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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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he sweet tooth seems to be fading after a month of Halloween candy and similarly sweet beers. In contrast, we’re seeing a mix of sour ale varieties on tap and in bottles, ranging from the pastry smoothie style to tart and wild varieties. This week has bottle releases at Pryes, Lupulin, and Inbound, showcasing the different things hops, barley, water, and yeast can do – often with a little fruity addition.

But the trick-or-treat spirit remains in some sense. There are plenty of unique beers out there, but you need to seek them out, be it a taproom exclusive or one of many beers hitting liquor stores ahead of draft lines.

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. 

Fair State Doin’ Science – A new series with modified ingredients applied to the Pils original recipe. “Everything about this beer is the same as Pils except the base malt is a Czech pilsner malt from Raven Trading,” says the brewery, making this batch a little more sweet and grassy, yet familiar. 4.9% ABV.

Lupulin Cerise de Chance ’22 – An 8% ABV Belgian-style ale, aged in neutral oak barrels with Brettanomyces and cherries. Bottles go on sale at 2pm today Nov. 4th (12pm online, 2pm in person).

Modist Fang & Bone – This Pilsner lager was aged in oak foeders and hopped (and dry-hopped) with New Zealand-grown Wakatu and Nelson Sauvin hops.

Montgomery Haze Against the Machine – A hazy triple IPA and award winner at Autumn Brew Review this year, out now.

Schell’s Snowstorm 2022 – A multi-grain lager with a smooth, bready finish, Schell’s says of this new “Mahogony lager” brewed for the long, cold season ahead. 6.7% ABV.

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New beers available this week across Minnesota

Alloy Brewing Company

  • Made for Raking – Southern Tropic and HBC-431 hops come together in a new double dry-hopped New England-style IPA. 7.2% ABV, 40 IBU. 
  • Peach & Passionfruit – Tapped last week, this sour ale offers dueling fruit and tart flavors and pours at 4.6% ABV, 0 IBU.

Badger Hill Brewing Company

  • Newf Drool Brown Ale – Tapped on Wednesday this week, this 5.6% ABV beer “pours a beautiful mahogany with aromas of coffee and chocolate,” the brewery says, with “Flavors of biscuit, toast, and toffee blend over a velvety mouthfeel and a lusciously sweet finish.” 

Bent Brewstillery

  • Dark Fatha – A bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout, tapped last weekend.

Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

  • Double Shot Double Black – Currently sold in cans, Bent Paddle’s big dark beer and it’s variants (Doubel Barrel Aged and Vanilla Aged Double Black) will be available at the brewery in 750-milliliter bottles at the Bottle Bash party on Saturday, including past vintages.
  • Snowmaker – “Our version of a Robust Pale Ale piles on Centennial and Simcoe hops for a wonderfully groomed bitterness that carves through the malt backbone,” the brewery says.

Bobbing Bobber Brewing Company

  • Murky Waters – A raspberry vanilla sour ale.

Brau Brothers Brewing Co.

  • Dirty Blonde – An 11% ABV, 77 IBU blonde stout.

Castle Danger Brewery

  • Mosaic – A fresh hop IPA in limited supply.
  • Turn Up The Good! Vol. 2 – Sold in the Wintry Mix variety pack along with Solstice Saison, White Pine Project IPA, and Dark Chocolate George Hunter Stout.

Disgruntled Brewing

  • Allegiance – The West Coast-style IPA is now sold in 4-packs.

Eastlake Craft Brewery

  • High & Dry: Pineapple – A new flavor of THC-infused beverage, with 5mg of THC per serving and 0 calories.

Excelsior Brewing Company

  • Excelsior 421 Water – A zero calorie, zero alcohol THC-infused seltzer.

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

  • Doin’ Science Vol. 1. – Top Flight selection
  • Giantsbane – An 8% ABV double stout with roasty malt-forward flavors. Available in 4-packs at the brewery, poured on nitro in-house, and to be sold in a new Mix Pack at liquor stores beginning next week.

FINNEGANS Brew Co.

  • Ales for ALS – A hazy IPA at 6.8% ABV, 80 IBU brewed to benefit the ALS Society, which will receive $1 per pint sold in the taproom. “The beer was brewed using 2-row barley, rolled and malted oats and white wheat to add the haze,” the brewery says. 6.8% ABV, 80 IBU.
  • Dead Irish Poet Coffee Stou – The Irish-style stout, infused with Caribou Coffee, returns for 2022 as FINNEGANS kicks off the Community Fund’s support of hunger alleviation through the end of the year, donating a portion of all sales to the cause.

Firestone Walker Brewing Company

  • Mocha Dolce Nitro Stout – A fall seasonal stout with vanilla beans, cocoa nibs, and coffee beans, on nitro and sold in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans.

  • XXVI – The anniversary ale from Firestone Walker in 2022 is a blend of Parabola, Velvet Merkin, Bravo, Heavy Things, Helldorado, and Wheat Wine.

Hacienda Beer Co.

  • True Hallucinations – A hazy double IPA made with Mosaic, Vic Secret, and Idaho 7 hops. 8.5% ABV.

Hop & Barrel Brewing Company Hudson

  • Hazy Double IPA – A new DIPA made with Phantasm, Solar Phantom, on tap in Hudson.

Hop & Barrel Brewing Company Spring Valley

  • Struggle Bus – Celebrating one year in business on Saturday, this new pastry stout was made with additions of vanilla, cacao nibs, and coconut.

Inbound BrewCo

  • Hallucidation – 2022 marks the tenth batch of this Belgian-style tripel fermented with Frontenac wine juice. “Find a delicious cherry aroma, along with flavor hints of dark fruit like fig and date,” the brewery says. Available at Inbound on Saturday and in liquor stores next week in 750-milliliter bottles. 14% ABV.

Island City Brewing

  • Coulee Cream – A new honey cream ale.

Lakes & Legends Brewing Company

  • Barrel Aged Imperial Stout – In liquor stores now and coming to the brewery taps next week.

Lake Monster Brewing

  • Loonatick – A 6.2% ABV 2022 fresh hop ale, on draft now.

Lupulin Brewing Company

  • Cerise de Chance ’22 – Top Flight selection
  • Hero – An annual collaboration with Mankato Brewery, each year the two breweries alternate who will can it. This year’s cans come courtesy of Mankato, but a small batch of draft-only Hero is on tap at Lupulin, raising funds for the JZ Cancer Fund while supplies last.
  • Resin Rapture – On tap now and in stores next week, this is an imperial red IPA. “Rich European malts balance out the over 4 lbs per barrel of Pacific Northwest hops,” the brewery says. 9% ABV.

Mankato Brewery

  • Hero – The fifth annual release of this hazy double IPA, modelled after the birthday of the late Jeff Zierdt, pouring at 8.18 ABV, 66 IBU, and raising funds/awareness for the fight against cancer.

Modist Brewing Co.

  • Fang & Bone – Top Flight selection
  • Forbidden Canyons – In Modist’s words: “A New England Double IPA with barley, oats, wheat, and flaked rye, hopped and double dry hopped with Mosaic, Citra, El Dorado Cryo, Ekuanot Cryo and Sabro.⁠”

Montgomery Brewing Company

  • Haze Against The Machine – Top Flight selection
  • Yippie Ki Yay – The imperial peanut butter porter returns.

Nine Mile Brewing

  • One For His Nob – Named in nod to the game of cribbage, this red ale is “malt-driven, tea-infused, and vanilla kissed,” the brewery says, with sweet honey and lightly woody tones from the use of South African Honeybush tea.

Oliphant Brewing

  • Rusket Dark – A dark lager at 5% ABV.

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Pryes Brewing Co.

  • Barrel Aged Lost Moon – “Chocolate and rich malts coat your palate, followed by tantalizing notes of vanilla and smooth caramel – all purely derived from the brewing process and barrel,” Pryes says.
  • Soleil – This unique beer, available today, it “[A] multifaceted Sauvignon Blanc and Wild Ale hybrid rested on beautiful satsuma oranges for over a year, giving it a bright and elevated citrus zing. The juicy blend of crisp flavors,” Pryes explains.

Rogue Ales & Spirits

  • Mogul Madness – Returning as a winter seasonal, this is a dark, malty and “generously hopped” beer with “a big piney, citrus flavor and sweet fruit notes,” the brewery says. 6.7% ABV, 68 IBU.

Schell’s Brewery

  • Snowstorm – Top Flight selection

Shakopee Brewhall

  • Magic Feather – A peanut butter porter, with notes of both peanut butter and chocolate, available again today. 6.4% ABV, 21 IBU.

Stone Brewing

The 12 IPAs of Christmas sampler pack is back, featuring:

  • ///Fear.Movie.Lions – A hazy double IPA at 8.5% ABV.
  • 26th Anniversary – A 9.7% ABV triple IPA with West Coast-style notes of pine, citrus, and resinous dankness.
  • Delicious Citrus – 7.7% ABV
  • Delicious Double IPA Gluten-reduced and 9.4% ABV.
  • Hazy IPA – 6.7% ABV
  • IPA – 6.9% ABV
  • Japanese Green Tea IPA – A 10.1% ABV IPA with green tea.
  • Peak Conditions – A hazy double IPA with passion fruit, orange, and guava. 8.4% ABV.
  • Ruination – “This Stone classic was named for its truly ‘ruinous’ effect on the palate. Loaded with Columbus and Centennial hops,” the brewery says. 8.2% ABV.
  • Scorpion Bowl – 7.5% ABV

  • Tangerine Express Hazy IPA – 6.7% ABV

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Summit Brewing Co.

  • Great Northern Porter – Now available again in the Fireside Favorites mixed pack (with Dakota Soul, EPA, and Saga).
  • Winter Ale 
  • Winter Ale (Fass Keg) – Available at this today’s Unfiltered Fridays taproom event.

Unmapped Brewing Co.

  • Rum Stout Ruby – A very limited amount of bottles went on sale this Wednesday.

Urban Forage Winery and Cider House

  • Cran-orange Melomel – Available at the taproom today.

Utepils Brewing

  • Muni – A Franconian-style landbier brewed in collaboration with the Minnesota Municipal Beverage Association, this is on tap at Utepils and is an unfiltered, dark, amber lager.

Wild Mind Ales

  • Book Mobile – A liquor store-only smoothie sour ale with added blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, grape juice, marshmallow, and milk sugar.

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