The Mash-Up: Collaborative releases and the creation of a ‘brewed spirit’

Modist Brewing's Boozehound, a barrel-aged old fashioned ale // Photo via Modist's Twitter

Modist Brewing’s Boozehound, a barrel-aged old fashioned ale // Photo via Modist’s Twitter

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.

The Twins are in first place, the Wolves have a new head coach, and best of all, there’s good beer news this week. Several Berliner weisses are on tap across the state, along with sessionable summer beer styles like Kölsch and classic pale ales. And, forever pushing the boundaries on new styles, Modist released its new “brewed spirit” collaboration with Parlour Bar. The 20% ABV Boozehound is now available at both the taproom and Parlour.

Garphish wrapped up a week of special releases for its first anniversary, while Tin Whiskers just announced plans to celebrate its fifth. In collaboration news, Surly and Sun King have a new beer out soon, Badger Hill and Hop & Barrel teamed up, and LynLake is releasing a series of fundraising beers in tandem with Sota Clothing.

 

 

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.

Badger Hill Flip It & Reverse It // via Badger Hill Twitter

Badger Hill Flip It & Reverse It

Brewed in collaboration with Hop & Barrel, this is an American wheat ale with notes of lemon and orange. 4.5% ABV, 15 IBU, and available at the brewery.

Modist Boozehound

This unique “brewed spirit” is a collaboration with Parlour Bar that is available at both businesses. As Modist explains, “Boozehound is made from a bourbon mash that’s brewed and fermented as a beer, aged in bourbon barrels, then served as an Old Fashioned […] The finished product will be served from the tap with a splash of bitters and garnished with orange peel.” 20% ABV.

Hoops Hell Ale #89

“This golden ale has a clean and crisp flavor profile and is highly quaffable,” the brewery says. 5.1% ABV, 19 IBU.

Fulton Cacao War & Peace // Photo via Fulton's Twitter

Fulton Cacao War & Peace // Photo via Fulton’s Twitter

Fulton Cacao War and Peace

Pig Ate My Pizza is reopened as a brewpub and while they still are waiting on the final okay to fire up the brewhouse, they have several local collaboration beers on tap, including Fulton’s Russian imperial stout made with cacao.

56 Brewing Fuzzi’ Lil’ Pucker

Northeast Minneapolis–based 56 Brewing’s Fuzzi’ Lil’ Pucker is a sour ale made with peach puree. Now available in 12-ounce cans in addition to draft. 4.5% ABV, 13 IBU.

 

 

 

New beers available this week (May 20–May 26)

Drekker Brewing’s Blueberry Apricot Brain Squeeze Smoothie Sour // via Twitter

Able Seedhouse + Brewery

  • Slow Motion Carwash – This newly released fruit ale was made with blackberries, boysenberries, peaches, cherries, and raspberries, plus lactose.

Bad Weather Brewing Company

  • Belgian Golden Strong – Similar in profile to a tripel, the brewery says, but “lighter in color, lighter bodied, and drier.”

Badger Hill Brewing Company

  • Flip It & Reverse It – Brewed in collaboration with Hop & Barrel, this is an American wheat ale with notes of lemon and orange. 4.5% ABV, 15 IBU, and available at the brewery.

    Guavatron by Big Axe Brewing // Photo via Big Axe

Big Axe Brewing

  • Agropelter Mosaic Pale Ale – “With a very light malt backbone, this easy-drinking summer brew lets the Mosaic hops take center stage. Has a smooth mouthfeel with a medley of flavors and aromas, including grapefruit, tropical fruit and blueberry notes and a firm but pleasant bitterness.,” the brewery says.
  • Guavatron – A strawberry and guava milkshake IPA with notes of citrus. “A truly unique flavor combo,” the brewery notes. With a smooth body and a touch of bitterness is present.

Birch’s On The Lake

  • Black Currant Gose – A 5.5% ABV kettle sour with coriander, sea salt, and black currant. Tapped on Thursday.
  • Hazy IPA – Also just tapped, this is a  6.8% ABV IPA made with Golden Promise barley, malted oats, kveik yeast and then dry-hopped with Citra, Mosaic, and Simcoe.
  • Nordic Blonde – A 5.0% ABV light blonde ale with kveik yeast.

BlackStack Brewing

  • Mixed Metaphors – Available in limited supply, this is a 4.2% ABV Berliner weisse with blackberry, passion fruit, pineapple, pomegranate, guava, and lactose.

Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative

  • Brewer’s Roundtable Series Vol 4: Pale Ale – This limited release offers “a malty, light bready note and highlights Monroe hops for a soft raspberry flavor and aroma. It finishes clean with a lightly lingering fruitiness and moderate bitterness,” Broken Clock adds. 6.4% ABV, 42 IBU.

Copper Trail Brewing

  • Runestone Rye – This rye beer is an homage to the legendary Kensington Runestone, which was said to be brought to Minnesota in 1362 by eight Goths and 22 Norwegians who made the voyage. The runestone was discovered in 1898 by Swedish immigrant Olof Ohman in rural Douglas County. The 5% ABV rye beer “adds a peppery undertone which complements its semi-sweet malt bill,” according to the brewery. Available on tap May 24 and in Crowlers on May 31.

Drekker Brewing

  • After School PRRRT Snack Time Sour – Per the brewery’s social media feed, this beer “was made with more Gushers and Fruit by the Foot than we ever thought we’d see all at once, as well as pineapple, plum, strawberry, raspberry, passion fruit, lactose sugar and a whole bunch of vanilla beans.” 6% ABV.
  • Blueberry Apricot Brain Squeeze Smoothie Sour – A new Brain Squeeze release, this batch includes blueberry, apricot, sea salt, vanilla, and lactose. 5.2% ABV.

Forager Brewery

  • Decent – Made with oats, cryo hops, and more dry-hopping, Forager notes pungent, dank aromas along with tropical and floral notes. 5.5% ABV, 30 IBU.
  • Forager Gold – “Brewed with American-grown barley and a touch of Minnesota honey. Light and refreshing, with subtle tones of peach. This beer finishes crisp and clean,” the brewery says. 5.5% ABV, 20 IBU.

Fulton Brewery

  • Cacao War and Peace – Russian imperial stout with cacao. A collaboration brew with Pig Ate My Pizza, on tap at the new restaurant now.
  • Standard Golden – An easy drinking golden lager available at the taproom, Palmer’s Bar, and Mortimer’s.

Fulton also just released their hard seltzer lineup, which is in stores now in a mixed pack with the following flavors:

  • Berry
  • Blood Orange
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon-Lime

Half Brothers Brewing Company

  • Peach Piledriver – A 5% ABV Sour Siblings series release.
  • The Boysenberry Backbreaker – A 5% ABV Sour Siblings series release.

Imminent Brewing

  • Norstralian Sparkling Ale – “Australian hops, Norwegian yeast, and Colorado malt all contribute their own distinct features,” Imminent says, providing “light floral aromas with some pear and melon notes open, bread-like malt sweetness follows in the flavor, while pleasant hop bitterness and a nice carbonic bite finishes.” 5.2% ABV, 25 IBU.

Junkyard Brewing Co.

  • Slaps – A strawberry rhubarb sour.
  • Worf Rider – A double dry-hopped New England-style IPA.

Left Hand Brewing Company

  • Milkshake IPA – A new Brewer’s Test Kitchen series beer that is available in Left Hand’s new mixed packs.

Little Thistle Brewing

  • 007 Golden IPA – Made with Idaho 7 hops, this IPA has bright citrus notes, juicy tropical flavors, and a dry finish, the brewery says. 6% ABV, 60 IBU.

Lupulin Brewing

  • Ordinance No. 1 – This is a hazy pale ale brewed in collaboration with the city of Lakeville that is sold in cans only at Lakeville Liquors. “Ordinance No. 1, was the very first ordinance that was passed by the newly founded Village back in 1878. This ordinance provided licensing of saloons and the regulation of spirits within Lakeville at the time,” the brewery explains. All proceeds from the beer will go towards the 2019 Pan-O-Prog fireworks display.

Mankato Brewery

  • Sorceress – A crisp, tart, sour ale with lemon.

Modist Brewing Co.

  • Boozehound – This unique “brewed spirit” is a collaboration with Parlour Bar that is available at both businesses. As Modist explains, “Boozehound is made from a bourbon mash that’s brewed and fermented as a beer, aged in bourbon barrels, then served as an Old Fashioned […] The finished product will be served from the tap with a splash of bitters and garnished with orange peel.” 20% ABV.
  • FYI ICYMI LOL BRB CYA (ISO:FT) – An impossibly named double dry-hopped IPA made with Citra Cryo, Galaxy, Mosaic Cryo, and Strata hops in collaboration with Barrel Theory.

Moose Lake Brewing Company

  • Apple Ale
  • Hazy IPA

Schram Haus Brewery

  • Kveik IPA – This newly tapped IPA features a blend of six hop varieties and was made with the kveik yeast strain. 5.8% ABV, 56 IBU.

Surly Brewing Company

  • Peel & Squeal – A Beer Hall-only Berliner weisse with mango.

Roets Jordan Brewery

  • Creamsicle – A tangerine and vanilla ale with a creamy body. 6.5% ABV, 10 IBU.
  • Hoppy – Described as a throwback American IPA made with Columbus hops. 6.6% ABV, 72 IBU.
  • Jordan Ale – A 5.2% ABV, 28 IBU rye cream ale.
  • Mocha – A 5.5% ABV, 22 IBU mocha  milk stout.
Wabasha Brewing Co's China Doll // Photo via Wabasha's Facebook

Wabasha Brewing Co’s China Doll // Photo via Wabasha’s Facebook

Torg Brewery

  • Pilsbrucker – A 5.7% ABV kölsch-style beer that is light in body with subtle apple and mild hop notes.
  • Threshold – On tap today, this is an American cream ale available on nitro at the brewery.

Urban Forager Winery and Cider House

  • Honey Toast – “Like our cyser, but made with honey toasted to remove it from the honeycomb,” the cidery explains. “We added some additional buckwheat honey for more of the rich, brown honey flavor.” On tap.

Venn Brewing Company

  • Galaxy Session IPA – A hazy IPA at 4.5% ABV, 35 IBU with tropical notes from the inclusion of Galaxy hops.

Wabasha Brewing Company

  • China Doll – A smooth-drinking white chocolate stout.

Seasonal or rotating returns

Raspberry Blonde from Waconia Brewing Company // via Waconia Brewing Co

56 Brewing

  • Fuzzi’ Lil’ Pucker – A sour ale made with peach puree. Now available in 12-ounce cans in addition to draft. 4.5% ABV, 13 IBU.

    Loud Pack from BlackStack Brewing // Photo via BlackStack Twitter

Beaver Island Brewing Company

  • Maibock

Bell’s Brewery

  • Smitten Ale – A 6% ABV dry-hopped pale ale sold in 6 and 12-packs.

BlackStack Brewing

  • Loud Pack – A tropical and juicy 8% ABV double IPA that showcases Citra, Mosaic, El Dorado, and Galaxy hops.

Boathouse Brothers Brewing Co.

  • Kolsch – Back on tap now.

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

  • Big Doinks – A dank IPA to be served at Soundset festival on May 26.

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

  • Extreme Leisure – Tapped yesterday at the Northeast brewery, this is a guava and passion fruit Berliner weisse.

Founders Brewing Co.

  • Green Zebra – This “combination of a gose, sour, and wild ale” is back as a spring seasonal. At 4.6% ABV, it’s tart and slightly sweet, with added watermelon and sea salt.

Garphish Brewing Company

Celebrating one year of business, Garphish released several limited beers last week, including:

  • Allergic To Jerks
  • Bag Limit Amber Ale – An amber ale made with brown sugar, offering a sweet malt profile with low hop bitterness.
  • Better Than Bagpipes – This is a malt-forward Scotch ale with low bitterness and a copper hue.
  • Bigger Boat Launch – A limited release last Saturday, this is Boat Launch was aged in an Isanti Spirits bourbon barrel and offers chocolate and roasted fruit notes and pours at 9.5% ABV.
  • Tiller Motor Mild

Hoops Brewing Company

  • Champagne IPA #41 – A dry and bubbly brut IPA at 6.5% ABV, 29 IBU.
  • Hell Ale #89 – “This golden ale has a clean and crisp flavor profile and is highly quaffable,” the brewery says. 5.1% ABV, 19 IBU.

    Orange Creamsicle Cream Ale from Tin Whiskers // Photo via Tin Whiskers’ Twitter

Junkyard Brewing Co.

  • CocoMondo – A coconut cream ale, served on nitro at the brewery, as of last Friday.

Moose Lake Brewing Company

  • Red Axe

Tin Whiskers Brewing Company

  • Orange Creamsicle Cream Ale – Back on tap and in Crowlers as of this Monday.

Waconia Brewing Company

  • Raspberry Blonde – Tapped at the brewery on Tuesday.

Wooden Hill Brewing Company

  • Espresso Crow – An 8.7% ABV imperial stout with chocolate and espresso flavors.

Yoerg Brewing

  • Roggenbier – Back on tap, this 4.9% ABV beer with pumpernickel, clove, and banana notes is back on tap. This batch, the brewery says, is drier than its previous incarnation.

Beers just announced

Electric Sombrero of Death releasing from Surly Brewing Co // Photo via Surly

Bad Weather Brewing Company

  • Hefeweizen – Up soon on the brew schedule, Bad Weather says.
  • Witbier – Up soon on the brew schedule, Bad Weather says.

LynLake Brewery

  • Sota Summer Berry Sour – A raspberry and blackberry sour ale to tap on June 1 during the brewery’s Summer Rooftop Kickoff Weekend. 5.2% ABV, 10 IBU, and purple in color, it is the first of three charitable fundraising beers made in collaboration with Sota Clothing.

Surly Brewing Company

  • Electric Sombrero of Death – Coming on June 3, this is a double dry-hopped imperial Mexican-style lager. Made in collaboration with Sun King, it is the latest in the BC Small Batch series.

Tin Whiskers Brewing Company

Tin Whiskers will celebrate its fifth anniversary next month, on June 22.

Special beers will be released throughout the day, including:

  • Key Lime Lager
  • Limoncello IPA
  • Nut Goodie Porter
  • Peanut Butter Mocha Alt

Waconia Brewing Company

  • Key Lime Kolsch – Set to tap on May 30 at the brewery.
  • Powder Keg 2.0 – Set to tap next Tuesday, May 28, at the brewery.
  • Waconia Pilsner – Set to tap on June 4 at the brewery.

Yoerg Brewing

  • Belgian Wit
  • Kellerbier – In the tanks now.

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