Newsletter: Non-stop fun with stuff-on-a-stick since 1947!

Land of 10,000 Beers!

It’s that time of year…. the Great Minnesota Get Together… more fun than you can shake a “stick” at!

The Minnesota State Fair draws together people from throughout the Midwest, to show off their hard work and skill and the results of those efforts.  Hard working brewers definitely fall into this category and while there are some well publicized lists of new foods and old favorites, we felt we should talk about the beer that will be there, as well as gluten-free food options, since well, we fit both of those groups.

Ask the Brewer

Where can I find your beer at the Minnesota State Fair? What about food that I can eat?

As of today (8/18), here are the confirmed locations where you can find Burning Brothers at the Minnesota State Fair:

  • Cafe Caribe (South side of Carnes Ave. between Liggett & Nelson streets)
  • LuLu’s Public House (At West End Market, south of the Schilling Ampitheater)
  • O’Gara’s at the Fair (Southwest corner of Dan Patch Ave. & Cosgrove St.)

We will also be one of the 75 rotating breweries whose beer is being served during the run of the fair at the “Land of 10,000 Beers” in the Ag/Hort building.  Since there are so may breweries participating, the MN Craft Brewer’s Guild does not publish dates and times that they will be serving particular brews.  However clicking on the link above will take you to the list of participating breweries as well as the speaker schedule.

For those of you bringing your gluten friend (yes, the irony is not lost on us), the Growler Magazine has a link to an interactive map showing where ALL the beer is at!  Way to go guys – making the beer easy to find is important!

We also wanted to give a shout out to Twin Cities R.O.C.K. (Raising Our Celiac Kids) and their partner, the Celiac Center of Minnesota, for their comprehensive (and downloadable) list of what foods are safe for those who are gluten-free or Celiac to eat while at the fair.

Last, but certainly not least, we wanted to plug our friends at Hot Indian Foods who will be serving up Paneer on a Spear at the Midtown Global Market booth at the International Bazaar from Aug 31-Sept 5.  Deep-fried Indian-seasoned paneer cheese coated with a local gluten-free craft beer batter (hmmm, I wonder whose beer that could be?) and served with a tomato garlic chutney.  Sounds like gluten-free nirvana to me.

Taproom Tidings

While we are without a food truck this Friday (8/19… insert sad trombone sound here…) we were able to procure a new cupcake flavor from our friends at Groundswell, their Lavender Black Bottom Cheesecake (gluten-free of course). So, with the dessert option covered, the main course will have to be BYOGFF (that’s Bring Your Own Gluten Free Food). Let us know if you need suggestions on places in the vicinity.

On Saturday (8/20), Soup Coupe will be here and with the forecast calling for thunderstorms and a high of 70, it sure sounds like soup weather to me.

Final Thoughts

Tomorrow, Dane joins the crew of Minnesota BeerCast to talk all things Burning Brothers. You can tune in Friday (8/19) at 8pm on AM 1130, FM 103.5, iHeartRadio and on-demand via the MN BeerCast website.

This Saturday (8/20) there are two great events going.

Ciderfest, happening in St. Cloud from 1 to 5 PM will feature hard ciders (and craft beers) from Minnesota and across the nation.  If you are gluten-free, this may be the festival for you, as many of the cider houses are also gluten-free.

The Summer Beer Dabbler runs from 5 to 9 PM at CHS field in downtown St. Paul and features beer from over 100 breweries, live music from 4 different bands, and food from several of the CHS stadium stands.

We hope to see you at one, or for the overly ambitious, both events!

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For those of you that made it this far, the subject line refers to the fact that the Fair has been held every year since 1859 with only five exceptions. Check out the Fair History for more info.

As always, if you have questions, drop us a note via Email, Facebook or Twitter.

Cheers!

Newsletter: We’re so excited…..

…..and we just can’t hide it!

Apologies we didn’t get the newsletter out last week. You see, we were kind of busy… getting two new styles in cans!  That of course, brings us to a very obvious question…

Ask the Brewer

So, what are your two new beer styles available in liquor stores?

We’re so happy you asked!  As pictured above, you can see that both our “Parched” Lime Shandy and our “Raj-Agni” IPA are now available in cans.  Our distributor just picked them up last Friday, so they should be starting to make the rounds into liquor stores and other retail establishments across Minnesota.

With “Parched”, the citrus notes of our all American hops combined with the lime of our shandy will have you salsa dancing in no time. Our fans state that this shandy tastes like summer.  Not too sweet; a nice tartness balancing with the hops as if they were meant to be together.

“Raj-Agni” is an adapted version of the historical English style, offering a balanced bitterness with a slight hint of blackstrap molasses. Using exclusively Cluster hops allows us to bring forth both spicy and floral aromas to compliment the mix between earthy flavors and sweet fruits.

As you can imagine, we are pretty damn excited to have a range of styles to offer.  If your local store stocks Pyro and/or Roasted, you can ask them to stock Parched and Raj-Agni as well.  Help us to spread the word!  Cheers!

Taproom Tidings

On tap this weekend we have “Pyro” American Pale Ale, “Roasted” Coffee Ale, “Fused” Orange Blossom Honey Ale, “Parched” Lime Shandy, “Raj-Agni” India Pale Ale and Raspberry Infused Pyro.

Food options include Tatanka Truck with their delectable Native Amercian foods on Friday (8/12) and the ever popular Crazy Puppy on Saturday (8/13) slinging their gluten-free fair food.

  • Thirsty Thursdays $1 off pints and $2 off growler fills (no growler or grumbler fills after 8pm on Thursdays)
  • Chocolate-Strawberry and Orange Cupcake from Groundswell includes a moist chocolate strawberry cake with an orange curd center, and a chocolate whipped cream with orange zest and chocolate chunks

Final Thoughts

Tonight (8/11) is Brew Love, a beer fest and fundraiser benefiting the Ronald McDonald House.  Happening at the Depot Shed in Minneapolis, there will be craft beer, food trucks, live music, games and more than 800 beer lovers coming together to help raise money for families coping with a child’s serious illness.

Saturday (8/13) is the Lake Minnetonka BBQ & Beer Fest.  Starting at 3PM in Manitou Park at Tonka Bay, this festival features samples from local craft brewers, cideries, and vineyards as well as food vendors, live music and lots of BBQ. Profits benefit the local community.

As always, if you have questions, drop us a note via Email, Facebook or Twitter.

Cheers!

Newsletter: Wait a minute, you can achieve sainthood thru beer?!?

St. Arnold, the Patron Saint of Beer!

July is almost over and we were almost remiss in not mentioning this month’s Beer Holiday.  Even though it has already happened, July 18th is an important date to remember because….

Ask the Brewer

Is there a patron Saint of Beer?

Of course there is! In fact, July 18th is Saint Arnold’s Day, which celebrates the patron saint of hop pickers and brewers.  During the 11th century, Arnold of Soissons took to the streets to urge people to drink beer, rather than water, which could often contain contaminants during that time.

The story goes that he founded the Abbey of St. Peter in Oudenburg, Belgium, where he brewed beer.  Because the water for the beer was boiled, it killed off many organisms, including Cholera, which could decimate a village.  He advocated for everyone in his village to drink small beer (called that because of it’s low alcohol content) instead of water and for all meals, including breakfast!  His village escaped the cholera epidemics close to unscathed, leading to Arnold’s eventual sainthood.

He is often pictured holding a Bishop’s mitre and a mashing rake.  A parade is held in his honor in July in Brussels, Belgium, with a feast following in August.

Taproom Tidings

This weekend we have on tap “Pyro” American Pale Ale, “Roasted” Coffee Ale, “Fused” Orange Blossom Honey Ale, “Parched” Lime Shandy, “Raj-Agni” India Pale Ale and Raspberry Infused Pyro.

On Friday (7/29) we have Salsa Spot joining us with their authentic Mexican cuisine.  On Saturday (7/30) we have our first visit from Izabella’s, serving tacos and nachos.

  • Thirsty Thursdays $1 off pints and $2 off growler fills (no growler or grumbler fills after 8pm on Thursdays)
  • Chocolate-Strawberry and Orange Cupcake from Groundswell includes a moist chocolate strawberry cake with an orange curd center, and a chocolate whipped cream with orange zest and chocolate chunks

Final Thoughts

This Saturday, July 30th, our fearless leader Dane will be pouring beer on a Paddelford riverboat, for the gluten-free Beer and Bacon Cruise.  For the price of your ticket, you get a 2 hour cruise, delicious bacon focused appetizers, and 2 oz. samples of multiple beers!  Space is limited, so if you can’t get on board with this one, a second one will be running on September 10th.

As always, if you have questions, drop us a note via Email, Facebook or Twitter.

Cheers!

Newsletter: Hydration science, it’s not just for breakfast

It’s exactly like Batman vs. Superman, but different…

In our continuing saga of when it’s really hot and humid out, there are multiple recommendations as to what someone should do to stay healthy.  From staying in an air conditioned space to working as early in the day as possible to taking frequent breaks in the shade or other cools spaces.  One of the most important things of course is to stay hydrated which brings us to a very interesting debate…

Ask the Brewer

Which is better for staying hydrated, water or beer?

Unsurprisingly, there are two differing points of view on this (maybe more?). There are those that feel beer hydrates better than water and then those who are certain it dehydrates you.  While more research could probably be done (insert air quotes here… “research”), we figured we’d do a run down on what we were able to uncover from both points of view.

In the beer is better camp, we have all of the runners, backpackers, climbers and bicyclists who feel there is nothing better after a hard days workout than a cold beer.  The science supporting this indicates that as long as the beer is less than 10% alcohol, there is a net hydrating effect, or that a moderate amount of beer (22 oz.) has no negative effect on hydration.  In other words, up to 22 oz. of beer that is less than 10% alcohol followed by as much water as a person wants has no different effect on hydration than drinking nothing but water.

In the water is better camp, we have the individuals who point to the actual science behind the supposed diuretic effect of beer.  The hypothesis is that alcohol interferes with the process that regulates the level of water in our bodies. The science here indicates that an anti-diuretic hormone (ADH) made by the pituitary gland called vasopressin gets suppressed by alcohol thereby making you pee more.

Taking this to another level, when you’re really dehydrated and your body is low on water, you can end up with an increased salt concentration.  Your body can detect that increased concentration and will increase production of ADH, slowing down urine output and hanging onto water.  Alcohol does the opposite, reducing the amount of ADH you make, thereby increasing the amount of urine you produce.  It is estimated that each shot of alcohol you drink causes your body to produce an extra 120 millilitres of urine.

Even today it is still not fully understood how alcohol causes excessive urination.  When you add in studies that seem to indicate that alcohol consumed at moderate levels can re-hydrate you when dehydrated, we would say enjoy your after workout beer, but don’t depend solely on that for staying hydrated when it is hot out!

Taproom Tidings

Tap selection for the weekend includes “Pyro” American Pale Ale, “Roasted” Coffee Ale, “Fused” Orange Blossom Honey Ale, “Parched” Lime Shandy, “Raj-Agni” India Pale Ale and Raspberry Infused Pyro.

Food trucks for the weekend are Patacones on Friday (7/22) with their authentic Colombian street food and Crazy Puppy on Saturday (7/23) with their gluten-free fair food!

  • Thirsty Thursdays $1 off pints and $2 off growler fills (no growler or grumbler fills after 8pm on Thursdays)
  • Chocolate-Strawberry and Orange Cupcake from Groundswell includes a moist chocolate strawberry cake with an orange curd center, and a chocolate whipped cream with orange zest and chocolate chunks

Final Thoughts

This Saturday, July 23rd, we will be “up North” enjoying the cool breezes coming off Lake Superior.  Join us in Duluth at Bayfront Park for All Pints North, with over 120 craft breweries/brew pubs participating, food vendors, music and opportunities to learn more about craft beer.

Also, there are still spaces available on the July 30th Beer and Bacon Cruise.  This is a unique opportunity to cruise the Mississippi, sample gluten-free beers, and eat from a bacon-focused, gluten-free menu!

As always, if you have questions, drop us a note via Email, Facebook or Twitter.

Cheers!

Newsletter: When it’s hot out…

When the heat hits…

Summers in the Midwest tend to be hot, and, quite often, humid.  Average temperatures are usually in the 80s or 90s, with occasional peaks up into the 100s.  Toss in the humidity, and you can have heat indexes up to 110 degrees… which brings us to a very interesting question…

Ask the Brewer

Doesn’t it get hot in the brewhouse during the summer?

Well, when you consider it’s a giant unconditioned space with a couple of big ass burners used for heating liquids, yeah it actually gets quite hot.  Temperatures around the brew kettle can be 10 to 15 degrees warmer than the outside temp, and when you consider the humidity from all the liquid floating around (it’s almost like a car wash), it is even worse.

For people who work in breweries, dealing with high temperatures becomes a major issue.  Here are some of the creative ways we’ve come up with to beat the heat!

1. Drink a lot of…………..water!  And here you thought we were going to say beer.

2. Neck Coolers – it is surprising just how much one of these can help when you are active in a hot environment.  While there are many brands available, they all work on the same principle.  Each one contains polymer crystals that soak up water, which then evaporates, cooling whatever it’s wrapped around.  Most of these fit around the head or neck.

3. Take a break in a cool space.  For us, that can be the air-conditioned taproom, or even a few minutes inside one of the big coolers.

4. While none of our brewers own these yet, they certainly seem like one heck of an idea!   ArmachilloMen's Armachillo Cooling Boxer Briefs underwear, sold by Duluth Trading Company, are supposed to keep things cool where it counts.  According to their website, all of their Armachillo clothing line, including underwear for both men and women, are infused with microscopic jade.  That jade is supposed to feel much cooler on the skin than plain fabric.  Considering it’s 4.7 out of 5 rating, maybe they really work!

5. At the end of a long hot day, nothing beats a cold beer.  We would, of course, suggest a beer made by Burning Brothers, but whatever beer you enjoy works.

Taproom Tidings

Everything is (relatively) back to normal, with our beer menu back to it’s usual self. Tap selection for the weekend includes “Pyro” American Pale Ale, “Roasted” Coffee Ale, “Fused” Orange Blossom Honey Ale, “Parched” Lime Shandy, “Raj-Agni” India Pale Ale and tapping on Friday Raspberry Infused Pyro.

Food trucks for the weekend include Salsa Spot on Friday (7/15) with their authentic Mexican cuisine and Signature on Wheels on Saturday (7/16) with their unique take on American eats.

  • Thirsty Thursdays $1 off pints and $2 off growler fills (no growler or grumbler fills after 8pm on Thursdays)
  • Chocolate-Strawberry and Orange Cupcake from Groundswell includes a moist chocolate strawberry cake with an orange curd center, and a chocolate whipped cream with orange zest and chocolate chunks

Final Thoughts

On Saturday, July 16th, we will be at the Saddle-up Sampler in Medina, which benefits “We Can Ride”, a non-profit organization that provides therapeutic horseback riding.  This event runs from 4 until 7, and features beer, wine, music, food, a silent auction and prizes.

Also of note, there are still a few spaces available on the July 30th Beer and Bacon Cruise!  This unique opportunity to cruise the Mississippi, sample gluten-free beers, and eat from a gluten-free menu is only offered two days this summer, so make sure you get your ticket.

As always, if you have questions, drop us a note via Email, Facebook or Twitter.

Cheers!

Newsletter: Beer Frustrations 😢

Now imagine having to do it on purpose…

Transparency.

If you Google “what is transparency in business” it defines it as a “lack of hidden agendas or conditions, accompanied by the availability of full information required for collaboration, cooperation, and collective decision making…”  Uhm, yeah. That right there is part of the reason we decided to step away from the corporate world.

We say all this because we wanted to take a moment to be transparent with you… our loyal followers.

Beer, for all it’s simplicity, has a lot of variables that go into the making of it. Sometimes, you make a mistake or you miss something. Even worse, sometimes that mistake leads you down a one-way path that has only one solution. Bye Bye Beer!

Earlier this week, we had dump a large quantity of beer because of temperature challenges in our brewhouse. In short, the yeast got stressed and ended up producing some very strong off-flavors in the beer that we just couldn’t shake out. Rather than serving something sub-par, we made the right (albeit hard) choice of letting the beer go.

While the temperature issues have been addressed and there is new beer in tanks, it has created a bit of an availability crunch for this week in our taproom. Bars, restaurants and liquor stores shouldn’t be too affected as our distributors were relatively well stocked.

As always, let us know if you have questions and thank you for your support.

– Dane & Thom

Taproom Tidings

Food trucks this weekend include Wholesoul on Friday, July 8th (wholesome soul food offerings) and Soup Coupe on Saturday, July 9th (summer selection of selection of both hot and cold soups as well as a tantalizing variety of lettuce wraps).

Also on Friday (the 8th), we’ll be tapping the remainder of our Rad Bromance, a Raspberry Chocolate Strong Ale that was made as a tribute to Lady Gaga for this year’s Beer Dabbler at Twin Cities Pride. updated 7/8/16

  • Tap selection includes Pyro APA(pints & 1/2 pints only), Roasted Coffee Ale, Raj-Agni IPA and Rad Bromance(1/2 pints & grumblers only).
  • Thirsty Thursdays $1 off pints and $2 off growler fills (no growler or grumbler fills after 8pm on Thursdays)
  • Chocolate-Strawberry and Orange Cupcake from Groundswell includes a moist chocolate strawberry cake with an orange curd center, and a chocolate whipped cream with orange zest and chocolate chunks

Final Thoughts

If your weekend plans are still in flux and you are looking to get away from it all, come join us at the nothernmost beer festival in the state! The Hopped Up Caribou Beer Festival in Lutsen, MN features homegrown brewing heroes, live music, chef-prepared barbecue and the chance to rub elbows with superstar brew-talent. Tickets are still available!

As always, if you have questions, drop us a note via Email, Facebook or Twitter.

Cheers!

Newsletter: Happy Summer! Enjoy a cold one… or not. ;-)

Chillsner, one way to keep you beer cold this summer!

Now that we have officially passed the first day of summer, we know that the really hot days are still ahead of us.  With that in mind, we figured a rundown of ways to keep your beer cool was in order.  There’s nothing like getting to the bottom of your favorite beer only to realize that it is uncomfortably warm.

Ask the Brewer

How do you keep beer at a good drinking temperature during the summer?

As with other things in the brewing industry, there are many opinions on this subject.  We are going to skip past the whole style vs. temperature discussion and make the assumption that since we are talking about the summer heat that means we are talking about Lagers, Pilsners and other summer centric styles.

With that in mind, we know that many macro-brews are advertised as being best when served ice-cold, and beer glasses can be found in freezers far and wide because of this. Thermodynamics hold true that a cold liquid poured into a cold container is going to stay colder longer.  However, many craft beer lovers object to frozen mugs for several reasons:

  1. Freezing mugs can create ice crystals (or frozen sanitizing chemicals) on the inside of the glass which may water down the beer
  2. Beer that is really, really cold, can numb the palate and thereby suppress various flavors and aromas
  3. With the air circulation that occurs in modern freezers, you can end up with a lot of bacteria deposited on the inside of the glass

In contrast, having your beer be too warm can also be a problem.  Greg Engert, one of the earliest ‘beer sommeliers’ in the industry, has stated that “It’s a delicate balancing act, since going too warm will rob some beers of their sparkle and the refreshing qualities they provide in congress with their flavor profiles.”

That being said, many people still find a really cold beer more refreshing than a slightly warmer one.  So, what can you do besides freezing the glass?

  1. Keep your beer glass in the refrigerator (instead of the freezer); there are no ice crystals that way, and the beer will stay cooler longer
  2. Koozies can be a good option as they help to insulate the beer from the summer heat as well as help to keep a good grip on your beer
  3. Consider the Chillsner (pictured above); for those who love a good bottle of beer but want to go a bit more high tech, they aren’t so good at getting a warm beer cooled down, however, they can keep an already chilled beer from warming up too fast

When you get right down to it, you should drink your beer at whatever temp you prefer.  Life’s too short to get your undies in a bunch.  Relax… have a beer!

Taproom Tidings

This Friday, June 24th, we welcome R Taco back for their first visit of the summer. A fistful of tacos in one hand and a pint of Lime Shandy in the other sounds like a great start to the weekend!

On Saturday, June 25th, Soup Coupe will be here with their summer selection of selection of both hot and cold soups as well as a tantalizing variety of lettuce wraps.  I can personally attest that the gazpacho pairs perfectly with an IPA…. just sayin!

Also on Friday (the 24th), we’ll once again be tapping a batch of Raspberry Infused Pyro, because you all still keep asking for it.  Not that I blame you, it is a bit of a hot weather quencher.

  • Tap selection includes Pyro APA, Roasted Coffee Ale, Fused Orange Blossom Honey Ale, Parched Lime Shandy, Raj-Agni IPA and Raspberry Infused Pyro
  • Thirsty Thursdays $1 off pints and $2 off growler fills (no growler or grumbler fills after 8pm on Thursdays)
  • Chocolate-Strawberry and Orange Cupcake from Groundswell includes a moist chocolate strawberry cake with an orange curd center, and a chocolate whipped cream with orange zest and chocolate chunks

Final Thoughts

On Friday, June 24th, we are excited to once again be part of the Beer Dabbler at Twin Cities Pride!  The 50+ participating Minnesota breweries will each be serving a special, one-off beer that celebrates and pays homage to the icons and advocates from the GLBT community.  For our contribution, we will be unveiling our “Rad Bromance”, a Raspberry Chocolate Strong Ale in tribute to Lady Gaga.  We hope to see you there!

As always, if you have questions, drop us a note via Email, Facebook or Twitter.

Cheers!

Newsletter: Dad is the best, don’t you owe him a beer (or two)?

Growler on Board… a safe way to transport precious cargo

This Sunday, June 18th, is Father’s Day!  While our taproom is open that day and Burning Brothers Beer is an awesome father’s day gift (not so subtle hint), we also know that there are other awesome beer themed gifts out there.  Which (unsurprisingly) brings us to our latest edition of…

Ask the Brewer

Do you have any recommendations on gifts for beer lovers?

Since there are beer lovers who are very serious about their chosen passion and those that are more in it for the fun and flavor, we thought we could highlight some gifts for both.

Almost all taprooms have Growler Gift Packs.  These generally contain a growler of beer (your choice of style) and one or two pint glasses.  If you are undecided as to which beer dad may like best, most breweries have gift cards as well.

If a gift card or a growler gift pack isn’t quite enough, or your dad is a guy who enjoys wearing his love of beer, baseball hats and T-shirts are also available at most taprooms.  If you are internet savvy, you can also find beer themed socks, ties, phone cases, briefcases, holsters, soaps, and all sorts of other crazy… stuff.

Many cities have taproom adventures – things like passports or guidebooks that allow you to gift your dad with a fun activity.  Here in Minnesota we have two that we are participating in: Barventure and the Northern Ale Guide.  There are also beer events going on throughout the summer, that you can buy tickets to.  Beer festivals and beer pairing dinners are just a few of the neat activities going on this summer.  You can even find unique beer activities like the Beer and Bacon cruises that are being run here on the Mississippi.  Burning Brothers is the featured beer for cruises on both July 30th and September 10th.

Taproom Tidings

This Friday, June 17th, we have a brand new food truck, Wholesoul, joining us featuring wholesome soul food.  On Saturday, June 18th, Crazy Puppy will be here with a new menu item, fried green beans, to compliment the usual fair food menu.

  • Tap selection includes Pyro APA, Roasted Coffee Ale, Fused Orange Blossom Honey Ale, Parched Lime Shandy, and Raj-Agni IPA
  • Thirsty Thursdays $1 off pints and $2 off growler fills (no growler or grumbler fills after 8pm on Thursdays)
  • Chocolate-Strawberry and Orange Cupcake from Groundswell includes a moist chocolate strawberry cake with an orange curd center, and a chocolate whipped cream with orange zest and chocolate chunks

Final Thoughts

This Saturday we have two different beer events running, on opposite sides of the Twin Cities.  To the Northwest we will be at the Maple Lake Brewfest, and to the Northeast we will be at the Hay Lake Beer Tasting.  Both of these events look to be a lot of fun, with the Maple Lake Brewfest featuring over 50 breweries, and the Hay Lake Beer Tasting supporting the Washington County Historical Society.  We hope to see you at one or the other of them!

As always, if you have questions, drop us a note via Email, Facebook or Twitter.

Cheers!

Newsletter: Thursday’s newsletter… on Friday! (it happens…)

Piped fermentation tanks on the left, waiting to be piped on the right!

This Saturday, June 11th, is Carl Von Linde day, our June beer holiday (unless of course, you count Father’s Day).  Carl Von Linde is the “father” of the modern lagering process, allowing lagers to be produced year round, rather than having seasonal dependency.  It was in 1871 that Carl created the first large scale refrigerated lagering tanks.  These tanks allowed the beer to be fermented at the relatively cool temperatures necessary to create a good lager, and ushered in a new era of temperature controlled fermentation.

Ask the Brewer

Are all those pipes connected to the tanks used for moving the beer around?

Actually, all of those pipes help to control the temperature of the tanks.  When we move beer around, we use big hoses.  The pipes that you see, wrapped in the black insulation foam, actually carry glycol from tank to tank, maintaining each tank at a specific temperature.  There is a thermostat on each tank, that allows the brewers to set that particular tank’s temperature, depending on where the beer is at in the brewing process.

When beer first moves from the kettle to the fermenter, it needs to be maintained at a specific temperature for the yeast to get busy, which is what allows fermentation to happy.  Ales are usually around 65 degrees, while lagers are kept in the 50’s, a relatively cold temperature compared to other beers.

Once the beer has finished fermentation, it is “cold crashed”.  This involves dropping the temperature on the tank to between 33 and 40 degrees, with 38 being the most common.  Cold crashing encourages the yeast and any other solids to drop to the bottom of the fermentation vessel, where it can be dumped out as waste (“trub”).  Dumping the trub helps to prevent it from imparting any off flavors to the beer and also makes the filtering process much faster and more efficient.

Taproom Tidings

Tap selection for this weekend includes the usual suspects along with the remainder of our Raspberry Infused Pyro.  This Friday, June 10th, we have Signature on Wheels joining us, with their delicious take on classic American cuisine.  On Saturday, June 11th, Soup Coupe will be here, with soups for hot weather!  Ever tried gazpacho before?  Now’s your chance!

  • Tap selection includes Pyro APA, Roasted Coffee Ale, Fused Orange Blossom Honey Ale, Parched Lime Shandy, Raj-Agni IPA, and Raspberry Pyro
  • Thirsty Thursdays $1 off pints and $2 off growler fills (no growler or grumbler fills after 8pm on Thursdays)
  • Chocolate-Strawberry and Orange Cupcake from Groundswell includes a moist chocolate strawberry cake with an orange curd center, and a chocolate whipped cream with orange zest and chocolate chunks

Final Thoughts

On Saturday, June 11th, we will be in Milwaukee serving up refreshment at Beer Camp Across America.  Join us as we celebrate the craft beer movement with 99 other breweries, and hundreds of beers to try.  Running from 3 to 7PM, with music by Maritime and local food trucks, it is sure to be a good time!

As always, if you have questions, drop us a note via Email, Facebook or Twitter.

Cheers!

Newsletter: Who make the beer? (i.e., Living the Dream!)

Where we store our brewers, when they aren’t working!

It’s actually quite amazing how much work can be done on a brew floor by just a few people.  Of the four full-time and 4 part-time people that we have working at Burning Brothers, only three spend more than half (or close to all) of their time out in the brewhouse itself!  The person who spends the most time out there is our brewer Andrew, pictured above.  Without his hard work, we wouldn’t have nearly so much good beer to drink, which brings us to …

Ask the Brewer

So, who makes all your beer?

It would be fair to say that a huge portion of our beer is made by Andrew.  Without his attention to detail, focus on quality and skill with a squeegee, we would be up the proverbial creek without a paddle.  While Andrew does not spend a whole lot of time in the taproom, he is a regular at beer festivals.  It only seems fair to give people a little insight into what he does, hence, the quick interview, which he managed to do while working the canning line – way to multi-task, Andrew!

What do you do at Burning Brothers?
About 80% of all the physical activity that happens on the brew floor, I’m involved in.  Brewing, cleaning, canning, cleaning, kegging, cleaning, filtering, oh, and cleaning, in case I forgot to mention that.  I’m also the DJ, all those dance parties, those are me!  (A quick note from the interviewer – there is always music going on the brew floor, and it is eclectic!  Anything from movie soundtracks (Jurassic Park?) to musicals (Les Miserables is a fav), bluegrass, industrial, classic rock or alternative).

What’s the best part of your job?
As much as I enjoy shoveling rock while landscaping (his last job), brewing beer is a lot more satisfying.  Being at the beginning of a new business, there from the start, is also a pretty unique thrill.  Also, having a career for the first time in my life, rather than just a job, is really great.  Having a beer at 11AM on a hot day doesn’t stink, either!

What’s the worst part of your job?
I never thought I would be moving water from one place to another as much as I do when I started here.  Brewing is a wet business, so I spend a lot of time with the squeegee, whom I have a love-hate relationship with.

What’s your favorite Burning Brothers Beer?
Oh, they’re all good (Andrew said this with a grin and a glance at Thom, one of the owners who he was working the canning line with).  After a moment of serious thought, though, he replied with “The Belgian Dubbel was really fantastic, we will have to brew that again soon”.

What is your favorite other beer?
I really enjoy brown ales.  You don’t see them all that often, however, you can enjoy them any time of year.  If I could get my hands on a Pliny the Elder, I would drink that! (Editor’s note: this is more of an inside joke)  However, if I am by a lake, I’ll pick up a six pack of a Miller High Life – I’ve grown to appreciate the fact that it’s just not that easy to brew a good lager.

Pirates or Ninjas?
Neo, because he’s the one (harking back to his love for the Matrix).  If I could brew a series of cinema themed beers, I would do it!

If you could add one thing to the brewery/taproom, what would it be?
The first thing that comes to mind is a grated floor (see squeegee above)!  A patio would be cool for the taproom.  A centrifuge wouldn’t be too bad, either.  Oh, and a pool table, it would be for our regulars, not just employee use!

Taproom Tidings

Beer for this weekend includes the usual suspects along with another round of our Raspberry Infused Pyro, tapped on Friday, June 3rd (you all keep asking, so we keep making).  Also, on Friday the 3rd we will be joined for the first time by Xstream Cuisine, bringing us their American and Caribbean deliciousness.  On Saturday, June 4th, we will have Patacones back for their second visit, serving their authentic Colombian street food.

  • Tap selection includes Pyro APA, Roasted Coffee Ale, Fused Orange Blossom Honey Ale, Parched Lime Shandy, Raj-Agni IPA, and Raspberry Pyro starting on Friday
  • Thirsty Thursdays $1 off pints and $2 off growler fills (no growler or grumbler fills after 8pm on Thursdays)
  • Chocolate-Strawberry and Orange Cupcake from Groundswell includes a moist chocolate strawberry cake with an orange curd center, and a chocolate whipped cream with orange zest and chocolate chunks

Final Thoughts

This Saturday, June 4th marks the 8th annual St. Paul Summer Beer Fest, taking place from 2-5pm (VIP at 1pm) at the MN State Fairgrounds – International Bazaar.  This outdoor craft beer festival will feature sampling from over 100 breweries in a commemorative tasting glass, live music, tasty food, educational seminars, a silent auction benefiting the YMCA of St. Paul, and the fun atmosphere of MN State Fairgrounds.  We hope you will join us there!

In other news, we thought we would share the fact that we are one of the 18 recommended projects for this year’s Neighborhood STAR program.  This means that if we get approval from both the City Council and the Mayor, we will have funding for the patio we are hoping to build.  We find out what the final word is sometime in July.

As always, if you have questions, drop us a note via Email, Facebook or Twitter.

Cheers!