The Mash-Up: Boozy winter beers mingle with spring-minded midseason flavors

Disgruntled Brewing Tropic Werks // Photo courtesy Disgruntled Brewing

With over 175 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.

This time of the year has us thinking warmer thoughts, but not quite yet able to embrace them. Midseason flavors are popular this week, whether it means grapefruit and rhubarb, or looking ahead with spring IPAs and farmhouse ales. It’s far from the end for big winter beer though, as Town Hall’s Barrel Aged Week arrives at the end of the month. Other trends this week include a range of collaborations, including multiple offerings from Able, Drekker, and Fair State.

Big Wood Brewery is celebrating six years with their taproom in White Bear Lake, plus Disgruntled in Perham has a four-year anniversary bash this weekend. To get started, read about small batch options from Burning Brothers, Modist, and more, or check out some surprises from Surly in The Mash-Up below.

 

 

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.

Dangerous Man’s LSB Baltic Porter // Photo via Dangerous Instagram

Dangerous Man LSB Baltic Porter

Tapped on Tuesday, this Baltic porter spent 13 months in a Weller bourbon barrel. “This beer is dancing with notes of dark chocolate, caramel, butterscotch, a soft woodiness, and then finishes with the smooth warmth of bourbon,” the brewery says. “This beauty rings in at 9.8% [ABV] and is only available in the taproom.” 

Fair State Mechachonker vs. Chonkra

As Fair State puts it, “We got together with the masterminds at Drekker Brewing and made an Ambrosia salad-inspired beer happen…a fruited kettle sour with pineapple, marshmallow, mandarin oranges, maraschino cherries, coconut, and lactose.”

Hoops #325 Chili Pepper Ale

This ale was made with eight different types of chili peppers for complex, rounded flavors and a heat level of 5/10, the brewery says. 5.0% ABV, 15 IBU.

Fair State Coop’s MegaChonker vs. Chonkra // Photo via Fair State Twitter

Little Thistle Stratagized

Featuring primarily Strata hops, “this pale ale features huge tropical fruit aromas and flavors reminiscent of pineapple, mango, and melon balanced with gentle cracker-y malt notes and a firm bitterness,” the brewery says. 5.9% ABV, 58 IBU.

Town Hall Bob-house Bock

A cold-fermented German-style traditional bock that Town Hall describes as malt-forward with biscuit, honey, caramel, and fruit notes. 6.9% ABV

 

New beers available this week (February 3–February 9) 

Hoops #2020 Smokey, a German style smoke ale // Photo via Hoops Brewing Facebook

10K Brewing

  • Centennial Session – A 4.2% ABV offering brewed with Cryo Centennial hops.
  • Citrasaic – This IPA recently returned to the brewery lineup.
  • German Chocolate Cake – Back on tap at the Anoka brewery.
  • Mocha Stout – A stout with coffee flavors followed by a chocolate finish. 5.5% ABV and also available on nitro.
  • Strawberry Milkshake IPA – Also back on tap at the brewery. 7% ABV.

Able Seedhouse + Brewery

  • Modern Chemistry – A hazy pale ale brewed in collaboration with Motion City Soundtrack and dry-hopped with Motueka and Azacca hops. “Its soft and smooth finish is the result of a blend of English and American malts with a touch of white wheat malt,” the brewery says. Available at the brewery, and coming to liquor stores and to the band’s upcoming dates at The Fillmore, February 16–17. 5.7% ABV.

Bang Brewing Mosh // Photo via Bang Brewing Twitter

Bad Weather Brewing Company

  • Mythic Mongrel – A seasonal cream ale with sweet caramel and toasted biscuit flavors complemented by fruit aromas. On tap and in liquor stores now.

Bang Brewing

  • Mosh – A SMaSH ale with Maris Otter malt and Idaho 7 hops.

Beaver Island Brewing Co.

  • Tangerine – An American wheat ale with tangerine. Available until September, this year’s recipe features 30% more tangerine. Available in St. Cloud now and other parts of the state soon.

Bemidji Brewing

  • Spring IPA – Bemidji’s spring IPA returns today, meaning that spring must be near.

Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

  • Chocolate Raspberry Black – Black with added chocolate and raspberry, available on draft in February through March and on tap at the brewery in Duluth now.

Big Wood Brewery

  • Chocolate-Raspberry Black Anvil – The featured beer at Big Wood’s 6th anniversary of its White Bear Lake taproom party this weekend, February 8–9.

Blackstack Pulltabs // Photo via Blackstack Instagram

BlackStack Brewing

  • Pull Tabs – A pale ale, this time brewed with Citra, Azacca, and the experimental HBC 360 hops. Available at the brewery and in liquor stores now. 5.0% ABV.

Blue Wolf Brewing Co.

  • Black Cherry Experimental – “Flavored malt beverage now available for a very limited time. It’s sweeter than hard seltzer, has black cherry in it, and is really good,” the brewery says.

Boom Island Brewing Company

  • Fyn’s Fog – A 6.2% New England-style IPA with juicy character and a low hop bitterness.

Burning Brothers Brewing

  • Fed 5: Random – Tapped this week as part of the gluten-free brewery’s new Small Batch Wednesdays series.

Dangerous Man Cascara Gose // Photo via Dangerous Man Twitter

Dangerous Man Brewing Company

  • Cascara Honey Gose – A gose with sea salt, coriander, cascara, and honey, “This beer is a beautiful blend of these flavors creating a crisp, bright, and slightly tart gose,” says Dangerous Man.
  • LSB Baltic Porter – Top Flight entry

Disgruntled Brewing

In recognition of the Perham brewery’s fourth anniversary, Disgruntled has four new beers available:

  • Hazy Trinity – A New England IPA made with three popular hops—Citra, Galaxy, and Mosaic—which combine for juicy and citrusy flavors and character. 6% ABV.
  • Pit Faced – A cocktail-inspired bourbon barrel-aged peach Berliner weisse. 7.8% ABV and available this Saturday.
  • Space Camo – On tap today, this is a New England-style IPA made with both Galaxy and Citra hops with tropical flavors. 6.5% ABV.
  • Tropic-Werks – At 6% ABV, this is a mango sour ale with coconut and hibiscus. Brewed for the second annual Maltwerks Invasion, it’s on tap today.

Drekker Agent of Anarchy // Photo via Drekker Twitter

Drekker Brewing

  • Agent of Anarchy – A double IPA with tangerine, cantaloupe, pineapple, coconut and lime notes.  A collaboration with Able that pours at 8% ABV and is sold in 4-pack cans.
  • Chonk – A thick sour ale with raspberry and chocolate. 6% ABV and sold in 4-pack cans.
  • Flarndip – One of three bourbon barrel-aged releases today, this is an imperial stout with marshmallows, cacao nibs, and milk sugar. 10% ABV and available in 500-milliliter bottles.
  • Mass Quantities – Another bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout, this is a 10% ABV beer made with maple syrup, cacao nibs, cinnamon, milk sugar, and vanilla.
  • Narfle the Garthok – A 10% ABV bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout with banana, peanut butter, cacao nibs, cinnamon, marshmallows, graham cracker, milk sugar, and honey. Available in bottles today.
  • Pizza Toots – This IPA with oats, spelt, and Rakau and Ekuanot hops is on tap at the brewery today. 7% ABV.

Fair State Coop’s High Plains Sniffer // Photo via Fair State Twitter

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

  • High Plains Snifter – Tapped on Thursday, this is an apple brandy barrel-aged barleywine with blackberries. 11% ABV.
  • Mechachonker vs. Chonkra – Top Flight entry
  • Non-Alcoholic Pils – “All of the flavor, very very little of the booze,” Fair State explains. On tap and available in Crowlers now.
  • Vienna Lager – The original flagship is back for a limited time.

Giesenbräu Bier Co.

  • Doppel the Hutt – A traditional German-influenced Lenten bier with malt-forward notes of stone fruit and dark caramel. 7.0% ABV.

Hoops Brewing Company

  • #325 Chili Pepper Ale – Top Flight entry
  • #2020 Smokey – A German-style smoke ale that pours at 5.6% ABV, 20 IBU.
  • #5050 Hefeweizen – Another German-style beer, this traditional hefeweizen is 5.2% ABV, 14 IBU.

Insight Brewing

  • Lord of the Loch – A 6.3% ABV, 72 IBU hazy IPA brewed with Citra, Amarillo, and El Dorado hops and fermented with Hornidal Kviek yeast.

Inver Grove Brewing Co.

  • Space Case – Tapped yesterday, this dunkel lager is described as dark and roasty with chocolate notes. 5.5% ABV.

Junkyard Church Giggles // Photo via Junkyard Twitter

Junkyard Brewing Co.

  • Barrel Aged King Size – 2020’s batch is available in Crowlers in the Twin Cities now.
  • Church Giggles – A cherry pie tart ale with added graham cracker and vanilla.
  • Diamond Flex – A sour gose with grapefruit, guava, and sea salt.
  • Digicamo – A hazy New England-style IPA that was delivered to Twin Cities metro stores this week.
  • Ice Auger Lager – A light and crisp lager at 4.8% ABV.

La Doña Cervecería

  • Cuauhtli – Available in bottles today, this mezcal barrel-aged imperial stout offers rich, roasty chocolate flavors balanced with notes of mezcal.

Lake Monster Brewing

  • Most Most Hazy IPA – Lake Monster took time crafting a hazy IPA recipe that is now sold in 12-ounce cans as well as their taproom. “Most Most Hazy IPA starts with a blend of base malts, dextrin malts and both malted and unmalted oats to give the beer its smooth mouthfeel and body. Then huge additions of hops in the whirlpool, hop-back and across multiple dry-hop additions lend the beer a huge tropical citrus flavor and aroma with an easy bitterness,” the brewery explains.

Little Thistle Brewery

  • Stratagized – Top Flight entry

Lupulin Brewing Company

  • Operation CoHoperation – The latest Lupulin collaboration series was made with the crew from Surly. “Brewed with a healthy dose of Citra and Sultana, as well as Lotus hops to bring complexity to the fruit cocktail aroma,” the brewery says. “Expect notes of pineapple, vanilla, orange, and mango backed up with a big, sweet, chewy body.”

Modist Bourbon Barrel Aged Ice Cream Grin // Photo via Modist Twitter

Modist Brewing Co.

  • Bourbon Barrel Aged Ice Cream Grin – Available this Saturday, this Dangerous Man collaboration is described as a bourbon pecan praline ice cream barleywine. Limited bottles go on sale tomorrow at noon.

Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub

  • Snownami – A double chocolate raspberry stout that pours at 8.7% ABV. This year’s batch is the exact recipe used in 2014, when the brewery won silver in the World Beer Cup.

OMNI Brewing Co.

  • Melt – The latest beer in OMNI’s sour series is made with peach and plum, plus vanilla beans.

Pantown Brewing Company

  • Raspberry Sweet Dreams – A new dessert-style beer.

Portage Fruvail // Photo via Portage Instagram

Portage Brewing Company

  • Fruvail – Tapping at 2pm today in limited supply, this New England-style IPA utilizes Sabro and Citra hops for pineapple juice and coconut aromas.

Rogue Ales & Spirits

  • Rhubarb Schmubarb – A 5.9% ABV fruit ale with rhubarb and strawberries. Available in February.

Rustech Brewing

  • Tech Time – A 4.9% ABV, 37 IBU pale ale made with Eureka hops.

Surly Brewing Company

  • Blond Ambition – Next in the BC Small Batch series, this doppel heller bock balances clean malt flavor, a slightly sweet body, and a touch of vanilla-like wood flavor derived from aging on hickory honeycombs.
  • Me & Billy Dee – A 9.3% ABV malt liquor, available at the Beer Hall only.

The Lab

  • American Porter 0201 – “A substantial, malty dark beer with a complex and flavorful dark malt character. Pours almost black and differs from the 0101 recipe with the addition of more malted barley and chocolate malts,” the brewery explains. “We took half the batch and added a boatload of chocolate.” The 0201 recipe, as well as 0101, is available now. 5.5% ABV, 33 IBU.

Tin Whiskers Brewing Company

  • Fossil Finder IPA – At 6.1% ABV, 54 IBU, this IPA was brewed with Centennial, Warrior, and Amarillo hops and is described as featuring “assertive bitterness and bright notes of orange zest, pine and red berries.”
  • Raspberry Truffle Imperial Stout – Available today, this is Tin Whiskers’ imperial stout aged on fresh raspberry, plus dark and milk chocolate truffles. 9.8% ABV, 45 IBU.

Torg Brewery

  • Eyed-Dew Ewe – Described as a fruity farmhouse ale with sweet berry, peach, and ruby red grapefruit notes followed by a peppery, dry finish. 6.8% ABV and to be available through April.

Town Hall Brewery

  • Bob-house Bock – Top Flight entry

Wooden Hill Brewing Company

  • Phantom Burst – A double IPA that merges the spirit of two of the brewery’s single IPAs: Hop Phantom and Snowburst. 8% ABV.

 

Beers just announced

Fulton Grapefruit Lonely Blonde // Photo courtesy Fulton Brewing

Bad Weather Brewing Company

  • Bock – Brewed last week and now fermenting.
  • Fog of War – A new batch was brewed this week, featuring Arctic blend hops and Hornindal Kveik yeast. Coming soon.

Burning Brothers Brewing

The brewery is introducing a new Small Batch Wednesday series. Listed in order of release, this month’s new beers are:

  • Cider 7.0 – February 12
  • Berliner Weisse – February 19
  • Raspberry Pyro – February 26

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

  • Megachonker – Today is the last day of pre-release sales through the brewery before bottles of this limited apple brandy barrel-aged stout with vanilla goes on sale. 14.85% ABV.
  • U-Pick – A juicy, bright, oaky fruited barrel sour that returns for 2020 the day before Valentine’s Day, with bottles available on February 13. “Made solely with local raspberries that we picked in Northfield, MN,” Fair State says it features “nice seedy raspberry notes.”

Fulton Brewery

  • Grapefruit Lonely Blonde – Back soon, Fulton announced in a new newsletter.

Lift Bridge The Warden Stout // Photo via Lift Bridge Instagram

Lift Bridge Brewing Company

The 2020 Lift Bridge brand calendar was published this week. New and returning, here’s what’s coming in 2020 (in alphabetical order):

  • Blue Agave Margarita – A new hard seltzer flavor coming this spring.
  • Commander – The potent barleywine will return in November.
  • Elevated Amber – A new year-round amber will debut in April.
  • Fireside Flannel – A winter seasonal brown ale.
  • Irish Coffee Stout – Back next month.
  • Island Time Tropical – A new hard seltzer flavor coming this spring.
  • Mango Blonde – Available April through September.
  • The Bomb – A new hard seltzer flavor coming this May.
  • Warden – A milk stout winter seasonal.
  • Winter Blonde – A new seasonal that debuts in October.

ONE Fermentary & Taproom

  • The Upside Down – This 6.5% blonde ale conditioned on pineapple and cherry is set to release next Wednesday, February 12.

Portage Brewing Company

  • Beta – An oatmeal black ale that taps on February 15.
  • Chatter Chatter – A Czech-style Pilsner that taps on February 15.
  • Coffeecake – Portage’s blonde ale with coffee, cinnamon, and vanilla returns on February 15.

Revelation Ale Works

  • Double Peanut Butter Stout – “A super-charged version of our ever-popular Peanut Butter Stout, this Double Milk Stout clocks in at 9.8%, with notes of rich dark chocolate, and of course the creamiest of peanut butters,” the brewery says.
  • Guava Pineapple Smoothie Sour – This Smoothie Sour series release is a tart, sweet sour made with guava and pineapple.
  • Revelation IPA – Made with 16 pounds of hops, this IPA is described as having fresh-cut hop and pine bough notes. On tap now.

Surly Grapefruit Supreme // Photo courtesy Surly Brewing Company

Surly Brewing Company

  • Grapefruit Supreme – After debuting in the summer variety pack last year, the tart ale with grapefruit hits the year-round rotation beginning in March.
  • Overrated! – Everybody comes out of retirement at least once. The West Coast-style IPA with fruity and citrusy notes returns for a limited time in 4-packs. 7.3% ABV.

Town Hall Brewery

  • Mosaic Mania – As its name suggests, this new IPA showcases Mosaic hops and pours at 5.7% ABV with notes of tangerine and papaya, with subtle blueberry and flower blossom impressions. Available next Monday.

The annual Barrel Aged Week returns at Town Hall Brewery’s 7 Corners location, running February 17–23. 

  • Monday, February 17: Barrel Crew Select Double Barreled Xtra Milk Stout (double milk stout), Double Oak Bruin (Belgian-style bruin), E.T. Wee (heavy Scottish ale), Quadruple Vine (Belgian-style quadrupel)
  • Tuesday, February 18: Wine Barrel Series Barley Vine (American barleywine), Frosted Vine (imperial stout), Tripel Vine (Belgian-style tripel), Baltic Red (Baltic-style porter)
  • Wednesday, February 19: Kentucky Truffle (chocolate milk stout), Manhattan Reserve (Belgian grand cru with cherries), Rye Barrel (Germany-style roggenbier), Nitro Kentucky Truffle (nitrogenated chocolate milk stout)
  • Thursday, February 20: Project 3106 (Belgian-style bruin with Belgian dark chocolate and kumquats), Foolish Angel (Belgian-style quadrupel)
  • Friday, February 21: Twisted Trace (American barleywine), Buffalo Bock (German-style weizenbock)
  • Saturday, February 22: Czar Jack (imperial stout)

Venn Brewing Company

  • Batch #259 Imperial Lunarising – An upsized, imperial batch of Lunarising stout with coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. No lactose.
  • Batch #287 DDH Citra IPA – “A big single, little double IPA featuring Citra hops,” Venn says. Coming soon.

Wooden Hill Brewing Company

  • Casual Sabotage – “Sometimes an honest mistake in the brewhouse, like adding wayyy too many hops in the kettle, ends up working out for the better. Luscious dark chocolate malt meets Simcoe and Amarillo hops in this dark IPA,” says Wooden Hill of this new black IPA that taps on Tuesday, February 11.

Curious about recent releases? Peruse our Mash-Up archives. Did we miss a beer release or announcement? Email us at [email protected] to let us know about new beers from this week and beyond. Or let us know what new beer you’re enjoying by using #TheMashUp on Twitter and Instagram.

 
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