The Mash-Up: German styles and releases for Mother’s Day

Founders Mas Agave / / via Founders

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.

German-influenced beers like goses, hefeweizens, and maibocks are common among this week’s new releases, alongside milkshake IPAs, fruited American sours, and the return of LSD.

Bent Paddle is releasing several special beers at their sixth annual Festiversary in Duluth, Broken Clock has a beer to raise funds for Save the Boundary Waters, and BlackStack and Inbound are releasing beers for Mother’s Day this Sunday. And, yes, there is already news trickling in about Oktoberfest beers.




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.

Bent Paddle Trampled American Golden Ale / / via Bent Paddle Twitter

Bent Paddle Trampled American Golden Ale

“Trampled American Golden Ale is 4.6% ABV with a golden / straw color, a not-too-sweet malt profile, and is dry-hopped for a fresh hop flavor on the end,” Bent Paddle says. It was brewed in collaboration with Duluth band Trampled By Turtles and it debuts at the sixth annual Festiversary on Saturday, May 11, with a full release on May 13.

BlackStack Dear Mama, You Are Appreciated

This hazy IPA was brewed on April 20 with Witch Hunt. It’s described as a dank IPA made with African Queen, Sabro, and Mighty Axe-grown Comet hops and debuted this week. The brewery will host a special event to celebrate its release, and to celebrate mother figures, this Sunday.

Wild Mind Weekday Warrior

Brewed and released all within a week’s time, this “latest experimental beer is a farmhouse pale ale that was brewed using Norwegian kveik yeast, which is known for fermenting at an incredibly rapid pace,” Wild Mind says. “To complement the yeast’s citrus notes, the beer was dry-hopped with Amarillo, Cascade, and Centennial just 24 hours after yeast was pitched.”

Utepils B.R.D. (Beer Ready to Drink)

A Munich-style helles that’s tapping today at the brewery and coming in cans next week. “The best thing about this beer, aside from how great it tastes, is that 10% of proceeds go to help the (MACV) Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans,” says the brewery. 5.1% ABV, 21 IBU.

Waldmann Maibock / / via Waldmann Social Media

Waldmann Maibock

“Our Maibock is an unfiltered, deep golden, malty German-style Maibock. Floor-malted Czech Pils malt used in a traditional decoction mash is balanced by a noble hop bitterness, heritage flavor hops, and Hallertau Hersbrucker hops,” the brewery says. 6.3% ABV

New beers available this week (May 6–May 12)

Bauhaus Cosmic Headshift / / via Bauhaus Twitter

56 Brewing

  • Big 4 IPA – “A double dry-hopped, double IPA loaded with Hallertau Blanc, Mandarina Bavaria, and Waimea hops for melon and pineapple flavors with just the right amount of dank. It’s a hazy juice bomb that packs a punch at 9.2% ABV and 50 IBU,” the brewery says. 6.5% ABV.
  • Midwest Coast IPA – This new IPA offers notes of caramel and orange rind in a balanced, classic IPA, the brewery says. 6.9% ABV.
  • Press Check IPA – This is a 6.5% ABV, 40 IBU sour, tart, and juicy IPA brewed with Loral and Mosaic hops to celebrate City Pages’ 40th anniversary.

AEGIR Brewing Co.

  • Heimdal Hefe

Badger Hill Brewing Company

  • F5 Refresh – A key lime sour, available at the brewery.

Barrel Theory Beer Company

  • Havin’ A Good Time – A new double IPA made with Citra and Nelson Sauvin hops, plus riesling and sauvignon blanc juice.

Bauhaus Brew Labs

  • Cosmic Headshift – An India pale lager aged on passionfruit puree. Available at the taproom in limited supply and coming to 16-ounce cans soon. 6.0% ABV, 80 IBU.

Beaver Island Brewing Company

  • Spanish Orange Revival – This orange IPA is the May release in the ongoing Soaked Series. 6.3% ABV, 76 IBU.

Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

  • Cherry Pomegranate Pils – The May Infusion Series release is this draft-only cherry-pomegranate Pilsner.
  • Trampled – Top Flight selection.
  • Zummer of ’69 Golden Ale with Lemon Zest – A new American golden ale with lemon zest.

 The sixth anniversary of Bent Paddle will be celebrated this Saturday with Festiversary at the brewery. Among many special releases, it will include:

  • Bent Hop
  • Coffee Cake
  • Cold Press
  • Double Dry-Hopped Coconut
  • Double Shot
  • Double Black 2016
  • Extra Special ESB with Blue Dreams Terpenes
  • Festi Keller Pils

Birch’s Lowertown

  • Black Currant Gose – A 5.5% ABV kettle sour made with coriander, sea salt, and black currant.

BlackStack Brewing

  • Dear Mama, You Are Appreciated – Top Flight selection.

Bobbing Bobber Brewing Company

  • Tackle Bock – A 7.5% ABV, 22 IBU maibock.

Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative

  • Blueberry Wilderness Cream Ale (BWCA) – “We’ve teamed up with our friends at Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters to launch this beer for a cause,” the coop brewery says. “It’s a light, crisp, and mildly malty cream ale with a smooth mouthfeel, very low bitterness, and loaded with fresh blueberry.” 5% ABV, available this Saturday.

Dangerous Man Brewing Company

  • Dragonfruit Hibiscus Sour – A colorful, creamy, and tart beer made with wheat, oats, lactose, plus Strata and Cascade Cryo hops before aging on hibiscus flowers, dragonfruit powder, and lemon zest.

Dual Citizen Brewing Company

  • Barrel-Aged Myrtle Doppelbock – An 11.0% ABV, 25 IBU doppelbock lagered in Four Roses bourbon barrels, the brewery says it is rich and malty with caramel and burnt toffee flavors, plus a mild alcohol heat.
  • Brimhall Blueberry Hoppy Wheat Ale – Made in collaboration with Union 32 Crafthouse, this beer is described as bright and fruity with a hop bitterness. Taps on Friday at both locations.

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

  • Oat ‘Sota – A new 6.5% ABV, 50 IBU hazy IPA made with Minnesota-grown hops.
  • PMPD – Made with passionfruit, mango, pineapple, and dragonfruit, this is a tropical kettle sour that pours at 8.2% ABV. Bottles go on sale on Saturday May 11.

Fargo Brewing Company

  • SnozzBeer Raspberry Sour – A 4.9% ABV tart and tangy session ale with juicy raspberry flavors, the brewery says. 19 IBU.

Firestone Walker Brewing Company

  • Napa Parabola – A new twist on Parabola imperial stout, aged in French oak wine barrels from a Napa Valley winery. “The result is a singular beer that marries the French oak qualities of premium cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, and merlot barrels with Parabola’s own signature notes of dark fruit, tobacco and chewy roasted malts. The oak contributes a satiny texture with notes of spice and toasted coconut, while the residual wine character layers in flavors of cedar, clove, mocha, ripe berry and dried chili pepper,” the brewery says.

Forager Brewery

  • Square Stones – This is a toasty stout with bitter cocoa, rye bread, black tea, and treacle notes, the brewery says. 6.5% ABV, 21 IBU.

Founders Brewing Co.

  • Más Agave – A tequila barrel-aged imperial lime gose inspired by margaritas, this is the newest entry in the Barrel-Aged series. This 10% ABV beer will be available in both 12-ounce and 750-milliliter bottles.

Garphish Brewing Company

  • Brother-in-Law – A crisp, smooth, Mexican-style lager made with Pilsner malt and flaked maize. 5.3% ABV.
  • Stalker Lake IPA – “A traditional West-Coast style IPA coming in at 6.1% ABV and 65 IBUs. A nice dry finish allows the hops to shine. Notes of peach, lemon, and citrus dominate the flavors on this IPA,” the brewery says.

Hoops Brewing Company

  • #85 Mexican Lager – “Floral lemon and lime notes with a very light and sweet finish,” the brewery says of this 5.1% ABV, 15 IBU lager.

Inbound BrewCo

  • Mango Hibiscus Saison – Tapping on Sunday to celebrate Mother’s Day, this is a tart and floral saison that was brewed with hibiscus petals and aged on fresh mangos.
  • NOLO Single Hop: Cascade – Inbound is experimenting with their NOLO pale ale by using single hop variants, including this 5.2% ABV version made with Cascade hops.

Insight Brewing

  • The Melodious Buzz of the Cosmic Queen – An American wheat ale, “[It] brims with orange and honey goodness,” Insight says. 5.7% ABV.

Junkyard Brewing Co.

  • Acid Puma – A new sour ale.
  • Electric Shredder – A new grapefruit milkshake sour to add to the Shake-O-Matic family. 7.1% ABV, 0 IBU.
  • Final Boss – A New England-style double IPA.

LTS Brewing Company

  • Amplification – A hazy double IPA with a bitter finish and notes of lemon, pine, and tropical fruits that LTS describes as “New England meets West Coast.” 8.8% ABV, 91 IBU.

Lupulin Brewing

  • Cascadian Comet – A 5.5% ABV, 50 IBU American pale ale.

Mankato Brewery

  • The Gob – A new lemon shandy, released to mark the 100th anniversary of Mankato Golf Club.

Minneapolis Cider Company

Now open in Northeast Minneapolis, this locally-themed cidery has three varieties of cider available and more to come. Now on tap:

  • Citrus Hop – A semi-dry cider hopped with Cascade and accented with grapefruit and lemon peel. 6.0% ABV.
  • Orchard Blend – A heritage-style cider with a sweet, fruity backbone and subtle tartness. 5.5% ABV.
  • Raspberry – A fruited cider with low acidity, sweetened with raspberry juice. 5.5% ABV.

Modist Brewing Co.

  • Previously Unknown Species – Made in collaboration with Hop Butcher (Darien, IL), “[We] decided to make a beer that none of us had ever seen before,” Modist says. It’s a double dry-hopped double IPA made with a 60% spelt grain bill and no barley.

OMNI Brewing Company

  • Blueberry Pineapple Milkshake IPA – The spring release in the Malt Shop series, this milkshake IPA uses a heavy dose of vanilla, plus blueberry and pineapple. Available in cans.

Revelation Ale Works

  • Blackberry Pineapple Smoothie Sour

Roma Restaurant & Brewery

  • Stotende – This is an agave lime pale ale made with Perle hops and local honey. Made in collaboration with Oosterrijsen Brewing USA, it taps at 3pm today.

Schram Haus

Now open in Chaska, this brewery affiliated with Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery opened on May 3. Beers include:

  • Brickyard Blonde – Blonde ale
  • Cane Fighter IPA – Fruity IPA
  • Nacht Nacht – Schwarzbier
  • Schram Haus Red – Red ale
  • SchramWeisse  – Hefeweizen

Surly Brewing Company

  • The Heat of Passion – This collaboration with Travail is available at Pig Ate My Pizza.

Talking Waters Brewing Company

  • Raspberry + Blood Orange Tongue Twister – This beer was aged on fresh raspberries and has added blood orange juice. The brewery says it’s “a refreshingly tart ale that is light, crisp, and super sessionable.” 5.1% ABV

Tilion Brewing Co.

  • Strawberry Milkshake IPA – Available this weekend.

Toppling Goliath Brewing Co.

  • Dolphin Sparkles – Social media details are minimal, but this is a collaboration with Barrel Theory that Toppling Goliath has on tap in Decorah now and it will be in bottles soon.

Utepils Brewing Co.

  • B.R.D. – Top Flight selection.

Venn Brewing Company

  • Chinook IPL – An India pale lager made with Chinook and Idaho 7 hops. 6.3% ABV, 65 IBU with notes of pine and lemongrass, the brewery says.
  • Chocolate Covered Strawberry Imperial Stout – A 10.0% ABV imperial stout infused with real raspberries and chocolate.

Wild Mind Artisan Ales

  • Weekday Warrior – Top Flight selection.

Wooden Hill Brewing Company

  • Citrus Splash – A 8.3% ABV creamsicle IPA brewed with tangerines, vanilla, and lactose.

Space Blazer imperial porter with vanilla beans // via Back Channel Brewing Company Facebook

Seasonal or rotating returns

Back Channel Brewing Company

  • Space Blazer – An imperial porter with vanilla beans. 9.0% ABV.
  • The Lake Maker – A 5.25% ABV light American lager.

Bad Weather Brewing

  • Bohemian Pilsner – “Brewed with Weyermann floor-malted Bohemian Pilsner malt and Czech Saaz hops. We implement a triple decoction for a soft and layered biscuit/honey malt sweetness; […] Czech Saaz add a spicy, floral aroma,” Bad Weather explains.

On tap at Bad Weather’s third annual outdoor arcade party this weekend:

  • Clouds of Chaos – A hazy New England-style IPA.
  • Fog of War – A hazy New England-style IPA.

Barrel Theory Beer Company

Barrel Aged Ice Cream Social – “It’s an imperial stout aged in Four Roses and Willett Rye bourbon barrels and conditioned on strawberry, vanilla, cacao, and marshmallow,” previously poured this year at Winterfest and the Northern Lights Rare Beer Festival. 12.5% ABV., not available in bottles.

Bemidji Brewing

  • Summer IPA – This seasonal IPA has been tweaked this year. Pouring at 6.8% ABV, 50 IBU, “Citra and Columbus hops take the lead in this refreshing IPA while Golden Naked Oats provide body and balance,” the brewery explains. “Tropical fruit, citrus, and subtle pine aromas transition into a dry malt finish and a lingering hop presence.”

Bobbing Bobber Brewing Company

  • Raspberry Beekeeper – A honey wheat ale on raspberries.

Drastic Measures Brewing

  • Pat McCrotch – The IPA is back on tap at the brewery now.

Earth Rider Brewery

  • Stoney Point IPA – Now available in cans, Stoney Point “drops in with a heavy tropical fruit nose before kicking out citrus and resinous flavors,” the brewery says.

Eastlake Craft Brewery

  • Arcturan Mega-Saison

Excelsior Brewing Company

  • Maibock – A traditional-style maibock available now and available at Maifest Weekend this Friday and Saturday.

Grain Belt Beer

  • Blu – The blueberry version of classic Grain Belt is back in cans now.

Great Lakes Brewing Co.

  • Lake Erie Monster Imperial IPA – Available now, with a new lake monster-themed label.

Indeed Brewing Company

  • Peach Bum IPA – Peach Bum is back for 2019. The beer features a bouquet of fresh peaches, apricots, and blueberries plus subtle notes of peach cobbler and tart citrus, the brewery says.

Pryes Brewing Company

  • Main Squeeze – A lemon-lime blonde ale, available at the taproom all summer. Also available in cans.

Town Hall Brewery

  • Hefeweizen – This seasonal wheat ale has a hazy complexion with flavors of banana, clove, pepper, and hints of bubblegum. 5.1% ABV.

Waldmann Brewery

  • Maibock – Top Flight selection.

Wild Mind Artisan Ales

  • Ideal – The Pilsner is back on tap at the Minneapolis brewery as of last week.

Wooden Hill Brewing Company

  • Lazer Shield – A 6.7% ABV juicy IPA hopped with Mosaic and Galaxy.

Yoerg Brewing

  • Hefe Weizen – Tapped last week at the St. Paul brewpub.


Beers just announced

Bell’s Brewing Walt Whitman Inspired beers / / via Bell’s Twitter

56 Brewing

  • Fuzzi’ Lil’ Pucker – A sour ale made with peach puree. Returning to the taproom on May 24 and in 12-ounce cans the next week. 4.5% ABV, 13 IBU.

Beaver Island Brewing Company

  • Rox Lager – Beaver Island announced an official beer for the St. Cloud Rox Baseball Club this summer. A crisp, clean, Bohemian-style Pilsner, Rox will be available at all home games starting on June 1, including for just $1 on the Beaver Island Sports Deck. It will also be on draft and sold in cans elsewhere.

Bell’s Brewery

Bell’s will soon release seven new beers in a series inspired by the work of Walt Whitman, titled Leaves of Grass. Each new beer, roughly spaced two months apart, is inspired by a separate poem. Each beer will be sold in 6-packs of 12-ounce bottles and on draft. More details to be announced.

  • Song of Myself – A 6.5% ABV German-inspired American IPA, coming this month.
  • The Prairie-Grass Dividing – A gose with plum, salt, and coriander. 4.5% ABV, coming July 2019.
  • Oh Captain! My Captain! – Coming in September 2019.
  • To a Locomotive in Winter – Coming in November 2019.
  • Song of the Open Road – Coming in January 2020.
  • Salut Au Monde! – Coming in March 2020.
  • Spontaneous Me – Coming in May 2020 to close the series.

Bemidji Brewing

  • Honeyberry Sour – A 5.8% ABV, 6 IBU fruited sour ale, Bemidji says: “We fermented our barrel-aged Golden Sour on a heap of locally grown honeyberries resulting in a deep purple beer with intense notes of fruit and juicy berries. Our house culture of wild yeast and lactic acid bacteria produces additional aromas of subtle citrus and ripe stone fruits, all layered atop a pale base of barley and wheat that leads into a tart, dry finish with a hint of toasted oak.” Available on May 14.

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

  • Big Doinks – A dank IPA to be served at Soundset festival on May 26.
  • Crankin’ Foamers – This new American lager hits the taproom next weekend and will be in cans the following week.

Fargo Brewing Company

  • Mango Iron Horse Pale Ale – Fargo’s pale ale with fresh mango added. “The aroma is thick with mango, tropical fruit, and grapefruit, while the flavor is a huge rush of hop character; combining citrus, floral, and resin notes with smooth balanced bittering, the brewery says. 5.2% ABV, 32 IBU. Available May 17.
  • Saved By The Kettle Brut IPA – Also available May 17, this is a 7.6% ABV, 28 IBU Brut IPA made in collaboration with Junkyard in Moorhead. “We were inspired by the Brut IPA style, which led us to adding white grape juice and Nelson Sauvin hops to both beers,” the brewery says, while Junkyard’s counterpart is a New England-style IPA using similar malts, hops and grape juice.

Founders Brewing Co.

  • Mucho Lupu – A dry-hopped juicy IPA that pours at 6.5% ABV and was made with cryo powder. Coming in June in 6-packs and draft.

Fulton Brewery

Fulton has a sampler pack of hard seltzers in development and coming to liquor stores soon. Flavors are:

  • Berry
  • Blood Orange
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon-Lime

Indeed Brewing Company

Several beers will be on tap at Indeed’s Art-A-Whirl Whirlygig party May 17-19, including Day Tripper Pale Ale, B-Side Pils, Lucy Session Sour, Mexican Honey Imperial Lager, Shenanigans Honey Wheat Ale, Peach Bum IPA, Flavorwave IPA, and Mexican Honey Light.

  • L.S.D. Honey Ale – In Indeed’s own words, “A kaleidoscopic combination of lavender, sunflower honey, and dates set the stage for a mind-bending beer experience as delicate floral aromas dance atop rich notes of fruit and honey.” In liquor stores and bars next Monday.
  • Lucy: Stone Fruit Sour – Lucy session sour with added passionfruit, peach, and mango. It debuts at Whirlygig on Art-A-Whirl weekend, May 17–19. “Expect big stonefruit character, along with the same approachable acidity of the original Lucy, and a more subtle hop presence,” the brewery says.
  • Lull CBD Seltzer – Also to debut at Whirlygig on May 17, this is a non-alcoholic CBD seltzer water with lemon and key lime flavors.

Mankato Brewery

Age of Apocalypse – On May 16, Mankato will release its apple-forward barleywine, Apple Apocalypse, in three different variants:

  • Apple Red
  • Apple Rose
  • Apple White
  • RibFest – The brewery created a special one-off for RibFest in Mankato on June 1 that the brewery says is light and easy-drinking.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

  • Oktoberfest – Each year, Sierra Nevada collaborates with a European brewery for its Oktoberfest beer. This year the beer will be made in tandem with Germany’s Bitburger Brewery. The beer makes a special appearance at Springtoberfest in North Carolina this Saturday, and hits liquor stores in bottle form in late July. “The collaboration Oktoberfest will feature a rich amber color, smooth malty flavor, and balanced hop character,” the Sierra Nevada says.

Urban Growler Brewing Company

  • Grodziskie – Returns at the 5th annual Polish Heritage Celebration on June 5.
  • MN Mighty Buzz – This buzzy beer was made with Minnesota-grown Mighty Axe hops and will debut at a collaborative party with The Wildflower Project to celebrate bees, beer and local businesses on June 8.

Venn Brewing Company

  • TBA – Venn will release an upcoming collaboration with Falling Knife Brewing Co.

Wild Mind Artisan Ales

  • Registered Trademark – Made with help from Drastic Measures, this is a double IPA “brewed with 2-row [barley], malted oats, flaked wheat, and a ton of all the copyrighted hops,” Wild Mind says. Available in limited supply next Thursday, May 16.

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