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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. 


t’s been a tough week for Minnesota beer fans, with two established breweries announcing closure: Eastlake Craft Brewery will be closing in September, followed by Dangerous Man’s Northeast Minneapolis facility in October. While fans prepare for their last pints at these locations, Freshies aims to share the good news of the beer world, highlighting the latest releases.

This week has a multitude of Oktoberfest parties, with toasty lagers and traditional German styles. In addition, fresh hop beers are available in limited doses, mixed culture sours are plentiful, and big, barrel-aged one-offs can be found too.

Each week, the Beer Dabbler team highlights the most tantalizing new beers available across the state that we’re most excited to try. Check out these Top Flights at Dabbler Depot—Click on each image for stock levels.

Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier 4pk 16.9oz – Full of October sunshine, strong and golden. Paulaner Oktoberfest is the perfect balance of a light taste of hops and a strong note of malt. A feast of a beer, which always goes down well. 6% ABV 

Lupulin Brewing Oktoberfest 4pk 16oz –  Märzen or Märzenbier is a lager that originated in Bavaria, and is the beer style that was traditionally served at Oktoberfest in Germany. Kilned malts and specialty malts produce a rich, toasty aroma, with a sweet flavor, while the traditional lager fermentation produces a clean yeast profile. 5.7% ABV 

Portage Seasons Change Oktoberfest 4pk 16oz – Made with all German malts, Czech Saaz, and our house lager strain. Crisp, warming, slightly malty, and roasty, perfect for any Fall related occasion. 5.5% ABV 

Modist The Time Is Nigh Festbier 4pk 16oz – Introducing The Time is Nigh, an Oak Aged Festbier brewed with Barke Pilsner, Vienna, and Munich malts, hopped with Bravo and Hallertau Mittelfrüh, then lagered and aged in our oak foeder for 4 weeks. 5.2% ABV 

Insight Schickemode Festbier 4pk 16oz –  Schickemode (that’s Chic Fashion for non-German speakers) is back for another Oktoberfest season. This tasty, malty lager hits all the right Bavarian notes. Lederhosen is encouraged but not required. Prost! 5% ABV

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New beers available this week across Minnesota

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56 Brewing

  • La Cosecha – A Mexican-style lager with blue agave, brewed in collaboration with La Dona and on tap this Saturday.

BeerClub Brewing

  • Single Speed Belgian Back on tap in Mora.

Bell’s Brewery

  • Octoberfest – An annual traditionally-brewed Märzen-style lager.

Bucks Mill Brewing

  • Ch-Cherry Bomb Sour On tap, “with a little twist of lime,” the brewery says.

Cuyuna Brewing

  • Devil’s Washboard Bavarian Marzen The Crosby brewery is throwing an Oktoberfest party this weekend.

Dangerous Man Brewing Company

  • Belgian Golden Strong An 11.5% ABV big beer with bright flavors that include stone fruit, banana, clove, and biscuit.
  • Festbier
  • Marzen

Destihl Brewery

  • Oktoberfest – A Märzen-style lager with light toast notes.

Duluth Cider

  • Chai Spiced Cider A semi-sweet cider with chai-esque notes of cinnamon, vanilla, black tea, and clove. 6.1% ABV.

Eastlake Craft Brewery

  • High & Mighty the Second: Raspberry Lemon Iced Tea – A THC seltzer with unsweetened black tea, lemon, and raspberry. 10mh THC, 8 calories, 1g carb.
  • Kirby Pucker Lemon Blueberry – Previously available at the Minnesota State Fair, this sour gose with lemon, blueberry, and sea salt, is on tap until it’s gone.
  • Pennant Race “Our fest-inspired beer was brewed entirely with local craft malts for a big-time honey, hazelnut, and biscuit base. This one-hopper to short also has a cosmic blast of comet hop for a gigantic orange marmalade on toast character,” the soon-to-close brewery says.

Excelsior Brewing Company

  • Oktoberfest Lager
  • Pumpkin Mike’s Ale A limited dessert-inspired beer on tap at the brewery.
  • Strawberries and Cream Ale – “Back for a limited time! Available on tap and in 6-packs to-go exclusively in our taproom,” Excelsior says.

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

  • Mango Tango – A bright and fruity hard seltzer. Gluten-free and 5.3% ABV.
  • The Appearance of Favoritism – “The hops in this hazy IPA were flash frozen right off the vine and shipped straight to us for immediate brewing, resulting in super bright and fresh aroma notes of Citra hops and mango,” the brewery says. 6.6% ABV.

Falling Knife Brewing Co.

  • Märzen Time A German-style Oktoberfest lager with subtle biscuit, caramel, and sweetness, the brewery notes. Sold on draft and in 4-packs.

Fat Pants Brewing Co.

  • Orange Shag A Belgian-style ale described as “[falling] on the sweeter, less yeasty side of the brew, but still has that notable smell and finish,” the brewery notes.

Fergus Brewing Co.

  • Oktoberfest

Firestone Walker Brewing Company

  • Parabolita – A 9.2% ABV imperial stout, sold in a single 16-ounce can, this Parabola spinoff is aged in bourbon barrels, with added vanilla beans, cocoa nibs, and sea salt.

Great Lakes Brewing Co.

  • Barrel-Aged Imperial Amber – A limited anniversary beer, now sold nationally, inspired by Eliot Ness Amber Lager, but pouring a big 12.1% ABV.
  • Oktoberfest

Indeed Brewing Company

  • Yamma Jamma – Tapped on Thursday, this classic Indeed fall seasonal returns in limited supply as part of the Creature Comforts series. Available only at the brewery, on draft, and in Crowlers.

Lakes & Legends Brewing Co.

  • Local Haunt “A hoppy lager collaboration with Hop Head Farms Grungeist hops,” the brewery says. 4.2% ABV.
  • Oktoberfest A 5.6% ABV Marzen -style lager.
  • Pineapple Tajin Dream Initially available at the state fair, this beer is now on tap at the brewery in limited supply.

Lakeville Brewing Co.

  • Cucumber Basil Sour – Available now, this sour beer is made with locally grown cucumbers and basil.
  • Oktoberfest – On tap now, and the featured beer of next week’s Oktoberfest celebration: Sept. 23, 4-7 p.m.
  • Palisade Peach Pale Ale – Made with more than 300 pounds of Colorado peaches.

LocAle Brewing Company

  • Cherry Table Bierre – A sessionable mixed culture sour with sweet cherry puree.
  • Weizen Radler – Described as “a lower ABV version of our Summer Weizen with fresh lemonade.

Luce Line Brewing Co.

  • Schnapsidee – A Marzen-style lager.

Lupulin Brewing Company

  • Oktoberfest Already in stores, the brewery taps its fall season with a party this Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Millstream Brewing Co.

  • Oktoberfest Sold in 4-packs, crisp and malty with a slightly dry finish.

Modist Brewing Co.

  • Glitch Mode – Citra, Strata, Luminosa, Idaho 7, and Cryo Citra hops combine in a new double IPA. 8% ABV, on tap Saturday and in stores beginning next Tuesday.
  • Canne Pomme Poire – “An infused sparkling water collab made with No Coast Cannabis with cranberry, apple, pear, cardamom, and 10mg of Delta 9 THC derived from Minnesota-grown hemp per can,” says Modist. In the taproom on Saturday and in stores next week.
  • Melt: Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade – This THC-infused sparkling way (no alcohol), debuts on Saturday and hits stores next week. 10mg THC.

Montgomery Brewing Company

  • Oktoberfest Marzen-style lager

Nine Mile Brewing

  • Lenny A West Coast-style IPA, dry-hopped and made with Centennial, Motueka, and Strata CGX hops.
  • Tali’s Terrestrial Pineapple Hefeweizen The name indicates the style, a base of The Eleventh Hour hefeweizen with fresh pineapple added.
  • The Eleventh Hour Cheekily named, a late summer German-style hefeweizen: “Loral hops provide delicate balance and toss off a smidge of citrus. A traditional Hefe yeast is the star of the show here… banana and clove blend together and make each other pop,” the brewery says. 5.1% ABV.

North 20 Brewing Co.

  • Mama’s Kölsch – Recently retapped in Rosemount.
  • Oktoberfest On tap this weekend as the brewery celebrates the harvest season.

Northbound Smokehouse & Brewery

  • Ball & Chain A British strong ale made with Golden Promise malt for rich and sweet malt notes and a light hop profile. 7.1% ABV, 22 IBU.

Nouvelle Brewing

  • Electric Dragon A pastry sour made with dragon fruit, passion fruit, orange, guava, vanilla beans, and lactose, combining for notes of passion fruit flesh, orange supremes, and juicy fruit gum, the Robbinsdale brewpub says.

Odell Brewing Co.

  • Oktoberfest A Marzen-style lager.

Oliphant Brewing

  • Spooky Squishy –An apple pie sour ale. 5% ABV.

OMNI Brewing Co.

The following are on tap for OMNI’s Oktoberfest celebration (in addition to new OMNI wines):

  • Dunkelweizen
  • Festbier
  • Hefeweizen
  • Oktoberfest

Surly Brewing Co.

  • King Harvest The September members-only offering from The Surly Bottle Project.

The brewery also recently tapped a robust Oktoberfest lineup at the Beer Hall:

  • Dampfbier
  • Surlyfest Rye Lager
  • Weizenbock

Toppling Goliath Brewing

  • Oktoberfest

Venn Brewing Company

  • Cosmosis: Blueberry Lemonade – An imperial sour with blueberry and lemon flavors. 9.0% ABV.
  • Fresh Hop Northodox – Venn’s flagship hazy IPA gets a harvest-time twist. 6.5% ABV.

WeldWerks Brewing Co.

  • 2023 Medianoche – “The base recipe includes our traditional Medianoche base, combined with wheat, rye, extended-boil, and short-boiled Medianoches, aged in whiskey barrels,” the brewery explains. “This extraordinary blend presents notes of Nilla Wafers, melted caramel, fresh chocolate chip cookies, oak, and hints of cinnamon pecans.

Wild Mind Ales

  • Confessional Pouring 5.4% ABV, this is a Belgian-style single pale ale with a full body and modest alcohol content.
  • Plum Blackberry Refresco Tapping today, this is a lightly tart and effervescent Berliner Weisse with red plum and blackberry. 6.5% ABV.

Wooden Hill Brewing Co.

  • Non-Alcoholic Festbier Newly tapped this weekend, along with other seasonal beers, as the brewery celebrates Oktoberfest.

Yoerg Brewing

  • Festbier “It is lightly sweet with a malty nose balanced with floral hops. It’s medium to big body and alcohol are not overpowering, yet rich and substantial,” the brewery says.

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