With well over 100 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.
It wouldn’t be October in Minnesota without new fresh hop beers. Surly Wet is back; Unmapped released a fresh hop beer made with hops from Twins announcer Dan “The Dazzle Man” Gladden’s family hopyard; and Lake Monster Loonatick is on draft at the St. Paul taproom. Oktoberfest continues with parties taking place at Badger Hill, Excelsior, and Urban Growler.
As for other beer releases, Bent Brewstillery returns Maroon & Bold, Bauhaus has an American DIPA coming out, and Dangerous Man has several new and interesting beers on tap.
New beers available this week (October 2–October 8)
Back Channel Brewing Co.
- Cold Feat – An American Wheat beer at the Spring Park taproom. 6% ABV.
- Iron Ranger Stout – Available on nitro. 6.6% ABV.
- The Eight Way – A new porter that measures 5.25% ABV.
Badger Hill Brewing Company
- Foundation Stout with coconut – This weekly infusion keg was tapped on Tuesday, and was gone by Wednesday.
Bald Man Brewing
- Watchtower Wheat Ale
Bauhaus Brew Labs
- Crop Circus – Bauhaus’ latest is a double American IPA. “Crop Circus features a huge, juicy hop profile typical of New England-style IPAs but without the pulpy haze,” the brewery says. 8.4% ABV.
Big Wood Brewery
- Dr. Azacca
Birch’s On The Lake
- Wild Rice Old Ale – 8.0% and now available.
Boulevard Brewing Co.
- Bundle Up – Boulevard describes this as “the intersection of American and English barleywine.” Available in Kansas City now and coming to national markets soon. 10.5% ABV, 59 IBU.
Dangerous Man Brewing Co.
- Coffee Kölsch – This light body coffee ale uses a Kore Ethiopia blend from UP Coffee Roasters.
- Double Dry Hop IIPA – Notes of mango, melon, and pine in this hazy IIPA. 9.6% ABV, 110 IBU.
- Norwegian Farmhouse Ale – A refreshing farmhouse ale that Dangerous Man describes with notes of lemongrass, nutmeg, and apricot. 7.1% ABV, 30 IBU.
- Tangerine Denali Sour – Brewed with lactose, then dry-hopped with Denali hops. “You want to make a mimosa with this. Trust us,” says the brewery website. 6.6% ABV, 20 IBU.
Day Block Brewing Company
- Blackberry Rye – A warming beer for cool fall nights, with blackberry on the nose and an earth Maris Otter base. 9.5% ABV.
- Big Raft Graff Apple Ale – Brewed with locally pressed cider, the beer is described as “slightly effervescent with light body and a tart finish.” 5.9% ABV, 8 IBU.
Grand Teton Brewing Company
- American Sour 2016 – The third release in Grand Teton’s Brewers’ Series. This sour is aged in hand-selected barrels and carefully blended before release. Out October 3.
- Batch 571 IPA – Out today, “Batch 571 features Citra and Super Galena hops blended together like the ripest, dankest, sticky-icky you ever smelled,” the brewery says.
- Blueberry Island Blonde Ale – BIB is a blueberry-infused blonde ale. 4.5% ABV, 9 IBU.
- Gold Portage Light Blonde Ale – 4.5% ABV, 9 IBU, and made using two row malt, corn, wheat, and mild hops.
- Manoomin – A nut brown ale brewed with wild rice, out on October 7. 5.7% ABV, 27 IBU.
- Brownton Abbey – India Brown Ale, 6.4% ABV.
Portage Brewing Company
- Coppersquash – It’s Coppercamp, plus “warming flavors of butternut squash, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger,” says the brewery.
- Hades – This imperial stout is brewed with cinnamon, cocoa nibs, vanilla, and ancho peppers. Taproom only, and available for carryout in a crowler.
Surly Brewing Company
- Bender with Orange Zest – Available for Cask Tuesday at the Beer Hall on October 3.
Tin Whiskers Brewing
New in the Fourier Series, assistant brewers Tony and Jules created two different West Coast IPAs, tapped at 3pm today.
- V2 – 5.3% ABV with Simcoe, Mosaic, and Calypso hops.
V3 – 5.0% ABV with Simcoe, Mosaic, and Australian Galaxy hops.
Town Hall Brewery
- Falconer’s Flight Smash
Unmapped Brewing Co.
Wicked Wort Brewing Company
- Simcoe Single Hopped Double IPA – A mouthful of a beer name. 9.0% ABV, 65 IBU.
Wild Mind Artisan Ales
- Tipper’s Grove – A barrel-aged cider aged in Tattersall gin barrels.
Seasonal or rotating returns
Barrel Theory Beer Company
- Dorothy Mantooth – The all Mosaic IPA is back on tap now. 7.5% ABV.
- Raindrops – This Citra and Mosaic New England-style IPA is back on tap, replacing it’s double dry-hopped version on the menu. 7.5% ABV.
- Maroon and Bold – The seasonal DIPA returns on October 6 to the taproom and hitting statewide stores on October 10. 8.0% ABV, 100 IBU.
- Menace – Out on Saturday, Disgruntled says, “Menace is a dark, smooth, and exceptionally balanced stout.”
- Docktoberfest Märzen – Out this weekend as Excelsior celebrates Oktoberfest with three days of German-style beers. This amber lager is 6.2% ABV, 30 IBU.
Fair State Brewing Cooperative
- The Shoulder of Orion – Released yesterday, this is a dry-hopped, pale wheat lager brewed in collaboration with Modern Times Beer. “A little haze yet still crisp with a juicy hop flavor accompanying the bitterness,” says the brewery. ABV 5.0%, IBU 35. Taproom only.
Indeed Brewing Company
- Rum King Imperial Stout – The rum barrel aged local favorite returns with a sneak preview week at Minnesota Old Chicago locations, hitting the general market on October 9.
Lake Monster Brewing
- Loonatick Fresh Hop IPA – Released on Monday, this beer is made with fresh Centennial hops from Might Axe. Available in cans too. 6.5% ABV, 60 IBU.
Lift Bridge Brewing
- Barrel Aged Imperial Pumpkin Porter – Available now in limited 750-milliliter bottles.
- Fireside Flannel – Brown ale.
- The Warden – The milk stout is back.
- Harvestör – Supplies of this annual fresh hop beer are extremely limited.
- Ugly Pumpkin – Also out on October 7, this beer includes pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and a bit of vanilla. 6.5% ABV, 20 IBU.
Lupulin Brewing Company
- PANDAS – A vanilla oatmeal stout, with 10% of the proceeds donated to the PANDAS network. Out on Sunday.
Mankato has a mixed six-pack with two fresh hop IPAs using Cascade from nearby Minnesota Hops Company.
- American IPA – Fresh citrus flavors.
- Belgian Style IPA – “This Belgian Style beer has delicate flavors of honey from choice Belgian malts and flavors of dry spices from his special Belgian yeast,” Mankato describes.
Modist Brewing Company
- Smoove – The salted caramel lager hits cans for a limited time. “Smoove is designed to be a drinkable delicacy that’s brewed with caramel malts, lightly sweetened with milk sugar, and spiked with sea salt,” Modist says.
New Holland Brewing
- Baltic Anomaly – The honey porter returns.
Reads Landing Brewing Co.
- SeptObeer Bock – A weizenbock that the brewery describes as “A German Wheat with bold and complex malt character of dark fruits and some spiciness.” 6.9% ABV, 18 IBUs.
Rogue Ales & Spirits
- Pumpkin Patch Ale – Rogue’s annual garden to glass pumpkin beer, made with Rogue Farms-grown pumpkins that are toasted in the Newport brewery ovens and added to the seasonal beer. Available in orange 750-milliliter bottles and on draft.
Surly Brewing Co.
- Wet – Wet hops are back this fall. 2017’s recipe uses Mosaic hops. Released at the start of the week.
The Brewing Projekt
- MidNight Oil – The cold press stout returns at this Eau Claire brewery. 5.6% ABV.
Unmapped Brewing Co.
- HopDazzell – The first fresh hop beer from Minnetonka’s Unmapped, using Gladden Farms hops.
Urban Growler Brewing Company
Oktoberfest goes three different directions when Urban Growler celebrates Germany’s most famous drinking day on October 4. In addition to the offerings below, the brewery will serve flights that include both beers plus a third option that blends the two.
- Octoberfest (American Style)
- Oktoberfest (German Style)
Beers just announced
Bald Man Brew Co.
- Calibration Day Session IPA – Returning to the Eagan taproom on October 12.
Dangerous Man Brewing
- Imperial Pumpkin Ale – In the tanks.
- Oarlock Oat Stout – Coming soon, according to the brewery website.
Fair State Brewing Cooperative
- Funkelweizen – “A Dunkelweizen (dark wheat beer) gone funky. Flavors of sour cherry, wheat, and oak. The original kettle soured version of this beer was the first sour beer Fair State ever made. We’ve resurrected it in 100% barrel-fermented, mixed culture format,” Fair State says. 4.4 % ABV, 10 IBU. On tap and in 750-milliliter bottles on October 12.
Lift Bridge Brewing Company
- Commander – Save the date: November 11.
Tin Whiskers Brewing
Tin Whiskers is celebrating barrel aged beers in an October 20 party with several cellared beers making a return.
- Phase Shift 01: Tequila Barrel-Aged Watts
- Phase Shift 03: Knob Creek Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged Watts
- Phase Shift 05: Isanti Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged Watts
- Watts Wheat Wine – The star of the show, this wheat wine is also available in regular non-barreled form.
Other announced beers from Tin Whiskers include:
- Fourier Series: Dunkels Bock – This new beer comes out on October 21 at 12pm.
- Volt Elderflower Rhubarb Wheat – Out on October 12, this beer returns after premiering in the June Brew-Off with Urban Growler. It’s a wheat ale brewed with oats, elderflower, rhubarb, and minimal hops. It has, the brewery says, “A smooth, slightly dry, and mildly tart flavor.”
- Tiny Circuit Coffee Stout – This collaboration with Tiny Footprint Coffee is back on tap and in cans. The brewery says it’s “a rich, deep, coffee forward stout made for enjoying with brunch or with friends.”
Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota beer options and Town Hall’s home at 7 Corners in Minneapolis were different scenes in 1997. Town Hall just announced plans for their 20th anniversary week.
Anniversary Week Schedule:
- Available Mon. October 16: Three Hour Tour, Six Hour Tour, and Blackbarrel Gold
- Available Wed. October 18: Mango Mama and Tennessee Dessert
- Available Fri. October 20: Anniversary Ale
- Available Sat. October 21: Throwback Pints
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