The garden at Bang Brewing in St. Paul • Photo via Bang Brewing

Muzza Italian Pilsner • Photo via Giesenbräu Bier Co.

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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he Minnesota State Fair continues, including a treasure trove of one-off beers that are served at the Great Minnesota Get-Together and likely hitting a few taprooms with leftover kegs soon after.

Besides the fruited and weird, though, the theme of the week is lagers, be they Italian-influenced Pilsners, light and crushable American lagers, or German-style festbiers. The category is deservedly growing, but with a crafty touch, as Minnesota breweries find ways to make Märzen their own, adding locally grown barley, Minnesota maple, and more.

And if that doesn’t move you, there are lots of new hazies and dry-hopped options as well. Here’s what’s new on tap, in liquor stores, and for take-home from breweries too.

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. 

Angry Inch Never Ending: Pink Boots – “Taste the difference a single ingredient makes, as well as experience what a couple weeks of maturation does for a DDH NEIPA,” Angry Inch says.

Back Channel Foamy Roots – A New England-style IPA made with Phantasm, featuring melon and orange notes and pouring at 6.75% ABV.

Giesenbräu Muzza Pils – An unfiltered and dry-hopped Italian-style Pilsner with a crisp profile and a balanced herbal and floral Saphir hop note. Brewed for an upcoming private wedding, but also available at the brewery, tapped last month.

Half Pint Czech Yo Head – A Czech-style Pilsner brewed with Bohemian floor-malted Pilsen malt and Saaz hops.

Oliphant SpRYEders! – Brewed in collaboration with Drekker, this is a red rye IPA at 7.5% ABV.

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New beers available this week across Minnesota

22 Northmen Brewing Company

  • Oktoberfest – An Alexandria Oktoberfest made with a blend of German and local Minnesota barley.

Alloy Brewing Company

  • Cory’s Kölsch – One of two employee-crafted beers returning to taps, this 5.4% ABV, 27 IBU ale is a collaboration with an employee in the process of starting Bear Minimum Brewing Co.
  • Emily’s Strawberry Blonde Ale – 5.0% ABV, 20 IBU, and back on tap now.

Angry Inch Brewing

  • Never Ending: Barbe Rouge – One of two hazy IPAs with a similar base recipe but different hop blend.
  • Never Ending: Pink Boots – Top Flight selection.

Arbeiter Brewing   

  • Cold Classic – A creamy and smooth-body cold IPA with hop-forward flavors. 7.6% ABV, 66 IBU, and served on nitro.
  • N.A. Mango IPL – “We wanted to try a very hoppy N.A. beer and since our last N.A. IPL was such a hit,” Arbeiter says, with added a touch of mango puree to complement the hops. <0.5% ABV, 53 IBU.
  • Space Dream    – A hazy and tropically flavored New England-style IPA at 4.5% ABV.

Back Channel Brewing Company

  • Foamy Roots – Top Flight selection.
  • Funnies – Smooth, yet tart, this is a lemon meringue pie-inspired Berliner Weiss. 5.25% ABV.
  • Horny Sidekick – A 4.5% ABV light and crisp American lager.

Bad Habit Brewing Company

  • Bless Your Heart – A 6% ABV fruited tart ale with watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberry, and passion fruit additions.
  • Guavalanche – A pink guava and tangerine milkshake IPA.
  • Johnny Lager

Bad Weather Brewing Company

  • Festbier
  • Orange Cream Ale – On tap and available in Crowlers, this ale with orange and vanilla flavors is light-bodied with a note of lactose sweetness.

Badger Hill Brewing Company

  • F5: Strawberry & Vanilla – A strawberry shortcake-like sour ale.
  • Oktoberfest Märzen Lager – The star of the show at Shaktoberfest on Sept. 17.

Bang Brewing

  • Neat – A single malt, single hop clean and smooth sparkling bitter with light fruit notes, tapped in advance of the bin’s upcoming ninth anniversary.

Bemidji Brewing

  • Autumn IPA – “Crisp fall days have arrived and this big Red IPA is the perfect pairing. Strata, Mosaic, Eureka, and Chinook hops lend a bouquet of berries, evergreen and citrus peel. Paired with a light malty sweetness and resinous finish,” Bemidji says of this 7.0% ABV, 70 IBU seasonal IPA.
  • Festbier – A taproom exclusive festbier at 5.8% ABV, 25 IBU with honey, toast, floral spice, and cereal grain notes.

Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

  • Dodge Stratus – A taproom exclusive pilot beer, this American IPA offers a dank profile with sweet tropical fruit flavors, plus notes of guava, pine, and subtle honeyed toast, Bent Paddle says. 6.8% ABV, 55 IBU.

Castle Danger Brewery

  • Maple Marzen – A German-style Märzen lager with local maple syrup, “The result is a rich and toasty malt flavor with a strong maple character. The German Noble hops lend a subtle balancing spice to the beer but play second fiddle to the malt/maple profile,” states Castle Danger. Available now in cans and on draft. A portion of proceeds benefit the Superior Hiking Trail Association. 5.7% ABV.

Copper Trail Brewing Co.

  • 19th Hole – A 6.2% ABV, 21 IBU Scottish export.
  • Quantum Leap – A 5.6% ABV, 8 IBU blackberry and raspberry sour ale.

Duluth Cider

A new hybrid cider seltzer is on pour at Duluth Cider, currently served in three different flavors:

  • Blueberry Hard Cider Seltzer –On draft and to-go.
  • Strawberry Rhubarb Hard Cider Seltzer – Draft only.
  • Orange Dreamsicle Hard Cider Seltzer – This limited, draft-only flavor is a collaboration with Vikre Distillery.

Eastlake Craft Brewery

  • High & Dry flavor: Pamplemousse – A grapefruity seltzer with 5mg of hemp-derived THC.

Fitger’s Brewhouse

  • Cherry Batch #27

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

Fair State is converting their Minneapolis taproom into a tiki bar through Saturday, pouring a variety of seltzer cocktails under a Cafe Tropical banner:

  • Adult Swim
  • Blue Hawaiian
  • Jungle Bird
  • Painkiller
  • Piña Colada slushie

Forager Brewery

  • Murmur – “A Keller Pils using New York Pilsner malt and Minnesota Pilsner malt exclusively,” the Rochester brewpub notes. Hopped with German Autumn, Magnum and New Zealand Motueka while coming in at 4.4% ABV. A collaboration with Other Half (NY).

Fulton Brewing Co.

  • Tumbleweed IPA – Now available at the Frontier Bar at the Minnesota State Fair.
  • OMG Hard Seltzer Slushee – Another Frontier Bar state fair exclusive.

Garphish Brewing Company   

  • Blueberry Lime Seltzer
  • Pomegranate Pale Ale – Tapped last Friday.

Giesenbräu Bier Co.

  • Muzza Pils – Top Flight selection.

Hacienda Beer Co.

  • Evolving Perspectives – A West Coast-style IPA tapping on Saturday at the Wisconsin brewery.
  • Falsch-Tober – A Marzen-style Oktoberfest lager brewed with kveik yeast. “Falsch” equals “false” in German.

Half Pint Brewing Company

  • Czech Yo Head – Top Flight selection.

Hayes’ Public House

  • Hip Hoppz – A crisp India-style pale lager at 5.5% ABV, 65 IBU, “Brewed with Pilz, White Wheat, Carafoam, and dry hopped with 3 different types of hops – Citra, Columbus, & Sultana,” the brewery explains.

Ineffable Brewing Co.   

  • Orange Dream Sour – A 3% ABV treat-inspired session ale.

Lake Monster Brewing

  • Golden Oat Belgian Ale – A limited pilot beer featuring Belgian ale year, Lotus hops, and a rich, creamy body from the inclusion of oats. 5.7% ABV, on tap and in Crowlers, and described as complex with a hint of orange by the brewery.

Lupulin Brewing Company   

  • Cherry Limeade Blonde – One of three Minnesota State Fair exclusives from Lupulin, this one pouring at The Hangar.
  • Fair Mullet – A Minnesota State Fair exclusive IPA, on tap at Ball Park Cafe.
  • Strawberry Squeeze – Another state fair exclusive, this blonde ale with strawberry and lemon can be found at Coasters Beer Garden.

Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub

  • Anniversary Ale – A 10% ABV, 20 IBU imperial farmhouse saison.

Nouvelle Brewing

  • Kangaroo Candy – A New England-style IPA with Australian Vic Secret and Enigma hops for dank notes of passion fruit, peach, mango, and red berries with a soft body. 7.1% ABV.
  • Pink Nectar – A tart ale made with prickly pear, lime, and the same heirloom corn used in Travail tortillas. Pink in color and 4.8% ABV, with flavors of lime, watermelon, strawberries, and an earthy note.
  • Space Tacos – This dry-hopped New England-style IPA is made with a blend of Idaho 7 and Cryo Pop hops and has tropical flavors of pineapple, passion fruit, mandarin orange, and melon. 7% ABV.
  • Wave Dimension – A New England-style IPA made with fruit-forward terpenes for big notes of toasted coconut in addition to pineapple, mango, and ultimately piña colada flavors. 7% ABV.

Oliphant Brewing

  • SpRYEders! – Top Flight selection

Schell’s Brewery

  • Oktoberfest – A smooth, malt-forward Märzen-style lager.

Surly Brewing Company

  • Oktoberfest

Unmapped Brewing Co.   

  • Flannel Roots – A dark lager with smooth, crisp flavors of toast and caramel.

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Venn Brewing Company

  • VennFest – A Märzen-style Oktoberfest lager at 5.0% ABV.

Yoerg Brewing   

  • Kellerbier – In addition to pouring several European Oktoberfest beers this month, the Saint Paul brewpub recently tapped its unfiltered Kellerbier lager made with a yeast strain from Switzerland, Bavarian Vienna and a German Pils malt, plus Hallertau and Hallertau Magnum hops. “It’s a gloriously malty beer that’s quite rich on the palate with a creamy body not unlike a hefeweizen with its honey-like maltyness,” Yoerg says.

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