The Mash-Up: Fresh hop season is in full swing and dark stouts aren’t far behind

Photo via InBound Brew Company's website

Photo via InBound Brew Company’s website

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.

As harvest season brings a slew of fresh hop beers to taplines at many establishments, others are looking ahead to the darker, richer styles that cooler weather brings. Indeed’s annual Hullabaloo party (October 6–7) celebrates all of those styles and more.

Lake Monster and Pryes are unleashing previously taproom-only sours in cans soon, and Portage will release their first statewide cans today. Summit’s Dark Infusion is also back, making it the first and only Unchained Series beer to return for a second run.



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.

Portage Blueberry Honey Dreamsicle IPA

A milkshake IPA with blueberries, wildflower honey, vanilla beans, and milk sugar to complement the El Dorado hops. Purple in color, it carries notes of berries and stone fruit. When it hits shelves today, October 5, it will be the first Crowler from Portage to be distributed statewide.

Indeed Fresh Hop Ale

“Bright, resinous, and bursting with fresh blueberry and tropical fruit aromas, our Fresh Hop Ale is brewed with fresh Mosaic hops straight from Yakima, Washington,” says the brewery. It will be in four-packs of cans soon. 4.9% ABV, 35 IBU.

Mankato 150th Annivers-Cherry

A special batch of Kato Lager infused with black cherry made for Mankato’s 150th anniversary celebration. Available in limited supply, as of Tuesday, October 2.

Summit Dark Infusion

This coffee milk stout from 2016 will be the first-ever Unchained Series beer to make a return. It tapped at the Summit Ratskeller on October 4 and will be available in six-packs soon after. The beer is a “rich, full-bodied imperial milk stout with sweet, roasted notes, traces of caramel, graham cracker, and dark chocolate, and an infusion of smooth, cold-brewed Brazilian coffee from St. Paul’s Blackeye Roasting Company,” the brewery says. 8.5% ABV, 40 IBU.

Fitger’s Brewhouse Wet Hopped Minnesota Nice

Fitger’s Brewhouse is getting into the fresh hop season spirit with a new wet-hopped beer brewed with fresh hops from Mighty Axe. It’s now available at the Duluth brewpub.

New beers available this week (October 1 – October 7)

Tin Whiskers Brewing Company’s Brut IPA and Belgian IPA // Photo via Tin Whiskers Brewing Company Twitter

12welve Eyes Brewing

  • Boyz II Razz – A new milkshake IPA made with boysenberry, raspberry, lactose, and a hint of vanilla.
  • Lil Red – A red ale with a strong malt build, then dry-hopped. “A substantial Hercules and Simcoe dry-hop bring a nice piney aroma and crisp finish to the beer, making it the best of both worlds,” the brewery says. 4.6% ABV.

Birch’s Lowertown

Birch’s on the Lake has expanded into the Market House Collaborative in Lowertown St. Paul. Their lineup includes the following:

  • American IPA
  • Blonde Ale
  • Blood Orange Berliner Weiss
  • Citra Sour
  • Coffee Chocolate Golden Ale
  • Mexican Chocolate Milk Stout
  • Session IPA – A 5.3% ABV IPA dry-hopped with Amarillo and Centennial hops.

Birch’s on the Lake

  • Cherry Sour – A dark kettle sour made with Montmorency tart cherries. 5.2% ABV.

Brew d’Etat

  • Velvet – A 6.5% ABV milkshake IPA.

Burning Brothers Brewing

  • Ignorance Is Bliss – A new sweet cider available only at the taproom.
  • Knowledge Is Power – A new dry cider available only at the taproom.

Chapel Brewing

  • Imperial Honey Sour Ale – Crowlers distributed in southern Minnesota.

Copper Trail Brewing Co.

  • Caribbean Dream – A straw-colored, bold-flavored coconut rum coffee blonde ale. Pouring at 5.8% ABV, 17 IBU, the brewery says this beer starts with flavors of berry and coffee and finishes with smooth coconut. The coffee beans were soaked in coconut rum for added depth.
  • Wet N’ Wild – A wet-hopped double IPA that Copper Trail described as having lemon, grassy, and spicy notes. 8.0% ABV, 88 IBU.

Dangerous Man Brewing Company

  • DDH Brut IPA – “Brewed with Pilsner malt and dry-hopped with a humongous amount of Azacca and Hallertau Blanc, twice!” the brewery says.

Fitger’s Brewhouse

  • Wet Hopped Minnesota Nice – Brewed with fresh hops from Mighty Axe and now available at the Duluth brewpub.

Forager Brewery

  • Basket of Puppies – This 10.4% ABV beer tapped last Saturday. The limited Crowlers sold out immediately.

Hoops Brewing Company

  • Hoops #85 Mexican Lager – At 5.1% ABV, 15 IBU, this lager has floral, lemon, and lime notes with a light and sweet finish, the brewery says.

Inbound BrewCo

  • Fresh Fruit – It’s fresh hop season and Inbound is celebrating with a special batch of Fruit of the Loop, made with whole hop cones from St. Croix Valley Hops and Bitter County. “It’s a beautiful, dank, juicy, and fresh-citrus IPA,” the brewery says. To debut on October 4 both on draft and in Crowlers.

Indeed Brewing Company

This Saturday and Sunday mark Hullabaloo 2018, Indeed’s annual parking lot frenzy of live music, new beer, and a kickoff to the changing of the seasons. In addition to B-Side, Lucy, Flavorwave, Oktoberfest, and Heliotropic, taps include:

  • Fresh Hop Ale – Top Flight selection.
  • Mix & Mingle Old Fashioned Imperial Brown Ale – A new imperial brown ale with a rich malty base and notes of orange peel, a las an old fashioned. To debut at Hullabaloo 2018, taking place October 6–7 at the brewery. 7.9% ABV, 44 IBU.
  • Stir Crazy Porter – “Our porter is sturdy and roasty with a creamy, tan head and notes of coffee, cocoa, and fig,” the brewery says. It returns next week and will remain in production through March. 6.5% ABV, 50 IBU.
  • Tepache – A new Wooden Soul release, this is a saison refermented with pineapple. “Distinct Brettanomyces aromatics combine with a signature fruity and floral thumbprint. With a golden orange color and a light haze, you’ll get loads of pineapple juice and cooked pineapple flavors.” 7.7% ABV.
  • Torus – Another new Wooden Soul offering, this saison was refermented with blackberries. The brewery says its “Wine-like and deep red in color meeting your nose with wafts of blackberry wine and soft, creamy fruit. Tart, blackberry, and floral perfume-like notes flow onto the palate and finishes dry and juicy.” 7.0% ABV.
  • Yamma Jamma Harvest Ale – A limited amount of this sweet potato beer will be on tap for Hullabaloo 2018, taking place October 6–7 at the brewery.
  • Zwickelbier

Invictus Brewing

  • Aporkalypse Sow – A smoked malt American strong ale brewed for Smokey’s Pub n’ Grill’s anniversary party this Saturday, October 6.

Junkyard Brewing Co.

  • Citrarillo IPA – An IPA brewed with Citra and Amarillo hops.
  • Scrounger Light – An American blonde ale.
  • Strawberry Super Slurp

Little Thistle Brewery

  • Happy Chappy Cream Ale – A light bready malt character complemented by floral hops. 5.4% ABV, 13 IBU.

Lupulin Brewing Company

  • Ark Royal – A 5.3% ABV, 38 IBU extra special/strong bitter.

Mankato Brewery

  • 150th Annivers-Cherry – Top Flight selection.

O’so Brewing Company

O’so Brewing has entered Minnesota. Beers the Plover, WI brewery has available locally include:

  • Arbre Qui Donne – A sour ale fruited with Georgia peaches.
  • Bring Me the Disco King – This is a barrel-aged sour blonde re-fermented with blueberries and ginger.
  • Convenient Distraction – A 10.5% ABV imperial porter brewed with coffee and bourbon vanilla beans.
  • Hop Debacle – A limited edition 5.0% ABV, 30 IBU hazy IPA.
  • Infectious Groove – “Infectious Groove is a Kettle-Sour Blonde Ale that is built like a tart Berliner Weisse,” the brewery says on their website. “This beer is refreshingly tart and ends with a lightly dry finish.” 4.8% ABV.
  • Scarlet Letter – A barrel-aged sour blonde ale re-fermented on cranberries.

Portage Brewing Company

  • Blueberry Honey Dreamsicle IPA – Top Flight selection.

Roets Jordan Brewery

  • Smoked Wheat Ale – 4.8% ABV, 14 IBU
  • ÜberHop – A double IPA featuring Columbus hops. 8% ABV, 88 IBU.

Spiral Brewery

  • Second Street Saison – “This dry, bold, and complex beer captures all the classic farmhouse funk without overpowering the spicy autumn flavors of the rye,” the brewery says. 6.8% ABV.

Summit Brewing Company

  • Keller Pils – A special keg of Keller Pils will be the second Fass Friday release at the Summit Ratskeller today, October 5. Fass kegs are served unfiltered and naturally carbonated directly from the fermentor.

Surly Brewing Company

  • Surly Porter – A lighter bodied porter with sweet chocolate notes, the brewery says. On tap at the Beer Hall since Wednesday, October 3.

Tin Whiskers Brewing Company

  • Belgian IPA – This Fourier Series beer taps today at the brewery.
  • Brut IPA – Made with Cotton Candy Grapes, a grape hybrid that tastes like cotton candy, the brewery explains. Available Saturday.

Torg Brewery

  • Bearded Preacher’s Wife – An assertive, hop-forward IPA with a slightly spicy aroma, the brewery says.

Union 32 Crafthouse

  • So Fresh, So Clean Pale Ale – “Fresh Michigan Copper Hops from our friends at Buck Creek, earthy herbal and fresh. This sessionable pale is complemented with over 60 pounds of wet hops fresh from the field to our kettle in less than 36 hours,” the Eagan brewpub says.

Urban Growler Brewing Company

  • #PSL – A pumpkin spice latte blonde ale that pours at 5.6% ABV, 15 IBU. “#PSL is a creamy sweet Blonde Ale with the delicious flavors of locally roasted True Stone espresso and pumpkin pie,” the brewery says.
  • Vanilla Latte Blonde Ale – This blonde ale is infused with vanilla and light roast espresso, plus lactose. 5.6% ABV, 15 IBU.

Venn Brewing Company

  • Columbus IPA – A bitter and resinous West Coast-style IPA featuring Columbus hops. 6.7% ABV, 75 IBU.
  • Venn Fest – A 6.5% ABV, 30 IBU Oktoberfest-style lager that’s described as toasty, floral, and balanced.

Wild Mind Artisan Ales

  • Pomme Pourrie – A barrel-aged, spontaneously fermented dry graf with notes of oak and white wine, the brewery says. 6.0% ABV.
    Siam Sipper – A citrus and tart American wild ale.


Seasonal or rotating returns

Pryes Brewing Company's Blood Orange Miraculum // Photo courtesy Pryes Brewing Company

Pryes Brewing Company’s Blood Orange Miraculum // Photo courtesy Pryes Brewing Company

Bald Man Brewing

  • Dark Side of the Moon – Bald Man’s porter is back on tap at the brewery, and is being served on nitro.

Barrel Theory Beer Company

  • Purple Lamborghini – A picturesque Berliner weisse with black raspberry, marionberry, and boysenberry. 4% ABV.

Bent Brewstillery

  • Maroon & Bold – The locally sourced double IPA is back on tap at the Roseville brewstillery today, October 5, including an all-day special on pitchers.

Bobbing Bobber Brewing Co.

  • Princess Therese Oktoberfest – “We brewed this in May and it has been aging, gaining rich flavor and aroma since then,” the brewery says.

Cuyuna Brewing Company

  • Dave’s Lakeside Campfire – A Märzen-style lager with smoked malt. 6% ABV, 28 IBU.

Earth Rider Brewery

  • Raspbecrush – This kettle sour wheat ale with raspberries will soon be sold in cans with art by Nick Wroblewski. It’s light, refreshing, and tart, the brewery says. 5.2% ABV, 15 IBU.

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

  • Mirror Universe – Tapped on Thursday at the brewery, this double dry-hopped hazy IPA is back for a limited time.

Giesenbräu Bier Co.

  • Bräu Bräu Bräu – Giesenbräu’s festbier returns for their Oktoberfest party on October 6.

Grand Rounds Brew Pub

  • Alien Candy – The peanut butter stout is back on tap. 5% ABV, 14 IBU.
  • Brown Eyed Girl – A 5.4% ABV, 28 IBU brown ale.

Great Waters Brewing Company

  • Therese’s Meadow Oktoberfest – This is a medium-body lager made with imported German malt and hops. 5.7% ABV, 25 IBU.

HammerHeart Brewing Company

  • Imperial Longship – In bottles this Saturday, this Scotch ale returns to the brewery at over 13% ABV, fermented with Omega Scottish Ale Yeast for the first time and aged in Buffalo Trace barrels.

Hoops Brewing Company

  • Hoops #48 IPA – “A robust and fruity IPA” the brewery says. “Floral aromatics and full-bodied.” 8.7% ABV, 97 IBU.

Lake Monster Brewing Co.

  • Apricot Gose Sour Ale – Previously available in the taproom, Apricot Gose is Lake Monster’s first canned sour ale. This German-style ale uses wheat, coriander, and sea salt along with apricot puree. “Ringing in at an easy-drinking 4.9% ABV, Apricot Gose features notes of tart fruit and salt, along with aromas of ripe apricot,” the brewery says.

Pryes Brewing Company

  • Blood Orange Miraculum – Miraculum with blood orange, available in 750-milliliter bottles at the brewery. “A bold and subtly fruited IPA with a smooth, malty finish,” the brewery says.
  • Hop Harvest IPA – A “fruity, resinous and complex IPA” made with hops from Country Bitters Hop Farm, St. Croix Valley Hops, and Community Hops in Minneapolis.

Roets Jordan Brewery

  • Roets Rye – A 6.2% ABV, 38 IBU rye pale ale.
  • The Belgian – A 7.2% ABV, 28 IBU rye Belgian saison.

Shakopee Brewhall

  • Highway 101 – A West Coast IPA with strong citrus notes. 6.8% ABV, 65 IBU.

Sociable Cider Werks

  • Wet Hop-a-Wheelie – A fresh-hopped cider that’s part of the Minnesota Fresh Hop Tour of Mighty Axe-grown fresh hop ales.

Summit Brewing Company

  • Dark Infusion – Top Flight Selection

Surly Brewing Company

  • Damien – An American black ale, the child of Darkness is back.
  • Wet – Made this year with fresh-picked Citra hops from Yakima, Washington, this is an aromatic and notably hoppy IPA.

Tilion Brewing Company

  • Oktoberfest – A Märzen-style lager, on tap now.

Town Hall Brewery

  • Petunia’s Pumpkin Ale – An amber-colored nutty beer with spice. 5.6% ABV.
  • Oktoberfest Lager – A traditional German-style Märzen lager that is full in body and pours a dark copper color. 6.6% ABV.

Urban Growler Brewing Company

  • Amber Skyline – A medium-bodied amber ale with a balanced malt sweetness and floral/citrus hop character. 5.6% ABV, 27 IBU.
  • Oktoberfest – A 6.5% ABV, 23 IBU fest bier brewed with German malts.

Beers just announced

BauHaus Brew Labs Homeguys Helles Lager // Photo via BauHaus Brew Labs Twitter

BauHaus Brew Labs Homeguys Helles Lager // Photo via BauHaus Brew Labs Twitter

Bauhaus Brew Labs

  • Homeguys Helles Lager – “Brewed with 100 percent German-grown malt and hops and coming in at 4.7% ABV, this might just be the lightest and easiest drinking brew we’ve ever made,” Bauhaus says. Coming in cans soon.

Burning Brothers Brewing

  • Cranberry Shandy – Replacing Parched Lime Shandy on tap at the brewery on October 16.

Grand Rounds Brew Pub

  • E.Nigma – A milkshake-style IPA, coming soon.

Insight Brewing

  • Phantom Taxi – This double dry-hopped double IPA will return soon, the brewery says.

Left Hand Brewing Company

  • Chai Milk Stout Nitro – This smooth and aromatic stout will be back next week.

Lift Bridge Brewing Company

  • Commander – The popular barley wine returns next month on November 10.
  • Imperial Pumpkin Porter – This high ABV fall seasonal will be back on tap at the brewery for The Big Carve on October 17.
  • Hanszee Hoppy AF IPA –Named for the late Hans “Hanszee” Lofgren, this IPA was brewed with seven different hops and is available at the brewery. 7.6% ABV, 60 IBU.
  • Pony Pride Red IPA – “Some roasted malt creates a homage to the hometown colors, while the generous late additions of Amarillo and Chinook hops brighten aroma and flavor,” Lift Bridge says. 6.3% ABV, 66 IBU, available October 10.

Lupulin Brewing Company

  • BA Night Witch – 14% ABV and aged in Knob Creek bourbon barrels.
  • D’OHYEAH – A juicy, hazy IPA that is dry-hopped with Citra, Cascade, and Mandarina Bavaria. 6.5% ABV.
  • Javatized – This stout uses coffee from Paradise Coffee Roasters in Ramsey. 6.0% ABV

Moose Lake Brewing Company

  • Red Axe Irish Ale – “This beer is balanced with firm malt notes that are accompanied by a gentle roast at 6% ABV. It is a smooth Irish red ale perfect for any season,” the brewery says.

Pryes Brewing Company

  • Royal Raspberry Sour – A tart, fruited Berliner Weisse that started at the taproom, expanded to restaurants, and will soon be available in four-packs of 16-ounce cans.

Tin Whiskers Brewing Company

  • Nut Goodie Porter – This chocolate, peanut butter, and maple porter was brewed in collaboration with Pearson’s Candy, the original creators of the Nut Goodie, and will be available at the brewery next Friday, October 12.

Urban Growler Brewing Company

  • Candy Corn Imperial Cream Ale – In preparation for Halloween, the one and only Candy Corn Imperial Cream Ale returns on October 11.

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A Blind Tasting beer festival

Taste & Rate 48 Minnesota Oktoberfests

Sept. 20, 2019 | 5:30–9pm
Upper Landing Park
Tickets: GA $40 | DD $20