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Welcome to Beer Dabbler’s Freshies, our weekly rundown on the newest beers hitting the store shelves and taproom coolers in Minnesota from your favorite local and national breweries.

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alloween is a timeless holiday, great for kids and adults alike. Breweries are highlighting that festive spirit, both with family-friendly events, and some later-evening adults parties with live music, one-off infusions, and more. Candy-themed flights are plentiful and, just as exciting, we see several zombie beers back from the dead this week. 

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Each week, the Beer Dabbler team highlights five of the most tantalizing new beers available around the great state of Minnesota that we’re most excited to try. Top Flight beers are not necessarily available for purchase at Dabbler Depot–call for availability. 

Duluth Cider Glensheen Gold Honey Cider – A taste of Duluth, made with hand-picked crabapples from trees planted over 100 years ago. “Infused with local honey, this cider is deliciously tart and delightfully smooth,” the cidery says.

Hacienda Beer Co. How Dare You Speak To Me – Back for the first time since 2021, this hazy IPA featuring Simcoe Cryo and Mosaic hops is back.

Nouvelle Brewing Bananas Brûlée – “This creamy Weizenbock was brewed with roasted bananas to accentuate the flavors of fermentation. Expect rich and creamy malt, brûléed bananas, and complex dried fruits,” the brewpub says. 8% ABV.

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New beers available this week across Minnesota

Angry Inch Brewing

  • From Gose With Love – With grapefruit.

Bad Habit Brewing Company

A special flight of candy-inspired beers are on tap for Sunday:

  • Almost Joy – A coconut, chocolate, and almond milk stout at 5.2% ABV.
  • Reese’s – A peanut butter milk stout at 5.2% ABV.
  • Starburst – An orange and vanilla milkshake-style IPA at 7.0% ABV.
  • SourPatch Kids – A watermelon sour at 4.0% ABV.
  • Peach Me I’m Dreaming – Blonde Ale with peach.
  • Punk-O – Available on Saturday as Bad Habit’s 7th Anniversary week wraps up.

Bauhaus Brew Labs

The Freezebox fall/winter sampler is back. This year featuring one classic Bauhaus brew and three new beers. All four are on available on draft:

  • Big Dipster – A 6.7% ABV, 50 IBU dip-hopped hazy IPA.
    Lil’ Ben – A sessionable English-style mild ale at 3.4% ABV, 17 IBU.
  • Oat Nebula – A lactose-free oat milk stout with coffee. 4.4% ABV, 30 IBU.
  • Stargrazer – The German-style black lager makes a limited time return. 5.0% ABV, 22 IBU. Also available in limited 6-packs from the brewery.

Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

Haunted Paddle takes place this weekend. In addition to family friendly events, the old taproom will pour a series of galactic-themed beers:

  • Buzzed Light Year Lager
  • Big Bang Bent Hop IPA
  • Partial Spectrum CBD+
  • Partial Spectrum THC+
  • Purple Pulsar Haze

Brew d’État

Four beers are currently in distribution, made with wet hops from Civil Sass farms in addition to regular ingredients.

  • Perfect Little Soup Boy – A double dry-hopped pale ale. 5.5% ABV. Limited supply.
  • Rainier Day Black IPA –  Double dry-hopped with Altus and Mosaic Cryo. 6.9% ABV.
  • Rainy Day Black Ale – Double dry-hopped with Waimea oils and Altus. 5.0% ABV.
  • The New Boss Double IPA – Double dry-hopped with Altus and Mosaic Cryo . 8.5% ABV. Limited supply.

Copper Trail Brewing Co.

  1. Black Betty – A 5.9% ABV bourbon barrel-aged porter.
  2. Midwest Midnight – A 6.1% ABV milk stout.

Duluth Cider

  • Glensheen Gold Honey Cider – Top Flight selection

Garphish Brewing Company

  • Hapjazardly – An jalapeño-infused Kölsch-style ale.

Hacienda Beer Co.

  • How Dare You Speak To Me – top Flight selection

Inbound BrewCo

  • Satellite – A new tropically-flavored non-alcoholic THC beverage with flavors of orange, pineapple, and mango. Available today and sold in 6-packs to-go.
  • To Be Continued…Wild Berry – A fruited sour ale made with raspberry, black currant, and açai to balance tart and juicy flavors. 5% ABV, 20 IBU. On draft and in liquor stores.

Lakes & Legends Brewing

  • Winter Tonic – “Fresh cranberry juice straight from Minnesota Cranberry Co. mixed with a hint of ginger makes for a perfectly balanced and blissfully crisp,
    tart sour ale,” the brewery says.

Lake Monster Brewing

Monster Bash party is back on Saturday. Attendees to the ticketed event will have choices of:

  • Apple Cider Ale – Served warm.
  • Cask Cave – Featuring 8 unique cask infusions.

LocAle Brewing Company

  • Coconut Monstrosity
  • Peanut Butter Cup Star City 
  • Stiff Cheeks – In their own words: “A new 8% ABV Frankenstein slushy, available for a limited time! Stitched together with Stiff Peaks (lemon), Cherry Lime Fizz (cherry & lime) and our imperial seltzer base plus extra cherry juice.”

Luce Line Brewing Co.

  • Black Magic – A porter with flavors of roasted coffee, light caramel, and chocolate, the brewery says.
  • Morning Buzz – “A cream ale blended with cold brewed coffee and conditioned on Ugandan vanilla beans,” explains Luce Line. Released
  • Triple Berry Cobbler – Additions of blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, cinnamon, and vanilla beans give this smoothie sour a dessert-like impression.

Lupulin Brewing Company

  • S&M&S&M volume 2 – A limited infusion where the Sultana and Motueka hop base is complemented by strawberry and matcha green tea.
  • Thirst Trap – Lupulin’s companion to Dual Citizen’s Thirst Trap (featured last week), this is an IPA with notes of grapefruit and citrus, with a full body and “a lick of salt,” the brewery says. 6% ABV. Taproom only.

Mankato Brewery

  • Dead or Alive – On draft and sold in bottles, this is a barrel-aged Russian-style imperial stout. 
  • Wolperlinger Stout – A new oatmeal stout, currently being served in the taproom.

Milk & Honey Ciders

  • Chaga Chai – “Chaga Chai is aged on chaga, chicory, dandelion, burdock, and licorice along with a blend of aromatic spices,” the cidery says. Now available onsite.

North 20 Brewing

Open since July, the brewery features a lineup that includes:

  • Goin’ To Town – Cream ale
  • Hard Seltzer – Available in varied flavors.
  • Hay Bale – Hazy IPA
  • Hilltop – Hefeweizen
  • Mama’s Kölsch
  • Moo Moo Magic – Chocolate milk stout
  • Oktoberfest – Märzen-style lager
  • What the Hop!? – Double IPA

Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub

  • Double Bourbon Barrel-aged Block Heater Barley Wine – This batch of barleywine was aged in 14-year Elijah Craig and 10-year Eagle Rare bourbon barrels. 11.6% ABV, 62 IBU.

Nouvelle Brewing

  • Bananas Brûlée – Top Flight selection
  • Blood Bath – A Berliner Weisse inspired by Froot Loops cereal, this 4.5% ABV sour ale is made with lime leaf, lemongrass, coriander, and terpenes.
  • Downshift – Nugget CGX and estate Grown Comet from Crosby Hops set the stage in this 7.2% ABV West Coast-style IPA with notes of mango, grapefruit, earthy pine, and sweet malt.
  • Star Cutter – A new cold IPA brewed with Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe, and Galaxy hops.

Oliphant Brewing

  • Amerston Spiral Bug Egg Mask – A bourbon barrel-aged Baltic-style porter. 9% ABV and sold in bottles at the taproom, beginning today.
  • Coconut Hunkboy – A robust porter with coconut. 6% ABV.
  • Dracula Weed – The 6% ABV West Coast-style IPA with the spooky name is back. A cocktail of Cascade, Chinook, Simcoe, and Warrior hops come together in this recipe.
  • Duvet Of Night Terrors – A bourbon barrel-aged doppelbock at 9% ABV. Sold in bottles at the taproom, beginning today.

OMNI Brewing Co.

  • Melt Blueberry Pink Guava – The latest smoothie sour in the Melt series.

Pryes Brewing Co.

  • Blood Orange Miraculum – The featured beer at this weekend’s Vampire Family Reunion Halloween Party.

Spilled Grain Brewhouse

  • Pinkalicious – A wheat ale with hibiscus.

Surly Brewing Co.

  • Abrasive Double IPA – The first Minnesota double IPA from Surly is now available to all Surly markets in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans. The generous helping of Citra hops builds the foundation. The oats in the malt bill balance the bitterness and lift it to critically acclaimed heights.
  • Darkness – Top Flight selection
  • Mixed Messages Variety Pack – This popular pack returns to shelves next week for the season
  • Take Five – A lime flavored “THC tonic.”

Three Twenty Brewing 

  • So Fresh and So Pale Ale – A fresh hopped-pale ale made with locally grown St. Croix Valley Hops.

Town Hall Brewery

  • 97 Masala – The original recipe is back for a limited time, tapped on Monday.
  • Black Berry Gold –  A Belgian-style strong ale, aged in bourbon barrels with added blackberries.
  • Six Hour Tour – Top Flight selection

Unmapped Brewing Co.

  • Basic PSL – A sour ale with lactose. Expect a vanilla bouquet with pumpkin pie spices.
  • Spice Up Your Lite – A 4% ABV American light lager made with crushed red pepper flakes for a touch of Minnesota heat.

Utepils Brewing

In addition to screening Halloween-themed movies, the brewery has a few new beers on tap this holiday weekend:

  • Loonar Eclipse – The Czech-style dark lager is back now.
  • Smokey the Beer – An easy drinking lager with toasted malt and smoke. Out now.
  • Totally Different (But Still Wirth It) – Available on nitro at the taproom.

Venn Brewing Company

  • House Pale Ale – Brewed with Bravo hops and pouring at 5.0% ABV.

Wooden Hill Brewing Co.

  • Mexican Hot Chocolate – Back on tap (and in Crowlers) now, this is an imperial pastry stout made with cocoa, cinnamon, lactose, peppers, and vanilla. Expect cinnamon and milk chocolate on the nose, a sweet full-bodied cocoa flavor, and a light and pleasant heat from the peppers, the brewery says. 9% ABV.

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