The Mash-Up: Winter warmers to fight the cold, and tropical beers to flee it

Modist Shook Double Vanilla // Photo via Modist Brewing Twitter

With over 185 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.

It’s a diverse week in beer, with bold boozy beers for cold weather, spiced beers for the winter season, tropical-themed beers to get away from those conditions, and a variety of IPA flavors that run from potent triple IPAs to milkshake-style sweet profiles and lower-alcohol session ales.

There’s a lot to try this weekend, whether while watching the Vikings in the playoffs, hitting a neighborhood brewery, making a day trip, or visiting special parties at the likes of Lift Bridge, Steel Toe, Bad Habit or elsewhere.


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.

Beaver Island Axe Dragger MN IPA // Photo via Beaver Island Brewing Instagram

Beaver Island Axe Dragger

Out now, this new year-round offering from Beaver Island is made with Mighty Axe-grown hops and Minnesota-made malts. A 6.3% ABV, 59 IBU Minnesota IPA featuring Centennial, Cascade, and Julius hops. On draft and in cans.

Clutch Saturnalia

A fitting beer for Minnesota winter, this is a cranberry juniper pale ale. “[It] is a perfect balance of Simcoe and Centennial hops, Juniper Berries, and Cranberry puree,” Clutch says.

Indeed Wooden Soul: Malus

The latest Wooden Soul series release is a sour red aged for 18 months on apple pomace from leftover Milk & Honey Cider pressings.

Steel Toe Size 11 Triple IPA // Photo via Steel Toe Brewing Facebook

Steel Toe Size 11

Available at noon tomorrow, Jan. 11, Size 11 triple IPA returns. “Aromas of ripe Tuscan melon, honey dew and citrus explode at first sniff. Built on the same back bone as Size 7, but doubled in all aspects with some hop modifications. Malt sweetness up front, with a full mouthfeel, give way to ridiculously copious layering of hops. Wave after wave of citrus peel, grapefruit, honey dew melon and guava are pronounced from aroma, to flavor, to finishing bitternessm” Steel Toe says. 11.15% ABV, 111 IBU.

Town Hall Cherry Grand Cru 

The Showcase of Sippers is back this month, with Town Hall Brewery featuring a total of five big beers (both barrel-aged beers and their non-aged counterparts). Aged on cherries, this strong Belgian-style ale has big fruit notes and a big 9.9% ABV.


New beers available this week (January 6–January 12) 

Stone Neverending Haze IPA // Photo courtesy Stone Brewing

56 Brewing Snow Clouds // Photo via 56 Brewing Twitter

56 Brewing

  • Snow Clouds – A new hazy double IPA made with Nelson Sauvin and Vic Secret hops. Available in 4-packs.

Alloy Brewing Company

  • SMaSH V6 – “The newest edition of our single malt and single hop beer incorporates Castle Belgian Pale Malt and French Barbe Rouge Hops, making this one continental in every way. Citrus and berry aroma complete this version of the SMaSH,” the brewery says. 5.4% ABV, 38 IBU.

Bad Habit Brewing Company

  • Boat Drinks – The first of three special releases for a January 10–11 beach-themed weekend, this takes Bad Habit’s milkshake IPA and adds coconut and pineapple, inspired by the piña colada cocktail.
  • Changes in Latitude – A Mexican-style lager with lime. To be available at the weekend-long Beers & Beaches party.
  • Tre’s Pepper Mango – Available at the two-day Beers & Beaches party, beginning today, this is a beer made with hot pepper and sweet mango.

Bad Weather Brewing Company

  • Common Misconceptions – Kentucky common

Barrel Theory Swipe Right // Photo via Barrel Theory Instagram

Barrel Theory Beer Company

  • Love Spell – A fruited, jammy beer with black currant, blackberry, raspberry, cherry, and lime. 6.5% ABV.
  • Midwestern Exotic – A citrus, blood orange, tangerine, and peach gose and GABF award-winner. 4.0% ABV.
  • Swipe Right – An imperial stout with added coffee that pours at 10.5% ABV.
  • Tyger Uppercut – Featuring Simcoe Cryo, Galaxy, and Citra hops, this is a new IPA that pours at 7.2% ABV with both juicy and bitter qualities.

Beaver Island Brewing Co.

  • Axe Dragger – Top Flight selection.

Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

  • Hybrid(ge) – “A kinda sorta hazy IPA,” the brewery says, available at the taproom. 6.2% ABV.
  • Round 3 Cream Ale – A 4.8% ABV cream ale currently being served at the taproom.
  • Tripel Bypass – A 9.2% ABV Belgian-style tripel brewed for the MN Homebrewers president for his retirement party. Available at the taproom.
  • Wild Tux Imperial – This sour ale is made with pineapple and blackberry and debuts at the brewery tonight. It will also be distributed to bars, restaurants, and liquor stores beginning next week.

Big Wood Brewery

  • Blood Orange Hefeweizen – Available at the White Bear Lake brewery, this is a 5.4% ABV hefeweizen with added blood oranges. “Slightly sweet and citrusy,” the brewery says.
  • Großes Holz – A 4.9% ABV, 31 IBU Pilsner made with all German ingredients for a crisp, clean finish.
  • Li’l Red Riding Wood – “Made with American hops and malt that give the beer spicy, fig, and caramel notes,” the brewery says of this 5.3% ABV, 23 IBU red ale.

Boom Island Brewing Company

  • Yuzu Unfiltered Wheat – A unique taproom-only fruited beer on tap this weekend in Minnetonka.

Clutch Brewing Company

  • Saturnalia – Top Flight selection.

Dangerous Man Cinnamon Latte Double Stout // Photo via Dangerous Man Instagram

Dangerous Man Brewing Company

  • Cinnamon Latte Double Stout – A new big, bold beer brewed with dark brown sugar, lactose, and then conditioned on coffee beans, cinnamon, and vanilla.

Disgruntled Brewing

  • Don’t Mince Words – “This is a spiced cranberry farmhouse ale featuring cardamom, vanilla beans and loads of cranberries. Fruity and spicy,” the brewery says, and on tap this Saturday. 5.1% ABV.

Dual Citizen Brewing Company

  • Improvisational Spontaneity – A New England-style IPA that pours a pale hazy color with a pillowy head. It has notes of blueberry, white wine grapes, and black pepper with a dry finish, the brewery says. 4.9% ABV, 20 IBU.
  • The Golden Greek – An American golden ale, this beer has lemon notes, slight black pepper, and an almost creamy texture, Dual Citizen says. 5% ABV, 26 IBU.

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 limited release bottles.
  • Purple Tooth – Also tapped on January 9 and in limited bottles is Purple Tooth, a 9% ABV beer described as “roasty, moderately bitter, grapey and chocolatey.” Aged in whiskey barrels that also held red wine.

Firestone Walker Brewing Company

  • Flyjack – A 4% ABV, 96-calorie, 5-carb hazy IPA with crisp citrus notes.

Fulton Brewery

  • Hopped! Hard Seltzer – A gluten-free sparkling water with crisp and aromatic hop qualities.

Great Lakes Bierwolf Dunkelweizen // Photo via Great Lakes Brewing Twitter

Great Lakes Brewing Company

  • Bierwolf Dunkelweizen – A Legendary Series release, this is a dunkelweizen with cold brew coffee, chocolate, and orange peel notes. 6.6% ABV, 25 IBU.
  • Conway’s Irish Ale – Now available for the winter season in 6-packs, 12-packs, and on draft.

HeadFlyer Brewing

  • Scotchy Scotch – A sweet and malty scotch ale that’s 7.2% ABV with a heavy body and a hint of smoke.

Indeed Brewing Company

  • Malus – Top Flight selection.

Inver Hills Brewing Co.

  • Nightshift Coffee Amber Lager – The new Station #2 amber lager (below) infused with cold brew coffee. 5.0% ABV, 30 IBU.
  • Station #2 – “An American Amber Lager with a nice honey finish, named after the new Inver Grove Heights Fire Station across the road from us,” the brewery says. 5.25% ABV, 30 IBU.

La Doña Cerveceria

  • Armadilla – A 7.2% ABV, 67 IBU IPA with orange and citrus character.
  • Spicy Armadilla – Armadilla IPA infused with chile de árbol.

Lift Bridge Brewing Company

  • Silhouette – The winter seasonal barrel-aged imperial stout returns on Saturday, January 11, with a party at the brewery that leads into the Snowball Formal. “Aromas of coffee, molasses, chocolate and prune meld with an intense dark roasted character. This beer is complex, rich and full-bodied,” Lift Bridge notes, with new maple and Scotch barrel-aged variants.

LocAle Brewing Company

  • Coconut Vanilla Hive Mind – Imperial porter infused with toasted coconut and vanilla. Taproom only.

Lupulin Coffee Shop Assault Vehicle // Photo via Lupulin Instagram

Lupulin Brewing Company

  • 2020 Sno-Cruiser Special – A special infusion in honor of the Big Lake 2020 Sno-Cruiser on Saturday.
  • Coffee Shop Assault Vehicle – A 12% ABV imperial stout infused with bourbon barrel-aged coffee beans.
  • Never Surrender – A 4.8% ABV cream ale, brewed in collaboration with the Never Surrender’s Black Woods Blizzard Tour, a Snowmobile Ride supporting ALS.

Modist Brewing Co.

  • Shook Double Vanilla – In stores now.

Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub

  • Doppelbock – Inspired by traditional recipes and on tap now.

OMNI Brewing Co.

  • Aftermath – A double hazy IPA made with Sabro hops for creamsicle-like peach, pineapple, and coconut flavors.

ONE Fermentary & Taproom

  • Mashive Explosion – Newly tapped, this is a sweet stout made with lactose, banana, and peanut butter. On draft and in take-home containers at the brewpub, the beer balances roasted chocolate malts with sweet peanut butter and bananas, ONE says.

Pantown Brewing Company

  • Total Consciousness – A hazy England-style IPA that returned this week.

Rustech Brewing

  • Crystal Hippie – Rustech has a new line of hard seltzers at the brewery. Flavors will rotate, kicking things off with raspberry-lime.
  • Final Descent – A 5.6% ABV, 38 IUB amber ale.

Steel Toe Brewing

  • Size 11 – Top Flight selection.

Stone Brewing

  • Neverending Haze IPA – A quintessential West Coast IPA-maker has brewed a low-alcohol hazy IPA. “Visibly hazy and golden orange, Stone Neverending Haze IPA lets off dank aromas of orange peel along with floral notes. Citrus flavors of orange and lime are intense up front, followed by oats, pineapple, star fruit and sweet strawberry preserves,” the brewery says. 4% ABV.

Talking Waters Word Up // Photo via Talking Waters Brewing

Talking Waters Brewing Co.

  • Word Up – A dry-hopped filtered IPA with citrus, pine, and pineapple notes.

Thousand Lakes Brewing Co.

A new brewery in Parkers Prairie opened last month, named after Ottertail County’s ~1,000 lakes (1,048 to be exact). The opening day lineup includes:

  • Adley Ale West Coast IPA
  • Breakfast for Supper Oatmeal Stout – Served on nitro.
  • Fuzzy Wuzzy Hazy IPA
  • Haystacker Saison
  • Last Light Pale Ale
  • Pontoon Putzin’ Kolsch
  • Sassy Red Head Raspberry Sour
  • Striped Overalls Cream Ale
  • Tastes Like More Vienna Lager
  • Tent Pitcher German Pilsner

Tin Whiskers Brewing Company

  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Red Ale – A pilot batch red ale aged on chocolate, sea salt caramel, and vanilla. 5.7% ABV, 20 IBU and tapped January 9.
  • Rainbow Sherbert Smoothie Sour – Tapping January 10, this is the Tin Whiskers’ house petite sour aged on pineapples, oranges, raspberries, and vanilla. 4.1% ABV, 10 IBU.

Town Hall Brewery

The Showcase of Sippers is back this month, with Town Hall Brewery featuring a total of five big beers (both barrel-aged beers and their non-aged counterparts) each week and rotating in two new taps each Monday. Additional, upcoming sippers are included in the “just announced” section below. 

Currently available:

  • Cherry Grand Cru – Top Flight selection.
  • ET Wee – Barrel-aged wee heavy.
  • 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.
  • Manhattan Reserve – Barrel-aged Cherry Grand Cru..
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Twisted Trace – Barrel-aged Twisted Reality.
  • Weizenbock – A 9% ABV German-style wheat beer that Town Hall describes as sharing notes of tangy wheat bread with banana and spice notes.

Union 32 Crafthouse

  • Aloha Hefeweizen – A traditional German-style hefeweizen that derives banana notes from its yeast, with added coconut and pineapple for tropical tones.
  • Puck Drop Pale Ale – “A bold and inviting Minnesota Pale Ale. Using local Maltwerks barley, adding just the right amount of caramel malts, and pairing with hops full of fresh pine and citrus, we created a simple beer that allows each ingredient to shine,” the brewpub says. 5.5% ABV, 45 IBU


Beers just announced

Avery Sparkle Seltzer Mix Pack // Photo via Avery Brewing

Avery Brewing Company

  • Sparkle – Avery will be introducing its own line of 5.0% ABV hard seltzers soon, advertising zero added sugars, 100 calories, and 1.5 carbs. Flavors will include Cherry Lime, Grapefruit, and CranRaz.

Bad Weather Brewing Company

  • Treasure Hunt Ale – A dark cream ale brewed for Winter Carnival. The release party takes place on January 18.

Beaver Island Tangerine // Photo via Beaver Island

Beaver Island Brewing Co.

  • 39 Red IPA – Beaver Island announced that in 2020, 39 Red will move from year-round to a fall seasonal, available in October. The brand is also discontinuing Revival American IPA, with the new Axe Dragger taking its place.
  • Minnesota Classic – Coming next week, this is a toasty Vienna lager that pours at 4.8% ABV, 19 IBU.
  • Tangerine – An American wheat ale with added tangerine, available in February.

Big Wood Brewery

  • Bad Axe – Set to tap on Friday, January 17, this is an imperial IPA made with Chinook, Columbus, and Centennial hops. 9.8% ABV, 76 IBU and to be sold in 4-packs.

Lift Bridge 93x IPA // Photo via Lift Bridge Twitter

Lift Bridge Brewing Company

  • 93X Half-Assed IPA – A 4.5% ABV, 43 IBU citrusy session IPA that replaces the 93X Brotherhood Lager. A portion of proceeds will benefit the 23rd Veteran charity. There will be a release party January 18 with Midwest All-Star Wrestling.

LocAle Brewing Company

  • Coneflower – A hazy pale ale made with Citra, Idaho 7, and Zenia hops.

Lupulin Brewing Company

  • Eastern Sea – An 8.2% ABV Baltic porter coming later this month.
  • Falls Amber – “Falls Amber, one of the first in our new Sioux Falls lineup, is brewed in the style of a Scottish 80 Shilling. At 4.5% ABV and 15 IBU, it’s easy drinking, malt-forward, with a complex bready, biscuity and crackery flavor,” Lupulin says. It debuts on January 31 at the Sioux Falls brewery’s official ribbon-cutting ceremony.
  • Imperial Truffle Mix-Pack – Lupulin is putting together a new sampler pack of 9% ABV Imperial Truffle variants that will include Imperial Peanut Butter Truffle, Imperial Raspberry Truffle, Imperial Coconut Truffle, and Imperial Hazelnut Truffle in a single 4-pack of 16-ounce cans.
  • Operation CoHoperation – The next Lupulin series collaboration debuts in February, made with the crew from Surly. “Brewed with a healthy dose of Citra and Sultana, as well as Lotus hops to bring complexity to the fruit cocktail aroma,” the brewery says. “Expect notes of pineapple, vanilla, orange, and mango backed up with a big, sweet, chewy body.”
  • Suburban Sunrise – A 7% ABV red IPA in the works.
  • TBD – A Kölsch-style ale brewed with wild rice and lightly dry-hopped with Mosaic in collaboration with Working Draft (Madison, WI).
  • Whiskey Nuts – The whiskey barrel-aged imperial brown ale is back, with a bottle release at the brewery on January 25.

Mankato Brewery

  • 20/20 ESP – An American take on an extra special bitter with caramel tones, melon aromatics, and notes of nuts and smoke with a nod toward fans of sweet, malt-forward beers. Released to introduce the Canned for the Helping Hand series, this beer raises funds for the Lions Club Sight Grant Program and will be sold in 4-packs.

Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub

  • Eisbock – Eisbock returns as the weather gets colder. Northbound will host a poking party, beginning at 11am on Saturday, January 25.

Town Hall Brewery

The Showcase of Sippers lineup for January 13, alongside the returning Foolish, Twisted Reality, and Wee Heavy. 

  • Chocolate Citrus Bruin – “This beer was brewed to embrace the yeast-derived fruit flavors (esters) in chorus with the addition of flavor adjuncts (notably kumquats and Belgian dark chocolate),” Town Hall says. 9.6% ABV.
  • Eye of the Storm – The base beer for Vines Eye, this is a strong ale with Minnesota honey that offers candied citrus, fruit, and honey flavors. 9.1% ABV.
  • Project 3106 – A bourbon barrel-aged Belgian-style bruin with dark chocolate and kumquats. 9.2% ABV.
  • Twisted Trace – Also available on the week of January 20.
  • Vines Eye – A red wine barrel-aged strong ale with honey. 9.7% ABV.

The January 20 lineup will feature returning beers Foolish, Twisted Reality, and Eye of the Storm, plus:

  • Czar Jack – A GABF-winning rich imperial stout with roasted chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, coconut, and oak flavors. 8.6% ABV.
  • Foolish Angel – A 10.1% ABV Belgian quad with flavors of plum, dates, dark caramel, and vanilla.
  • Ol Jack Frost – The beer than becomes Czar Jack, this is a Russian imperial stout with dark chocolate, toasty caramel, and red fruit characteristics.
  • Trip’d out – The beer that becomes Tripel Vine, this is 12% ABV and offers “Slightly sweet flavors of sugar, spice and honey [with] rich banana and plum aromas.”

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