The Mash-Up: Halloween-inspired candy and peanut butter beers hit taps

Bad Weather Brewing Co’s Ominous // Photo via Bad Weather Twitter

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Halloween is nigh, with a Hallow’s Eve party at Copper Trail and the Monster Bash at Lake Monster this weekend, along with several new candy and peanut butter-inspired offerings across the state. Besides the adjuncts, there are also plenty of returning seasonals from Utepils, Bad Weather, and more.

In the beer world, Autumn Brew Review took place a week ago, followed by Waconia’s fifth anniversary this week and news about Insight’s upcoming party in November. Besides the anniversaries and onslaught of new beers and styles, breweries are also growing their footprint and seeking new ways to do so, including distribution plans from Rochester’s Forager.



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.

Badger Hill Cherry Double Dunkel

A traditional German-style beer with tart cherry juice. 9.2% ABV, 24 IBU.

Bemidji Export Stout

An oatmeal stout with malt-forward flavors of licorice, molasses cookies, and bitter chocolate, the brewery says. 6.1% ABV, 40 IBU.

Junkyard Brewing Company’s Leopold // Photo via Junkyard Twitter

Junkyard Leopold

In cans and at the brewery, this is the first sour batch from Junkyard’s French oak foeder.

Pryes Lost Moon (2018)

On tap in limited supply next Saturday, this Russian imperial stout has dark toffee, plus inky and chocolate-like roasted flavors with a dry finish.

Waconia Flanders Cherry Red Wood Fermented Sour

A special Anniversary Week release.

New beers available this week (October 21–October 27) 

City Heights Stout from Dual Citizen // Photo Via Dual Citizen

56 Brewing

  • Toil & Trouble – A New England-style IPA with coffee: “balanced with subtle notes of coffee and chocolate,” 56 says.


  • Dulce Cosita A newly tapped sweet stout with cacao, cinnamon, and lactose sugar. 5.5% ABV, 28 IBU.

Able Seedhouse + Brewery

  • Shapes and Sizes – New on tap and in cans next week, this is a new series of hazy IPAs set to showcase different hop combinations. Starting with Amarillo, Simcoe, and Zythos hops, “This amount and combination of hops give the beer lots of citrus, melon, apricot, passionfruit, bubblegum, and tropical flavors,” head brewer Bobby Blasey says of the combo. “It’s fruity and juicy, with just the right amount of dankness.” 5.8% ABV, 10 IBU.

Back Channel Brewing Co.

  • Cold-Hardy Grapes – This new 8.0% ABV, 20 IBU beer uses chardonnay grape juice for light, citrusy, and floral flavors. Made in collaboration with Drastic Measures.
  • Dunzo – A dank IPA with notes of strawberry, orange creamsicle, and citrus. 6.7% ABV, 58 IBU.
  • Hector – A West Coast-style double IPA with resin extract, Cryop hops, hop hash, and pellet hops. 8.0% ABV, 86 IBU. A collaboration with Junkyard.
  • Thee Musketeers – At 11.2% ABV, 43 IBU, this imperial chocolate pastry stout includes cacao and nougat, just in time for Halloween. A collaboration with LUA Brewing (Des Moines, IA).

Bad Weather Brewing Company

  • German Festbier – Tapped last weekend, this beer offers sweet honey and toasted malt flavors with a light bitterness, the brewery says.
  • Ominous – Soon to return to the taproom and liquor stores.

Badger Hill Brewing Company

  • Cherry Double Dunkel – Top Flight selection.
  • Loyalist – A crisp 4.9% ABV, 11 IBU light ale.

Arabicadabra from Bell’s Brewery // Photo via Bell’s Twitter

Bell’s Brewery

  • Arabicadabra – A 5.5% ABV coffee milk stout.

Bemidji Brewing

  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout – A cocoa nib and natural peanut butter extract-infused version of Export Stout. “The cocoa nibs lend a mature and fudgy chocolate profile without adding any cloying sweetness and the natural peanut butter extract adds richness and complexity without tasting of alcohol or artificial flavors,” the brewery says. 6.1% ABV, 40 IBU.
  • Export Stout – Top Flight selection.

Bent Brewstillery

  • Earl Brown’s Legacy Lager

Big Wood Brewery

  • Storming the Castle English IPA – An English IPA brewed with Englist malt and noble hops. 6.4% ABV, 60 IBU.

Copper Trail Brewing Co.

Four special beers will tap at Copper Train in Alexandria on Saturday for All Hallows’ Brew party:

  • SmashWerks – A 4.6% ABV, 50 IBU single malt, single hop pale ale with Simcoe hops and Minnesota malt with a complex sweetness upfront and a slight bitterness at the finish.
  • Oletoberfest – A 5.6% ABV, 23 IBU märzen lager with toasty notes and a smooth, dry finish, the brewery says. 
  • Oofda Ale – A light golden ale that pours at 4.6% ABV, 19 IBU.
  • Wet N’ Wild – An 8% ABV, 88 IBU wet hop double IPA with grassy and lemon flavors that are accented by the addition of lemon zest added late in the boil.

Disgruntled Brewing

  • Ooey Gooey – This milk stout with lactose, chocolate, marshmallow, and crushed graham cracker returns on Saturday. 5.7% ABV.

Dual Citizen Brewing Company

  • City Heights Stout – A newly tapped oatmeal stout. 5% ABV, 31 IBU.

Duluth Cider

  • Glensheen Gold Honey Cider

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

  • Mango Brett Blonde Ale – A 7.8% ABV fruited blonde ale that Fair State describes as “funky and refreshing.”

Firestone Walking Brewing Company

  • Double Jack – Firestone Walker’s signature imperial IPA returns, sold in the Merlin’s Mixed Pack alongside Luponic Distortion, Easy Jack, and Union Jack.
  • Easy Jack – Also sold in the Merlin’s Mixed Pack, Easy Jack returns but with a new formula and lower 4% ABV and 120 calories.

Little Wookie from Giesenbräu Bier Co. // Photo via Giesenbräu Twitter

Fulton Brewing

  • Hopwater – One of two new non-alcoholic options at the Fulton taproom.
  • Non Blonde – One of two new non-alcoholic options at the Fulton taproom.

Giesenbräu Bier Co.

  • Baby Wookiee – “This smoked poblano altbier is malty and peppery without the heat,” Giesenbräu says.

HeadFlyer Brewing

  • Coconut Chai Porter – A specialty version of Vanilla Bean Porter, made with toasted coconut, cardamom, and cinnamon.

Hop & Barrel Brewing Co.

  • Milkshake – A 6% ABV double dry-hopped IPA kettle sour with vanilla and lactose.

Imminent Brewing

  • Norstralian Sparkling Ale – “This beer features Australian hops, Norwegian yeast, and Colorado malt to take your senses on a trip: floral aromas, notes of pear and melon, a sweet breadiness, and plenty of fizz,” the brewery says. 5.2% ABV, 25 IBU.

Junkyard Brewing Co.

  • Father of Invention – A hazy IPA.
  • Leopold – Top Flight selection.
  • Pony Noises – A blackberry and strawberry sour IPA.
  • Silverback – A fudgy porter with vanilla.

The Lab

  • Dry Apple Cider 0101 – A slightly hazy, dry and tart cider that was fermented with sorghum—technically a gluten-free apple ale, the brewery notes.
  • Negroni Inspired Hard Seltzer 0101 – A cocktail-inspired hard seltzer that pours at 5.6% ABV with bitter flavors, plus gin botanicals, hints of orange, and sweet vermouth.
  • Rising Hope – “This is a truly original collaboration between the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation and 32 participating breweries, with all proceeds to benefit children who are battling cancer,” The Lab explains. It’s an IPA with passionfruit and tangerine flavors and pours at 6.4% ABV, 43 IBU.

Lake Monster Brewing

  • Maple Bourbon Imperial Oatmeal Stout – To debut at Monster Bash on Saturday. The brewery will also serve eight different cask infusions.
  • Wassail – A mulled beer that will be available at Monster Bash on Saturday, October 26.

Left Hand Brewing Company

  • Fade to Black – An 8.5% ABV export stout.

Lift Bridge Brewing Company

  • Short Stack – New in the Barrel Dessert series, this is a dessert stout blended with another bourbon barrel-aged stout, plus maple syrup and “pancake flavor additions.” 8% ABV, 30 IBU.
  • Tan Van – Another pastry stout in the Barrel Dessert Series, this beer blends a barrel-aged stout along with chocolate, carament, and coconut flavors. 8% ABV, 30 IBU.

Modist Brewing Co.

Barrel Aged Lord Humongous – Three variants of barrel-aged 2018 Lord Humongous imperial rye stout will debut on Saturday in bottles. In Modist’s words:

  • The first was aged in bourbon barrels for a year and was then conditioned on coconut, macadamia nut, and vanilla. 
  • The second, aged in maple bourbon barrels, was rested on copious amounts of maple, vanilla, and cocoa nibs, plus, a custom espresso blend from Wesley Andrews was added.
  • The last one was aged in rye whiskey barrels and then sat on a whole lot of marshmallows and Madagascar vanilla beans.
  • Double Ghost Vision – A double IPA that is dry-hopped with Citra and Strata hops. 8.6% ABV and available in the taproom this Saturday.
  • Nasty Boys Pit Stop Pale Ale – A special release for Saturday’s NWA wrestling party, Modist Madness.
  • Sour Crawlers – A sour double IPA made with 200 pounds of sour gummy worms.

    Barrel Aged Yippie Skippy from Montgomery Brewing // Photo via Montgomery Brewing Facebook

Montgomery Brewing

  • Barrel Aged Yippie Skippy – A bourbon barrel-aged imperial peanut butter porter.

Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub

  • Occam’s IPA – A self-described “simple IPA” that focuses on hops without overdoing it, the brewery says. 7% ABV, 60 IBU.

Pantown Brewing Company

  • Gozer Gose
  • Outatime – A New England-style IPA made with Simcoe and Nelson Sauvin hops.

Pryes Brewing Company

  • Lost Moon (2018) – Top Flight selection.

Schram Haus Brewery

  • Cane Fighter IPA – Returned to the taproom earlier this month.

Sisyphus Brewing

  • Scoop Shot – A milkshake-style IPA with pineapple and vanilla.

Rusty Chain from Sociable Ciderwerks // Photo via Sociable Ciderwerks Instagram

Sociable Cider Werks

  • Rusty Chain – The fall seasonal cranberry apple cider is back.

Spiral Brewery

  • Toboggan Club – A dunkelweizen with sweet clove notes and a roasty base. 

Stacked Deck Brewing Co.

  • GUMMIBÄR – Tapped last week, in Stacked Deck’s own words, “is crisp, clean, sweet and most importantly tastes exactly like a gummy bear.”
  • Party Foul – A smoothie sour that tapped last week.

Starry Eyed Brewing Co.

  • Fall Fling Wet Hop IPA
  • Life Is Good IPA
  • Starzen Lager

Summit Brewing Company

  • The Villain Black – Tapped in limited supply at the Ratskeller last weekend.

Violet Blueberry Sour from Talking Waters // Photo via Talking Waters

Talking Waters Brewing Co.

  • Violet – A 4.8% ABV smoothie sour that is described as refreshing, with juicy hop-derived flavors, and lactose.

Tin Whiskers Brewing Company

  • Nova No. 4 – A hazy New England-style IPA that was double dry-hopped with Ekuanot, Vic Secret, Idaho 7, and Azacca.

Town Hall Brewery

  • Brown’s Double – A rich English-style ale with notes of fruit, bread, and soft spices. 6.2% ABV and now available.

Utepils Brewing Co.

  • Broomstacker – Now available at the brewery, plus at liquor stores, bars, and restaurants.
  • Ewald the Dark
  • Glocal IPA – Back for a limited time. Taproom only.

Waconia Brewing Company

  • Belgian Quad Port Wine/Rye Whiskey – A special bottle release for the brewery’s upcoming fifth-anniversary celebration on Saturday.
  • Flanders Cherry Red Wood Fermented Sour – Top Flight selection.
  • Mango Kolsch Released – Released to celebrate Anniversary Week.
  • Raspberry Blonde – Released to celebrate Anniversary Week.

Wild Mind Artisan Ales

  • Lil’ Wakatu – A saison blend of foeder-aged and open-fermented beer that was then dry-hopped with Wakatu hops.
  • Secret Prism – “This hazy IPA has heavy tropical notes of passionfruit and mango with a soft palate and a pungent nose,” Wild Mind says. 


Beers just announced

Gravity Well from Insight Brewing // Photo via Insight Twitter

Bemidji Brewing

  • Winter IPA – A hazy wheat IPA with a cocktail of Loral, Citra, and Simcoe Cryo hops. “The beer is very, very soft and full on the palate with beautiful aromas of nectarine and marmalade with a juicy and dank papaya/tropical melon flavor profile,” Bemidji says. 7.3% ABV, 65 IBU and available November 1 through late January.

Spirit Foul from Fair State // Photo via Fair State

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

  • Spirit Føul – Fans of this popular hazy IPA collaboration with Modern Times will note that the beer returns November 1 at the taproom and at liquor stores soon after.

Forager Brewery

A ticketed 6-bottle release party is scheduled for next month, from December 6–8. Beers include:

  • Backdoor – A barrel blended “Holiday Stout,” which includes notes of gin, rich chocolate, mint leaves, and more.
  • Dribbles – “Dribbles was brewed in March of 2018 using fresh maple sap from Miller’s Maple Farm in Cashton, WI,” the brewery says. “It then rested in a Joseph Magnus 12-year whiskey barrel and multiple small format maple soaked barrels. A medley of flavors developed during extended aging and whirl into layers of syrupy goodness.” With added coconut, cocoa nibs, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, and coffee.
  • Pastry Lace – A three-brewery collaboration with Pulpit Rock and Barrel Theory, this includes blended barrel-aged beers plus vanilla, cocoa nibs, coconut, pecans, and cayenne pepper.
  • Pudding Goggles – The imperial pastry porter is back, featuring rich chocolate, plus coconut, cocoa, vanilla, and cinnamon.
  • Shrub and Vine – “Shrub and Vine was blended from two separate batches of oak-fermented mixed culture saison,” Forager says. “This farmhouse ale drinks like a tart sparkling wine with notes of raspberry, blackberry and Smucker’s grape jelly.”
  • The Dude – This beer is aged on vanilla beans, cocoa nibs, hazelnuts, coffee, and lactose sugar, taking its inspiration from the White Russian cocktail.

Fulton Brewing

The 10th anniversary Throwback Pack variety pack hits liquor stores next week, featuring Lonely Blonde, plus the following returning beers from Fulton’s early days:

  • Insurrection – Imperial IPA
  • Libertine – An imperial red ale (and Fulton’s first homebrew recipe).
  • Ringer – An American pale ale.

    Gypsy Outpost from Humble Forager // Photo via Humble Forager

Humble Forager Brewery

Besides the upcoming bottle release, Forager also announced plans for an offshoot company named Humble Forager, which will package and distribute beers contract brewed in Wisconsin. The lineup will include three series:

  • Coastal Sunshine – Fruited sour ales.
  • Elevated Perspective – A series of hazy IPAs.
  • Gypsy Outpost – Adjunct-laden imperial stouts and porters.

Insight Brewing

Gravity Well – This year Insight’s anniversary imperial stout will be available in five variants, including:

  • Bourbon Barrel-Aged Raspberry
  • Coffee Cake
  • Toasted Coconut

Spilled Grain Brewhouse

  • Cousin Eddie – Returning at the brewery on November 30.

Stout Hawks from Toppling Goliath // Photo via Toppling Goliath Twitter

Tin Whiskers Brewing Company

  • Tiramisu Barrel-Aged Black Ale – “We aged this black ale in whiskey barrels, then aged it on the flavors of tiramisu—think cocoa, coffee, red wine, and cake,” the brewery says. Available November 1 at the taproom.

Toppling Goliath Brewing Co.

  • Stout Hawks – A collaborative stout aged on coffee beans, vanilla beans, and roasted pecans for notes of milk chocolate, maple glaze, and caramel, the brewery says. Bottles will be sold at the Decorah brewery on November 9.

Town Hall Brewery

  • English Porter – A roasty porter with subtle notes of coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, and burnt caramel. 5.6% ABV.
  • Juice Clarity – To tap Monday, this is a hop-forward IPA with the juicy tropical, citrus, and stone fruit flavors commonly found in hazy IPAs, but the beer itself is clear and effervescent. 7.2% ABV.

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