The Mash-Up: Halloween is quickly followed up by Snowstorm

Schell’s Snowstorm Red Ale hits shelves November 1st // Photo via Schell’s

With over 175 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.

Halloween is history. This year, Snowstorm came on November 1, a new winter amber ale from Schell’s. There are a lot of seasonally-minded releases this week, which is certainly nothing new in the beer world. Darkness is in liquor stores now, Abrasive in coming soon, Fulton has a throwback pack, and Lupulin and Mankato have teamed up to return Hero hazy DIPA for a good cause.

While barrel-aged beers and oatmeal stouts gain in popularity, there are a range of other styles in The Mash-Up this week, from low-calorie IPAs to beers using grapes, ginger, and Christmas spice.



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.

Casual Friday at BlackStack now for the first time // Photo via BlackStack Facebook

BlackStack Casual Friday

This is the first Berliner out of Blackstack’s new foeder program, led by Mat Waddell. Made with black currants, blackberry, raspberry, and blueberries, this deep red Berliner comes in at 4% ABV.

Bent Brewstillery Dark Fatha

The imperial stout is on tap for Halloween, plus a limited supply of bottles at the brewery.

HammerHeart Dark Gourd

“This year’s version is closer to our first year’s batch than any previous years, velvety and spiced,” HammerHeart says. Released last weekend.

Fulton’s Sampler Pack including Libertine // Photo via Fulton

Fulton Libertine

The 10th-anniversary Throwback Pack variety pack is out now, featuring Lonely Blonde, plus the following returning beers from Fulton’s early days, including Libertine, an imperial red ale (and Fulton’s first homebrew recipe).

Urban Forage Pear Cider

Newly tapped, this year’s batch has fresh pear flavors, lightly sweetened with local pear juice.

New beers available this week (October 28–November 3) 

Castle Dangers Choice Pils // Photo via Castle Danger Twitter

56 Brewing

  • Black Iron Porter – A porter with a base of chocolate and roasted malts. Taps today.

Back Channel Brewing Co.

  • Sixteen Times – A balanced Munich Helles-style lager with light, malty sweetness and spicy hop notes. 5.25% ABV, 18 IBU.

Rooster Lager from Bank Brewing // Photo via Bank Facebook

Bank Brewing Company

  • Rooster Lager – Out now, just in time for hunting season.

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 through late January.

Bent Brewstillery

  • Dark Fatha – Top Flight entry

BlackStack Brewing

  • ALL CAPS – An 8.3% ABV double IPA made with Mosaic and Strata hops. On tap and in Crowlers now.
  • Casual Friday – Top Flight entry

Castle Danger Brewery

  • Choice Pils – Available in the taproom now and in liquor stores next week.

Drekker Brewing

  • Braaaaaaaains – This batch of the Drekker series is made with peach and passion fruit.
  • Whisper Scream – Out today, Whisper Scream features Kveik yeast plus a blend of Takau, Waimea, and Mosaic hops and pours at 6.7% ABV.

Dual Citizen has Pineapple Sour on now // . Photo via Dual Citizen

Dual Citizen Brewing Company

  • Nitro Coffee City Heights Stout – A medium-bodied stout with dark chocolate and tobacco flavors, enhanced with coffee from Wildflyer Coffee Company. 5.3% ABV, 31 IBU.
  • Pineapple Sour – A 6.1% ABV kettle sour with a fruity aroma, subtle pineapple flavor, and a smooth finish, the brewery says. Made in collaboration with Unmapped.

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

  • Spirit Føul – The popular hazy IPA collaboration with Modern Times is back at the taproom today, hitting liquor stores soon as well.

Fulton Brewing

The 10th-anniversary Throwback Pack variety pack is out now, featuring Lonely Blonde, plus the following returning beers from Fulton’s early days:

  • Insurrection – Imperial IPA
  • Libertine – Top Flight entry
  • Ringer – An American pale ale.

It’s Christmas Ale time of year at Great Lakes Brewing Co // Photo via Great Lakes Twitter

Great Lakes Brewing Co.

  • Christmas Ale

HammerHeart Brewing Company

  • Dark Gourd – Top Flight entry

HeadFlyer Brewing

  • BAMF’D – A roasty stout with chocolate and coffee flavors, with added depth from six months of aging in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels.

Indeed Brewing Company

  • Ginger Blueberry Pils – On tap exclusively at J. Selby’s in St. Paul, this is a Pilsner made with fresh ginger and blueberry puree.

Klockow Brewing

  • Batch #100 – A milestone bourbon barrel-aged chocolate rye stout. 10.2% and aged in Heaven Hill barrels.
  • Double Downward – “Our smoked chocolate [imperial] stout was aged in Dickel barrels for 14 months for this newest batch,” Klockow says. 13% ABV.
  • Guardians of the Beam – At 11.2% ABV, this is a maple bourbon barrel-aged brown ale with wild rice.
  • Lion’s Courage – A double IPA made with locally produced Cascade hops from Emerald City Hop Garden. 8.3% ABV.

The Lab

  • Chocolate Blonde 0101 – A straw-colored blonde ale with cocoa in the aroma, plus a creamy nitro pour that goes with the chocolate flavors that cap off with a bitter finish. 6.1% ABV, 49 IBU.
  • Dry Hopped American IPA – A slightly hazy IPA that is bright and zesty on the nose, the brewery says, followed by a clean, bitter finish. 5.8% ABV, 62 IBU.
  • Lemon Basil Switchel 0101 – The Lab explains this non-alcoholic offering as “lemon slices and fresh Thai basil combines with apple cider vinegar, carbonated water, and honey to create a slightly tart, refreshing drink.”

LocAle Brewing Company

  • Deep Valley – A 4.5% ABV oatmeal stout with chocolate and roasted malt notes.

Lupulin Brewing Company

  • Hero Hazy IPA – A hazy IPA celebrating the memory of Jonathan Zierdt, brother to Lupulin co-founder Jeff, is on tap and in cans today. A collaboration with Mankato Brewing, this is an 8.1% ABV, 66 IBU double IPA—specs matching Jonathan Zierdt’s date of birth (8/18/66). Jonathan passed away from cancer earlier this year. A portion of all proceeds from this beer will benefit the Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund (JZCF) to raise awareness and increase support for men’s cancers.

Odell’s Good Behavior // Photo via Odell Twitter

Odell Brewing Co.

  • Good Behavior – A new 4% ABV, 110-calorie year-round IPA with tropical fruit and peach character.

OMNI Brewing Co.

  • Night Cap – A full-bodied double stout with milk chocolate, slight roast, and a hint of plum in its flavor profile, the brewery says. 7.6% ABV.

Revelation Ale Works

  • 100Watt IPA – A dry-hopped Centennial West Coast IPA
  • BlackBerry Lime Teleforce Sour IPA – The first in the Teleforce Sour IPA series features Citra, Mosaic, and Amarillo hops, with notes of citrus, berry, and lime.
  • Peach Grapefruit Teleforce Sour IPA – “The second brew in our Teleforce Sour IPA series feature Citra, Mosaic, and Amarillo hops,” says the Hallock brewery. “Berry and citrus notes of the hops are complimented by peach and grapefruit to pop off the palate. It’s lightly carbonated reminiscent of a mimosa.”
  • Spoonman Imperial Stout – Says the brewery: “Spoonman is a 10.4% [ABV] boogeyman, with rich and roasty fudge and dark fruit undertones.”

Roets Jordan Brewery

  • Big Black Axe – A returning imperial stout, 9.5% ABV, 60 IBU
  • The German – A returning German pale ale, 6.2% ABV, 38 IBU
  • Juicy – A new hazy Citra IPA, 6% ABV, 66 IBU
  • Roets Beer – A returning American blonde ale, 5% ABV, 28 IBU
  • Roets Sour – A new apple/berry sour, 4% ABV, 6 IBU
  • Smoky – A new amber smoked wheat ale, 5% ABV, 25 IBU
  • Nutty – A new hazelnut brown ale, 5.2% ABV, 18 IBU
  • Roets Stout – A new chocolate milk stout, 6.5% ABV, 28 IBU

Schell’s Brewery

  • Astral Fusion – The latest Noble Star Collection release was aged on mangos and fused with a raspberry Berliner weisse for tart fruitiness and sweet, tropical stone fruit flavors. 
  • Snowstorm – Snowstorm 2019 is an amber ale with malty flavors balanced with a crisp and hoppy finish, Schell’s says.

Surly Brewing Company

  • Black Horseman – This special beer was made in collaboration with heavy metal legend King Diamond and debuted on Halloween in cans and on draft. A Danish-style black lager, the beer is sold at venues within Surly’s distribution, including the Palace Theater where King Diamond performs on November 19. 6% ABV.
  • Darkness – The popular Russian imperial stout is in liquor stores now. With flavors of chocolate, coffee, cherry, raisin, and toffee, plus notably aromatic hops. This year’s bottle features artwork by Tim Chapman.

Thunder Bus at The Nordic Brewing Co // Photo via The Nordic Brewing Co Facebook

The Nordic Brewing Co.

  • Thunder Bus – Available in limited 750-milliliter bottles, available on Saturday as the brewery celebrates its one year anniversary. An oak-aged imperial oatmeal stout.

Tin Whiskers Brewing Company

  • Raspberry Lemon Wheat – “The brewery describes this one as “lightly sweet, lightly tart, and perfectly balanced.”
  • Tangelo Flip Switch – “Our house IPA aged on fresh tangelos for a big burst of bright citrus,” the brewery says.
  • Tiramisu Barrel-Aged Black Ale – A black ale aged in whiskey barrels, with flavors of tiramisu. “Think cocoa, coffee, red wine, and cake,” the brewery says. On tap Friday, November 1.

Town Hall Brewery

  • Belgian Crush – Available Monday, November 4, this 10% ABV Belgian golden ale has spicy flavors of plum, pear, banana, sweet bread, and caramel.
  • English Porter – A roasty porter with subtle notes of coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, and burnt caramel. 5.6% ABV.
  • Juice Clarity – Tapped 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.

Urban Forage Winery & Ciderhouse

  • Winter Spiced Cider – This cider, spiced with fresh ginger, cloves, cardamom, and cinnamon, will be on tap at the cider house’s “2nd Tappiversary” party on Saturday
  • Pear Cider – Top Flight entry

Ursa Minor Brewing

  • Bubbly Bear-Aronia – A new gluten-free hard seltzer, on tap at the brewery.
  • Constellation Cream NA – A non-alcoholic cream ale
  • Pink Lady Slipper – Now available in 16-ounce cans.
  • Sturgeon’s Breath – An easy drinking American IPA, back on tap at the brewery.

Wooden Hill Brewing Company

  • Rare Vine – A new saison fermented with fresh grape juice. 9.5% ABV.

Beers just announced

Surly’s Abrasive Double IPA is coming back // Photo via Surly Facebook

Avery Brewing Company

  • Pear of Peaches – A fruited hazy imperial IPA. “Using contemporary dry-hopping techniques, Avery’s brewers added Simcoe and Amarillo hops, and then traditionally dry-hopped with Mosaic hops,” the brewery says. Available in mid-November. 9% ABV.

Bad Weather Brewing Company

  • California Common – Coming soon at Bad Weather.

Firestone Walker Brewing Company

  • Anniversary Ale XXIII – Available this weekend at the California brewery, the anniversary ale that blends Stickee Monkee (28%), Parabola (28%), Bravo (20%), Bourbon Barrel Helldorado (15%), Velvet Merkin (9%), and Tequila Barrel Helldorado (11.9%) will be in stores mid-month.

Founders Brewing Co.

  • CBS – A Kentucky Breakfast Stout base with added maple syrup, coffee, and chocolate returns, perhaps for the final time, Founders previously hinted. 11.3% ABV.

LocAle Brewing Company

  • Super Saison – A wild saison is aging at LocAle in neutral white wine barrels. “In the few months it has been in the barrels it has begun to take on some exciting complexity: a little funk, fruity and mineral notes, lemony tartness, and nice tannin character. Keep an eye out for it on tap hopefully this winter,” the brewery says.

Number 12 Cider

Number 12 Cider is celebrating its one-year anniversary of the North Loop cider house with a party on Saturday, November 9, where it will debut two new “fire and ice” ciders:

  • MN Ice – An ice cider “which uses a special technique that results in a dessert-like, high-alcohol cider,” says Number 12.
  • Toddy – A hot cider cocktail made with 12’s Black Market cider.

Roets Jordan Brewery

The following will be released at Roets Jordan’s 3rd anniversary party on December 7:

  • Superfruit – Fruit braggot with raspberry and blackberry
  • Superfruit – Fruit braggot with black currant
  • The Imperial – Imperial Galaxy IPA
  • Big Black Axe – An oak-aged variation of the imperial stout

Surly Brewing Company

  • Abrasive – The double IPA is back in early November.
  • Magic Formula for Peace – Made in collaboration with Illinois’ Mikerphone Brewing and Modist, this is a coffee stout with citrus.

Urban Forage Winery & Ciderhouse

  • Dry Mead – This upcoming mead is still honey-based, but with a dry finish. “Still a bit sweeter on the tongue than our dry cider due to all the honey, but significantly drier than our semisweet mead,” Urban Forage says.
  • Vinegar – A small-batch cider “made all from local apples and with minimal intervention,” the cidery says. “A bit funky and incredibly sour, it’s wonderful in all sorts of recipes.” It will be sold in the taproom only beginning in late November.

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