The Mash-Up: Fruity and Funky Flavors Top the Charts

Birch's Lowertown's Hibiscus Witbier // Photo via Birch's Lowertown's Twitter

Birch’s Lowertown’s Hibiscus Witbier // Photo via Birch’s Lowertown’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 every Friday for the latest or sign up for a weekly email.

The trees are budding in the Twin Cities and the barrel-aged beers are getting limited. This week’s new beer news features fruity, sweet, and citrusy flavors for the brighter skies and longer days ahead.

There are creative collaborations, artistic endeavors, and plenty of beer-centric events taking place this weekend. Funk Junction brings several prominent breweries to New Ulm for the weekend, Homegrown Music Festival is keeping Duluth lively, and the fifth annual Brews & Buses will chauffeur beer fans through the capital city.



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.

Blacklist Homegrown Blue Ribbon

HBR is Blacklist Beer’s “super light ale” made for the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival and will be available at most Duluth Homegrown Music Festival venues.

Mankato Mister D’s

“This is a barrel-aged imperial stout aged in one single barrel of Knob Creek Bourbon,” Mankato explains. It was made in collaboration with Mankato-area MGM liquor stores and sold exclusively at those locations in 750-milliliter bottles.

Indeed Patchwork

A new Wooden Soul series sour barrel-aged red ale. Sold in both 750- and 375-milliliter bottles, this beer pours at 7.5% ABV in limited supply.

Scribbled Lines by Lupulin Brewing Star Damage

A new golden sour that debuts at Funk Junction this weekend, kicking off the new sour line of beers under the Scribbled Lines brand.

Little Thistle Dude I’m So Rye Right Now

A rye IPA with floral and fruity aromas, a honey malt character, and a spicy, bitter finish, the brewery says. 7.5% ABV, 69 IBU.


New beers available this week (April 22–April 28)

Schell's Sangria // Photo courtesy Schell's Brewery

Schell’s Sangria // Photo courtesy Schell’s Brewery

3rd Act Craft Brewery

  • I Double Dog Dare Ya – This is a 5.4% ABV, 25 IBU German-style dark lager with chocolate and coffee notes, plus a mild, dry, clean, and “slightly bitter,” finish, the brewery says.

Avery Brewing Company

  • Pacer IPA –  A new low calorie, low carb session IPA. Pouring at 4.5% ABV, 100 calories, and 3 carbs, this hazy IPA was made with oats for extra body, plus southern hemisphere hops and dry-hopping “to achieve big, juicy, fruity aromas and flavors,” Avery says.

Back Channel Brewing Company

  • Sangsue – Tapped on Thursday, this is a New England-style pale ale made in collaboration with Portage Brewing. The three different hop varieties “lend to a tropical fruit, grapefruit, and coconut cream flavor profile that will suck the life out of your taste buds, in the most flavorful way imaginable,” Back Channel says.

Barrel Theory Beer Company

  • Li’l Sebastian – A new Berliner weisse made with tangerine, pineapple, and guava.
  • Sundays Are For Red – A pale ale made with Mosaic hops.

Birch’s Lowertown

  • Hibiscus Witbier – A 5.7% ABV Belgian wheat ale with hibiscus flowers, brewed to celebrate the wedding of Birch’s Lowertown’s head brewer.

BlackStack Brewing

  • Back Woods – This 7.3% ABV IPA was made with Simcoe, Cashmere, and Idaho 7 hops and is available on tap and in cans.
  • Parallel Parking – A 4.5% ABV pineapple and guava sour Berliner weisse.

Canal Park Brewing Company

  • Dos Puertos – This crisp and clean Mexican lager has orange blossom and lime notes and pours at 5.2% ABV.
  • Night Trekker – An 8.8% ABV, 30 IBU Baltic porter with complex notes of coffee, dark fruit, and caramel complemented by a smooth body, the brewery says.

Dangerous Man Brewing Company

  • BA Chocolate Milk Stout – A Limited Single Barrel series release, this milk stout was aged in Wild Turkey barrels before the addition of cacao nibs, coconut, plus chipotle and ghost peppers. Tapped earlier this week in limited supply.

Drastic Measures Brewing

  • Coco-Nuts – A 7.5% ABV double milk porter with toasted coconut.
  • El Cheapo – On tap now.

Drekker Brewing

  • Untitled Art – A new raspberry and guava sour IPA.

Giesenbräu Bier Co.

  • Hutton’s Hefestoutzen – “Our 100th batch, a hefeweizen-stout hybrid that tastes of chocolate and banana,” the brewery says. 7.4% ABV, 27 IBU.

Imminent Brewing

  • Batch 101 Vienna Lager – “Toasted bread and a bit of toffee-like malt sweetness carries forward from the aroma into the flavor, with a bit of spiciness to compliment the dry finish,” the brewery says of this beer. 5.5% ABV, 21 IBU.

Junkyard Brewing Co.

  • Acid Puma – A sour IPA.
  • Honey + Peanut Butter + Banana Lager – Releasing for the Pollinator Patio Party today at the Moorhead brewery.

La Doña Cervecería

  • Xipe – Pronounced shee-pey or hee-pey, Xipe is a reference to the Aztec god of Spring. “A generous dry-hopping of Simcoe and Cascade hops offers a wave of refreshing mandarin and grapefruit aromatics, supported by citrus and resinous flavors, says the brewery. 7.0 ABV, 75 IBU.

Little Thistle Brewery

  • Dude I’m So Rye Right Now – A rye IPA with floral and fruity aromas, a honey malt character, and a spicy, bitter finish, the brewery says. 7.5% ABV, 69 IBU.

LocAle Brewing Company

  • Kasota Prairie – This is a Kölsch-style ale that is described as crisp and easy-drinking. 4.8% ABV, 20 IBU.

Mankato Brewery

  • Mister D’s – “This is a barrel aged imperial stout aged in one single barrel of Knob Creek Bourbon,” Mankato explains, made in collaboration with Mankato-area MGM liquor stores and sold exclusively at those locations in 750-milliliter bottles.

Modist Brewing Co.

  • High Art – This New England-style rye IPA is barley-free rye and uses 45 percent brown rice, plus oats, red wheat, and a blend of three hop varieties. Sold in 4-packs where each label peels off, the brewery is encouraging customers to make their own art with the labels, sharing them on social media.
  • Pinocchio Bones – Available Saturday, this is an Italian-style Pilsner fermented in oak foeders. The brewery says it has “faint notes of honeydew, oak, vanilla, and almond.”

Oskar Blues Brewery

  • Barrel-Aged Ten Fidy – A 12.9% ABV variant of Ten Fidy, aged for more than eight months in bourbon barrels.

Roets Jordan Brewery

  • Roets Cafe – A 5.2% ABV, 25 IBU cream ale with Blue Mountain coffee.
  • Superfruit – A 12% ABV, 0 IBU honey and raspberry ale.

Schell’s Brewery

  • Sangria – A new red citrus lager, available on draft and in cans. The beer features elderberry extract for a sweet, citrus summer drink.

Scribbled Lines by Lupulin Brewing

  • Star Damage – Top Flight selection.
  • Waking the Grapevine – A new barrel-aged dark sour that debuts at Funk Junction this weekend, kicking off the new sour line of beers under the Scribbled Line brand.

Shakopee Brewhall

  • Herd of Turtles – A dessert imperial stout made with chocolate, caramel, and pecan. 12.1% ABV and on tap as of this Tuesday.
  • Waheela – A coffee ale made in collaboration with Otso Cycles in Burnsville and Chaska’s Driven Coffee Roasters, scheduled to debut on Saturday, April 27. 4.3% ABV.

Stone Brewing

  • Revengeful Spirit – An imperial version of Vengeful Spirit IPA. “We tasked ourselves with creating an even bigger and more aggressive version of the beer, packing it with extra hops alongside real citrus and tropical fruit,” Stone says. 8.2% ABV. Available in cans, bottles, and draft.

Tilion Brewing Company

  • Hard Seltzer – Out this week, the brewery says.

Tin Whiskers Brewing Company

Tin Whiskers has several infusions available at the brewery for Brews & Buses participants this Saturday, including:

  • Cherry Spring IPA
  • Peach Habanero Wheatstone Bridge
  • Pecan Pie German Alt
  • Pina Colada Tractor Beam
  • Raspberry Lemonade Petite Sour

Town Hall Brewery

  • Sky Blu – An American Pilsner with maize, “This lager has a lightly sweet honey flavor with malt/grain character and slightly floral hops,” Town Hall says.

Uncommon Loon Brewing Company

  • FishHouse Stout – A 6.4% ABV, 55 IBU American stout.
  • ShapeShifter IPA – A double dry-hopped juicy IPA at 6.5% ABV, 55 IBU.
  • Speckled Loon Cream Ale – This is a farmhouse-style cream ale at 5.5% ABV, 16 IBU, the brewery says.
  • Wheat Caroline – A 4.9% ABV, 25 IBU American wheat beer that is lightly hopped with a slightly tangy finish.

Union 32 Craft House

  • Saint Lucy – “A balanced beer elevated and refined over six months in fresh Kentucky bourbon barrels,” the brewpub says. It will also be sold in limited bottles.

Urban Growler Brewing Company

  • Horse Ghost – A new farmhouse ale named with a nod toward Urban Growler’s history as a St. Paul city stable and also toward the retiring of the mounted unit of the St. Paul police force. 4% ABV, 25 IBU. The beer was brewed with a house wild yeast and is described as refreshing and funky with yeast esters, pear, floral and grassy notes, and corn.

Venn Brewing Company

  • Black Currant Sour – A 7.5% ABV kettle sour made with real black currants.

Waconia Brewing Company

  • Cookies and Cream Milk Stout – Tapped on Wednesday at the Waconia brewery.

Seasonal or rotating returns

Castle Danger Summer Crush // Photo via Castle Danger Brewing Company's Twitter

Castle Danger Summer Crush // Photo via Castle Danger Brewing Company’s Twitter

Bad Weather Brewing Company

  • Belgian Brune – An amber brown ale with brown sugar, toasted marshmallow, light cocoa, and hints of clove and spice, the brewery says.

Bell’s Brewery

  • Hopsoulution Ale – An 8% ABV double IPA available year round in the Great Lakes region. Sold in 12-ounce bottles and on draft.

Blacklist Beer

  • Homegrown Blue Ribbon – HBR is a “super light ale” made for the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival.

Castle Danger Brewery

  • Summer Crush – Back on tap and in liquor stores now.

Dubh Linn Brew Pub

  • Wandering Druid – A 9% ABV trippel.

Eastlake Craft Brewery

  • Like Yeah, Bro – Eastlake says this is “a juicy IPA brewed with Idaho 7 and Idaho Gem hop hash sourced straight from the farm.”

Foxhole Brewhouse

  • Blueberry Blonde

Great Lakes Brewing Co.

  • Holy Moses – This 5.4% ABV, 20 IBU white ale with orange peel and spice is back for the spring season, along with a new sampler pack featuring two variants:
  • Holy Moses Raspberry – The same base white ale but with tart raspberry added to the profile. 6.2% ABV, 20 IBU.
  • Midnight Moses – This dark Belgian-style variant uses black malt with a rich, chocolate flavor to add to the spicy, citrus base of Holy Moses. 6.2% ABV, 20 IBU.

Hoops Brewing Company

  • #300 Best Brown – A 5.1% ABV, 28 IBU English-style brown ale with sweet malt flavors. Also served on nitro at the brewery.

Imminent Brewing

  • Question Mark Hill Wheat – A 5.4% ABV, 14 IBU American wheat ale with a hint of spice and a crisp, dry finish, the brewery says. On tap now.

Indeed Brewing Company

  • Blue Dream IPA – Brewed exclusively for Blue Door pubs earlier, this is a dank blueberry honey IPA at 6.4% ABV, 65 IBU.
  • Patchwork – A new Wooden Soul series sour barrel-aged red ale. Sold in both 750 and 375-milliliter bottles, this beer pours at 7.5% ABV in limited supply.

Insight Brewing

  • Sunken City – A 7.8% ABV saison with sauvignon blanc grapes.

Left Hand Brewing Company

  • Peach Beerllini – A 4.1% ABV radler.

LocAle Brewing Company

  • Bachelor Farmer – This is a hazy pale ale made with kveik yeast and hopped with Tahoma and Mandarina Bavaria for tangerine and orange flavors. 5.5% ABV, 30 IBU.

Roets Jordan Brewery

  • Bearded Lad – A 6.2% ABV, 28 IBU dark ale.
  • Jordan Black – A 5% ABV, 30 IBU American black ale.

Tilion Brewing Company

  • T-1 – A Belgian single ale, back on tap this week.

Torg Brewery

  • Bearded Preacher’s Wife

Beers just announced

Bad Weather Golden Bramble // Photo via Bad Weather Brewing Company's Twitter

Bad Weather Golden Bramble // Photo via Bad Weather Brewing Company’s Twitter

Bad Weather Brewing Company

  • Golden Bramble – A pineapple wheat ale that returns for Arcade Party 3 on May 10–12, then hits liquor stores in cans.

Dangerous Man Brewing Company

  • Blue Milk – Coming on May 4, also known as Star Wars Day.

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

Fair State teased a few offerings that will be available at the upcoming Mixed Culture Festival 2019 on June 15. The event will also pour the first four Journeys & Sidequests beers, typically limited to bottle club members only.

  • Dragon Days of Summer – This is a slushie version of PMPD, a passion fruit, mango, and pineapple, and dragonfruit kettle sour.
  • TBA – Expect a hazy, hoppy, mixed culture collaboration with Modern Times.
  • Tiny Hammer of Death – Fair State teamed up with Burial Beer Co. of North Carolina for a “hoppy hot weather beer.”


  • Brim Reaper – This rye IPA has notes of papaya, tangerine, passion fruit, lemon, and mild pine, FINNEGANS says, complemented by spicy and dry rye malt character. It will be sold in the IPA Sampler pack this May in liquor stores.
  • Cosmic Snowball – Another IPA in the upcoming sampler pack, this is a SMaSH IPA with two-row barley malt and Comey hops, giving it grapefruit, orange, and tangerine notes.

Imminent Brewing

  • Extra Medium – Tapping on May 2, “This unfiltered wheat beer is brewed with orange blossom honey and draws a distinct orange character from citrus-laden hop varieties with mandarin/tangerine/clementine notes as well as sweet orange peels provided by Minnesota’s own Maltwerks,” the brewery says. 5.1% ABV, 35 IBU.

Junkyard Brewing Co.

  • TBA – Junkyard will team up with Fargo Brewing for an across-the-river collaborative New England-style IPA with Sauvignon Blanc grape juice.

Lupulin Brewing Company

  • TBA – Lupulin, who also announced the Scribbled Lines sour offshoot this week, will be working with professional boxer Caleb Truax on a session IPA to be sold on draft and in cans.

Roets Jordan Brewery

Roets has four beers to debut specifically for Jordan Cinco de Mayo on the evening on May 4.

  • Radler – This radler is a margarita-inspired offering with citrus, blue agave, and sea salt.
  • Roets Beer w/Chiles Verdes
  • Roets Sour – This sour beer includes mango, habanero pepper, and sea salt.
  • Roets Stout Mexican Chocolate Infusion

Rustech Brewing

  • Pirates Delight – A new milkshake IPA that taps next Friday, May 3.

Schell’s Brewery

  • IPA – Coming in June.

Tilion Brewing Company

  • 2 Day Weekend – Back on tap, including an habanero lime variant this weekend.

Urban Growler Brewing Company

  • Honey IPA – A Plow to Pints IPA that finishes sweet with hints of orange and wildflower honey from Bare Honey Company. Available in cans next week. 6.4% ABV, 80 IBU

Utepils Brewing Co.

  • B.R.D. – A Munich-style helles, set to debut at the taproom on May 10 and in cans on May 13.

Yoerg Brewing

  • Hefe Weizen – Another batch is brewing with an expected release in May, the brewery says.
  • Zwickel – The St. Paul brewpub has a zwickel, also called a kellerbier, in development.

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