The Mash-Up: Donuts, dinosaurs, and fruited sour beers to kick off summer

Photo via Urban Growler Brewing Company

Photo via Urban Growler Brewing Company

With over 150 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.

Donut beers? The Science Museum and BlackStack Brewing working together? We’ve seen stranger things.

With several new hazy IPAs on the market, unique ingredient beers, and numerous fruited sours and hefeweizens quenching summer thirst, it’s a good time to be enjoying the Minnesota summer. Whether that means watching the Twins claw their way up the standings, hitting the lake, or going golfing, there are plenty new offerings this week to make those activities all the more enjoyable.

Here’s a taste of what’s out there.



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.

BlackStack Brewing Thunder Lizard IPA

This Science Museum collaboration is a 7.2% ABV, double dry hopped IPA made with Minnesota-grown Mighty Axe hops. Pours a hazy straw color and bursts with Falconer’s Flight, Vic’s Secret, Azacca, and some Zeus hops. The beer debuted on June 5 at a special thank you event hosted by the Science Museum of Minnesota at BlackStack’s taproom. Limited supply. 

Urban Growler Rhubarb Wit

The first Plow to Pint series beer, Rhubarb Wit is now an annual summer beer that is back on tap and will be in cans soon. “A Belgian Style wit ale that’s very pale and cloudy in appearance. The crispness and twang comes from wheat. The slight tartness in the background comes from Minnesota Rhubarb.  Highly carbonated and lightly spiced with orange peel and coriander, this is a refreshing summer favorite,” says the brewery.

Bent Brewstillery Sint Whosit

An amped up version of the brewery’s St. Whatshername, Sint Whosit is a Belgian strong golden ale that was fermented dry and conditioned with Brett. “Notes of gentle funk, vanilla wafers, bitter orange, white peach, an estery sweet middle yet finishing completely digestible and lecherously spicy. Clean cut, weak willed yet rippingly strong and thoroughly funky,” the brewery says. A single keg will be tapped at the brewstillery today, with 750-milliliter bottles hitting stores next week. 11.0% ABV, 35 IBU.

Brewing Projekt  & New Belgium IV

Colorado’s New Belgium collaborated with Eau Claire’s The Brewing Projekt on IV, the official beer of the 2018 Eaux Claires Festival. It’s a hazy pale ale that is available in 16-ounce cans now and will be sold at the July 6–7 festival as well. 5% ABV. 

Dangerous Man Pineapple Hibiscus Donut Ale

As Dangerous Man describes it, “Pineapple Hibiscus Donut is an amber ale brewed with flaked oats, biscuit malt, candied sugar, lactose, hibiscus, pineapple, and of course 350 plain cake donuts.” 6.3% ABV, 25 IBU.

New beers available this week (June 4 – June 10)

The Skedaddler IPA // Photo courtesy Stone Brewing Company

The Skedaddler IPA // Photo courtesy Stone Brewing Company

10K Brewing

  • Bittersweet Street

12welve Eyes Brewing

  • Batch 100 – An imperial rye stout brewed with toasted coconut with added cold brew coffee. “This beer is taproom-only due to the fact that half the batch was used to start our barrel program,” the brewery explains. 8.7% ABV.
  • Britney Beers – “A 5% ABV American blonde ale that’s slightly sweet, light, clean and extra drinkable,” says 12welve Eyes.
  • Cataracts: Simcoe – The next edition of 12welve Eyes’ Hazy IPA series clocks in at 5.9% ABV and highlights Simcoe hops for fruit and pine notes.
  • Sour Juice – This kettle sour is fermented with an IPA yeast strain and dry-hopped with Citra, Mosaic and Simcoe hops. 3.8% ABV.

56 Brewing

  • Fuzzy Lil Pucker – A new peach kettle sour, tapped today.

Barley John’s Brewing Company

  • ESB – 4.8% ABV and available at the New Richmond taproom.
  • French Saison – 7.2% ABV and available at the New Richmond taproom.
  • Raspberry Truffle Coffee Porter – 8% ABV and available at the New Richmond taproom.

Barrel Theory Beer Company

  • Powerglide – “Double IPA with Enigma, Citra, Galaxy, and Nelson Sauvin hops. 8.2% ABV. This beer was brewed as a collaboration with Three Chiefs Brewing Co.,” the brewery says.

Bent Brewstillery

  • Obst Hefe – A south German-style wheat ale. 4.8% ABV, 15 IBU.
  • Sint Whosit – Top Flight selection.

BlackStack Brewing

  • Thunder Lizard IPA – Top Flight selection.

Bobbing Bobber Brewing Co.

  • 5 O’clock Shadow – Cream ale on cold pressed coffee

Brau Brothers Brewing Co.

  • Lemonaid – A 4% ABV berry shandy, now on tap at the brewery.

Dangerous Man Brewing Company

  • Brut Bellini IPA – Dry-hopped and low IBU, this is an aromatic IPA fermented with a mild dose of peach. 6.2% ABV, 15 IBU.
  • Pineapple Hibiscus Donut Ale – Top Flight selection.

Disgruntled Brewing

  • Schickimicki – A summer Kölsch-style ale that “exhibits subdued maltiness, a slight floral hop aroma and brilliant clarity,” the brewery says. 7.5% ABV, 19 IBU, 3.7 SRM.

Dual Citizen Brewing Company

  • Pelham – A new Pilsner, now on tap.
  • Polk Belgian IPA


  • Golden Halo Belgian Ale – An 8.0% ABV Belgian Tripel.

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

  • Tom Danks – An extra dank IPA made with Mighty Axe-grown Zeus hops. At the taproom now.

Invictus Brewing

  • My Wheat One – A hoppy American wheat ale.

Junkyard Brewing Company

  • Experimental Strawberry Sour – A strawberry Berliner weisse, kettle soured with brettanomyces, strawberry puree, and toasted oak.
  • HBC 342 Experimental IPA – A West Coast-style IPA with the new HBC 342 hop variety “to give a resiny, yet slightly fruity, hop character,” the brewery says. Available in Crowlers. 6.8% ABV, 75 IBU.
  • Monkstache – Top Flight selection.
  • Raspberry Super Slurp – A raspberry fruited sour with vanilla and lactose. 6.5% ABV.

Kilstone Brewing

  • Lemon Polyphonic Pale Ale – “Brewed with a hefty amount of lemongrass and Lemondrop [sic] hops, this beer gets an extra addition of lemon drop that brings those pleasant citrus notes front and center,” the brewery says.

Lakefront Brewery

  • Brandy Barrel-Aged Cherry Lager – A deep red lager, Lakefront says this beer features “Strong brandy overtones of fresh cut oak, tobacco, and red fruit greet the nose, followed by notes of toffee and marzipan. The taste echoes the aroma with intense brandy flavors of wood, vanilla, and mild black pepper, with tart cherry and toasty caramel malt in close pursuit.” 7.3% ABV, 10 IBU.
  • Mosaic Blonde Ale – The latest in the Single Hop Series, this blonde ale has notes of blueberry, orange blossom, and bubble gum to complement a soft, malty sweetness. 5.0% ABV, 28 IBU.
  • My Turn: Kenny – “Expect a deep, dark brown pour, moderate roasted malt aroma, and caramel flavor that just won’t quit,” the brewery says. 9.0% ABV, 19 IBU.

Lupine Brewing Company

  • Kilted Maple Scottish Ale – This beer came out on May 30 in a limited bottle release, but is also on tap at the brewery. With rich caramel, the malt-forward beer is complemented by a maple finish, the brewery says. 9.4% ABV, 33 IBU.
  • Prickly Nibbler – “A hazy pale ale with a tropical aroma and light citrus finish,” says Lupine. 5.7% ABV, 42 IBU.

Lupulin Brewing Company

  • Highway 10 – Released this week, “Highway 10 is an American wheat beer that is perfectly light for summer quaffing,” according the brewery. 4.5% ABV, 12 IBU.
  • Sexy Hops – this IPA is brewed “with the sexiest hops available today,” claims Lupulin. 6% ABV 50 IBU.

New Belgium Brewing

  • IV – Colorado’s New Belgium collaborated with Eau Claire’s The Brewing Projekt on IV, the official beer of the 2018 Eaux Claires Festival. It’s a hazy pale ale that is available in 16-ounce cans now and will be sold at the July 6-7 festival as well. 5% ABV.

Rustech Brewing

  • Gear Changer – A new pale ale.

Stone Brewing

  • The Skedaddler IPA – A collaboration with fellow San Diegans Societe Brewing Company, the draft-only IPA is built to showcase a hop-forward flavor with citrus, stone fruit, and tropical notes. 7% ABV.

Surly Brewing Company

  • Coconut Bender – Surly’s Beer Hall offering for Cask Saturday, June 9.
  • Direct Current  – A hazy IPA with a juicy orange and grapefruit hop flavor, the brewery says. On draft only, beginning next week.
  • Horchata-inspired Cynic with Marcona Almond, Vanilla and Carolina Rice – Surly’s Beer Hall offering for Infusion Tuesday on June 5.
  • Lime Lager – Available at all Pizza Lucé locations starting next week, this lager features lime juice, lime zest, and sea salt.
  • Zest Crazed American Pale Ale – “Bright hop aromatics and juicy zest from grapefruit and lemon combine in our citrus-heavy take on the American pale ale,” Surly says. This BC Small Batch series release will be sold in 16-ounce four-packs. 5.5% ABV.

Tilion Brewing Company

  • 2 Day Weekend – New England-style IPA

Tin Whiskers Brewing Company

  • Brut IPA – Tapping today, this Fourier Series IPA is inspired by the fizzy, crispy and dryness of brut champagne. 6% ABV, 27 IBU.

Urban Growler Brewing Company

  • Golden Hammer IPA – On tap now, this is a revised recipe of the popular Golden Spike IPA, returning as a new flagship in place of Big Boot Rye IPA (which will still be made sporadically by the brewery).

Venn Brewing Company

  • Kölsch – 5.3% ABV, 25 IBU, and currently available.

Wicked Wort Brewing Company

  • El Kabong IIIPA – Triple IPA pouring at 11.5% ABV, 80 IBU.
  • Imperial Pomegranate Porter aged in Wine Barrels – Releasing in bottles today, this imperial porter was aged in cabernet and chardonnay bottles, then blended into the 750-milliliter bottles now available.
  • Pineapple Dreamsicle – 5% ABV, 18 IBU
  • You’re My Only Hope – A hazy IPA with hop flavors “ranging from tangerine, pineapple, mango, citrus, passion fruit and even notes of white wine,” the brewery says. 6.5% ABV, 40 IBU.

Wooden Hill Brewing Company

  • Hopify – A newly tapped double IPA that features Amarillo, Citra, and Simcoe hops. 9.5% ABV.

Seasonal or rotating returns

Bell's Brewery 30th Anniversary Cherry Stout Reserve // Photo via Bell's Brewery Twitter

Bell’s Brewery 30th Anniversary Cherry Stout Reserve // Photo via Bell’s Brewery Twitter

Barrel Theory Beer Company

  • MPG – The mango, passion fruit, and guava Berliner is back on tap. 4% ABV.
  • Shooter McGavin – Citra double IPA returns today.

Bell’s Brewery

  • 30th Anniversary Cherry Stout Reserve – Made with cherry juice sourced from Michigan’s Traverse City region.

Brau Brothers Brewing Co.

  • Strawberry Wheat – Described as an Americanized hefeweizen, this 4% ABV, 10 IBU wheat ale is on tap now.

Clown Shoes Beer

  • Loonidragon 2018 – For the fourth consecutive year, Clown Shoes has released a Minnesota-exclusive barrel-aged Russian imperial stout.

Dangerous Man Brewing Company

  • Peach Milkshake IPA
  • Watermelon Sour

Earth Rider Brewery

  • Duluth Coffee Pale Ale – Back on tap now at select locations.

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

  • Hefeweizen – Now available, this hefeweizen is “brewed with 50 percent malted wheat, and fermented with a particular yeast strain, [this] hefeweizen sports a unique combination of clove, banana, and vanilla aromas and flavors,” the brewery says. 5.0% ABV, 12 IBU.

Junkyard Brewing Company

  • Peanut Butter Bandit – Junkyard’s stout with peanut butter is back on tap and in Crowlers.

Tin Whiskers Brewing Company

  • Waveform – A “hop bomb” West Coast IPA at 6.2% ABV, 80 IBU.

Urban Growler Brewing Company

  • Rhubarb Wit – This annual summer beer is back on tap and in cans soon.

Beers just announced

Surly Brewing Company's Thai Cynic Casks // Photo courtesy Surly Brewing Company

Surly Brewing Company’s Thai Cynic Casks // Photo courtesy Surly Brewing Company

3 Sheeps Brewing Co.

  • The Wolf – The second vintage of this barrel-aged imperial stout will be released in Sheboygan on June 15, hitting retail the week of June 18 in 4-packs.

Back Channel Brewing

  • Gunslinger Imperial Amber Ale – This beer is in tribute to a deceased friend, first met in a solera barrel project for homebrewers where they first created an imperial amber ale. Scheduled for release on June 14, a portion of proceeds will benefit the family of the deceased.

Badger Hill Brewing Company

  • There’s Always Money in the Banana Stand – Hefeweizen, returning soon.

Bent Brewstillery

  • Malt Pyment – A small batch, taproom-only mead coming soon.


  • Tree Bender – Session India pale ale, coming soon, per Finnegans’ website.

Junkyard Brewing Company

  • Belma Pale Ale – On tap next week.
  • Experimental Strawberry Rhubarb Sour – Expected in mid-June.
  • Free Candy – A Belgian quad to be released on tap and in Crowlers later this month.
  • Belgian Quad – To be released in Crowlers and on tap later this month.
  • Top Gorilla – A Belgian tripel to be released on tap and in crowlers next week.

Lupulin Brewing Company

  • Spudfest – Releasing in the taproom June 15, “Spudfest is a cream ale brewed with real, fresh potatoes,” according to the brewery. 5.0% ABV 12 IBU.
  • Verticality #4 – This session IPA made with local malt from Vertical Malt doesn’t have an official release date, but will come out sometime in June. 4.8% ABV.
  • Lupulin has announced an unnamed collaboration with Colorado’s Odd13 Brewing, brewed this week with a release set for July. The beer will be available in cans and on draft.

Pryes Brewing Company

  • Motueka Pale Ale – To debut at Pryes’ one year anniversary block party on June 16.

Surly Brewing Company

  • Bob infused with Spruce Tips and Simcoe – One of two releases for Infusion Tuesday, June 12.
  • Cooper infused with Tart Cherries and Almond – The second of two releases for Infusion Tuesday, June 12.
  • Thai Cynic Cask – Available for Cask Saturday, June 16.

Tin Whiskers Brewing Company

  • Electric Love – This previously taproom-only beer is the next in the Spark Series, hitting the taproom on June 15 and liquor stores shortly thereafter. “Electric Love is a light-bodied, rosy pink wheat ale aged on hibiscus and cactus for a tart, crisp finish,” the brewery says.

Venn Brewing Company

  • Callista EPA – Highlighting Callista hops, this extra pale ale has berry, melon, citrus, and tropical flavors. 5.8% AVE, 40 IBU.
  • Cashmere IPA – An IPA with flavors of melon, lemongrass, and peach, the brewery says. 6.2% ABV, 50 IBU.
  • Patio Smasher Wheat – “Actual lime zest, super dry, crusher,” as described by the brewery. 5.0% ABV, 15 IBU.

Wild Mind Artisan Ales

  • Fragaria Hibiscus – This American wild ale is tart with a mellow strawberry finish, followed by subtle hibiscus. Releases in bottles and on draft on Saturday June 16.

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