The Mash-Up: American Craft Beer Week and Art-A-Whirl exclusives

Oliphant Brewing’ Awesome Juice, Great Job! // Photo via Oliphant Facebook

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It’s Art-A-Whirl weekend and the end of American Craft Beer Week, which means lots of new offerings and special releases across the state.

Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative debuts this weekend. Indeed and Dangerous Man collaborated on separate but similar tea-based beers. Bad Habit Brewing is releasing five beers in celebration of American Craft Beer Week. Fair State has a handful of releases, LTS released a fruity pale ale infusion, and Third Street announced a pre-Prohibition lager.

New beers available this week (May 15–21)

10K Brewing

  • Altbier – A new malt-forward beer out of Anoka.

Able Seedhouse + Brewery 

  • Strawberry Supergiant Golden Ale – The strawberry version of Able’s golden ale is on draft at the taproom today and at The Sample Room.

Bad Habit Brewing Company

The brewery in St. Joseph is celebrating American Craft Beer Week with new beers available at the taproom:

  • Kolschdango Kölsch – Available on May 17
  • Always Hazy in Philly IPA – Available on May 18
  • Raspberry Dark Addiction Stout – Available on May 20

Badger Hill Brewing Company

  • Minne-Ale Kölsch – Now on tap for summer. 4.8% ABV, 22 IBU.
  • Minne-Ale Kölsch with pomegranate – Their weekly infusion keg, May 16.

Bald Man Brewing Company

  • Delirious Strong Belgian Ale – Released on Thursday, this beer is inspired by the late Prince song “Delirious.” Taproom only.

Barley Johns Brewing Company

  • Mango Double Pale Ale – A new mango double pale ale out of New Richmond. Available at the New Richmond taproom since Wednesday. 6% ABV, 45 IBU

Brau Brothers Brewing Co.

  • Hopsession Super Pale Ale – In six-packs and on draft, Brau Brothers describes this session beer as having “all the hoppiness of an IPA at only 4.2% ABV.”

Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative

The state’s second co-op brewery opens this weekend for Art-A-Whirl. The opening lineup:

  • Community Kölsch – 5.2% ABV, 32 IBU.
  • Lavender Uprising – IPA with lavender, 7.2% ABV, 92 IBU.
  • Stand Up Stout – 6.2% ABV, 32 IBU.
  • 2Brew Coffee Kölsch – 5.2% ABV, 32 IBU.

Dangerous Man Brewing Company

  • Birds of a Feather – Available May 19, this Art-A-Whirl beer is a collaboration with Indeed where both breweries selected a custom-made tea from Tea Source in Roseville to use with an amber ale base. The beer is similar in flavor to Indeed’s version (see below), “However, ours has additional notes of: mulling spices, carrot cake, and freshly-baked sweetbread (due chiefly to our custom tea blend),” says Dangerous Man lead brewer John Leingang.
  • Session IPA – A Mother’s Day offering, brewed by Dangerous Man with the help of one of their bartender’s mother.
  • Peach Milkshake IPA – Released yesterday, they describe the new hazy IPA as featuring “250 lbs of peaches, tons of oats, and a hint of vanilla.”

Excelsior Brewing Company

  • Blood Orange Tart Sour – A dry hopped sour, described by the brewery’s website as “a favorite for both sour, cider, and ale drinkers.”

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

  • Artsy Fartsy Pale Ale – Another Art-A-Whirl beer, this one exclusive to the weekend’s events at the Fair State taproom. It’s a hoppy golden ale that debuts at 2pm today. 4.8% ABV, 25 IBU.
  • Points North – Out today, this is the test batch brewed at Fair State’s new St. Paul brewhouse. The brewery describes it as “a saison designed with lakeside weekends in mind.” Available on draft. 5% ABV, 30 IBU.

Grand Rounds Brewing Company

  • Mo’ Citra Mo’ Problems IPA – A new 8.0% ABV IPA made with Golden Promise malts and Mosaic and Citra hops.

HammerHeart Brewing

  • Nordlys – A juniper pale ale, aged in aquavit barrels. Wax dipped bottles available.

Inbound BrewCo

  • English-style Barley Wine – Tapped on May 12, this is a limited time taproom release.
  • Hibiscus Saison – Out Friday, Inbound describes the beer as “Pleasantly tart, floral, and supremely drinkable. Hibiscus petals give way to that gorgeous red shine and produce a cranberry-esque flavor.” 6.0% ABV, 16 IBU.

Indeed Brewing Company

  • Flock Together: Amber Ale with Tea – Indeed describes their version of the Dangerous Man tea beer collab: “The beer is expected to have rich caramel and raisin notes with flavors of vanilla and chocolate.” The tea is also for sale and the beer will later hit select bars and restaurants. Indeed and Dangerous Man previously collaborated on a tea beer for In Cahoots 2016.

Junkyard Brewing

  • Vertical Pale Lager – This Pilsner-style lager is made from 100 percent pale malt from Vertical Malting, a small malthouse located in Fisher, Minnesota. On draft at the taproom.
  • Saskatooner Sour with blueberries – On draft at the taproom tonight.

LTS Brewing

  • Hazy Shade of Summer Infused With Tropical Fruit – A citrusy pale ale infused with pineapple, mangos, strawberries, and papayas that was released Thursday at the taproom.

Lupulin Brewing

  • Citridiculous – Lupulin is turning two on May 20 and will celebrate with this “ridiculously citrusy IPA made with a ton of hops.”
  • Not Bad For A Strip Mall Brewery – An anniversary double IPA, also set for a May 20 release.

Maple Island Brewing

  • Peel Me Wit – New for the summer in Stillwater.

Modist Brewing Co.

  • Misunderstood Genius Double IPA – Out today, the first in the new Modist Maker Series. Made by Modist drinking club member Beau and by head brewer Keigan Knee, it’s an oats and barley grain bill with Cryo Hops.

Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub

  • Brownie Jabrowni – Northbound’s brown ale, infused with cocoa nib and vanilla bean.

Oliphant Brewing

  • Brown Sugar Brown Brown – A 6.5% ABV English-style brown ale brewed with brown sugar. Taproom only.
  • Gobias – Oliphant’s coffee black ale is back.
  • Mothra vs. Mothra – Released on Wednesday, this is an IPL with Citra hops. 5.0% ABV. In the taproom and in stores.
  • Zone Plane 8 – A Belgian Pale Ale showcasing 3 different hop varieties. 6.3% ABV, also in the taproom and at local stores.
  • Awesome Juice, Great Job! – A 4.2% ABV white ale brewed with lemon juice and zest and Chinese five-spice

OMNI Brewing

  • Bourbon Barrel-Aged Omnipotent Scotch Ale – In celebration of the brewery’s patio opening, OMNI is releasing bottles of Omnipotent Scotch Ale, aged for six months in Buffalo Trace and Four Roses barrels. Available tonight at Premier Wine & Spirits in Osseo and tomorrow at OMNI’s taproom.
  • Cabernet Barrel-Aged Omnipotent Scotch Ale – They are also releasing bottles of Omnipotent Scotch Ale, aged in cabernet wine barrels. Available tomorrow at OMNI’s taproom.

Pitchfork Brewing

The Hudson, Wisconsin, brewery is hosting its Springfest 2017 this Saturday and will have special beer releases throughout the event, including:

  • Der Hammer Alt on cherries
  • Chocolate Milk Stout with semi sweet chocolates from Knoke’s Chocolates and Nuts
  • White Wheat IPA

Roets Jordan Brewery Co.

  • Fruity – “A fruit-bomb Apricot Wheat Ale,” says the brewery.

Tin Whiskers Brewing

  • Circuit Breaker Double IPA – The brewery calls it “a smooth and complex Double IPA brewed with Calypso and Amarillo hops.” 8.4% ABV, 80 IBU.

Urban Forage Winery and Cider House

  • Dandelion Wine – Bottles are for sale at the winery now, and they recently picked flowers for the next batch on Mother’s Day weekend.
  • Rhubarb Wine – A locally made rhubarb wine is available at the Lake Street winery.

Waconia Brewing Company

Special barrel aged releases for American Craft Beer Week:

  • Driftwood Gin Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout – A barrel aged limited release beer in honor of American Craft Beer Week, available on May 17.
  • Mo’ Whiskey Barrel Aged Milk Stout – A barrel aged limited release beer in honor of American Craft Beer Week, available May 17.

Wild Mind Artisan Ales

The first two foeder wild ales from Wild Mind debuted to the world on Tuesday.

  • Lightness of Being – Tasting notes from the brewery note lemon curd, vanilla, wildflowers, and stone fruit.
  • Through the Vines – They describe this one as, “A dry, rustic-style farmhouse ale with hints of white wine, tart berries, fresh hay, and lemon,” then dry hopped with Nelson Sauvin.

Seasonal or rotating returns

Junkyard Pulpasaurus IPA // Photo via Junkyard Instagram

Bad Habit Brewing Company

  • Lemon Hangup Blonde Ale – Available on May 19
  • Passion Fruit IPA – Available on May 21

Bank Brewing

  • Money IPA – A juicy IPA that debuted at Pride Dabbler 2016.

Bemidji Brewing

  • Golden Sour Ale 

Excelsior Brewing 

  • Minnegose – Excelsior’s take on the German wheat beer style is back. Brewed with coriander and Himalayan sea salt.

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

  • LÄCTOBÄC – The popular lactobacillus beer is back for summer on tap and in bottles. This time it’s naturally conditioned with Brett and brewed with ginger, lemon, and lemongrass.

Junkyard Brewing

  • Pulpasaurus IPA – From the brewery: “This 7% ABV beauty is loaded with El Dorado hops and tastes like orange sorbet.” On draft and in cans this week at the taproom.

Beers just announced

The original recipe for Third Street’s forthcoming Brewer’s Tears, a pre-Prohibition lager // Photo via Third Street Facebook

Boom Island Brewing Company

  • Sorghum Molasses Belgian Tripel – Coming for the June 15–17 Homebrew Con, this tripel is a collaboration with James Spencer from Basic Brewing Radio podcast. It debuts at the taproom and at the conference.

Inbound BrewCo / MKE Brewing

  • Wit Wine – A border-crossing collaboration that is a twist on traditional wheat wine, made with coriander and orange peel.

Insight Brewing

  • Short Vacation – To honor Hombrew Con, Insight is throwing the Chop & Brü Prefunk Party on June 14. They’ll be serving the exclusive Short Vacation, described on Facebook as “a Belgian Table Beer brewed…with ingredients from BSG Craftbrewing and Imperial Yeast.”
  • The party will also premiere a currently-unnamed juniper and sage barrel-aged ale that officially releases three days later at the Great NE Beer Carnival. Bottles go on sale June 17 at 12pm.

Lake Monster Brewing

  • Hibiscus Berliner – Out in late May, this draft-only beer is a sour wheat ale infused with hibiscus flowers. Described by brewer Matt Lange as “a refreshingly tart flavor and bright pink hue.”

Third Street Brewhouse

  • Brewer’s Tears – a 1919 pre-Prohibition recipe rescued from the archives at Third Street. Coming in June.

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