The Mash-Up: Breweries shake things up with experimental variants

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

Earlier this week, Bent Paddle hosted a limited release of Scandihazian, a joint effort with Portage Brewing, to help raise funds for a rebuild of Portage’s fire-ravaged brewery in Walker. That’s not the only beer news this week, though. There are plenty of new hazy IPAs and pastry stouts coming out but also big releases that show off how different ingredients change the flavor profile of a base recipe. OMNI has two IPAs made to compare hop traits, while Fair State and Wild Mind both have new stouts on the market with extra variants and Lupulin will unveil a similar concept in their William the Conqueror barleywine next week.

Meanwhile, breweries are starting to unveil spring seasonals, Sociable has a mead available at area liquor stores, and Valentine’s Day special releases are coming soon.



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.

Clutch Minnie’s Saison (St. Paul)

A Belgian-style saison brewed with honey and orange peel with a light, citrusy refreshing character with a slight spice presence. 6.3% ABV, 23 IBU.

56 Brewing Sexy Beach Hazy IPA // Photo via 56 Brewings Instagram

56 Brewing Sexy Beach (Minneapolis)

This IPA brewed with malted oats, lactose, coconut, vanilla, and pureed pineapple makes its return at the brewery this Saturday. It will be beach time before the snow emergency in Minneapolis has completed.

Dangerous Man Baltic Porter (Minneapolis)

This Baltic porter was fermented with a Mexican lager yeast and has roasted notes of baker’s chocolate and coffee with a slight caramel flavor, Dangerous Man says. 8.9% ABV, 36 IBU.

Bad Weather Codswollop English-style Bitter // Photo via Bad Weather Brewings Instagram

Bad Weather Codswollop (St. Paul)

This is a new sessionable, English-style bitter, available at the brewery. It’s well-balanced between the malt sweetness and minor hop bitterness. To top it off, it’s fairly low ABV so you can enjoy a couple without getting too wild, says the brewery.

Bent Paddle Scandihazian (Duluth)

This collaboration with Portage Brewing was released at the taproom this Wednesday to help raise funds for rebuilding the fire-damaged brewery. It’s a Norwegian Kveik hazy double IPA and is available in limited supply at the brewery.

New beers available this week (February 4–February 10)

BlackStack Brewing's Fast Casual // Photo via BlackStack Brewing Twitter

BlackStack Brewing Company’s Fast Casual // Photo via BlackStack Brewing Company Twitter

10K Brewing

  • Coffee Lager – Available now at the Anoka brewery.
  • Double Shot Coffee Lager – Available now at the Anoka brewery.

12welve Eyes Brewing

  • Cataracts – The latest Cataracts series release is an IPA brewed with Australian Vic Secret and New Zealand Wakatu and Sticklebract hops, which give this hazy IPA a fruit-forward aroma, the brewery says.

3rd Act Craft Brewery

  • Badges? We Ain’t Got No Badges – A Belgian golden strong ale with light banana and apple, plus notes of cloves atop a high ABV.

Bad Weather Brewing Company

  • Codswollop – Top Flight selection.

Birch’s on the Lake

  • Baltic Porter – This 7.8% ABV strong lager was aged cold for more than three months. It tapped at Birch’s on the Lake on February 5.

BlackStack Brewing

  • Fast Casual – This is a taproom-only 7.2% ABV IPA made with El Dorado and Mosaic Cryo hops.

Blue Wolf Brewing Co.

  • Mild Manner Wolf – A mild ale, tapped last week.

Bobbing Bobber Brewing Company

  • Row Your Boat – A robust peanut butter porter, available on nitro at the brewery.

Castle Danger Brewery

  • Brut IPA – New in the Taproom Series at Castle Danger.

Clutch Brewing Co.

  • Minnie’s Saison – Top Flight selection.

Dangerous Man Brewing Company

  • Baltic Porter – Top Flight selection.

Disgruntled Brewing

  • Bodacious – “[A] Belgian tripel, bursting with soft, rounded grainy-sweet maltiness,” according to the brewery. “It has a full and creamy body for such a pale beer. Be careful though, the alcohol content can sneak up on you with complex and spicy aromas and bold flavors.” 10% ABV, 28 IBU.
  • Joaquin Home – This 10% ABV bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout will hit the brewery on Saturday, February 9. “It’s dry stout-brewed, and flavored with velvety smooth organic cocoa nibs, cinnamon and dried Guajillo, Puya and Moritas peppers,” the brewery says.

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

Fair State debuted a new pecan pie-inspired imperial stout this week at the brewery. It’s on tap now at the brewery in its original form, with three variants debuting on Saturday. 16-ounce cans hit area stores next week.

  • Duke of Bakesfordshire  – A 12% ABV pastry stout brewed with pecans, maple syrup, and vanilla. On tap now.
  • Bakesfordshire Taproom Variant #1 – “This taproom-only variant is double the vanilla and double the maple,” the brewery says. Available on Saturday.
  • The Duke of Bakesfordshire Taproom Variant #2 – This version also includes cold press coffee, cinnamon, and cardamom.
  • Winston Churro-Chill – Also to tap on Saturday, this dulce de leche, brown sugar, and cinnamon infused Giantsbane was the winner of Fair State’s recent Great Pastry Stout Mix Off.

Half Pint Brewing Co.

  • Gardenaire Gose – A newly released, slightly salty, tart gose brewed with hibiscus.
  • Old Ale – 8% ABV and served on nitro at the brewery.

HeadFlyer Brewing

  • Southern Passion Pale Ale – This new Beyond the Door series beer is a single hop pale ale made with Southern Passion hops that gives it passion fruit and guava notes.
  • Unfadeable – A new pale ale with fruit and citrus notes, made with Citra and Ekuanot hops and caramel malt.

Inbound BrewCo

  • Manhattan On Tap – This is a 15.2% ABV limited offering that tapped on January 31 at the Minneapolis brewery. “This banger of a beer was made by aging our smooth and boozy Halucidation in 11 Wells Rye Whiskey barrels with sweet cherries, creating a dry and sweet Manhattan-style beer,” Inbound says.

Junkyard Brewing Co.

  • Experimental IPA Ekuanot – A 6.8% ABV New England-style IPA with a fruit-forward flavor that includes notes of lemon, orange, papaya, mango, berries, and a grassy hop bite, the brewery says.
  • Saturday Things – This is described as “[A] sherbert style IPA with strawberry, passion fruit, and lactose.” 7.0% ABV, and available this Saturday.

Lakes & Legends Brewing

  • Hazy No. 1 – A 6.8% ABV New England-style IPA.

Lake Superior Brewing Co.

  • Riptide IPA – “Riptide IPA has a medium body and is a deceptively calm, beautiful, golden ale. Riptide lures you into the deeps with a perfectly balanced bitterness,” the brewery says. 6.0% ABV, 60 IBU.

LynLake Brewery

  • Dapper Duke Ale – A 5.5% ABV, 52 IBU English bitter.
  • Flying Saucer Ale – This is a 6% ABV, 60 IBU New England-style IPA made with Citra and Cyro-Galaxy hops.

Modist Brewing Co.

  • Green Greens DDH IPA – Released last weekend, “Green Greens is another exploration of a barleyless malt bill that showcases only wheat and oats. Thick and fluffy mouthfeel amplify the radical amount of newcomer hop Sabro, plus some elusive Galaxy hops and a double dry-hopping of our hand-selected Simcoe hops in a cryogenically frozen format,” Modist says. 7.3% ABV.
  • Snooze – Also tapped last weekend, this oak-fermented Pilsner pours at 5.0% ABV and is available in limited supply.

OMNI Brewing Company

  • It’s Like That – The first of two similar, but differently-hopped IPAs to release this week. It’s Like That is an 8% ABV, 35 IBU double IPA with juicy Mosaic hop-derived traits.
  • It’s Like This – This New England-style IPA features Citra hops but an otherwise similar profile to It’s Like That.

Pantown Brewing Company

  • Strawberry Dream

Revelation Ale Works

  • Amarillo IPA
  • Peanut Butter Stout

Shakopee Brewhall

  • Fine, Whatever – A New England-style IPA.

Sociable Cider Werks

  • Mead for Speed – A new sparkling honey mead from the Minneapolis cidery/brewery. Available at the brewery and also in 12-ounce cans.

Spilled Grain Brewhouse

  • White Buffalo – This is a new coffee cream ale.

Starry Eyed Brewing Company

  • Amber – Now available in stubby bottles at select liquor stores.

Stone Brewing

  • Grapefruit Slam IPA – Returning after a limited draft-only debut in 2014, this double IPA’s “bitter, zesty grapefruit peel infusion created a bright accent to flavors of pine resin and fresh citrus,” the brewery says. 8% ABV and available in bottles 22-ounce bottles and 12-ounce cans.

Surly Brewing Company

  • Chroma Key – This blueberry basil sour ale will be sold on draft only. “This sour ale was barrel-aged with whole blueberries and rounded out with a hint of herbal basil for a funky complexity,” Surly says. 7.8% ABV.
  • Funeral Bar Stout Salted Chocolate – A companion to Tiramisu Funeral Bar Stout, this is a limited Beer Hall-only release.
  • One Man Mosh Pit – Made with Amarillo, Citra, and Mosaic, this is a new juicy, hazy IPA from Surly.

Talking Waters Brewing Company

  • Cherry Gose

Tin Whiskers Brewing Company

  • Spring IPA – A Friday release at Tin Whiskers, “with notes of bright citrus, sweet banana, and a subtle spice,” according to a social media post from the brewery.

Venn Brewing Company

  • Chamomile Orange Wheat – This is an American-style wheat beer brewed with chamomile, orange zest, and orange blossom honey. 5.4% ANV, 20 IBU and on tap at the brewery.
  • Golden Sour – A golden kettle sour with pear and apple notes. 8.9% ABV.
  • West Coast Double IPA – Now available and pouring at 8.2% ABV, 80 IBU, this IPA is described as dank, resinous, and bitter.

Waldmann Brewery

  • Imperial Berliner – This is a kettle sour Berliner weisse with lactobacillus and served hot, with or without flavoring syrup, at the St. Paul brewery.

Wooden Hill Brewing Company

  • HoneyComb – “Made with a bunch of local Minnesota honey, it’s a touch of sweetness balanced with smooth malty goodness. On tap and in our big cans to go for a limited time,” Wooden Hill says.


Seasonal or rotating returns

12welve Eyes Brewing Mosaic Cataracts // Photo via 12welve Eyes Brewings Facebook

12welve Eyes Brewing Mosaic Cataracts // Photo via 12welve Eyes Brewings Facebook

12welve Eyes Brewing

  • Cream Ale – This cream ale batch was brewed with orange peel to highlight its citrus aroma.
  • Mosaic Cataracts – A Cataracts series hazy IPA made solely with Mosaic hops, delivering berry and tropical fruit flavors.

56 Brewing

  • Sexy Beach – Top Flight selection.


  • City Sign Selfie – This is a new seasonal American pale ale from 612, brewed with wheat, Mighty Axe-grown Zeus hops, and lemon and blood orange zest. Available now and through the spring. 4.9% ABV, 20 IBU.

Bad Weather Brewing Company

  • Nitro Coffee-Infused Ominous – Available at the taproom, and steeped with Peace Coffee.

Barrel Theory Beer Company

  • Rage Quit Pilsner – Back on tap at the brewery, as of last Friday.

Bemidji Brewing

  • Spring IPA – On tap today, this year’s Spring IPA is a New England-style IPA that’s described as soft and delicate, with strong aromatics and flavors of pineapple, tangerine, and lemon zest.  6.5% ABV, 40 IBU.

Bent Paddle Brewing Company

  • Pordij – This hazy IPA is available at the taproom today and hits liquor stores next week.
  • Scandihazian – Top Flight selection.

Earth Rider Brewery

  • Spirit Mountain Double IPA – This 8.8% ABV, 94 IBU double IPA is back on tap with three different hop varieties combining for citrus, pine, and spruce flavors balanced with a toasty malt base.

Excelsior Brewing Company

  • Mr. Jimmy’s Baltic Porter – A 7.5% ABV, 23 IBU Baltic porter with notes of caramel, toffee, and a notable malt base, the brewery says.
  • Spresso Milk Stout – This 4.6% ABV, 20 IBU espresso stout is back on tap now, with an aroma of chocolate and espresso complemented by a silky, creamy body.

Hoops Brewing Company

  • “#89 Hell Ale – A crisp and clean ale at 5.1% ABV, 19 IBU, with subtle hop notes, the brewery says.

Kilstone Brewing

  • Cinnamini Donut – Available at the Fargo taproom last week.

Kinney Creek Brewery

  • Abbeygale – A Belgian strong dark ale, back on tap. 5.7% ABV, 7 IBU.

Left Hand Brewing Company

  • Raspberry Milk Stout – 5.7% ABV and now available.

Loony’s Brew

  • Gold Portage – Back on tap, as of January 31.

Shakopee Brewhall

  • Barrel-Aged Morag – The 2017 version of Morag after aging in a Wild Turkey bourbon barrel.
  • Morag Wee Heavy

Spiral Brewery

  • Chocolate Bottoms Porter – A retooled version of Bottoms Porter with roasty porter character plus extra chocolate. 6.1% ABV.

Starry Eyed Brewing Company

  • Robust Porter – Now available in stubby bottles at select liquor stores.

Tin Whiskers Brewing Company

  • Creamsicle Kolsch – Tapped last week at the brewery.

u4ic Brewing Inc.

  • Dave’s Imperial – A 12% imperial chocolate milk porter that will be served at the brewery on Saturday, February 9.

Waconia Brewing Company

  • Belgian Quad – Returning to the taproom next week, on February 6.

Wild Mind Artisan Ales

  • Double Depth Charge – The imperial stout is back. Made with different coffee variations and a heavy, dark malt bill, there are four different variants available this Saturday:
  • Double Depth Charge: Hot – An 11.3% ABV version made with hot espresso and featuring a chocolate malt character along with roasty and cream espresso notes.
  • Double Depth Charge: Cold Brew – An 11.3% ABV version made with cold brew.
  • Double Depth Charge: Cafe Mocha – This 10.4% ABV version was brewed with chocolate malt, chocolate wheat, and milk sugar, plus it was aged on liquid cacao nibs and coarse ground coffee.
  • Double Depth Charge: Coffee Cake – At 10.4% ABV, this batch was made with chocolate malt, chocolate wheat, and milk sugar, plus aged on cinnamon sticks, vanilla beans, and whole bean coffee.


Beers just announced

Great Lakes Brewing Company's Chillwave // Photo via Great Lakes Brewing Company Twitter

Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Chillwave // Photo via Great Lakes Brewing Company Twitter

Bad Weather Brewing Company

  • Helles – Returning soon, the brewery said on social media.

Badger Hill Brewing

  • F5 Blackberry Refresh – Tart with notes of blackberry.

Boom Island Brewing Company

  • Chill Lacs – Coming to cans soon.
  • Lemon Drop – A 5.6% ABV unfiltered wheat beer, coming to liquor stores on February 18.
  • Session IPA – A 4.8% ABV new beer, coming later this month.

Dangerous Man Brewing Company

  • Farmhouse Ale – A new farmhouse ale was brewed at Dangerous Man this week with plans to release it on March 8.

Duluth Cider

  • Scarlet – A new rosé cider steeped with rose hips and hibiscus and making its debut on Valentine’s Day.

Great Lakes Brewing Co.

  • Chillwave – Great Lakes announced that Chillwave double IPA will return nationally on February 18. It’s available in Cleveland now.

Fulton Brewing

  • Culture Project 3 – Coming soon, with previews at Winterfest (last month) and at February 16 at a beer/dinner pairing at Republic.

Inbound BrewCo

  • Wildberry Milkshake Sour – A new release in the Pastry Ale series, the brewery says of this beer: “Our tart gose brewed with a whole lotta raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries. Addition of lactose and vanilla make this wild lil thing into a sweet, sweet milkshake.” 5.5% ABV, 20 IBU. To debut February 12, including in cans.

Indeed Brewing Company

  • Session IPA – “This easy-drinking ale takes on orange, pineapple, mango, and sweet berry flavors and has a steady, unobtrusive malt character,” the brewery says. It debuts in limited supply at the taproom next week.

Junkyard Brewing Co.

  • Murky Dimensions – A New England-style double IPA brewed with El Dorado and Azacca hops.
  • Technicolor Dream Wolf – A sour IPA made with tangerine and lactose.
  • Ultracloud – This is a New England-style double IPA made with New Zealand-grown hops, coming soon, the brewery says.

Lake Superior Brewing Co.

  • Split Rock Bock – “The chocolate and caramel malts create a blend of dark fruits, chocolates and toasted nut flavors. With no less than five malts to give a rich full body and an aggressive, (but wanted) extra hind-leg kick to keep you luxuriously warm during the late winter months,” says Duluth’s oldest brewery. 6.0% ABV, 10 IBU.

Lift Bridge Brewing

  • Irish Coffee Stout – Save the date of March 9 for when this spring seasonal returns.

Lupulin Brewing

  • 2019 Barrel God – “On the horizon,” according to a recent Lupulin newsletter.
  • Antsy in our Pantsy – Coming during Big Beer Week, running March 3-10 at the brewery.
  • Barrel God – Back for Big Beer Week, running March 3-10 at the brewery.
  • Citradiculous – “On the horizon,” according to a recent Lupulin newsletter.
  • Coffee Shop Assault Vehicle – Coming during Big Beer Week, running March 3-10 at the brewery.
  • Dopplebock
  • Javatized – A 6% ABV coffee stout that will return this month, according to a recent Lupulin newsletter.
  • Imperial Coconut Truffle – A 9% ABV imperial porter coming this month, the brewery says.
  • Mike’s Smoked Porter – “On the horizon,” according to a recent Lupulin newsletter.
  • Night Witch – Back for Big Beer Week, running March 3-10 at the brewery.
  • Ordinance No. 1 – “On the horizon,” according to a recent Lupulin newsletter.
  • Resin Rapture – An imperial red ale, coming this month, according to a recent Lupulin newsletter.
  • RUS – Back for Big Beer Week, running March 3-10 at the brewery.
  • Strictly Illegal – An 11% ABV triple IPA that will debut during Big Beer Week.
  • S’mores – Coming this month, S’mores beer is made with graham cracker crumbs, chocolate and marshmallow. 6% ABV.
  • Sophistry #2 – “On the horizon,” according to a recent Lupulin newsletter.
  • Sycophant aged with Amburana spirals – “On the horizon,” according to a recent newsletter.
  • Whiskey Nuts – Returns for Big Beer Week.
  • Will You Be My Valentine? (WYBMV?) – A chocolate-covered strawberry beer near 7% ABV, coming later this month.
  • William the Conqueror – A 12% ABV English-style barleywine debuts on February 16 at the taproom. It will be sold in limited bottles, in tandem with a vanilla and cinnamon infusion.

Mankato Brewery

  • Marvelous Creator – With can art in tribute of the late Stan Lee, this double dry-hopped double IPA will be available in late February or early March, Mankato says. Expect flavors of citrus, orange spice, and malt.

Shakopee Brewhall

  • SBH Dessert Stout – Coming soon for Turtle’s Bar, according to a recent newsletter.
  • Single Hop Pale Ale – “In the fermentor,” according to a recent newsletter.

Town Hall Brewery

The lineup for Barrel-Aged Week 2019 has been released, listed below in order of availability:

  • Double Barreled Xtra Milk Stout – Available at the brewery location on Monday, February 18.
  • Double Oak Foolish Angel – Available February 18
  • Manhattan Reserve – Available February 18
  • Barley Vine  – Available Tuesday February 19
  • Frosted Vine  – Available February 19
  • Quadrupel Vine  – Available February 19
  • Triple Vine  – Available February 19
  • Strawberry Stave  – Available Wednesday February 20
  • Tennessee Dessert  – Available February 20
  • Foolish Angel – Available Thursday February 21
  • Project 3106  – Available February 21
  • ET Wee – Available Friday February 22
  • Twisted Trace  – Available February 22
  • Czar Jack – Back on Saturday February 23.

Venn Brewing Company

  • Mosaic Pale Ale – A 5.6% ABV, 35 IBU pale ale made with Mosaic hops for notes of stone fruit and pine, the brewery says.

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