The Mash-Up: From sours to lagers to a brut IPA, brewers show off their range

Dangerous Man Brewing Company's Tequila Barrel Aged Imperial Gose with Lime // Photo via Dangerous Man Brewing Twitter

Dangerous Man Brewing Company’s Tequila Barrel Aged Imperial Gose with Lime // Photo via Dangerous Man Brewing Twitter

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.

There’s no concise way to summarize the variety in modern beer. Perhaps the final two beers in this list showcase that diversity best: a local version of an American light lager and a naturally conditioned sour ale.

In addition to variety, the beer scene is known for its creativity and collaborative spirit, both of which are also on display here. Brut IPAs are hitting Minnesota tap lines, with a particularly unique version by Modist. Meanwhile, 56 and OMNI have teamed up on “Zero Friends,” a hazy double dry-hopped IPA which will hit the festival circuit later this month.

That’s just a taste of what’s available right now and in the coming weeks, in addition to the popular seasonals back on tap at Bald Man, Burning Brothers, Inbound, Town Hall, and more.



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.

Junkyard Lederhazen Experimental IPA

Brewed in collaboration with Drastic Measures Brewing Company, in Wadena, Minnesota, this 7.0% ABV IPA was just released yesterday and is available on tap and in Crowlers. “This New England style German-Hopped IPA is brewed with a tri-hop blend of Hallertau Blanc, Mandarina Bavaria, and Citra. The hop profile is filled with aromas of lime, grapefruit, pine and freshly squeezed oranges,” according to the brewery.

Modist Foeder Sour #1

Modist installed foeders last winter, and their first beer debuts this Saturday. This is a “sour ale brewed with 60 percent wheat malt and 40 percent pale malt,” Modist says. “Fermented in one of our American oak foeders with raspberries, passion fruit and vanilla bean,” this sour clocks in at 4.3% ABV.

Wild Mind Punk Tacos

Made with 336 pounds of blackcurrant puree, Punk Tacos is Wild Mind’s latest fruited IPA. “The acidity of the fruit brightens the herbal characteristics [of the hops] and brings a sharpness to the palate, while a drying finish leaves the tannic impression of red wine,” the brewery says.

Bad Habit Double Rather Ripped IPA

A double IPA variation of Rather Ripped Blood Orange Milkshake IPA, Bad Habit will be tapping the beer today from 3-11pm. The milkshake IPA from the St. Joseph brewery will be available on draft and in Crowlers.

Wooden Hill Hop Fizz

Brut IPAs are popping up on tap lists across Minnesota. The latest is Wooden Hill’s Hop Fizz. “Champagne and beer worlds collide: light in color, effervescent, loaded with Mosaic hops, and absolutely bone dry,” the Edina brewery says. 6.7% ABV and available since July 17.

New beers available this week (July 16 – July 22)

Insight Brewing Company's Claw King // Photo via Insight Brewing Company Twitter

Insight Brewing Company’s Claw King // Photo via Insight Brewing Company Twitter

12welve Eyes Brewing

  • Nordic Farmhouse – This farmhouse-style ale is brewed with smoked malts and Norwegian yeast, fermented hot at 90+ degrees Fahrenheit. 7.2% ABV.

56 Brewing

  • Kombucha – A non-alcoholic, house-made blackcurrant kombucha is now available at the taproom.

Back Channel Brewing

  • Neck Dart IPA – “A West Coast-style IPA with light herbal notes, pine, and resin,” the brewery says. Upon release, they provided the option to have it served in a bowl to show off its aromatic qualities. 6.75% ABV

Bad Habit Brewing Company

  • Double Rather Ripped IPA – Top Flight selection.

Badger Hill Brewing Company

  • F5 (Refresh) Tropical – “Kisses of mango and passion fruit, a subtle tartness, perfect for summer,” the brewery says. Tapped July 12.

Beaver Island Brewing Company

  • Wine Inspired IPA – Revival IPA with Spanish Oranges. This is the third in the four-part River Hopper series that features a new IPA monthly, each crafted by a different staff brewer and released in tandem with the River Hopper Expedition. Available July 21.

Bent Brewstillery

  • The Great Sweat – A dank West Coast IPA that the brewery says features “notes of squishy fruit, pine, and citrus, finishing crisp, dry, and thoroughly digestible.” 6.5% ABV, 65 IBU, returning today.

Big Axe Brewing

  • Strawberry Rhubarb Kettle Sour – A sour beer with “subtle notes of strawberry and strong tartness and rhubarb,” the brewery says.

Blue Wolf Brewing Company

  • Belgian Wit – A witbier with notes of orange and coriander. 6.2% ABV, 11 IBU.

Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative

  • Harvey Milk-Shake IPA – Inspired by the piña colada, this IPA has citrusy notes of pineapple and passion fruit alongside coconut. 6.6% ABV, 45 IBU. It debuts at New Bohemia Lake Street’s Hazy Beer Festival this weekend.

Dangerous Man Brewing Company

  • Crisp High Five – A tart kettle sour IPA brewed in collaboration with Earth Rider, and conditioned on lemons, limes, grapefruit, and oranges.
  • Raspberry Rose Brut IPA – “Rose, not rosé,” the brewery says. “Rose petals and raspberry were added to this dry, effervescent, almost entirely dry-hopped IPA to make a real treat for your palate.” 7% ABV, 20 IBU.
  • Tequila Barrel-Aged Imperial Gose with Lime – A barrel-aged imperial gose available in Crowlers. This 9.3% ABV beer is described as salty and tart, and is available Saturday, starting at noon.

Disgruntled Brewing

  • Sweet Talker – This strawberry hefeweizen was tapped at the brewery on July 14.

Dual Citizen Brewing Company

  • Firkin of Hiawatha Imperial IPA – Tapped July 18, the limited-edition IPA has notes of mango and pineapple. 10% ABV, 100+ IBU.
  • Market American Rauchbier – This collaboration with Octo Fish Bar debuted last weekend. It features Vienna malt smoked with hickory, applewood, and cherrywood and was fermented with American ale yeast. 6% ABV, 20 IBU.
  • Summer Pale Ale – “The aroma features a citrusy, tropical fruit punch over a sweet malt backbone. Medium bodied with a dry finish. Tropical fruit leads the flavor profile, transitioning into a mild piney bitterness before finishing with a malty sweet aftertaste,” the brewery says. 6% ABV, 55 IBU.


  • Brown Ale
  • Far East Bohemian Lager – 5.3% ABV

Forager Brewery

  • Electric Lollipop

Fulton Brewing

  • Pils – Now in cans.

Half Brothers Brewing Company

  • Half Twisted Shandy – Twin Forks Classic Golden Ale plus lemonade. 3.5% ABV, 7 IBU.

Insight Brewing

  • Claw King – A dry-hopped hazy IPA tapped on July 18 and only available at the taproom. 6.7% ABV.

Junkyard Brewing

  • Lederhazen Experimental IPA – Top Flight selection.

Karst Brewing

  • Sugar Creek Saison – A farmhouse-style saison with citrus and spice notes. 6.5% ABV, 27 IBU.

Klockow Brewing Company

  • Olwyn – A malt-forward Celtic pale ale made with Irish ale yeast. 6.9% ABV.
  • White Granite – A Belgian-style wheat ale. 5.3% ABV.

LTS Brewing Company

  • Imperial Brown Ale

Lupine Brewing

  • Session IPA #2 – Dry-hopped with three different hop varieties, this small batch session IPA is described as having mild citrus and earthy tones. 4.7% ABV.

Modist Brewing

  • Empires Rise – A double IPA that’s light-bodied and effervescent by design, including “the same dryness as water,” according to the brewery.
  • Foeder Sour #1 – Top Flight selection.

Roets Jordan Brewery

  • Berry – A kettle sour with wild berries. 4.2% ABV, 10 IBU.
  • Creamsicle – This is described as a summer ale with tangerine, vanilla, and milk sugar. 6.5% ABV, 15 IBU.
  • Roets Radler – With fresh mint and lime, this Roets refers to this radler as “mojito-style.” 4.8% ABV, 22 IBU.
  • Roets Sour – This beer is made with the addition of Thai basil, chilies, and sea salt. 4.5% ABV, 10 IBU.

Rustech Brewing

  • Midnight Haze – Chocolate Wheat, 5.9% ABV, 33 IBU.

Shakopee Brewhall

  • Highway 101 – A West Coast-style IPA with strong tropical and citrus flavors. 6.8% ABV, 65 IBU.
  • Mr. Brightside – The brewery’s first pale ale, described as bright, crisp, and citrus-flavored. 5.3% ABV, 43 IBU.

Turning Waters Back Alley Brewing Co.

  • Ace of Base – A Sorachi-hopped milkshake IPA. 6.0% ABV.
  • Citrus Mistress – Wit. 6.0% ABV.
  • Glutimus Maximus – A gluten-free milkshake beer. 6.0% ABV.
  • Impeachment Process – IPA. 6.0% ABV.

Wicked Wort Brewing Company

  • Bird is the Word Imperial Birdtown Blonde Ale – 8.5% ABV, 26 IBU.

Wild Mind Artisan Ales

  • No Expectations – Made with a Norwegian farmhouse yeast, featuring flavors of ruby red grapefruit juice, tangerine bellini, and orange zest, the brewery says. Tapped July 12.
  • Punk Tacos – Top Flight selection.
  • Wind in the Willows – This wine barrel-aged sour was refermented on apricots and bottled over a year ago to naturally condition.

Wooden Hill Brewing Company

  • Hop Fizz – Top Flight selection.

Seasonal or rotating returns

Bad Weather Brewing Company's Dortmunder // Photo via Bad Weather Brewing Company Twitter

Bad Weather Brewing Company’s Dortmunder // Photo via Bad Weather Brewing Company Twitter

12welve Eyes Brewing

  • Blueberry Milkshake IPA – A dessert-style IPA brewed with oats, wheat, lactose, Mosaic hops, blueberry puree, and a hint of vanilla. 5.8% ABV.
  • Heidi Klum – Our take on a traditional Hefeweizen,” says 12welve Eyes. 4.7% ABV.
  • Mango Milkshake IPA – A dessert-style IPA brewed with oats, wheat, lactose, Citra and Ekuanot hops, mango puree, and a hint of vanilla, 6.0% ABV.
  • Spang Stout – This oatmeal stout is a tribute to head brewer Dalton’s younger brother, Spang. It has a blend of espresso cold brew coffee from Bootstrap Coffee added in. 7.1% ABV.

Angry Inch Brewing

  • Creamalicious – Returned to the taproom July 12.

Bad Weather Brewing Company

  • Dortmunder

Bald Man Brewing

  • Purple Haze, Bro – The juicy IPA returns to Bald Man’s taproom for the third time.

Bell’s Brewery

  • The Oracle – A West Coast-style double IPA.

Boathouse Brothers Brewing Co.

  • White IPA – This IPA includes an addition of coriander and sweet orange peel. On tap since last week. 6.1% ABV.

Burning Brothers Brewing

  • Black Pepper Porter

Hoops Brewing

  • Guava Wheat – “A wheat ale infused with guava purée,” the brewery says. 5.8% ABV, 18 IBU.

Inbound BrewCo

  • Hibiscus Saison – Back on tap July 19; taproom only.

Invictus Brewing Co.

  • Blame It On the Rain – This amber ale returned July 12. 5.6% ABV, 25 IBU.

Junkyard Brew Co.

  • Poncho Goddess – A chocolate milk stout served on nitro at the taproom. 5.8% ABV, 24 IBU.
  • Saskatooner – A blueberry Berliner weisse available in Crowlers. 5.0% ABV, 0 IBU.

Kinney Creek Brewery Spruce Goose

  • Darca-Doo
  • Spruce Goose

Mankato Brewery

  • EZ Rider – Summer ale.

Roets Jordan Brewery

  • The Belgian – A Belgian rye saison at 5.5% ABV, 33 IBU.

Rustech Brewing

  • Buzz Light Gear – Pale ale. 4.7% ABV.
  • Sniper X – Citra IPA. 8.4% ABV.

Talking Waters Brewing Company

  • Square Nail IPA – Now available in cans at select retailers.

Town Hall Lanes

  • Mango Mama IPA – Mango Mama was tapped on July 15 to kick off the fifth anniversary celebration of Town Hall Lanes.

Urban Forage Winery and Cider House

  • Cherry Blush – “A light pink cider with notes of cherry, raspberry, and a tiny tang of kombucha,” the winery says.
  • Semisweet Cider – On tap now.

Beers just announced

Schell’s Brewery Witbier // Photo via Schell’s Brewery Twitter

56 Brewing

  • Raspberry Berliner Weisse – “A refreshing and lightly tart sour ale infused with over 300 [pounds] of pure raspberries,” the brewery says. Available at the taproom July 28. 4.5% ABV.
  • Sexy Beach – A pineapple and coconut milkshake IPA brewed with malted oats, lactose, coconut, vanilla, and pineapple puree. Available July 30 at the taproom. 7.8% ABV.
  • Zero Friends – “A hazy double dry-hopped IPA with all post kettle hops for 0 IBUs. Hopped with Citra, Amarillo, and Mandarina Bavaria, this is juicy and sweet with flavors of mandarin orange, tangerine, and sugared lemons,” the brewery says. Made in collaboration with OMNI Brewing. Available July 24 at All Pints North. 7.2% ABV.

Blue Wolf Brewing Company

  • Farmhouse Ale – Brewed this week.

Brew d’Etat

  • Broken Bridge IPA – Set to open in late July in Burnsville, the one-and-a-half-barrel brewery will serve this IPA and more.

Brewery Ommegang

  • Mother of Dragons – The third of four in the “Game of Thrones”-inspired Royal Reserve Collection, this Belgian-style kriek “represents the smoke and fire that Daenerys has unleashed on her opponents during her ascent to conquer and rule the Seven Kingdoms,” the brewery says, adding that the beer has flavors of rich and tart cherry, semi-sweet chocolate, and subtle smoke, with a creamy mouthfeel. Available September 28. 6.5% ABV.

Dangerous Man Brewing Company

  • TBD – Earlier this week, Dangerous Man teamed up with Barrel Theory for an upcoming beer inspired by tiki cocktails. The recipe includes oats, rice, wheat, barley, lactose, mango, pineapple, passion fruit, and coconut.

Foxhole Brewhouse

  • Double J Cream Ale with Jalapeño

Klockow Brewing Company

  • Supply Line – “Up next/in the tanks,” according to the brewery’s website.

Left Hand Brewing Company

  • Belgian-Style Dubbel Nitro – “It’s super smooth with rich malt flavors, a dry finish, and clocks in at 7.9% ABV,” the brewery says.

Lupulin Brewing Company

  • Dortmunder – The award-winning beer is back on tap at the brewery. 5.5% ABV, 25 IBU.

Modist Brewing Co.

  • Foeder Sour #2 – The second in Modist’s new wood-aged foeder series comes up next Saturday, July 28. This sour ale uses wheat malt, Pilsner malt, plus pineapple, mango, and passion fruit. 4.8% ABV.

OMNI Brewing

  • Zero Friends – Brewed in collaboration with 56 Brewing (detailed above), OMNI’s batch of this 0 IBU beer will be released for Autumn Brew Review in September.

Roundhouse Brewery

  • Runaround Rye – A limited amount of Runaround Rye, aged in rye whiskey barrels, will be available July 24.

Schell’s Brewery

  • Witbier – A limited Stag Series wheat beer is on its way.

Tallgrass Brewing Company

  • Blueberry Lemon-Ale – Out next week.

Urban Forage Winery and Cider House

  • Ginger Cider – Coming soon, according to the cider house’s newsletter.
  • Hopped Cider – Coming soon, according to the cider house’s newsletter.

Venn Brewing Company

  • Kazbek Pils – “A single-hopped German-style Pilsner featuring Kazbek hops from the Czech Republic,” the brewery says. 5.3% ABV, 40 IBU.
  • Venn Lite – An American-style light lager brewed on flaked rice. Available soon. 4.9% ABV, 10 IBU.

Wild Mind Artisan Ales

  • Rhubarb Sour with Mixed Berries – Aged in oak barrels, this was recently bottled for natural conditioning.

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.

A Blind Tasting beer festival

Taste & Rate 48 Minnesota Oktoberfests

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