The Mash-Up: Beer for Winter Carnival Treasure Hunters Debuts

Bad Weather Brewing is debuting its Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt Dark Cream Ale this Saturday // Photo via Bad Weather Brewing Company's Instagram

Bad Weather Brewing is debuting its Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt Dark Cream Ale this Saturday // Photo via Bad Weather Brewing Company’s Instagram

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.

Dark beers define the new releases at many establishments this week, including seven special releases at FINNEGANS, and barrel-aged specialties from the likes of Lift Bridge, Tin Whiskers, Inbound, and more. In St. Paul, Bad Weather are joining the long-running Winter Carnival tradition with the release of their Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt dark cream ale.

It’s not all dark beers and cold thoughts, though. Several breweries are fighting the winter blues with boozy triple IPAs, and others are offering summer-minded lineups that feature crisp Pilsners, fruity session sours, and tropical coconut.



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.

Bad Weather Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt (St. Paul)

Bad Weather has teamed up with the Pioneer Press for an official beer for Winter Carnival 2019. Tapping at the brewery during a special release party on Saturday January 19, the cans of this dark cream ale feature art by frequent Growler contributor DWITT.

Bemidji Brewing Rye Keller Pils (Bemidji)

Available today, the brewery describes this traditional Kellerbier/Zwickelbier as having “notes of white wine, stone fruits, and herbal spice all rounded out by an earthy and malty rye finish.” 5.0% ABV, 30 IBU.

Lift Bridge Silhouette 2019 (Stillwater)

This year’s beer is described as complex, with notes of coffee, roasted malt, toffee, and black licorice. 11.2% ABV, 52 IBU. The brewery is hosting a release party this Saturday.

Unmapped Purgatory Pils

A light and crisp pilsner with a hint of zestiness, the brewery says. This 5.3% ABV, 22 IBU beer is now a year round staple.

Bent Brewstillery Pub Ale

Available at the taproom, this is an English golden bitter that pours at 3.7% ABV, 35 IBU. Made with 100 percent Irish Loughran IPA malt and Mighty Axe Cascade hops, Bent describes it as “Supple English biscuity malt, bright citrusy hoppy middle finishing soft, creamy and spicy on the end.”

New beers available this week (January 14–January 20)

Arrogrant Consortia Enter Night Pilsner // Photo courtesy Arrogant Brewing Company

Arrogrant Consortia Enter Night Pilsner // Photo courtesy Arrogant Brewing Company


  • You Asked For This – A brown ale made with Minnesota-grown malt and hand-harvested Minnesota wild rice that 612 says offers flavors of honey, earthy hops, and granola. 5.3% ABV, 23 IBU.

Arrogant Consortia

  • Enter Night Pilsner – A new collaborative Pilsner brewed by this Stone imprint and rock band Metallica. “Aside from its intense drinkability, craft enthusiasts will note Enter Night’s remarkable flavor and aroma which artfully combine the beauty of a traditional Northern German Pilsner with Arrogant Consortia’s modern overtones of aggression,” the brewery says, adding that it has a prominent hoppiness and bitter finish that defy the traditional pilsner style. Available in the US now and hitting international markets later this year. 5.7% ABV, 45 IBU.

Back Channel Brewing

  • Gonzo – “Gonzo was written to be a dank IPA, strung together by a huge nose of fresh strawberry, orange creamsicle, and squeezed citrus,” the brewery says. 6.75% ABV, 58 IBU.

Bad Weather Brewing Company Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt

  • Black Currant/Guava Anomaly – Tapped last weekend in limited quantity.
  • Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt – Top Flight selection.

Barrel Theory Beer Company

  • FILO Dreams – A baklava-inspired stout brewed to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Ansari’s Mediterranean Grill, available at the restaurant and at the brewery’s taproom.

Bauhaus Brew Labs

  • Macho Picchu – This saison kicks of the new Haus Curiosities program, where limited one-off beers will be served only at the taproom. This is a 6.7% ABV, 30 IBU fruity and spicy saison.

Bemidji Brewing

  • Rye Keller Pils – Top Flight selection.

Bent Brewstillery

  • Pub Ale – Top Flight selection.

Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

  • Hazy Dank Fruity DDH Pale Ale – A pilot system pale ale available at the taproom in Duluth.

BlackStack Brewing

  • Belly Dance – A 10% ABV triple IPA brewed with Galaxy, Cashmere, Mosaic and Nelson hops to mark Ansari’s tenth anniversary. Available now.

Bobbing Bobber Brewing Company

  • Hibernation – A 4.4% ABV, 30 IBU sweet stout, available on nitro at the brewery.

Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative

  • Side Action – This is a new West Coast IPA with hoppy, piney flavors and notes of lemon and lime peel. Available this weekend at the taproom. 6.4% ABV, 70 IBU.

Canal Park Brewing Company

  • Resilience Butte County Proud IPA – Tapped last Saturday at the brewpub and available in limited supply.

Clutch Brewing Co.

  • 4-Stroke – An imperial version of Two Stroke American pale ale, made with Desert Bloom Honey from Worker B. 9% ABV.
  • Hypnotoad – A New England-style IPA, tapped last Friday.

Dangerous Man Brewing Company

  • Coffee Vanilla Double Stout – An 8.3% ABV robust double stout that also features Belgian candi sugar, lactose, coffee, and vanilla beans.
  • Pineapple Passionfruit Milkshake IPA – “Big flavors of pineapple, passionfruit, over ripe stone fruits, and tropical vanilla,” the brewery says of this new milkshake IPA.

Earth Rider Brewery

  • 1332 Vienna Lager – Named for the depth of Lake Superior, “1332 is a brilliantly clear and light amber beer with subtle floral-spicy hop and toasty malt aromas. Bready, toasty malt flavors with a hint of dark fruit. Finishes clean and dry,” the brewery says. 5.2% ABV, 24 IBU.

Excelsior Brewing Company

  • Imperial Peanut Butter Cup Stout – Now available.

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

  • Party Forward – A hazy IPA made with Citra hops and lemongrass.
  • Resilience Butte County Proud IPA

Fernson Brewing Company

  • Resilience Butte County Proud IPA


FINNEGANS celebrates Dark Week all week long, from January 13–19. After kicking things off with the Sunday tapping of Smoked Baltic Porter, the brewery taps the following throughout the week:

  • Dark Rage Milk Stout – Tapped on Monday, “This chocolate-forward milk stout was brewed with lactose sugar giving the beer a creamy silk-like mouthfeel, smooth, and slightly sweet finish,” the brewery says. 6.66% ABV.
  • Black Tartan Scottish Stout – An 8.5% ABV stout brewed with maple syrup and peat-smoked malt. It offers a creamy mouthfeel with maple up front and a smoky peat finish with a notable chocolate presence. Tapped on Tuesday.
  • Red Lodge Oatmeal Spruce Tips Porter – Assistant brewer Logan McLean personally picked the Montana blue spruce tips that define this 6.9% ABV porter, which has strong piney notes, complemented by notes of lemon and orange with perfumey characteristics. Available as of Wednesday, January 16.
  • Dark Chocolate Mint Stout – Available since Thursday, this is an American stout with dark cocoa nibs and mint leaves. Fresh, green mint complements the chocolate flavor. 6.2% ABV.
  • Bourbon Barrel-Aged Dead Irish Poet Extra Stout – Pouring Friday, January 18, this variation of the flagship stout has a hot bourbon aroma and subtle stone fruit and vanilla notes.
  • Caorthannach – Pouring Saturday, January 19, this is a “burly Russian imperial stout” that pours at 9% ABV, 85 IBU, with dark chocolate and dark fruit flavors underneath a big, dry, and roasty base.
  • Barrel-Aged Caorthannach – At 10.3% ABV, this limited offering of the Russian imperial stout was aged in pinot noir barrels that were then reused for whiskey. It’s rich with notes of raisin, plum, vanilla, smoke, and chocolate with a fruity pinot finish. Also available on Saturday, January 19.

Forager Brewery

  • Happiness Layer – This German cake inspired ale released in limited form last week, offering flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla, toasted coconut, and roasted nuttiness.
  • Mexican Mocha – Released in limited supply last week on January 10. A 10.2% ABV dark ale brewed with lactose, cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, chili peppers, cinnamon, and coffee.

Foxhole Brewhouse

  • Ry’s Rye IPA – On tap now, the brewery describes this red IPA is described as a little spicy, a little hoppy, a little malty, and a little floral.

Garphish Brewing Company

  • Shut Your Von Trapp – A golden hefeweizen with slight banana and clove notes, the brewery says, plus slightly sweet, bready, and grainy flavors.

Giesenbrau Bier Co.

  • Hop Cones of Dunshire – A double IPA brewed to show off Idaho 7 and Azacca hops, making it a juicy and tropical IPA.

Inbound BrewCo

  • Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout – Inbound RIS after aging in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels. “The result of five months of barrel aging is a rich, fruity-estery, and slightly sweet Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout,” the brewery says. Available in 750-milliliter bottles. 11.4% ABV, 77 IBU.

Indeed Brewing Company

  • High & Dry Infused with Orange Zest – Orange zest-infused High & Dry Brut IPA, available at the taproom. “The addition of juicy orange zest balances out the residual dryness of the base brew,” Indeed says.
  • Lemonade Lucy – Thinking of summer, Indeed’s taproom is also serving a citrusy, tart, and lemon-infused Lucy session sour.

Lift Bridge Brewing Co.

  • Blue Sparkleberrry – A new hard seltzer that makes its debut at the Snowball Formal and Silhouette release party this Saturday at the brewery.

Lost Sanity Brewing

  • Cocoa Lucidity – A chocolate milk stout, “Cocoa Lucidity is a midnight black stout with a cocoa forward nose, and hints of coffee. It is rich and sweet up front, with a silky smooth pallet feel that finishes clean,” the brewery says.
  • Full Pulp NE IPA – A 7.0% ABV, 42 IBU New England-style IPA.

Lupulin Brewing

  • Fjord Stomper – An 8.75% ABV, 70 IBU double IPA.

Prairie Brothers Brewing Company

  • Radegast – A 6.45% ABV hazy amber ale. Out now courtesy of the Fargo brewery.
  • Space Force – A Brut IPA, out now.

Revelation Ale Works

  • Double Brown Ale

Roets Jordan Brewery

  • Jordan Pale – An American pale ale made with Cashmere hops. 5.6% ABV, 40 IBU.
  • Roets Porter – A 5.2% ABV, 40 IBU mocha porter.
  • Superfruit – This 12% ABV beer includes tart cherry, ginger, and lemongrass.

Shakopee Brewhall

  • Loki’s Daughter – A 5.3% ABV, 17 IBU Munich-style helles lager.

Spilled Grain Brewhouse

  • SMaSH Series #7 (Eracle-Celeia) – A 5.5% ABV, 22 IBU European lager with light biscuit and honey notes plus noble hops.

Spiral Brewery

  • Chocolate Bottoms Porter

Stone Brewing

  • Tropic of Thunder Lager – California’s Stone Brewing’s newest year-round release, a 5.8% ABV lager featuring aromas of citrus, pineapple and coconut, and flavors of lime, orange and passion fruit.

Tin Whiskers Brewing Company

  • Barrel-Aged Barleywine – Available today, this is a rye whiskey barrel-aged English barleywine, available on tap and in Crowlers in limited supply.

Urban Growler Brewing Company

  • Vanilla Latte Blonde Ale – “A smooth blonde ale infused with vanilla and a special blend of light espresso roasts from St. Paul’s own TrueStone Coffee Roasters,” the brewery says. “Lactose adds a creamy subtle sweetness.” 5.6% ABV, 15 IBU.

Wicked Wort Brewing Company

  • Goodnight Moon Smoked Vanilla Porter – A 7% ABV, 26 IBU smoked porter that the brewery described as smooth and chocolatey with the addition of vanilla beans in the process.

Wild Mind Artisan Ales

  • Yesterday’s Weather – A West Coast IPA with “a punch of citrus flavor, a dank nose, and a bitter finish,” the brewery says.


Seasonal or rotating returns

Castle Danger Brewing Company's North Shore Lager // Photo via Castle Danger Brewing Company Twitter

Castle Danger Brewing Company’s North Shore Lager // Photo via Castle Danger Brewing Company Twitter

12welve Eyes Brewing

  • Mighty Axe Cataracts – A new batch of Cataracts hazy IPA was made with Mighty Axe Hops-grown Comet, Centennial, and Chinook.

Angry Inch Brewing

  • Resolution Ale

Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

  • Doppelbock – Now available in 6-packs.

Castle Danger Brewery

  • North Shore Lager

Earth Rider Brewery

  • Spirit Mountain Double IPA – Featuring Simcoe, Centennial, and Columbus hops, this DIPA is back at the brewery.

Foxhole Brewhouse

  • Wimpy – This 11.3% ABV triple IPA is back on tap at the brewery.

Hoops Brewing Company

  • #189 Mango Wheat – A 5% ABV, 18 IBU mango wheat ale with a light body and clean finish, Hoops says.

Imminent Brewing

  • Snow Crush Mole Porter – A porter brewed with house-smoked and roasted red Anaheim peppers and chocolate.

Indeed Brewing Company

  • L.S.D. – Lavender, Sunflower Honey, and Dates Ale is back on tap at the brewery (and it will be back in cans later this spring).

Junkyard Brewing Co.

  • Guava Passionfruit Super Slurp

Lift Bridge Brewing Co.

  • Silhouette 2019 – Top Flight selection.
  • BA Silhouette – Lift Bridge’s taproom will be selling a limited run of Silhouette Russian Imperial Stout aged in Laphroaig Scotch barrels.

LynLake Brewery

  • Suck Me Sideways – A raspberry kettle sour that’s 4.4% ABV, 10 IBU and tart.

Roets Jordan Brewery

  • Bearded Lad – A Scottish export ale at 6.2% ABV, 18 IBU.
  • Roets Sour – A kettle sour made with mango and sea salt. 5% ABV, 10 IBU.

Sisyphus Brewing

  • Cake Beer – Sisyphus will throw a “4.5 birthday party” on Saturday, January 19. The lineup will feature the return of this beer, made with real cake in the mash, along with other special selections.

Prairie Brothers Brewing Company

  • Brothers Raspberry Sour

Town Hall Brewery

  • 6HT – The Anniversary Week double milk stout aged on coconut is available on nitro now.
  • E.T. Wee – This week’s featured bourbon barrel-aged beer at the 7 Corners brewery location.
  • Baltic Red – This week’s featured wine barrel-aged beer at the 7 Corners brewery location.
  • Wee Heavy – The Scottish wee heavy base beer that becomes E.T. Wee after aging.

Unmapped Brewing Co.

  • Purgatory Pils – Top Flight selection.

Urban Growler Brewing Company

  • Oatmeal Stout – Served on nitro at the brewery, this stout has a subtle roastiness with hints of cocoa and coffee, the brewery says. 5.6% ABV, 27 IBU.

Utepils Brewing

  • Keller Pils – Back on tap at the brewery.

Beers just announced

Dangerous Man Brewing Company's Cafe Miel Russian Imperial Stout // Photo via Dangerous Man Brewing Company Twitter

Dangerous Man Brewing Company’s Cafe Miel Russian Imperial Stout // Photo via Dangerous Man Brewing Company Twitter

Badger Hill Brewing Company

  • Tiny Tanks – The hazy IPA is back at the taproom on January 29.

Bad Weather Brewing Company

  • Ordinary Bitter – Coming soon, at 3.3% ABV, Bad Weather says.

Barrel Theory Beer Company

  • Ice Cream Social – A Willett bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout with strawberry, vanilla, cacao, and marshmallow, to be served at Winterfest on January 25.

Bent Brewstillery

  • Gïga Lüpin – The triple IPA will return on February 1, beginning with a release party at the Roseville taproom.

Dangerous Man Brewing Company

  • Cafe Miel Russian Imperial Stout – A Russian imperial stout made with local honey and aged  in Heaven Hill and George Dickel barrels will make its debut on February 21.

Dual Citizen Brewing Company

Dual Citizen will celebrate its first anniversary next weekend by introducing a new barrel-aged bottling program and re-releasing other favorites.

  • B.A. Cromwell – A Baltic porter that lagered for two months in Vikre whiskey barrels. 8% ABV, 30 IBU, and available in 750-milliliter bottles on Saturday, January 26.
  • B.A. Grand – Aged for four months in Vikre whiskey barrels, this is a 10% ABV, 60 IBU imperial stout to be sold in 750-milliliter bottles on Friday, January 25.
  • Dayton – Available next Thursday, this saison pours at 8.0% ABV, 25 IBU and was aged for three months in French Bordeaux red wine barrels.
  • Grand – A limited amount of Batch #1 of the imperial stout returns on January 25 to celebrate the brewery’s first anniversary.
  • Mt. Curve – A farmhouse ale with mango that returns on Thursday, January 24.

Indeed Brewing Company

  • Lucy Infused with Orange Zest – “We took our kettle sour with passion fruit, lemon grass, and orange peel and upped the ante with the addition of fresh orange zest,” Indeed says. Coming soon to the taproom.
  • Rum King with Dogwood Neon Espresso and Vanilla Bean – The second release in Indeed’s one-off can series takes Rum King imperial stout and adds coffee and vanilla. “Upon first approach, the aroma screams fresh poured espresso and deep vanilla. Your first sip will be met with sharp layers of bitter chocolate quickly softened by the velvet of vanilla beans and balanced by the acidity of espresso,” says brewer Jon Eager. It will be sold in 12-ounce 4-pack cans with limited distribution, starting the week of January 21.

Kilstone Brewing

  • Carl’s Cascadian Dark Ale – An upcoming black IPA.
  • Carry the Load Porter

Lift Bridge Brewing Co.

The Lift Bridge hard seltzer line-up of Northwoods Juice Box, St. Croix Berries, Voyageur Citrus and Island Time Tropical Blend, currently available only at the taproom in Stillwater, will be sold in cans later this spring.

Modist Brewing Co.

  • TBD – Modist and Junkyard teamed up on a soon to release beer that will be served at an upcoming Pig Ate My Pizza event on January 27.

Northbound Brewpub & Smokehouse

  • Snownami – Made with raspberry, plus eleven pounds of hand-shredded chocolate. Returns to the brewpub on January 23.

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.

Sociable Cider Werks

  • Mead for Speed – A new sparkling honey mead, coming soon.

Steel Toe Brewing

  • Munich-style Dunkel – Steel Toe says they’ll be pouring this new beer at Winterfest on Friday, January 25, alongside an unnamed barrel-aged offering.

Tin Whiskers Brewing Company

  • Coconut Vanilla Imperial Porter – “Join us in the taproom on Friday, January 25, for the release of our Coconut Vanilla Imperial Porter, aged on heaps of coconut and vanilla beans from Reunion Island,” the brewery says.

Urban Growler Brewing Company

Beginning January 29, Urban Growler will feature 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

Utepils Brewing

  • Springbok – Returns on February 2 at Utepils’ second anniversary party.

Wild Mind Artisan Ales

  • Brice – Another release in honor of Ansari’s Mediterranean Grill’s tenth anniversary, Brice is a foeder-aged solera golden sour ale named for a departed friend. “Brice was conditioned on blackcurrants, boysenberries, and pinot grigio grapes to create a complex beer/wine hybrid with notes of cherries, wild berries, and oak. This ale has been in a foeder and barrels for over 24 months before being hand-corked, crowned, and bottle conditioned,” the brewery says. Bottles will debut on January 26.

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