The Mash-Up: Irish stouts, reds, and ambers hit taps ahead of St. Patrick’s Day

Junkyards Bleed Green Irish Stout // Photo via Junkyard Brewings Twitter

Junkyard’s Bleed Green Irish Stout // Photo via Junkyard Brewing’s Twitter

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This week there are plenty of Irish stouts hitting tap lines, along with Irish cream ale, Irish amber, Irish red, and more beers that prep drinkers for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day revelry.

There are celebrations this weekend at Wooden Hill in Edina, HammerHeart in Lino Lakes, and FINNEGANS and Lupulin both have big weeks ahead.

Town Hall is back with new beer on tap after a successful Barrel-Aged Week, several national brands have new spring seasonals hitting liquor stores, and collaborative beers will soon debut in honor of International Women’s Day, March 8.

 

 

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.

HammerHeart Ire

A cherrywood-smoked American red ale with added cherry juice, and also the 300th batch brewed by the Lino Lakes brewery. “A toffee and caramel malt base gives way to floral and resinous hop character. Tart Montmorency cherries coalesce with a subtle smoke finish,” HammerHeart says. Available this Saturday.

Bad Weather Mythic Mongrel

Inspired by the Irish cryptid Dobhar-chú, a mythical crossbreed of hound and otter thatʼs believed to roam the isles of Ireland, this is an Irish cream ale that balances sweet caramel and toasted biscuit malt with fruity aromas, the brewery says, followed with a floral hop finish. 5.4% ABV.

Lift Bridge Irish Coffee Stout

Lift Bridge’s Irish coffee stout is back again. Currently available in 12-ounce cans and releasing at the brewery with a party on March 9.

Pryes Mass Haze-teria

Previously available at the brewery, Pryes’ latest can release is this hazy IPA that is juicy and double dry-hopped with Cryo Mosaic, Amarillo, and Centennial hops. 6.7% ABV.

Wooden Hill Batch 100

This celebratory beer is a rework of the first batch brewed at Wooden Hill. It’s a 6.7% ABV West Coast IPA with Simcoe and Amarillo hops and it makes its debut on Saturday, March 2.

 

New beers available this week (February 25–March 3)

BlackStack Brewing Kveik 755 // Photo via Black Stack Brewing Twitter

BlackStack Brewing Kveik 755 // Photo via Black Stack Brewing Twitter

12welve Eyes Brewing

  • Space Cash – “This special batch of Cataracts was brewed with extra-low bitterness, and extra-large Citra dry hop, and tangerine puree. It’s an iteration of our extremely popular first collaboration with Venn Brewing,” the brewery explains.

Avery Brewing

  • Brut IPA – A bubbly and dry IPA with low bitterness, a crisp finish, and a hoppy aroma.

Back Channel Brewing

  • The Hartthrob – A new Pilsner.

Bad Weather Brewing Company

  • Mythic Mongrel – Top Flight selection.

Bell’s Brewery

  • Official – A new unfiltered American wheat IPA that is double dry-hopped to make it aromatic while pouring at 6.4% ABV. Available in 12-ounce bottles, 16-ounce cans, and on draft.

Bemidji Brewing

  • Royal Pudding Stout – Available today, this is an imperial milk stout conditioned on cacao nibs, vanilla, toasted hazelnuts, and whole bean coffee. Described as a dessert beer, it’s malt forward and roasty, plus notes from the additional ingredients. 10.4% ABV, 40 IBU.

BlackStack Brewing Soul Lao’d a Lao

  • Kveik 755 – A 6.6% ABV 755 IPA brewed with a Norwegian yeast. Taproom only.
  • Present Participle – This is a 4.2% ABV smoothie-style Berliner weisse with pineapple, pink guava, prickly pear, and milk sugar.
  • Soul Lao’d a Lao – Made in collaboration with Soul Lao food truck, this IPA uses lemongrass, chili peppers, and makrut lime leaves.

Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative

  • Law and Porter Special Raspberry edition – A new chocolate raspberry offering debuts in the Law & Porter series. This beer “is loaded with raspberry, toffee, chocolate, and coffee flavors backed by a solid hop backbone,” the brewery says. 6.8% ABV, 48 IBU.

Earth Rider Brewery

  • Cloud Top – A new hazy IPA, on tap today at the Cedar Lounge. “Hop aromas and flavors of orange, pineapple, and mango dominate this juicy IPA. A subtle bitterness balances the malt sweetness,” the brewery says.

ENKI Brewing

  • Shinto Sumo Pale Ale – Brewed with mandarin oranges and Mandarina Bavaria hops, this pale ale is available at the taproom and at Lunds & Byerly’s stores.

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

  • Rosè Cider – This is a collaboration with Sociable Cider Werks. Tapped last weekend, it’s a dry graf with hibiscus and rosehip.
  • Strata – Available at the taproom now and in cans soon, this is a single-hop double dry-hopped hazy IPA made with the Strata hop (which is also featured in the popular Spirit Føul.

HammerHeart Brewing Company

  • Ire – Top Flight selection.

HeadFlyer Brewing

  • Proper Pint – Tapping on Saturday, this is an Irish dry stout served on nitro.

Hoops Brewing Company

  • Champagne IPA #41 – A bubbly, hoppy, and dry IPA that pours at 7.6% ABV, 28 IBU.

Invictus Brewing Co.

  • Axe Werks SMaSH Pale Ale – This pale ale features Mighty Axe-grown hops and Malt Werks malt, making for an all-Minnesota experience. 6.5% ABV, 45 IBU, tapped last Friday.
  • Blarney Brother’s Brew – Tapped today, this is an Irish red ale.

Lupine Brewing Company

  • Polliwog’n – A 7.0% ABV, 65 IBU “back to basics” IPA.

Lupulin Brewing

  • Antsy in our Pantsy – This bourbon barrel-aged strong ale with maple syrup and brown sugar will be the first of several beers to debut in the coming Big Beer Week, running March 3-10 at the brewery. 11% ABV.
  • Coffee Shop Assault Vehicle  – Currently available, this is an imperial stout infused with bourbon barrel-aged coffee bears. 12% ABV.
  • Resin Rapture – An 8% imperial IPA, on tap now at the brewery.
  • Sophistry – A 7% ABV IPA.

Mankato Brewery

  • MBberry Nano – Released in the taproom last weekend.

Rogue Ales & Spirits

  • Batsquatch – The first year-round hazy IPA from Rogue. “Batsquatch features bold tropical aromas, flavors of stone fruit and tangerine, and a fruity citrus-rind finish,” the brewery says.

Shakopee Brewhall

  • Quaker in My Boots

Spilled Grain Brewhouse

  • Space Jam – This hazy IPA debuted on Wednesday at the brewery.

Stacked Deck Brewing Co.

  • Dark Days – A caramel and malt-forward doppelbock that debuted at Winter Beer Dabbler.
  • Forging the Beast – An 8.5% ABV imperial stout.

The Nordic Brewing Co.

  • Thunder Bus – An 8.7% ABV imperial oatmeal stout, tapped at the brewery last weekend.

Town Hall Brewery

  • Double 8 – An 8% ABV double IPA with notable citrus and tropical flavors. Available now.

Urban Growler Brewing Company

Urban Growler released a selection of bacon and beer pairings earlier this week. The lineup included flagship Cowbell cream ale, plus a limited supply of the following:

  • Coffee Stout
  • Maple California Common
  • Rum Barrel Aged Porter
  • Smoked Kentucky Uncommon

Venn Brewing

  • Black Lager – A German-style schwarzbier. 5.3% ABV.
  • Chamomile Orange Wheat – This is an American wheat ale infused with chamomile, orange zest, and orange blossom honey.
  • India Pale Lager – A lager with a blend of Citra, Columbus, Simcoe, and Mosaic hops. 6.3% ABV.

Waconia Brewing Company

  • Red Xtinguisher Pale Ale – Tapped on Thursday, this beer is helping to raise funds for local firefighters.
  • The Druid – A dry Irish stout that taps today.

Wicked Wort Brewing Co.

  • Session Red IPA – On tap now at the brewery, this is a blend of caramel malt and West Coast IPA hops that pours at 4.6% ABV, 50 IBU.

Wooden Hill Brewing Company

  • Batch 100 – Top Flight selection.
  • London Calling – Now available, this is a 3.8% ABV English mild with notes of toffee and caramel, the brewery says. Served on nitro at the taproom.
  • One – Another milestone beer, this is a bourbon barrel-aged scotch age with oak, stone fruit, and malt flavors. 11.5% ABV and sold in wax-dipped 750-milliliter bottles.

Seasonal or rotating returns

Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub Munich Dunkel // Photo via Northbound Brew Twitter

Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub Munich Dunkel // Photo via Northbound Brew Twitter

12welve Eyes Brewing

  • Hawaiian Milkshake IPA – Made with passion fruit, tangerine, and guava puree, plus lactose, this milkshake IPA is available now.

Dual Citizen Brewing Company

  • Hillcrest – Smoke, roast, and malt dominate this beer with peat smoke on the nose. 4.5% ABV, 40 IBU, and now available. It will be served on nitro on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17.

HammerHeart Brewing Company

  • Fimbulvetr – This oak-smoked white IPA returns on Saturday, March 2.

Hoops Brewing Company

  • Pilsener #11 – “A clean and slightly hoppy lager with a snappy finish,” the brewery says. 5.3% ABV, 33 IBU.

Junkyard Brewing Co.

  • Bleed Green – This is a dry Irish stout with notes of coffee and cocoa, complemented by being served on nitro.
  • Galactic Falconer – The New England style IPA is back.

Lift Bridge Brewing

  • Irish Coffee Stout – Top Flight selection.

Mankato Brewery

  • Rhuby Sour – Available at select stores and bars now.

Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub

  • Munich Dunkel – Bread, nuts, caramel, and chocolate flavors are present in this malt-driver lager.

Pryes Brewing

  • Mass Haze-teria – Top Flight selection.

Rogue Ales & Spirits

  • Cold Brew 2.0 – A coffee-infused blonde ale where coffee notes hit first, followed by a smooth, crisp finish, the brewery says.
  • Paradise Pucker – Inspired by Hawaiian fruit punch, this sour ale has a subtle tartness followed by notes of citrus and tropical fruit, Rogue says.

Spiral Brewery

Spiral released three of their recipes in 4-packs of 16-ounce cans:

  • Downward Spiral IPA
  • Hard Left Stout
  • Töwnie Kölsch-Style

Town Hall Brewery

  • Marmalade Sky – A bright citrus pale ale with lemon zest on the nose and a distinct burnt orange color. 5.4% ABV.

Waconia Brewing Company

  • Mango Kolsch – In cans at area liquor stores. It returns to the taproom on March 8.

Beers just announced

Insight Brewing Wicked Thicket // Photo via Insight Brewing Twitter

Insight Brewing Wicked Thicket // Photo via Insight Brewing Twitter

Bad Weather Brewing Company

  • Pink Guava & Black Currant Anomaly – A new variant of Anomaly sour ale will be out around the end of March, the brewery says.

Bent Brewstillery

  • Premium Craft Hard Seltzer – This hard seltzer debuts on March 16 at Bent’s “St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail Party.”

BlackStack Brewing

  • TBD – An unnamed collaboration with Portage is in the works. “We reverse constructed a famous mole chocolate recipe, then built a beast of a beer. Between 11-12% ABV, and layered with some wonderful malts, chocolate, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, Ceylon cinnamon, and ancho chilis,” the brewery says. It will release at the BlackStack taproom at a later date.

ENKI Brewing

  • Raspberry Bomb – Made in collaboration with Waconia Brewing, this is a raspberry French saison that will release on International Women’s Day, March 8.

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

  • Melèe Island – Number four in the Member Design series, this upcoming beer is an imperial porter with rum-soaked ancho chilies, toasted coconut, cacao, and cinnamon. Coming on March 9.

FINNEGANS

There are three new releases lined up for St. Patrick’s Day weekend at FINNEGANS. It’s not just a holiday that suits the Irish-themed brewery, but the weekend also marks the taproom’s first anniversary. To release, in order:

  • Jacqued Up – An 8.7% ABV double IPA named after founder Jacquie Berglund. “This double IPA is packed with 7.2 pounds of hops per barrel, making it the most heavily hopped beer FINNEGANS has ever released. With notes of peach, mango, and tropical fruit, its flavor is as fun and bold as its namesake,” the brewery proclaims. Available Friday, March 15.
  • George Lager – A Helles pale lager aged in Minnesota white oak barrels that the brewery says is crisp, light-bodied, and with notes of lemon, orange, oak, and an oak-boosted hint of caramel and smoke. 6% ABV. A limited amount will also include blueberries. Available March 16.
  • Firsties – This imperial Irish ale is the official anniversary beer. Using a base of FINNEGANS Irish Ale, this version has more malt and caramel character, plus more alcohol (7.5% ABV).

Inbound BrewCo

  • Chai Milk Stout – This beer will release on March 8, International Women’s Day, and will also raise fund for non-profit Dress For Success.
  • Petal Pounder – The hibiscus saison is back in 16-ounce cans and on draft beginning on March 12. The beer is tart, pink, and brewed with real hibiscus petals. 5.5% ABV, 20 IBU.

Indeed Brewing Company

  • Brûlée – A Wooden Soul collaboration with Icehouse, this wood-aged saison includes burnt sugar and citrus and will debut on March 27.
  • Whiskey Queen – Imperial stout aged in whiskey barrels, this big beer has flavors of vanilla, whiskey, and malt. It returns next week on draft only.

Insight Brewing

  • Wicked Thicket – The full name of this beer is actually Picnic by the Wicked Thicket. It’s a 5.3% ABV citrus-forward witbier that hits bars and restaurants next week, making its taproom debut on March 6. “A delicious balance of orange peel, lemon zest, and coriander blend well with the richness from the wheat. The malt and wheat backbone provides a velvet mouthfeel while layers of Citra hops deliver orange blossom and lemon on the nose while the yeast hints at pepper and coriander,” the brewery says.

Junkyard Brewing Co.

  • Wake Up Late Announced – A new stout made with vanilla and coffee.

Jack Pine Brewery

  • Neon Pink – The cotton candy-inspired ale returns to the brewery on March 8 and to cans shortly thereafter.

Lupulin Brewing

Big Beer Week runs from March 3-10 at the Big Lake Brewery. This year’s featured beers include:

  • Amburana Wood Aged Sycophant – A 9% ABV strong ale.
  • Strictly Illegal – An 11% ABV triple IPA.
  • Barrel God 2016 – A 13% ABV vintage barrel-aged imperial stout.
  • Barrel God 2017 – Another vintage barrel-aged imperial stout.
  • 2019 Barrel God – This year’s batch pours at 14.6% ABV.
  • Night Witch – Aged in Knob Creek bourbon barrels and pouring at 14% ABV.
  • RUS 2015 – A 10.5% ABV vintage imperial stout.
  • RUS 2017 – 12% ABV vintage imperial stout.
  • RUS 2019 – A 12% ABV imperial stout.
  • Whiskey Nuts – An 11% ABV imperial brown ale aged in whiskey barrels.

Lupulin also has the following beers in development:

  • Dopplebock – 8% ABV and coming soon.
  • Sword Maiden – A 6% ABV smoked porter.

Tin Whiskers Brewing Company

  • Irish Cream Stout – This spring release returns to the brewery on April 8.

The brewery will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with additional releases on April 16, including:

  • Double Chocolate Tiny Circuit Nitro Stout – Available March 16 at the brewery.
  • Grasshopper Kolsch – Made with mint and chocolate and a naturally bright green hue.
  • Irish Coffee Tiny Circuit Nitro – Tapping on March 16, this beer was made with whiskey-soaked oak.
  • Whiskey Sour Berliner Weisse – Made with lemon, lime, and whiskey-soaked oak.

Wild Mind Artisan Ales

  • Fragaria Hibiscus – This beer returns in April.
  • La Rose Blanche (The White Rose) – To release in March, this is a spontaneously fermented wild ale conditioned on pinot grigio grapes. 8.2% ABV and to be released in 375-milliliter bottles.
  • Mariage du Rouge – The spontaneously fermented wild ale was conditioned on Tempranillo grapes and pours at 8.8% ABV. It will release in 375-milliliter bottles this month.
  • Mutual Weirdness – To be released on March 9, this is a Brett-conditioned honey doppelbock aged in bourbon mead barrels. It pours at 11.4% ABV and will be sold in 375-milliliter bottles.
  • Spontane Framboise – Returning in April.

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.