The Mash-Up: Bring on the Oktoberfests

Summit Brewing Company's Oktoberfest // Photo courtesy Summit Brewing Company

Summit Brewing Company’s Oktoberfest // Photo courtesy Summit Brewing Company

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.

Last week the beer list for the Great Minnesota Get-Together was unveiled. It’s still summer and the crisp summer beers are still pouring, but as classic Minnesota Oktoberfests hit the market, as well as new fall-minded samplers from Summit and Surly, there is no doubt that the leaves will soon change color and the nights will gradually get longer.

Besides a heap of Oktoberfest news, this week marks HammerHeart’s fifth anniversary celebration in Lino Lakes, a fundraising hazy IPA at Nutmeg, the return of Schottky Pumpkin Ale at Tin Whiskers, and another run of Doe Eyes from Insight.



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.

Earth Rider Brewery Dragon Boat Ale

This is a special release for the Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival and releases at 5pm today. It’s a cream ale with Irish malt, German hops, and brewed with summer heat in mind.

Schell’s Brewery Basin of Attraction

“Dry-hopped with Citra and Denali hops, this sour is bursting with tropical fruit aromas and flavors,” the brewery says of its latest Starkeller release.

Venn Brewing Company Mosaic Pale Ale

A new American pale ale featuring Mosaic hops and Simpsons Golden Naked Oats. 5.0% ABV, 35 IBU.

Summit Brewing Company Oktoberfest

This seasonal marzen-style is in the new Bonfire Box 12-pack sampler. The malt-forward offering has rich toffee notes and a crisp hop finish, the brewery says. It debuted on tap at the Ratskeller on August 9.

Wild Mind Artisan Ales Juniper Session

A dry, low ABV session ale with refreshing notes of pine and pinot grigio.


New beers available this week (August 6–12)

Brewery Ommegang's Friottanomyces // Photo courtesy Ommegang Brewing Company

Brewery Ommegang’s Friottanomyces // Photo courtesy Ommegang Brewing Company

10K Brewing

  • Belgian IPA

3 Sheeps Brewing Co.

  • Tropic Coast – The first in 3 Sheep’s new Fresh Coast series is an IPA brewed with mango and pink guava. Available in 16-ounce cans.

Back Channel Brewing

  • Recreational Foam – This new IPA was brewed with Galaxy and Cashmere hops.
  • The Art Baron – A Kulmbacher style, “This lagered beauty delivers subtle malt, faint roast, and a lightly herbal hop note to round everything out,” the brewery says. 7.0% ABV, 77 IBU.

Barley John’s Brewing Company

  • Cone Gnome IPA – Now available at the taproom year-round, this IPA has citrus notes and a malty complexion. 5.5% ABV, 50 IBU.

Barrel Theory Beer Company

  • Mo’ Peach, Mo’ Problems  A new double milkshake IPA with peaches, vanilla, and lactose. Tapping today; Crowlers go on sale this Saturday. 8% ABV.

Bent Brewstillery

  • Tybrosia – 4.0% ABV, 25 IBU

Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

  • Rotator IPA No. 6  IPA made with Citra and Crystal hops now available at the Duluth taproom.

Bobbing Bobber Brewing Company

  • Poly Smokes – A Grodziskie-style smoked Polish beer that debuted for Pola-Czesky Days in Silver Lake last weekend.

Brewery Ommegang

  • Fruittanomyces – Available in 750-milliliter bottles, this is a dry-hopped witbier with sweet orange peel, coriander, and brettanomyces. “The beer is fermented with mango, kiwi, and passion fruit juices and dry-hopped with Citra and Cascade hops before aging in the bottle with Brettanomyces,” the brewery says. 5.3% ABV.

Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative

  • Law and Porter – “This porter is loaded with toffee, chocolate, and coffee flavors backed by a solid hop backbone. Extra chocolate added in fermentation will make you feel like you’re drinking your favorite neighborhood coffee shop mocha,” the brewery says. 6.8% ABV, 46 IBU.

Dangerous Man Brewing Company

  • Conan IPA  An East Coast-style IPA with melon and pear notes. Tapped on August 8.

Earth Rider Brewery

  • Dragon Boat Ale – Top flight selection.

Fair State Brewing Co-Operative

  • Kakes & Snakes  A special version of Killin’ Snakes (below), made with bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup.
  • Killin’ Snakes  A new Scotch ale described by the brewery as bready and slightly smoky.

Flat Earth Brewing

  • Session Ale with Passion Fruit. On tap today.

Garphish Brewing Company

  • Subplimal Haze – A hazy IPA with flavors of lime and pine, the brewery says. 6.6% ABV.

HammerHeart Brewing Company

  • Weltenwanderer – HammerHeart will celebrate their fifth anniversary on Saturday with one-off specialty kegs and this bottle release.

Hoops Brewing

  • #31 Session IPA – The brewery’s first session IPA is comprised of a careful and complex blend of 12 hop varieties, giving it balance and a dry finish, the brewery says. 4.9% ABV, 60 IBU.

Junkyard Brew Co.

  • Experimental IPA: Vertical Citra

Klockow Brewing Company

  • Supply Line – A hazy New England-style IPA with a blend of four hop varieties and “some of the haziest yeast available.”

Left Hand Brewing Company

  • A Blessing & A Curse – A new double IPA with citrus, pine, and tropical fruit notes. 9.5% ABV, 85 IBU.

Nutmeg Brewhouse

  • Sit’ra Raspberry Down Hazy IPA – All profits from this charitably minded hazy IPA, brewed with 44 pounds of Citra hops and 80 pounds of raspberry puree, go to help with medical expenses for a friend of the brewery. On tap today. 7.8% ABV, 50 IBU.

OMNI Brewing Co.

  • Dirty Hippie – This farmhouse/saison style ale uses barley grown by a local farmer who also uses OMNI spent grain to feed his cattle, which in turn fertilize the barley.

Schell’s Brewery

  • Basin of Attraction – Top flight selection.

Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery

  • Sparkling Aussie Ale – A balance of Midwestern malt and balanced bitterness and fruit character from Australian Galaxy hops.

Shakopee Brewhall

  • Dry River – Fruity flavors combined with a dry finish, the brewery says. 6.5% ABV, 64 IBU.

Starry Eyed Brewing Co.

  • Cinna-bun Porter – Available in limited supply.

Surly Brewing Company

  • Frisson – New in the BC Small Batch series, this small-batch Champagne-inspired black currant lager has notes of honey and white wine and is now available in a limited supply of cans.

Tin Whiskers Brewing Company

  • DekaWatt  A special version of Watts wheat wine, aged for 12 months in a single bourbon barrel. This limited edition release is a collaboration with Top Ten Liquors and is sold exclusively at their eight metro locations.

Venn Brewing Company

  • Mosaic Pale Ale – Top flight selection.

Wabasha Brewing Company

  • Broihan Berliner Weisse Infused with Raspberry – Available in limited supply for Firkin Friday, August 10.

Wild Mind Artisan Ales

  • Slow Motion Riot – A fruited IPA fermented on pink guava puree. “The resulting beer pours a hazy pink and has layers of lingering fruit flavor with a bright, refreshing finish,” the brewery says.
  • Camille La Rouge  “A saison that is a blend of different barrels and foeder #5 and was then conditioned on the second runnings from La Reine that had rhubarb, blackberries, and boysenberries. The resulting saison is lightly tart, funky, lightly fruity, floral, and is crazy refreshing with a slight pink hue,” the brewery says.
  • Juniper Session  Top flight selection.
  • Wisdom Paradise A hazy IPA with a dank aroma and tropical fruit notes.

Wooden Hill Brewing Company

  • French River – A farmhouse ale with notes of white wine. 6% ABV.
  • Chocolate Crow  A wheat stout with chocolate flavors served on nitro at the brewery. 5.1% ABV.
  • V Stitches  A session IPA made with German malt and resinous hops.


Seasonal or rotating returns

BauHaus Brew Labs' Scwahdtoberfest // Photo courtesy BauHaus Brew Labs

BauHaus Brew Labs’ Scwahdtoberfest // Photo courtesy BauHaus Brew Labs

Avery Brewing Company

  • The Kaiser – Winner of gold and silver GABF awards but retired in 2016, this imperial Oktoberfest lager returns. “The Kaiser weaves together rich, toasted Vienna and Munich malts with the floral spiciness of Hallertau and Bravo hops to create a bold and brazen dry Imperial Oktoberfest,” the brewery says. Available in limited quantity in 6-packs.

Bad Weather Brewing Company

  • Bohemian Pils
  • Belgian Brune  “This Belgian brown ale has a rich, sweet, and light spice aroma with flavors of brown sugar, toasted marshmallow, light cocoa, and hints of clove,” the brewery says.

Barley John’s Brewing Company

  • The Dilly Ale – Served at the State Fair last year, this beer is now available at the New Richmond taproom. 5.5% ABV.

Bauhaus Brew Labs

  • Schwandtoberfest – A German-style märzen lager with toasty malt and crisp hop flavor. Available in tallboy cans, on draft, and at the fifth annual Schwandtoberfest on Saturday, September 29, at the brewery. 5.7% ABV, 27 IBU.

Beaver Island Brewing

  • Oktoberfest – This märzen-style lager is available now, and is the star of Beaver Island’s fourth annual Oktoberfest on September 29.

Big Wood Brewing

  • Cocoa-Vanilla Creme Ale
  • Thrice Shy  A Belgian golden strong ale

Bobbing Bobber Brewing Company

  • Bee Keeper Honey Wheat – Back on tap, as of last Friday.

Drekker Brewing

  • Coconut Killer  “It’s brewed with lactose and hopped with Mosaic and Mandarina Bavaria then conditioned on a ridiculous amount of toasted coconut and vanilla,” the brewery says. Available on draft and in cans.

Excelsior Brewing Company

  • Helios Hefeweizen  Back on tap at the taproom.

Forager Brewery

  • Hip Hops – A West Coast-style IPA with Citra and Mosaic hops. 8% ABV.

HammerHeart Brewing Company

HammerHeart will celebrate their fifth anniversary on Saturday, August 11, with new bottle releases including:

  • Barrel-Aged Dublin Raid – First time in bottles
  • Dublin Raid – First time in bottles

Hoops Brewing

  • #1120 Peach and Pear – An American wheat ale with peach and pear puree infusion. 5% ABV, 18 IBU.

Insight Brewing

  • Doe Eyes – The saison with Door County cherries returned to the taproom on Wednesday this week. This year it will be a taproom-only release.

Invictus Brewing Co.

  • Henley’s Porter – Back on tap at the brewery.

Junkyard Brew Co.

  • Raspberry Super Slurp

Montgomery Brewing

  • Stoleti Pivo – A Czech-style Pilsner. 4.5% ABV, 17 IBU.

Schell’s Brewery

  • Oktoberfest – Out now and available at the Schell’s Oktoberfest party, taking place at the New Ulm brewery on October 13.

Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery

  • First Class – A release of Schram’s IPA made with Mosaic, Magnum, and Citra hops. Released last week on IPA Day.

Summit Brewing Company

  • Oktoberfest – Top flight selection.

Surly Brewing Company

  • Oktoberfest – Out now, this beer is described by the brewery as “rich, sweet, and malty up front,” but with a dry and slight hop-crisp finish. Available on draft only.

Tin Whiskers Brewing Company

  • Schottky Pumpkin – This pumpkin beer is back and available now at liquor stores.

Wild Mind Artisan Ales

  • Pash Bash

Wooden Hill Brewing Company

  • Cinnamon Crunch  A brown ale; back on tap at the brewery. 4.9% ABV.


Beers just announced

Dangerous Man Brewing Company's Dragonfruit Strawberry Milkshake IPA // Photo via Dangerous Man Brewing Twitter

Dangerous Man Brewing Company’s Dragonfruit Strawberry Milkshake IPA // Photo via Dangerous Man Brewing Twitter

608 Brewing Company

A new brewery will open in La Crosse, Wisconsin, by the end of the summer. They promise the following options:

  • Citranado DIPA
  • Columbus’s Mosaic DIPA
  • First Born – light ale
  • Pale As The Moon – pale ale
  • She’s All That – blonde ale
  • What’s Up Dawg? – porter

Bad Weather Brewing Company

  • Kristallweizen – Brewed in collaboration with Fair State Brewing for the upcoming Autumn Brew Review.

Bald Man Brew Co.

On August 25, Bald Man celebrates two years in business with the following special releases:

  • Batch 100: Imperial Tupelo Honey – Imperial honey brown ale
  • Killer Queen – Imperial IPA
  • Rocktoberfest – Oktoberfest

Bent Brewstillery

  • Bartley’s Rocket Wax  this Belgian strong pale ale returns next Saturday at Bent’s fourth taproom anniversary party; they’ll also be serving cocktails.

Boom Island Brewing Company

  • Big Ol’ IPA – Boom Island will release an American corn-based IPA to pair with their corn-centric food menu at Farm to Brewery 2 on September 15 at the taproom.

Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative

  • The Red Coats – Broken Clock’s Minute Man New England IPA, with added blood orange. “Mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy. Hints of berries come through from the blood orange,” the brewery says. 6.6% ABV, 44 IBU.

Dangerous Man Brewing Company

  • Dragon Fruit Strawberry Milkshake IPA – An upcoming milkshake IPA brewed with 20 pounds of dragon fruit, plus rice, oats, barley, lactose, and strawberries.

Forager Brewery

  • Apricot Saison – An upcoming batch of saison will feature Minnesota-grown apricots from Hoch Orchard in La Crescent, Minnesota.

Insight Brewing

  • Sour Doe Eyes – A sour version of the cherry saison is also coming soon. This will be available in cans and on draft.

Junkyard Brew Co.

  • Mosaic Experimental IPA
  • Simcoe DIPA with Lemon Peel
  • Peanut Butter Bandit with Ecuadorian Cocoa Nibs

Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub

  • Wild Rice Amber – Returning next week.
  • Eureka IPA – A one-off IPA with Eureka hops. 6.0% ABV, 50 IBU.

Surly Brewing Company

  • Creamsicle Kolsch – Available at the Beer Hall for Infusion Tuesday, August 14.
  • Sleek – This oatmeal IPA will be included in the upcoming Hop Pack sampler box, out the week of August 20. “Purring with aromatics from hefty Simcoe dry-hopping, Sleek’s grapefruit, pine, and melon flavors race across the tongue,” the brewery says of the new offering.

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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