The Mash-Up: Juicy IPAs and salty goses signal the arrival of summer

Hoops Brewing Company releases #200 Barrel Aged Wheatwine // Photo via Twitter

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.

Big parties at LTD (fifth anniversary), Schram Haus (grand opening), Excelsior (Kölsch release), and LynLake (collaboration) mark a few of the many beer highlights of the week. Perhaps the lineup at LTD’s anniversary party summarizes the scene: a mix of big barrel-aged offerings, a unique tequila-aged sour, and multiple milkshake IPAs. Other popular styles available across the state include juicy IPAs, salty goses, and tart, refreshing summer beers—plus a new Pilsner made special for the St. Cloud Rox.



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.

Mississippi Brown from 608 Brewing Company // via Twitter

608 Brewing Company

Mississippi Brown – A brown ale with notes of caramel, light-roasted coffee, dark fruits, and rye spice, the brewery says. 6% ABV.

LTD Belgian Tripel

One of five bottle releases for LTD’s fifth anniversary. This is a Belgian tripel aged in French red wine barrels. Bottles go on sale at the anniversary party, Saturday, June 1, from 2pm–10pm.

Schram Haus Chaska Centennial

Schram’s new Chaska taproom is celebrating its grand opening weekend with this 100 percent Centennial-hopped American IPA. 7.2%, 55 IBU.

Northern Lightest Cream Ale // via Facebook

Unmapped Northern Lightest Cream Ale

“This ultra smooth, mildly sweet, crisp, and flavorful cream ale,” says the brewery. Now on draft at the Minnetonka taproom. 5.6% ABV, 22 IBU. 

Spilled Grain Lake Series 2019

Spilled Grain’s annual Lake Series beer release is back with a new recipe. This year’s Lake Series release is the 4.9% ABV Clearwater Lake Cherry Wheat Ale, “a refreshing ale with a light bread/cracker wheat flavor, crisp carbonation, clean fermentation profile, and a semi-sweet finish,” says the brewery. The beer also features Michigan tart cherries. On tap now at the Annandale taproom. 4.9% ABV, 12 IBU



New beers available this week (May 27–June 2)

Barrel Aged Beers from LTD Brewing Company including Terror Falls // Photo via LTD

14 Lakes Craft Brewing Company

  • Marzen Lager – 6.3% ABV, 20 IBU

608 Brewing Company

  • Mississippi Brown – Top Flight selection.

Hammered DIPA, now on tap at Aegir Brewing Company // Photo via Facebook

AEGIR Brewing Company

  • Hammered – A double IPA that tapped last weekend.

Back Channel Brewing

  • Mid-Air – Tapped last weekend, this is a 5.75% ABV, 30 IBU New England-style pale ale that is described as juicy with pineapple, lemon zest, tangerine, coconut, and grapefruit notes.
  • The Empress – Tapped on Wednesday, May 29, The Empress is a fruited wheat beer made with 264 pounds of rhubarb. “Not overly sweet, or tart, this beer is our first to be made with fruit, and a perfect one to sit back and relax with on a pontoon ride,” the brewery says. 5.25% ABV, 19 IBU.
  • Unified Fund – This new double dry-hopped, hazy IPA pours at 6.25% ABV, 57 IBU and carries flavors of lychee, papaya, tangerine, and grapefruit.

Beaver Island Brewing Company

  • Rox Lager – The official beer for the St. Cloud Rox Baseball Club this summer. A crisp, clean, Bohemian-style Pilsner, Rox will be available at all home games, and for just $1 on the Beaver Island Sports Deck. It will also be on draft and sold in cans in the St. Cloud area.

Birch’s Lowertown

  • Hazy IPA – This new year round IPA is a reformulated take on the brewery’s American IPA. “The recipe is largely the same,” Birch’s says, “but with additions of oats and Citra hops.” 6.8% ABV.

Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative

  • Spring Cleaning IPA – “Brewed with Amarillo and Simcoe Cryo hops, it is a little bit West Coast, but drinks more like a NEIPA with its softer mouthfeel and fruity, citrusy, and earthy flavors and aroma,” Broken Clock explains. 6.7% ABV, 73 IBU.

Dual Citizen Brewing Company

  • Pelham – Available today, this is a 5.0% ABV, 30 IBU Pilsner with malty sweetness that fades to a noble hop bitterness with herbal notes,” the brewery says.
  • Queen – Tart with a hint of salinity, this is a thin-bodied, crisp gose with a mild sourness, hints of lemon and lime, and agave nectar and sea salt finish, the brewery says. 9.0% ABV, 5 IBU.

Printing Money coming up from Fair State Brewing Co-Op // Photo via Facebook

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

  • Printing Money – This is a mixed fermentation table beer brewed with Minnesota malt.

Hoops Brewing Company

  • #17.1 Finn’s Finest – A special pale ale described as pale, dry, dank, and fruity. Brewed annually for Dave Hoops’ son, Fin. 6.4% ABV, 57 IBU.
  • #99 Smoked Hefeweizen – A 5.7% ABV hefeweizen with beechwood, banana, and clove notes.
  • #200 Barrel Aged Wheatwine – A Cognac barrel-aged wheat wine with sweet vanilla notes.
  • #9341 Bamber Lager – “A clean lager with characteristics of a Vienna lager with a lighter clean body and balanced noble hops,” the brewery says. 5.0% ABV, 22 IBU.

Lakeville Brewing Co.

  • Batch 200 – A 5.25% ABV milkshake IPA, on tap now.

Lift Bridge Brewing Company

  • Jibe Talkin’ – A new tart blonde ale with “a hint of sweet apricot,” the brewery says. 4.5% ABV, 13 IBU and on tap this Saturday, when the brewery holds a disco release party starting at 5pm.

LTD Brewing Co.

  • Belgian Tripel – Top Flight selection.
  • Peach Milkshake Sour – A new milkshake IPA with peach, vanilla, and lactose. On tap at the brewery’s anniversary party this Saturday.
  • Terror Falls – A blend of Night Terror and Night Falls, aged in Knob Creek Single Barrel Select bourbon barrels. Available in bottles this Saturday.

Lupulin Brewing

  • Lateralus with Chocolate & Coconut – An 11% ABV imperial stout. Part of the Lateralus series.
  • PB Mocha Javatized – Javatized infused with peanut butter and chocolate. 6% ABV.

LynLake Brewery

  • Sota Summer Berry Sour – A raspberry and blackberry sour ale to tap on Saturday June 1 during the brewery’s Summer Rooftop Kickoff Weekend. 5.2% ABV, 10 IBU, and purple in color, it is the first of three charitable fundraising beers made in collaboration with Sota Clothing.
Reality Is the new Double Dry Hopped IPA from Mankato Brewing // Photo via Mankato Brewing's Facebook

Reality Is the new Double Dry Hopped IPA from Mankato Brewing // Photo via Mankato Brewing’s Facebook

Mankato Brewery

  • Reality Is – A new 7.0% ABV, 80 IBU citrus-forward, double dry-hopped IPA from Mankato.
  • RibFest – The brewery created a special one-off for RibFest in Mankato this Saturday. The brewery describes it as light and easy-drinking.

OMNI Brewing Company

  • Birdie Putt – This is a 5.3% ABV, 45 IBU beer made with Minnesota hops and malt. In limited supply, only on draft at select golf courses and sports bars.

Schram Haus Brewery

  • Chaska Centennial – Top Flight selection.

Spilled Grain Brewhouse

  • Nut Hugger – A 4.5% ABV, 18 IBU peanut butter porter.

Stone Brewing

  • Enjoy By 07.04.19 – The latest in the Enjoy By series is a juicy double IPA with West Coast bitterness that features a combination of 12 different hop varieties and pours a 9.4% ABV, 90 IBU. “The aroma leads with intense peach, tropical fruit and citrus and the flavor is, all that + hoppy,” Stone says.

Tanzenwald Brewing Company

  • Foux Du Fa Fa – Bière de Garde, tapped last weekend.

Tin Whiskers Brewing Company

  • Dragon Fruit Tractor Beam IPA – Making its debut today, May 31.
  • Tropical Milkshake IPA – Tin Whiskers tapped its first milkshake IPA last weekend, featuring tangerine, mango, and vanilla.

Venn Brewing Company

  • Australian Sparkling Ale – A 5.0% ABV, 20 IBU Australian-style sparkling ale that is dry, crisp, and effervescent.

Seasonal or rotating returns

Wilderness Tuxedo from Bent Paddle with Mango and Guava // Photo via Twitter

Back Channel Brewing

  • Island Digs – A tropical stout with notes of chocolate muffin and light roast, plus an underlying profile of lager, the brewery says. 6.75% ABV, 41 IBU, clean, and crisp.

Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

  • Mango/Guava Wilderness Tuxedo – This fruited sour ale is available at the taproom today, May 31, and will be on liquor store shelves starting next week.

Blue Wolf Brewing Company

  • Lemonade Shandy
  • Summer Sunshine – An American wheat ale.

Excelsior Brewing Company

  • Klondike Kölsch – Excelsior is throwing a release party for this Kölsch-style ale tonight.

Finnegans releases the Brim Reaper Rye IPA // Photo via Twitter


  • Brim Reaper – This rye IPA has notes of papaya, tangerine, passion fruit, lemon, and mild pine, FINNEGANS says, complemented by spicy and dry rye malt character.

Junkyard Brewing Co.

  • Peanut Butter Bandit – Released and available in the metro area in Crowlers last week.

LTD Brewing Co.

  • Emily’s Dream – This batch of Emily’s Dream lime and sea salt sour ale was aged in tequila barrels and is available in bottles at the brewery’s fifth anniversary celebration this Saturday, June 1.
  • Night Falls – A Russian imperial stout aged in Breckenridge bourbon barrels. Available in bottles this Saturday, June 1.
  • Night Terror – A double chocolate milk stout aged in rum barrels. Bottles will be available this Saturday at the anniversary party.
  • Tropical Passion – A milkshake IPA made with passion fruit, mango, peach, pineapple, plus lactose and vanilla. On tap at the brewery this weekend.

Spilled Grain Brewhouse

  • Lake Series 2019 – Top Flight selection.

Tin Whiskers Brewing Company

  • Lemon Nova #2 – This New England-style IPA tapped last week at the brewery.

Unmapped Brewing Co.

  • Northern Lightest Cream Ale – Top Flight selection.

Waconia Brewing Company

  • Key Lime Kolsch
  • Powder Keg 2.0

Wooden Hill Brewing Company

  • Hopify – Double IPA last year, it’s loaded with Amarillo, Citra, and Simcoe hops. On tap and in our big cans 9.5% ABV


Beers just announced

Passion Fruit Anomaly from Bad Weather Brewing Company // Photo via Twitter

Bad Weather Brewing Company

  • Passion Fruit Anomaly – The latest Anomaly fruited kettle sour is coming to liquor stores in can format next week.

Bent Brewstillery

  • Dark Fatha – The Roseville brewstillery will tap a keg of Dark Fatha imperial stout in honor of Father’s Day, June 9.
  • Moar – This IPA is back with a release party beginning at 2:30pm at the brewery on June 7.

Fulton Brewing

  • Solar Vortex – A new blood orange session ale made for summer. “It’s dry, low in alcohol, and perfect for the summer ahead,” Fulton says. 4-packs will hit liquor stores next week.

HammerHeart Brewing Company

  • Löyly – Formerly named Gesik, this is a Minnesotan take on the traditional sahti, made with both juniper branches and juniper berries. Available at a June 15 bottle release.
  • Svaðilfari – This is a new English-style barleywine aged in bourbon barrels. Available in bottles at the taproom on June 15, it is “lightly smoked, incredibly malty, yet exceptionally dry,” the brewery says.

Surly Brewing Company

  • Grapefruit Supreme – Previously available in a sampler pack, this grapefruit radler will be sold in 6-packs starting the week of June 17. 4.5% ABV.

Tin Whiskers Brewing Company

  • Funkenfest – Tin Whiskers brewed their Oktoberfest lager in preparation for its fall release.

Urban Growler Brewing Company

  • Rhubarb Wit – Coming soon, the brewery says.

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