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State Fair unveils 27 new beers, ciders, and cocktails for 2018

What you're seeing here is a beer -- a State Fair beer, specifically.

What you're seeing here is a beer -- a State Fair beer, specifically. Star Tribune

When it comes to joys of Minnesota summers, knocking back cold ones at the Minnesota State Fair ranks pretty damn high. On Tuesday morning, the fair unveiled 27 new, exciting, and eyebrow-raising ways to experience the Great Minnesota Glug-Together.

The newbies range from wacky (Lakefront Brewery's Funnel Cake Cream Ale) to fancy (Eastlake Craft Brewery's Kirby Pucker #34, fermented with lactobacillus) to a brew created by former Twins closer Glen Perkins (Surly's Kloser IPA). All the descriptions below come courtesy of the fair's PR team and/or the drinkmakers–consider that before you start slamming Carmel Corn Ales.

Returning champions include Dill Pickle Ale, the Beer Malt, Frozen Grain Belt Sangria Lager, and Cotton Candy Bubble Trouble Wine. 

Click here to see the new 2018 State Fair food items, which were revealed back in June. Just don't ask us what drink to pair with 'Za-Waffle Sticks. 

The fair kicks off August 23 and runs through September 3. 

Brewzo Lager
Inspired by Greek ouzo, this pilsner is infused with a touch of licorice and served with a sugar-spiced rim. Herbal ouzo flavors mingle with floral hops and a crisp malt flavor for a refreshing brew. 5.4% ABV. 40 IBUs. Brewed in St. Paul by Lake Monster Brewing.

At Dino's Gyros, located on the north side of Carnes Avenue between Nelson and Underwood streets

Cake’d Up Celebration Beer
This deep-fried cake-flavored beer is a lightly hopped ale featuring a distinct vanilla aroma with a sweet cake-like finish. 5.0% ABV. 20 IBUs. Brewed in North Mankato by Mankato Brewery.

At The Hangar, located on the northeast corner of Murphy Avenue and Underwood Street

Caramel Corn Cream Ale
A generous amount of corn in the brewing process gives this beer a pleasant caramel flavor. Fermenting at a uniquely higher temperature also gives way to a harmony between the hops and light and toasty caramel malts. 5.4% ABV. 20 IBUs. Brewed in Minneapolis by FINNEGANS Brew Co.

At Hildebrand Concessions, located in the Grandstand concert venue

Frontier Summer IPA
A perfect choice for a summer day at the fair, this full-bodied crisp and hoppy IPA is not overly bitter but light and approachable. 5.5% ABV. 35 IBUs. Brewed in Minneapolis by Fulton Brewing.

At Frontier Bar, located on the south side of Carnes Avenue between Liggett and Nelson streets

Funnel Cake Cream Ale
Reminiscent of a State Fair classic, this lightly hopped cream ale is bright and refreshing with a sweet finish. Flavors give the beer a taste of gooey dough with a crispy crust, apple pie filling and a dusting of powdered sugar. 4.7% ABV. Brewed in Milwaukee by Lakefront Brewery.

At Coasters, located on the southeast corner of Carnes Avenue and Liggett Street

Gaelic Dark & Stormy
This deep golden ale is brewed with bright, citrusy lime and spicy ginger. It's refreshing and finished with a lime wedge garnish. 5.0% ABV. 15 IBUs. Brewed in Minneapolis by Surly Brewing Co.

At O’Gara’s at the Fair, located on the southwest corner of Dan Patch Avenue and Cosgrove Street

Helles Ya, You Betcha
This light, refreshing Helles-style lager offers flavors of tangerine and fresh blood orange for a clean mouthfeel and a hint of sourdough crust. 4.2% ABV. Brewed in St. Paul by Summit Brewing Co., proud sponsor of the International Bazaar Stage.

At Shanghaied Henri’s and the Summit Booth, located at the International Bazaar

Horse Apple Ale
Brewed with pressed apple cider, this beer is the perfect kick-off to crisp Minnesota fall weather. 5.7% ABV. 8 IBUs. Brewed in Excelsior by Excelsior Brewing Company.

At Aldo’s, Sabino’s Pizza Pies, Swine & Spuds and Snack House, located in the Warner Coliseum

It Takes 2 to Tango and 3 to Mango
This beer is a traditionally brewed, mixed culture Berliner Weisse aged for one year in 80-year-old cypress wood lagering tanks and then aged an additional three months on mangos. It has a bright, fruity flavor of ripe mangos on top of a refreshingly tart and dry lemony acidity. 5.5% ABV. 5 IBUs. Brewed in New Ulm at Starkeller Brewing.

At the Schell’s Pavilion, located at West End Market, south of Schilling Amphitheater

Juicy LuLuLucy
This hazy, northeastern-style IPA provides a fresh, juicy orange and grapefruit-like hop flavor. 6.7% ABV. 40 IBUs. Brewed in Minneapolis by Surly Brewing Co.

At LuLu’s Public House, located at West End Market, south of the Schell’s Stage at Schilling Amphitheater

Key Lime Pie
A refreshing squeeze of key lime in a light biscuity golden ale, sweetened with a touch of lactose and rimmed with sugar. 4.5% ABV. 13 IBUs. Brewed in Stillwater by Lift Bridge Brewing Company.

At Café Caribe, located on the south side of Carnes Avenue between Chambers and Nelson streets

Kirby Pucker #34
This second in a series of State Fair exclusives undergoes a second fermentation with lactobacillus. It's brewed with a classic Minnesota combination of strawberries and rhubarb. 4.0% ABV. 3 IBUs. Brewed in Minneapolis by Eastlake Craft Brewery.

At Ball Park Cafe, located on the east side of Underwood Street between Dan Patch and Carnes avenues, outside The Garden

The Kloser IPA
Former Twins pitcher Glen Perkins teamed up with Surly to brew this hop-heavy, citrusy IPA based off of one of his homebrew recipes. 5.0% ABV. 64 IBUs. Brewed in Minneapolis by Surly Brewing Co.

At Ball Park Cafe, located on the east side of Underwood Street between Dan Patch and Carnes avenues, outside The Garden

LimeLight
The crisp and refreshing LimeLight has a slight agave sweetness, partnered with a citrusy punch of lime and a hint of sea salt to create a balanced, drinkable brew. 5.4% ABV. Brewed in Minneapolis by The Freehouse.

At The Blue Barn, located at West End Market, south of the History & Heritage Center

Margarita-Style Kettle Sour Ale
Reminiscent of a classic margarita, this ale is a blend of soured and clean beer brewed with lime zest and salt aged in tequila-soaked barrel stoves. 5.0% ABV. 5 IBUs. Brewed in Minneapolis by 612Brew.

At Coasters, located on the southeast corner of Carnes Avenue and Liggett Street

Mobster Mule Bubble Trouble
This twist on a classic cocktail uses sparkling Edelweiss wine, ginger beer and sweet lime to create a perfectly refreshing drink. 10% ABV. Wine made in Cannon Falls by Cannon River Winery.

At The Hideaway Speakeasy, located in the Veranda, Grandstand upper level, northwest section

Orange Cream Ale
Deep gold in color with a soft malty aroma, this ale is infused with flavors of bright citrus orange and finished with a slightly sweet and creamy texture. 5.0% ABV. Brewed in Two Harbors by Castle Danger Brewery.

At O’Gara’s at the Fair, located on the southwest corner of Dan Patch Avenue and Cosgrove Street

Passion Fruit Pils
Bent Paddle's Venture Pils is infused with passion fruit for a tart and tropical experience. 5.0% ABV. 38 IBUs. Brewed in Duluth by Bent Paddle Brewing.

At Ball Park Cafe, located on the east side of Underwood Street between Dan Patch and Carnes avenues, outside The Garden

Raspberry Champow
Bent Brewstillery teamed up with 2017 Minnesota State Fair Homebrew Gold-Medal Winner Mike Spores to create this white ale with red raspberries and champagne-varietal grapes. The super fruity ale is crisp, tart and refreshing. 5.0% ABV. 25 IBUs. Brewed in Roseville by Bent Brewstillery.

At Ball Park Cafe, located on the east side of Underwood Street between Dan Patch and Carnes avenues, outside The Garden

The Shandlot Pink Lemon Shandy
This pink, lemony concoction is a classic summery brew infused with strawberries and hibiscus. 4.5% ABV. 15 IBUs. Brewed in Minneapolis by Bauhaus Brew Labs.

At Ball Park Cafe, located on the east side of Underwood Street between Dan Patch and Carnes avenues, outside The Garden

Slipstream Black Currant Apple
Freshly pressed Midwestern apples fermented to a light bubbly effervescence then sweetened with floral and black currant berries for a flavor that is clean, crisp and fruity. 5.9% ABV. Brewed in Minneapolis by Sociable Cider Werks.

At LuLu’s Public House, located at West End Market, south of the Schell’s Stage at Schilling Amphitheater

Sociable Mimosa or Bellini
Orange juice puree is mixed with Sociable Cider Werks Freewheeler to make a refreshing mimosa or bellini. 5.9% ABV. Brewed in Minneapolis by Sociable Cider Werks.

At LuLu’s Public House, located at West End Market, south of the Schell’s Stage at Schilling Amphitheater

Spumoni Tsunami
Inspired by the famous Italian ice cream, this lager is infused with strawberries and vanilla. It's finished off with a pistachio garnish. 4.8% ABV. 10 IBUs. Brewed in St. Paul by Bad Weather Brewing Company.

At Mancini’s al Fresco, located on the north side of Carnes Avenue between Nelson and Underwood streets

St. Apple Malted Cider
This malted cider is brewed with apple and pie spices from Minneapple Pie for a sweet and tasty end-of-summer treat. 4.9% ABV. Brewed in Minneapolis by Lakes & Legends Brewing Company.

At O’Gara’s at the Fair, located on the southwest corner of Dan Patch Avenue and Cosgrove Street

St. Pat's Green Ale
Think green beer is only for St. Patrick's Day? Think again. This green light-bodied ale has a slightly fruity and floral aroma with a creamy, crisp finish. 4.6% ABV. 22 IBUs. Brewed in Minneapolis by Finnegans Brew Co.

At O’Gara’s at the Fair, located on the southwest corner of Dan Patch Avenue and Cosgrove Street

Strawberry Mint Fro-Lé
This summer sipper features frozen strawberry lemonade with a hint of fresh mint. 5.0% ABV. Made by The Blue Barn.

At The Blue Barn, located at West End Market, south of the History & Heritage Center

Uffda Ale
This easy-drinking ale’s crisp and slightly tart flavors harmonize with honey aromas to make it the ultimate Norwegian-inspired session beer. It's brewed with locally malted Rahr pilsner and wheat malts, a dash of honey malt, German Hallertau Magnum hops, Minnesota’s own Norsland Lefse, and Scandinavian lingonberries. Each is garnished with fresh lingonberries and a crispy lefse chip. 4.7% ABV. 21 IBUs. Brewed in St. Cloud by Beaver Island Brewing Co.

At Giggles’ Campfire Grill, located on the southeast corner of Lee Avenue and Cooper Street, at The North Woods