The Mash-Up: From juniper to coriander, new beers get extra festive

Earth Rider Brewery's Aquavit Barrel Aged Valhalla Ale // Photo courtesy Earth Rider Brewery

Earth Rider Brewery’s Aquavit Barrel Aged Valhalla Ale // Photo courtesy Earth Rider Brewery

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.

There’s a lot to do around the holidays, but area breweries are giving extra reasons to visit your local establishments with new beers made with everything festive, from juniper to coriander and even watermelon radishes. This week’s notable releases run the gamut from big, bold, and barrel-aged to tart and crisp, to hazy and sweet.

This past Thursday, December 20, Sierra Nevada kicked off Resilience Night, in which the Chico, CA brewery released Resilience Butte County Proud IPA—which more than 1,400 breweries across the country have taken part in recreating—donating 100 percent of the profits to Camp Fire relief. Several are now on tap in Minnesota, including from Dual Citizen, Bauhaus, Rustech, and Surly, with more to come over the next month.



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.

Urban Forage Winery & Ciderhouse O Tannin Bomb

“A dry cider that will make your palate explode with tannin,” the ciderhouse says. “And by explode with tannin, [we] mean a drying, astringent and absolutely sublime rush of caramel-colored crabapple tannin.”

Resilience Butte County Proud IPA

Sierra Nevada’s Chico brewery is located near the wildfires’ path and, while it was undamaged, the fires displaced 14 percent of their employees and severely damaged neighboring communities. Across the country, more than 1,400 breweries will be releasing the beer, including several in Minnesota. Show your support by visiting any of the Minnesota breweries who created their own versions of Resilience Butte County Proud IPA and are donating to the fund.

Bauhaus Brew Labs NA Homeguys Helles

This week, Bauhaus introduced a non-alcoholic version of their flagship Helles lager, which will be available year-round at the taproom.

HammerHeart Brewing Company Gävlingens Hämnd

HammerHeart is throwing one last bottle release for 2018 and the lineup includes this Alderwood-smoked farmhouse ale aged in Islay Scotch barrels. Using a base of Stjørdalsøl, “It is a mashup of Scandinavian and Scottish smoked beverages,” the brewery says. Available on Saturday.

Fair State Brewing Cooperative LÄCTOBÄC XMAS

“A reprise of the tenth installment of the LÄCTOBÄC series, this time with blood orange, tangerine, cranberry, and ginger added,” the brewery says. 5.2% ABV, 10 IBU.


New beers available this week (December 17–December 23)

Photo via Dangerous Man Brewing Company Twitter

Photo via Dangerous Man Brewing Company Twitter

12welve Eyes Brewing

  • Barrel Aged Spang Stout – Released on tap and in 750-milliliter bottles last Saturday, this batch of Spang coffee stout was aged in a Buffalo Trace barrel and then had more coffee added before packaging.
  • Wild Rice Ale – “A brown ale brewed with wild rice and maple syrup. This beer has a delicate body backed by a malty earthiness and a slightly sweet finish,” the brewery says.

AEGIR Brewing Company

  • Valhoppa Hazy IPA – A double dry-hopped hazy IPA.

Alloy Brewing

  • SMaSH Pale Ale V2 – Tapped last Friday, this features Golden Promise malt and Belma hops for a “slight grassy start and a smooth strawberry and melon finish,” the brewery says.

Back Channel Brewing

  • IPA – A new IPA taps today at the brewery.

Badger Hill Brewing Company

  • Barrel Aged Tripel Abbey Ale – Badger Hill’s tripel, aged in wild ale barrels that give tart and fruity flavors to complement the base tripel. Available in limited bottles.

Bauhaus Brew Labs

  • NA Homeguys Helles – Top Flight selection.
  • Resilience Butte County Proud IPA – Tapped yesterday at the brewery and available in limited supply.

Birch’s Lowertown

  • Vanilla Milk Stout – While the recipe is already familiar to many from its original appearance at Birch’s on the Lake, Birch’s Lowertown released its first St. Paul-brewed batch. It’s a rich stout with lactose and bourbon vanilla beans, pouring at 6.0% ABV.

Birch’s On the Lake

  • Bohemian Pilsner – A 4.9% ABV lager made with Weyermann Bohemian Pilsner malt and Czech Saaz hops.

Bobtown Brewhouse

  • Kraftwerk Witbier

Burning Brothers Brewing

  • Farmhouse Saison – Tapping this Saturday at the brewery.

Dangerous Man Brewing Company

  • Black Currant Cobbler – Released last weekend, this colorful and creamy beer features wheat, oats, lactose, Mosaic and El Dorado hops, plus black currants and cinnamon.
  • Hazy Lazer IPA – Dangerous Man describes this recently released IPA as soft and juicy with candied pineapple, Cara Cara orange, and creamy lemon candy notes.
  • Section Hike – “Section Hike is a malt-forward lager brewed with cedar and juniper branches. Tastes just like taking a hike through one of the many amazing sections of the Superior Hiking Trail,” the brewery says. Made in collaboration with Nicholas Brewing Projects consulting.

Dual Citizen Brewing Company

  • Winter Spruce & Juniper Pale Ale – At 6.5% ABV, this gruit uses spruce tips and juniper berries instead of hops. The botanical focus gives hints of mint and fruit, the brewery says, with a residual bitterness.

Earth Rider Brewery

  • Aquavit Barrel Aged Valhalla Ale – Aged in a Vikre Voyageur Aquavit barrel, this batch of Valhalla Scotch Ale has added rich flavors from the barrel atop notes of toast, caramel, dark fruit, plus citrus peel, cardamom, and fennel. 8.5% ABV, 31 IBU.

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

  • LÄCTOBÄC XMAS – Top Flight selection.

Fargo Brewing Company

  • Resilience Butte County Proud IPA – Tapping at the North Dakota brewery today.


  • Biere De Mars – A blackberry whiskey barrel-aged Belgian ale. 6.4% ABV.

HammerHeart Brewing Company

  • British Invasion – One of several beers available in bottles releasing on Saturday, December 22, HammerHeart says this is a “traditional English-style pale ale with a strong Maris Otter base using English yeast for a biscuity finish.” 6.9% ABV.
  • Gävlingens Hämnd – Top Flight selection. 
  • Laurentian Porter – Available this Saturday.

HeadFlyer Brewing

  • Scotchy Scotch – This week’s Beyond the Door series release is a sweet, malt-forward Scotch ale that finishes “with just the right amount of smoke,” the brewery says. 8.5% ABV, 24 IBU.

Hoops Brewing Company

  • #604 Stock Ale – At 6.1% ABV, 36 IBU, this ale pours orange in color with a dry hoppy finish and slight smokiness.

Indeed Brewing Company

  • Blue Blood – Part of the Wooden Soul series, this is a wooden barrel-aged Brett saison with blueberry and orange peel. 8.1% ABV.
  • Chai Velvet – Available at the taproom, this is an amber ale with TeaSource Chai spice and lactose, giving it a silky mouthfeel and ginger, clove, and cardamom notes.
  • Rum King Imperial Stout with Orange and Cacao – Tapped on Monday, December 17, this limited supply Rum King infusion uses zested oranges and cacao nibs.

Junkyard Brewing Co.

  • Barrel Aged Scout Camp – A new double s’more porter.
  • Big Manchild – A West Coast-style double IPA that is available in Crowlers and on draft.
  • Proverbial Substance – A new dry-hopped sour ale referented with brettanomyces, plus peach, apricot, cherry, guava, and strawberry purees.

Lakes & Legends Brewing Company

  • 5 Weight – Available at the brewery, this is a light and biscuity cream ale that is also available on nitro. 5.6% ABV, 20 IBU.

Little Thistle Brewing Co.

  • Belgian Wit – A hazy Belgian beer with a hint of spice, coriander, and bitter orange, the brewery says. 4% ABV, 11 IBU.

LTS Brewing Company

  • Zythos – An American pale ale that is currently on tap at LTS in Rochester.

Lupulin Brewing

  • Vienna Lager – A 5% ABV, 25 IBU new Vienna lager.

Modist Brewing Co.

  • Wouldst Thou Like to Live Deliciously – A 7.5% ABV peanut butter and chocolate stout.

OMNI Brewing Co.

OMNI celebrates their winter Hibernation Party this Saturday, with several new and returning beers (more listed below) in limited supply.

Barrel-aged beers:

  • Super Scotch
  • Bourbon Omnipotent
  • Bourbon Sweetness
  • Barrel-Aged Doppelbock


  • Cacao and Coconut Sweetness – Taps at 12pm.
  • Léon w/ Espresso Beans, Vanilla, and Cacao nibs – Taps at 2pm.
  • S’more Léon w/ Graham Cracker, Vanilla, and Cacao – Taps at 4pm.
  • Salted Nut Roll Omnipotent – Taps at 6pm.
  • Butterfinger Snowprint – Taps at 8pm.

Portage Brewing Company

  • Christmas Cookies – Portage is celebrating winter solstice with Day Øf Dark on Saturday, featuring a dark beer flight, plus the release of this new imperial stout: “This recipe received generous amounts of Nabisco Cookies, Hershey’s chocolate powder, brown sugar, cacao nibs, vanilla bean paste, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Below that, a thick layer of Irish stout malts, golden naked oats, caramel malts, and roasted barley.” 12% ABV.

Revelation Ale Works

  • Blood Orange Wheat

Rustech Brewing

  • Resilience Butte County Proud IPA – Available today at the brewery.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

  • Resilience Butte County Proud IPA – This charitable new IPA from Sierra Nevada will donate 100 percent of its profits to Camp Fire relief fund for California wildfire release. Sierra Nevada’s Chico brewery is located near the fires and, while it was undamaged, the fires displaced 14 percent of their employees and severely damaged neighboring communities. Across the country, more than 1,400 breweries will be releasing the beer, including several in Minnesota.

Sociable Cider Werks

  • Peach Nutmeg Mead – On tap as of last Friday, December 14.

Surly Brewing Company

  • Resilience Butte County Proud IPA – Now available at the Beer Hall.

Tin Whiskers Brewing Company

  • Christmas Cookie Ale – This new Fourier Series beer released on Thursday. It’s an amber ale with cranberry, white chocolate, almonds, and vanilla. It kicks off the “Three Days of Christmas” celebration at the brewery from Thursday through Saturday.
  • Mint Chocolate Short Circuit Stout Cask – This special cask will tap as 12pm on Saturday to wrap-up the Three Days of Christmas event.
  • Winter Warmer – Tapping at 3pm today, this Fourier Series dark brown ale features nutmeg, coriander, cinnamon, grains of paradise, and orange peel for seasonal spice.

Urban Forage Winery & Ciderhouse

  • O Tannin Bomb – Top Flight selection. 
  • Winter Spice Cider – “Hot, spicy cinnamon and ginger with just a tease of exotic clove and cardamom. The slight bit of bitterness imparted by the spices is more than compensated for by the warm, rich sweetness of a lush and full bodied cider,” Urban Forage says. Served hot or cold and the taproom.

Venn Brewing Company

  • Citra Amarillo Pale Ale – An American pale ale with grapefruit and stone fruit citrus flavors. 5.5% ABV, 40 IBU.
  • Helles Lager – A 4.8% ABV Bavarian-style helles lager that’s malty sweet, floral, and dry in finish, the brewery says.

Wild Mind Artisan Ales

  • Beets By Dwight – This 6.4% ABV root saison was made with watermelon radish, beets, and carrots. “The resulting beer is fit for a Schrute, a dry, earthy, and spicy saison with a touch of berry and hints of root vegetables on the finish,” the brewery says.
  • Grey Owl – A light, dry grisette with spicy, herbal character. 4.2% ABV.

Worth Brewing Co.

  • Resilience Butte County Proud IPA – Tapped last Friday at the Iowa brewery. Available in limited supply.


Seasonal or rotating returns

AEGIR Brewing Company’s Idunn’s Apple Ale // Photo via AEGIR Brewing Company Facebook

12welve Eyes Brewing

  • Brown Ale – A classic style brown ale with nutty, toast notes and a finish that the brewery describes as a mild hop bitterness with roasty flavors.
  • Sourmeister – “Berliner weisse with woodruff syrup. Woodruff syrup adds a nice herbal sweetness to balance out the acidity of this beer,” 12welve Eyes says.

AEGIR Brewing Company

  • Idunn’s Apple Ale – 5.1% ABV

Back Channel Brewing

  • Rail King – A 5.6% ABV American pale ale.

Barley John’s Brewpub

  • The Dark Knight – The 15.5% ABV barrel-aged imperial porter returns.

BlackStack Brewing

  • Thicc Mint – Another cookie beer, this 6.5% ABV stout is made with Thin Mint cookies.

Burning Brothers Brewing

  • Raj Agni IPA – Burning Brothers recently released a reformulated version of this IPA.

Central Waters Brewing Co.

  • Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout

Excelsior Brewing Company

  • Onawa Imperial Stout – Formerly known as Scofflaw, this imperial stout is now available from the brewery.
  • Shattered Solstice Ale – This winter seasonal returns at the brewery today.

HammerHeart Brewing Company

  • 2018 Midvinter Øl – This rich and slightly bitter dark beer features seasonal spices and was aged in Gamle Ode Aquavit barrels.

Indeed Brewing Company

  • Midnight Ryder – The original black IPA returned to the taproom on Monday. “Big notes of chocolate, caramel, and roast shift into a piney, resinous finish to create this complex IPA,” Indeed says.

Junkyard Brewing Co.

  • Citra-Zaic DIPA – A double IPA featuring Citra hops.

Lakes & Legends Brewing Company

  • Barley Wine – 9.7% ABV, 60 IBU

Lakeville Brewing Co.

  • Cloak and Dagger – A 7.4% ABV American dark lager that’s malt-forward with roasted and toasty notes.

LocAle Brewing Co.

  • Bachelor Farmer – A hazy pale ale with citrus flavors. 5.5% ABV, 35 IBU.

Lupine Brewing Company

  • Goldy’s Grog – A 9.5% ABV strong golden lager infused with “a blend of super fruit.” Tapped last week.
  • Smokey Pale – Also tapped at the brewery last week.

Modist Brewing Co.

  • Double Ghost Vision – “DGV is a 8.6% DDH DIPA that’s brewed entirely from oats and wheat then massively dry hopped with Citra, then massively dry hopped with Cryo Citra,” the brewery explains.

OMNI Brewing Co.

Three limited beers returning for Hibernation Party are:

  • Snowprint – A doppelbock.
  • Léon – OMNI’s third anniversary imperial stout.
  • Unite! – A 1/6 barrel keg of this first anniversary imperial stout will be served.

Rustech Brewing

  • London Express – A coffee brown ale that pours at 6.9% ABV, 30 IBU.

Wild Mind Artisan Ales

  • Resilience Butte County Proud IPA – This Resilience variation was barrel fermented for added farmhouse character, putting a Wild Mind stamp on a national charitable program.

Beers just announced

Photo courtesy Summit Brewing Company

Photo courtesy Summit Brewing Company

Alloy Brewing

  • Resilience Butte County Proud IPA – Coming next week.

Avery Brewing Co.

  • Hazyish IPA – A juicy, hazy, and aromatic IPA made with Amarillo, Azacca, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops will become a year round beer in January 2019.

Forager Brewery

  • Mexican Mocha – This 10.2% coffee stout was made with chili peppers, cinnamon, cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, and coffee and will be available close to New Year’s Day.

Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Cleveland’s Great Lakes just announced its 2019 schedule.

  • Conway’s Irish Ale – Returning in January.
  • Chillwave Double IPA – Coming in February.
  • Great Lakes IPA – A new year round IPA brewed with lemon peel, Mosaic, Lemondrop, Azacca, and Simcoe hops. To debut in March.
  • Cloud Cutter Hoppy Wheat Ale – Back in April.
  • Rally Drum Red Ale – A limited release that returns for baseball season.
  • Holy Moses Raspberry White Ale – A raspberry variation of the year round Holy Moses White Ale returns in May.
  • Midnight Moses Dark Belgian-Style Ale – This new Holy Moses variation adds dark malt to the recipe for chocolate flavors along side the Wit’s spicy and citrus notes. To be sold in a Moses Mix Variety Pack with the other two variations.
  • Lake Erie Monster Imperial IPA – Back in May 2019 with new artwork.
  • Buckin’ Mule Moscow Mule Ale – A new beer inspired by the Moscow Mule cocktail, make with ginger, lime peel, rye, and Citra hops. It will release in 4-packs in June.
  • Oktoberfest – Available next August.
  • Nosferatu Imperial Red Ale – To return in September 2019.
  • Moondog ESB – Available again next September 2019.
  • Ohio City Oatmeal Stout – Scheduled for October 2019 release.
  • Christmas Ale – Scheduled for November 2019 release.
  • Blackout Stout Imperial Stout – Scheduled for November 2019 release.

Lift Bridge Brewing Co.

  • Silhouette 2019 – Digital pre-orders began for this barrel-aged Russian imperial stout this week. This year’s beer is described as complex, with notes of coffee, roasted malt, toffee, and black licorice. 11.2% ABV, 52 IBU.

Lupulin Brewing

  • Coffee Shop Assault Vehicle – Available near the start of next year, this is an imperial stout infused with chocolate and bourbon barrel-aged coffee beans. It will be available in limited bottles. 12% ABV.
  • Make IPA Piney Again – An upcoming 7% ABV, 70 IBU American IPA, to be sold in cans and draft in early-to-mid January.
  • William the Conqueror – A 12% English-style barleywine is coming at Lupulin in January. It will be sold in limited bottles, in tandem with a vanilla and cinnamon infusion.

Shakopee Brewhall

  • Barrel-Aged Prairieville Winter Warmer – A one-year vintage of Shakopee’s winter warmer, aged in a Jim Beam barrel. Available on December 28.
  • Russian Imperial Stout – This big, bold stout will debut on New Year’s Eve.

Summit Brewing Company

Summit announced the January Ratskeller Reserve Collection, a variety pack of four limited offering beers that will debut at Summit’s recently renovated Ratskeller taproom on Jan. 10 and will be sold in liquor stores soon.

  • Get Smoked – An export porter made with smoked malts, spicy British hops, and offering dark fruit and bittersweet chocolate flavors, the brewery says.
  • Triple Rye – An amber ale made with rye varieties from three different countries and offering sweet roasted malt notes along with rye spice and citrusy hops.
  • Twenty-One – “Twenty-One features seven different malts, seven different hops, and notes of citrus, pine and melon,” the brewery says of this new IPA.
  • XPA One – A single malt, single hop pale ale with bread crust, sourdough, and tropical hop flavors.

Yoerg Brewing Co. Saloon

Yoerg opened its brewpub last weekend with Bock currently on tap and additional beers currently in development:

  • Hefeweizen  – Ready in early January.
  • Roggenbier – Ready in early January.
  • Steam Beer – Ready in late January.

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July 18, 2019 | 5:30–9:00pm
Upper Landing Park, St. Paul