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

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

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 calendar has turned to August, which means it’s also Oktoberfest season with the first fest and Marzen’s hitting taplines now. But that doesn’t mean summer is over, or close to it—the stein-hoisting parties are still weeks away. This week’s parties are more localized, celebrating anniversaries and community or charitable organizations.

Other beer trends this week include a big dose of tropical fruit flavors, including pineapple sours and hoppy hazies with pineapple-like, hop-driven notes. On the non-alcoholic side, a new local hop water is also flowing just across the Wisconsin border and a new THC NA sour is available in Minneapolis.

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. 

Bad Weather Munich Helles Lager – A clear, dry lager that is a pale straw in color with a creamy white head, the brewery notes. On tap and in cans too.

Badger Hill Brewing Company Three Witches Pale Ale – A balanced pale ale with slight sweet and slight bitter notes, made with a blend of Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe, and EKG hops as well as CaraHell malt, which inspired its name.

Bemidji Brewing Oktoberfest – “Brewed with traditional German malts, hops and yeast this beer is burnt-orange in color and full of toasty malt goodness. Vienna and Munich malts lend a rich, bread-like character while Hallertau hops bring a bit of herbal spice to this festive lager,” the brewery says of this seasonal lager. 5.8% ABV, 28 IBU.

Eastlake Craft Brewery High & Dry – “A pineapple and mango flavored, non-alcoholic sour beer, infused with 5mg of THC derived from hemp,” Eastlake explains, sold in cans at the brewery, beginning on Thursday.

StormKing Brewpub and Barbecue Max Haze – HBC 630, Belma, and Mosaic hops combine in this hazy IPA with pineapple, strawberry, cherry, and peach flavors.

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BlackStack Brewing

  • Bottomless Mimosa Sour
  • Sunday Scaries DDH Triple IPA

Clutch Brewing Co. 

  • Mosquito Juice Double Red IPA with Blood Orange

Eden Ciders

  • Peak Bloom Harvest Cider

Invictus Brewing Co. 

  • Gimme That Razz Raspberry Sour Ale

Keepsake Cidery

  • Adventure Cider Series Bagnum

Ology Brewing

  • Yumchataaaaa Imperial Milk Stout with Cinnamon, Rice, & Almonds

Portage Brewing Company

  • Abstract Substance Sangria Inspired Tart Beer
  • Between Worlds Cold IPA collab with Lupulin Brewing and Vertical Malt
  • Pine Line West Coast IPA (Back in Stock!)

Reed’s 

  • Classic Mule Canned Cocktail
  • Stormy Mule Canned Cocktail

Sweetland Orchard

  • Cherry Rhubarb Cider
  • Perennial Cider

Talking Waters Brewing Co. 

  • Ebb & Flow Mosaic IPA

Toppling Goliath Brewing Co.

  • Mix Pack

Untitled Art. 

  • Tangerine Talus Juice Drops IPA

Weldwerks Brewing Co. 

  • Key Lime Pie Sour Ale

Wild State Cider

  • Variety 8-Pack
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New beers available this week across Minnesota

Back Shed Brewing Company

  • 55 In A 54 – “We took our popular Hay-Z 99 Problems Hazy IPA and replaced the Sabro and Citra hop pellets for LupoMax hops from Haas Farms. These hops are more concentrated and help heighten the aroma, attributes and overall experience,” the brewery says of this limited release.
  • Blowin’ Sunshine – A hazy IPA made with Eclipse, BRU 1, and “a splash of Citra hops and lactose,” the brewery says of this beer defined by tropical fruit and citrus flavors with a touch of pine.
  • Grapefruit Pomegranate Seltzer

Bad Habit Brewing Company

  • Double Habitual IPA – “It’s a super hopped up, double version of our house favorite IPA,” the brewery explains. 
  • Friendship Picnic – A milkshake-style IPA made with cherry and pineapple.
  • Lemon Fresh
  • Stuck in the Marsh – A tart and slightly sweet sour ale with added marshmallow fluff and raspberry puree.

Bad Weather Brewing Company

  • Belgian Witbier – “This Belgian White has aromas of orange and lemon, white bread, clove and light coriander. Gentle bready malt flavor, subtle spice with a crisp finish,” the brewery says.
  • Munich Helles Lager – Top Flight selection

Badger Hill Brewing Company

  • F5 Tropical Smoothie – Pineapple, mango, pomegranate, and guava comprise the latest tropical fruit flavored sour ale from Badger Hill, available now. 4.5% ABV
  • Oktoberfest
  • Paisley Hazy
  • Three Witches Pale Ale – Top Flight selection

Bald Man Brewing

  • Cherry Bomb – A light cherry wheat ale with slightly sweet and naturally tart flavor, the brewery says. 4.8% ABV.

Bang Brewing

  • Farm – Our all-organic Farmhouse ale features Kernza from our local friends A-Frame Farm and grain from Doubting Thomas Farms, Bang says, tapped in mid-July.

Barrel Theory Beer Company

  • Friends Don’t Lie – Vic Secret Citra, and Nelson Sauvin hops set the tone of this hazy IPA.

Bear Cave Brewing

  • Times Three – A Belgian-style tripel made with sweet orange peel and coriander.

Beaver Island Brewing Co.

  • Oktoberfest – On tap now and the life of the party at the brewery’s Sept. 24 party.

Bemidji Brewing

  • Oktoberfest – Top Flight selection

Duluth Cider

  • Raspberry Pineapple Sour

Eastlake Craft Brewery

  • Stay Dry – A dry-hopped Pilsner, tapped on Tuesday.
  • High & Dry – Top Flight selection

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

  • Green Tea Lemonade – A new hard seltzer flavor, gluten-free and 6.6% ABV.
  • Hack The Gibson – A hazy IPA made with special terpene Mosaic hops to maximize aromatic qualities. 6.5% ABV.

Lake Monster Brewing

  • Rare Species #3 – A hazy IPA, on tap now.

Lift Bridge Brewing Co.

  • Oktoberfest – It’s back. A malt-forward, 6% ABV late summer/fall seasonal traditional lager.

Lupulin Brewing Company

  • Campfire Munchies – On tap today and hitting stores next week, this s a 9% ABV imperial stout with cacao, marshmallow, graham cracker, and vanilla. A robust, s’mores inspired stout.

Minoqua Brewing Company

  • Choice Kolsch 

Modist Brewing Co.

  • Gravity Still Sucks – A New England-style double IPA brewed for Saturday’s Gravity Still Sucks event featuring video games, food trucks, and raising funds for Skate Camp Midwest.

Odell Brewing Co.

  • Pulp Theory – A limited hazy IPA sold in the Hoppy mixed pack this summer, along with Drumroll, Mountain Standard, and Odell IPA.

Oliphant Brewing

  • Mosaic Hop Water – A new non-alcoholic sparkling water made with Cryo Mosaic hops.
  • Pterodactylize – A taproom-exclusive double IPA made with Cashmere and Strata hops, pouring at 8.5% ABV.

River Siren Brewing Company

  • Boom Site – A juicy pale ale that tapped in mid-July.

StormKing Brewpub and Barbecue

  • Max Haze – Top Flight selection

Sunken Ship Brewing Co.

Newly open in Princeton, the lineup at launch includes:

  • Aran Sweater – Stout
  • Graceful Insanity – Hazy IPA
  • Hard Seltzer
  • Ship’s Bounty – A strawberry and raspberry sour.
  • Thunder Waves – A mango and peach sour.
  • Uncharted Odyssey – Light beer

Swing Barrel Brewing Co.

  • Rolling Melons – A Kolsch-style ale with watermelon.

Take 16 Beer

  • Adventure IPA – “Join us on an adventure by experiencing an intense plethora of grapefruit character that intermingles with the honey malt character,” the brewery says.

Talking Waters Brewing Co.

  • West Friends A West Coast-style collaborative IPA made with Revelation Ale Works, which debuted at All Pints North.

Toppling Goliath Brewing Co.

  • Mornin’ Delight – Ticketed bottle sales start this weekend for this popular imperial stout with notes of espresso, maple syrup, and coffee.

Urban Forage Winery and Cider House

  • Hopped Blueberry Hydromel – A mead-like hydromel made with blueberry, “This particular hydromel has a fruity, slightly bitter hop overlay to keep it from being cloyingly sweet,” the cider house says.
  • Raspberry Cider – The initial cider to launch First Fridays, where a new beverage will tap on the first Friday of each month and the cider house will also provide free samples to visitors. On draft today and also sold in bottles.

Urban Growler Brewing Company

  • Hazy IPA – “In this batch we used our house California Ale strain and added zero bittering hops for this trial. It is generously hopped with Citra, Chinook, El Dorado, Cascade, and Ekuanot in the whirlpool and dry-hopped, so it will have some perceptible bitterness in its finished form, we’re just pointing out that none of that came from the traditional method of boiling hops during the boil, the brewery says.” 6.6% ABV, 20 IBU with notes of grapefruit and a refreshingly tart finish.

Waconia Brewing Company

  • Arnold Palmer Seltzer – Tapped on Tuesday.

Wicked Wort Brewing Co.

  • Beach, Please – Pineapple, guava, and passionfruit in a wheat sour ale with flaked rice. 5% ABV, 4 IBU.

Wild Mind Ales

Wild Mind is throwing an anniversary celebration this Saturday, with the following beers (and more):

  • Every Tradition – This 11.3% offering is an Abbey-style dark ale with caramel, toffee, molasses, and funky flavors.
  • Floatation Device – Bubble gum, banana, and clove-like flavors along with light citrus and herbal notes from a dry-hop twist (Lemondrop and Saaz) are at the center of this hefeweizen recipe.
  • Joy Dispenser – El Dorado and Strata lay the foundation of this 10.0% ABV triple IPA with notes of mango, passion fruit, honey, and melon.
  • Too Much of Everything – “A gooey, sweet, brew disguised as liquid version of blueberry custard pie,” says the brewery. A 6.9% ABV gose-style sour ale.

Wooden Hill Brewing Co.

  • Hops for a Cure – A sour ale fruited with watermelon and dragon fruit, raising funds for Camp Norden, a summer camp for kids who have been affected by childhood cancer. 5.3% ABV.