The Mash-Up: Bell’s Oberon and baseball rings in the spring season

Bells Oberon Ale // Photo courtesy Bells Brewery

Bell’s Oberon Ale // Photo courtesy Bell’s Brewery

With over 170 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.

While a few barleywines and barrel-aged malty beers make The Mash-Up this week, the definitive traits are fresh, crisp, and fruity instead. After all, the Twins are back on the diamond, Oberon is on tap across the country, and the snow is (maybe) almost gone. It’s a week of new wits, cherry beers, mango flavors, and more.

What sounds the most enticing to you?

 

 

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.

Lakes & Legends Brune (Minneapolis)

A 5.9% ABV Belgian brown ale with sweet malty notes up front and a smooth, balanced finish, the brewery says.

Able Seedhouse + Brewery Better Selves (Minneapolis)

“Similar to unfiltered hazy IPAs, Better Selves is built with a blend of tropical hops including Idaho 7, Bravo, and Ahtanum. White wheat and oats are added to balance out the bright citrus tones for a pillow-soft finish and smooth, silky mouthfeel,” the brewery says of this sessionable 4.4% ABV ale that hits bars and liquor stores beginning next week.

Utepils Tmavé (Minneapolis)

A Czech-style dark lager available at the taproom. “Tmavé is very dark, almost black in the glass, but it has a surprisingly light body. It’s brewed with Czech hops, which give it a nice balance and aroma. The malt flavor comes through with suggestions of toasted bread, chocolate, and dark fruit,” says the brewery.

Wild Mind La Rose Blanche (The White Rose) (Minneapolis)

Available Saturday, March 30, this is a spontaneously fermented wild ale conditioned on pinot grigio grapes. 8.2% ABV and to be released in 375-milliliter bottles.

Town Hall Weizenbock (Minneapolis)

A German-style wheat beer defined by “a slightly spicy, clove-like flavor, along with a rich, tangy taste of malted wheat with hints of roasted caramel and banana,” the brewery explains.

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

Back Channel Brewing Company's Barrel Aged Gunslinger // Photo via Back Channel Brewing Company Facebook

Back Channel Brewing Company’s Barrel Aged Gunslinger // Photo via Back Channel Brewing Company Facebook

12welve Eyes Brewing

  • 20/20 Kölsch – As described by the brewery, 20/20 is “a light flavorful German-style Golden Ale with minimal hop presence.” 5.1% ABV.

14 Lakes Craft Brewing Company

  • Clam Shell – A 5.7% ABV cream ale.
  • Irish Red – 4.7% ABV

Able Seedhouse + Brewery

  • Better Selves – “Similar to unfiltered hazy IPAs, Better Selves is built with a blend of tropical hops including Idaho 7, Bravo, and Ahtanum. White wheat and oats are added to balance out the bright citrus tones for a pillow-soft finish and smooth, silky mouthfeel,” the brewery says of this sessionable 4.4% ABV ale that hits bars and liquor stores beginning next week.

Back Channel Brewing Co.

  • Gunslinger – A 9.25% ABV Jack Daniels barrel-aged imperial amber ale. Sold in 750-milliliter bottles, Back Channel says it’s toasty with caramel and dark fruit complexity.
  • Lorenzo – A 10% ABV triple IPA with Strata, Cashmere, and Southern Passion hops for notes of strawberry, passion fruit, tangerine, and mango and other tropical notes. Made in collaboration with 1840 Brewing of Milwaukee.

Bad Weather Brewing Company

  • Pink Guava & Black Currant Anomaly – The latest fruited varietal of Anomaly is on tap at the brewery now.

Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

  • Organic Hazy Pale Ale – Tapped last weekend.

Big Axe Brewing

  • Peach Thunder Milkshake IPA – “This one is smooth, citrusy, full-bodied and slightly sweet to the finish,’ the brewery says of this 6.7% ABV, 45 IBU peach-infused milkshake IPA.

BlackStack Brewing

  • Kölsch 755 – This take on Local 755 uses a fruity Kolsch yeast. At 7.2% ABV, the brewery says it’s “Slightly more reserved in the way of overripe fruit and finishing a bit drier.” In limited supply.

Brau Brothers Brewing

  • Salted Caramel Oyster Stout

Drastic Measures Brewing

  • Hodacity – A New England-style IPA made with Citra and Strata hops that pours at 6.8% ABV.

Drekker Brewing Company

  • Tickle Monster – Released last weekend, this is a double IPA with lactose. 8.2% ABV.

Duluth Cider

  • Las Lajas – Made with Duluth Coffee and Minnesota-grown apples, this coffee cider debuts today.

Fulton Brewing

  • Blackberry Wit – Available at the taproom now and in the Spring Mixed Pack soon.
  • Sabro IPA

Imminent Brewing

  • J.S. Bock – A blonde bock with sweet bready notes and Old World hops. 6.2% ABV, 30 IBU.

Island City Brewing Company

  • Jalaberry – A limited time offering with jalapeño peppers and raspberry sweetness, the brewery says.

Junkyard Brewing Co.

  • Finger Biscuits – An imperial tiramisu stout that pours at 11.4% ABV.
  • Mosaic Session – Released in cans last weekend.

Klockow Brewing Company

  • Hessian – This crisp 4.7% ABV session IPA, the Hessian Session, showcases El Dorado hops.

Lakes & Legends Brewing Company

  • Brune – A 5.9% ABV Belgian brown ale with sweet malty notes up front and a smooth, balanced finish, the brewery says.

Lakeville Brewing Co.

  • Take Yer Base Pale Ale – It’s baseball season, and this pale ale with a malty backbone and notes of lightly toasted coriander, sweet orange peel, and Cascade hops is a celebration of the season. 5.5% ABV, 50 IBU.

Rogue Ales & Spirits

  • Rhubarb Schmubarb – A fruited ale that balances the sweetness of Oregon-grown strawberries with locally grown tart rhubarb. Available in 4-packs of 16-ounce cans and on draft.

Shakopee BrewHall

  • Mixed Logic – A wildberry milkshake IPA that taps at the brewery today.

Stacked Deck Brewing Co.

  • Sally Forth – “It’s super light and has a nice fruity finish,” St. Paul’s Stacked Deck says of this new offering.

Talking Waters Brewing Co.

  • Simply Stated – A helles lager made with Hallertau and Huell Melon hops for floral and spicy notes with a touch of melon, the brewery explains. 5.3% ABV.

The Nordic Brewing Co.

  • Duchess of Sauvin – A 5.7% ABV American golden ale.

Tilion Brewing Company

  • Mango Milkshake IPA – “Our one-year anniversary beer that finished a week late,” the brewery says of this beer that tapped last weekend. It’s a hazy IPA made with lactose sugar, mango puree, and vanilla.

Tin Whiskers Brewing Company

  • Hardwired – A new blueberry and lemon flavored hard seltzer. Gluten-free and on tap at the taproom starting today.
  • Nova #2 – Tapping tomorrow, March 30, this new hazy IPA features Galaxy, Amarillo, and Mandarina Bavaria hops for juicy notes of lemon, melon, and pineapple. 7% ABV.
  • Spring IPA – An IPA with notes of tangerine, bubblegum, melon, and spice, the brewery says. Available in cans.

Toppling Goliath Brewing Co.

  • Baxter – A new double IPA that debuts at the Decorah brewery this weekend (during the Assassin release), and will be available elsewhere starting next week.

Unmapped Brewing Co.

  • Grapefruit No Trace – A special IPA infusion available at the taproom in limited supply.
  • State Bird Sweet Milk Stout – A smooth, sweet milk stout with notes of chocolate, coffee, and toasted nuts, the brewery says. 5.6% ABV, 26 IBU.

Utepils Brewing Co.

  • Tmave – A Czech-style dark lager available at the taproom.

Venn Brewing Company

  • Mosaic Columbus DIPA – A West Coast-style IPA with grapefruit, pine, and resin flavors. 8.2% ABV, 75 IBU.

Waconia Brewing Company

  • Women’s Day White IPA – On tap today, March 29.

Wild Mind Artisan Ales

  • Be the Machine – Inspired by the chocolate-covered strawberry, Wild Mind says, “It is lush, rich and coating on the palate with a depth of chocolate character accentuated by bright strawberry notes and lingering nutty finish.” Available today.
  • La Rose Blanche (The White Rose) – Available Saturday, March 30, this is a spontaneously fermented wild ale conditioned on pinot grigio grapes. 8.2% ABV and to be released in 375-milliliter bottles.
  • Mariage du Rouge – A spontaneously fermented wild ale/wine hybrid conditioned on Tempranillo grapes. 8.8% ABV.

Seasonal or rotating returns

Badger Hill Brewing's Tiny Tanks Hazy IPA

Badger Hill Brewing’s Tiny Tanks Hazy IPA

12welve Eyes Brewing

  • Cataracts – “Cataracts is back, and we have finally picked a hop blend that will stick around for good as our first flagship beer,” the brewery says of its core 5.7% ABV hazy IPA. Brewed with El Dorado, Mosaic, and Strata hops.
  • Coconut Milk Stout – 12welve Eyes’ base stout, with acced lactose and toasted coconut.

Bad Weather Brewing Company

  • Sun Pillar – Back on tap at the brewery, now with more carbonation than ever, the brewery says.

Badger Hill Brewing Company

  • Tiny Tanks – The New England-style IPA is back on tap now, and in 16-ounce for the first time.

Barrel Theory Beer Company

  • DDH Shooter McGavin – A double dry-hopped version of the Cita-hopped IPA.

Bell’s Brewery

  • Oberon Ale – The popular 5.8% ABV wheat ale is back for the year, available in cans, bottles, and draft.

Copper Trail Brewing

  • Cabin Retreat – A hop-forward, cherrywood-smoked beer. 5.5% ABV, 47 IBU.
  • Doppelbock – “The upfront nose throws off strong malty aromas, paired with subtle toasty notes, caramel, plums, and chocolate. It is dark, thick and full bodied, and just boozy enough to warm you right up,” the brewery says of this 8.4%, 18 IBU beer.
  • Lucky Red – A 5.8% ABV, 20 IBU Irish red ale with a sweet aroma and a semi-dry finish with hints of smoke, bread, and caramel.

Drekker Brewing Company

  • Oops! All Berries Brain Squeeze Smoothie Sour – This beer was made with blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, lactose, vanilla, and sea salt. 5.2% ABV.

Excelsior Brewing Company

  • Sunburn Cherry Wheat – A light-bodied hefeweizen with cherries for a mildly tart finish to go along with the fruit, clove, and banana notes. 4.5% ABV, 18 IBU.

Half Brothers Brewing Company

  • Afternoon Squeeze – An 8% ABV, 45 IBU double IPA that is similar in profile to Morning Squeeze IPA.

Indeed Brewing Company

  • Shenanigans – A honey wheat ale seasonal that is zesty and citrusy, with a dry body and notes of honey.

Jack Pine Brewery

  • Ice Out – A limited time golden IPA.

Junkyard Brewing Co.

  • Vince Vega – The double dry-hopped New England-style IPA is back.

Klockow Brewing Company

  • Travelin’ Jack – The West Coast IPA is back on tap, as of last week at the brewery.

Loony’s Brew

  • The Lost Bay – A dry-hopped IPA.

Summit Brewing Company

  • Old Blaggard – One of two 2019 Union Series releases by Summit, this English barleywine returns. “Cellared for six months and beautifully balanced with aromas of toffee, figs, stone fruits and marmalade,” it is available in 4-packs and on draft.

Toppling Goliath Brewing Co.

  • Assassin – The Decorah, IA brewery will host a bottle release party on Saturday, March 30.

Town Hall Brewery

  • Weizenbock – A German-style wheat beer defined by “a slightly spicy, clove-like flavor, along with a rich, tangy taste of malted wheat with hints of roasted caramel and banana,” the brewery explains.

Wooden Hill Brewing Company

  • Kold Shoulder – Back on tap at the brewery.

Beers just announced

Hoops Brewing's Barrel Ages No. 200 Wheatwine // Photo via Hoops Brewing Twitter

Hoops Brewing’s Barrel Ages No. 200 Wheatwine // Photo via Hoops Brewing Twitter

Castle Danger Brewery

  • Nordic – A Sahti-style rye ale. Making its return on April 5.

Copper Trail Brewing

Next week, from April 8-13, Copper Trail will release a new fruit infusion each day as part of the Spring Fling event. In addition, the brewery will soon release the following beers:

  • Beach Daze – A 4.8% ABV hazy session IPA that Copper Trail describes as carrying notes of tropical fruit, mango, and pineapple.
  • Just The Tip – A 4.9% ABV, 57 IBU spruce tip pale ale. It’s described as mildly bitter with hints of citrus and fruity, plus a dose of spruce-y pine.

Dangerous Man Brewing Company

  • BA Imperial Pancake Porter – The Northeast Minneapolis brewery began aging this beer earlier this week.

Disgruntled Brewing Company

  • Shield Maiden – The 2019 Pink Boots Brew at Disgruntled is a dry-hopped rosemary saison that was created by a collective of women in the beer industry from Drekker, Fargo Brewing, Junkyard, Disgruntled, Bridgeview Liquors, Artisan Beer Company and Front Street Taproom.  Available on April 3.

Fargo Brewing Company

  • The Warming House – “It is a hopped-up Belgian wit beer featuring orange peel, coriander, and lactose,” the brewery says. “This beer has a citrusy, sweet blend of coriander spice and everything nice with a bit of Belgian yeast character to boot!”

Firestone Walker Brewing Company

  • Parabola – Available at the California brewery now, but hitting other markets soon in limited supply. “Let your taste buds enjoy the perfect blend of chocolate, charred oak, vanilla, black cherry and coffee in this one-of-a-kind, barrel-aged sipping experience,” the brewery says.

Hoops Brewing Company

  • #11 Pilsener – Returning soon, according to the brewery.
  • #5050 Hefeweizen
  • #65 Munich Lager
  • #96 Blueberry Pale Ale
  • Barrel Aged No. 200 Wheatewine – This special beer debuted at Rare Beer Fest last weekend but, Hoops says, it will be on tap at Hoops’ beer hall soon as well.

Inbound BrewCo

  • Mango Milkshake Sour – New in the Pastry Ale series, this gose with mango, lactose, and vanilla will debut at the brewery and in cans on April 2. 5.5% ABV, 20 IVU.

Indeed Brewing Company

  • Cherry Dust – Cherry Dust returns in 12-ounce cans, making it the first Wooden Soul beer in that package. It’s a wood-aged red ale with wild yeast, refermented on whole red cherries. Available next Monday, April 1, in limited supply.

Left Hand Brewing Company

  • Flamingo Dreams Nitro – Previously announced in the brewery’s 2019 brand calendar, this pink nitro ale with berry notes is out now.
  • Good Juju – A 4.9% ABV ginger pale ale.

O’so Brewing Company

  • Oh! You Witty Things – A dry-hopped, kettle sour Belgian Wit to be sold in 4-packs of 16-ounce cans, the first O’so cans to be available in Minnesota.

Shakopee BrewHall

  • TBA – A new collaborative coffee golden ale made with Otso Cycles and Driven Coffee, set to debut on April 20.

Summit Brewing Company

Summit unveiled its plans for the rest of 2019. In addition to the return of Old Blaggard and the upcoming releases of Cabin Crusher and Slugfest Juicy IPA, the plans include:

  • Cabin Crusher – The next release from Summit, this is a Kölsch-style ale brewed with lime peel and lime puree.
  • Cranky Woodsman – This beer returns in October in the Summit House Party variety box, alongside Extra Pale Ale, Sága IPA, and Keller Pils.
  • Dark Infusion – The creamy coffee milk stout will be back in September in 12-packs of cans.
  • Imperial Russian Stout – The second Union Series release of the year is the October return of this British recipe from the 1840s.
  • Oktoberfest – Coming in August.
  • Slugfest Juicy IPA – This unfiltered IPA debuts next month, connecting current American IPA trends with the brewery’s classical European approach to brewing. “Low in alcohol and bitterness but big in aggressive citrus hop flavors and aromas like tangerine, melon and lemon,” Summit says that “Slugfest is balanced by malt notes of toast, English biscuits and bread crust.” Through April it will be sold in the Block Party Box variety pack (along with Extra Pale Ale, Dakota Soul, and Cabin Crusher), then it will get a full release in May.
  • Smoked Peach Hefeweizen – Coming in July in the Ratskeller Reserve Collection second edition.
  • Summer Ale – Back in April after a one-year hiatus.
  • The Villain Black Ale – A crisp dark ale with notes of black cherry and dark chocolate, the brewery says. Coming in the Ratskeller Reserve Collection second edition in July.
  • Winter Ale – Returning in November.
  • Working Class Hero ESB – Also in July’s Ratskeller Reserve Collection, this ESB has English toffee, orange marmalade, and fresh berry flavors, the brewery says.
  • XPA Two Experimental Pale Ale – “Brewed to showcase Hook Head Ale malt from Ireland and HBC 472 hops from the US, this distinctive pale ale highlights sweet biscuit flavors in addition to subtle notes of rum, coconut and mango,” Summit says. Coming in July.

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