Barrel-aged series by Founders Brewing Co.

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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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t’s finally here. Winter darkness. Freezing temperatures. Even snow up north.

So, fittingly, it’s barleywine and barrel-aged season, too. This week’s new taps and bottles include classic English-style barleywine heavy hitters, alongside imperial stouts, a doppelbock, and, yes some French toast and cookie-inspired offerings 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. 

Bemidji Brewing Winter IPA – A New England-style IPA from Bemidji Brewing with big tropical fruit notes, a smooth body, and low bitterness. Hazy, 7.3% ABV, 65 IBU, and available now in 12-ounce cans on and draft.

Copper Trail Brewing Co. Bourbon Barrel Aged Black Betty – A special variant of the porter is available in wax-dipped bottles at the Alexandria taproom.

Hacienda Beer Co. What Could Have Been – “The beer has soft, elegant malt complexity with subtle toasty bread and floral character, with balancing noble hop bitterness and a dry finish,” Hacienda says of its Vienna-style lager, available on Saturday.

Pantown Brewing Company Prodigal Son – Pantown’s saison, but aged in oak whiskey barrels that previously held cider from Milk and Honey. A limited release, tapped a week ago.

Revelation Ale Works Resistance Is Futile – A combination of breweries (Revelation and Disgruntled), plus a combination of Azacca, El Dorado and Lemon Drop hops, go into this hazy IPA with honey. “It’s juicy with an amazing lemon aroma,” Revelation says.

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New beers available this week across Minnesota

56 Brewing

  • UFO: Double IPA – A Galaxy and Citra hopped double IPA, back for its fourth consecutive year. This beer pours at 9% ABV, 30 IBU, and offers flavors of sweetened pineapple, orange, and mango.

Arbeiter Brewing

  • Nacht Rider – The schwarzbier is back. This dark lager offers smooth flavors of toffee, dark brea, and light roast coffee at 4.9% ABV, 24 IBU.

Bemidji Brewing

  • Winter IPA – A New England-style IPA with big tropical fruit notes, a smooth body, and low bitterness. Hazy, 7.3% ABV, 65 IBU, and available now in 12-ounce cans on and draft.

Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

  • Christmas Cookie Cream Ale – Available on Saturday, this is a spritz cookie-inspired cream ale with added vanilla, almond, and cardamom, brewed to celebrate the Bentleyville lighting display.

BlackStack Brewing

  • Flight Patterns – A wine hybrid collaboration with Birds Fly South Ale Project.
  • Killer Bees – A “Shaolin Style” double dry-hopped IPA, BlackStack explains, “A 9% beer with 9 hops for the 9 Gods from Shaolin to celebrate another year of 36 Chambers. Mosaic, Azacca, Idaho 7, HBC 630, Strata, NZ Wakatu, Loral Cryo, Amarillo Cryo, and naturally, a healthy portion of Triumph hops.
  • Murk Merchants – A quadruple IPA made with Citra, Strata, Mosaic, Mosaic Cryo, Simcoe Cryo, Cashmere Cryo, Talus (formerly HBC 692), and Galaxy hops. 12.5% ABV.
  • Slime Time – Tapped in October, this sour ale takes a foeder-aged Berliner weisse base with added tangerine and lemonade. 5.0% ABV.
  • Stacking Bricks: Slime Truck – A Saint Paul, BlackStack-made rendition of a Bricksworth New England-style IPA featuring Citra, Citra Cryo, and HBC 586 hops. 7.2% ABV.
  • Thätz Bier – A Kölsch-style beer, “This version is step mashed with a kiss of Spelt and German ale yeast before cold conditioning for 7 weeks to crispy perfection,” BlackStack says. 5.1% ABV.

Bobbing Bobble Brewing

  • Sailors Delight – A Fresh hop ale made with hops grown at Luxy 13 farm.

Copper Trail Brewing Co.

  • Bourbon Barrel Aged Black Betty – A special variant of the porter is available in wax-dipped bottles at the Alexandria taproom.

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

  • Spirit Foul – A hazy IPA made with Pilsner malt, pale wheat, flaked oats, and flaked barley, with a combination of juicy, tropical, and dank flavors. 6.3% ABV.
  • Work Life Balance – A 13% ABV English-style barleywine with notes of dried figs, raisins, toffee, and a hint of roast, Fair State says.

Founders Brewing Co.

  • French Toast Bastard – The latest release in the Barrel-Aged series.

Fulton Brewing   

  • Snow Emergency – A full-body stout for the winter months.

Hacienda Beer Co.

  • What Could Have Been – “The beer has soft, elegant malt complexity with subtle toasty bread and floral character, with balancing Noble hop bitterness and a dry finish,” Hacienda says of its Vienna-style lager, available on Saturday.

HeadFlyer Brewing

Saturday marks the annual release of BAMF’D barrel-aged imperial stout with dark chocolate and coffee notes, including variants.

  • BAMF’D 2022 – The house imperial stout, vintage 2022.
  • BAMF’D 2022 Kingfield – Made with cold press from Five Watt Kingfield
  • BAMF’D 2022 Toffee – Infused with caramelized brown sugar toffee
  • BAMF’D 2022 VSOP – This batch was barrel aged for 20 months
  • Nectaron 3030 – On tap and in liquor stores, this fruit-forward double dry-hopped hazy IPA features Nectaron and Nelson Sauvin hops.

Hop & Barrel Brewing Company

  • Cookie Lager – Available this Saturday, at both the Hudson and Spring Valley locations, as well as in distribution.

Hop & Barrel Brewing Company Hudson

  • Dirty Scowl – A double black IPA, on tap today.

Lakes & Legends Brewing Company

  • Barrel Aged Imperial Stout: Peanut Butter – The Barrel Aged Imperial Stout is available now, with a new infusion coming every other Friday through the winter.
  • Hii – The THC-infused, no-alcohol beverage will be back in stock at the brewery on Friday.

Lift Bridge Brewing Co.

  • Commander – The annual English-style barleywine won’t be sold in bottles until the Nov. 19 party at the brewery, but it’s on tap now. “Aged in Bourbon Barrels, its bold, complex flavor reaches heights measured only by the building of its namesake,” Lift Bridge proclaims. 12.5% ABV.

Nine Mile Brewing

  • Hat Trick Triple Berry Sour – Brewed in collaboration with the Minnesota Whitecaps hockey team, this tart sour ale will be sold at home games at Richfield Ice Arena.

Nouvelle Brewing

  • Stuffed French Toast – “This 7.7% ABV pastry sour was stuffed with floral Sicilian lemon, sweet blueberry, rich maple syrup, cinnamon, hand-grated nutmeg, and Madagascar vanilla beans,” the brewpub says.

Oliphant Brewing

  • Honey Wheat – A wheat ale, made with Hive’s raw honey and pouring at 5% ABV.

OMNI Brewing Co.

TAPS – A limited-release beer released to honor Veteran’s Day and raise funds for DAVS.

Pantown Brewing Company

  • Hunter’s Paradise – An annual release red ale made with wild rice. Tapped on Wednesday.
  • Prodigal Son – Pantown’s saison, but aged in oak whiskey barrels that previously held cider from Milk and Honey. A limited release, tapped a week ago.

PawPrint Brewery

  • MWD Military Working Dog  –A 14% rye IPA aged in Templeton rye barrels, available for Veteran’s Day.

Portage Brewing Co.   

  • Depth of Fields – A 6.8% ABV fall seasonal IPA pouring deep red in color with toasted malts, plus a floral, dank, and mild citrus note from the Mosaic, Chinook, and Cascade-built IPA.
  • Let Me Dream – A tropically-tinted New England-style IPA with notes of pineapple juice, tangerine peel, and coconut, the brewery says. 7.5% ABV.
  • Simply Simcoe – A West Coast-style double-dry hopped IPA made with Simcoe and Simcoe Cryo hops for fruit-forward aromas with slight pine notes and a crisp finish, the brewery says. 7% ABV.
  • Sweetest Memory – This Scotch ale pours at 7.9% ABV and has added rich flavors of caramel, sweet coconut, and chocolate.

Pryes Brewing Co.   

  • Drops of Time – “Rich toffee, sticky caramel, and vanilla barrel characteristics come by way of a long boil, an extended aging time in rye whiskey and bourbon barrel, and blending this concoction at the exact right moment,” the brewery explains.

Rapids Brewing Co.

  • Ballistic Solution – Named after a military term and brewed for Veteran’s Day.
  • River Pig Red Ale – Back on tap, this red ale offers notes of chocolate and caramel with hints of pine and citrus, the brewery says. 6% ABV.

Reads Landing Brewing Co.

  • Charlie’s ESB – A British-style ale beer pouring light amber in color with a balanced malt-to-hop experience.
  • Over The Moon – A cloudy and pale Belgian-style witbier with a smooth body and subtle herbal notes, the brewery says, in addition to added coriander and orange zest elements.

Revelation Ale Works

  • Resistance Is Futile – A combination of breweries (Revelation and Disgruntled), plus a combination of Azacca, El Dorado, and Lemon Drop hops, go into this hazy IPA with honey. “It’s juicy with an amazing lemon aroma,” Revelation says.

Roundhouse Brewery

  • Brazen Brew – This cold IPA is “A crisp, dry, clean beer that showcases the Comet, Strata, and Citiva hops,” Roundhouse notes, pouring at 7.0% ABV, 58 IBU.
  • Firebox – A malt-forward doppelbock lager with a full body and rich flavor.

Rustech Brewing

  • Coastal Cavalier – A 5.7% ABD, 59 IBU, West Coast-style IPA.

Saint Paul Brewing

  • Mystic Rhythms – A raspberry-infused porter as part of the Porterfest winter porter punchcard series of infusions. Tapped on Tuesday.

Schram Haus Brewery

  • Apple Ale –Tapped last month in Chaska.
  • Mild Buzz – A German-style lager with flavors of caramel and honey.
  • Oatmeal Stout

Voyager Brewing Co.

  • Pescarus – A Fresh hop ale brewed with locally grown St. Croix Valley hops.

Wild Mind Ales

  • Night People – An IPA made with Phantasm powder.
  • WLD WTR Infusions: Pineapple Orange Cherry – Available again at Wild Mind and heading to retailers too. A zero alcohol, THC-infused beverage.

Wooden Hill Brewing Co.

  • Double Hopper – A double IPA in the Planet Hopper series, pouring 8% ABV with a combination of Vic Secret, Citra, El Dorado, and Sabro hops.

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