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It was a different kind of week for everyone. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, taprooms have temporarily closed, St. Patrick’s Day passed without public celebration, and The Growler announced an immediate hiatus to weather the storm. But that doesn’t mean the beer, or the party, is gone. Minnesota made it until 2011 without a single taproom in the state, after all. We’ll get through the challenge—but likely at a heavy cost to brewery owners and their staff.
In the meantime, many beers are still available at liquor stores, and many breweries have adapted their businesses for to-go containers and curbside pickup. The Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild made a handy map of every brewery in the state selling beer to-go from their taprooms.
This week, Utepils announced the launch of the Silver Linings Fund, a project they say is intended to help “our industry family members in times of need.” The fund will raise capital through collect monetary donations (you can donate now at the GoFundMe page) as well as through a series of beers brewed by Utepils Brewing titled the “Silver Linings Series,” where 100% of the proceeds from every pint sold will go towards the “The Silver Linings Fund.” The first beer in the series will be announced in the coming weeks.
Several of this week’s previously announced beers are available in some type of packaged form, but admittedly this list is much harder to maintain in the rapidly changing climate. We did our best to compile a list of what’s new and exciting: Barley John’s celebrates two decades in New Brighton, BlackStack has a triple IPA for its third anniversary, and Forager’s sister company, Humble Forager, is hitting metro liquor stores now.
Stay safe, support local businesses (and not just breweries) by mail ordering some merchandise, and start planning for healthier days ahead. In what will be the last column of The Mash-Up for the foreseeable future, here is this week’s Top Flight.
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.
Earth Rider Navigator Doppelbock
“Navigator Doppelbock is a malt-driven, rite-of-spring amber German lager featuring toasty caramel malt aromas and flavors,” the brewery says. 8.5% ABV, 35 IBU.
Humble Forager Elevated Perspective
The first release from Forager’s sister company, Humble Forager, is a double IPA made with Vic Secret, Galaxy and Sultana hops and is available in specialty liquor stores in the Twin Cities metro area, coming to draft when pub restrictions are lifted.
Junkyard Taking Care of Biscuits
A 6.0%% ABV cookie stout made with cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, Nilla wafers, and cocoa powder.
Sisyphus Jim Beam Me Up
To help spur sales for curbside pickup, Sisyphus is releasing cellared barrel-aged beers, including this imperial stout.
Venn Batch #298 Belgian Tripel
Newly tapped and available in to-go crowlers and growlers, this is a Belgian-style tripel with spicy and fruity character. 9.0% ABV, 30 IBU.
New beers available this week (March 16–March 22)
- Solarama Crush – A double dry-hopped spring seasonal made with honey from flowering solar farms, Kernza grain, and 100% pollinator-friendly solar energy along with Citra, Loral, Zeus, Amarillo, and Eureka hops. 7.3% ABV, 30 IBU.
Able Seedhouse + Brewery
- Propers – This is a British-inspired pub ale with hearty bread, biscuit, toffee, caramel, and honey flavors. “Using English hops was a necessity, and the Fuggle and Challenger hops pair perfectly to the malt with their woody, minty, and fruity flavors,” the brewery says. 4.5% ABV, 24 IBU. Available in liquor stores next Monday.
Alloy Brewing Company
- Midnight Snack Chocolate Stout – A rich dessert stout made with a heavy malt bill and 12 pounds of cocoa nibs. Three variants were to be available at the brewery’s now-cancelled St. Patrick’s Day party: Raspberry, Mint, Salted Caramel. 6.8% ABV, 38 IBU.
Avery Brewing Co.
- Paws & Claws IPA – Coming in late March, Avery calls this a hop-forward and dank IPA that merges East and West Coast styles, but dry-hopping classic hop varieties in new ways.
Bad Weather Brewing Company
- Anomaly – Passionfruit
- Bohemian Pilsner – Originally to debut on March 28 at a bock poking party, Bad Weather is rewarding fans with an early release to fight the social distancing doldrums. Available in Crowlers from the brewery.
- Dunkels Bock – Originally to debut on March 28 at a bock poking party, Bad Weather is rewarding fans with an early release available in Crowlers from the brewery.
Barley John’s Brewpub
- Anniversary Ale – The brewpub in New Brighton celebrates 20 years next week.
- Thirst Encounters of the Third Kind – A limited 10.0% ABV triple dry-hopped IPA for BlackStack’s third anniversary. Available at liquor stores first, with Crowlers to come later.
Blue Wolf Brewing Co.
- Hot Bod – “This juicy, hazy style hits the citrus notes that you love without that slap in the face of a traditional IPA” the brewery says of this strong ale.
Clutch Brewing Co.
- North Channel Irish Coffee Stout
- Sigma Sour – With pineapple and strawberry
Dangerous Man Brewing Company
- El Mango Dorado – As the name suggests, this beer showcases El Dorado hops and mango “to create a super juicy, bright, and hop-forward IPA,” the brewery says. They continue, “El Dorado hops are known for its juicy stone fruit and tropical notes, along with a well balanced bitterness. The slight creamy, tropical and pine notes from the mango compliment the hops in this beer.”
Drastic Measures Brewing
- Gold Digger Smooth Sour – Kettle-soured with Kefir and Greek yogurt and dry-hopped with Sabro hops and conditioned on pineapple, coconut, and cream of coconut.. 6.8% ABV.
- Overlord Pastry Sour – A 7% ABV beer with tropical punch, tangerine, and marshmallow fluff.
Earth Rider Brewery
- Navigator Doppelbock – Top Flight entry
Firestone Walker Brewing Company
- Parabola – The 11th iteration of this Russian imperial stout, “Parabola was aged in premier bourbon barrels for up to 12 months, resulting in a bold beer with notes of black cherry, dark chocolate, tobacco and plum with a 13.6% ABV,” Firestone Walker says.
- Jon’s Scotch Ale
- Raspberry Wheat
Great Lakes Brewing Company
- Hazy – A new one-off IPA of the hazy variety. The beer offers balanced flavors with notes of grapefruit and stone fruit. Available Monday, March 16.
Humble Forager Brewery
- Elevated Perspective – Top Flight entry
- Petal Pounder – After a popular infusion last year, Petal Pounder will now permanently feature mango, Inbound says. The mango hibiscus saison is back in Crowlers now and will be sold in cans later this spring.
Junkyard Brewing Co.
- Berry Me Terminal Delight – A “mixed berry cream soda sour,” the brewery says.
- Fancy Footwork – An 8.0% ABV New England-style double IPA.
- Taking Care of Biscuits – Top Flight entry
Lakes & Legends Brewing Company
- Fuzzy Feelin’ – A new 4.8% ABV peach kettle sour.
Lupulin Brewing Company
- Belgian Blonde – A 6.5% ABV Belgian-style blonde ale.
- Dortmunder – A 5.5% lager.
Number 12 Cider
- Humble Farmer – A semi-dry cider made with notes of tangerine, retro wax candy, and spearmint, Number 12 says. 8.2% ABV.
- Seis Seis Seis: The Marg Of The Beast – Made with lime and sea salt, this is a margarita sour sold in Crowlers at liquor stores and the brewery.
- Smoked Wheat Erryday – A smoked wheat ale with pineapple, chipotle, and lactose. 7% ABV and sold in 12-ounce can 4-packs.
- Jim Beam Me Up – Top Flight entry
Tin Whiskers Brewing Company
- Shamrock Roboshake IPA – A Shamrock Shake inspired mint beer, released for St. Patrick’s Day and available from the brewery.
Town Hall Brewery
- Smoked Porter – Pouring black in color with ruby highlights, this smoked porter is 7% ABV and offers dark sweet fruit, chocolate, and caramel character with added smoky depth from the use of beechwood smoked malt.
Venn Brewing Company
- Batch #298 Belgian Tripel – Top Flight entry
Waconia Brewing Company
- Flashpoint Vanilla Cream Ale – Scheduled for release this week.
Beers just announced
Dangerous Man Brewing Company
- Black Strap Rum Barrels – “Rich with malt and molasses-forward notes and while swirls of butterscotch, caramel, and a light smoke dance throughout,” the brewery says of this beer, originally scheduled for a bottle release this week but indefinitely delayed.
- Imperial Rye Braggot – Aged in Tattersall rye whiskey barrels and brewed with wildflower honey, this beer was to debut in bottles this week but has been delayed. “Bright rye, oak, and honey notes with undertones of light caramel and spice. Oh so smooth,” Dangerous Man says.
Grain Belt Beer
- N’Icebreaker – An upcoming 5.0% ABV hard seltzer that will be sold in 12-packs containing prickly pear and guava flavors, tentatively scheduled for a pre-Memorial Day release.
Junkyard Brewing Co.
- Australian Cheat Codes – A New England-style triple IPA.
- New Zealand Cheat Codes – A New England-style triple IPA.
Steel Toe Brewing
- Barrel Aged Before the Dawn – Brewed last week with plans to age in whiskey barrels.
- Silver Lining Series – A new charitable beer series from which 100% of proceeds will go to fund the Silver Linings Fund—a new project intended to support industry folks in need. The first beer in the series will be announced in the coming weeks.
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