The Mash-Up: Beers for breakfast and dessert, plus a “haze-free” hazy IPA

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 every Friday for the latest or sign up for a weekly email.

Beer news this week is about the many flavors that go into beer, whether coming from experimental new hops, new brewing techniques, or adjuncts added to the mash or fermentation. This week’s beer listing includes ingredients like kombucha, s’mores, and, yes, even waffles.

There are a number of unique IPA offerings, including a pilot batch of strawberry IPA, a new single-hop themed series at Blue Wolf, and a haze-free New England-style IPA by Fair State and Surly. And Florida’s Cigar City Brewing announced it would launch its beers into the Minnesota market starting in May.



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.

Schell’s Framboise Du Nord

A new batch of this tart release from the Starkeller is back on shelves, a taproom exclusive no longer. “Neon red in color with a slight haze and a large creamy pink foam head,” according to the brewery, this beer is dry, light, and a burst of refreshingly sour raspberry flavor—a great contrast to the impending snowstorm. 

Waconia Brewing Single Hop IPA: Southern Cross // Photo via Waconia Brewing Instagram

Waconia Single Hop IPA: Southern Cross

Waconia’s Wacky Wednesday this week featured the Single Hop Series: Southern Cross, number nine in the series. At the beer’s core is, of course, Southern Cross hops, which was developed by the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research hop breeding program back in 1994. Southern Cross is three in oneNew Zealand Smoothcone and a 1950’s research variety bred from a crossing of Californian and English Fuggle—which gives aromas of citrus and tropical fruit, as well as hints of lemon zest, pine, and spice. 

Summit Lazy Sipper

Didn’t get a chance to taste Summit’s Lazy Sipper at the 2017 Minnesota State Fair? No worries. Originally brewed as a one-time-only, limited release beer for last year’s fair, Lazy Slipper is now on draft, 12-ounce, bottles, and 12-ounce cans. “Homegrown in Minnesota with all local hops, malts and strawberries—just like last year’s brew—Summit Lazy Sipper features complex malt notes of light toast, bread crumb and graham cracker, plus gentle hop characteristics of lemon, green tea and grapefruit,” according to the brewery. This 4.8% beauty have us dreaming of warmer weather—whenever it finally decides to come.

Modist Brewing Har Mar Superstar collaboration beer // Photo via Modist Brewing InstagramModist Har Mar Superstar’s Bye Bye 16 Ounce Personal Tall Boy Best Summer Ever Beer

Modist will celebrate their anniversary with a live set from Har Mar Superstar and many others on Saturday evening at a ticketed event. In addition to the party, they’ll debut this Har Mar-approved beer, a crushable citrus lager. The title of the Bye Bye 16 Ounce Personal Tallboy Best Summer Ever Beer is a mishmash of Har Mar references. The title of his 2013 album was “Bye Bye 17.” “Personal tallboy” is a combination of his recent single, “Personal Boy,” and “Tallboy” from his 2009 album, “Dark Touches.” Meanwhile, “Best Summer Ever” is the name of the most recent LP. It’s time to party.

Junkyard King Size

Junkyard’s King Size took home the Beer Dazzler award at this year’s Winter Beer Dabbler in February. According to Junkyard’s Twitter, beer lovers can “plan to see us making deliveries of Peanut Butter Bandit, Mosaic Experimental IPA and a very limited amount of King Size.” But take note: as of April 11, there were only 100 cans left, so you better grab your Crowler while you can.

New beers available this week (April 9 – April 15)

Able Seedhouse + Brewery’s Dad Jeanz // Photo via Able Seedhouse + Brewery Twitter

12welve Eyes Brewing

  • Batch 84 – One of three new IPAs on tap in Lowertown. “This IPA is brewed with Ekuanot and Hüll Melon hops for dank melon and tropical fruity tones,” says 12welve Eyes. 5.5% ABV.
  • Cashmere Cataracts – This is a new hazy IPA that showcases Cashmere hops and pours at 6.7% ABV.
  • Double Cataracts – Cataracts, brewed with twice the hops. 7.8% ABV and available only in the taproom.

Able Seedhouse + Brewery

  • Dad Jeanz – Released last weekend, this taproom-only beer is a pineapple, peach, mango and vanilla milkshake IPA.

Alloy Brewing

  • Debbie Browner – A “dark, rich and malty” brown ale, now available.

Barrel Theory Beer Company

  • Super Saiyan – “A Double IPA with Citra, Mosaic, Galaxy, Citra cryo, and Simcoe cryo hops,” says the brewery. 8.2% ABV.

Bemidji Brewing

  • Vertical Pale Ale – Both tropical and citrus, this slightly hazy session pale ale was tapped a week ago.

Birch’s on the Lake

  • Double IPA – “100% Golden Promise barley then dry-hopped with four pounds per barrel of Citra, Mosaic, Vic Secret, and Ekuanot hops,” the brewery says about this new offering.

Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative

Three new beers are available for Pint Nights at the brewery this weekend.

  • Minute Man
  • IntoxiCATed – A limited release hibiscus saison in 750-milliliter bottles.
  • Red Ale Riot

Earth Rider Brewery

  • Edward Ryerson IPA – “The Edward Ryerson IPA is a collaboration brew with Brewer Supply Group’s Chris German. Named after the ship docked behind Earth Rider Brewery, it features a bready malt character combined with complex hop flavors (cherry, pineapple, piney) to produce a distinctive IPA. The addition of rye lends a prominent spicy note to the flavor profile,” the brewery says. 7.1% ABV.

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

  • Clarity of Purpose IPA – Surly and Fair State came together for this “haze-free New England style IPA.” Brewed using carefully selected ingredients and a unique brew process, the beer emphasizes a strong hop aroma with reduced bitterness. Clarity is in cans and draft. Surly’s sister beer, Obscurity of Purpose, is also available on select tap lines.

Indeed Brewing Company

  • Wood-Aged Blonde Export – Coming soon from Indeed’s Flock Together series, this nitro beer was brewed with collaboration in mind, specifically to be paired in a Black & Tan with the Steel Toe’s Wood-Aged Rye Bock. “The Wood-Aged Blonde Export on nitro will have notes of bread, honey, and oak,” the brewery says. It debuted at Bunny’s Bar & Grill (St. Louis Park) and at Pizza Lucé (Roseville) this week.

Also on Thursday, Indeed hosts a special four beer flight showcasing different woods of the world in a collaboration with Minnetonka’s Squarrel Square Barrels. Four versions of B-Side Pils will be available, infused with lemongrass, ginger, and aged with oaks from different corners of the planet. Supplies are limited:

  • American Oak – “Strongest of all the oaks,” says Indeed. “Sweeter, stronger, creamy, more obvious oak flavor.”
  • French Oak – “More complex with subtle, silky, satin-like texture, more tannin,” the brewery says.
  • Hungarian Oak – Notes of toasted bread, nutmeg, leather, black pepper, and bittersweet chocolate, Indeed says.
  • Mongolian Oak – Expect flavors of cinnamon, dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla, and nutmeg. Mongolian oak is often used to age Japanese whiskey.

Jack Pine Brewery

  • Hornet’s Nest – Honey wheat ale taps today.
  • Strawberry Milkshake IPA – A limited pilot batch of this new beer debuted last weekend.

Junkyard Brewing Co.

  • Killer Hibiscus – A hibiscus sour available on tap now and coming to Crowlers soon.
  • Mosaic Experimental IPA  – On tap now and coming to Crowlers next week.
  • Party Store Pale Ale – Apparently in Michigan they call liquor stores “party stores,” the brewery explains. “This delicious hoppy pale ale features Comet hops and has a bold grassy, citrusy flavor,” the brewery says.

Lagunitas Brewing Company

  • Waldo’s Schtuff – A new One Hitter release, Lagunitas says this special ale is herbacious, botanical, dank, and resinous.

Lake Monster Brewing

  • Smash 9

Lakes & Legends Brewing Company

  • Big Louise – A Belgian dubbel with sweet banana flavors.
  • Oatmeal Stout – Coming on April 12, “This beer has a huge dark chocolate presence to it. The oats contribute to a rich body and help to balance out the bitterness of the cocoa nibs,” the brewery says. 5.8% ABV, 39 IBU.

Lift Bridge Brewing Company

  • Alewive’s Sparkling Golden Ale with Hibiscus and Pomegranate – This beer was brewed with The Pink Boot Society on March 8. A fruity and tart Belgian-style beer, Lift Bridge says it features “a balanced floral and fruity aroma, mild bitterness, and a sparkling, dry finish.”

Modist Brewing Co.

  • Double Ghost Vision – One of three new beers to celebrate Modist’s second anniversary on Saturday. This double dry-hopped Citra DIPA debuts at 11am and is made with oat and wheat malts. An aromatic, smooth and hazy beer limited to 400 Crowlers.
  • Har Mar Superstar’s Bye Bye 16 Ounce Personal Tall Boy Best Summer Ever Beer – Top Flight selection.
  • Waffle Grip – A big beer for breakfast, this is an imperial oatmeal stout brewed with maple syrup, bourbon vanilla beans, and actual waffles. Five-hundred-fifty wax-dipped bottles will be sold during the day.

Moosehead Brewery

  • Pale Ale – The first beer made by Moosehead crosses the border into the U.S. “Moosehead Pale Ale is a sessionable, top-fermented ale, 5% ABV. Made with 100% Canadian barley, Moosehead Pale Ale features floral aromatics and warm caramel notes,” the brewery says of this historic recipe.

Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub

  • Small Ball – A new beer in the baseball series at Northbound, this is a session pale ale tapped this Thursday.

OMNI Brewing Co.

  • Blueberry Berliner – OMNI’s first sour, available in strawberry and blueberry. 4.8% ABV.
  • Curious 2.0 – A new experimental IPA brewed with Mosaic and Citra hops. OMNI says this one is light and fruity.
  • The Grove – A golden ale with wheat and rye.
  • Strawberry Berliner

Pryes Brewing Company

  • Northern Pale Ale Infusion Flight – On Sunday Pryes breaks out four variations of Northern Pale Ale for visitors who want to try some new fruity flavors—namely pineapple, mango, pomegranate—as well as the original beer on nitro.

Rogues Ales & Spirits

  • Kulture Clash – A unique new kombucha/beer combo from Rogue. “Opening with bursts of bright citrus on the nose, both kombucha and beer flavors are represented in Kulture Clash: spice notes from the imperial blonde ale transform into notes of black tea from the kombucha,” the brewery says. Available in 750-milliliter bottles.

Shakopee Brew Hall

  • Turning Point – A tropical stout brewed with a honey addition and a sweet finish. 6.6% ABV, 45 IBU.

Steel Toe Brewery

  • Wood-Aged Rye Bock – Released in collaboration with Indeed’s Flock Together series, this was brewed specifically to be paired in a Black & Tan with Indeed’s nitro Blonde Export. The brewery says it’s “malt-forward with hints of toast, chocolate, wood, and caramel.” It is on tap now at Bunny’s Bar & Grill (St. Louis Park) and Pizza Lucé (Roseville).

Take 16 Brewing

  • Spin the Bottle – A hoppy pale ale, tapped today.

The Brewing Projekt

  • Wiscoast

Tin Whiskers Brewing Company

  • Coconut and Vanilla Double Milk Stout – New from the Fourier Series, this new beer made its debut on Thursday. “A rich, decadent double milk stout aged on vanilla beans from Reunion Island and heaps of coconut,” the brewery says. 8% ABV.

Unmapped Brewing Co.

  • One Flew Over the Coconut IPA – Made with hops that feature notes of pineapple and coconut, Unmapped went full-on by added toasted coconut to the finished beer.

Venn Brewing Company

  • Sticky Icky Double IPA – A resinous new dank DIPA. 9.7% ABV, 90 IBU.

Waconia Brewing Company

  • Single Hop IPA: Southern Cross – Top Flight selection.

Wild Mind Artisan Ales

  • Loch and Abbey – Per the brewery: “A Belgian tripel aged in rye whiskey barrels that previously held Highland scotch whiskey.”

Seasonal or rotating returns

Summit Brewing Company’s Lazy Sipper // Photo courtesy Summit Brewing Company

Bad Weather Brewing Company

  • Green Sky IIPA – To be made using Mighty Axe-grown hops. 9% ABV, 115 IBU.

Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

  • Paddle Break Blonde – Paddle Break returned to stores this week, signaling the (theoretical) end of winter.

Dangerous Man Brewing Company

  • IIPA – Dangerous Man’s description of this double IPA: “Ripe stone fruit, candied pineapple with hints of pine and crisp grapefruit. A medium malt body balances but allows a pleasant but not overwhelming bitterness to finish the beer.” 10.1% ABV, 95 IBU.

Fargo Brewing Company

  • Kenny’s Lemonade Radler

Junkyard Brewing Co.

  • King Size – Top Flight selection.

Schell’s Brewing

  • Framboise Du Nord – Top Flight selection.
  • Shocked

Summit Brewing Company

  • Lazy Sipper – Top Flight selection.

Third Street Brewhouse

  • Hunny Do Wheat Ale

Tin Whiskers Brewing Company

  • Daisy Chain Saison – This ginger saison spring seasonal is back in cans. 6% ABV.

Waconia Brewing Company

Waconia is now selling side-by-side flights and tulips of these two special releases, both barrel-aged and regular.

  • Driftwood Barrel Aged
  • Driftwood Non-Barrel Aged
  • Westside Barley Wine
  • Westside Barley Wine Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged

Beers just announced

Cigar City Brewing Company’s can lineup // Photo courtesy Cigar City Brewing Company


  • IPA – A new IPA recipe from 612 will soon replace SIX pale ale. “The hoppy India Pale Ale is brewed with pale and Vienna malt along with oatmeal for a malt backbone yet delicate mouth feel,” the brewery says. At 7.0% ABV, 60 IBU, IPA will be available year round, including in the brewery’s upcoming multi-pack this spring.
  • Session Dark – This roasty and sessionable dark beer with notes of chocolate, coffee, and caramel, will be sold in the multi-pack along with IPA, Unrated Rye IPA, and Gateway Park Lager. 3.9% ABV, 10 IBU.

Bad Weather Brewing

  • Fog of War – Bad Weather will make a hazy IPA for their Barcade event on May 11.

Bemidji Brewing

  • Red Hot X – The latest Infusion Series release by Bemidji is inspired by Red Hots candy and features cinnamon and hot peppers. Coming April 20 to the taproom.

Blue Wolf Brewing Co.

  • Azacca Pale Ale – Azacca hops will be the first featured ingredient in a new four-part series of hop-focused pale ales.

Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

Bent Paddle, who open their shiny new taproom this weekend in Duluth, have also announced this years anniversary bash, Festiversary on May 12. The lineup will include:


  • Vanilla Cold Press Black
  • Simcoe & Mosaic bumped Bent Hop
  • Hot Black with Thai Chilis
  • Juicy Kanū – Heavily New Zealand Dry hopped Kanu
  • Chokeberry 14º ESB

The following specialty releases will also be on tap at the event:

  • Citrus Party Kanū
  • Dopplebock Valve Jockey – With optional hot poker caramelization.
  • Guillermo Cold Press
  • Lime + Vanilla Cold Press Black
  • Jalapeño Hop
  • Bent Hop infused with jalapeños
  • Mule Pils – Venture Pils infused with ginger, lime, and mint.
  • Pancake 14º ESB – 14º ESB infused with blueberries and maple.
  • S’mores Black – Black Ale infused with chocolate and marshmallow.
  • Tea Break Blonde
  • Wade Wit – A special beer made for Duluth’s amateur baseball team, the Duluth Huskies.

Cigar City Brewing Company

Founded in Tampa, Florida in 2009, Cigar City will start distributing beers in Minnesota in May. Their lineup includes:

  • Guayabera Citra Pale Ale
  • Invasion Tropical Pale Ale
  • Jai Alai IPA
  • Maduro Brown Ale

Copper Trail Brewing Company

  • German Altbier – A floral and malt-forward alt, soon to come from Copper Trail.

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.
  • Zilsner – Dangerous Man just brewed a batch of Midnight Pilsner with Tony Zaccardi, which they aim to release for Art-A-Whirl weekend at Grumpy’s Northeast.

Firestone Walker Brewing Company

When Firestone Walker comes to Minnesota next week, three new recipes will be among their offerings:

  • Bretta Rosé, Batch Five – Made with 10,000 pounds of fresh raspberries and fermented in oak foeders. “Bracing acidity leads to a dry, refreshing finish with a hint of effervescence,” the brewery says.
  • Firestone Lager – Now available in Firestone Walker’s current markets, this is an easy to drink yet flavorful lager.

Half Brothers Brewing Company

Grand Forks’ Half Brothers will enter Minnesota this May.

Their distributed beers will include:

  • Bully Brew Coffee Brown Ale
  • Golden Ale
  • Göse Ale With Chokecherry
  • Morning Squeeze India Pale Ale

Inbound BrewCo

  • Laser Loon – A new Kolsch-style ale with honey and grain notes to complement a subtle, crisp lemon.

Indeed Brewing Company

  • Mexican Honey Imperial Lager – This seasonal favorite and winner of a Silver Medal at the 2014 GABF returns on April 23. Citrus, floral and surprisingly easy drinking for an 8% ABV beer, “Mexican Honey combines clean lager character and bright mandarin citrus tamed by a subtle malt backbone,” Indeed says.

Junkyard Brewing Co.

Junkyard unveiled their April release plans:

  • NE Style Experimental IPA – Featuring Wai-Iti hops.
  • Galactic Falconer
  • Killer Hibiscus
  • Motueka Summer Sesh
  • Mosaic Experimental IPA

Brewery Ommegang

  • Double Barrel Dubbel – Aged in bourbon and brandy casks, “Double Barrel Dubbel enjoys a similar spicing to Abbey Ale with orange peel, coriander, cumin, star anise, and licorice root. It pours a deep burgundy color with a creamy tan head. Robust aromas of coconut, vanilla, molasses, burnt sugar, and dark stone fruit greet the drinker up front, with more subtle hints of vanilla and bourbon following in their wake. Flavor of caramel, raisin, and plums mix nicely with underlying flavors of oak, bourbon, and subtle hints of dried fruit and vanilla,” the brewery says. 9.9% ABV.
  • Queen of the Seven Kingdoms – The second in the Game of Thrones Royal Reserve Collection (inspired by Cersei Lannister), this June 29 release blends Belgian sour ale and Belgian-style blonde ale characteristics.

Portage Brewing Company

  • Oh, Peaches! – This new beer, coming on April 21, is made with peaches, coconut, vanilla, lactose sugar and a lot of hops that give a stone fruit impression.
  • Ooeygooey – “This beer is packed with a myriad of warming flavors that are sure to confuse you as to whether you’re actually drinking a melting s’more, or a beer. Made with pounds of dark roasted malts, peanut butter, marshmallows, vanilla, and cacao nibs—this dessert beer needs some slow-sipping respect,” the brewery says. 9% ABV and in limited supply, beginning April 28.

Spilled Grain Brewhouse

  • Oktoberfest – Spilled Grain is already getting ready for fall. (They might be onto something this year.) Oktoberfest has been brewed and will now begin aging. It debuts at their September 29 parking lot Oktoberfest party.

Summit Brewing Company

  • Skip Rock – Originally introduced as Shore Sitter, this is a white ale brewed with tangerine peel and fresh-ground coriander. Summit says it’s “slightly sweet and just a little tart beneath the surface, it offers notes of cereal and biscuit, plus a touch of clove and a crisp, refreshing finish.” Skip Rock debuts at the Beer Hall on April 19 and will later be released in the Boundary Waters Box variety pack along with Hefeweizen, Golden Fruited, and Summit Lazy Sipper.”

Surly Brewing Company

  • Chai-spiced Witch’s Tower – In the Beer Hall for Infusion Tuesday, April 17.
  • Coconut vanilla Overrated – In the Beer Hall for Cask Saturday, April 21.

Third Street Brewhouse

  • Sun Seeker Shandy

Waconia Brewing Company

  • Coffee Chocolate Golden Ale – To release on April 27 with a yet-undisclosed official name.
  • East Bay Smoked Maple Brown Ale – Coming on April 20.
    Raspberry Blonde – Coming on April 23.

Wooden Hill Brewing Company

  • Honeydew Wheat

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