.

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