The Mash-Up: Harvest season brings brewers a bounty of fresh hops

Photo via FINNEGANS Brewing Company Twitter

Photo via FINNEGANS Brew Co.’s 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.

Fresh hop season is upon us, with several breweries brewing batches this week, including Steel Toe and FINNEGANS. More Oktoberfests are flowing as September nears, joined by several popular hazy IPAs that have made their way back on tap and the surprise guest, passion fruit, which continues to be a favorite addition to many local beers.

In other notable news, Sisyphus has released their first 16-ounce cans, Hunyuck is now available at select locations (including the Barley John’s production brewery taproom), Foxhole and Shakopee Brewhall celebrated milestones, and New Holland and Earth Rider are announcing big things in the barrel-aging business. Check it out below.



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.

FINNEGANS Brew Co. Brim Reaper Rye India Pale Ale

The newest beer to join FINNEGANS’ year round offerings, this IPA is brewed with 10 percent rye malt, which incorporates spicy and dry characteristics, then hopped with a heavy dose of Mosaic, Simcoe, Cascade and Falconers Flight hops, which give off a rich bitterness and the aroma of papaya, tangerine, passion fruit, lemon, and heavy tropical and citrus notes, according to the brewery. 7% ABV.

Portage Brewing Agglomeration 05: Drastically Vertical DIPA

Made in collaboration with the head brewer of the soon-to-open Drastic Measure Brewing. “Using 100 percent Vertical pale ale and malted wheat, alongside a co-designed hop bill of Citra and Columbus, and our house blend of yeast—we’ve constructed a funky, hoppy monster,” the brewery says. 7.7% ABV, 40 IBU.

Modist Brewing Once Was Once

This porter was brewed with oats, chocolate malts, and honey before entering Modist’s American oak foeder. This beer was actually Modist co-founder and head brewer Keigan Knee’s very first homebrew. 5.5% ABV

Wild Mind Vikings Hammer

Described as a golden sour ale aged in Vikre Iron Range single malt whiskey barrels, then refermented on blueberries. “This dark purple sour ale has rich notes of berries, funk, and light vanilla. Look for an announcement next week for the restaurants that will get kegs,” the brewery says.

Venn Brewing Peach Sour

This is the 92nd batch brewed at the South Minneapolis brewery. It’s a kettle sour wheat ale infused with peaches. Brewed with unmalted wheat and domestic pale barley, this ale was unhopped and fermented with Lactobacillus and Champagne yeast. 7.5% ABV, 0 IBU.

New beers available this week (August 27 – September 2)

BlackStack Brewing Company's Cash Only // Photo via BlackStack Brewing Company's Facebook

BlackStack Brewing Company’s Cash Only // Photo via BlackStack Brewing Company’s Facebook

12welve Eyes Brewing

  • Amber Brown – “An amber ale with the aroma and taste of a brown. Slight nuttiness complements the strong malt backbone, with a dry finish,” the brewery says.
  • Peach Milkshake IPA – A dessert-style IPA with wheat, oats, lactose, real peaches, and “just a hint” of vanilla, the brewery says.
  • Piña Colada IPA – This dessert-minded IPA uses Vic Secret hops, plus the addition of pineapple and toasted coconut (no lactose).

Avery Brewing Company

  • Rumpkin – “The idea behind Rumpkin was a pumpkin pie soaked in rum,” says the brewery of this 16.3% ABV pumpkin ale.

Bent Paddle Brewing Company

  • Raspberry Roof Rack – A limited-time infusion, tapped on Monday and available only at Bent Paddle’s taproom.

BlackStack Brewing Company

  • Cash Only – A new IPA featuring all Cashmere hops. Available at the brewery and in cans.

Brew d’Etat

  • Juce Campbell IPA – Available in select liquor stores in the south metro.
  • Rye Dank You IPA – Available in select liquor stores in the south metro.

Dangerous Man Brewing Company

  • Passionfruit Guava Sour – This fruited sour also includes oats, wheats, lactose, barley, and El Dorado hops. 4.7% ABV, 6 IBU.
  • Thai Lime/Lemongrass Belgian Brut IPA – “Extremely dry and pleasantly fruity. Dry hopped with lots of Hallertau Blanc and fermented with Belgian yeast,” Dangerous Man says. “Conditioned on fresh Thai lime leaves and fresh lemongrass.”

Earth Rider Brewery

  • Cognac Barrel-Aged North Tower Stout – Earth Rider is releasing a limited amount of their World Beer Cup award winning North Tower Stout, aged for three months in a cognac barrel. “Notes of caramel, chocolate, coffee, cognac, and more can be found in this deliciously complex beer,” the brewery says. On tap today at 5pm along with a brewer talk and toast at the Cedar Lounge taproom.

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

  • Brut Squad – Out today, this extra dry brut-style IPA is described as “bone-dry, effervescent, aromatic, and remarkably civilized.” 6.1% ABV, 25 IBU.
  • Faully Krausened – A collaboration with Live Oak Brewing, this naturally carbonated beer uses Minnesota-grown hops from Mighty Axe Hops.


  • Brim Reaper Rye India Pale Ale – Top Flight selection.

Foxhole Brewhouse

  • Barrel-Aged Pumpkin – Released in bottles last weekend for the brewery’s third anniversary party.

Goat Ridge Brewing

  • Bad Apples Cider Ale – This gluten-free cider/ale hybrid is backsweetened with honey. 5.8% ABV.
  • GOPROMO – A SMaSH IPA using Golden Promise malt and Mosaic hops. 6.0% ABV, 69 IBU.

Grand Rounds Brewpub

  • Commerce Wheat – A peach weissbier. On tap today. 5.8% ABV, 15 IBU.

Hunyuck Brew Co.

  • Oger – Hunyuck just debuted their flagship IPA, described as hoppy, juicy, and well-balanced. It’s in cans and is currently available on draft only at Barley John’s in New Richmond as a guest tap. 6.5% ABV.

Inbound BrewCo

  • Sweet Potato Spiced Milk Stout – A very limited infusion of Inbound Milk Stout, adding sweet potatoes, allspice, and nutmeg. 5.4% ABV, 25 IBU.

Junkyard Brewing Co.

  • Blueberry Experimental Sour with Brettanomyces
  • Calypso Summer Session
  • Hippie Hut NE Style Wheat Pale Ale
  • Ice Auger Lager
  • Top Gorilla Belgian Tripel
  • Wild Rice Vienna Lager

Klockow Brewing Company

  • Song of Susannah – An imperial IPA that’s described as both bitter and smooth. 10% ABV.

Little Thistle Brewing

  • Beautiful Day – A session IPA with resiny, tropical fruit and lemony notes. 4.8% ABV, 60 IBU.
  • Brave Woman – A Scottish ale with toasty malt flavors of chocolate, caramel, and toffee. 5.0% ABV, 12 IBU.
  • Foreign Culture – A mango and passion fruit Berliner weiss with a subtle tartness. 3.5% ABV, 3 IBU.
  • The Doug – A straw-colored lager with bready malt flavors and a balanced, subtly bitter finish. 4.6% ABV, 19 IBU.
  • Wetlands – Citra and Mosaic hops define this slightly hazy IPA, which the brewery says is “bursting with tangerine, pineapple, and melon aromas.” 5.0% ABV, 45 IBU.

LTS Brewing Company

  • Pineapple Passionfruit Früchte – A pineapple and passion fruit Berliner weisse-style ale.

Modist Brewing Co.

  • Mallow – Described by the brewery as “a marshmallow cream ale brewed with barley, corn, oats, marshmallows, milk sugar, and bourbon vanilla beans.” 5.2% ABV.
  • Once was Once – Top Flight selection.

Portage Brewing Company

  • Agglomeration 05: Drastically Vertical DIPA – Top Flight selection.

Revelation Ale Works

  • REVtoberfest – Revelation’s first Märzen-inspired ale.

Rustech Brewing

  • Downright Dirty – A new black double IPA. 8.0% ABV, 100 IBU.

Schell’s Brewery

  • 1905 VT – One of two new offerings in the new Harvest Brews sampler pack, which also includes the new Witbier (below), plus Firebrick and Pils.
  • Witbier – Pouring blonde in color with a slight haze, notes of coriander and orange peel, and a citrusy crisp finish.

Shakopee Brewhall

  • 60 Schilling – A new Scottish ale from Shakopee’s year-old brewery.
  • Mandala Anniversary – Out today for their first anniversary.

Sisyphus Brewing

  • Scoopshot IPA – A milkshake-style IPA with pineapple and vanilla (but no lactose) is the brewery’s first 16-ounce can release.

Surly Brewing Company

  • Naked and Afraid – A tropical session IPA with notes of tropical mango, pineapple, and tangerine that will be available only at the Beer Hall starting next Wednesday, August 29.

Unmapped Brewing Co.

  • Papaya?! – “With pineapple, citrus, and subtle coconut flavors gained from our aggressive late hop additions of Sabro and Lemondrop hops, we added lots of papaya (of course) and guava to make this tasty tropical treat even more tantalizing,” the brewery says. 5.2% ABV, 39 IBU.

Tilion Brewing Co.

  • Oktoberfest – A Marzen-style ale that will be featured at Tilion’s Oktoberfest celebration on September 26.

Venn Brewing Company

  • Double New England IPA – This hazy IPA features Citra and Simcoe hops and is on tap at the brewery now. 8.2% ABV, 55 IBU.
  • Peach Sour – Top Flight selection.

Wicked Wort Brewing Company

  • Make My Day Hazy IPA – 6.5% ABV, 40 IBU.
  • Sour Mango IIPA – “With four pounds of Mosaic hops per barrel and over eight pounds of organic puree, this kettle sour double IPA was then pushed even further by barrel aging it in tequila barrels,” says Wicked Wort. 8.0% ABV, 80 IBU.

Wild Mind Artisan Ales

  • Lunch Money – A double New England-style IPA with dank tropical and citrus aromas.
  • Vikings Hammer – Top Flight selection.


Seasonal or rotating returns

Fair State Brewing Cooperative's Festbier // Photo via Fair State Brewing Cooperative Twitter

Fair State Brewing Cooperative’s Festbier // Photo via Fair State Brewing Cooperative Twitter

12welve Eyes Brewing

  • Lowertown IPA – “A non-hazy American IPA with subtle malt backing, brewed with Mosaic and Cascade Cryo hops,” the brewery says.

Bad Weather Brewing Company

  • Tippin’ It Down – The ESB with Earl Grey tea is back on the market, starting next week.

Badger Hill Brewing Company

  • Koala Hug – This juicy IPA returned to the brewery’s taplines August 30.

Burning Brothers Brewing

  • Midway Lager – Back on shelves with a reworked recipe.

Excelsior Brewing Company

  • Docktoberfest  – Released August 27 in the taproom.

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

  • Festbier – An Oktoberfest lager. 5.7% ABV, 20 IBU.

Fargo Brewing Company

  • O’fest Oktoberfest Bier


  • Tile Factory – An IPA with a bouquet of apricot, passion fruit, and peach, plus smooth citrus flavors, the brewery says. 7.0% ABV, 75 IBU.

Founders Brewing Co.

  • Curmudgeon’s Better Half

Foxhole Brewhouse

  • Gateway Electric IPA – “The hop aroma bursts out of the glass with stone fruit, pine, and tropical fruit. Flavors are similar to a dank tropical fruit smoothie with a firm bitterness,” the brewery says. 7.5% ABV, 73 IBU.

Fulton Brewing

  • Double Dry Hopped 300 – On tap at the North Loop taproom, as of last week.
  • Specter – Fulton’s New England-style IPA is back. A portion of sales at the taproom and select bars will be donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

HammerHeart Brewing Company

  • Hokan’s Brown Ale – 7% ABV and back on tap at the brewery.

Junkyard Brewing Co.

  • Mud Supreme V2 – Tapped at noon today, this imperial stout has caramel, fudge, vanilla, and nutty flavors. Also available in Crowlers.

Modist Brewing Co.

  • Shook – The pineapple milkshake IPA is back.

Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub

  • Watermelon Kettle Sour – This popular kettle sour returned on Wednesday, August 29.

Rush River Brewing Co.

  • Lyndale Brown Ale

Shakopee Brewhall

  • Magic Feather – Coming soon, according to a brewery newsletter.

Stone Brewing

  • Vengeful Spirit IPA – Now available as a sampler pack exclusive.
  • w00t Stout — A previous collaboration between Drew Curtis (, actor Wil Wheaton, and Greg Koch, this imperial stout with wheat, pecans, and bourbon barrel-aging returns for another go. “The result is a beer bursting with a plethora of aromatics and flavors: cocoa, coffee, licorice, oak, nuts, vanilla, and, of course, bourbon,” says Stone. 2017 bottle art is by comic artist and writer Walt Simonson. 11.5% ABV.

Waconia Brewing Company

  • Rock Picker Saison – Tapped August 30 at the brewery.


Beers just announced

Bell's Brewing Company's Best Brown Ale // Photo via Bell's Brewing Company Twitter

Bell’s Brewing Company’s Best Brown Ale // Photo via Bell’s Brewing Company Twitter

Bad Weather Brewing Company

  • BA Immortal Toast – Bad Weather’s white stout has been put aside in some rum barrels from Barbados.

Bell’s Brewery

  • Best Brown – A true sign of fall, Best Brown will be back on area shelves soon.

Dangerous Man Brewing Company

  • JXTA Golden Ale – A golden ale made in collaboration with JXTA Graphic Design Lab, who also designed the Crowler artwork and corresponding tap handle. Releases on Sunday, September 12.

Deschutes Brewery

  • Fresh Haze IPA – Inspired by Freshly Squeezed IPA, Deschutes will launch a new year-round hazy IPA this fall that features flavors of orange and tangerine. 6.5% ABV, 45 IBU.

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

  • ESB – Fair State teamed up with NorthGate alumni to make a batch of the former Northeast brewery’s ESB recipe.


  • Running with Axes – An upcoming fresh-hop pale ale made with Minnesota-grown Mighty Axe Hops. The brewery says it’s to be a “classic pale ale with a caramelly backbone but brewed with earthy, piney, and citrus hop undertones.”

Indeed Brewing Company

  • Blue Blood – Part of the Wooden Soul series, this upcoming bottle release is a barrel-aged brett saison with blueberry and orange peel. 8.1% ABV.
  • Oktoberfest – “Our version is on the lighter side of the seasonal Marzen with a medium body, a dry, crisp finish, and an elegant malt complexity,” the brewery says. Available on draft only starting next week. 5.8% ABV, 18 IBU.

Klockow Brewing Company

  • Travelin’ Jack – An upcoming West Coast-style IPA.

Mankato Brewery

  • Leaf Raker – Mankato’s fall seasonal nut brown ale is back starting September 6.

New Holland Brewing Company

  • Dragon’s Milk – This well-known bourbon barrel-aged stout with bold, rich flavors will get a rebrand when it returns later this year.
  • Dragon’s Milk Reserve – A companion to the classic Dragon’s Milk, this version adds banana, plantain, and coconut to the creamy, rich, bourbon-y stout. 11% ABV, 30 IBU.

Pryes Brewing Company

  • Blueberry Infusion Flight – Pryes celebrates Labor Day by offering blueberry infusions to three core beers: Summer IPA, Dublin Dry Stout, and Bohemian Blonde Ale.

Shakopee Brewhall

  • Herbstfest – A Marzen-style Oktoberfest lager.

Steel Toe Brewing

  • TBD – A fresh-hop beer made from Mighty Axe Hops is in the works.

Town Hall Brewery

  • Alpha Nimbus – An aggressively hopped Belgian white ale with orange peel, coriander, and American IPA hops. Available Labor Day.

Unmapped Brewing Co.

  • HopDazzell Fresh Hop Ale – Unmapped will take select volunteers on a hop-picking mission to Gladden Farms this Monday in preparation for the return of their fresh hop ale.

Venn Brewing Company

  • Dortmunder Export – “A classic German lager originating from the city of Dortmund, evenly balanced between malt and hops,” the brewery says. 5.3% ABV, 30 IBU.
  • London Porter – This beer is described as roasty with notes of dark chocolate and dark fruit. 7.0% ABV, 25 IBU.

Voyageur Brewing Company

  • Oktoberfest – To be featured at the brewery’s Oktoberfest celebration from September 26–30.

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.



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