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.
It’s a tale of two holidays at many breweries this weekend. Most are finishing off the cranberry and pumpkin-spiced beers of Thanksgiving to make way for big, bold, and boisterous imperial stouts, winter warmers, and fireplace sippers. Broadly speaking, it’s malt’s time to shine, starting with amber and brown ales, building to heavy imperial stouts and sweet but layered barleywines.
‘Tis also the season of holiday markets. Just like taprooms, these locally-made events come in different scales from small to large but expect pop-up gift markets and more when heading to your local brewery or cidery for a pint, a Crowler, or a pre-holiday gathering.
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. Check out these Top Flights at Dabbler Depot—call for stock availability.
Wiley Roots You Had An Extra Pair Of Gloves This Whole Time Imperial Stout – A Rocky Road Imperial Stout with notes of chocolate, peanut, marshmallow, and milk sugar.
Aslin How Now Brown Cow Milk Stout – A 6% ABV milk stout with rich aromas of maple, light roasted coffee, and faint notes of smokey bacon.
De Galzen Toren Saison d’Erpe-Mere – Brewed with artesian water, barley and wheat malts, liquid sugar, hops, and yeast resulting in a dry, hoppy, and fruity farmhouse ale.
Falling Knife Crown Shy DDH Hazy DIPA – A Double Dry-Hopped Hazy Double IPA brewed in collaboration with Junkyard Brewing Co.
Fantome Saison Single – A light and fizzy country ale with bright notes of citrus. Sold in 750-milliliter bottles.
The beers in this gallery are now available for purchase at Dabbler Depot, 1545 7th St W, St. Paul, MN 55102
Krayt Dragon – A limited barrel-aged imperial stout brewed in collaboration with Shorewood Liquor. Tapped on Black Friday and also sold in 750-milliliter bottles.
AEGIR Brewing Company
Black Helmet – A double black IPA, tapped for Black Friday.
Mo’Cash – A New England-style IPA.
Bad Weather Brewing Co.
2019 Calamity – A 4 year-old Russian imperial stout, limited 2019 Calamity bottles went on sale Black Friday.
2020 Calamity – Vintage Russian imperial stout, available in a mixed barrel-aged bottle 3-pack at the brewery.
2021 Calamity – Last year’s Russian imperial stout is currently available. Sold only in a mixed barrel-aged bottle 3-pack at the brewery.
2022 Calamity – A Russian imperial stout aged in bourbon and single malt whiskey barrels from J. Carver. As of Black Friday, it was available in both bottle form and on draft. The beer is full-bodied with malt-heavy flavors of chocolate, roast, and dark fruits. Also sold in a mixed 3-pack with the 2020-2021 vintages.
2021 Cauld Weather – Bad Weather’s Scottish wee heavy, aged in Rye Whiskey barrels from J. Carver. On draft and in bottles as of Black Friday. Deep brown in color, this BA beer offers strong chocolate and caramelized malt flavors.
Kentucky Common – Available on nitro now, this beer offers light toasted malt, sweet corn, and chocolate roast flavors with aromas of corn, oak, pear, and orange marmalade.
Our Kentucky Common is back & pouring on Nitro today!
AKA Dark Cream Ale, it hails from… Kentucky & is brewed w/ 40% corn. Light aromas of sweet corn, oak, pear fruitiness, orange marmalade. Flavors of light toasted malt, sweet corn, chocolate roast.
Mayhem & Mischief – Pre-sales are open now for this award-winning barleywine, tweaked in formula for 2022. It will be sold in 12-ounce cans. 12% ABV, 42 IBU. Available officially on Monday.
Oak & Dagger – An oak-aged dry cider, pouring 7.5% ABV. 7.5% ABV.
Sage – Now available, this semi-dry cider is made with whole Cascade hops and fresh sage. 6.6% ABV
Eastlake Craft Brewery
Got Dang – An 8.6% ABV juicy double IPA with tropical fruit flavors of mango, pineapple, and papaya from a combination of Strata, Citra, and Triumph hops.
High & Dry: Lemon – A new flavor in Eastlake’s line of THC-infused sparkling water. 5 milligrams.
Nicollet Mauler – “Our bellwether brew is a bittersweet malty maelstrom of licorice, pine, juicy cherry, and dark chocolate. Your first hit brings a rye smile to your face before Simcoe, Chinook, and Amarillo hops rip it up with a sultry sharpness that lingers,” the brewery says of its returning black IPA.
Fair State Cooperative
Lactobac Holiday – A Thanksgiving-meets-Christmas holiday kettle sour, made with citrus, cranberry, and ginger.
Firestone Walker Brewing Company
Two new beers are available in the brewery’s latest IPA Mixed Pack:
Galaxy Shapeshifters – A hazy IPA made with Galaxy hops and complemented by Citra for notes of passion fruit, tropical fruit, and citrus.
Idaho Secrets – A West Coast IPA featuring up-and-coming hop Idaho Gem. “Backed up with a heady dose of the Vic Secret from Australia, it’s an IPA loaded with complexity and flavor,” the brewery says.
Hacienda Beer Co.
This Is All We Know – A double IPA with peach and mandarin flavors along with notes of passion fruit, grapefruit, and a hint of pine, the brewery says. Available on Saturday.
Hop & Barrel Brewing Company Hudson
Quadrivium – “This classic Belgian is rich with dark and fruity flavors of caramel, brown sugar, plums and fig. It is also one of our base beers for our new barrel aging program,” the brewery says. 14.5% ABV. Tapped last Sunday.
Sam’s Christmas Village – A seasonal, cookie-inspired lager at 5.2% ABV.
Hop & Barrel Brewing Company Spring Valley
Took’s Folly – “This IPA is ridiculously fruity, malty sweet, and very drinkable,” the brewery says of its 7% ABV IPA featuring New Zealand-grown hops.
Bourbon Barrel aged Cherry Medium – A full-bodied cider that Keepsake recommends for the holidays.
Lakeville Brewing Co.
Northern Climes Winter IPA – A rye IPA at 6.4% ABV brewed with winter in mind. “Lots of Citra, Nugget, and Willamette hops added throughout the process, along with a healthy base of Canadian barley and malted rye, gives this copper colored pint an aroma of fresh spruce tips and dank earthy spice,” the brewpub notes. “The flavor flows from a malt-rich opening into a prominently rye finish, with an accompanying hop bitterness complimenting the rye notes.”
Firefly 33 Veterans Blend Hazy IPA – A newly tapped IPA at 6.8% ABV with notes of citrus, Tang, herbal flavors, and dank aromas. A portion of proceeds from this hop blend benefit HunterStever Foundation.
Test Acre Barleywine – The original recipe of this barleywine goes on tap today, side by side with the previously tapped bourbon barrel-aged version.
Lupulin Brewing Company
Polarnattens Paradis – This imperial coffee stout comes in 16-ounce cans and offers flavors of caramel, chocolate, and spice, the brewery explains. 10% ABV.
Sticky Puddles: Cherry Cheesecake – A new imperial sour pouring at 9% ABV and made with cherry, cinnamon, and cheesecake.
Swanky Sloth – A triple IPA at 11% ABV.
Strawberry Vanilla Rhubarb Sour Bibendum 2022
As a Packer bar with Viking fans as brewers, we had to be sarcastic with this one. The Griddy is a robust porter with pecan smoked malts. This beer is so good it'll have you doing feeling like @JJettas2 after that one-handed catch against the Bills. @Vikingspic.twitter.com/VufiSn8ybD
Mango Woman – A 7% ABV sour wheat ale with black currants and mango.
Pryes Brewing Co.
Monkey Bar – An imperial pastry stout made with banana, peanut butter, chocolate, and marshmallow. Available on Saturday as the final 2022 release in the Cartographer Collection.
Say hello to our 2022 retail release calendar! We’ve got some exciting things on the horizon this year, including 4 brand new Cartographer Collection releases, 12oz Variety Packs, and of course, the return of Main Squeeze!
Apple Cinnamon Stud Muffin – “Stud Muffin is an Apple Cinnamon pastry sour thickened with lactose and conditioned on real muffins from Farmer’s Daughter Rustic Bakery and apple pie filling,” the brewery explains.
Lori – A mild Belgian-style wheat beer with orange peel and coriander. 5.1% ABV, bright, and refreshing, the brewery says.
Tastes Like More is back – A malt-forward Vienna lager, back on tap now.
Tiny Bubbles Hard Seltzer: Peach Bellini – “This iteration of Tiny Bubbles is bright, crisp and effervescent with delicious White Peach flavor and white wine notes,” says Thousand Lakes.
Tip to Tip – A hazy IPA with pine notes and honey malt, as well as lemon and berry flavors.
Three Twenty Brewing Co.
Cranberry Sandbar Seltzer
Thunder Brothers Brewery
Lightning Lager – A 5.8% ABV lager with a light finish.
Apricot Melomel – Tapped on Thursday, this melomel is made with local apricots and local honey.
Herbed Cider – Available for a limited time.
Winter Spice – A mulled cider made with ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves. Available in bottles.
Urban Growler Brewing Company
Tangled TinsAle – A malt-forward winter warmer at 6.8% ABV, 50 IBU, and brewed with seven malts: Nugget, Cascade, and Crystal hops. “An amber ale with subtle notes of spice and pine,” the brewery says. On tap and in cans, too.
Wild Mind Ales
Heliograph – “[A] soft, fruity saison refermented on sauvignon blanc grape must…Open fermented and allowed to free rise in temperature with a blend of Belgian and French saison strains for a balance of phenols, esters, acidity, and minerality,” the brewery says of this recently available. 10.1% ABV saison.
Mimetic Architecture – A pale lager made with thiolized yeast strain for boosted notes of passion fruit, guava, and lime. 6.2% ABV.
Winter’s Edge 2022 – Available since Black Friday, this is an Estonian-style Baltic porter at 7.6% ABV.
WLD WTR: Clear – A low-key, 5-milligram THC-infused, non-alcoholic sparking water. “Think Top Chico,” the brewery says. Available today.
Wooden Hill Brewing Company
Project 1320 – A juicy IPA made with experimental and still-to-be-named YQH-1320 hops, both in boil and dry-hopping. 6.6% ABV.
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Loren Green is a Minneapolis-based freelance writer. His work has appeared in The Growler, Star Tribune, All About Beer, City Pages, Paste, Scene Point Blank, and more. Besides beer, he also writes about music, culture, and related topics. Follow him on Twitter at @lorenmgreen.