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Though many of this weekend’s celebrations have been canceled in efforts to halt the spread of coronavirus—including St. Paul’s Luckypalooza—people will undoubtedly be drinking beer this weekend, and beer of many colors: expect plenty of green beers (and cider), plus traditional red, black and brown. Malt-forward beers lead the charge this pre-St. Patrick’s Day weekend with lots of Irish stouts, Irish reds, seasonal bocks, and unique one-offs.
In other beer news: there’s an important milestone at Barley John’s Brewpub, we have news for what’s to come in 2020 at Summit, there’s a second anniversary celebration at Tilion, and a first big release to come at ONE.
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.
Bent Paddle 3 Wolf Fünke
Available at the taproom only, this is a funky mixed culture farmhouse ale brewed in collaboration with Modist and Dangerous Man, available in limited supply.
Dangerous Man Double Cream Coffee Dream
“Light, creamy, dreamy, and full of coffee goodness,” Dangerous Man says of this double cream ale aged on coffee.
FINNEGANS 3:17 to Cologne
Tapping today, this is a Kölsch-style ale made in collaboration with La Doña Cervecería. “It’s brewed with Cologne Malt, Barke Pils, and CZ Saaz plus French Strisselspalt hops. It’s cold-fermented and cold-matured for three weeks, and carbed to a higher level for maximum bubbliness,” the brewery explains.
Junkyard Here For The Cake
Brewed by the women of Junkyard, Drekker, and Fargo breweries, this new pastry stout debuted on March 8, International Women’s Day.
Town Hall Orange Drop IPA
A 6.6% ABV IPA with fruit-forward citrus notes, mandarin orange character, and hints of bread and resin, Town Hall says, with underlying orange blossom and vanilla-orange cream impressions.
New beers available this week (March 9–March 15)
Bad Habit Brewing Co.
- English IPA – 8% ABV and on tap today.
- Irish Red – A balanced 5.1% ABV Irish red ale with a clean, malty profile and low bitterness, Bad Habit notes. Available on Saturday.
- Juice Factory IPA – Tapping this Sunday, this 5.7% ABV IPA blends locally sourced malt, English yeast, and juicy-forward hops.
Back Channel Brewing Co.
- Horny Sidekick – A light-bodied American lager with high carbonation, flaked corn sweetness, and a crisp, dry finish, the brewery says. 4.5% ABV.
- The Telestrator – “This beer screams orange fruits: mango, muskmelon, peach, and tangerine with a dash of lemon zest that warms into a subtle earthy dankness. Loads of flaked oats and flaked wheat buoy the flavor to create a cushy mouthfeel,” Back Channel says of this 6.15% ABV New England IPA.
Bad Weather Brewing Company
- Muddy Boot – A nitro pour oatmeal stout, available at the taproom as of March 5.
Badger Hill Brewing Company
- Irish Dry Stout – “Crisp and easy-to-drink, paired with a lower sweetness level,” the brewery says.
- Irish Red Ale – A lightly hopped ale with malt-forward flavors of caramel and biscuit.
- Salut Au Monde! – The latest release in the ongoing Walt Whitman-inspired Leaves of Grass series is an unfiltered rustic lager.
- Coileain – A red Irish stout that taps for Bent’s two-day St. Patrick’s celebration at the taproom March 13–14 (which will also be serving cocktails).
Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
- 3 Wolf Fünke – Top Flight entry
Brau Brothers Brewing Co.
- Belgian Dubbel – 9.8% ABV, 27 IBU
- McFarland’s Irish Red – 5.5% ABV, 25 IBU
- Peach Country – A 5.0% ABV cider with peach.
- Raspberry Smash – A 5.0% ABV cider with raspberry.
- Cyr Strong – “A Belgian dark strong barrel-aged on virgin French oak and exotic Brazilian Aburana hardwood. It has essence of cinnamon, vanilla, and white grapes,” Clockwerks says. 11.8% ABV and available this Saturday.
Copper Trail Brewing Co.
- Dark Sky – A dry, nitro stout that pours at 4.9% ABV, 39 IBU. Available on Saturday, along with newly tapped The Mule, for Copper Trail’s St. Patrick’s Party.
- The Mule – This is a 5.2% ABV lime and ginger ale, available this Saturday for St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
Dangerous Man Brewing Company
- Double Cream Coffee Dream – Top Flight entry
- Kölsch – Back on tap at the brewery as of last week.
- People’s Choice – The winner of Best Beer at the Grand Forks Craft Beer Festival is on tap at the brewery this weekend.
Fat Pants Brewing Co.
- Czechered Pants – A light and crisp Czech-style Pilsner.
- Hot Headed – A new dry stout, just in time for next week’s holiday.
- OH!+ – A 7.3% ABV blood orange IPA.
- Shirley – “Slightly more tart than previous versions of this brew, it’s still served with a sweet luxardo cherry and retains its appealing pink hue,” Fat Pants says of their latest batch of cherry witbier. This batch is gluten-reduced as well.
Fair State Brewing Cooperative
- 100 Pies – Tapped on Thursday at Fair State, this is a schwarzbier brewed with smoked sweet potatoes and pumpkin puree in the mash. Brewed in collaboration with Little Thistle Brewing. The brewery will also be selling pie onsite on Saturday, March 14, also known as Pi Day.
FINNEGANS Brew Co.
- 2nd Cerise – Available on Saturday for a weekend of St. Patrick’s Day activities that last through March 17, this is a French saison aged in cabernet barrels with tart cherries.
- 3:17 to Cologne – Top Flight entry
- Candy Paint – A hazy IPA made with Vic Secret and Citra hops for “sweet, candy-like hop flavors.”
- Batch 145E Gose – A 3.8% ABV, 4 IBU tart gose made with salt and coriander. Available in limited supply.
Indeed Brewing Company
- O’Connor Law Irish Red Ale
Inver Grove Brewing Co.
- Midwestern Heat Wave – A kettle-sour hazy IPA with soursop puree, and dry-hopped with Mosaic, El Dorado, Amarillo, South African Southern Passion, and New Zealand Waimea hops. 5.0% ABV, 30 IBU.
Junkyard Brewing Co.
- Bleed Green – An Irish stout with dry roast character plus coffee and cocoa notes.
- Golden Ale – 5.4% ABV
- Here For The Cake – Top Flight entry
- Belgian Witbier 0101 – “Pours hazy, light golden with a white foamy head. Bitter orange peel and a touch of coriander, which is present in the nose. Refreshing, smooth, light and effervescent,” the brewery says. 6.3% ABV, 22 IBU.
- Home-Brewers Series No.2 DDH IPA – This hazy double IPA was double dry-hopped with Citra Cryo and offers flavors of citrus zest, tropical fruits, and a sticky hop aroma. The result is “more bitter than a typical NEIPA, but still very juicy, quite dank,” the brewery says. 6.9% ABV, 70 IBU.
- Passion Fruit Sour 0101 – A kettle sour made with passion fruit puree. At 4.9% ABV, 11 IBU, the brewery described it as easy drinking, tart but not overly sour, with a hint of grain on the nose.
Lakeville Brewing Company
- Batch #265 Dry Irish Stout – A roasty Irish stout with pronounced coffee notes, Lakeville says. 4.1% ABV.
- Buzzin’ Imperial IPA – “This beer features a double dose of local honeys from Homestead Honey Farm in Dennison and Boreal Apiary in Burnsville. Stung with a huge hop charge, including some from Mighty Axe,” the brewery says. 8.6% ABV.
- Orange Shandy – A 4.2% ABV shandy with natural orange flavors.
Lupulin Brewing Company
- Fugacity #4 – A barrel-aged golden sour with raspberry and strawberry, this is the featured beer at Lupulin’s Scribbled Lines Funky Fridays, available at both the Big Lake and Sioux Falls taprooms today. 7% ABV.
- Strictly Illegal – An 11% ABV triple IPA, available now in cans, draft, and Crowlers.
Big Beer Week concludes in Sioux Falls, running March 8–15. A full list of releases at both taprooms was included previously. Releases during this week’s Mash-Up duration include:
- March 9 Draft Release: Strictly Illegal; Infusion: Citridiculous w/ Pineapple, Orange & Guava
- March 10 Draft Release: Rus 2018; Infusion: Vanilla Rus
- March 11 Draft Release: BA Imperial Chocolate Truffle; Infusion: BA Imperial Chocolate Truffle w/ Count Chocula
- March 12 Draft Release: Sycophant; Infusion: Sycophant w/ Cinnamon Toast Crunch
- March 13 Draft Release: Barrel God 2016; Infusion: Lateralus Snozzberry Pie w/ Cacao Nibs
- March 14 Bottle Release: Chocolate Cherry Cake Dreams; Draft Release: Chocolate Cherry Cake Dreams; Infusion: Double Vanilla Chocolate Cherry Cake Dreams
- March 15 Draft Release: Barrel Aged William the Conqueror
Number 12 Cider
- Blarney – A green cider blended with sweet woodruff herb. Available on Saturday, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
- Trilogy – An 8.2% ABV cider made with chestnut crabapple, Cortland, and keepsake apples for fruity and melon flavors.
- Cmdr Ryeker – A hoppy red ale at 6% ABV, available at the brewery and select stores.
- Gorb Gorb – A 10% ABV hazy double IPA with hopped with cryo Mosaic and Amarillo, available at the brewery and in liquor stores.
- Sangeria – A raspberry sour with cherry and orange, 5% ABV.
- Ice: Red, White & Berry – A blend of cherry, citrus, and blue raspberry flavors.
- Spiked Blackberry – 8% ABV hard seltzer.
- Spiked Blood Orange – 8% ABV hard seltzer.
Talking Waters Brewing Co.
- Lilikoi Wheat – A new wheat ale with passion fruit. “The sweet and tangy passion fruit played especially well in the fermenter sandbox alongside its juicy hop counterpart, Hallertau Blanc.” the brewery says of this tart fruited beer. 5.2% ABV.
- Wheaty Banter – This 5.8% ABV American wheat ale features Amarillo hops to accent the wheat flavors with orange and lemon notes.
Thousand Lakes Brewing
- Ninja Panther – A porter with chocolate and caramel flavors complemented by rich vanilla that was added at the end of fermentation. 7.3% ABV.
- Tip to Tip – A hazy IPA with spruce tips. “The spruce tips in this IPA add a citrus/berry flavor that is different than what you might expect from a spruce addition,” Thousand Lakes says, with a unique blend of fruity and piney flavors.
Tilion Brewing Co.
- Lazy Nights – A dark lager on tap at the brewery’s second anniversary party (and St. Patrick’s Day celebration) this Saturday.
- The Smooth Operator – Another beer to tap at the brewery’s anniversary/St. Patrick’s Day party on Saturday, this is a double dry-hopped hazy IPA with Minnesota-grown Mighty Axe hops.
Town Hall Brewery
- Orange Drop IPA – Top Flight entry
u4ic Brewing, inc.
- Hoof’n Horn Bock – “This beer is a traditional German-style bock bier. It is lagered for 12 weeks to create a clean, crisp tasting dark lager,” u4ic says, with notes of light-roasted coffee and caramel. On tap this weekend as Belle Plaine celebrates St. Patrick’s Day.
Venn Brewing Company
- Batch #300 Irish Red – At 5.1% ABV, 20 IBU, Venn says this is a malty, earthy, and clean take on the classic Irish red style.
- Batch #302 Experimental Hazy Pale Ale – A new hazy pale that showcases BRU-1 hops, this one pours at 5.6% ABV, 35 IBU.
Wild Mild Artisan Ales
- The Winds – “A simple hazy pale ale brewed with late hop additions of Vic Secret and Ella, The Winds is a light, quaffable pale ale with notes of tropical fruit,” the brewery says. Available at 2pm today.
Beers just announced
Able Seedhouse + Brewery
- Propers – Back on tap next week, returning in proper cans on March 23. This is a British-inspired pub ale with hearty bread, biscuit, toffee, caramel, and honey flavors. “Using English hops was a necessity, and the Fuggle and Challenger hops pair perfectly to the malt with their woody, minty, and fruity flavors,” the brewery says. 4.5% ABV, 24 IBU.
Avery Brewing Company
- Paws & Claws IPA – Coming in late March, Avery calls this a hop-forward and dank IPA that merges East and West coast styles but dry-hopping classic hop varieties in new ways.
Barley John’s Brewpub
- Anniversary Ale – The brewpub in New Brighton celebrates 20 years next week, including special on its anniversary ale on Monday, March 16.
Burning Brothers Brewing
Burning Brothers will celebrate six years on April 4. The line-up at their St. Paul brewery will include:
- Cider 6.0
- New England IPA
- Parched Lime Shandy – Returning for the season
- Wiser Buddy Lager
Fat Pants Brewing Co.
- Bad Attitude Blueberry Sour – A wheat sour with blueberries added post-fermentation for a sweet/sour combo.
Founders Brewing Co.
- Más Agave – A Barrel-Aged Series beer from last year returns. This imperial gose was inspired by the margarita cocktail, with agave, lime and sea salt before being aged in tequila barrels. Available nationwide in mid-April.
- Más Agave Grapefruit – A new twist on Más Agave, this version inspired by the Paloma cocktail. This imperial gose was brewed with agave and sea salt before aging in tequila barrels, followed by an addition of grapefruit juice. Also released in the Barrel-Aged Series release, Más Agave Grapefruit ships to stores, bars, and restaurants the week of April 13.
- Our Litest – A light American lager was brewed this week and will tap this spring.
- Petal Pounder – After a successful infusion last year, Petal Pounder will now permanently feature mango, Inbound says. The mango hibiscus saison is back in the taproom on Thursday, March 19 and will be sold in cans later this spring.
Lupulin Brewing Company
- Belgian Blonde – An upcoming Belgian-style blonde ale. 6.5% ABV and expected this month, the brewery says.
- Belgian Quad – A 12% ABV Belgian-style quadrupel ale, expected later this month.
- Centsless – A new IPA that taps sometime in March.
- Citridiculous – An upcoming double IPA, coming this month according to a recent Lupulin newsletter. 8% ABV.
- Dortmunder – The 5.5% ABV German-style lager returns this month.
- Fugacity #3 – The featured beer for Scribbled Lines Funky Fridays on March 27, this is a barrel-aged golden sour with passion fruit and pineapple. 4.5% ABV.
- Sour IPA – The featured beer for Scribbled Lines Funky Fridays on March 20, this is a sour IPA with passion fruit and pineapple. 6.5% ABV.
- Sword Maiden – A smoked porter that’s “on the horizon,” according to a recent brewery newsletter.
ONE Fermentary & Taproom
- Concrete Hell – ONE will tap its first rendition of another brewery’s wort, fermented at ONE, next week on Wednesday, March 18. There are two different batches of Surly Hell. This one is also ONE’s first beer fermented in the concrete egg fermenter. It pours gold in color with a white head and offers pronounced mineral notes, the brewery says. 5.3% ABV, 10 IBU.
- Oak Hell – Made in similar fashion to Concrete Hell (above), Oak Hell is Surly Hell’s wort, fermented in an oak foeder. The crisp lager offers notes of vanilla, marshmallow, and light oak, ONE says, while pouring straw gold in color. 5.3% ABV, 10 IBU.
- TBA – An unnamed collaboration between ONE and Clutch was brewed this week and will debut this summer.
Summit Brewing Company
Summit’s 2020 brand calendar was recently announced, featuring new beers, returning favorites, and several mixed packs throughout the year. Among the news:
- Cabin Crusher – The Kölsch-style ale with lime is back for the hot summer month, April until August.
- Dark Infusion – The coffee milk stout is back in the House Party mixed pack next fall. Great Northern Porter – Returning in mid-October as a limited release through the coldest months.
- Oktoberfest – A märzen-style lager that is sold seasonally in bottles, cans, and on draft, beginning in August 2020.
- Triumphant Session IPA – A new year-round beer that debuts in May. A session-minded offering at 4% ABV, 95 calories, and 3.5 carbs—also be sold in the Block Party mixed pack available this summer.
- Winter Ale – Back in November. There’s a reason to look forward to winter’s return already (too soon?).
Tin Whiskers Brewing Company
- Shamrock Roboshake IPA – A Shamrock Shake-inspired mint beer, available for St. Patrick’s Day.
Wabasha Brewing Company
- Blueberry Wit – In the tanks now and coming soon.
Waconia Brewing Company
- Cerveza Del Lago – Available April 1.
- Flashpoint Vanilla Cream Ale – Available March 18.
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