The Mash-Up: Winter warmers and tropical flavors to offset frigid temps

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With over 170 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.

It’s been an interesting, and frigid, week here in Minnesota. While most of the state suffered record-setting chills, breweries kept releasing exciting new beers and familiar favorites, and Urban Growler’s Coconut Week brought warmer thoughts a few days early with several one-offs built around tropical flavors. There’s something for everyone this week, from the light/dark stout collaborations between Junkyard and Modist to the mixed fermentation sour at Take 16.

Today, Under Pressure will celebrate their grand opening in Golden Valley, and tomorrow Utepils hits their second anniversary milestone. In brewing achievements, Broken Clock in Northeast releases their 100th batch this weekend.



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.

Under Pressure London Brown Ale

Under Pressure is celebrating its grand opening today at 4pm. Among the tap list is Lori Ertl’s London Brown Ale, which won a gold medal in the final round of the 2017 National Homebrew Competition.

Utepils Springbok

Utepils’ German-style maibock is back at the brewery’s second anniversary party this weekend. The light-bodied beer offers malty bread flavors with a mild spice and hop punch.

Schell’s Black Prism

This beer “is the result of brewing a big, dark, malty beer in a typical Berliner weisse fashion,” Schells says. “This sour has a deep acidity with a sweet tart fruit character and a subtle fruity earthiness on top of layers of dark malts.”

Junkyard Party Store Pale Ale

“This West Coast pale ale showcases Comet, Mandarina Bavaria, and Amarillo hops, which lend a resiny and bold citrus flavor, to create a very drinkable and refreshingly hoppy pale ale,” the brewery says. “Tangerine, apricot, orange rind, and pronounced melon may be found paired with an earthy, pine bitterness and a slight caramel malt presence.” 5.6% ABV.

612Brew Shoreline

This new saison is a French-style farmhouse ale that also features Mighty Axe-grown Triple Pearl hops. At 6.3% ABV, 30 IBU, the brewery says it carries “fruity esters, peppery phenols, and a crisp, dry finish.”

New beers available this week (January 28–February 3)

Bell's Brewery's Larry's Latest Flamingo Fruit Punch // Photo via Bell's Brewery Twitter

Bell’s Brewery’s Larry’s Latest Flamingo Fruit Punch // Photo via Bell’s Brewery Twitter


  • Shoreline – Top Flight selection.

Alloy Brewing

  • Earthshake IPA – A fruity milkshake-style IPA that the brewery describes as smooth and bright.

Back Channel Brewing

  • Alfred’s – A 5.0% ABV blonde ale with notes of bread and light caramel.
  • The Skip – A hazy IPA with notes of peach, clementine, and mango, along with strawberry and starfruit notes, the brewery says. 6.75% ABV.

Badger Hill Brewing Company

  • Polemo Pale Ale – A new pale ale that the brewery says is “super juicy” with notes of grapefruit and a balanced hop bitterness.

Bauhaus Brew Labs

  • Justice Magician – This new Haus Curiosity taps at 3pm today. It’s a juicy pale ale with fresh citrus peel, stone fruit, and “candy-like hop esters,” the brewery says. It pours at 5.2% ABV, 40 IBU and is available in the taproom.

Bell’s Brewery

  • Larry’s Latest Flamingo Fruit Fight – A tart ale brewed with passionfruit and lime zest.

Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

  • Below Zero – A taproom-only brown ale, served on nitro. Tapped last Friday, January 25.
  • Winter Warm-Ya-Upper – A taproom exclusive 9.1% ABV strong ale.

BlackStack Brewing

  • Slow Clap – Tapped on Tuesday, January 29, this is a 7.5% ABV IPA featuring Strata and Cashmere hops. In cans and available at the brewery.

Bobbing Bobber Brewing Company

  • Crankbait Smash #2 – Made with Cascade hops and pouring at 5.2% ABV, 29 IBU.

Bobtown Brewhouse

  • Resilience Butte County Proud IPA

Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative

  • Dem Apples – “We teamed up with Sarah Jane’s Bakery in Northeast Minneapolis to make our 100th batch of beer, Dem Apples. Loaded with 80 pounds [of] graham crackers, 100 pounds [of] brown sugar, cinnamon, and organic apple cider, and even apple pie thrown in the mash,” the brewery says of this beer, listed as a Dutch apple pie imperial red. 9.5% ABV, 63 IBU.

Cigar City Brewing

  • Space Pope IPA – Cigar City is now offering a mixed 12-pack that includes Jai Alai IPA, Guayabera Citra Pale Ale, and Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale, along with this new citrus-forward IPA at 7.3% ABV.

Cuyuna Brewing Company

  • Hard Cider – Cuyuna will released a cider at their second anniversary party on January 26.

Dangerous Man Brewing Company

  • Strawberry Passionfruit Milkshake IPA – A lactose IPA “conditioned on a ton of strawberries, a tiny bit of passionfruit, and Madagascar vanilla beans,” Dangerous Man says.

Duluth Cider

  • Mimosa – Only available on Sundays this winter at the taproom.

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

  • Big Doinks – A dank IPA just off the family tree from Tom Danks this summer. Available at the taproom, as of Thursday January 31.

Fargo Brewing Company

  • Ultra Citra Lighté – This new beer carries grapefruit, lime, and tropical fruit flavors with a light malt bill and soft body, the brewery says. 4.7% ABV.

Giesenbräu Bier Co.

  • Resilience Butte County Proud IPA

Imminent Brewing

  • Betty Lou’s Brown Ale – A 5.4% ABV, 35 IBU malty brown ale with biscuit, toasted bread, and subtle dark stone fruit characteristics, the brewery says.

Indeed Brewing Company

  • Barrel Aged Mexican Imperial Honey Lager – This limited beer was tapped on Monday at the brewery after spending 10 months in brandy barrels, which add oak and vanilla flavors to the honey lager.

Invictus Brewing Co.

  • Listening Through Static – A 5.7% ABV, 42 IBU hazy pale ale.
  • Vic Golden Spite SMaSH IPA – A raspberry-infused hazy pale ale at 5.7% ABV, 42 IBU.

Jack Pine Brewery

  • Experimental IPA #14 – A 7% ABV, 70 IBU old school IPA made with Centennial, Cascade, and Comet hops for notes of grapefruit and lemon, plus mild floral and spice notes.

Junkyard Brewing Co.

  • Basement Business Ale
  • Betsy Dark Secret – A “chocolate milkshake stout,” make with coffee, cocoa, peanut, and lactose. Brewed in collaboration with Modist, and released in tandem with their Betsy’s Bright Idea.
  • Big Kahuna – A malt-forward dark ale brewed with a heavy dose of coconut flakes for a Mounds bar character. 10.4% ABV and on tap now.
  • Party Store Pale Ale – Top Flight selection.
  • Scout Camp

Lakeville Brewing Company

  • Bowser’s Peach – A peach milkshake IPA that Lakeville describes as “A smooth bodied beer with a light hop aroma from dry additions of Azacca/Australian Summer hops and hints of peach from hot fermenting Norwegian yeast and sweet peach puree.” 7.0% ABV, 20 IBU.

Little Thistle Brewery

  • Chocolate Carrot Cake-inspired Milk Stout – This beer was made with 150 pounds of carrots from Pearson Organics, plus cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. It has earthy, sweet carrot notes, plus cinnamon and nutmeg spice with a chocolate finish. 6.5% ABV, 11 IBU.

Lupulin Brewing

  • Sno-Cruiser Special – A 9.0% ABV, 50 IBU porter currently available at the taproom.
  • Sycophant – A 9.0% ABV American strong ale.

Modist Brewing Co.

  • Betsy’s Bright Idea – Brewed in collaboration with Junkyard, this blonde milk stout features coffee, peanut, chocolate, and lactose, similar to the dark-hued Junkyard variation.

Pryes Brewing

  • Mass Haze-teria – A hazy IPA that’s juicy, hoppy, and tropical, the brewery says, with flavors such as orange, vanilla, berry, and tropical fruits. On tap this Saturday, February 2, and coming to 16-ounce cans soon.

Rogue Ales & Spirits

  • Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout – Rogue’s barrel-aged imperial stout with chocolate and coffee tones returns next month. The brewery then reuses the barrels once more by refilling them with whiskey that is sold as Rolling Thunder Stouted Whiskey.

Rustech Brewing

  • Apeel Me – A new wheat ale brewed with blood orange and grapefruit. 5.5% ABV, 27 IBU.
  • Cream Ale with Lemon – This limited beer was tapped last Saturday at the brewery.

Stacked Deck Brewing Co.

  • Queen of Snows – A winter ale made with cinnamon and grains of paradise, brewed in celebration of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival.

Surly Brewing Company

  • Death Comes in Threes – A Belgian-style tripel with complex fruit and spice notes. 9.7% ABV and available only at the Beer Hall.
  • Funeral Bar Stout Salted Chocolate – A companion to Tiramisu Funeral Bar Stout, this is a limited Beer Hall-only release.
  • Nitro Bender Oatmeal Brown Ale – A draft-only update on Bender.

Take 16 Brewing Company

  • Nostalgia – This is a mixed culture barrel-aged sour ale that taps this Saturday, February 2, at 2pm.

Under Pressure Brewing

Celebrating their grand opening in Golden Valley this weekend, this new brewery has 24 taplines, with eight currently pouring:

  • Amber Ale
  • Black IPA
  • California Common
  • Chocolate Cream Stout
  • Cream Ale
  • English Porter
  • London Brown Ale – Top Flight selection.
  • Smoked Ale

There will be a ribbon cutting at 4pm today, February 1.

Unmapped Brewing Co.

  • brütella – This hazelnut, chocolate, and lactose beer kicked off the new Doughn’t Ya Know Pastry Series last weekend.
  • Primetime Porter – A 7.0% ABV, 31 IBU porter.
  • Raspberry Sour Eclipse – A 5.1% ABV, 7 IBU sour ale.
  • Wee Sheets to the Wind – From the Beertender Series, this is an 8.3% ABV, 28 IBU wee heavy that is currently on tap at the brewery.

Urban Growler Brewing Company

Each day this week, Urban Growler featured a different coconut beer each day. Listed in order of release:

  • Mounds Oatmeal Stout
  • Coconut Cowbell Cream Ale
  • Coconut De-Lovely Porter
  • Mai Thai Cowbell Cream Ale
  • Coconut Curry IPA
  • Pina Colada White Stout

Venn Brewing Company

  • Saphir Dry Hopped Pils – Now available, this is a 5.9% ABV, 35 IBU German-style Pilsner dry-hopped with Saphir.

Wild Mind Artisan Ales

  • From the Abstract – An imperial rye stout conditions on cinnamon sticks, cacao nibs, and espresso. 12% ABV and available in bottles. It will return in a barrel-aged variation in the future, the brewery says.
  • Into Oblivion – Another imperial stout, this was conditioned on roasted coconut, vanilla beans, and a touch of lavender. 12% ABV and available in bottles. It will return in a barrel-aged variation in the future, the brewery says.
  • The Great Decay – A 13% ABV English-style barleywine with notes of caramel, nougat, and dates, the brewery says. Available in bottles, and set to return in a barrel-aged variation in the future.

Wooden Hill Brewing Company

  • Project Citra – A limited edition juicy IPA made its debut last weekend.


Seasonal or rotating returns

Dangerous Man Brewing Company's Peach Cobbler Ale // Photo via Dangerous Man Brewing Company Twitter

Dangerous Man Brewing Company’s Peach Cobbler Ale // Photo via Dangerous Man Brewing Company Twitter

12welve Eyes Brewing

  • Milkshake Mango IPA – “A dessert-style IPA brewed with oats, wheat, lactose, Citra hops, mango puree, and a hint of vanilla,” the brewery says.

Back Channel Brewing

  • Sixteen Times – A lager with malty sweetness, low hop bitterness, hop spice notes, and a soft finish, the brewery says. 5.25% ABV.

Badger Hill Brewing Company

  • Tiny Tanks – The hazy IPA is back at the taproom now. 

Bemidji Brewing

  • London Rey – An English brown ale that pours at 6.0% ABV. “Notes of dark bread crust, cocoa and caramel are paired with a soft, earthy finish courtesy of the rye,” the brewery says.

Bent Brewstillery

  • Gïga Lüpin – Bent is throwing a party on Friday, February 1 to celebrate the return of this triple IPA.

Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

  • Boysenberry Wilderness Tuxedo – This fruited kettle sour hits the taproom today before making its way to liquor stores next week.

Big Wood Brewery

  • Bad Axe – The imperial IPA is back, debuting at the taproom last weekend.

Dangerous Man Brewing Company

  • Peach Cobbler Ale – A dessert-inspired ale made with oats, wheat, milk sugar, plus peaches and cinnamon sticks.

Giesenbräu Bier Co.

  • BA Novy Praha Med – Available this Saturday at the brewery.

Hoops Brewing Company

  • #39 Keller Pils – “This lager has smooth floral notes and a mellow, citrus bitterness in the flavor and finish,” the brewery says. 5.9% ABV, 31 IBU.
  • #889 Cream Ale – An ale/lager blend, this golden-hued beer pours at 5.2% ABV, 31 IBU and finishes clean and crisp.

Left Hand Brewing Company

  • Wheels Gose ‘Round

Schell’s Brewing

  • Black Prism – Top Flight selection.

Urban Forage Winery and Ciderhouse

  • Cyser

Utepils Brewing

  • Springbok – Top Flight selection.

Venn Brewing Company

  • Triple Berry Sour – This 7.8% ABV kettle sour was made with blackberries, raspberries, and boysenberries.

Waconia Brewing Company

  • Chunka Chunka Peanut Butter Love – Tapped yesterday at the brewery.


Beers just announced

Bent Paddle Brewing Company’s Pôrdij Hazy IPA // Photo via Bent Paddle Brewing Company Twitter

Bell’s Brewery

After a few teasers in recent weeks, Bell’s unveiled the rest of their 2019 calendar this week. IN addition to beers mentioned in earlier editions of The Mash-Up, here is some of what the Michigan brewery has in store this year:

  • Arabicadabra Coffee Milk Stout – A bottles coffee milk stout. 5.5% ABV and scheduled for October.
  • Best Brown Ale – This fall favorite is 5.8% ABV and returns in September.
  • Cherry Stout – A 7% ABV November release.
  • Christmas Ale – This 7.4% winter ale returns in bottles in November.
  • Double IPA – Scheduled for September.
  • Double Two Hearted Ale – A double Two Hearted pale ale at a big 11% ABV will release in 4-pack, 12-ounce bottles this July.
  • Expedition Stout – Back in September at 10.5% ABV.
  • Hopsoulution Double IPA – A speciality release in Minnesota (and year round offering in Wisconsin and other select states), Hopsoulution is back in the Gopher State in April. 8% ABV.
  • Oberon Ale – March 25 is Oberon Day 2019.
  • Octoberfest Beer – A 5.5% ABV Oktoberfest is back in September.
  • Third Coast Old Ale – Bell’s will be brewing new bottles of this 10.2% ABV ale, available in September.
  • Smitten Ale – Back this May in 12-ounce bottles. 6% ABV.
  • Special Double Cream Stout – A 6.1% ABV cream stout scheduled for August.
  • Winter White Ale – Returning next November, 5% ABV.

The brewery will also release four beers in the Leaves of Grass series in May, July, September, and November.

Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

  • Pôrdij Hazy IPA – Hitting the taproom in Duluth on February 8 and coming to liquor stores soon after.

Birch’s on the Lake

  • Baltic Porter – This 7.8% ABV strong laged was aged cold for more than three months. It taps at Birch’s on the Lake on February 5.

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

Three beers in the members-only Journeys + Sidequests bottle club have been announced. The beers are typically experimental in nature.

  • Smith & Lentz collaboration – Brewed in collaboration with the Nashville-based brewery Smith & Lentz, this is a Czech-style dark lager fermented in rum barrels.
  • SuperKveik – This will be the first Journeys + Sidequests release, a Norwegian-style ale brewed with elderberries and tangerine, then fermented in gin barrels.
  • The Bee’s Knees – A collaboration with Marvel Bar, this beer is a sour wheat ale with honey, lemon, and botanicals, then fermented in gin barrels.

Fargo Brewing Company

  • Rye-Din Dirty – Valentine’s Day is on the horizon, which is when this rye stout infused with cacao nibs, nutmeg, sea sale, and lactose will make its debut. “Light additions of nutmeg and sea salt complement the rich spiced chocolatey-ness of this decadent beer,” Fargo says. 7.5 % ABV, 35 IBU.

Founders Brewing Co.

  • KBS – Save the date of March 15, 2019, when the popular bourbon barrel-aged chocolate and coffee imperial stout returns. This year’s version is 12.2% ABV and will be sold in 47 states in both 12-ounce bottles and 750-milliliter bottles.

Indeed Brewing Company

  • Pink Rabbit Pils – Available at the brewery this Valentine’s Day.

Insight Brewing

  • Peanut Butter & Chocolate Gravity Well Single Barrel Reserve – Insight will release five variants of Gravity Will Single Barrel Reserve this month, starting with this batch, aged in rum barrels, which will be served at HopCat’s Valentine’s Day beer dinner.

Lupine Brewing Company

  • Three Bandits – The coffee porter will return in February.

Stone Brewing

  • Grapefruit Slam IPA – Returning after a limited draft-only debut in 2014, this double IPA’s “bitter, zesty grapefruit peel infusion created a bright accent to flavors of pine resin and fresh citrus,” the brewery says. 8% ABV and available in bottles 22-ounce bottles and 12-ounce cans.

Surly Brewing Company

  • Chroma Key – This blueberry basil sour ale will be sold on draft only, starting next week. “This sour ale was barrel-aged with whole blueberries and rounded out with a hint of herbal basil for a funky complexity,” Surly says. 7.8% ABV.

Talking Waters Brewing Company

  • Zoomer Red – Returning soon, the brewery says.

Waconia Brewing Company

  • Belgian Quad – Returning to the taproo next week, on February 6.
  • Driftwood – Driftwood is back. Bottles go on sale on February 22.
  • Smooth Jass IPA – This IPA hits the brewery on February 15.

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