The Mash-Up: Kyle Rudolph collaboration beer, winter porters, and malty ales

HammerHeart's taproom // Photo via HammerHeart's Facebook

HammerHeart’s taproom // Photo via HammerHeart’s Facebook

With over 130 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.

There’s no shortage of beer news this week. This weekend marks the second anniversary at Lakes & Legends and the 18th anniversary of The Herkimer in Uptown. Outside of the state, Left Hand announced a busy lineup for 2018, their 25th year in the industry.

Collaborations are the story this week. Birch’s on the Lake teamed up with Indeed for a unique tamarind kettle sour, Lupine and Old Chicago made a beer, and 612Brew intercepted Kyle Rudolph between touchdown receptions for a special charitable project with the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. Northbound will debut a special brew project between Excelsior and Michael Agnew of A Perfect Pint later this evening.

While there are a number of notable new beers to sample this week in between holiday shopping there are also several new beers in coming weeks, including unique offerings next weekend at HammerHeart and OMNI.

We’re also excited to introduce a new section to The Mash-Up this week: Top Flight. Each week, The Growler’s editorial team will highlight five of the most tantalizing new beers hitting taps and store shelves that we’re most excited about. Without further ado, our inaugural Top Flight:




Badger Hill Porter infused with hazelnuts

This limited batch of hazelnut-infused porter was tapped at the Shakopee taproom on Wednesday. Roasty, nutty, and just 5.3% ABV—yep, count us in. If you didn’t get a chance to try it, you may still be able to nab a growler of the non-infused porter.

Summit Union Series Imperial Russian Stout

Summit head brewer Damian McConn added a sixth beer to the Union Series with the release of Imperial Russian Stout. Based on a British recipe from the 1840s, this 10.5% stout spent six months aging until it hit the flavor profile McConn was looking for: bitter chocolate, licorice, dark fruits, and coffee. Available in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles.

Excelsior F.A.B.

Excelsior head brewer Niles Lewin collaborated with frequent Growler contributor Michael Agnew on a wet-hopped rye California common called F.A.B. (F’ing Agnew Brew). A release party for this malt-forward beer, which the brewery says has flavors of “toasted bread crust and caramel, with a shot of peppery rye,” is set for tonight at Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub.

Steel Toe Cherry Tart

Brewed to highlight Oregon tart cherries, Steel Toe is tapping this limited cherry ale at the taproom today. The brewery says it has flavors of tart cherries, pie crust, and dark stone fruits—basically all the good stuff. This one is bound to go fast, so get down to St. Louis Park tonight.

HammerHeart Gesik

How many chances do you get to try a Finnish sahti? To mark the 100th anniversary of Finnish independence, HammerHeart teased a keg of this sahti, brewed traditionally with juniper boughs and berries in a hand-hewn kuurna, at the taproom on December 6. (The official bottle release is set for December 16.)

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

Surly's Barrel Aged Pentagram barrels // Photo via Surly Brewing Company

Surly’s Barrel Aged Pentagram barrels // Photo via Surly Brewing Company

10K Brewing

  • Attack of The Cows
  • English Pale Ale – Releasing today.
  • Wooly Bully


  • Coffee Mild Ale – On tap now and brewed with beans roasted fresh by Spyhouse Coffee. 3.9% ABV.

Badger Hill Brewing Company

  • Porter infused with hazelnuts*

Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative

  • Nordic Night – Released on December 1, this beer is brewed with winter in mind. “It’s a unique porter with chocolate and spice aroma, and strong dark chocolate and toffee flavors intermingled with flavors of nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon,” Broken Clock says.

Excelsior Brewing Company

  • F.A.B.*

Flat Earth Brewing Company

  • Hold Your Fire Porter – Flat Earth is making a new porter each Wednesday until February 2018. This version released on December 6 includes hot peppers.

Giesenbräu Bier Co.

  • Frickin Scruggly DIPA – With a heavy dose of Falconer’s Flight and Chinook hops, this DIPA registers 10.6% ABV.

HammerHeart Brewing Company

  • Gesik*

Indeed Brewing Company

  • Danzig – A new dunkel, available at the taproom. 4.6% ABV, 22 IBU.

Lagunitas Brewing Company

  • Willetized – The latest in the OneHitter series is out. This is an imperial coffee stout aged in Willett rye barrels. Lagunitas notes flavors of smoke, chocolate, and coffee.

LTD Brewing

  • Raspberry Chocolate Milk Stout – On tap today for Firkin Friday at LTD.

Lupine Brewing Company

  • Frosty’s Magic Elixir – This black IPA is an Old Chicago exclusive, now available from Lupine.

Roma Restaurant & Brewery

  • Gallia – A French strong ale that came out last month. 7.7% ABV, 23 IBU.

Steel Toe Brewing

  • Cherry Tart*

Summit Brewing Company

  • Union Series Imperial Russian Stout*

Surly Brewing Company

  • Barrel-Aged Pentagram – After a combined 26 months in barrels (18 in red wine, eight in rye whiskey), this beer is described by Surly as amplifying its “intense sour cherry, tobacco, oak, and Brett notes.”

Waldmann Brewery

  • Weihnachtsbier – “A rich, malty altbier-style brown ale that takes its name from the German word for Christmas. True to the Reinheitsgebot, no decent German brewer would add spices to beer, so our Weihnachtsbier spotlights the natural clove and fruit-like subtleties already present in its European malts,” Waldmann says of their latest offering.

Wild Mind Artisan Ales

  • Velour Pantsuit – A hazy IPA, now available.

Seasonal or rotating returns

Roundhouse Brewery's Boom Lake Lager // Photo via Roundhouse Brewery Facebook

Roundhouse Brewery’s Boom Lake Lager // Photo via Roundhouse Brewery Facebook

56 Brewing

  • Barleywine – Out today, this winter beer is 9.0% ABV, 90 IBU.

Alloy Brewing Company

  • Holidaze

Bald Man Brewing

  • Killer Queen Imperial IPA – Back on tap on December 7.

Barrel Theory Beer Company

  • Citra Pale Ale – Returns this weekend. 5.9% ABV.
  • DDH Rain Drops – A double dry-hopped version of Rain Drops hazy IPA. This batch uses Galaxy hops (plus Citra and Mosaic), while the previous version used Vic Secret. 7.5% ABV.
  • Purple Lamborghini – A kettle Berliner weisse with black raspberry, boysenberry, and marion berry that give it a deep purple hue. 4.0% ABV.

Bell’s Brewery

  • Amber Ale
  • Christmas Ale – Bell’s switched up the recipe this year, making a malty Scotch ale with “notes of caramel and a warm finish.” 7.5% ABV.
  • White Winter

Copper Trail Brewing Company

  • Indigo Wheat – Back on tap as of December 1.

Excelsior Brewing Company

  • Row-Bust Porter – This winter seasonal offers mild notes of tropical fruits, melted toffee, and brown sugar. 5.8% ABV, 38 IBU.

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

  • Double Raspberry Roselle – With two pounds of raspberries per gallon, Fair State introduces a new version of this popular beer on December 7. It will be sold in limited 750-milliliter bottles at the taproom. 8.1% ABV, 10 IBU.

Foxhole Brewhouse

  • III – This Belgian tripel is brewed with honey for a soft and smooth body. “Subtle notes of honey, spice, and banana drift to your nose. Smooth spice and soft Belgian esters glide over your taste buds. This is a sipper at 8.2% and 21 IBUs,” says the Foxhole website.

Hoops Brewing

  • #300 Best Brown – This is a North England–style brown ale with sweet malt and balanced body. 5.1% ABV, 28 IBU.

Junkyard Brewing Co.

  • Vanilla Shake O’ Matic – Releasing today, Junkyard succinctly says, “Tahitian Beans, Mosaic, Citra, El Dorado, Glacier. A very luxurious experience.”

Lakes & Legends Brewing Company

  • Anniversary Beer – Celebrating two years in the biz this Saturday, Lakes & Legends’ second anniversary ale is a barrel-aged version of their Winter Warmer, aged in rye and bourbon barrels for over a year. “The result is a boozy, dark beer with roast and chocolate flavors that clocks in at 11.9% ABV,” Lakes & Legends says.
  • Winter Warmer – The original also returns to taps on Saturday, this one at a scant 10.3% ABV.
  • Winter Warmer infusions – Starting at 5pm on Saturday, a new firkin infusion will be tapped each hour. Flavors include hot chiles, marshmallow, and Vietnamese coffee.

Lift Bridge Brewing Co.

  • Chocolate Dipped Biscotti – It’s the return of Biscotti on Saturday. This cookie-inspired beer has notes of amber malts, vanilla, and cocoa nibs to celebrate the season.

Pryes Brewing Company

  • Winter IPA – Thinking cold thoughts, Pryes brewed this winter IPA to deliver “bold hoppy aromatics, natural hop-driven pine flavors and hints of black currant.

Roundhouse Brewery

  • Boom Lake Lager – Back on tap, as of December 5.

Wabasha Brewing Co.

  • Implosion IPA with Blueberry – This limited offering IPA is back, utilizing blueberries to highlight hop characteristics.

Wayzata Brew Works

  • Twin Screws Double IPA – This juicy IPA features Mosaic and Australian Vic Secret from Yakima Valley Hops.

Beers just announced

Fulton's Culture Project Tanager // Photo via Fulton Brewing Company Twitter

Fulton’s Culture Project Tanager // Photo via Fulton Brewing Company Twitter


  • 52 By 612 – 612Brew teamed up with the Vikings’ Kyle Rudolph on this Super Bowl–minded beer. It debuts at a ticketed party on December 19 and hits the market in full closer to Super Bowl Sunday. Proceeds from the beer benefit Kyle Rudolph’s End Zone non-profit.

Beaver Island Brewing Company

  • Check Pils – St. Cloud is the official host of Hockey Day Minnesota on January 20, 2018. Beaver Island released a Czech-style Pilsner, Check Pils, on December 6 in celebration of Hockey Day Minnesota.

Birch’s On the Lake

  • Tamarind Sour – This new sour was made in collaboration with Indeed. Birch’s says it’s “5.1% ABV, 100% crisp chevalier heritage malt, kettle soured with the cultures from Indeed, then brewed with Amchur (green mango powder) before being mixed with lots of Tamarind…very tart and refreshing with an Indian spice kick.” Available at the brewpub.

Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative

  • Russian Imperial Stout – Coming later this month.
  • Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout – Coming later this month.

Fulton Brewing

  • Culture Project #3: Tanager – Tanager makes its bottle debut soon. This is a 100-percent barrel-fermented Brett IPA and the third release in Fulton’s mixed culture series.

Great Lakes Brewing Company

The 2018 Great Lakes lineup is out, with many returning favorites plus new options as they celebrate 30 years.

Year rounds:

  • Dortmunder Gold Lager
  • Eliot Ness Amber Lager
  • Turntable Pils
  • Holy Moses White Ale – New to the year-round lineup, features coriander, chamomile, and orange peel.
  • Burning River Pale Ale – Updated to feature regionally-sourced ingredients, including local hops and Haus Malts out of Cleveland.
  • Commodore Perry IPA
  • Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
  • Lightkeeper Blonde Ale – Available in six-pack cans.


  • Conway’s Irish Ale – Out in January.
  • Hop Madness Double IPA – Out in February, 2018’s update will be 9.0% ABV, 100 IBU.
  • Cloud Cutter Ale – “Citrusy hop flavors and aromas barrel roll through a cloud cover of pillowy wheat and crisp malt in this refreshing, easy-drinking new ale,” the brewery says. Out in March.
  • Chillwave Double IPA – April 2018
  • Rally Drum Red Ale – April 2018
  • Holy Moses Raspberry White Ale – Out in May. 6.2% ABV, 20 IBU.
  • Lake Erie Monster Imperial IPA – June 2018
  • Oktoberfest – August 2018
  • Nosferatu Imperial Red Ale – September 2018
  • Moondog Ale – A new beer set to debut in September.
  • Ohio City Oatmeal Stout – October 2018
  • Christmas Ale – November 2018
  • Blackout Stout Imperial Stout – November 2018

HammerHeart Brewing Company

  • Midvinter Øl – HammerHeart’s Norwegian-style winter ale is back on December 16. The brewery describes it as a black ale that’s spiced, then aged in Gamle Ode aquavit barrels.
  • Stjørdal – One of three HammerHeart beers to appear in bottles for their December 16 release, this is a unique Norwegian style of beer. “This is one of the first commercially produced Stjørdalsølsl made in the U.S., to our knowledge,” HammerHeart says. “A beer style specific to the town of Stjørdal, Norway, it is a farmhouse ale made with Alderwood-smoked malt commissioned specifically for Hammerheart and a native Norwegian yeast.”

Hayes’ Public House

  • Morrígan Black IPA – This black IPA came out on November 30 and blends British and Irish malts with Citra, Columbus, and Amarillo hops.

Hop & Barrel Brewing Company

Set to open on December 16 in downtown Hudson, Hop & Barrel is planning the following releases:

  • Crooked Grin IPA
  • Dirty Scowl Dark Ale
  • Minnesconsin Lager
  • “Rule of Two” rotating beers – Think SMaSH, but with two hop and malt combos instead of one.

Inbound BrewCo

  • Russian Imperial Stout – Out on December 15, Inbound describes, “Intense chocolaty notes balance with a slight warming throughout. A subtle smokey aroma gives way to that rich and complex hop bitterness. Low hop aromas combined with the roasty, burnt dark fruit characters create our well-rounded RIS.”

Left Hand Brewing Company

Left Hand celebrates 25 years of Colorado craft beer in 2018. They’ve unveiled their lineup for the year:

Year rounds:

  • Colorful Colorado Pale Ale – One of four new year-round beers to be sold in 12-ounce cans. To be sold in the Mixed Pack and within Colorado.
  • Death Before Disco Porter
  • Juicy Goodness – A dry-hopped, hazy golden ale with fruity characteristics.
  • Left Hand IPA – Fruity characteristics and “citrus tang,” says the brewery.

Additional beers include:

  • Belgian Dubbel Nitro
  • Blackcurrant Cream Ale Nitro
  • Chai Milk Stout Nitro
  • Wake Up Dead Nitro
  • Les Quatres Saisons seasonal series returns.
  • MS Gose Away – A new spring seasonal, limited. “A perfectly salty and lightly sour beer with raspberries and lemon peel will debut in late spring,” the brewery says.
  • Peach Beerllini radler – A new summer offering.
  • 25th Anniversary – Coming in September 2018 in 22-ounce bombers.
  • Pepper Porter – With a mix of chipotle and other peppers, available in the winter.
  • Well Played Red IPA – This previous limited release comes back as a seasonal next year.

OMNI Brewing Co.

  • Hibernation Party – The December 16 release event will feature exclusive, currently secret, barrel-aged beers.

Pryes Brewing Company

  • Barleywine – This barleywine comes out next weekend, on December 16. Pryes says it has a sweet malty aroma, followed by caramel and roasty malt with a heated and dry finish.

Steel Toe Brewing

  • Size 11 – Expect this to return in January.
  • Sticker Fight – Coming in March 2018.

Surly Brewing Company

  • Hop Shifter with beet powder and tea bagged with Warrior – The Cask Tuesday offering at the Beer Hall on December 12. Recommended to pair with smoked serrano wings with gorgonzola, says Surly.

Tin Whiskers Brewing Company

  • Fourier Series: Red Rye IPA – The Fourier Series continues its head-to-head format, releasing two new red rye IPAs on December 15 and tabulating customer feedback over the weekend. Both feature rye and chocolate malts.

Waconia Brewing Company

  • Driftwood Russian Imperial Stout – Coming on winter solstice, December 21, this is a limited offering beer aged in 9-year-old Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels. Forty 750-milliliter bottles will be sold out of the taproom.
  • Mo’Winta Milk Stout and Raspberry Mo’Winta Milk Stout – Out on December 16.
  • Single Hop Series: Galaxy – This one releases next week on December 15.

Waldmann Brewery

  • German Porter – Waldmann has an 1857 recipe recreation in the tanks and coming soon.

Wild Mind Artisan Ales

  • Vivid Gold – The juicy, hazy triple IPA returns. Also available in crowlers.

* See Top Flight for more details

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