The Mash-Up: From pumpkin to peanut butter, autumn is on tap

Castle Danger Fresh Hop Mosaic is back on tap // Photo via Castle Danger's Twitter

Castle Danger Fresh Hop Mosaic is back on tap // Photo via Castle Danger’s Twitter

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.

From pumpkin to peanut butter, fall is back in the craft beer world. This week showcases the many flavors of the season, ranging from sessionable light-bodied lagers to rich, robust stouts. In between, seasonal adjuncts like pumpkin and peanut butter remain popular options.

Each of those ingredients is also representative of the fall colors. Fans of beer and scenery can hit the road this weekend for a number of exciting new beers across the state. La Doña celebrates their taproom grand opening in Minneapolis this weekend, and Wild Mind on the city’s southside is throwing their annual Festival of Oak. Elsewhere, Waconia turns four years old, and Town Hall will wrap up Anniversary Week at their Seven Corners brewery in honor of 21 successful years on the West Bank.

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.

Bent Paddle Lil Porter

A pilot batch beer available at the taproom. “Think 70% cacao bar shakes hands with a strong roasty oat bill,” the brewery says.

Wild Mind Fortunella

Fortunella is a “spontaneously fermented, foeder-aged sour transferred to used cognac barrels where it aged on 40 pounds of fresh kumquats. The citrus and cognac notes combine with the barnyard funk of the base sour to create a rich depth of flavor in this dry, lightly tart sour,” says the brewery.

Bauhaus Brew Labs Homeguys Helles Lager

“Brewed with 100 percent German-grown malt and hops and coming in at 4.7% ABV, this might just be the lightest and easiest drinking brew we’ve ever made,” Bauhaus says. In cans and local bars now.

Bang Brewing Farm

A 5.7% ABV, 30 IBU farmhouse ale available on tap and in 750-milliliter bottles today. “It took years to source the organically grown ingredients we wanted for our farmhouse ale and we think it was worth the wait,” says Bang.

Town Hall Brewery Blackbarrel Gold

A bourbon barrel-aged strong Belgian blonde ale with blackberries and lemon. Expect notes of tart blackberry and bright lemon, the brewery says. 9% ABV.

New beers available this week (October 15 – October 21)

10K Brewing's More Juicy and Nice Pale Ale // Photo via 10K Brewing's Twitter

10K Brewing’s More Juicy and Nice Pale Ale // Photo via 10K Brewing’s Twitter

10K Brewing

  • More Juicy – A new juicy IPA on tap this week, featuring a blend of five fruit-forward hops.
  • Nice Pale Ale – A pale ale single-hopped with Loral.

12welve Eyes Brewing

  • Briice – “An Imperial IPA made with Citra, Mosaic, and Simcoe Cryo hops. This 10% [ABV] Imperial IPA more dry than sweet, but still juicy from the massive whirlpool and dry-hop additions,” the brewery says.
  • Brown Ale – A light and smooth brown ale with toasty chocolate notes and a nutty aroma, the brewery says.
  • Clout Chocula – New on tap and, yes, made with more than 70 boxes of a certain Halloween-themed cereal, this is a dry-hopped milk stout made with lactose sugar to round out the body.

Avery Brewing

  • Out of Mind Coffee Stout
  • Avery Lager – This lager is described as clean, smooth, and refreshing. Available in 6-packs.
  • Out of Mind Coffee Stout – An intense stout boosted with dark roast coffee. A 6.5% ABV, limited release.

Bad Weather Brewing Company

  • Scottish Mist – Available on nitro at select bars and restaurants.

Bang Brewing

  • Farm – Top Flight selection.

Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

  • Lil Porter – Top Flight selection.

Big Axe Brewing Company

  • Marquette Wine Barrel Aged Citra Dry Hopped Cherry Sour – “Lots of wine a barrel notes on this one with a slight hint of cherry,” the brewery says.
  • Mint-Chocolate Stout – A mint-infused oatmeal chocolate stout. “Tastes like a Thin Mint in a glass,” Big Axe says.

BlackStack Brewing

  • Anchors Up – A strawberry and pink guava Berliner weisse, now on tap.

Boom Island Brewing Company

  • Buffalo Trace Brimstone – “After over six months of aging in the BTB barrel, Brimstone takes on the trademark notes of bourbon, which is an aroma of vanilla and molasses, with light brush-stroke tastes of oak, toffee and anise,” Boom Island says. Available on tap and in bottles at 4pm today.

Clutch Brewing Company

  • Chai-ceratops – A rye pale ale, infused with chai tea. Tapped last Saturday in limited supply.
  • Smath

Dangerous Man Brewing Company

  • Coffee Coconut Double Stout – Top Flight selection.

ENKI Brewing

  • Russian Imperial Stout – A bourbon barrel-aged Russian imperial stout with a slightly tart finish and a mellow touch of vanilla bean, the brewery says. Brewed exclusively for Lunds & Byerly’s stores.

Firestone Walker Brewing Company

  • Patrick Hayze – Firestone Walker’s first-ever hazy is available in limited supply at participating bars and restaurants. The brewery says it is “a juicy, opaque brew jam-packed with tropical hop goodness, a soft mouthfeel and minimal bitterness.” Named in honor of the brewery’s filtration expert, Patrick Hayes, “because this is one beer that doesn’t require his services.”

Garphish Brewing Company

  • 5-7-5 Wheat – On tap at the brewery, it is available with housemade mango-raspberry and pineapple-sage syrups.

Giesenbräu Bier Co.

  • BBL Aged Doppel the Hutt – This special beer will mark the brewery’s one-year anniversary this Saturday.

Grand Rounds Brewing Co.

  • E.Nigma – A blueberry/mango milkshake-style IPA. 6.8% ABV, 55 IBU.

Imminent Brewing

  • Palisade Peach Blonde Ale – Made with Palisade hops, known for their peachy quality, plus Colorado-grown peaches and Colorado malt. 5% ABV, 18 IBU.

Junkyard Brewing Co.

  • Raspberry Lime Shake-O-Matic – A milkshake IPA made with vanilla bean, raspberry, lime, and lactose.
  • Scrounger Light – An American blonde ale.

La Doña Cervecería

Previously known as Doña Chela, La Doña is now open for business, celebrating their taproom’s grand opening this Saturday, October 20, with the following options:

  • Bromista – pale ale
  • El Rey  – IPA
  • Lite PA – session IPA
  • Sueños – brown ale
  • Sueños de Cafe – Mexican coffee brown ale

Lift Bridge Brewing Company

Lift Bridge released a lineup of hard seltzers at the taproom earlier this week, all 5% ABV, 0 IBU.

  • Feelin’ Peachy – All natural peach flavor, according to the brewery.
  • Island Time Tropical Blend – A blend of pineapple, passion fruit, mango, and tangerine.
  • St. Croix Berries – Featuring blackberry, raspberry, blueberry, and strawberry.
  • Voyageurs Citrus – A blend of grapefruit, lemon, lime, and orange flavors.

Also available:

  • Cranberry Ginger Lager – A traditional European-style lager, the brewery says, fermented with ginger and cranberry puree, giving it a tart flavor with a sweet malt finish and a gentle spicy note. 5.3% ABV, 22 IBU.

Lost Sanity Brewing

  • Glitter Beer

Pryes Brewing Company

  • Smoke Out – A one-off beer was brewed in collaboration with Handsome Hog for Smoke Out Festival this Sunday in Lowertown. The beer features smoked peppers.

Roundhouse Brewery

  • Fog Bank – A hazy IPA with citrusy notes and moderate bittering, the brewery says. 5.7% ABV, 45 IBU.

Rustech Brewing

  • All Hail Cream Ale – A 5.3% ABV, 14 IBU cream ale.
  • Fallout Red – A 7.7% ABV, 49 IBU red IPA.
  • Sweet Inferno – A 5.6% ABV, 30 IBU wheat ale.

Surly Brewing Company

  • Staycation – “A vacation in a glass,” Surly promises. This is a milkshake IPA with pineapple, lactose, and tropical hops along with vanilla notes. Available in the Beer Hall.

Take 16 Brewing Company

  • Pheasant Phestbier – Phestbier made its debut last weekend when Luverne hosted the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Opener.

Talking Waters Brewing Company

  • Strawberry Black Currant Sour – Talking Waters newest experimental sour release.

Tilion Brewing Company

  • Old Sogn 46  – A harvest ale, on tap now according to Tilion’s website.

Tin Whiskers Brewing Company

  • Altbier – Tapping today at the St. Paul brewery.

Waconia Brewing Company

  • Powder Keg IPA – Available at Waconia’s fourth anniversary celebration on Saturday, October 20.

Wild Mind Artisan Ales

Several special beers will be available at Wild Mind this weekend for the Festival of Oak on Saturday October 20.

  • Fortunella – Top Flight selection.
  • Ink’s Quill – A foeder-aged “overfruited sour” with blackberry and raspberry, available for Festival of Oak.
  • Oddly Obscure – This is a New England pale ale base with oats and brettanomyces, and available only at select local bars and restaurants.
  • Tubular – A foeder-aged beer with tropical and funky flavors. Pouring bright orange in color, it has flavors of tangerine and coconut flakes, the brewery says. Available at Festival of Oak on Saturday.

Seasonal or rotating returns

Fair State Spirit Foul is back on tap // Photo via Fair State Brewing Cooperative's Instagram

Fair State Spirit Føul is back on tap // Photo via Fair State Brewing Cooperative’s Instagram

12welve Eyes Brewing

  • Cataracts – This batch of 12welve Eyes’ hazy IPA is brewed with 100 percent Denali hops, “giving it an interesting fruity aroma that will take you back to your morning bowl of Fruity Pebbles cereal followed by a full, soft mouthfeel,” the brewery says.

Avery Brewing

  • Tweak – A rich, robust stout aged in bourbon barrels and infused with coffee. 14.9% ABV.

Bad Weather Brewing Company

  • Ominous – This double brown ale is back on tap and in liquor stores now.

Barrel Theory Beer Company

  • Boats Shoes – An all Vic Secret hopped IPA, tapped last Saturday. 7.5% ABV.
  • Cryptocurrency – An 8% ABV double IPA hopped with Citra and Strata.
  • Java Oats – The coffee oatmeal stout is back on tap. 6% ABV.

Bauhaus Brew Labs

  • Homeguys Helles Lager – Top Flight selection.

Bell’s Brewery

  • Bourbon Barrel Aged Expedition Stout – 2018 is just the third time Bell’s has bottled this limited release.
  • Cherry Stout – Also out now.
  • Expedition Stout – The original, non-barrel aged version of this Russian imperial stout is also available now.
  • Roundhouse – A GABF medal winning India red ale, sold in cans and on draft.
  • The Wild One – A wild foeder ale that varies from batch to batch.
  • Third Coast Old Ale – This barleywine is now available for the long winter ahead.

Burning Brothers Brewing

  • Cranberry Shandy – Back on tap at the gluten-free brewery for the season.

Castle Danger Brewing

  • Fresh Hop Mosaic IPA – This IPA hopped with fresh Mosaic is available now.

Clutch Brewing Company

  • Outta’ Style Cream Pale Ale

Dual Citizen Brewing Company

  • Franklin Coffee Brown – “Coffee dominates the flavor before giving way to the malt backbone of the beer. Some bitterness from the hops is evident. Hints of vanilla and roast linger on the tongue,” says Dual Citizen, with notes of rich malts, coffee, and vanilla on the nose. 6.5% ABV, 40 IBU.

Fair State Brewing Co-Operative

  • Mirror Universe – This double dry-hopped IPA is back as a year round offering. 7% ABV, 33 IBU.
  • Spirit Føul – Originally a collaboration with Modern Times Beer (out of San Diego), this hazy IPA is in the taproom now and will be back in cans the week of October 29.

Firestone Walker Brewing Company

  • Mocha Merlin – A milk stout infused with chocolate and coffee. Available for fall and winter.

Great Lakes Brewing Company

  • Ohio City Oatmeal Stout

Insight Brewing

  • Devil’s Companion – A London-style porter.

Junkyard Brewing Co.

  • Clearly Obscure – The New England-style double IPA is back next week. Notes of passion fruit, berries, and a dank bitterness.
  • Hop Tun – A New England-style wet-hop ale on tap soon.
  • Orange Shake-O-Matic – A milkshake IPA made with orange, vanilla beans, and lactose.

Lift Bridge Brewing Company

  • Imperial Pumpkin Porter – This high-ABV fall seasonal is back on tap at the brewery for the fall.

Moose Lake Brewing Company

  • Whiskey Chip – A bourbon stout, tapped last week.

Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery

  • Smoking Aces Porter – A porter with notes of caramel, chocolate, and spice, the brewery says.

Surly Brewing Company

  • Furious Black – Furious with roasted notes to complement the citrus hops and caramel backbone of their flagship. Out next week.

Town Hall Brewery

Town Hall at 7 Corners celebrates 21 years this week, with numerous specials, including these popular returning beers:

  • Anniversary Ale – An IPA inspired by West Coast ales that pre-date the now-21-year-old brewpub. 6.9% ABV.
  • Blackbarrel Gold – Top Flight selection.
  • Mango Mama – Town Hall’s popular mango version of Masala Mama IPA returns.
  • Six Hour Tour – A bourbon barrel-aged imperial milk stout with coconut with notes of raw coconut, vanilla, and chocolate. 8.6% ABV.

Venn Brewing Company

  • Mexican Dark Lager – Back on tap, this 5.7% ABV, 10 IBU lager is nutty with notes of honey and caramel.

Wild Mind Artisan Ales

  • Spontané 2018 – “A blend of one- and two-year-old spontaneously fermented wild ales that were brewed using our custom-built coolship, where the beers picked up loads of flora and bacteria to create a funky base. After aging in barrels and foeders, beers were chosen from several different batches to create a complementary blend of funk, acid, and tartness,” the brewery says. Available at Festival of Oak on Saturday, October 20.
  • Winter’s Edge – A Cascadian dark ale with rich malt, plus flavors of dark chocolate, espresso, pine, and orange peel. 9% ABV.

Beers just announced

Insight Brewing's Gravity Well variants // Photo via Insight Brewing's Instagram

Insight Brewing’s Gravity Well variants // Photo via Insight Brewing’s Instagram

Badger Hill Brewing Company

  • Mouth Pillow – Peanut butter stout, tapping on October 23 at the brewery. 6.3% ABV.

Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

  • People Power – Bent Paddle is participating in a series of nationwide releases under the People Power name, initiated by Threes Brewing of Brooklyn and brewed in collaboration with Fair State. Proceeds from the different beers will be donated to the ACLU. Both Minnesota breweries chose a Pilsner recipe with Lemondrop hops and Weyermann Pilsner malt, but using local water, in this case highlighting the profile of Lake Superior’s water. The beer debuts at Happy Gnome on November 1.

Chapel Brewing

  • Fresh Hop Beer – Chapel brewed an upcoming fresh hop beer earlier this month. The release date is currently not determined.

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

  • People Power – Bent Paddle is participating in a series of nationwide releases under the People Power name, initiated by Threes Brewing of Brooklyn and brewed in collaboration with Fair State. Both Minnesota breweries chose a Pilsner recipe with Lemondrop hops and Weyermann Pilsner malt, but using local water, in this case highlighting the profile of the Mississippi River’s water. The beer debuts at Happy Gnome on November 1.

Forager Brewery

  • Freedom of Peach – “A blend of yeasts and bacteria from each brewery will ferment this Cheeto-colored sour ale in wine barrels, before conditioning on peaches,” Forager says of this collaboration between 608 Brewing, BlackStack, Fair State, and Thesis Beer Project. The beer is scheduled for release on Inauguration Day 2019.

Grand Rounds Brewing Co.

  • Mo’ Citra Mo’ Problems – The West Coast-style IPA is coming to the brewpub taps soon, according to their website.

Indeed Brewing Company

  • Certain Shade Of Green – The latest Wooden Soul release, this tart and sour golden ale was barrel-aged with wild yeast, whole limes, and ginger. “Light, bright notes of lime zest, creamy key lime, and bitter lime pith dance across the palate atop subtle notes of warm ginger,” Indeed says. Coming next week on draft and in 375-milliliter bottles.

Insight Brewing

  • Gravity Well – This imperial stout returns next month on November 17 for the brewery’s fourth anniversary celebration. Variants available will include Peanut Butter Cup, Mexican Coffee, Vanilla, and Orange Marmalade.

Junkyard Brewing Co.

  • Citrarillo IPA – IPA with Citra and Amarillo.
  • Whole Leaf Citra Sess – Coming soon, the brewery says.

Kinney Creek Brewery

  • Danky Kong – A 5.7% ABV, 68 IBU New England-style IPA, coming soon, the brewery says on their website.

OMNI Brewing Co.

  • Hopfull – A 6% ABV, 80 IBU IPA featuring a blend of three different hops and described as “more balanced than most.”

Utepils Brewing

  • Broomstacker – Named in honor of the sport of curling, this winter red lager will debut at the brewery on October 27.

Curious about recent releases? Peruse our Mash-Up archives. Did we miss a beer release or announcement? Email us at [email protected] to let us know about new beers from this week and beyond. Or let us know what new beer you’re enjoying by using #TheMashUp on Twitter and Instagram.