The Mash-Up: Beers to ring in the New Year

Town Hall Brewery's Barreled Coffee No. 1 // Photo courtesy Town Hall Brewery Twitter

Town Hall Brewery’s Barreled Coffee No. 1 // Photo courtesy Town Hall Brewery Twitter

With well over 100 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.

There is a lot of beer to be found in the state this weekend, as friends and families toast to the New Year. There are parties at Surly, Wild Mind, Urban Forage, and more, and new winter-minded beverages to be shared for the occasion.

There are unique new beers from Town Hall, Surly, Wild Mind, 10K, Flat Earth, Copper Trail, Wabasha, Bad Weather and many to help kick off the New Year.



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.

Flat Earth Big Money Barrel-Aged Porter

Each week since November 1, Flat Earth has been releasing special infusions and versions of porter as a part of their Porterfest series. This Saturday, they wrap up the series with Big Money, a barrel-aged version of Cygnus X-1 Porter. Big Money will be available on draft at noon at Flat Earth’s taproom in the historic Hamm’s Brewery complex.

Bad Weather Neck 'Tat That Says EvilBad Weather Neck Tat That Says Evil Black IPA

Note: This is not your conventional beer release. Bad Weather created this beer in collaboration with the team behind “Mashmaker: A Citizen-Brewer’s Guide to Making Great Beer At Home.” The recipe was based on author Michael Dawson’s Black IPA and was brewed at a special wort rally in late November. Though it turned out to be more a light brown IPA than a black IPA, it’s still a tasty beer on tap now at Bad Weather.

Lupulin 100 Spoke IPA

While Lupulin has made a name for itself brewing hazy IPAs like Blissful Ignorance and Hooey, the hop-crazed brewers at the Big Lake brewery show they can also brew up a clear IPA that harkens back to the styles origins. This American IPA is now available on draft at Lupulin’s taproom.

Wild Mind RéveillonWild Mind Réveillon

In the tradition of réveillon, Wild Mind is throwing a long dinner celebration on New Year’s Eve (tickets are almost sold out), which includes a 750-milliliter bottle of this specially brewed cider ale fermented with Champagne yeast. The malted cider was refermented on white wine grapes, resulting in a lightly sweet body and a dry finish, says the brewery.

Earth Rider Royal Bohemian Pilsner

Earth Rider in Superior, Wisconsin, is paying homage to Twin Ports’ brewing history with the release of Royal Bohemian Pilsner. A sweet, malty aroma and flavor from Weyermann Bohemian Pilsner malt is balanced with  floral, herbal, spicy, and citrus notes from Saaz and Saphir hops. “Crisp and clean with a slight bite. Finishes dry,” the brewery says.

New beers available this week (December 25 – December 31)

Copper Trail Brewing Company's Black Betty // Photo courtesy Copper Trail Brewing Company Facebook

Copper Trail Brewing Company’s Black Betty // Photo courtesy Copper Trail Brewing Company Facebook

10K Brewing

  • Black As Nite – A Cascadian dark ale named at The Off Nites, who played the taproom during its December 23 release.
  • English Pale Ale

14 Lakes Brewery

  • Bertha Black IPA – Released earlier this month.
  • Little Pine Pale Ale – Also released earlier this month.

Bad Weather Brewing Company

  • Neck Tat That Says Evil Black IPA – Top Flight selection.

Chapel Brewing

  • Imperial Stout – Available in 750-milliliter bottles since December 23.

Copper Trail Brewing Co.

Copper Trail celebrated their first anniversary on December 26. To mark the occasion, they have a week of special beers. The first two are out this weekend, with more to come through  January 6.

  • Black Betty – Releasing on Saturday to kick off the big week.
  • Super Blue Indigo Wheat – Out on New Year’s Eve, this Indigo Wheat is infused with blueberries and vanilla beans.

Earth Rider Brewery

  • Duluth Coffee Pale Ale – Tapping at 5pm today, this cold press beer is a honey-colored collaboration with Duluth Coffee Company. “Aroma and flavors contain herbal, spice, berry, cocoa, roasty, and woody. Hop bitterness is restrained with coffee providing much of the bite sought in a pale. Bready malt and coffee flavors become more pronounced and complex as it warms,” the brewery says. 5.8% ABV, 6 IBU.
  • Royal Bohemian Pilsner – Top Flight selection.

Flat Earth Brewing Company

  • Big Money – Top Flight selection.

Grand Rounds Brewing Company

  • E.Nigma – Grand Rounds has a New England–style IPA made with 168 pounds of fresh strawberry puree. “The name is a riff on the famous quote by Winston Churchill as well as The Riddler in Batman, the episode of the ‘Big Salad’ from Seinfeld and the Band Enigma with their song ‘Return to Innocence,’” the brewery explains. 6.9% ABV, 55 IBU.

LTS Brewing Company

  • Wake Up Call – A hazy American pale ale with wheat. “Light lemon citrus notes and subtle hop character make for a refreshing balance in this beer,” says the brewery. 5.9% ABV, 37 IBU.

Montgomery Brewing

  • Hop Junkies Volume 2 – A new New England–style IPA, released on December 21.

Surly Brewing Company

  • Mango Habanero Todd the Axe Man – A Cask Tuesday special for the day after Christmas, December 26, was available in limited supply.

Surly celebrates New Year’s Eve with a host of specialty casks, infusions and a new taproom only kettle sour. (Hours: Sunday, December 31, 11am–8pm; Monday, January 1, 11am–4pm)

  • Casks
    • Madagascar Vanilla Bean Darkness
    • Thai Cynic with ginger, Thai chilies and lime
    • Mexican Hot Chocolate Smoke with chocolate, ancho chili, and cinnamon
    • Moe’s Bender
  • Infusions
    • Mango Habanero Todd the Axe Man
    • Passion Fruit Sardonic
  • New (Beer Hall only)
    • Surly Kettle Sour – “Surly says: “Per our brewers, a fruit bomb with no fruit. Dry-hopped on heaps of Mosaic hops and finished on Brett, expect funky, fruity-pineapple character underneath huge waves of tropical fruit, mango, and peach aromatics.”

Town Hall Brewery

  • Barreled Coffee No. 1 – Town Hall’s barrel conditioning program is underway with this bourbon barrel-conditioned cold press coffee served on nitrogen. “Not a coffee beer, just awesome locally-roasted coffee from @BootstrapCoffee,” Town Hall says. Available at all four locations as of December 26.

Unmapped Brewing Co.

  • Mr. Squeaks’ Nut Brown Ale – A nut brown, malt-forward beer with notes of caramel, chocolate, roasted, and nuts, the brewery says.

Venn Brewing

  • Double IPA – South Minneapolis’ Venn introduced a new DIPA this week with piney, bitter and resinous notes.
  • Tripel – “Spicy, fruity, strong,” the brewery says.

Seasonal or rotating returns

Wabasha Brewing Company's PIA Double IPA // Photo courtesy Wabasha Brewing Company Facebook

Wabasha Brewing Company’s PIA Double IPA // Photo courtesy Wabasha Brewing Company Facebook

10K Brewing

  • Seasonal Spice Spice

12welve Eyes Brewing

  • Cataracts – Now available, this is a New England–style IPA with a strong “hop juice” character. 6.0% ABV.
  • Coconut Milk Stout – This stout is described as “light and smooth with subtle sweetness from the lactose, and full of toasted coconut flavor.” 5.4% ABV.

Back Channel Brewing

  • Rail King Pale Ale – Released December 23.
  • The Eight Way Porter – Released December 23.

Bad Weather Brewing Company

  • Due Date 2 – Tapped December 23, this barelywine was brewed with dates aged in port and whiskey barrels.

Bemidji Brewing

  • Winter IPA – Released December 28. The new hazy IPA has serious notes of tangerine, melon and papaya.

Big Wood Brewery

  • Doppelbockstär – Available in the taproom, this dark German lager is a strong malt profile with notes of toasty caramel. 7.1% ABV, 21 IBU. Available in the taproom.

Lupulin Brewing

  • 100 Spoke IPA – Top Flight selection.

Revelation Ale Works

  • Edison’s Medicine – “Try it soon—It only lasted a week last time,” the brewery says. Tapped on Wednesday.

Wabasha Brewing Company

  • PIA Double IPA – Brewed with Mosaic hops, this 8.8% ABV DIPA is a winter warmer.

Wild Mind Artisan Ales

  • Réveillon – Top Flight selection.

Beers just announced

Urban Forage Winery and Cider House's Cherry Apple Cider // Photo courtesy Urban Forage Winery and Cider House Facebook

Urban Forage Winery and Cider House’s Cherry Apple Cider // Photo courtesy Urban Forage Winery and Cider House Facebook

Surly Brewing Company

  • Todd the Axeman mango infusion – Available in limited supply for Cask Tuesday on  January 2 at the beer hall.

Urban Forage Winery and Cider House

  • Warm Mead – To be available in the taproom for much of the winter, the cider house says in a recent newsletter.
  • Cherry-Apple Cider – Coming soon, according to the cider house.
  • Dandelion Wine – No release date has been named, but a new vintage of this popular offering is in the works.

Wabasha Brewing Company

  • LII – A super pale ale that sounds like it might have something to do with the Super Bowl.

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