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August Schell Brewing Company
August Schell Brewing Company logo.svg
Location 1860 Schell Rd
New Ulm, Minnesota
United States
Opened 1860
Annual production volume 145,000 US beer barrels (170,000 hL)
Active beers
Name Type
Schell's Deer Brand Pre-Prohibition American lager
Schell's Light America Light lager
Schell's Firebrick Vienna-Style Amber lager
Schell's Keller Pils Kellerbier
Schell's Cream Ale Cream Ale
Schell's IPA India Pale Ale
Schell's Dark American dark lager
Grain Belt Premium American lager
Grain Belt Premium Light Light lager
Grain Belt Nordeast American Amber Lager
Grain Belt Southwest Cerveza Mexican-Style Lager
Seasonal beers
Name Type
Schell's Bock Bock
Schell's Goosetown Gose
Schell's Hefeweizen Bavarian Wheat
Schell's Oktoberfest Marzen
Schell's Snowstorm Changes Yearly
Schell's Fort Road Porter Porter
Schell's Fort Road Blonde Kolsch
Schell's Sangria Red Citrus Lager
Grain Belt BLU Blueberry Lager
August Schell Brewing Company
The brewery in 2017
Location 1860 Schell Rd
New Ulm, Minnesota
NRHP reference No. 74001007
Added to NRHP December 27, 1974
August Schell Brewery in November 1884 map detail, Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from New Ulm, Brown County, Minnesota. LOC sanborn04352 001-1 (cropped)
August Schell Brewery in the November 1884 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map

The August Schell Brewing Company is a brewing company in New Ulm, Minnesota that was founded by German immigrant August Schell in 1860. It is the second oldest family-owned brewery in America (after D. G. Yuengling & Son) and became the oldest and largest brewery in Minnesota when the company bought the Grain Belt rights in 2002. In September 2010, the brewery celebrated its 150th Anniversary with a two-day festival. Every year, Schell's also celebrates traditional German holidays with Bock Fest and Oktoberfest. The current brewery is owned and operated by the August Schell Brewing Company, a Minnesota corporation that was incorporated in 1902.


August Schell (February 15, 1828, in Durbach, Grand Duchy of Baden – September 20, 1891, in New Ulm, Minnesota) emigrated to the United States in 1848. He worked in Cincinnati as a machinist before relocating to New Ulm with other members of the Turner Society. Upon moving to New Ulm, building on his experience as a machinist, he established a mill. In 1860, August Schell partnered with Jacob Bernhardt to found a brewery to serve the growing German immigrant population in the area. August and Jacob selected a site two miles from the heart of New Ulm along the Cottonwood River. While much of the city of New Ulm was damaged or burned during the Dakota War of 1865, the brewery escaped intact. In 1866, August Schell bought out his partner Jacob Bernahrdt to take sole ownership of the brewery, starting an unbroken chain of family ownership that continues to this day. During this time, the brewery grew in size and production.

August Schell died in 1891 leaving the brewery to his wife Theresa. Their son Otto took over managing the brewery. Otto had studied brewing back in the Schells' home country of Germany. As the 19th century became the 20th, Otto continued to modernize the brewery by adding refrigeration to the brewery. 1911 was a tragic year for the Schell family as first Otto and then Theresa died. At that time, George Marti, the husband of August's daughter Emma, took over managing and operating the brewery.

1919 brought about the passage of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and implementation of Prohibition. The August Schell Brewing Company struggled along with many other American breweries. The brewery transitioned to producing "near-beer" (a low alcohol beer still permitted during Prohibition), soft drinks, and candy. Prohibition ended in 1933 with passage of the 21st Amendment. George Marti had successfully steered the brewery through Prohibition, but died shortly thereafter in 1934.

George's son Alfred ("Al") Marti became the President and Manager of the brewery upon the death of his father. Al ran the brewery until 1969 until he retired and passed leadership of the company to his son Warren Marti. During this time, the brewing industry was going through a period of consolidation and upheaval, and Schell's was not immune. At one point, the brewery only managed to keep its doors open by cutting down a large black walnut tree located on the grounds of the brewery and sold its lumber. During Warren's tenure, the brewery responded to its customers changing preferences by introducing Schell's Export Beer, Schell's Light Beer, and 1919 Root Beer (named after the year prohibition was implemented).

In 1984, Warren's son Ted Marti took over operations of the brewery and became President of the brewery in 1985. Having studied at the Siebels Institute of Brewing, Ted began expanding the line of beers offered by the Schell's Brewery. One of those beers, Schell's Pilsener, earned a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 1988. Schell's continued to expand its beer offerings through the 1990s, brewing 38 different beers over that decade.

In 2002, Schell's Brewery expanded its reach by acquiring the recipe and branding for Grain Belt Beer. Upon moving production to its New Ulm Brewery, Schell's introduced additional Grain Belt varieties including Grain Belt Nordeast in 2010, Grain Belt Lock & Dam in 2016 (since retired), Grain Belt BLU in 2018 (after appearing at the Minnesota State Fair for several years), and Grain Belt Southwest Cerveza in 2019.

The next generation of the Marti family is increasing its involvement in the management and operation of the brewery. Ted's oldest son Jace Marti became a brewmaster in 2010 and has taken the lead on producing Schell's Noble Star line of sour Berliner Weisse beers. The brewery opened the Starkeller facility on the North side of New Ulm to produce the Noble Star line. This facility also houses a tap room dedicated to these sour ales.

The brewery has continued to update its offerings by retiring long time brews such as Maifest, Schmaltz's Alt, and Pils among others, while adding and IPA, a Kolsch and Cream Ale. In 2020, it is expected that the brewery will release a line of hard seltzers as Grain Belt N'icebreakers as well as a low calorie Grain Belt Elite.


The historic Schell's brewery is located in New Ulm, Minnesota alongside the Cottonwood River. The brewery has grown and evolved over the decades to accommodate new technology and expanded production lines. In addition to serving as a production facility, the brewery grounds house the historic Schell's mansion, a gift shop, a beer garden, and a deer enclosure. The grounds are open to visitors with tours running out of the gift shop. Peafowl live on the grounds and are free to roam the property.


The August Schell Brewing Company hosts annual Oktoberfest and Bock Fest celebrations on the grounds of the historic Schell's brewery. Oktoberfest, usually held in early October, features a large fest style tent where the Schell's hobo band plays and the Oktoberfest keg is tapped. Bock Fest, held in late February or early March, features a hunt for Bock beers hidden on the grounds of the brewery and nearby Flandrau State Park. Large fire pits are spread throughout the brewery grounds where attendees can have their beers poked with a hot iron. To highlight and celebrate the sour beers produced under its Starkeller label, an annual event called Funk Junction is held at the Starkeller brewery featuring sour and "funky" beer from breweries across the United States.

Contemporary Beer

Year-round Brews

  • Original (aka Deer Brand), ABV 4.8%, Straw colored classic American lager. Mild malt flavor and hop bitterness.
  • Original Light, ABV 4%, Light straw color. Mild maltiness complemented by mild hop bitterness and slight hop aroma. Light, crisp body.
  • Firebrick, ABV 5%, A Vienna-style amber lager that has a reddish-amber hue, a mild maltiness with subtle sweetness and a light hoppy finish.
  • Keller Pils, ABV 5.5%, A golden and balanced unfiltered pilsner with notes of stone fruits, citrus & berries
  • Dark, ABV 4.8%, Deep amber color with a light but classic maltiness.
  • Cream Ale, ABV 4.7%, A lighter bodied cream ale with a subtle creaminess and a smooth finish. Made with Munich malt and Sterling hops. Debuted in 2020.
  • IPA, ABV 5.8%, An india pale ale that is hop-forward and bursting with tropical fruity aromas. This brew pours a light golden color and has a low hop bitterness.
  • Grain Belt Premium, ABV 4.6% Light to medium straw color. Light malt flavor and detectable sweetness. Unique Premium hop aroma and flavor with a low hop bitterness.
  • Grain Belt Premium Light, ABV 3.9% Light straw color with a slight initial malt flavor. Clean, crisp and lightly hopped.
  • Grain Belt Nordeast, ABV 4.7% Light maltiness and hop aroma with a mild bitterness. Smooth taste with excellent drinkability.
  • Grain Belt Southwest Cerveza, ABV 4.5% A Mexican style lager that is a crisp, copper lager, both dry and refreshing. This easy-drinking lager puts a twist on the friendly beer with its subtle lime flavor.

Extended Seasonal Brews

These beers are available longer than Schell's other seasonal beers. They are available for roughly six months.

  • Fort Road Porter, ABV 4.8%, Chocolate and caramel notes shine through this brew, but leaving room for the roasted malts to make their appearance. With barley grown near the brewery on the historic Fort Road, this beer runs during the colder months, opposite Fort Road Blonde (formerly ran opposite Fort Road Helles).
  • Fort Road Blonde, Debuting in 2020, this kolsch style ale replaced the Fort Road Helles. With barley grown near the brewery on the historic Fort Road, this beer runs during the warmer months, opposite Fort Road Porter.
  • Goosetown, ABV 4.7%, Schell's interpretation of a German-style gose spiced with coriander and salt.
  • Sangria, ABV 4.7%, a sweet red citrus lager full of fruity flavor.

Seasonal Brews

Seasonal beers include:

  • Bock, ABV 5.8%, Brewed with a harmonious blend of 10 different types of malt and noble hops, Schell's Bock is fermented slowly, and then lagered for an extended period of time to ensure a smooth finish. This dark amber colored beer sports a robust malt character.
  • Hefeweizen, ABV 4.4%, First brewed in 1984, Schell's Hefeweizen is made with a blend of wheat malt and barley malts. We use an authentic wheat beer yeast culture, which gives the beer a fruity ale character dominated by a citrus-like tartness. Refreshingly light character with a higher than normal carbonation level. Straw-colored and cloudy from the unfiltered yeast left in suspension. Notes of banana and clove with a slight bready malt flavor.
  • Grain Belt BLU, ABV 4.6%, A refreshing twist on a classic; Grain Belt Premium is brewed with a generous portion of blueberries to create a light, balanced, and sweet beer.
  • Oktoberfest, ABV 5.5%, With its bright copper-orange color, it is quite symbolic of the autumnal shift of the season. A slightly higher strength, and warm malt body make it the perfect companion for the crisp fall weather in Minnesota. The use of Munich and Vienna malts give the beer its toasty malt backbone, and melanoidin-rich flavor and aroma. It has a soft malt sweetness, pleasant mouthfeel and a slight spiciness. Hop character is subdued, as the malt takes center stage with this beer.
  • Snowstorm, ABV NA, Flavor changes yearly, see below for a list of past flavors.

Minnesota State Fair Brews

Grain Belt BLU and Schell's Sangria started as beer available exclusively at the Minnesota State Fair, available with or without a frozen slushie on top. Both beers have since been canned and made available throughout Schell's distribution area. In 2018, Schell's released the Starkeller sour beer Two to Tango, Three to Mango at the Minnesota State Fair where is was exclusively available. This was followed up in 2019 with the Minnesota State Fair exclusive Berry Go Round Sour, available at Lulu's Public House at the State Fair.

Noble Star Collection

A collection of specialty beers, all Berlin-style wheat beers or Berliner Weisse, aged in rare cypress fermentation tanks Schell's bought in 1936. Noble Stars are available in select liquor stores as well as Schell's Starkeller facility in New Ulm.

  • Star of the North, ABV 3.5%, Extremely pale yellow in color with a slight haze and a large, creamy, snow-white foam head. This beer is rather light on the palate and very dry. A lively carbonation accentuates the refreshingly tart acidity. Expect an interesting mix of fruity flavors reminiscent of ripe lemons and apple juice with a touch of spice and a subtle brett character.
  • Framboise Du Nord, ABV 3.7%, Neon red in color with a slight haze and a large creamy pink foam head. This beer is rather light on the palate and very dry. A lively carbonation accentuates the refreshingly tart acidity and a full raspberry flavor with a subtle hint of brett character.
  • North Country Brünette, ABV 5.4%, The long, slow, secondary fermentation allowed the authentic Brettanomyces yeast culture to work on the residual sugars that remained in the beer, transforming it into a complex, almost spicy flavor profile. North Country Brünette is very tart and dry, with a fine, rounded acidic profile, and a malty, spiced fruity character. This beer is unfiltered, hand bottled, and bottled conditioned in 750ml cork and caged champagne bottles.
  • Black Forest Cherry, ABV 5.1%, The maltiness of Black Forest Cherry provides a platform for the tart red cherries to shine through with a highly acidic and fruity character. It is very dry and highly carbonated, with a complex, rounded fruitiness.
  • Dawn of Aurora, ABV 8.0%, Honey-orange in color with a white foam head. Predominantly fruity notes of pineapple, apricot and pear are accompanied by an intense yet refreshing acidity and sparkling carbonation.
  • Starkeller Peach, ABV 7.2%, Bursting with tropical fruit aromas and tart peach flavor with a highly acidic and fruity character. Full-bodied, dry and highly carbonated, with a complex, rounded fruitiness.
  • Apparent Horizon, ABV 5.1%, Moderate, balanced acidity with notes of lemon and cider. The rye lends a spicy dryness and aroma of sourdough and pumpernickel.
  • Apricot Vista, ABV 4.9%, Bursts with the bold flavor of tart, juicy apricots. It has a moderate lemony acidity and slightly spicy malt backbone.
  • Orbital Drift, ABV 3.9%, Orbital Drift is a unique brew with earthy aromatic notes and a deep amber hue.
  • Harmony of Spheres, ABV 7.0%, A unique constellation of citrus flavors derived from gooseberries and lemondrop hops.
  • Tidal Disruption, ABV 4.0%, Bright and highly carbonated, Tidal Disruption features the complex character of blackberries.
  • Galactic Collision, ABV 5.6%, Golden color with a slight haze, Galactic Collision has notes of fresh pear and citrus.
  • Electrik Empress, ABV 5.9%, Electrik Empress is aged on 6,600 pounds of plums resulting in its bright fruit taste and cotton candy pink color.
  • Lunar Interference, ABV 7.0%, Black in color, Lunar Interference is a complex beer nicely complemented with notes of chocolate and coffee.
  • Basin of Attraction, ABV 5.8%, Vibrantly acidic and bursting with tropical fruit aromas of pineapple and citrus. A blend of two different traditional, mixed-culture Berliner Weisse aged for nearly a year in 80 year old cypress wood lagering tanks. Heavily dry-hopped with Citra and Denali hops.
  • Solar Evolution, ABV 6.9%, A wheat based Flanders Red Ale recipe is brewed with a no boil, mixed-culture fermentation and aged with Brettanomyces Bruxellensis in cypress wood lagering tanks. Sweet and sour combination of malt complexity and bright lactic tartness.
  • Black Prism, ABV 6.5%, Black Currant Berliner Weisse. A big, dark, malty beer brewed in a typical Berliner Weisse fashion and aged for a year in cypress wood tank before 4,000 pounds of black currants were added.
  • Binary Storm, ABV 5.0%, Aged on 5,000lbs. of Michigan Boysenberries, Binary Storm, has a juicy, sweet tart character that are on full display with a crisp, tangy acidity, and glowingly rich, jammy fruitiness.
  • Alpha State, ABV 6.4%, A Berliner Weisse aged on 6,600lbs. of Michigan Montmorency cherries, was released in bottles in August 2019. Dusty crimson red in color, a tart cherry aroma emanates from the glass atop an underlying spice. A moderate acidity showcases the cherry tang and almond flavors that mingle together, balancing over a toasty malt backbone, and finishing with a lingering sour, yet sweet, cherry zest.
  • Astral Fusion, ABV 5.4%, Astral Fusion is a mixed-culture Berliner Weisse that was aged for a year in our 80-year-old cypress wood lagering tanks before being transferred onto mangos for an additional three months, and then blended with a portion of raspberry Berliner Weisse before being bottled. The resulting beer is quite tart, bursting with a fruity blend of tropical stone fruit with a hint of raspberries on top of a lemony base acidity.
  • Static Transmission, ABV 7%, Static Transmission pours a hazy gold in color and is bursting with the aromas of fresh wildflowers, lemons and pineapple. Oats lend a rich, creamy mouthfeel over a bright, sweet and sour character. This is the first of the Noble Star line of beers to be released in smaller, 375 ml bottles.

Grain Belt N'icebreakers

Under its Grain Belt brand, the brewery is releasing hard seltzers in 2020 branded as "N'icebreakers." Samples were served at the 2020 Bockfest celebration, and available flavors include Prickly Pear + Guava.

Shift Happens Miniseries

A "transitional miniseries in four parts," this limited 2020 collection of beers celebrates the 160th anniversary of the brewery.

  • Shift Happens No. 1, ABV 9%, a double dry hopped lager with Simcoe, Centennial, Chinook, and Amarillo hops. Released in January 2020.
  • Shift Happens No. 2, ABV 8.6%, a double dry hopped lager with Citra, Glacier and El Dorado hops. Released in April 2020.
  • Shift Happens No. 3, ABV 10%, A double dry-hopped lager with unique New Zealand Hops including Waimea, Kohatu, Moutere, and Hallertau Blanc. This limited edition release tastes of tropical fruit with a hint of pine! Released in July(?) 2020.

Stag Series / Variety Pack Brews

A collection of innovative and experimental, limited-edition brews released periodically throughout the year. This has evolved to include not beers sold in standalone six packs under the Stag Series label, but also those only available in seasonal variety packs.

Standalone Stag Series

  • Stag Series #1- Barrel Aged Schmaltz Alt, ABV 5.4%, Aged in Red Wine Barrels
  • Stag Series #2 - Wild Rice Farmhouse Ale. The second release in the Stag Series is August Schell's interpretation of a traditional Belgian Farmhouse Ale. This Farmhouse Ale exhibits an earthy/nutty character due to the generous use of Minnesota Wild Rice, the State Grain of Minnesota. The Wild Rice is combined with 2-Row, Munich, Vienna, and a touch of Rye malt to create a complementary backbone to the unique fermentation characteristics of the yeast. Dry and thirst quenching, this Farmhouse Ale is hopped with Goldings
  • Stag Series #3- Rauchbier. A blend of malts smoked over beechwood and cherrywood to create a twist on the traditional style. The remainder of the malt bill includes Dark Munich Malt, Caramunich, and a touch of black malt for color. It is hopped with Tettnang and Sterling.
  • Stag Series #4- Burton Ale. Schell's Burton Ale is a nod to a forgotten style of beer. Using traditional floor malted Fawcett Maris Otter as a base, the malt bill also includes torrified wheat and two different British Crystal malts. As is traditional for British brewers, we added sugar in the kettle, in our case turbinado and some Dark Candi Syrup. Old Burton Extra is hopped with Nugget and Goldings, fermented with a British ale yeast, dry-hopped, and aged for 3 months prior to release.
  • Stag Series #5- Czech Dark Lager. Modeled after the famous dark lagers of Bohemia. Dark bread and caramel flavors that are accentuated by a decoction mash, and balanced by the spicy Saaz hops.
  • Stag Series #6- Fresh Hop Citra Pils. Pilsner brewed with fresh Citra Hop cones
  • Stag Series #7- Barleywine Two separate mashes of 6,000 pounds of malt and 150 pounds of hops were used to brew this intensely malty and assertively hopped American Barleywine Style Ale.
  • Stag Series #8- August's Bock. Collaboration with Gold Ochsen Brauerei in New Ulm's sister city, Ulm Germany. Both cities are also host to fifth generation family-owned breweries and both breweries were founded by men named August. Working in collaboration, we decided to brew a Blonde Doppel Bock. Both breweries uses specialty malts from Weyerman with each brewery using their own base Pilsner malt – Rahr for Schell's and Schwabenmalz for Gold Ochsen. Both breweries use Emerald, Tattnanger and Saphir hops during the boil and then each brewery uses a different newer German hop variety in the whirlpool and as a dry hop. Schell's uses Polaris hops and Gold Ochsen uses Mandarina Bavaria. Both beer are then fermented with the respective brewries’ house lager yeast and matured for a couple of months before packaging
  • Stag Series #9- Cave Aged Barrel Aged Lager. A dark lager aged in American whiskey barrels stored in the brewery's original, underground lagering caves. Located below the historic brewery, the naturally cooled caverns were originally constructed in the 1860s to facilitate brewing in an era that predated electrical refrigeration. Dark brown to black in color, the beer has roasted malt notes of dark chocolate, toffee, light oak, char and a hint of vanilla.
  • Stag Series #10 Tropical Stout, ABV 8.5%, Caribbean Style Stout
  • Stag Series #11 Bananas Foster Weizenbock, ABV 8.14%, A robust wheat ale with light cinnamon flavors layered over hints of banana, clove, and caramel.
  • Stag Series #12 1879 Kulmbacher Export, Based on a recipe dated back in 1879 from upper Franconia, this dark, hoppy lager was a favorite that was often imitated by many breweries. As trends changed, the popularity of this style brew faded quickly and is unfamiliar to today's beer drinkers. Bock-like in strength, it asserts its dark color and pronounced hop bitterness.
  • Stag Series #13. It's All Relative, ABV 7.0%, Franconian Dopple Bock brewed in collaboration with Wagner Brauerei in Germany, this malty lager has a deep amber color and lightly hopped with a hint of smoke.
  • Cave-Aged Barrel-Aged, ABV 10.89%, Cave-Aged Barrel-Aged lager, a Baltic Porter, is released each fall after spending time aging in the historic caves deep below the brewery. High in alcohol content with hints of sweet caramel, oak, and vanilla.

Variety Pack Brews

  • Weiss Beer, ABV NA, available in the 2016 Biergarten in a Box (summer variety pack). Not labelled as Stag Series.
  • Chimney Sweep with Cocoa Nibs, ABV NA, available in the 2016 Prost! Pack (fall variety pack). Not labelled as Stag Series.
  • Keller Pils, ABV NA, available in the 2016 Prost! Pack (fall variety pack). Not labelled as Stag Series.
  • Imperial Alt, ABV NA, available in the 2016/2017 Brewer's Stash (winter variety pack). Not labelled as Stag Series.
  • Baltic Porter, ABV NA, available in the 2016/2017 Brewer's Stash (winter variety pack). Not labelled as Stag Series.
  • Frost Hop Helles, ABV NA, A moderately malty German-style Helles with a hint of herbal spices. Brewed with fresh-frozen Hallertauer Mittelfruh hops. Available in the 2017 Frost Hop pack. Not labelled as Stag Series.
  • Frost Hop Export Style, ABV NA, A Dortmunder Export with a balanced malt profile and crisp bitterness. Brewed with fresh-frozen Tettnang hops. Available in the 2017 Frost Hop pack. Not labelled as Stag Series.
  • Frost Hop Pilsner, ABV NA, A classic Pilsner with a bready character and mild honeydew aromatics. Brewed with fresh-frozen Huell Melon hops. Available in the 2017 Frost Hop pack. Not labelled as Stag Series.
  • Frost Hop Kolsch, ABV NA, A smooth and crisp Kolsch style beer with a hint of mandarin orange. Brewed with fresh-frozen Mandarina Bavaria hops. Available in the 2017 Frost Hop pack. Not labelled as Stag Series.
  • American Pale Lager, ABV NA, available in the 2017 Biergarten in a Box (summer variety pack). Not labelled as Stag Series.
  • Schwarzbier, ABV NA, available in the 2017 Harvest Brews (spring variety pack). Not labelled as Stag Series.
  • Farmhouse, ABV NA, available in the 2017 Harvest Brews (spring variety pack). Not labelled as Stag Series.
  • English Style Blonde Ale, ABV NA, available in the 2017/2018 Brewer's Stash (spring variety pack). Not labelled as Stag Series.
  • Hoppy Wheat Lager, ABV NA, available in the 2017/2018 Brewer's Stash (spring variety pack). Not labelled as Stag Series.
  • German-Style Porter, ABV NA, available in the 2018 Peacock Pack (spring variety pack).
  • Golden Lager, ABV NA, available in the 2018 Peacock Pack (spring variety pack).
  • Tangerine Pale Lager, ABV NA, available in the 2018 Peacock Pack (spring variety pack).
  • Munich-Style Dunkel, ABV NA, available in the 2018 Peacock Pack (spring variety pack).
  • Dry Hopped Kolsch, ABV NA, brewed with locally grown malt and moderately hopped, available in the 2018 Biergarten in a Box (summer variety pack).
  • Witbier, ABV NA, a Belgian-style witbier with hints of coriander and orange peel, available in the 2018 Harvest Brews (fall variety pack).
  • 1905 VT, ABV 5.8%, A beer honoring Schell's original "near beer", Vacuum Tonic, available in the 2018 Harvest Brews (fall variety pack).
  • Sahti, ABV 5.9%, A Finnish Sahti style beer brewed with juniper berries and calypso hops, available in the 2018/2019 Brewer's Stash (winter variety pack).
  • Minnesota Landbier, ABV 4.9%, Landbier lager made with Minnesota-grown malt, hops, and wild rice, available in the 2018/2019 Brewer's Stash (winter variety pack).
  • Rye IPA, ABV NA, A Rye India Pale Ale, available in the 2019 Peacock Pack (spring variety pack).
  • Brut Lager, ABV 6.5%, A Brut style lager, available in the 2019 Biergarten in a Box (summer variety pack).
  • Session IPA, ABV NA, An IPA that is hop-forward and well balanced. Mildly malty with hop aroma from chinook, citra and mosaic hops, available in the 2019 Harvest Brews (fall variety pack).
  • Austrian Style Märzen, ABV 5%, Lighter in color and flavor than a traditional German märzen, crisp and dry yet toasty and subtly sweet, available in the 2019 Harvest Brews (fall variety pack).
  • Arctic Ale, ABV 9%, The recipe for this barley wine originated in 1852 when its creation was commissioned by Queen Victoria for Sir Edward Belcher's expedition to the Arctic. It is brown in color with notes of raisin and molasses and earthy hop aromatics, available in the 2019/2020 Brewer's Stash (winter variety pack).
  • Nordic IPA, ABV 6.5%, This IPA is fermented with a unique Norwegian farmhouse yeast and hopped with Minnesota grown Julius hops. This beer ours a hazy gold color, bursting with juicy, peachy, orange hop flavors, and a creamy mouthfeel with restrained hop bitterness, available in the 2019/2020 Brewer's Stash (winter variety pack).
  • Maibock, ABV 7.3%, a German style Maibock, available in the 2020 Peacock Pack (spring variety pack).

Snowstorm Seasonal Brew History

  • 2020 - Oat Stout, ABV 6.3%, Stout, a black stout with delicious notes of coffee and chocolate, uniquely brewed with triticale and oats.
  • 2019 - Red Ale, ABV 6.5%, Red Ale, a reddish amber ale.
  • 2018 - Speciale Belge, ABV 7.56%, Belgian Dark Ale, moderately malty with notes of biscuit and a subtle fruitiness.
  • 2017 - Rye Ale, ABV 6.1%, Reddish-brown ale with hints of spicy rye and bread crust, ideally suited for brisk Northern nights.
  • 2016 - English Strong Ale, ABV 6.5%,
  • 2015 - Wallonian-Style Brown Ale, ABV 6.2%, Draws inspiration from the artisanal and experimental traditions of the Wallonian brewers to create a malt-focused brown ale with hints of nut, biscuit and stone fruit.
  • 2014 - Grand Cru, ABV 6.5%, Deep copper in color with an off white head. The aroma is a combination of fruity esters from the yeast complemented by the citrusy notes of coriander, orange, and lemon peel. This beer is deceptively lighter bodied, with a lively carbonation and subtle warmth from the moderate alcohol. Fruity notes from the yeast carry over into the flavor profile with hints of citrus and light chocolate and a lasting dry finish.
  • 2013 - Strong Belgian Golden Ale
  • 2012 - Bière de Noël, ABV 7.5%, A French style Christmas beer. Expect a light amber beer with red tints that is malt forward with noticeable yeast flavors of white pepper and citrus from an authentic French ale yeast. Slight herbal hop note in the background, with a spicy, citrusy, peppery aroma.
  • 2011 - Wee Heavy Traditional Scotch Ale
  • 2010 - Dunkel Doppel Weizenbock, ABV 7.0%, Brewed with Munich, Wheat, Xtra Special and Midnight Wheat Malt, this Dunkel Doppel Weizenbock has a rich, velvety malt body with notes of milk chocolate. Higher carbonation levels give this beer a full bodied mouth feel and a fluffy, creamy head with a banana and clove aroma.
  • 2009 - Baltic Porter, ABV 5.8%, Few beers fit the season like a Baltic Porter does winter. The 2009 edition of Snowstorm was brewed with copious amounts of Munich malt coupled with three different British crystal malts, and British Chocolate. Snowstorm is dark mahogany in color with a tan head and displays flavors reminiscent of dark fruit, licorice, and chocolate.
  • 2008 - Weihnachtsbier, ABV 6%, Reddish-brown in color with a complex maltiness yielding hints of spicy rye, sourdough and chocolate. Brewed with nine different malts, including copious amounts of Munich and a touch of Rye.
  • 2007 - Belgian Dubbel
  • 2006 - English Stout (Schell's Stout)
  • 2005 - Düsseldorf Alt
  • 2004 - Dark Cream Ale
  • 2003 - Nut Brown Ale
  • 2002 - Scotch Ale
  • 2001 - Cherry Vanilla Porter
  • 2000 - Braggot
  • 1999 - Dunkleweizen
  • 1998 - Vienna Lager (Schell's Firebrick)
  • 1997 - Plum Black and Tan*
  • 1996 - Cherry Alt*
  • 1995 - Raspberry Amber Ale*
  • 1992 - Doppel Alt (Schell's Schmaltz's Alt)**

*1995-1997 Beers were called Blizzard Ale

** 1992 Beer was called Xmas Brew

Schell Mansion
Mansion on grounds of August Schell Brewery.

Retired Brews

  • Schell Shocked, ABV 4.6%, This German-style Radler beer is subtly sweet with a grapefruit twist.
  • Fort Road Helles, ABV 5.1%, A Helles style lager with a light golden hue.
  • Schmaltz's Alt
  • Pils
  • Citra-Blanc
  • Maifest Former Spring Seasonal.
  • Fresh Hop Brewed with freshly harvested hops.
  • Arminius Hoppy pale lager.
  • One Five Five red lager with caramel, toffee, and citrus notes and a bright hop finish.
  • Schell's 89.3 the Current a Zommerfest kolsch style beer brewed in collaboration with Minnesota Public Radio's 89.3 the Current.
  • Emerald Rye
  • Zommerfest
  • Chimney Sweep
  • Hopfenmalz
  • Stout
  • German Pale Ale
  • Doppelbock
  • Export
  • Grain Belt Lock & Dam Lager
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