The Mash-Up: Off-the-Wall Beer Releases for the Three-Day Weekend

Nosferatu coming from Great Lakes // Photo via Great Lakes Brewing

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.

The three-day Labor Day weekend means many different things to different people. Similarly, there are many beer styles and many different celebrations across Minnesota this week. There are still a few days of festivities at the State Fair, but shades of fall are on the horizon with the return of familiar seasonals like Bell’s Brown, Great Lakes’ Nosferatu, and Fulton’s Spectre.

In Minneapolis, Sisyphus is throwing a tiki-themed event all weekend long, where fruit flavors dominate the tap lines, while up north in Perham, Disgruntled has released several three-day weekend beers made with diverse ingredients ranging from Belgian waffles to pizza crusts.

In national beer news, CBS returns soon—maybe for the last time.



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.

Chai Porter from Headflyer // Photo via Headflyer

HeadFlyer Chai Porter

New in the Beyond the Door series. “This porter takes the best of our vanilla bean recipe and introduces cardamom and cinnamon to bring forward a grand chai experience,” HeadFlyer says.

Wicked Wort Dreamboat

A 5% ABV, 15 IBU American wheat ale with soft, doughy wheat flavors that are crisp, light, and refreshing, the brewery says, with notes of lime and pineapple from the hops.

Schell’s Austrian-Style Märzen

Available in the new Harvest Brews Sampler Pack, this beer is described as crisp and dry, but also toasty and subtly sweet.

Bonfire Smore’s Stout from Jack Pine Brewery // Photo via Jack Pine

Jack Pine Bonfire S’mores Stout

“Bonfire is a sweet stout with a definite marshmallow aroma with hints of milk chocolate, a graham cracker finish and just enough bitterness to balance it out. A fuller-bodied beer with a creamy mouthfeel,” the brewery says. At the taproom now and 12-ounce cans at liquor stores the week of September 9.

Bad Weather Tippin’ It Down

Bad Weather’s English Special Bitter made with Earl Grey Tea returns is available now on draft and in cans.



New beers available this week (August 26–September 1)

Black Stack’s three Mighty Axe Hop DDH Beers // Photo via Blackstack Twitter

10K Brewing

  • Anokafest – On tap now.

Bad Weather Brewing Company

  • Tippin’ It Down – Top Flight selection.

Double Two Hearted from Bell’s // Photo via Bell’s

Bell’s Brewery

  • Double Two Hearted Ale – Double the Two Hearted pleasure. An 11% ABV version of Bell’s most popular beer is now available in 12-ounce bottles.

BlackStack Brewing

BlackStack teamed up with Mighty Axe Hops for three new variants of their house 755 hazy IPA, each at 6.66% ABV.

  • DDH 755: Julius
  • DDH 755: Tropica
  • DDH 755: Zenia
  • It’s Complicated – This is a hazy IPA made in collaboration with Barrel Theory offering notably tropical flavors.
  • Nah Mean – A new “popsicle-style” Berliner made with strawberry, passionfruit, mango, plum, and lactose. 4.0% ABV and tapped last week.

Girl Bo$$ Mint Chocolate Stout at Castle Danger // Photo via Castle Danger Twitter

Castle Danger Brewing

  • Girl Bo$$ Mint Chocolate Stout – A special cookie inspired infusion of George Hunter Stout, available on tap at the brewery in limited supply.

Copper Trail Brewing

Copper Trails has four special releases on tap at their new downtown Alexandria location:

  • Strawberry Blossom – “A light ale made with strawberries, white chocolate, and graham crackers. 6.3% ABV, 29 IBU.
  • Hot Summer – A Kölsch-style beer infused with mangos and habanero peppers. 4.8% ABV, 18 IBU.
  • Runestone Rye infused with morel mushrooms – A once-a-year special offering. 5% ABV, 19 IBU.
  • The Schmuckleberry – This is a wheat beer with added huckleberries. 5.5% ABV, 17 IBU.

Disgruntled Brewing

  • Blueberry Cancakes – “Smooth milkshake IPA with lactose, blueberry, pancake mix, vanilla, and pure Minnesota maple syrup,” the brewery says. 7% ABV, 40 IBU
  • Breakfast in Bed – A milk stout with waffles, vanilla, coffee, and maple syrup. 6.5% ABV
  • Pizza Cutter – “Pizza Cutter is a NEIPA with a unique addition to the mash: sixty 16-inch individual pizza crusts tossed right into the mash tun,” the brewery says, before dry-hopping with Citra, Mosaic, and Centennial hops. 7.1% ABV, 67 IBU, and recommended for pairing with a pizza.

Pillage Porter from Drekker in Fargo // Photo Drekker Twitter

Drekker Brewing

  • Freak Parade
  • Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say PRRRT
  • Pillager Porter – On tap at the Fargo-based brewery now. 5.2% ABV.

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

  • Circles of Confusion – An 8% ABV double dry-hopped DIPA with Citra, Mosaic, and Denali hops.
  • DBBRR – Double Blueberry Blackberry Raspberry Roselle. 8.1% ABV.

Fargo Brewing Company

  • The A-Team – A West Coast-style IPA at 7.0%, 70 IBU with tropical, citrus, and fruity flavors of mango, pineapple, tangerine, and pine.

Foxhole Brewhouse

  • 4th Street Wheat – 5.0% ABV, 18 IBU

Fulton Brewing

  • Specter – Fulton describes this IPA as “a bit blurry” with a creamy mouthfeel. It is aggressively hopped with Citra, Mosaic, Amarillo, and Nelson Sauvin.

Great Lakes Brewing Co.

  • Nosferatu Imperial Red Ale

HeadFlyer Brewing

  • Chai Porter – Top Flight selection.

Inbound BrewCo

  • MN Rice – A rich, roasty, and nutty porter made with wild rice. 7% ABV, 27 IBU.
  • Pastry Ale – Out today with Brewing Change Collaborative, this is a fruited dark sour with blackberries, black currants, and raspberries—part of the Pastry Ale series. It’s available at the taproom today and in cans soon.

Indeed’s Oktoberfest // Photo via Indeed

Indeed Brewing Company

  • Oktoberfest – “Our version of the classic Oktoberfest pays homage to its roots with smooth German malts and zesty, noble German hops. Light copper in color with a medium-bodied dry finish, our Oktoberfest is tailor-made to toss back, Munich-style. Coming back in cans for the very first time,” Indeed says. 5.8%, 18 IBU.

Jack Pine Brewery

  • Bonfire S’mores Stout – Top Flight selection.

Lake Superior Brewing Co.

  • 2xDry Hopped Mesabi Red – Duluth’s senior production brewery will feature a different exclusive release each week as part of the one-day-only Saturday Sipper series.

Pantown Brewing Co.

  • Emerson Ave Raspberry Lemonade Kettle Sour – Named in honor of a staffer’s lemonade stand from his youth, this is a sour ale with raspberry lemonade-like flavors.

Rogue Ales & Spirits

  • Coast Haste – Out in September, this new wet hop beer is an imperial hazy IPA made with Rogue-grown wet hops that travel 71 miles before brewing. It pours at 8.6% ABV, 51 with bold tropical and citrus notes, the brewery says, and will be sold in 16-ounce cans and on draft.

Schell’s Brewery

  • Austrian-Style Märzen – Top Flight selection.
  • Session IPA – Also sold in the Harvest Brews Sampler Pack, “This beer is mildly malty with a desirable hop aroma from the combination of Chinook, City, and Mosaic hops,” Schell’s says.

Painkiller Milkshake IPA from Sisyphus // Photo via Sisyphus

Sisyphus Brewing

While summer may be waning, Sisyphus is throwing a self-described “Tiki Tap Takeover” at the brewery. In addition to Hawaiian print shirts, the brewery will feature:

  • Coconut Imperial Stout – Aged in Jack Daniels barrels, only one keg of this beer remains from anniversary week.
  • Hawaiian Fruit Punch Sour – A pink-colored beer with passion fruit, dragon fruit, and mango.
  • Key Lime Lager – “A refreshingly tangy and tropical key lime lager.,” the brewery says.
  • Mango Habanero Hefeweisen – Banana Boss hefeweizen with added sweet mango and a pepper heat at the finish, the brewery says.
  • Painkiller Milkshake IPA – A lactose-free milkshake IPA made with orange juice and vanilla that is described as balanced, sweet, and smooth with a citrus punch.

Talking Waters Brewing Company puts out Off the Record // Photo via TWBC

Talking Waters Brewing Co.

  • Off the Record – This hazy IPA features Nelson Sauvin, Citra, and Motueka hops. The beer offers bright citrus and tropical flavors with a soft, juicy body, the brewery says. 7% ABV.

Trout City Brewing

Newly in Preston, the brewpub says its house beers will tap this weekend. Previous reports include the following:

  • Blonde ale
  • Oatmeal stout
  • Pale ale
  • Rye IPA

Waconia Brewing Company

  • Cookies and Cream
  • Oktoberfest – Tapped this week, the brewery is hosting its Oktoberfest party on September 7.

Wicked Wort Brewing Company

  • Dreamboat – Top Flight selection.

Harlem Shake from Wooden Hill Brewing Co // Photo via Wooden Hill

Wooden Hill Brewing Company

  • Harlem Shake – A milkshake IPA made with strawberry, banana, vanilla, and lactose. 6% ABV.

Yeorg Brewing Company

  • Festbier – “A dazzling copper color in the glass, this pours with great clarity and a pillowy tan head, leaving stunning lacing behind with each sip. The aromas are fresh and inviting, reminiscent of a crisp fall day, with notes of fresh-baked bread, roasted malt, peanut shell and a touch of soft caramel,” the brewery says, “with additional accents of earthy hops and forest floor.” Available this month.

Beers just announced

Canadian Breakfast Stout from Founders // Photo via Founders

22 Northmen Brewing Company

  • Oktoberfest – To tap at Carlos Creek Winery’s annual Grape Stomp on the weekend of September 13-15.

56 Brewing

  • Kernza Harvest Lager – To debut at Harvest Fest 2019 at the brewery on September 22.

Bell’s Brewery

  • Best Brown Ale – The fall seasonal is back. 5.8% ABV and available in 6- and 12-packs.

Broken Clock’s Pocket Watch Pecan // Photo via Broken Clock Twitter

Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative

  • Pocket Watch Pecan

Dangerous Man Brewing Company

  • Pluot Fruited Sour – In development now.

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

  • Keller Kazbek – An unfiltered kellerbier. Available next week.
  • Plant Based – This is a vegan-friendly fruit smoothie ale. Available September 12.

Fargo Brewing Company

  • ALES for ALS – This charitable beer is made with the unique Ales of ALS hop blend and is a West Coast-style IPA. Available September 13.

Founders Brewing Co.

  • CBS – This is the third consecutive year Founders has released Canadian Breakfast Stout, and it could be the beloved stout’s final year, as the brewery has announced no future plans for its return. Returning November 1, it will be the fifth Barrel-Aged Series release from the Grand Rapids, MI brewery and it will be sold in 12-ounce bottles and 750-milliliter bottles. Starting with the same base as Kentucky Breakfast Stout, CBS adds maple syrup, coffee, and chocolate. 11.3% ABV.

Inbound BrewCo

  • NE IPA – A hazy New England IPA with three pounds per barrel of citrusy, tropical hops, the brewery says. Coming next week.

Indeed Brewing Company

  • Liliko’i – New in the Wooden Soul series soon, this wood barrel-aged passion fruit wild ale pours golden orange with passion fruit juiciness and funky tartness, Indeed says. 8.5% ABV and available in 12-ounce cans soon.

La Doña Cervecería

  • Oktubrefest – “Our Oktubrefest beer recognizes German contributions to Latinx culture by combining German hops, German malt, Mexican lager yeast, and flaked rye,” the brewery says. Featured at the brewery’s Oktubrefest celebration September 28-29.

Waconia Brewing Company

  • Mo’ Winta Milk Stout – Returning to the brewery on September 3.

Wicked Wort Brewing Company

  • Carly’s Tropical Stout – A rum barrel-aged tropical stout that releases in bottles on September 7.

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