The Mash-Up: Themed releases for Cinco de Mayo and Star Wars Day

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Whatever you celebrate, there is something for you this weekend. Catch Cinco de Mayo celebrations at La Doña Cervecería, FINNEGANS, Waconia Brewing Co., and several other breweries around the state, or on the same day enjoy beer history with The Blessing of the Maibock at Town Hall. For Star Wars fans, May 4 is Star Wars Day (May the “fourth” be with you…get it?) and many beers will be poured in support of the rebels or the Dark Side, depending where your allegiance lies. Then, in southern Minnesota, Forager and Little Thistle team up for Gathering in the Woods in Rochester.

With the season now fully turned over (we hope), new Mexican-style lagers, Pilsners, helles lagers, IPAs, pale ales, and honey beers are flooding the scene.



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 Gathering In The Woods

“This is our blend of sour red ale and spontaneous lambic-style ale aged on Minnesota red raspberries and Minnesota-grown Hungarian cherries. Resting in the bottle for nine months, this sour ale has a low level of carbonation and bright assertive acidic tones which compliment the juicy cherry and ripe raspberry layers,” the brewery says. “An ale nearly three years in the making, we are happy to finally get it in your hands.” 6.4% ABV.

Lake Monster True Story Pale Ale

After debuting in the taproom, this pale ale is now available in 15-packs on 12-ounce cans. “True Story Pale Ale is a balanced, easy-drinking ale brewed with a complex blend of Centennial, Citra and Amarillo hops and grains,” the brewery explains, delivering juicy, citrus flavors with a clean malty finish. 5.0% ABV, 45 IBU. It will be sold year-round in the taproom.

La Doña Cervecería Infierno de Mayo

“A helles lager brewed in collaboration with FINNEGANS Brew Co., and is hopped with Simcoe, Mandarina Bavaria, and Azacca hops. We ferment our version with our house Mexican lager yeast strain, resulting in a super sessionable, hop-forward yet clean-finishing lager. At 5.0% ABV, “try it with a lime, or not,” the brewery says. It taps this Saturday, May 4, at the brewery’s Cinco de Mayo celebration.

Schell’s Binary Storm

The latest Noble Star release is a mixed culture Berliner weisse aged on boysenberries. “Bright, sweet floral aromas radiate from the glass along with notes of Fruit Loops,” Schell’s says, adding, “The juicy, sweet-tart character of the boysenberries are on full display with a crisp, tangy acidity, and glowingly rich, jammy fruitiness.”

Duluth Cider King Carlos Tequila Oak-Aged Cider

Available today, this is a cider made with Minnesota apples and aged on tequila barrel staves. It’s the first in a continuing series of oak-aged ciders.


New beers available this week (April 29–May 5)

HeadFlyer Brewing's Heavy D // Photo via HeadFlyer Brewing's Facebook

HeadFlyer Brewing’s Heavy D // Photo via HeadFlyer Brewing’s Facebook


14 Lakes Craft Brewing Company

  • Pig Lake – A 7.2% ABV, 37 IBU peanut butter porter.

AEGIR Brewing Co.

  • Chloe’s Southland Porter

Angry Inch Brewing

  • From Gose With Love – An ongoing series, each new batch features a new fruit. This offering is sweet with a red berry nose, the brewery says, plus a light body and soft, lingering fruity and salty tart finish. 6.2% ABV, 7 IBU.
  • Never Ending – The latest release in this series showcases an experimental hop variety. Pouring at 6.5% ABV, 45 IBU it’s a New England-style IPA with pineapple and melon flavors.

Bauhaus Brew Labs

  • Power Pellet Cherry-Lemon Shandy – Tapped last week at the brewery, this Haus Curiosity is a cherry twist on the Short Pants lemon shandy.

Beaver Island Brewing Co.

  • River Hopper Hazy IPA – River Hopper is front and center in the new Paddler variety pack (along with Revival and ‘39). “Packed with Simcoe, Cascade, El Dorado, Mosaic and Citra hops, this hazy IPA is the perfect mate for your next adventure, or those lazy river days,” the brewery says. 7% ABV, 54 IBU.

Birch’s Lowertown

  • Scottish 80 Shilling – A deep amber in color ale made with English barley. 4.7% ABV.

Boom Island Brewing Company

  • Omen – A Belgian-style quadrupel ale pours reddish brown with a hint of sweetness, the brewery says. 10.2% ABV.

Copper Trail Brewing

  • Beach Daze – A 4.8% ABV hazy session IPA that Copper Trail describes as carrying notes of tropical fruit, mango, and pineapple.
  • Summer Suds – “This sessionable brew brings out the best two months of Minnesota. Lemon and lime citrus undertones complement the honey malt,” says the brewery. 4.8% ABV, 18 IBU. On tap on Saturday May 4.

Dangerous Man Brewing Company

  • Blue Milk – Coming on May 4, also known as Star Wars Day. 
  • Hazer Blanc IPA – Now on tap, this 7.1% ABV, 40 IBU IPA has notes of tropical fruits, melon, grapefruit, pear, and subtle pine.
  • Raspberry Coconut Sherbet Blonde Barleywine – A collaboration with Modist that includes raspberries, coconut, and a touch of lactose. At 10% ABV, the brewery says, “[It’s] Fruity, creamy, and delectable.” On tap only.

Drastic Measures Brewing

  • Dirty Mind Blackberry Wheat – 6% ABV
  • Krispy German Pilsner – 5.25% ABV

Dual Citizen Brewing Company

  • Naughty Citizen Witty Greek – A collaboration with The Naughty Greek. A ‘Greek-style’ Wit brewed with lemon and white pepper,” the brewery says. 5% ABV, 25 IBU, and available only at The Naughty Greek University location.
  • True North – This collaboration was made with the True North Elite MNUFC Supporters Group. It’s a 4% ABV, 15 IBU pre-Prohibition ale that’s light, crisp, and smooth, the brewery says.

Duluth Cider

  • King Carlos Tequila Oak-Aged Cider – Top Flight selection.


  • Infierno de Mayo – The first-ever collaboration for FINNEGANS and La Doña Cervecería is a helles lager with notes of grass and citrus fruits, designed for a Minnesota spring and summer. Out now at FINNEGANS, and a similar beer, made with a different yeast strain, will also be sold at La Doña.

Forager Brewery

Forager and Little Thistle are hosting a new Rochester festival, Gathering in the Woods, this weekend. In addition to a wood-aged theme, Forager will host a bottle release.

  • Crema – A rich, creamy, and chocolaty imperial porter aged in rye whiskey and bourbon barrels, then conditioned on coconut and vanilla. 12% ABV.
  • Dollar Menu Pie – A rye saison with brett, fermented in red wine casks with Minnesota cherries. 5.6% ABV.
  • Gathering In The Woods – Top Flight selection.
  • Joyce – At 5.6% ABV, this is a saison with Minnesota plums, then aged in red wine barrels.

HeadFlyer Brewing

  • Heavy D – A dank double IPA, on tap now.
  • Lithium – HeadFlyer recently celebrated its second anniversary with the release of this blueberry milkshake IPA.

Hoops Brewing Company

  • #689 Passionfruit Wheat – An American wheat ale infused with passionfruit. 5% ABV, 18 IBU.

Hop & Barrel Brewing Company

  • Lemon Breaker Shandy – New from the Hudson brewery.

Imminent Brewing

  • Extra Medium – This unfiltered wheat beer is brewed with orange blossom honey and draws a distinct orange character from citrus-laden hop varieties with mandarin/tangerine/clementine notes as well as sweet orange peels provided by Minnesota’s own Maltwerks,” the brewery says. 5.1% ABV, 35 IBU.

The Lab

The Lab is now open at the intersection of Highway 280 and I-94. The experimental beverage facility will showcase new beers and other alcoholic (and non-alcoholic) beverages without the brewery’s brand attached, in effort for unbiased feedback.

12 beverages are on tap to open:

  • Alcoholic Kombucha with Elderflower 0101 – A light-bodied kombucha with floral and citrus notes, plus hints of tea. 6% ABV.
  • Amber Ale 0101 – A red ale with caramel and toasted malt notes. 5% ABV.
  • American Brown Ale 0101 – A dry, light-brown ale with roasted malt and biscuit notes. 5.1% ABV.
  • American Wheat 0101 – “Fermented with an American ale yeast, mild aroma, slight cracker-like breadiness, light body, slight honey/herbal notes from the Mount Hood hops,” The Lab says. 5% ABV.
  • Hard Seltzer with Lime 0101 – A fruity, bubble 5% ABV hard seltzer.
  • Kolsch 0101 Golden & Crisp Kölsch – A 4.9% ABV Kolsch-style ale.
  • Kolsch With Grapefruit 0101 – Kolsch, with grapefruit added.
  • New England IPA 0101 – A hazy and gold-colored juicy IPA with bright citrus and tropical notes. 5.6% ABV.
  • Red Ale with Apricot 0101 – This dark amber/light brown ale is described as subtle and balanced with apricot on the nose and toasted malt flavors. 5.1% ABV.
  • Session IPA 0101 – A 4.1% ABV sessionable IPA with pine notes.
  • Stout 0101 – “Pours deep brown with dry roasted malt and coffee like notes. Hop bitterness is moderate and East Kent Goldings hops lend a earthy/herbal notes,” The Lab says. 5.0% ABV. Also available on nitro.

La Doña Cervecería

  • Infierno de Mayo – Top Flight selection.
  • Xipe – Named for the Aztec god of spring, Xipe (“shee-pey” or “hee-pey,” La Doña notes), this is a new dry-hopped IPA with mandarin and grapefruit aromas plus citrus and resinous flavors. 7.0% ABV, 75 IBU.

Lake Superior Brewing Co.

  • Strawberry Rhubarb North Shore Wheat – On tap at the brewery tonight for Firkin Friday.

Lift Bridge Brewing Company

  • Mole Brownie – One of two releases in the new Barrel Dessert Stout Series, which blends peppers, cinnamon, coffee, cocoa nibs, and spices with a barrel-aged stout. 8% ABV and available at the brewery now. Coming to liquor stores later this month.
  • So Jelly – A barrel-aged stout with blackberry puree that’s available in the taproom now and will be sold elsewhere soon. Part of the new Barrel Dessert Stout Series.

LynLake Brewery

  • Smurf Juice – Blue in color, this milkshake IPA features Galaxy, Strata, and Cryo Citra hops, plus mango and pineapple.

Modist Brewing Co.

  • 32 Teeth – One of two bottles to release on Saturday. This is an 11.5% ABV imperial stout with cacao nibs and vanilla beans. It’s also the first in a new series of chocolate beers.
  • Ice Cream Grin – Another bottle release this Saturday, this beer is an English-style barleywine made with pecans, milk sugar, and vanilla beans as an homage to lush pecan praline ice cream. A collaboration with Dangerous Man.

Pantown Brewing Company

  • Hoedown Hefeweizen – “This beer was brewed with 100-percent German malted barley and wheat, German hops, and German yeast. Notes of banana and slight clove spice,” the brewery says. 5.2% ABV.

Roets Jordan Brewery

Roets has four beers to debut specifically for Jordan Cinco de Mayo on Saturday:

  • Radler – This radler is a margarita-inspired offering with citrus, blue agave, and sea salt.
  • Roets Beer with Chiles Verdes
  • Roets IPA – A honey wheat farmhouse IPA. 6.6% ABV, 78 IBU.
  • Roets Sour – This sour beer includes mango, habanero pepper, and sea salt.
  • Roets Stout Mexican Chocolate Infusion

Rustech Brewing

  • Pirates Delight –  A newly tapped milkshake IPA.

Schell’s Brewery

  • Binary Storm – Top Flight selection.

Stacked Deck Brewing

  • Wookie Cutter – A single keg of this May the Fourth beer taps tomorrow at the brewery. Also available at Rival House.

Surly Brewing Company

  • Dark Phase – A new sweet stout on tap at the beer hall only.
  • London Calling Ale – A new pub ale, on tap only at the beer hall.

Uncommon Loon Brewing Company

  • 3 Amigos – Available this Saturday, this is a 6.9% ABV, 65 IBU American IPA infused with mango and habanero peppers. “Starts out sweet and fruity, finishes with just the right heat,” the brewery says.
  • DreamWalker IPA – An 8.2% ABV, 65 IBU imperial IPA with aromatic and bitter hops plus a sweet malt build.

Unmapped Brewing Co.

  • My Own Damn Salt – A tart and citrusy lime gose. 5.3% ABV, 8 IBU.

Urban Growler Brewing Company

  • Honey IPA – A Plow to Pint IPA that finishes sweet with hints of orange and wildflower honey from Bare Honey Company. Also available in cans. 6.4% ABV, 80 IBU.

Venn Brewing Company

  • American Stout – A roasty, toasty, and hoppy/piney American stout that pours at 6.3% ABV, 40 IBU.
  • Taco Cat Key Lime Gose – This collaboration is a sour gose infused with key lime delivering notes of lime, coriander, and sea salt. 5.0% ABV.

Seasonal or rotating returns

Town Hall Brewery Pollen Party // Photo courtesy Town Hall Brewery

Town Hall Brewery Pollen Party // Photo courtesy Town Hall Brewery

Angry Inch Brewing

  • Cerveza del Lago – A 6.4% ABV, 20 IBU Mexican-style lager brewed with flaked maize and blue agave.

Back Channel Brewing Company

  • The Gant Lifter – An 8.50% ABV double IPA that is double dry-hopped with Citra, Mosaic, and El Dorado hops that give notes of grapefruit, papaya, mango, and pineapple, and brewery says.

Bad Weather Brewing Company

  • Golden Bramble – A pineapple wheat ale on tap at the brewery and in 12-ounce cans now.
  • Helles

Beaver Island Brewing Company

  • Ripple Blueberry – A golden ale with blueberries added, plus spicy character from the German hops. 4.5% ABV, 25 IBU. April’s Soaked Series release.

Bent Brewstillery

  • Dark Fatha – A single keg of 2018 Dark Fatha Imperial Stout will tap at 2pm on Saturday, May 4, also known as Star Wars Day. It will also be available at select area bars and restaurants.

Boathouse Brothers Brewing Co.

  • Amber Ale

Copper Trail Brewing

  • Just The Tip – A 4.9% ABV, 57 IBU spruce tip pale ale. It’s described as mildly bitter with hints of citrus and fruity, plus a dose of spruce-y pine. Now available in Crowlers in Alexandria.

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

  • Black Lager – A toasty 5.2% ABV schwarzbier with a crisp lager finish. Available at the taproom.
  • Keller Kazbek – A 5% ABV unfiltered German-style Pils with Czech Kazbek hops. Previously sold in cans, this year it will be taproom-only.


  • 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. It will be sold in the IPA Sampler pack and is on tap at the brewery now.
  • Cosmic Snowball – Another IPA in the upcoming sampler pack, this is a SMaSH IPA with two-row barley malt and Comet hops, giving it grapefruit, orange, and tangerine notes. Available at the taproom now.
  • Tile Factory – The third IPA featured in the new sampler, Tile Factory is “An American IPA with a high bitterness and huge dry hopped addition with characteristics of apricot, peach, passion fruit, and citrus. Mosaic hops produce wonderful aromas,” says the brewery. On tap now. 7% ABV, 75 IBU.
  • Tree Bender – “An easy-to-drink session IPA with a face-smacking hop aroma, brewed with citra and pounds and pounds of hops. As light as it is hoppy,” FINNEGANS says. 4.5% ABV, 58 IBU.

Forager Brewery

Forager and Little Thistle are hosting a new Rochester festival, Gathering in the Woods, this weekend. In addition to the new beers listed above, Forager will release the following in bottles:

  • Nillerzzzzz – This is blend #2 of Nillerzzzzz this year. At 12% ABV, it is a barrel-aged vanilla bean double stout aged in rye whiskey and bourbon barrels.
  • Pudding Goggles – Named for its rich pudding tones, this is a 10.3% ABV pastry stout with coconut, cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, and cinnamon.

Insight Brewing

  • Crazy Aunt – The gin and tonic-inspired ale is out now.
  • Rowdy Uncle – Likewise for its companion, Rowdy Uncle Moscow Mule-inspired ale. Both are in stores and at the brewery now.

Island City Brewing Company

  • River Moon Blood Orange IPA – An IPA with blood orange IPA for extra citrus atop a malt backbone.

Lake Monster Brewing Co.

  • True Story Pale Ale – Top Flight selection.

Roets Jordan Brewery

  • American Blonde Ale – 5% ABV, 32 IBU

Surly Brewing Company

  • Sleek – An oatmeal IPA dry-hopped with Simcoe for notes of grapefruit, pine, and melon, now available in cans year round.

Tilion Brewing Company

  • 2 Day Weekend – Infused with habanero peppers and lime.

Town Hall Brewery

  • Maibock – The 7 Corners’ brewpub will host its annual “Blessing of the Maibock” ceremony. Grab one, on the house, from 5pm–6pm on Saturday, May 4.
  • Pollen Party – This light-bodied spring seasonal is made with Minnesota dandelion honey and features floral, grass, earthy, and herbal notes, plus a boost of honey. 7% ABV. Town Halls says to expect more honey beers through the spring.

Uncommon Loon Brewing Company

  • Peanut Gallery – A robust porter infused with chocolate and peanut butter. A 6.3% ABV, 42 IBU porter described as smooth and silky by the brewery.

Waconia Brewing Company

  • Cerveza del Lago – Tapping this Saturday at the brewery’s Cinco de Mayo celebration.

Beers just announced

Indeed Brewing Peach Bum // Photo courtesy Indeed Brewing Company

Indeed Brewing Peach Bum // Photo courtesy Indeed Brewing Company

Bad Weather Brewing

  • Bohemian Pilsner – “Brewed with Weyermann floor-malted Bohemian Pilsner malt and Czech Saaz hops. We implement a triple decoction for a soft and layered biscuit/honey malt sweetness […] Czech Saaz add a spicy, floral aroma,” Bad Weather explains. Available on tap next weekend.

Badger Hill Brewing Company

  • Strawberry Malted Milk Hoppe – A new strawberry milkshake IPA, coming soon, the brewery says.

Barrel Theory Beer Company

  • Barrel Aged Ice Cream Social – “It’s an imperial stout aged in Four Roses and Willett Rye bourbon barrels and conditioned on strawberry, vanilla, cacao, and marshmallow,” previously poured this year at Winterfest and the Northern Lights Rare Beer Festival. 12.5% ABV. Bottle sales begin at 1pm on Saturday, May 11.

Beaver Island Brewing Company

  • Spanish Orange Revival – This orange IPA will be the May release in the Soaked Series, tapping as soon as tap space opens up at the St. Cloud taproom. 6.3% ABV, 76 IBU.

Birch’s Lowertown

  • Black Currant Gose – A new 5.5% ABV kettle sour with coriander, sea salt, and black currant.

Boom Island Brewing Company

  • Cuvée de Boom – This pinot grigio/Belgian blonde ale blend is back for Boom Days, beginning June 14.

Drastic Measures Brewing

  • Pat McCrotch – Temporarily out of stock, this IPA will be back on tap next week, the brewery says.

Excelsior Brewing Company

  • Helios Hefeweizen – “Coming soon,” according to Excelsior’s website.

Indeed Brewing Company

  • Peach Bum IPA – Peach Bum is back for 2019, hitting stores and taplines next Monday. The beer features a bouquet of fresh peaches, apricots, and blueberries plus subtle notes of peach cobbler and tart citrus, the brewery says.

Insight Brewing

  • Old One-Eye – A new blonde ale made with Kveik yeast will debut in July. At 5.6% ABV, the beer has dried fruit and pineapple notes with a crisp finish, Insight says.

Mankato Brewery

  • Reality Is – A soon-to-release 7.0% ABV, 80 IBU citrus-forward, double dry-hopped IPA.

Surly Brewing Company

  • Stunner Tropical Ale – A summer seasonal set to debut in late June.
  • The Heat of Passion – A tart ale collaboration with Travail, to be available at Pig Ate My Pizza starting on May 10.

Toppling Goliath Brewing Co.

  • Scorpius Morchella – Coming to Minnesota, according to the brewery.

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