The Mash-Up: Hip-Hop Pilsner and more creative collaboration beers

Modist Brewing Company's Astronautalis 11° // Photo via Modist Brewing Company Twitter

Modist Brewing Company’s Astronautalis 11° // Photo via Modist Brewing Company 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.

Much has been made of craft beer’s collaborative nature. This week features several brewery collaborations, but also beers created with insight from others in the community, such as pizzerias, musicians, and restaurants.

Modist celebrates three years with an in-house party, Indeed has a barleywine in the works, and Surly and Dangerous Man have unveiled several new releases. Meanwhile, Hooey, Shook, Brooklyn Summer Ale, and Lakes & Legends’ 5-Weight Cream ale are all back.




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.

Drastic Measures Ill Intent (Wadena)

An 8% ABV double IPA showcasing the berry and herbal flavors of Mosaic hops, with Galaxy-imparted hints of peach and passion fruit.

Barrel Theory Stormbreaker (St. Paul)

A new imperial stout brewed with almonds, pistachios, vanilla, and cacao. Previously available at Rare Beer Fest and on tap at the brewery now.

Modist Astronautalis 11° (Minneapolis)

One of three special releases for Modist’s official third-anniversary party this Saturday, this beer was made with help from rapper Astronautalis, culminating with a crisp, Czech-style Pilsner.

Unmapped MN Hop Series #9: Mighty Axe Chinook (Minnetonka)

This new release is a pale ale that showcases Minnesota-grown Chinook hops with fruity and floral aromas, plus flavors of tropical fruit, pineapple, and pine. 5.7% ABV, 5 IBU.

Forager Midwest’s 32 (Rochester)

“Brewed with Belgian malts and gooey dark Belgian candi sugar before fermenting in oak barrels. Earthy spice, cocoa and caramel, finishing smooth and malty. A pumped up, super strong ale from the 32nd state,” the brewery says. 11.2% ABV, 20 IBU.

New beers available this week (April 8–April 14)

Earth Rider Brewery's High Bridge Helles Bock // Photo courtesy Earth Rider Brewery

Earth Rider Brewery’s High Bridge Helles Bock // Photo courtesy Earth Rider Brewery

12welve Eyes Brewing

  • Trillsner // Pilsner – This trill-ass Pilsner was brewed exclusively with Minnesota-grown Pilsner malt from Maltwerks (Detroit Lakes, Minnesota) and German lager yeast.

Angry Inch Brewing Company

  • From Gose With Love – Made with raspberries and on tap now.

Badger Hill Brewing Company

  • Malted Milk Hoppe Milkshake IPA – A new IPA with pineapple notes and a soft, creamy mouthful, Badger Hills says.

Barrel Theory Beer Company

  • Stormbreaker – Top Flight selection.

Bent Brewstillery

  • Farfar Ivar – 6.5% ABV, 35 IBU

Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

  • Pineapple Jalapeño – New in the Infusion Series that offers a new beer at select tap lines through the month of April.

Birch’s on the Lake

  • Pink Guava Shandy – This new blonde ale includes lemonade and pink guava puree. 5.3% ABV.

BlackStack Brewing

  • DDH 755: Sabro – Local 755, dry-hopped with Sabro hops. 7% ABV with notes of coconut and tropical fruit.

Canal Park Brewing Company

  • Duluth Harbor Helles – On tap at the brewpub now.

Clutch Brewing

  • Plumbus Amongus – This New England IPA is hopped with Citra, Idaho 7, and El Dorado hops and is “hazy, juicy, and delicious,” says the brewery. On tap today.

Copper Trail Brewing Company

It’s “Spring Fling” infusion week at Copper Trail in Alexandria. This week’s special releases included:

  • Indigo Wheat – A blueberry wheat infused with haskap berries
  • SmashWerks – A SMASH pale ale infused with kiwi and dragonfruit.
  • Hopper Trail IPA infused with grapefruit.
  • Midwest Midnight – A milk chocolate stout infused with blackberries.
  • North Country – A light lager infused with mango and pear.
  • Lucky Red, an Irish red ale infused with pomegranates.

Dangerous Man Brewing Company

  • Apiary Drop Triple IPA – This collaboration with Modist features wildflower honey and a blend of dry-hopped Azacca, Idaho #7, Strata, and Simcoe. In a 10% ABV, 26 IBU triple IPA
  • Lemon Almond Frangipane Ale – A session ale with oats, wheat, honey, lactose, and notes of lemon and sweet almond, the brewery says.

Drastic Measures Brewing

  • Ill Intent – Top Flight selection.

Duluth Cider

  • Trailside – “Bright, sparkling strawberry meets fresh, dewy basil in this refreshingly sweet cider made with 100 percent Minnesota apples,” the cidery says. Made with strawberries and basil. Now on tap.

Earth Rider Brewery

  • High Bridge Helles Bock – “Golden in color with a sweet and toasty malt aroma. Malt-forward flavor with honey tones,” the brewery says, with a balanced finish. 6.9% ABV, 32 IBU.

Excelsior Brewing Company

  • EverUpward – A pale cream pale ale made with Olive’s Fresh Pizza.

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

  • Piña Joe-Lada – Tapped on Thursday, this piña colada-inspired IPA includes coconut and pineapple. A collaboration with Pinthouse Pizza of Austin, TX. 6.5% ABV.
  • ZOOT! – A new witbier with grapefruit and lime, plus notes of banana. 5.2% ABV, crisp, and tart, the brewery says. On tap now and hitting other formats soon.

Forager Brewery

  • James and the Giant Peaches – This 8.3% ABV offering was conditioned on whole stone fruits for three weeks, then dry-hopped.
  • Midwest’s 32 – Top Flight selection.
  • Wooly Bugger – This 5.5% ABV, 30 IBU beer features English malt, oats, and Citra cryo hops plus a dry-hop dose of Galaxy for notes of peaches, tropical fruits, herbs, and grass, the brewery says.

Fulton Brewing

  • Grapefruit Lonely Blonde Ale – Fulton has updated the original Lonely BLonde with a blast of grapefruit. Easy drinking, with more citrus, the brewery says.

Half Brothers Brewing Company

  • Albino Buffalo – A 4% ABV coffee blonde ale.

Hop & Barrel Brewing Company

  • Lactose Panda

Inbound BrewCo

  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Milk Stout – A jelly-infused companion for the soon-to-be-gone Contains Nuts peanut butter milk stout.

Jack Pine Brewery

  • Hazy IPA – A strawberry milkshake IPA.

Kinney Creek Brewery

  • mYbock – Maibock
  • Padre – A Belgian-style dubbel

Lost Sanity Brewing

  • Anniversary Beer – Available on Saturday at the brewery’s one-year anniversary bash.

LTD Brewing

  • Braspberry Shake – This new milkshake IPA includes blueberries, raspberries, vanilla, and lactose, plus a does of Citra, Ekuanot, Huell Melon, and Galaxy hops. 7.6% ABV.
  • PomBerry – An “almost identical twin” to Braspberry, PomBerry features pomegranate and raspberry to highlight the milkshake IPA experience.

Lupulin Brewing Company

  • Fruitsmack – A new series of limited IPAs will be hazy with a soft finish and minimal bitterness, Lupulin says, using a different fruit in each batch. The first batch features raspberry and vanilla. 6% ABV.

Modist Brewing Company

  • Apiary Drop – A new dry-hopped double IPA with honey. Made in collaboration with Dangerous Man, who has a similar triple IPA available.
  • Astronautalis 11° – Top Flight selection.
  • Hidden Knowledge – This Saturday release is a fruit sour ale with blueberries, blackberries, and black currant.
  • Shook – The newest Shook series milkshake IPA comes in tangerine flavor.
  • TRIIIPS 3️⃣3️⃣3️⃣ – A 10% ABV anniversary triple IPA, dry-hopped with Citra, Sabro, and Strata.

Modist also release several limited releases for their anniversary:

  • Barrel Aged Ritual Night – A Mexican dark chocolate stout aged in bourbon barrels, released Wednesday, April 10.
  • Barrel Aged Waffle Grip – A bourbon barrel-aged imperial oatmeal stout, released Thursday, April 11.
  • Atomic Ale 3.0 – This is an imperial stout with hazelnuts, cocoa nibs, and coffee, released Friday, April 12.
  • Defwish – This imperial stout includes coconut, toasted coconut, and cacao nibs, the brewery says, releasing Saturday, April 13.

Montgomery Brewing

  • Wendigo – A 12.1% ABV, 48 IBU barrel-aged imperial cherry smoked porter.

Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery

  • Biere De Garde

Sisyphus Brewing

  • Cam Cam Wonderland – Named for former beertender Cameron, Sisyphyus says: “A new take on our Scoopshot Milkshake IPA. Double dry hopped. Triple fruited. Quadruple delicious. Packed full with raspberry, blueberry, and cherry, this beer is ‘berry’ juicy.”

Surly Brewing Company

  • Grapefruit Supreme – A tart wheat ale that’s featured in the new Summer Variety Pack.
  • Shadow Realm Hazy Ale – A hazy IPA available only at the Surly Beer Hall.
  • Space Race IIPA – A double dry-hopped double IPA that part of the ongoing BC Small Batch Series.

Uncommon Loon Brewing Company

  • Cow Pie-PA – THis is a dark farm-style IPA. “Aroma will remind you of those hot summer days driving through Iowa with the windows down. Moo!” the brewery says.
  • HookSetter IPA
  • Nut Brown Ale

Unmapped Brewing Co.

  • MN Hop Series #9: Mighty Axe Chinook – Top Flight selection.

Utepils Brewing Co.

  • Radler – A German-style beer/sparkling lemonade, on tap today.

Wooden Hill Brewing Company

  • Peach Breeze – A 4.1% ABV tart kettle sour with “a touch of peaches and lactose.”
  • Solar Plunge – A juicy IPA with tropical and citrus notes. 6.4% ABV.

Seasonal or rotating returns

Back Channel Brewing Co.'s Alfred's // Photo via Back Channel Brewing Co. Facebook

Back Channel Brewing Co.’s Alfred’s // Photo via Back Channel Brewing Co. Facebook

12welve Eyes Brewing

  • Heidi Klum – This German-style hefeweizen is back on tap now.
  • Trillsner – “This trill-ass Pilsner was brewed exclusively with MN-grown Pilsner malt from Maltwerks and German lager yeast,” says 12welve Eyes.

21st Amendment Brewery

  • Hell or High Watermelon – This seasonal wheat beer with watermelon is described as crisp, dry, and refreshing. Available in cans and on tap through the summer.

Back Channel Brewing Co.

  • Alfred’s – A 5% ABV blonde ale.

Brooklyn Brewery

  • Summer Ale – Made with British 2-row barley with bready flavors, plus snappy, bitter, and bright floral hops notes. 5.0% ABV.

Castle Danger Brewery

  • Nordic – Now available, this Sahti-style juniper rye ale returns.

Clutch Brewing

  • Two Stroke Pale Ale – This West Coast pale ale returns to the taproom today for the first time in a few months.

Dubh Linn Brew Pub

  • Southie Haze – Back on tap.

Hoops Brewing Company

  • #104 Scottish Ale – A dark brown Scottish ale with a creamy head. 5.3% ABV, 14 IBU. Also available on nitro at the brewery.
  • #96 Blueberry Pale Ale

Jack Pine Brewery

  • Bonfire S’mores Stout

Kinney Creek Brewery

  • Rumma-Doo – Imperial stout

Lakes & Legends Brewing Company

  • 5-Weight Cream Ale – A light and crisp cream ale made with Minnesota and Michigan ingredients. Previously available at the brewery, it’s now coming to cans, restaurants, and bars.

Lift Bridge Brewing Co.

  • Mango Blonde – Available again now. The brewery hosts an official luau kickoff this weekend.

Lupulin Brewing Company

  • Hooey – This 6.2% ABV hazy IPA will return this month.
  • Imperial Coconut Truffle – A 9% ABV imperial porter with chocolate and coconut. On tap at the brewery.

OMNI Brewing Company

  • Hue Hefe – A German-style wheat beer with a light body and hints of banana and subtle clove. 4.5% ABV, 7 IBU.

Reads Landing Brewing Co.

  • Cap’n Amber – This cereal-sweetened amber ale is back on tap. “Nutty with an ever so slight hint of Cap’n [Crunch] in the finish,” the brewery says.

Surly Brewing Company

  • Heatslayer Kolsch – This Kolsch-style beer returned last weekend with a Slay Day Surly Beer Garden kickoff party.

Town Hall Brewery

  • ACES
  • Apricot Wheat
  • Good As Gold

Beers just announced

Garphish Brewing Bigger Boat Launch // Photo via Garphish Brewing’s Facebook

Bang Brewing

  • Gold – Bang is currently making a new batch their blonde ale, Gold, featuring the long-root kernza grain.

BlackStack Brewing

  • Witch Hunt IPA – To release on April 20 along with a panel discussion with BlackStack Brewing, Mighty Axe hop farm, and Witch Hunt.

Clutch Brewing

  • Minnie’s Saison – This offering will return next week to the taproom.
  • Phil’s Pils – Named for Phil Gagné, the last head brewer from Schmidt Brewing, this Pilsner will be “clean, crisp, refreshing, and drinkable,” says the brewery.

Copper Trail Brewing Company

  • Just the Tip – A spruce tip ale will be tapped in the taproom on April 20 and sold in Crowlers on May 2.
  • Beach Days – On tap on May 4
  • Summer Suds – “This sessionable brew brings out the best two months of Minnesota. Lemon and lime citrus undertones complement the honey malt,” says the brewery. 4.8% ABV, 18 IBU. On tap on May 4.

Disgruntled Brewing

  • Tipsy Rake – To release on April 20, this imperial saison pours at 9.4% ABV.

Fargo Brewing Company

  • 1.21 GigaHops – Returns on April 20.

Garphish Brewing Company

  • A-Phish-Iando – This double IPA will return soon.
  • Bigger Boat Launch – Barrel-aged in Isanti Spirits bourbon barrels and expected to be available at the brewery’s upcoming anniversary part.
  • TBA – The brewery is currently developing a Berliner weisse make with beets, carrot juice, electrolytes, peanut shells, used coffee grounds, “bits of real Garfish,” and more. 13.4% ABV.

Hoops Brewing Company

  • #9341 Bamberg Lager – Coming soon, Hoops says.

Indeed Brewing Company

  • Old Breed – A barleywine brewed with bourbon in mind, Indeed says. “A quadruple malt bill of barley, white wheat, corn, and rye is paired with fresh dumped local wheat, rye, and corn bourbon barrels and set to rest for 12 months. Once deemed ready, this exquisite ale provides layer upon layer of complex molasses, rich toffees, and a strong leathery, caramel backbone. Cinnamon, vanilla and a moderate tannin finish showcase the uniqueness of each type of barrel used.” It debuts at Whiskey on Ice on April 20 and will be sold in cans the next week.

Insight Brewing

  • Crazy Aunt – The gin and tonic-inspired ale returns next month.
  • Rowdy Uncle – Likewise for its companion, the Rowdy Uncle Moscow Mule-inspired ale.

Pryes Brewing

  • Cowlaboration – Pryes teamed up with Red Cow and Red Rabbit restaurants for an exclusive beer that debuts in May.

Sociable Cider Werks

  • Pinch Flat Hibiscus Rose – This hibiscus rose cider will be the next seasonal release from Sociable.

Wooden Hill Brewing Company

  • Espresso Crow – This imperial stout will return soon, the brewery says.

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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