The Mash-Up: Summit unveils a new taproom, renamed the Ratskeller

12welve Eyes Brewing Company's Sour Punch // Photo via 12welve Eyes Brewing Twitter

12welve Eyes Brewing Company’s Sour Punch, a kettle sour made from pomegranate and tangerine // Photo via 12welve Eyes Brewing Twitter

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Hopefully by now everyone’s recovered from Fourth of July celebrations. With a mid-week holiday, even The Mash-Up took some time off. As such, catching up has proven a bit tricky, as many beers released were small batches subject to high demand and limited availability.

In significant local beer news, Summit has officially transitioned into their new taproom, dubbed the Summit Ratskeller, and kicked things off with the first of three special beers on Thursday, July 12. Other news includes several new beers, including from Forager, Junkyard, Surly, Venn, and the brand new Angry Hog in Austin.



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.

Forager Brewery Gummies Make Us Likeable

Back on tap in Rochester, this is one of our favorite summertime sours. According to the brewery, it’s “packed with passion fruit, pineapple, mango, and guava.”

Bad Weather Munich Helles

The West 7th brewery has been crushing lagers lately, including this crisp and clean decoction-mashed Helles, now available in cans.

Summit Brewing Ratskeller Exclusive #1

Toast the christening of Summit’s Rathskeller with this limited-release, “super-aromatic, 8.2% ABV unfiltered IPA clocking in at 70 IBU with notes of grapefruit and orange peel.”

Surly Brewing Company Brut IPA

We’re loving the trend of wine yeasts being used to dry out beers, and Surly’s Brut IPA is a terrific example.

Urban Growler Cherrybell Cream Ale

Cherry trees in the upper Midwest are bursting with fruit right now, and Urban Growler is using some of the legendary Door County crop to infuse their flagship cream ale.


New beers available this week (July 9 – July 15)

Avery Brewing Company's Go Play IPA // Photo courtesy Avery Brewing Company

Avery Brewing Company’s Go Play IPA // Photo courtesy Avery Brewing Company

12welve Eyes Brewing

  • Sour Punch – “It’s a kettle sour that we added pomegranate and tangerine to and it tastes like sour fruit punch,” the brewery says. Tapped on July 6.

Angry Hog Brewery & Taproom

This new brewery opened in Austin the first weekend in July. Its lineup so far includes:

  • Dirty Pig – Black IPA
  • Giggling Piglet – Cream Ale
  • Shut Up, Kevin! – IPA

Avery Brewing

  • Go Play IPA – A “lively IPA” with juicy, tropical, and dank aromas. Now available.

Back Channel Brewing

  • Sixteen Times – Munich Helles lager
  • The Empress – Raspberry wheat

Bad Habit Brewing

  • Born & Razz’d – An American wheat ale brewed with 126 pounds of raspberries. 6.3% ABV.

Barrel Theory Beer Company

  • Double Dry-Hopped Chazz Michael Michaels – A new double dry-hopped version, featuring 100 percent Simcoe hops.

Bent Paddle Brewing Company

  • Trampled – This beer debuted on July 7 for the Trampled By Turtles show in at Bayfront Park in Duluth. The golden, straw-colored IPA clocks in at 4.6% ABV and is available in limited supply at Grandma’s Restaurant locations in Duluth and at Bent Paddle’s taproom.

BlackStack Brewing

  • Sprockets! Teutonic Ale – An unfiltered German-style kellerbier. 4.8% ABV.

Bobbing Bobber Brewing Company

  • Bee Keeper Honey Wheat on Strawberries – Brewed with locally grown strawberries.
  • Swim Platform – This is a leichtbier, defined by Bobbing Bobber as “a German interpretation of the American light beer.”

Boom Island Brewing Company

  • Cherry Ming – Boom Island’s newest summer-minded beer with added cherries. “Ming is lightly hopped and has a delicate and refreshing cherry aroma,” Boom Island says. 4.2% ABV, 25 IBU. Tapped July 6.

Brewery Ommegang

  • Saison Rosé – In Ommegang’s words: “A blend of saisons, one aged on oak, the other brewed with hibiscus flowers and co-fermented with chardonnay grape juice, Saison Rosé is fruity, tart, dry, and incredibly quaffable.” 7.7% ABV and available in 12-ounce 4-packs.

Castle Danger Brewery

  • Blueberry Summer Crush – The first of multiple planned blueberry infusions by Castle Danger, to celebrate July, aka National Blueberry Month. Tapped on Wednesday, July 11.

Copper Trail Brewing Company

  • Ruby Wheat – The third beer in Copper Trail’s wheat series uses strawberry and rhubarb for a sweet and fruity flavor with subtle honey notes, the brewery says. 5.5% ABV, 17 IBU.

Disgruntled Brewing

  • Contaminated Lemonade – Released on June 29 in Crowlers.

Drekker Brewing

  • Peach Cobbler Secret Handshake Milkshake IPA – One of two cans coming out today, July 13, along with the return of Multiple Ectogasms.

Earth Rider Brewery

  • Norseman Summer Ale – “New Belgium Brewing brewmaster Chris Holbrook collaborated with Earth Rider’s director of brewing Frank Kaszuba to craft this easy summer drinker, [made with] a Norwegian yeast strain and cranberries,” the brewery says. Tapped on July 3.

Excelsior Brewing Company

  • A Day At the Peach – A highly carbonated tart and fruited sour beer. On tap and in bottles.
  • Strawbellious Strawberry Cream Ale – Available in 750-milliliter bottles.

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

  • Member Design #3 – Tapped on July 12, the brewery says this is a “hoppy witbier that is light, crisp, lemony, and hopped with Idaho 7 and Mosaic hops. “ 4.7% ABV, 25 IBU.
  • Smoked Apricot Sour – “Invented in front of a campfire, this delicious beer is stainless fermented with our house-mixed culture, features moderate wood smoke, and a hint of apricot,” the brewery says.


  • Tree Bender Session India Pale Ale – A session IPA at 4.5% ABV.

Forager Brewery

  • Gummies Make Us Likable – “The tropical version of our sour summer juice bomb is packed with passion fruit, pineapple, mango, and guava,” says Forager. 6% ABV.
  • Regal Hops – A 100 percent Citra double IPA at 8% ABV.
  • Saint Francis Wit – A Belgian-style witbier brewed with spices and dandelion flowers, then fermented in Chardonnay barrels.
  • Schuster Special – This Vienna-style lager is named in tribute to Rochester’s historic Schuster brewery.
  • Shag Session IPA – Brewed with blue spruce tips and hopped with Citra and Azacca, this 4.2% ABV was brewed with summer heat in mind. This is no longer available on tap, though a few Crowlers remain.

The Freehouse

  • #45 Brut Style IPA – Bubbly carbonation and tropical hops define this light-bodied IPA. 7.5% ABV, 40 IBU.

Fulton Brewing

  • Double Dry Hopped 300 – A double dry-hopped version of 300, with tropical, pine, and citrus. Taproom only, as of July 3 in limited supply.
  • Fika Imperial Milk Stout – To debut July 15 at 11am in the taproom, this is a collaboration with Minneapolis’ Fika Coffee and Sawtooth Mountain Maple Syrup in Lutsen. “It’s an incredibly complex, yet deceptively smooth stout that yields flavors of chocolate, maple syrup, and hints of chocolate,” Fulton says.

Giesenbrau Bier Co.

  • Deggenauer Dunkel – 4.7% ABV.
  • Hop Quality H2O IPA – 7.2% ABV

Hayes’ Public House

  • Aoibheall’s Harp Pear Ale – A new beer made in collaboration with Willmar’s Foxhole Brewhouse. Out today, July 13.
  • Clíodhna the Goddess Apple Ale – 5.0% ABV, including a black currant infusion tapped on Wednesday, July 11.
  • Hazelnut Praline Oatmeal Stout – Out today, July 13.

HeadFlyer Brewery

  • Beyond the Door – The latest in Beyond the Door series is a juicy grapefruit IPA.
  • Kingfield Porter – HeadFlyer’s Vanilla Bean Porter infused with Five Watt Coffee, available now.

Hoops Brewing

  • Hoops #673 Boysenberry – Released the week of July 4, this is a brown ale infused with boysenberry puree. 5.3% ABV, 9 IBU.

Imminent Brewing

  • Knockin’ on Hefen’s Door – “Classic German hefeweizen with a fruit-forward aroma and a hint of spice to keep the sweetness in check,” the brewery says. 5.5% ABV, 15 IBU.
  • Miles to Goat (Before I Sleep) – Described as a malt-forward American strong ale, made with local maple syrup. 9% ABV, 59 IBU.

Inbound BrewCo

Gose Infusion Party – On Sunday, July 8, Inbound featured four infusions of their gose:

  • Citrus Thyme
  • Piña Colada
  • Tart Cherry Milkshake
  • Wildberry

Invictus Brewing

  • Limon Saison – 5.8% ABV, 15 IBU.
  • Oatbusters Oatmeal Pale Ale – Tapped in late June.

Junkyard Brew Co.

  • Amarillo Summer Session – 4.2% ABV.
  • Finger Pistol Pale Ale – A 6.0% ABV, 54 IBU hoppy pale ale, now on tap.

Klockow Brewing Company

  • Beatrice – An Irish red ale at 6.2% ABV.

Lost Sanity Brewing

  • Vertigo’s Balance – 6.2% ABV and tapped on July 1.

Lupulin Brewing Company

  • Operation CoHoperation – This collaboration with Colorado’s Odd13 Brewing showcases Colorado malt, plus two new South African hop varieties. 7.0% ABV, 60 IBU.

New Belgium Brewing

  • Voodoo Ranger Liquid Paradise IPA – “The Voodoo Ranger Special Release series gives our brewers a hoppy playground, if you will; a place to play with ingredients, aromas, and flavors,” says Ross Koenigs, research and development brewer at New Belgium. “Liquid Paradise offers great flavors and is packed full of wonderful aromas, and we’re just getting started showing off our capabilities as a brewer of hoppy beer.” Available in 16-ounce cans as well as on draft.

Oliphant Brewing

  • Super Squishy – A kettle sour made with blackberries, raspberries, coconut, vanilla, lactose, and sea salt. 5% ABV.

Portage Brewing Company

  • ABLOOM – Continuing “The Week of Releases” theme, Portage will unveil their first sour, which was fermented and keg-conditioned with all-local microflora from Chippewa National Forest. “Fragrant notes of lemon, citrus, and flower pack this wild ale full of terroir,” the brewery says. 5.5% ABV. Released on July 4.
  • Guava Passionfruit ABLOOM– A five-gallon infusion batch of ABLOOM with added tropical fruits. Available as of July 4.
  • Pomegranate Cucumber Dreamsicle – Tapped on July 6, this vanilla chocolate porter was “brewed with pounds of pomegranate, cucumber, cocoa nibs, and vanilla,” the brewery says, in collaboration with the Upstream Homebrewers Club.

Roets Jordan Brewery

  • Roets IPA – A mango brut IPA. 7% ABV, 70 IBU.
  • Roets Radler – Roet’s calls this one “margarita-style,” with citrus, blue agave, and sea salt. 4.8% ABV, 20 IBU.
  • Roets Sour – This beer is described as a tropical punch-style sour ale with berries and tropical fruit. 4.5% ABV, 0 IBU.
  • Rude Boy – A Jamaican-style export stout. 7.5% ABV, 45 IBU.

Rogue Ales & Spirits

  • Marionberry Sour – Out next month, this beer features marionberries, a special breed of blackberries, grown at Rogue Farms. The brewery says it’s “a vibrant violet-hued sour ale.”

Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery

  • Double Barrel IPA – A balanced IPA with piney resin notes along with light grapefruit. 8.3% ABV, 99 IBU.
  • Grapefruit Blonde – Now available, as of Monday.
  • Orange Squeeze Puddle Hopper IPA – Puddle Hopper IPA with orange.This is a limited firkin, available today (July 13) only.

Summit Brewing Company

The “beer hall” has become “The Ratskeller.” Officially open as of last night, Summit is showcasing their new taproom with three special new releases for early arrivals each day, Thursday through Sunday.

  • Ratskeller Exclusive Number 1 – This limited offering is described as a “super-aromatic 8.2% ABV unfiltered IPA clocking in at 70 IBU with notes of grapefruit and orange peel.” Released on Thursday, July 12, in limited supply.
  • Ratskeller Exclusive Number 2 – “Another super-limited, super-aromatic unfiltered IPA,” the brewery says. “This one weighing in at 7.5% ABV and 60 IBU with big dank and fruity notes of mango, clementine, apricot, pineapple and bubblegum.” Tapping today, July 13.
  • Ratskeller Exclusive Number 3 – A roasty, smoky brown ale with hints of maple syrup, light roast coffee, graham cracker, spice, and wood. 5.1% ABV, 42 IBU. A keg is being held for first arrivals on Sunday, July 15.

Surly Brewing Company

  • BAOW! BA Oat Wine Ale – “Expect a highly drinkable beer that still packs a punch, with notes of vanilla, marshmallow, and oak,” Surly says of this oat wine aged in rye whiskey barrels. 9.6% ABV.
  • Brut IPA – “Engineered to offer an ideal launching point for hop flavor, this IPA favors effervescence over bitterness, highlighting a crisp, dry finish,” Surly says. 6.8% ABV.
  • Double Rosé – It’s beer hall-only, infused with raspberry, kiwi, and lemon. Tapped on July 3.
  • Mosaic Kettle Sour – New in the BC Small Batch Series, this is a lightly tart kettle sour dry-hopped on Mosaic and fermented with Saccharomyces Trois yeast. With no fruit added, Surly says it “packs a funky mango punch and citrus fruit aromatics.”
  • One Man Mosh Pit IPA – Juicy, hazy, and heavily hopped with Amarillo, Citra, and Mosaic. Draft only.
  • Rosé – Also available in cans and of the BC Small Batch Series, this pink-ish summer refresher features currants and strawberries.
  • Treasure City Traffic IPA – A draft-only IPA with tropical notes from Eureka and Simcoe hops.

Tilion Brewing

  • Loral’s SMaSH IPA – “This is a big IPA with lots of citrus notes and a floral finish,” the brewery says.

Tin Whiskers Brewing Company

  • Peanut Butter Brown Ale – This Fourier Series release uses a brown ale base with added peanut butter. 5.8% ABV, 20 IBU, out on Saturday, July 14.
  • Wheatstone Radler – This unique Spark Series release is a 50/50 blend of Tin Whiskers’ honey chamomile wheat with a house-made blood orange soda. Available in cans.

Unmapped Brewing

  • Blueberry Amelie – Unmapped Brewing’s Petite Honey Saison, with blueberries. 4.4% ABV, 18 IBU.

Urban Growler Brewing Company

  • Cherrybell Cream Ale – Cowbell cream ale infused with Door County cherries. 5.4% ABV, 20 IBU, and available as of late June.

Venn Brewing Company

  • Apricot Wheat – Made with real apricot, this American wheat ale pours at 6.0% ABV, 20 IBU.
  • Blueberry Vanilla Sweet Stout – As the name suggests, a stout made with real blueberries and vanilla. 7.0% ABV, 25 IBU.
  • Imperial Brown Ale – Brewed with oak, this brown ale also has “flavors of caramel and bread crust.” 9.4% ABV, 25 IBU.
  • India Red Ale – A red IPA made with Chinook and Idaho 7 hops for bitter notes of pine and resin.
  • Lemon Ginger Wit – A hot weather beer with fruit and spice character, plus ginger and lemon. 5.7% ABV, 20 IBU.
  • Mango Passionfruit Sour
  • Patio Smasher Wheat – This wheat ale is dry and aimed at sessionability, with added lime zest. 5.0% ABV, 15 IBU.
  • Stone Fruit Sour

Waconia Brewing Company

  • Paradise Island DIPA – A double IPA with orange, pineapple, and passion fruit flavors with a potent 9.3% ABV, 88 IBU.

Wild Mind Artisan Ales

  • Puff The Passion Dragon – This distribution-only wild fermented sour IPA was made with passion fruit, dragon fruit, and milk sugar.
  • Sunset Beat – A balanced IPA with added peach puree and Wild Mind’s house yeast. Tapped on June 29.


Seasonal or rotating returns

Earth Rider Brewery's North Tower Stout // Photo via Earth Rider Brewery Twitter

Earth Rider Brewery’s North Tower Stout // Photo via Earth Rider Brewery Twitter

12welve Eyes Brewing

  • Trillsner – Czech-style Pilsner, back on tap as of July 7.

Back Channel Brewing

  • Iron Ranger Stout – This 5.75% ABV stout has notes of coffee, roast, chocolate, and light caramel.

Bad Weather Brewing Company

  • Munich Helles – A crisp and clean decoction mash lager, the first such beer in Bad Weather’s lineup to be available in cans.

Barrel Theory Beer Company

  • Boat Shoes – The all Vic Secret-hopped IPA is back.

Boom Island Brewing Company

  • Cuvée de Boom – Boom Days are back starting today (July 13) and so is this popular offering. Bottle sales begin at 4pm.
  • Petite Rosé – Also to be available at Boom Days, Petite Rosé sales begin at 6pm on July 13.

Drekker Brewing

  • Multiple Ectogasms – One of two cans coming out today, along with the new Peach Cobbler Secret Handshake Milkshake IPA.

Eastlake Craft Brewery

  • L’Ogre de Turvueren – Belgian blonde ale

Earth Rider Brewery

  • North Tower Stout – The 2018 World Beer Cup bronze medal winning oatmeal stout is back.

Fulton Brewing

Fulton is putting its new canning line to work and releasing three flagship beers in 12-pack, 12-ounce cans in the Twin Cities, Rochester, and Mankato markets.

  • Lonely Blonde
  • Standard Lager
  • Sweet Child of Vine

Forager Brewery

  • Sherpas Survival Kit – Made with cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, and coffee, this American double stout is back on tap.

HeadFlyer Brewery

  • Royale Wit – A Belgian wit at 4.4% ABV, 10 IBU.

Hoops Brewing

  • #8 American Lager – “A light-bodied, golden lager. Clean taste with very light fruit esters,” the brewery says. 5.2% ABV, 15 IBU.

Insight Brewing

  • Royal Nuisance – Now available in 12-packs.
  • Troll Way – Now available in 12-packs.

Invictus Brewing

  • Avenger IPA – 6.4% ABV, 70 IBU

Junkyard Brew Co.

  • Citra-Zaic – A double IPA available in Crowlers today and hitting taplines next week.
  • Guava Shake-o-Matic IPA – A milkshake-style IPA at 7.3% ABV, 46 IBUs. Also available in Crowlers.
  • Key Lime Gose Experimental Sour
  • Lou Dogg – A German-style hefeweizen at 4.6%, 12 IBU.
  • Peachy Keen – A 4.2% ABV dry-hopped sour ale.
  • Saskatooner – Blueberry Berliner weisse. 5.0% ABV, 0 IBU. Also available in Crowlers.
  • Strawberry Shake-o-Matic IPA – A milkshake-style IPA at 6.9% ABV, 45 IBU and also available in Crowlers.

Rogue Ales & Spirits

  • Hot Tub Scholarship Lager – Since 2014, Rogue has donated a portion of this lager’s sales to the Jack Joyce Scholarship Fund, a scholarship fund founded by Rogue’s late owner for students in Oregon State University’s Fermentation Science program. 5.5% ABV, 35 IBU.

Urban Growler Brewing Company

  • Sticky Rice – Urban Growler’s wheat ale with jasmine rice, ginger, fresh mangos, and coconut is back on tap as of July 5. 5.3% ABV, 18 IBU.


Beers just announced

Fulton Brewing Company's Pils // Photo courtesy Fulton Brewing Company

Fulton Brewing Company’s Pils // Photo courtesy Fulton Brewing Company

Bent Brewstillery

  • The Great Sweat – A dank West Coast IPA that the brewery says features “notes of squishy fruit, pine, and citrus, finishing crisp, dry, and thoroughly digestible.” 6.5% ABV, 65 IBU, returning on July 20.

Dangerous Man Brewing Company

  • Cafe Miel Russian Imperial Stout – This Russian imperial stout features local honey and is now aging in Heaven Hill and George Dickel barrels. To release sometime this winter.

Earth Rider Brewery

  • Kettle Soured IPA #2 – Brewed in collaboration with Dangerous Man, this tart beer made with Galaxy hops and conditioned on fresh ginger will be available at All Pints North in Duluth on July 28.

Excelsior Brewing Company

  • Helios Hefeweizen – A pilot system small batch is in development, the brewery says.
  • MinneGose – A pilot system small batch is in development, the brewery says.
  • Rip Rap Peanut Butter Stout – A pilot system small batch is in development, the brewery says.
  • Sunburn Cherry Wheat – A pilot system small batch is in development, the brewery says.

Fulton Brewing

  • Pils – Available in cans, starting next week.

Junkyard Brew Co.

  • Blackberry Lavender Shake-o-Matic – A milkshake-style IPA coming in August.
  • Christian Bale Ale – A hop-forward pale ale coming in late July.
  • Clearly Obscure – New England-style double IPA – Coming in both Crowlers and on draft toward the end of the month.
  • Collaboration IPA – Made with Brett from Drastic Measures Brewing of Wadena, this new IPA will be out next week the brewery says.
  • Experimental Apricot Sour – Coming to draft in early August.
  • Experimental IPA with Cascade and Apollo – Coming in two weeks, the brewery says.
  • Murky Dimensions – New England-style double IPA – Coming in early August, the brewery says.
  • Poncho Goddess – A chocolate milk stout that will be on nitro next week.
  • Shake-o-Matic IPA with Strawberry, Pineapple, and Peach – In cans and on tap in two weeks, Junkyard says.

Klockow Brewing Company

  • Angry Arms – A cream ale currently in development, according to the brewery’s website.
  • Munchkin – Oktoberfest. In the tanks now.
  • Olwyn – A Celtic pale ale currently in development.
  • Sons of Susannah – An imperial IPA in currently in the works.
  • White Granite – Belgian ale, in development.

Lupulin Brewing Company

  • Centsless – This is a Centennial-hopped West Coast IPA coming later this month. 6.8% ABV, 60 IBU.
  • Dortmunder – The award-winning beer will be back on tap at the brewery next week. 5.5% ABV 25 IBU.

Mankato Brewery

  • EZ Rider – Summer ale, coming soon.

Surly Brewing Company

  • Hazy IPA with Pineapple and Orange Juice – Available at the Beer Hall on Tuesday, July 17.

Vander Mill Cider

  • The Michigan-based cider company is coming to Minnesota later this month.

Wild Mind Artisan Ales

  • Cherry Mead Hybrid
  • Kvass – After releasing Pass the Kvassier, Wild Mind has another collaboration in development with Patisserie 46. “To complement the lightness of the ale, this batch will be fermented with a little honey and steeped with oolong tea for a lemony and refreshing beverage,” the brewery says.

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