The Mash-Up: Juicy, fruity, and hazy are the name of the game

Drekker Brewing Co.'s Prrrty Pebbles // Photo via Drekker Brewing Co. Twitter

Drekker Brewing’s Prrrty Pebbles // Photo via Drekker Brewing Co. 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 growlermag.com every Friday for the latest or sign up for a weekly email.

Juicy, fruity, and hazy are three of the most common adjectives in new beers this week. While things have definitely taken a turn for the fruity, whether it’s with actual fruit additives, sugar-laden cereal, or in kettle sours and mixed culture beers, there is as wide a variety of new releases as ever this week.

AEGIR has teamed up with a like-minded brewery from Iceland, Island City releases three small-batch anniversary beers, and Barrel Theory and Back Channel have limited bottles available.

In upcoming news, Grain Belt announced a notable new addition that reflects changing Midwestern tastes, Schell’s Hefeweizen will be back soon, and Little Thistle and Forager have teamed up to host a hype-worthy festival to take place in Rochester in May.

 

 

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.

Fulton Culture Project 3

Fulton’s Culture Project is a family of beers created by mixed-culture fermentation. With Culture Project 3, the malts and hops are similar to Culture Project I, but a lager yeast strain was used for primary fermentation. The beer was also aged for almost twice as long as Culture I (over 24 months). The result is “a complex beer with pleasant acidity and notes of dark cherry, fig, stone fruit, tropical fruit, and oak,” according to the brewery. Available at the taproom now and coming in April in the Spring Mixed Pack.

56 Brewing Solarama Crush

This eco-minded, double dry-hopped American IPA made with honey harvested from apiaries on flowering solar farms and Kernza perennial grain is back. This year it features a blend of Citra, Loral, Zeus, and Enigma hops. 7% ABV, 30 IBU, and coming to 16-ounce cans on April 1.

AEGIR Lokasenna

This collaborative beer happened because the Elk River brewery shares a name with a brewery in Iceland. AEGIR’s owners visited the Icelandic Beer Festival and formed a bond with Ægir Brugghus in Reykjavik, where they brewed a session IPA made with Icelandic mead herb, which gives flavors similar to chamomile tea. The beer was also brewed in Elk River and taps today, March 22.

Bent Paddle Munich Dunkel

The first release in the 2019 Valve Jockey series is a traditional Munich Dunkel Lager that “balances a toasty malt character with a subtle hop bitterness, and a crisp refreshing finish.” A portion of the proceeds will be donated to support the mission of the non-profit NoteWorthy Kids, which aims to help financially challenged families in the Twin Ports secure music lessons, instruction, and instruments for their children. Taps today, March 22.

Venn Citra Sparklez

Described by Venn as an “über dry American sparkling ale dry-hopped with Citra,” the beer includes pilsner malts and Champagne yeast, and pours at 4.9% ABV, 20 IBUs.

New beers available this week (March 18–March 24)

BlackStack Brewing Mocha Me Time // Photo via BlackStack Brewing Facebook

BlackStack Brewing Mocha Me Time // Photo via BlackStack Brewing Facebook

12welve Eyes Brewing

  • Key Lime Nordic-Shake – This “Nordic-Shake” is a hazy IPA with lactose, Citra hops, and key lime, plus Norwegian kveik yeast. 5.5% ABV.
  • Pamplemousse – A 4.2% ABV no-boil Berliner weisse with grapefruit that the brewery says is very light, but “full of complex flavors.” 4.2% ABV.

AEGIR Brewing Co.

  • Lokasenna – Top Flight selection.
  • Zeke the Freak – Tapping this Friday as the brewery celebrates its one-year anniversary.

Back Channel Brewing Co.

  • Crooks Haven – A 4.8% ABV dry Irish stout served on nitro.
  • Felix Battles – A collaboration with Junkyard Brewing and Nordicware, this is a “Bundt Cake Style Imperial Stout” at 11.25% ABV and sold in 750-milliliter bottles in honor of the Minnesotan-founded cake style. “Made with Belgian dark candi syrup and roasted almonds, this beer delivers notes of dark cocoa, coffee, dates, figs, cherries, and finishes velvety smooth with lingering notes from the roasted almonds,” the brewery says.
  • King of the Wring – This 11.25% ABV imperial stout is available in bottles and offers chocolate and coffee notes along with malt and caramel.
  • Scribble Jam – Released last weekend, this is a 9% ABV roggenbier brewed in collaboration with Forager. The brewery describes it as “liquid banana bread” with a velvety mouthfeel.

Bad Weather Brewing Company

  • Wild Rice Amber – This new amber ale will tap on April 5 at a fundraising event for the Boundary Waters.

Barrel Theory Beer Company

  • Cocomac – Brewed in collaboration with 3 Chiefs Brewing and aged in a Heaven Hill bourbon barrel, this imperial stout was made with coconut, macadamia, cinnamon, and cacao, and goes on tap this Saturday. Bottles will also be sold at a public, ticketed event on the same day.
  • Gucci Slides – An apricot, peach, tangerine, and key lime gose.
  • Longclaw – A new IPA made with Citra, Galaxy, and Simcoe hops.

Bauhaus Brew Labs

  • Grand Chancer – This nitro toasty black ale tapped last weekend at the brewery in limited supply. 5.3% ABV, 22 IBU.

Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

  • Munich Dunkel – Top Flight selection.

BlackStack Brewing

  • Me Time – The brewery released this milk stout with cacao nibs last weekend. 7.2% ABV.
  • Mocha Me Time – The chocolate milk stout, plus Ethiopian coffee. Available at the taproom only, as of last weekend.
  • Pumps – A 6.5% ABV Italian Pilsner, unfiltered and naturally carbonated.

Bobbing Bobber Brewing Company

  • Dardevle Smash #3 – A new SMaSH red ale.
  • Wee Bonny Burd – A wee heavy Scotch ale, tapped last weekend.

Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative

  • ESB – Brewer’s Roundtable Series Vol 2 is an easy-drinking session beer with bread, light toast, caramel, and floral and earthy notes. 4.1% ABV, 32 IBU.
  • Summer Dreamin – On tap now, this is a 6.5% ABV, 45 IBU hazy, juicy IPA with notes of citrus, melon, and vanilla that was infused with pineapple, pink guava, and vanilla bean.

Canal Park Brewing Company

  • Hank & Dab’s Pale Ale – “A medium-bodied American Pale with a mild malt character and floral hop profile that evokes soft pine and citrus,” the brewery says. 5.85% ABV, 31 IBU.
  • Lone Trekker Belgian Single – This Abbey-style ale offers clove-like spices, light fruit esters, and a bitter, floral, and peppery hop profile, the brewery says. 5.5% ABV, 25 IBU.

Dangerous Man Brewing Company

  • Double Cream Ale With Coffee – This beer was made with Irish stout malt, flaked corn, lactose, German Magnum hops, and Dogwood coffee.
  • Keylime Milkshake IPA – Tapped last weekend, this hazy IPA was a fitting Pi Day release.

Drekker Brewing

  • Prrrty Pebbles – The first in a three-party “Prrrty” series, this milkshake IPA was made with Fruity Pebbles and a variety of hops. 8% ABV.

Dual Citizen Brewing Company

  • Spring Pale Ale – A new sessionable pale ale with Mandarina Bavaria hops and orange peel.

Earth Rider Brewery

  • Sugarbush Whiskey Barrel Aged Valhalla Ale – Available at 5pm today, this is a malt-forward Scotch ale with toast, caramel, and dark fruit notes aged in a whiskey barrel for added wood, maple, and coconut flavors.

Fulton Brewing

  • Culture Project 3 – Top Flight selection.

Giesenbräu Bier Co.

  • O…Malley – A “German Irish red,” the brewery says.

Grand Rounds Brewing Co.

  • Craic – A 5.2% ABV Irish red ale.

Half Brothers Brewing Company

  • Sour Siblings Strawberry Sour Ale – 5% ABV and available at the brewery.
  • The Endless Bummer Peach Wheat Ale – 4.5% ABV, 20 IBU

Half Pint Brewing Company

  • Biere De Garde

HeadFlyer Brewing

  • Hawaiian Sophie – A blonde ale made with fresh pineapple. Available starting on Saturday, March 23.
  • Serrano 5.0 – “Serrano 5.0 is a combination of light heat from serrano peppers paired with the citrus backdrop of pineapple,” the brewery says.

Indeed Brewing Company

  • Brûlée – A Wooden Soul collaboration with Icehouse, this wood-aged saison includes burnt sugar and citrus and is now available in the taproom.

Insight Brewing

It’s the annual BBQ party at Insight this weekend. Special limited offerings include, in order of tapping:

  • Mango Dankbot
  • Triple Shot Banshee Cutter
  • Dandelion & Elderflower Brut IPA
  • Strawberry Kiwi Lager
  • Smoked Chili Scotch Gravity Well

Island City Brewing Company

  • Irish Winter Warmer – Island City in Winona celebrates its second anniversary last weekend with the release of an Irish ale conditioned on Irish whiskey-aged wood chips.
  • Pinot Barrel-Aged Tangerine Berliner Weisse – Moonlight White Berliner Weisse aged in a wine barrel with added tangerine. Another anniversary release last weekend.
  • Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged Maple Barley Wine – A limited 14.5% ABV barleywine aged in a barrel that previously held whiskey and maple syrup.

Junkyard Brewing Co.

  • Mainline – This new beer was made with Moorhead-grown hops from Mainline Hop Farm.
  • Up To Snuff – Pale ale

Kinney Creek Brewery

  • Midtown Brown – A 4.7% ABV, 27 IBU brown ale with toasty, nutty flavors.

Little Thistle Brewery

  • Banoffee Pie – “Banoffee Pie, a traditional British dessert with a graham cracker crust, toffee filling, bananas, and whipped cream…Yup – we collaborated with our friends at BlackStack Brewing and turned it into a beer,” the brewery says. 6.3% ABV, 13 IBU.
  • Stouty McStoutFace – A rich chocolate milk stout. 6.6% ABV, 11 IBU.

Lupulin Brewing

  • Amburana Wood Aged Sycophant – A 9% strong ale, currently on tap at the brewery.
  • Dopplebock – On tap at the brewery. 8% ABV.

Number 12 Cider

  • Trilogy – A semi-sweet cider with notes of melon rind and “a hint boozy” at 8.2% ABV, the cidery says.

Pantown Brewing Company

  • Peach Dream – Tapped on Wednesday as a part of the Dream Series.
  • WildThing – A New England-style IPA that debuts today.

Pryes Brewing

  • Milk Stout – A 5.6% ABV milk stout with rich cocoa flavors and a hint of sweetness, the brewery says.

Rustech Brewing

  • Hairy Fairy – A 5.6% ABV, 20 IBU Irish red ale.

Sisyphus Brewing

  • Apricot Vanilla Milkshake IPA – Tapped last Friday.

Spilled Grain Brewhouse

  • Resting Beach Face – A piña colada fruit ale.

Spiral Brewery

  • V Street Vienna Lager – A dry, biscuity lager with light floral hoppiness, the brewery says. 4.8% ABV and on tap now.

Surly Brewing Company

  • Grip & Grin Grapefruit Berliner – A limited beer hall-only release.
  • Warp Zone Pilsner – The new Pilsner was made for the Science Museum of Minnesota’s new Game Changers exhibit.

Talking Waters Brewing Co.

  • Mixed Signals – This hazy pale ale showcases Citra and Mosaic hops for notes of citrus, mango, and tropical fruits. 5.5% ABV.

Tanzenwald Brewing Company

  • Um Yah Yah – A 5.6% ABV Brut IPA.

Tin Whiskers Brewing Company

  • Tractor Beam – A hazy IPA with pineapple, tangerine, and grapefruit notes. Sold on draft and in cans.

Torg Brewery

  • Kilted Yoga – “A malty, buttery-toast, amber elixir from the Emerald Isle with medium body and dry finish,” the brewery says of this 5.5% ABV Irish red ale.

Under Pressure Brewing Company

  • Irish Red – Tapped last weekend at the Golden Valley brewery.

Unmapped Brewing Co.

  • Glen Loch Irish Ale – This is a traditional Irish Ale in every sense. Malty but not sweet, smooth with the subtlest hop presence.

Venn Brewing Company

  • Citra Sparklez – Top Flight selection.

 

Seasonal or rotating returns

AEGIR Brewing Company's Allfather Porter // Photo via AEGIR Brewing Company Twitter

AEGIR Brewing Company’s Allfather Porter // Photo via AEGIR Brewing Company Twitter

56 Brewing

  • Solarama Crush – Top Flight selection.

AEGIR Brewing Co.

  • Allfathers – The porter returned to taplines last week.

Bad Weather Brewing Company

  • American Wheat – A wheat ale with Huell Melon hops for a tropical melon profile.

Bix Axe Brewing

  • Tangerine Sour – Back on tap at the brewery.

Disgruntled Brewing

  • Warnicorn – A New England-style IPA.

ENKI Brewing

  • Hootenanny – Hefeweizen

Founders Brewing Co.

  • KBS – The well-regarded bourbon barrel-aged coffee and chocolate imperial stout is back. 12.2% ABV.

Foxhole Brewhouse

  • Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout
  • Irish Stout on Nitro
  • Perkins Lumber Peanut Butter Porter

Half Pint Brewing Company

  • Hannah’s Honey Cream

Junkyard Brewing Co.

  • Barrel-Aged Vladimir’s Pegasus – “This extremely roasty Russian Imperial Stout was barrel aged for one year in a variety of barrels including Jack Daniels, Proof, and 1792,” Junkyard explains.

Stone Brewing

  • Enjoy By 4.20.19 – The time-stamped 9.4% ABV double IPA is back now.
  • Espresso Totalitarian Russian Imperial Stout – A big imperial stout with espresso coffee beans.

 

Beers just announced

Indeed Brewing Company's Shenanigans Honey Wheat Ale // Photo courtesy Indeed Brewing Company

Indeed Brewing Company’s Shenanigans Honey Wheat Ale // Photo courtesy Indeed Brewing Company

Able Seedhouse + Brewery

  • Better Selves – “Similar to unfiltered hazy IPAs, Better Selves is built with a blend of tropical hops including Idaho 7, Bravo, and Ahtanum. White wheat and oats are added to balance out the bright citrus tones for a pillow-soft finish and smooth, silky mouthfeel,” the brewery says of this sessionable 4.4% ABV ale that hits bars and liquor stores beginning next week.

Bad Weather Brewing Company

  • Kellerpils – A new German-style unfiltered Pilsner is in development.

Bauhaus Brew Labs

  • Lounge Wizard – This new beer will join the core Bauhaus lineup next month. With tropical fruit and candied citrus on the nose, it’s a juicy pale ale with pillowy texture followed by a dry finish, the brewery says. It will replace Wagon Party West Coast-Style Lager in the lineup, which has a send-off party at the Bauhaus taproom on March 28. 5.2% ABV, 40 IBU.

Bent Brewstillery

  • Tropikus – A new hazy IPA made with passion fruit, guava, and grapefruit will make its debut at the brewery on April 5 at 2:30pm.

Burning Brothers Brewing

On April 6, Burning Brothers will host a 5-year anniversary party with the following beers on tap:

  • Blonde Ale
  • Blueberry Pancake Ale
  • Double IPA
  • Experimental Red IPA
  • German ALT
  • Imperial Stout
  • Let Me See What I Can Do IPA
  • Maibock

Dangerous Man Brewing Company

  • Norwegian Farmhouse Ale – This joint effort with Lupulin Brewing uses kveik yeast from Norway and was brewed this week for future release.

Forager Brewery

Forager and Little Thistle announced a new Rochester festival, Gathering in the Woods, to take place the weekend of May 4. In addition to a wood-aged theme, Forager will host a bottle release that weekend.

  • Crema – A rich, creamy, and chocolaty imperial porter aged in rye whiskey and bourbon barrels, then conditioned on coconut and vanilla. 12% ABV.
  • Dollar Menu Pie – A rye saison with brett, fermented in red wine casks with Minnesota cherries. 5.6% ABV.
  • Gathering In The Woods – “This is our blend of sour red ale and spontaneous lambic-style ale aged on Minnesota red raspberries and Minnesota-grown Hungarian cherries. Resting in the bottle for nine months, this sour ale has a low level of carbonation and bright assertive acidic tones which compliment the juicy cherry and ripe raspberry layers,” the brewery says. “An ale nearly three years in the making we are happy to finally get it in your hands.” 6.4% ABV.
  • Joyce – At 5.6% ABV, this is a saison with Minnesota plums, then aged in red wine barrels.
  • Nillerzzzzz – This is blend #2 of Nillerzzzzz this year. At 12% ABV, it is a barrel-aged vanilla bean double stout aged in rye whiskey and bourbon barrels.
  • Pudding Dribbles – Made with fresh maple syrup instead of water, “A medley of specialty roasted malts whirl into layers of syrupy goodness,” with added coconut, cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon, and coffee.
  • Pudding Goggles – Named for its rich pudding tones, this is a 10.3% ABV pastry stout with coconut, cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, and cinnamon.
  • Zone 4B – “We blended two wine barrels of mixed culture spelt saison onto apricot puree and whole Minnesota grown apricots,” the brewery says. Tart, refreshing, and 5.6% ABV.

Founders Brewing Co.

  • Green Zebra – This “combination of a gose, sour, wild ale” is back as a spring seasonal At 4.6% ABV it’s tart and slightly sweet, with added watermelon and sea salt. Available April through July.

Fulton Brewing

  • Blackberry Wit – Soon to come in the Spring Mixed Pack.

Grain Belt

  • Southwest Cerveza – In April, Grain Belt will unveil a new recipe with a crisp, Mexican-style lager that’s described as dry, refreshing, and with a subtle lime flavor.

Inbound BrewCo

  • Conifer Crush IPA – To return to the brewery for its third-anniversary party on April 20.
  • Double Dry Hopped Berliner Weisse – To debut at the brewery’s third-anniversary party on April 20.
  • Juicy Lucy IPA – To return to the brewery for its third-anniversary party on April 20.

Indeed Brewing Company

  • Shenangians – A honey wheat ale seasonal that is zesty and citrusy, with a dry body and notes of honey. In stores next week.

Insight Brewing

The brewery will host a Dankest Day of the Year party on April 20, with the following casks:

  • Girl Scout Cookies Stout
  • Oh, I don’t smoke flower anymore. Straight hash. – A strawberry milkshake IPA.
  • Purple Sticky Punchbot
  • Train Wreck Troll – Triple-hopped Troll Way

Pryes Brewing

  • Main Squeeze – Pryes’ blonde ale infused with natural lemon and lime flavors. In cans soon, the brewery says.

Schell’s Brewery

  • Goosetown – A German-style gose with coriander and salt, which has a light, citrus tartness, and a bready malt bill. Returning in April.
  • Hefeweizen – Schell’s hefeweizen will return in April, with a slight citrus tang and faint clove notes.
  • Shocked – A light grapefruit lager. Available the first week of April.

Surly Brewing Company

  • Barrel-Aged Darkness – Coming in April in 750-milliliter bottles.
  • Grapefruit Supreme – To be sold in the upcoming Summer Variety Pack along with the new Warp Zone pilsner (on draft now).
  • Heatslayer Kolsch – Slay Day 2019 takes place at the Surly Beer Garden on April 7, when this Kolsch-style beer returns for the season.
  • Space Race – The March BC Small Batch release is a double dry-hopped hazy double IPA.

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