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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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f you’re wondering where the party is this week, the answer is everywhere. Oktoberfest celebrations with custom steins, German-inspired lagers, and live music are plentiful in every area of the state right now.

Oktoberfest is a celebration of the harvest, which also points us to the next seasonal style to hit taplines: the fresh hop (or wet hop) beer. A few are available now and expect to see more IPAs and pale ales in the coming weeks, each showing off the local terroir of its farm, whether locally sourced or picked and shipped from the Pacific Northwest.

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. 

Alloy Brewing Company 2022 Barrel Aged Iron Kilt – “This year’s version of our Iron Kilt Scottish Wee Heavy was aged for 9 months in Crooked Water Distilling King’s Point Bourbon (ex Port) barrels. It’s a sweet malty delight, expressing a Highland brogue with a light hop finish,” the brewery says. 10.1% ABV, 31 IBU.

Disgruntled Brewing Oktoberfest – Available now, including in cans available for take-home purchase at the brewery. Disgruntled will host an Oktoberfest party on Oct. 1.

Goat Ridge Brewing Co. Harvest Ale – Made with local, fresh Cascade hops and on tap this Saturday.

Nouvelle Brewing Strata – “This wet hop IPA was made with fresh Strata hops from our pals at Crosby Hops in Oregon, picked just hours before brewing. Using a unique process of freezing the hops with liquid nitrogen and gently breaking them apart, we were able to extract all that juicy lupulin from inside,” the brewpub says. 6.9% ABV.

Unmapped Brewing Co. (r)EVOLVE – A biere de garde with brettanomyces and the first beer in Unmapped’s mixed culture, foeder-aged series.

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New beers available this week across Minnesota

56 Brewing

  • VOTE – Now available and with a QR code on the can that will direct people to voter registration information, this is a new hazy IPA made with Amarillo and Citra hops.

Alloy Brewing Company

  • 2022 Barrel Aged Iron Kilt – Top Flight selection

Bad Habit Brewing Company

  • Marzenbier – On tap for Oktoberfest celebration this weekend.
  • Squelch – “Cosmic Punch yeast paired with wine-grape derived mash hops go head-to-head with Bru-1 and Strata hops,” the brewery says of this juicy, hazy, and tropically-toned IPA.

Bad Weather Brewing Company

  • Golden Horizons – “A pale ale brewed with Golden Promise malt and hopped with Warrior, Centennial, and First Gold hops,” Bad Weather says. 4.6% ABV.

Bauhaus Brew Labs

  • Tetra – A new line of THC+CBD sparkling water, with the launch recipe being lemon-lime in flavor with for to come. The beverage contains 5mg of delta-9 THC and 15mg of CBD, both derived from 100% Minnesota-grown hemp. Available in 4-packs of 12-ounce cans.

Copper Trail Brewing Co.

  • Tongue Twisted – A cherry and lime sour ale, pouring 5.6% ABV with both tart and citrus tones.

Disgruntled Brewing

  • Oktoberfest – Top Flight selection

Duluth Cider

  • Chai Spiced Cider – A spiced cider, made with cinnamon, vanilla, star anise, and orange peer, for the fall season.

Eastlake Craft Brewery

  • Pennant Race Festbier – A German-inspired festbier made with local craft malts and Mandarina Bavaria hops, combining for notes of honey, biscuit, toast, and orange marmalade.

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

  • Greetings From Minneapolis – A 6.7% ABV IPA with a medium body and flavors of lime, mango, peach, and blueberry.
  • Pils – Now available on side pour at the taproom.

Firestone Walker Brewing Company

  • Parabolita – Sold in individual 16-ounce cans, “The brewing team aged a selection of Parabola for one year in premium bourbon barrels, then blended it with a complement of Velvet Merlin milk stout to create a silky mouthfeel and a more approachable ABV of 9.2 percent. Finally, they infused the beer with Madagascar vanilla beans, cocoa nibs and sea salt to achieve a full Salted Caramel-style expression,” the brewery explains.

Fulton Brewing

  • Specter – The New England-style hazy IPA is back at the brewery, with $1 from each pint to be donated to the American Foundatin for Suicide Prevention. The beer is made with malted oats, white wheat, Mosaic, Amarillo, and Citra hops. 7.1% ABV.
  • Tumbleweed – A hazy IPA, previously only available at the Minnesota State Fair, on tap now.

Goat Ridge Brewing Co.

  • Harvest Ale – Top Flight selection
  • Mad Goat Märzen – Available for Oktoberfest celebration at Goat Ridge tomorrow, Sat. Oct. 24.

Hacienda Beer Co.

  • DDH Everything Eventually: Vic Secret – A 5.9% ABV hazy pale ale with Citra and Vic Secret hops.

Half Pint Brewing Company

  • Cold IPA – Tapped before the brewery’s hop-picking party earlier this month.
  • Hannah’s Honey Cream Ale
  • Pa’s Porter – Available on nitro.
  • Raspberry/Peach Milkshake IPA – Tapped at the start of the month.

Heavy Rotation Brewing Co.

  • Oktoberfest – Tapping at 11 on Saturday for the brewery’s first Oktoberfest celebration.
  • Say Less – A sour ale made with orange, banana, and vanilla.

Imminent Brewing

  • Cherry Fat Cat Saison – A saison with tart local cherry. 6.2% ABV, 23 IBU.
  • Fat Cat Saison – The base beer of Cherry Fat Cat is a Belgian-style saison with “Loads of fruity esters, a touch of phenolic character, and a refreshingly dry finish,” Imminent says.
  • Prairie Creek Porter – Smooth., yet robust, Imminent says, with pronounced chocolate balanced with earthy and herbal hop notes. 6.4% ABV, 30 IBU.

Keepsake Cidery

  • Imperial Cyser – A mead and cider blend, available at the cidery this weekend as they celebrate the harvest season.

Lakes & Legends Brewing Company

  • Super Welch – A new German-style hazy IPA, tapped on Wednesday and described as smooth and juicy with “zero bitterness.” Lakes & Legends hosts an Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday. 6.8% ABV.

Lakeville Brewing Co.

  • Oktoberfest – A Marzen-style Oktoberfest lager, available now and featured for the brewpub’s party this Saturday.

Lift Bridge Brewing Co.

  • Berry Blonde – Available now, this 4% ABV blonde ale “has aroma and flavor subtly sparked with ripe boysenberry and blackberry juice that integrates beautifully with the light golden malt,” the brewery says.
  • Fireside Flannel – Fall is back and so is the brown ale with flavors of roasted hazelnuts, coffee, and light chocolate. 4.7% ABV.

Lupulin Brewing Company

  • Night Witch – A 12% ABV barrel-aged imperial stout, available in 16-ounce cans direct from the brewery this year. On sale this Saturday in Big Lake and Sioux Falls.

Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub

  • Oktoberfest – On tap since Tuesday, the brewpub’s 10th anniversary date. 6.8% ABV, 22 IBU.

Nouvelle Brewing

  • Cheat Code – Passion fruit, grapefruit, and pineapple flavors combine in this crisp and flavorful IPA, the brewery says. 5.8% ABV.
  • Count Cholaca – A milk stout with chocolate and caramel malts, conditioned on cacao nibs. 5.3% ABV.
  • Painkiller – A 4% ABV Berliner Weisse inspired by the Painkiller cocktail, made with pineapple, peach, tangerine, coconut, and vanilla.
  • PB Blaster – This 9.5% ABV imperial pastry stout was made with creamy peanut butter, toasted cacao nibs, vanilla caviar, and lactose.
  • Strata – Top Flight selection

Oliphant Brewing

  • Frankenstein Pot – It’s a West Coast-style IPA made with Strata, Simcoe, Mosaic, and Citra hops. 6% ABV. 

OMNI Brewing Co.

OMNI is celebrating this Saturday, 12-10pm, with a seventh anniversary party and the following special taps:

  • #BasicBear
  • Blue Cotton Candy Ale
  • Pink Cotton Candy Ale

Spiral Brewery

  • Trip or Treat – A Belgian-style tripel, on tap in Hastings, with malt-forward sweetness and 8.1% ABV.

Unmapped Brewing Co.

  • (r)EVOLVE – Top Flight selection

Waldmann Brewery

  • Festbier – On tap and made with all German malts and noble hops. The Saint Paul brewery is hosting Oktoberfest parties Fri-Sun Sept 23-5 and Fri-Sun Sept 30-Oct 2.
  • Oktoberfest – A Marzen-style lager.

Wild Mind Ales

  • Fest Bier – Available for a brewery party this Saturday, this lager offers cracker malt flavor and herbal hop aromas, the brewery says.
  • WLD WTR Infusions – A lightly carbonated hemp-derived THC drink with a light fruit cocktail flavor of pineapple, orange, and cherry. Available in very limited supply, as of this morning. 

Wooden Hill Brewing Co.

  • Clouds – Back on tap, this is described as a double berry marshmallow sour, pouring at 5% ABV with additions of blackberry, raspberry, vanilla, and marshmallow.

Yoerg Brewing

  • Imperial Festbier – A big, 8.2% ABV festbier with spicy, malt-forward flavors.

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