Spiral Hollywood Hill Hefeweizen • Photo via Spiral Brewery

Spiral Hollywood Hill Hefeweizen • Photo via Spiral Brewery

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. 

Every week a few trends pop out as we compile the list of what’s new. Hefeweizen, and wheat ale in general, is back for the season. Some highlight that banana and clove note, while others complement the soft wheat bill with tart fruits. Other light-bodied beers include light lagers, zippy radlers, and citrus-tinged Caribbean-inspired drinks.



Each week, the Beer Dabbler team highlights five of the most tantalizing new beers that we’re most excited to try.

Barrel Theory Beer Company Do It For M Dog – A coffee and chocolate tribute milk stout, brewed in part to raise funds for the Saint Paul Children’s Hospital.

Bemidji Brewing Blood Orange IPA – A blood orange-infused West Coast-style IPA, with puree added after dry-hopping for notes of bright orange and grapefruit zest. 6.5% ABV, 50 IBU.

Forager Brewery The Wake Jumper – A waterskiing-inspired beer made with Cashmere Lupomax, Mosaic Lupomax, and Motueka hops for tangerine and candied papaya flavors.

Nouvelle Brewing Nuvidays – Nouvelle’s American lager blended with lemon and strawberry puree. 3.8% ABV.

Waldmann Brewery Golden Lager – A historic homage to 1870s-era American lager. “Brewed with 2-row American barley, rice and late-addition American cluster hops producing notes of biscuit, spice, and honey,” the Saint Paul brewpub notes. 6.0% ABV.

New beers available this week

22 Northmen Brewing Company

  • Sommer Lager – A pink guava lager, on tap at the brewery now, just in time for the 2nd annual MN Craft Lager Fest in Alexandria.

A-Side Public House

  • Munich Dark – A new 5.1% ABV beer with malt-forward notes of bread, brewed in collaboration with Waldmann.

Alloy Brewing Company

  • Because I Was Inverted Hazy IPA – This hazy IPA pours at 5.6% ABV, 34 IBU and was made with a combination of Solero and HBC-586 hops.

Alternative Roots Farm

  • Hazy 1900 – “This hazy cider was crafted using traditional techniques with some of the first and oldest Minnesota named apple varieties. This batch was harvested in a drought year, creating a complex full-bodied hazy cider with refreshing hints of citrus,” Alternative Roots says. 7.6% ABV.

Back Shed Brewing Company

  • Rap Around – Top Flight selection
  • Three Day Vacay – Tapped in May, this new offering gives margarita-like flavors of lime and cherry.

Bad Habit Brewing Co.

  • PB Dark Addiction
  • Smooshy – A fruity and slight tart sour made with raspberry, blackberry, and blueberry. 8% ABV.
  • Stoned in Paradise – Mango milkshake IPA

Bald Man Brewing Co.

  • Seasons in the Sun – The German-style hefeweizen is back on tap now. 5.1% ABV with notes of banana and clove.

Barrel Theory Beer Company

  • Do It For M Dog – Top Flight selection.
  • Spotted Tiger – Strawberry, tangerine, blood orange, and citrus, all in one beer.

Bauhaus Brew Labs

  • Short Pants – “At 4.5% ABV, this light, lemony, not-too-sweet treat is finally here to usher in patio season,” Bauhaus says of its annual radler-style release.

Bear Cave Brewing

  • Mainstreet Wheat Ale – An American wheat ale with banana and clove notes, pouring at 6.5% ABV, 9 IBU.
  • Raspberry P.KE. – A raspberry sour ale.
  • Rockaway Beach – Tapped in mid-May, this hazy pale ale has flavors of lime, orange, and papaya. 4.8% ABV, 15 IBU.

Bemidji Brewing

  • Blood Orange IPA – Top Flight selection.
  • Sour Peach – A taproom exclusive fruited sour ale with a “snappy, sweet tart-like finish,” the brewery says.

Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

  • Passion Fruit Pilsner – New in the Tropic North Adventure Pack, along with Bent Hop, Venture Pils, and Tropical Hop.
  • Tropical Hop – New in the Tropic North Adventure Pack, along with Bent Hop, Venture Pils, and Passion Fruit Pilsner.
  • Bent Paddle Light – A new lower-calorie, light lager in a retro can. 4.1% ABV, 8 IBU.

Bricksworth Beer

  • Wavy Boats – An 8.0% ABV New England-style double IPA hopped with Citra and Citra Cyro.

Dual Citizen Brewing Company

  • Juice Tiger – Back for summer, this beer is made with key lime, pineapple, and kiwi and is also on tap at CHS Field for Saints games.

Duluth Cider

  • Sol – A semi-sweet cider with added mango, carrot, and key lime for a juicy and earthy experience.

Earth Rider Brewery

  • Tap Shack – A Caribbean-style lager with lime zest.

Eastlake Craft Brewery

  • Dank Aaron – A double IPA with pine-heavy flavors, plus citrus, resin, and earthy notes, at 9% ABV, 100 IBU, and now sold in 4-packs. 

Fair State Cooperative

  • Corporate Sellout Move – Flavors of pineapple, lemon, and lime pith, plus notes of pine and dark marmalade come together in this new 6.3% ABV hazy IPA collaboration with Cloudburst Brewing.

Forager Brewery

  • The Wake Jumper – Top Flight selection

Fulton Brewing Co.

  • Session Witbier – Tapped on Wednesday in a nod to The Brewery Running Series’ 10th anniversary.
  • Mama Bravo – A Pizza Luce exclusive made with Bravo hops, imparting citrus and pine-like flavors.


Great Lakes Brewing Co.

  • Crushworthy Collection – A 12-can mixed pack featuring four variations of the lo-cal citrus wheat ale: Grapefruit, Lemon and Lime, Orange and Lemon, Watermelon.
  • Ruby’s Revenge – The imperial grapefruit IPA hits the market next week, beginning on June 6.
  • Tidal Fury – An imperial hazy IPA with passion fruit, mango, and citrus flavors.

Heavy Rotation Brewing Co.

  • Soundcheck – A dry saison with fruity and pepper character.

Hop & Barrel Brewing Company – Hudson

  • Lemonbreaker – A true shandy made from a blend of craft lager and craft soda, loaded up with sweet and subtly sour lemon flavors, the brewery says. 3.7% ABV.
  • Tessemanc – A non-alcoholic hop tea blend of Snecha green tea and Mosaic hops with no sugar or alcohol.

Inbound BrewCo

  • Tropical Treat – Beer slushies that come in flavors of passion fruit, strawberry, peach, and orange.

Lake Monster Brewing

  • Pog Sour – “Starting with a wheat ale base and adding fruit puree. The complex tropical fruit flavor is tart, juicy, and just a little sweet,” the brewery says.
  • Zanetti’s Premium Pils – “Our take on the Italian-style craft brewed Pilsner. These brews cross influences from traditional German Pilsner and dry-hopped ales to create a flavorful, aromatic, refreshing lager. Dry hopped and unfiltered, this is bolder than a standard Pils but still extremely drinkable,” the brewery says.

Lupulin Brewing Company

  • Strawberry Mint Hypezig – A 5% ABV, 5 IBU gose with strawberry, lemon, and spearmint.

Modist Brewing Co.

  • Between the Times – Available in bottles at 9 am on Saturday, this is a cinnamon hazelnut imperial porter. Also available on draft.

Nouvelle Brewing

  • Nuvidays – Top Flight selection

Oliphant Brewing

  • Cake Baker Snake – A sour ale with raspberry, lemon, coffee, and almond. 5% ABV.

OMNI Brewing Co.

  • Bug Zapper – “Gold in color with strong aromatics of melon, papaya, pineapple, malty sweetness, and alcohol. This beer is a bit of a sneaky heavy-hitter with flavors of raisins, dried apricots, sweet and stone fruits balanced nicely with a subtly malty backbone and a touch of alcohol warmth,” the brewery says of its new triple IPA. 10.9% ABV.

PawPrint Brewery

  • Law Dawg – A 6% ABV, 41 IBU SMaSH ale, in part raising funds for police K9 field trials.

Pryes Brewing Co.

  • Italian Ice – A sweet and sour smoothie ale made with raspberry, lime, and vanilla. Available beginning Saturday, on draft and in liquor stores too.

Schell’s Brewery

  • Sangria

Spiral Brewery

  • Hollywood Hill – “This traditional German beer has the distinct flavors of hefeweizen yeast, producing strong esters of banana and clove. The grain bill is predominately made up of malted wheat which gives the style its natural hazy appearance and slightly sweet finish,” the brewery says. 4.9% ABV.
  • Sour Millie – A fruited sour with peach and plum.

Urban Forage Winery & Cider House

After winning medals in the International Cider and Perry Competition, the cider house is pouring all four award-winners for a limited time:

  • Blackcurrant Cider – Soon to be sold, in-house, in 12-ounce bottles.
  • Honey Toast Cider
  • Maple and Oak Cider
  • Pear Cider – Soon to sold, in-house, in 12-ounce bottles.
  • Blackcurrant Seltzer Slushie – The first of the summer’s rotating alcoholic slushie flavors.

Venn Brewing Company

  • Chronicopia – The dank West Coast-style double IPA is back on tap now.
  • Arnie Palmer Wheat – Back on tap now.

Wabasha Brewing Co.

  • Sir Doryu – A new English-style dark mild ale.

Waldmann Brewery

  • Kellerbier – A floral, pale golden lager, seasonally replacing Pilsener on tap at Waldmann. 5.4% ABV.
  • Golden Lager – Top Flight selection.

Wicked Wort Brewing Co.

  • Farmer Jones Cream Ale – “Featuring flaked maize, flaked wheat, flaked oats, and flaked barley direct from the farmland. We utilize Styrian Golding hops to create an old-school floral finish. This beer is dry, easy-drinking, and a slammer”, the brewery says.

Wild Mind Ales

  • Punk Sleeves – A hazy pale ale with flavors of papaya, lemon meringue, and citrus, the brewery says. 5.3% ABV.
  • Vision Board – A smoothie sour inspired by rainbow sherbert, made with real fruit and marshmallow. Sweet, tangy, and 6.2% ABV.

Have a new beer we should know about? Send the details to newbeer@beerdabbler.com for inclusion in Freshies.

Correction: Bad Weather’s Hefeweizen is still in the works and not yet available as previously stated.