On tap: New craft beers to watch for in Minnesota

Drink up, there are a bunch of new beers coming to Minnesota soon.

Minnesota breweries are always making new beers. Here are some that have been released recently – or that you can expect to see on tap or in your local liquor store soon.

Minneapolis Town Hall's anniversary week

Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery is celebrating it's 19th birthday, so it's been tapping special beers all week.

At 5 p.m. Friday, it will be offering a barrel sampler that includes three Town Hall Brewery barrel-aged releases: Manhattan Reserve, Buffalo Bock and Twisted Trace.

Then at 11 a.m. Saturday, Town Hall is tapping Russian Roulette, a Russian imperial stout that's aged on Belgian dark chocolate. This beer won the gold medal at the 2008 Great American Beer Festival.

For more information on what's going on at Town Hall this week, click here.

Bent Brewstillery's Dark Fatha release

To celebrate Halloween, Bent Brewstillery in Roseville is having a three-day cocktail party, which includes the release of 2016 Dark Fatha on Saturday.

Dark Fatha is a barrel-aged imperial stout, and this year's version is aged in StormBringer barrels (StormBringer is the brewstillery's barrel-aged, spiced rum that'll also be released this weekend).

For more on the Dark Fatha release party, click here.

Indeed's Old Friend returns

Indeed Brewing Company in Minneapolis is releasing Old Friend Winter Warmer Ale on Nov. 1.

The limited-release beer (15 IBUs, 7.50 percent ABV) is brewed with fresh ginger root and honey, giving it a spicy ginger taste as well as burnt coffee, citrus, nutmeg and gingerbread cookies.

Modist's first-ever bottle release

Modist Brewing Co. in Minneapolis' North Loop is having its first-ever bottle release next weekend.

Lord Humungus (76 IBUs, 10-plus percent ABV) is a beer that combines the characters of an imperial red ale, a barley wine and an imperial stout, Modist says. It's super dark in color and has a "resinous hop character and smooth bitterness," as well as a "gushingly soft mouthfeel, but a smoldering after-burn."

You'll be able to buy Lord Humungus at the brewery's Pre Post-Apocalypse party Party on Nov. 5. The event starts at 6 p.m., for more information click here.

Also, Modist started distributing some of its flagship beers to a few Twin Cities liquor stores this week. You'll be able to buy them in crowlers (a giant 32-ounce can of beer) at these liquor stores. Crowlers are also available at the brewery.

Beer, ice cream and a good cause

What could be better than beer and ice cream? New Belgium Brewing in Colorado and Ben & Jerry's ice cream are teaming up again for a ice cream-inspired beer, which will be sold in Minnesota.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale has a "dough-hued blonde ale base" with notes of vanilla and chocolate, and finishes with "just the right amount of sweetness," the brewery says.

The beer release aims to raise awareness of climate change – $50,000 in proceeds from sales will benefit the nonprofit Protect Our Waters.

And if you're looking for how to pair beer with all your Halloween candy, check out these tips from New Belgium.

Harpoon Brewery coming to MN

Harpoon Brewery will soon be available in Minnesota.

J.J. Taylor Distributing Company announced this month it partnered with the Boston-based brewery to distribute some of its most popular beers in the Twin Cities starting in November. Among them: Harpoon's flagship IPA, Harpoon's winter seasonal Winter Warmer, and its golden ale called Sweet Spot.

“There’s a fantastic craft beer scene [in Minnesota], and we’re excited to add some New England flavor to it. Drinking beer in the Twin Cities and the north woods over the years, I’ve seen that there are many likeminded beer drinkers out here, who love beer and love life like we do," Dan Kenary, the CEP and co-founder of Harpoon, said in a statement.

This is the first new state expansion for Harpoon in eight years.

There will be a launch party for Harpoon at the Dark Horse Bar in St. Paul on Nov. 1. Get all the details here.

If you know of any new beers being released, a beer-related event, or have a suggestion for what brewery we should visit next, let us know! Get in touch via Facebook, Twitter (@MelissaTurtinen) or by emailing food@gomn.com. Cheers! 

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