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New year, new resolutions, new beers. Following up on a busy holiday season stacked with indulgent parties and celebrations, many people are looking to pump the breaks and reset. A number of breweries kicked off the new year with new bubbly, fruity, hoppy, and low-ABV and even no-ABV beers.
As we look to the new year, it’s clear that locally sourced ingredients will continue to play a role. Local hops and local malt play a central role—see Bitter Wind (below) from the aptly named LocAle Brewing—but also ingredients like apples and rye. As the beer scene grows and changes, the list of featured ingredients continues to grow too. What will be the flavors of 2020?
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.
Previously known as NA Homeguy Helles, this is a non-alcoholic helles-style lager made with 100% German-grown malt and hops, but no alcohol. It features a bready malt base with a mild hoppiness and notes of ripe melon and bright berry. The beer is now sold in 6-packs at liquor stores and is on tap at Bauhaus.
Boom Island Brewing Company Pinot Noir Barrel Aged Yule
Boom Island’s Yule, aged in a pinot noir barrel for six years. In limited supply and tapped on New Year’s Eve, this is a 13% ABV winter warmer with notes of Port wine. “It’s very dark color and smooth, distinctive flavors of dark fruit and wet tobacco linger,” the brewery says.
Hoops #00 Final Final Blueberry Milk Stout
A milk stout made with fresh blueberries. 5% ABV and tapped on New Year’s Eve.
LocAle Brewing Company
Bitter Wind – Made with locally grown rye, plus Minnesota malt and hops, this is an earthy, grainy, and malt-forward Minnesota winter seasonal.
Inver Grove Iggy’s Local IPA
Inver Grove Brewing debuted a new flagship IPA. “This classic West Coast-style IPA is made using only Minnesota-grown and processed ingredients. From the Mighty Axe hops to the Maltwerks malt, we’re keeping this one local,” the brewpub says, naming it after an Inver Grove Heights goat of lore. 6.0% ABV, 75 IBU.
New beers available this week (December 30–January 5)
Angry Inch Brewing Co.
- Resolution Ale – Tapped to kick off the new year.
Bad Weather Brewing Company
- American Cream Ale – “Six-row barley and corn give this beer flavors of fresh cereal grain, crisp corn and a dry finish,” the brewery says. “Aromas of light herbal hops, hay, fresh cereal grain, and a mild corniness. Light-bodied, dry and crisp” Served on nitro at the taproom.
Bauhaus Brew Labs
- Nah – Top Flight selection.
- Subtropical – A 6.9% ABV New England-style IPA in stores and at the brewery now.
Boom Island Brewing Company
- Pinot Noir Barrel Aged Yule – Top Flight selection.
Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative
- Queen of Tarts – Newly tapped, this is a 4.7% ABV, 9 IBU strawberry lemonade wheat ale with slight tartness, plus subtle coriander and sea salt notes.
Fair State Brewing Co-Operative
- Candy Paint – A Berliner with nectarine and blackberry for tart and fruit punch-like flavors. 6.9% ABV.
Hoops Brewing Company
- #00 Final Final Blueberry Milk Stout – Top Flight selection.
- #10 EPA – A single-hopped IPA at 5.1% ABV, made with an experimental New Zealand hop.
- #1225 Cherry Ale – A winter holiday ale made with Door County cherries. 5.6% ANB, 10 IBU.
- #39 Keller Pilsner – At 5.4% ABV, 40 IBU, this is an unfiltered German-style Pilsner.
- #589 Scotch Ale – A 7.6% ABV, 42 IBU Scotch-style robust ale.
- #989 Pilsner Royale – A strong German lager that pours at 6.6% ABV, 59 IBU.
Inver Grove Brewing Co.
- Iggy’s Local IPA – Top Flight selection.
Junkyard Brewing Co.
- Experimental Sour – Spontaneously fermented in wine barrels with pomegranate, cherry, and lemon zest, this sour tapped on December 31 is described as a “complex, sweet, and featuring a bubbly finish similar to Champagne.”
- Galactic Falconer – New England-style IPA. Available in the Twin Cities in Crowlers.
- Keep Me Cold – A guava and passionfruit sour ale, available in the Twin Cities in Crowlers.
- Super Slurp: Tangerine-Apricot – Brewed with lactose, then aged on vanilla beans, tangerine, and apricot, this is a tart and creamy fruited sour ale.
Left Hand Brewing Company
- Peanut Butter Milk Stout – An adult peanut butter cup beverage, the brewery proclaims.
LocAle Brewing Company
- Bitter Wind – Top Flight selection.
- Luminosity – A dry-hopped sour ale that’s described as “dry, bright and tart with big lemon-grapefruit and tropical citrus notes from dry-hopping with whole cone Ekuanot hops and Amarillo hops.” 6% ABV.
- Drooling Gary – A crisp and clean IPA from Lupine.
Lupulin Brewing Company
- Oslo Lager – 6% ABV
- Death Valley Johnnie – A smooth and juicy red ale at 5.0% ABV, 30 IBU that is sold in the new sampler pack alongside The Schwartz, Mad Butcher IPA, and Kato Lager.
- MB8 – Mankato Brewery turns 8 this weekend, releasing a 12% ABV, 60 IBU Belgian-style quad on Saturday at the anniversary party. The beer offers light caramel tones, clove-like aroma, and a slightly fruity hop presence,” Mankato says.
- The Schwartz – A new black lager that pours at 5.0% ABV, 15 IBU and is sold in the new sampler pack alongside Death Valley Johnnie, Mad Butcher IPA, and Kato Lager.
Pantown Brewing Company
- The Caesar – Newly released for the new year and for the seemingly unending hangover that comes with it. “No clamato or vodka in this baby, just a tasty beverage with the right amount of ABV to help you recover from the night before,” the brewery says on Facebook.
Pryes Brewing Co.
- Italian Pilsner – A crisp and floral dry-hopped lager with earthy notes, the brewery says. 5.2% ABV.
Sleepy Eye Brewing Company
A new brewery and coffee shop is now serving housemade beers in Sleepy Eye. The lineup includes:
- Crazy Aunt Kolsch
- Crusin’ Main IPA
- Eye Candy Blonde Ale
- Farm Hand Saison
- Luebbert Lager
- Night Shift Porter
- Peaches & Kareem Ale
- Rippin IPA
- Seasonal Disorder Pale Ale
- Sleepy Eye Cream Ale
- Wide Awake Coffee Stout
Talking Waters Brewing Co.
- Lac Qui Parle Lager – Recently re-released.
Town Hall Brewery
- IPA MMXX – An American IPA with flavors of sweet tropical fruit, mandarin orange zest, and a smooth malt body. 6.7% ABV.
Utepils Brewing Co.
- Cowboy Jack’s IPA – Utepils has brewed an exclusive IPA just for Cowboy Jack’s locations. It debuts this weekend with a release party at the downtown Cowboy Jack’s on January 8. It will also be served at Utepils’ taproom.
Wild Mind Artisan Ales
- Midnight Kisses – A celebratory cider ale fermented with Champagne yeast and conditioned on raspberries and rose petals. This beer released at the annual December 31 Réveillon party at the brewery, with each ticketed guest receiving a bottle.
Beers just announced
Angry Inch Brewing Co.
- The Balvinchie – Set to return sometime in 2020.
- Hopslam Ale – The noteworthy hop-forward beer is back on the canning line at Bell’s this week with plans for distribution soon.
Fair State Brewing Cooperative
- Heckin’ Chonker – A bourbon barrel-aged stout with vanilla. “Expect a rich stout with some warming spirit and oak notes,” the brewery says of this 10.5% ABV release that is available in the taproom on January 9 and in liquor stores January 13.
- Purple Tooth – Also tapped on January 9 and hitting stores the following week is Purple Tooth, a 9% ABV beer described as “roasty, moderately bitter, grapey and chocolatey.” Aged in whiskey barrels that also held red wind.
Indeed Brewing Company
- Malus – Coming next week, this latest Wooden Soul series release is a sour red aged for 18 months on apple pomace from leftover Milk & Honey Cider pressings.
Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub
- TBA – An upcoming collaboration with La Doña was recently brewed.
Pantown Brewing Company
- Total Consciousness – A hazy England-style IPA that returns to the brewery on Wednesday, January 8.
Rogue Ales & Spirits
The Rogue 2020 calendar was announced this week. Expected beers through 2020 include:
- 2020 Santa’s Private Reserve – Back in November with a new, secret recipe.
- Cherry Choctabulous – “Sweet aromas of chocolate and cherry are prevalent on the nose, the initial hit of cherry gives way to dark chocolate that fills out the mid palate, finishing with one last blast of cherry before ultimately resigning with the slightly bitter bite of dark chocolate,” Rogue says. 8.4% ABV. Available in November 2020.
- Coast Haste – An 8.6% ABV wet-hopped imperial IPA made with Rogue Farms-grown hops. Available October through January.
- Combat Wombat – A sour hazy IPA with blood orange and grapefruit. 6.7% ABV and available June through September.
- Cotes du Rogue Kriek – A new foeder-aged kriek that will be available in June.
- Cotes du Rogue Sour Blonde – “This limited-edition sour blonde is part of a foeder-aged sour series. It offers a tart flavor with hints of oak, lemon, vanilla and apricot,” the brewery says. 7.1% ABV and available in April.
- Dead ‘N’ Dead – A whiskey barrel-aged Dead Guy ale that pours at 8.8% ABV. Scheduled for September release.
- Double Chocolate Stout – An imperial stout with chocolate, available this month. 9% ABV.
- Double Time Cherry Lime – “Both tart and sweet cherries are balanced by citrus lime that adds a sour base in this light-bodied seasonal rotator,” the brewery says. 9.1% ABV and available in November 2020.
- Dreamland American Lager – A new year-round American lager described as simple and crisp. 4.8% ABV.
- Just a Pinch – A 4.5% session sour ale made with hand-harvested salt.
- Marionberry Sour – A 6.5% ABV sour ale with local marionberries. Available in June.
- Newport Daze – A 5% ABV hazy pale ale with notes of tangerine, peach, pineapple, and stone fruit, the brewery says. Available in March.
- Newport Nights – A 9.8% ABV imperial IPA with pine, grapefruit, mango, papaya, and tangerine notes, the brewery says. Available in February.
- Pineapple Party Punch – A piña colada-like 8.75% ABV imperial IPA that will be sold in 22-ounce bottles beginning in July.
- Pumpkin Patch Ale – A 6.7% ABV pumpkin ale that will be available in early fall.
- Rhubarb Schmubarb – A 5.9% ABV fruit ale with rhubarb and strawberries. Available in February.
- Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout – “The rich, viscous notes of chocolate, vanilla and coffee mix with the flavors of whiskey-soaked Oregon oak,” Rogue says. “The limited-edition 2020 Rolling Thunder imperial stout was aged for nine months in handmade barrels that previously aged Dead Guy Whiskey.” Available in February.
- Shavasana – An imperial blonde ale with granola, coconut, and sweet oats for subtle spice flavors, the brewery says. 8% ABV and available in March.
- Yellow Snow – A 5.5% ABV Czech-style Pilsner with Oregon spruce tips. Available in November.
- Shift Happens No. 1 – A mini-series of new beers kicks off with a surprise from Schell’s, a double dry-hopped lager with Simcoe, Centennial, Chinook, and Amarillo hops. 9% ABV, 80 IBU, and available January 20.
Town Hall Brewery
The Showcase of Sippers is back this month, with Town Hall Brewery featuring a total of five big beers each week, rotating in two new taps each Monday. The sippers may often include barrel-aged beers and their non-aged counterparts.
- Cherry Grand Cru – Aged on cherries, this strong Belgian-style ale has big fruit notes and a big 9.9% ABV. Available on Monday, January 6.
- ET Wee – Barrel-aged wee heavy, to tap on January 6.
- Foolish – A Belgian-style quadruple with plum, fig, clove, and caramel on the tongue plus banana and clove notes from the yeast variety. 10% ABV and available Monday, January 6.
- Manhattan Reserve – Barrel-aged Cherry Grand Cru. Available January 6.
- Strong Scottish Ale – This malty, dark wee heavy ale has caramel and roasted toffee notes along with toasted chocolate and wine-like fruitiness. A sweet 9.3% ABV beer that taps next week.
- Twisted Reality – A returning 10% ABV barleywine, this winter sipper is inspired by English recipes and has a sweet malt profile with a mild hop bitterness, plus flavors of burnt caramel, brown sugar, and toffee, the brewery says. Back on tap on January 6.
- Twisted Trace – Barrel-aged Twisted Reality. Available January 6.
- Weizenbock – A 9% ABV German-style wheat beer that Town Hall describes as sharing notes of tangy wheat bread with banana and spice notes. Available Monday, January 6.
Waconia Brewing Company
- Pomegranate Seltzer – Coming soon, the brewery says.
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