Newsletter – No Fungus Amongst Us

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Minnesota Cup Video

A huge thank you to all of our customers who sent in video clips for our MN Cup submission. We are in the process of getting the video edited and formatted, and will be thrilled to share it on our website and through social media once it is finished.

Ask the Brewer

What do brewers have nightmares about?

Well, to be honest, that could be a rather long list. Beer kettles boiling over, tanks overflowing, valves not being closed when they should be, employees getting doused in boiling caustic, equipment failing at a crucial moment – you get the idea. For true nightmare caliber occurrences though, I think that mold tops the list.

While we can’t go into species and genus of mold, we can tell you that any mold or fungus is every brewers worst enemy (and best friend). Breweries are, by their very nature, wet and humid locations, with an abundance of organic matter, which are prime growing conditions for mold. Cleaning must be thorough and frequent, with regular dis-assembly of hoses and clamps, filtration units, tasting ports, and tap systems. Why this incessant need for cleaning? Even a small growth of mold can infect a beer, causing off flavors and the need to dump full fermenters, which no brewery wants to do.

Luckily for modern day breweries, we have a host of mold prevention measures at our disposal, both in equipment and in cleaners. The prevalence of stainless steel in the brewing industry is for much more than good looks. Stainless steel provides a surface that is easy to clean, and free of pores that can provide places for bacterial or mold growth to start. Stainless steel also holds up well to the temperature fluctuations, liquids and cleaners of the brewing industry. Cleaners consist of acids, caustics and sanitizers, with fresh water rinses as needed.

So here’s to clean breweries and delicious beer!  Cheers!

Taproom Tidings

The taproom has its regular hours, with growler fills available all of the days we are open (including SUNDAYS)!

This weekends taproom highlights include:

  • Thirsty Thursdays is your chance for $1 off pints and $2 off growler fills
  • Food on Fridays (FoF) brings us Chef T-Bone with Tollefson Family Pork Farm who specializes in made from scratch, farm fresh offerings, customized to your particular palette
  • Our featured cupcake from Groundswell is their Espresso Turtle, new this week!
  • Tap selection for the weekend includes Pyro APA, Roasted Coffee Ale, Fused Orange Blossom Honey and our Parched Lime Shandy. On Friday we will tap our latest batch of our ever popular Blackstrap IPA. Growler and grumbler fills on everything.

Believe it or not, the Snelling Ave. bridge crossing Interstate 94 is STILL closed. One begins to wonder whether they realize the state fair is only weeks away. This means that access to the brewery from the I-94/Snelling ramps is difficult to non-existent, depending on which direction you are coming from. We recommend using the Cretin/Vandalia exit for the interim.

Final Thoughts

If you love the North Shore and beer, this weekend is for you! We will be in Duluth for All Pints North. Join us by the bay to meet the brewers and enjoy unlimited craft beer samples, local food vendors, beer-centered activities and educational components, live music and much more!

Questions? Drop us a note via Email, Facebook, MSDSTwitter or Google+.

Cheers!

Newsletter: BBB Taps on the Horizon

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Burning Brothers on Tap?!

We are happy to announce that we are close to making kegged beer available to retailers. Tap handles have been designed and are in the production process and we have the kegs themselves queued up for sending the beer out in.

If everything proceeds as planned (which we know is often not the case, but hey, we can still dream!), we will start sending kegs out the last week of August. Check our website and social media to find out where our beer is on tap once that happens. If you want your favorite restaurant, bar or other watering hole to have our beer on tap, ask them. Customer requests can often be much more effective than our phone calls at getting beer into a specific location!

Ask the Brewer

What the heck is wort?

When on a brewery tour, you may hear the word “wort” (sometimes pronounced “wert”) being tossed around.  Wort (very different than warts) is the liquid that leaves the brew kettle prior to yeast being added. It is basically water mixed with malted grains, extracts, additional sugars or flavorings and the initial addition of hops. The sugars extracted during the brewing process are what feed the yeast and get converted into alcohol.

Experienced brewers can often tell what flavor characteristics a beer will have just by the smell of the wort. Tasting it can provide further confirmation that the beer is headed in the intended flavor direction. The wort is often maltier in smell, with a MUCH sweeter taste and thicker body due to all of the suspended solids. However, good wort produces good beer, and we all love a good beer!

Taproom Tidings

The taproom is back to regular hours, with growler fills available all of the days we are open (including SUNDAYS)!

This weekends taproom highlights include:

  • Thirsty Thursdays is your chance for $1 off pints and $2 off growler fills
  • Food on Fridays (FoF) brings us Rusty Taco  and their fine selection of taco(ee) goodness
  • Our featured cupcake from Groundswell is their Lavender Black Bottom Cheesecake
  • Tap selection for the weekend includes Pyro APA, Roasted Coffee Ale, Fused Orange Blossom Honey and our Parched Lime Shandy. Growler and grumbler fills on everything.

We have become very suspicious of what is actually happening on the south side of I-94.  Dale street is now closed at University, and Fairview is down to one lane going under I-94. What are they trying to keep from those of us on the north side?

That being said, note that the Snelling Ave. bridge crossing Interstate 94 is STILL closed. This means that access to the brewery from the I-94/Snelling ramps is difficult to non-existent, depending on which direction you are coming from. We recommend using the Cretin/Vandalia exit for the interim.

Questions? Drop us a note via Email, Facebook, Cryptic CluesTwitter or Google+.

Cheers!

Newsletter: Beer is not boring!

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Stave off boredom?!

July is National Anti-Boredom month, and we here at Burning Brothers are experts on how not to be bored (I mean, it’s not like the beer makes itself… well, kind of, but you get what we mean). That being said, we can recommend all kinds of anti-boredom activities. You know like cooking out and having some beer… or going fishing and having some beer… visiting some friend in your local taproom and having some beer… I think you get the idea.

If you are feeling ambitious in your drive to fight-off boredom (and we know you are), you could make us a video clip of you saying something spiffy about our beer and send it to us! As most of you may know, we are semi-finalists in this year’s MN Cup, and as part of the next round in the competition, we need to build a 60 second video. Since we couldn’t sell beer without you, we are hoping you will help us demonstrate how we are an innovative company that touches the lives of our customers.

Email your testimonials (file or downloadable link) to info@burnbrosbrew.com by next Monday, July 13th. We will be putting together a montage of the submitted materials, so please just be yourself and tell us how you feel! Also, big thanks to those of you who have already submitted videos!

Ask the Brewer


How exactly does beer filtering work and why do brewers do it?

The main purpose behind filtration is to help provide microbiological stability as well as the brilliant clarity beer consumers expect. You see, mature beer (i.e., beer that has completed fermentation) still contains some yeast and haze particles which can allow further biological changes in beer. By filtering these elements out, we can improve shelf stability as well as the overall appearance of the finished beer.

The first beer filter was presented at a brewing exhibition in Munich in 1880 by German developer Lorenz Adelbert Enzinger. Bless those Germans and their love for beer! Beer filtering technology has continued to evolve since then and presents modern brewers with a variety of means to clarify their beer.

Their are a variety of methods used today in filtering (enough to make your eyes bleed), but here at Burning Brothers we use a diatomaceous earth (DE) system. Without going all beer geek on you, it basically makes use of powdery substances such as DE, perlite and/or cellulose to form a filter “cake” on top of a screened surface. We then take our batch of fermented beer and push it under pressure through the filter cake.

Once filtered, we carbonate the beer in the bright tank and then send it on it’s way to your pint glass!

Taproom Tidings

The taproom is back to regular hours, with growler fills available all of the days we are open (including SUNDAYS)!

This weekends taproom highlights include:

  • Thirsty Thursdays is your chance for $1 off pints and $2 off growler fills
  • Food on Fridays (FoF) brings us Crazy Puppy and their oh-so delicious fair food
  • Our featured cupcake from Groundswell is their Lavender Black Bottom Cheesecake
  • Tap selection for the weekend includes Pyro APA, Roasted Coffee Ale, Orange Blossom Honey Infused Pyro, Parched Lime Shandy and our Blackstrap IPA. Growler and grumbler fills on everything. UPDATE: Blackstrap IPA will be gone for the next couple weeks.

After much consideration, we have decided that road construction is better than potholes the size of craters. Therefore, note that the Snelling Ave. bridge crossing Interstate 94 is STILL closed. This means that access to the brewery from the I94/Snelling ramps is difficult to non-existent, depending on which direction you are coming from. We recommend using the Cretin/Vandalia exit for the interim.

Final Thoughts

Want to get out of town? Want to go to a beer festival? How about both at the same time? The Hopped Up Caribou festival in Lutsen, MN is a weekend long celebration of beer and features multiple breweries from throughout Minnesota along with live music. Come join us in the North woods!

Questions? Drop us a note via Email, Facebook, Enigma MachineTwitter or Google+.

Cheers!

Newsletter: We could use some “creative” help

e335de11-76a0-483f-94d3-df54e9a9c9acJuly 4th is this Saturday and everyone here at Burning Brothers wishes you a safe and enjoyable holiday!

We need your help!

As some of you may know, we are semi-finalists in this year’s MN Cup. As part of the next round in the competition, we need to build a 60 second video to demonstrate how we are an innovative company that touch the lives of our customers. Yeah, sounds daunting, doesn’t it? But guess what? You can help!

We humbly ask you, our customers, our inspiration, our believers, to submit a video (or audio file) to us explaining how Burning Brothers has helped, changed and/or touched your life. While we can not guarantee that we will use everything submitted, we believe this endeavor can help us to further demonstrate our understanding and impact to our customers.

Email your testimonials (file or downloadable link) to info@burnbrosbrew.com by next Friday, July 10th. We will be putting together a montage of the submitted materials, so please just be yourself and tell us how you feel!

Taproom Tidings

The taproom will be open on July 4th from 2-6 PM. After that, we are out of here to go party like rockstars! (Yeah right, more likely spending a quite evening at home with friends and family…. but you never know!)

Also, since Sunday growler sales start the following day, July 5th, we will be offering a free pint with each growler sold! Come on in to fill your growler and have a pint of recovery brew from the night before.

This weekends taproom highlights include:

  • Thirsty Thursdays is your chance for $1 off pints and $2 off growler fills
  • Food on Fridays (FoF) brings us Chef T-Bone and his selection of Tollefson Family pork sausages, bacon and other delectable delights
  • Our featured cupcake from Groundswell is their Lavender Black Bottom Cheesecake
  • Tap selection for the weekend includes Pyro APA, Roasted Coffee Ale, Orange Blossom Honey Infused Pyro, Lime Shandy and our Blackstrap IPA. Growler and grumbler fills on everything.

We are now several months into road construction and we are fully in support of the “end roadwork” signs. (“What do you mean those aren’t part of a protest movement?!”) With that being said, note that the Snelling Ave. bridge crossing Interstate 94 is STILL closed. This means that access to the brewery from the I94/Snelling ramps is difficult to non-existent, depending on which direction you are coming from. We recommend using the Cretin/Vandalia exit for the interim.

Final Thoughts

With the holiday weekend upon us and in the hopes that you might get some time to have a beer and read a book, we thought we would pass on the suggestion of the Minnesota’s Best Beer Guide. This book (hitting the shelves as we speak) takes you on a journey through the history of brewing and drinking in Minnesota and talks about many of the current breweries. It also contains special offers and signature pages that can be used at participating breweries. Furthermore, the author has already completed Best Beer Guides for Wisconsin and Michigan, so don’t let out home state pride get in your way of enjoying beer reading.

Questions? Drop us a note via Email, Facebook, DolphinTwitter or Google+.

Cheers!

Newsletter: Paul Bunyan Brings the Coffee Back!?

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June 28th is Paul Bunyan Day and while we know that it doesn’t fall on the weekend, it was too good a holiday to pass up! Paul Bunyan is “credited” with creating the Mississippi River as well as the Land of 10,000 Lakes. His era was also the first heyday of craft brewing in Minnesota, which we talk about in today’s “Ask a Brewer”.

But before we get to that, we’d like to remind everyone that on Friday, June 26th we will be participating in the Beer Dabbler at Twin Cities Pride. Held in Loring Park from 5:30 to 9:30pm, over 30 breweries and food trucks are paired with each other for a brew and food extravaganza. We are being paired with Cool Jerk, so prepare yourself for gluten-free deliciousness in both hands! There will also be live music, a silent disco (not-so-live music), and many other fun activities.

Also for consideration in your weekend plans is the Blues & Brews celebration at the Nicollet Island Pavilion on Sunday, June 28th from 4 to 7pm. We’ll be participating in this event which includes live music (guessing there might be some Blues), craft beers (hence the Brews), and a ton of tasty appetizers paired with different beers. All proceeds benefit Canvas Health.

Regardless of where your weekend plans take you, we hope that you find some time to relax and enjoy a tasty beverage (like beer) with friends. Sláinte!

Ask the Brewer

Does Minnesota have more breweries now than it did prior to Prohibition?
(i.e., Do you think we are reaching a bubble in the craft beer industry?)

Minnesota has a long and varied beer history with our first brewery opening in 1849 close to the current site of the Science Museum. The brewer was a Bavarian native named Yoerg and he produced a lager and a bock from recipes he brought from back home.

As we headed into the 1870’s, the population had increased as well as the railroads beginning to push into the area and this drove the demand for more beer (music to this brewers ears). As of 1875, there were over 120 breweries in Minnesota before a slow but accelerating decline in those numbers leading up to Prohibition in 1919. A few breweries managed to keep their doors open by switching to making sodas or near beer, and were therefore in a good spot to begin production of alcoholic beers when Prohibition was repealed in 1933.

The second surge in brewery numbers occurred shortly thereafter with just over two dozen breweries calling Minnesota home in the late 1930s. This didn’t last though as by 1970 we were down to just 4 breweries in the state (and that is how it stayed until 1985… Bonus points if you can name the 4 breweries…).

Fast forward to the end of 2014 and you find that there were over 70 breweries operating in Minnesota and licensing officials predict over 110 by the end of 2015!

While some people may speculate that the craft beer bubble is close to bursting, think about how many breweries there once were and then think about how much the population has grown since those glory days. These brewers think there is still plenty of room for more delicious craft beer!

Taproom Tidings

A huge thank you to our taproom guests for their patience as the most recent batch of Roasted Coffee Ale finished up. We are happy to say that it is ready and will be back on tap for this weekend!

Furthermore, in celebration of Sunday growler sales starting on July 5th, we will be offering a free pint with each growler sold on that day! Mark you calendars folks (and maybe have some hair of the dog that bit ya the night before).

This weekends taproom highlights include:

  • Thirsty Thursdays – $1 off pints and $2 off growler fills
  • Food on Fridays (FoF) brings us Moondog and his gluten-free selection of German-style bratwursts and dawgs
  • Our featured cupcake from Groundswell is their Lavender Black Bottom Cheesecake and is available all weekend (while supplies last… no seriously, you all ate them by Friday last week….)
  • Tap selection for the weekend includes Pyro APA, Roasted Coffee Ale, Orange Blossom Honey Infused Pyro, Lime Shandy and our Blackstrap IPA. Growler and grumbler fills on everything.

Our errands, unfortunately, take us across I-94. With the Snelling Ave. bridge being the most direct route, we can tell you from personal experience, that the bridge is still out. {insert long string of expletives here} With that being said, note that the Snelling Ave. bridge crossing Interstate 94 is STILL closed. This means that access to the brewery from the I94/Snelling ramps is difficult to non-existent, depending on which direction you are coming from. We recommend using the Cretin/Vandalia exit for the interim.

Questions? Drop us a note via Email, FacebookCipherTwitter or Google+.

Cheers!

Newsletter: Summer’s Here… Drink a Beer… and Cheer… oh Dear…

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First off, we’d like to take a moment to wish a great big Happy Fathers Day to all of the fathers out there. No, seriously. Go pour yourself a pint right now, you deserve it!

We know that the support and encouragement that ours have provided has made a huge difference in our lives. That being said, the BBB Taproom will be closed this Sunday, Fathers Day, so that we can take some well deserved time with our families, and celebrate our own fatherhood.

Sill looking for a gift idea for you pop? Want to ensure your place as the favorite child? Skip the tie and get dad a Burning Brothers Gift Pack which includes 2 BBB pint glasses and a growler full of you favorite taproom selection. Still can’t decide? We also have gift cards available.

Also, we have teamed up with our friends at Chocolate Celeste to bring you Orange Blossom Honey Bonbons, just in time for Fathers Day. Sixty-four percent (64%) dark chocolate and infused with Burning Brothers OB Infused Pyro APA, they provide another opportunity to treat dad with a new twist on craft beer flavor. Available this Saturday from 10-5pm at Chocolate Celeste, 652 Transfer Road,Saint Paul, MN. (It’s just around the corner from the brewery!)

(The management at Burning Brothers or Chocolate Celeste can not be held responsible for any inter-sibling conflicts caused by your awesome gift giving-ness!)

Lastly, we are thrilled to say Happy Summer, as this Fathers Day is also the first day of summer! Summer is prime beer drinking weather, which brings us to our ask the brewer segment!

Ask the Brewer

What is the best temperature to serve beer at?

As a general rule, beers with lower alcohol content are typically drunk at colder temperatures than beers with higher alcohol content. Not surprisingly, there is a correlation between which beers are most popular during the summer, and the temperature those beers are served at, compared to the beers that are drunk during the fall and winter.

The outline below lists the “ideal” serving temperatures for different styles of beer:

Cold: 40-45 degrees

  • Pilsner, Light-bodied Lager, Kolsch, Belgian Wit, Hefeweizen, Berliner Weisse, American Wheat

Cool: 45-50 degrees

  • American Pale Ale, Medium-bodied Lagers, India Pale Ale (IPA), Porter, Alt, Irish Stout, Sweet Stout

Cellar Temp: 50-55 degrees

  • Sour Ale, Lambic/Gueuze, English Bitter, Strong Ale, Baltic Porter, Bock, Scotch Ale, Belgian Ale, Trappist Ale

Warm: 55-60 degrees

  • Imperial Stout, Belgian Quad, Belgian Strong Ale, Barley Wine, Old Ale, Dopplebock, Eisbock

While these guidelines are a good starting point for optimizing the flavor and aromas of these beers don’t get hung up on them. If you find that you prefer a beer at a certain temperature, that is how you should drink it. Don’t be afraid to go against the grain. 😉

Taproom Tidings

The day is getting closer. Staring July 5th, you will be able to buy beer in growlers on Sundays from St. Paul taprooms. Finally, we won’t have to make that run to the border!

This weekends taproom highlights include:

  • Thirsty Thursdays – $1 off pints and $2 off growler fills
  • Food on Fridays (FoF) brings us Chef T-Bone and his tantalizing selection of pork sausages, bacon and assorted sides.
  • Our featured cupcake from Groundswell is their Lavender Black Bottom Cheesecake and is available all weekend (while supplies last)
  • Tap selection for the weekend includes Pyro APA, Orange Blossom Honey Infused Pyro, Lime Shandy and our Blackstrap IPA. Growler and grumbler fills on everything
  • Taproom is closed on Father’s Day (just in case you missed it above)

Since we live in Minnesota, and Minnesota has road construction, we’ve realized that you’re just going to have to take the long road. Even a one mile trip seems to require a detour of some sort. With that being said, note that the Snelling Ave. bridge crossing Interstate 94 is closed. This means that access to the brewery from the I94/Snelling ramps is difficult to non-existent, depending on which direction you are coming from. We recommend using the Cretin/Vandalia exit for the interim.

Questions? Drop us a note via Email, Facebook, Dead DropTwitter or Google+.

Cheers!

Newsletter: BBB in pursuit of “The Cup”

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We are proud to announce that Burning Brothers has made it into the semifinal round of the 2015 Minnesota Cup. The MN Cup is the largest statewide new venture competition in the country, and we are 1 of the 70 companies selected to compete in this years contest.

In other news, Pyro was reviewed by the fine folks at Trek Tech Blog which includes a core group of regular contributors and a team of testers from around the country who show and tell all about the best and the brightest toys, tech, and trends in the outdoor industry. Beer and the great outdoors go together almost as well as peanut butter and chocolate.

In other other news (yeah, I went there), Burning Brothers will be one of the new Sunday stops for Hoppy Trolley. Based out of NE Minneapolis, Hoppy Trolley travels throughout the Twin Cities, providing a fun, safe and affordable way for craft-beer lovers to get their brew on!

Ask the Brewer

What is the difference between gluten-free and gluten-reduced beer?

Well, that is sort of a loaded question, and for a Celiac, potentially a very important one.

One of the first differences is that “gluten-free” beers are made from exclusively from gluten-free ingredients (i.e., sorghum, millet, rice, buckwheat and so on). “Gluten-reduced” beers are made with traditional ingredients such as barley or wheat (which contain gluten) and are then treated with an enzyme to break down the gluten into smaller proteins. The end goal of using these enzymes is to have the beers test below the 20 parts per million (PPM) threshold for gluten, which is a commonly accepted standard for gluten-free products.

This brings us to the second difference between gluten-free and gluten-reduced beers, the labeling.  While gluten-reduced beers do fall under the 20 PPM threshold for gluten, the Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) have ruled that alcoholic beverages made from gluten containing ingredients cannot claim to be gluten-free. They can, however, market themselves as gluten-reduced. Check out this article for more details.

The third, and potentially biggest differentiation between the way the two beers are crafted comes into play for Celiacs who have a very high sensitivity to gluten. For them, gluten-reduced beers can still cause a reaction. There is currently some pretty hefty debate in the scientific community over how much gluten is removed by the enzyme process. The crux of the issue revolves around the fact that the most commonly used test for detecting gluten may not work properly in fermented beverages. This makes it hard to “prove” how much gluten has been removed/reduced.

Taproom Tidings

First off, remember that starting July 5th, you will be able to buy beer to-go from St. Paul taprooms on Sundays.

Secondly, your taproom highlights include:

  • Thirsty Thursdays – $1 off pints and $2 off growler fills
  • Food on Fridays (FoF) brings us Rusty Taco! Our brewers have found that nothing compliments the heat of Mexican food quite like a delicious IPA (and low and behold, we happen to have an IPA… go figure)!
  • Our featured cupcake from Groundswell is their Lavender Black Bottom Cheesecake and is available all weekend (while supplies last)
  • Tap selection for the weekend includes Pyro APA, Orange Blossom Honey Infused Pyro, Lime Shandy and our Blackstrap IPA. Growler and grumbler fills on everything.

What we’ve realized from living in Minnesota during road construction is that really, you can’t get there, from here.  Doesn’t matter where there is, or here is, you just can’t get there. With that being said, note that the Snelling Ave. bridge crossing Interstate 94 is closed. This means that access to the brewery from the I94/Snelling ramps is difficult to non-existent, depending on which direction you are coming from. We recommend using the Cretin/Vandalia exit for the interim.

Questions? Drop us a note via Email, Facebook, Dowsing RodTwitter or Google+.

Cheers!

Newsletter: All Your Donut Are Belong To Us

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Friday, June 5th is National Donut Day!! Not to let an opportunity to celebrate pass us by, we are thrilled to have Crazy Puppy Gourmet Workshop joining us on Friday, and they will be serving, amongst other things, donuts!!

Donuts not your thing? (It’s alright, we understand… well, sort of…) How about beer festivals? Yes, as in multiple. Saturday, June 6th, you can choose between the St. Paul Summer Beer Fest and the Maple Lake Brewfest. We’ll be pouring at both, so come on out, have a beer and enjoy good company.

On a different (non-donut) note, Burning Brothers is proud to be supporting (as well as being a part of) “Thinking and Drinking”. This craft brewery focused card game is designed to foster great conversation over great beer, as well as a lot of laughter! Check out their Kickstarter campaign for all the gory details.

Ask the Brewer

IBUs are one of the standards often used to describe beer. The acronym stands for International Bitterness Unit and is a measure of how “bitter” a beer is. From a technical standpoint, what is being measured are the alpha acids from the hops and how much bitterness each hop variety is contributing to the beer.

Every style of beer has it’s own particular range of expected IBUs. For example, Pilsners often land around 10 IBUs, while English Pale Ales range from 25 to 35, Stouts around 40 and India Pale Ales from 45 to over 100. Check out this article if you are interested in learning more.

Taproom Tidings

Recent media attention includes our being part of MN Monthly’s Taproom Guide as well as Dane talking with the fine folks down at WCCO about Sunday Growler sales. Mark your calendars folks. Starting July 5th, you will be able to buy beer to-go from St. Paul taprooms on Sundays.

Our weekend taproom rundown includes the usual suspects:

  • Thirsty Thursdays is your chance for $1 off pints and $2 off growler fills
  • Food on Fridays (FoF) brings us Crazy Puppy Gourmet Workshop who will be serving their gluten-free fair food. Food options include (but not limited to) crazy pups (mini-brats in cornmeal batter), spicy cheese curds and (of course) DONUTS! Did we say Happy National Donut Day yet?!?
  • Our featured cupcake from Groundswell is their Lavender Black Bottom Cheesecake and is available all weekend (while supplies last)
  • Tap selection for the weekend includes Pyro APA, Roasted Coffee Ale, Orange Blossom Honey Infused Pyro, Lime Shandy and the latest batch of our Blackstrap IPA. It should be noted, we are down to our last keg of Roasted Coffee Ale, so get here while the getting is good. Growler and grumbler fills on everything. UPDATE: Roasted is gone for the next couple of weeks.

There really are only two seasons in Minnesota. Road construction and road construction is coming. UGH! Note that the Snelling Ave. bridge crossing Interstate 94 is closed. This means that access to the brewery from the I94/Snelling ramps is difficult to non-existent, depending on which direction you are coming from. We recommend using the Cretin/Vandalia exit for the interim.

Questions? Drop us a note via Email, Facebook, TasseographyTwitter or Google+.

Cheers!

Newsletter: Putting the geek in gluten-free… uhm, wait a minute…

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With the uptick in warmer weather, beer sales have picked back up after their typical winter slow-down (apparently we all switch to drinking wine and spirits when it’s cold, go figure). Truth be told, the cases of Pyro have been flying out of the loading dock almost as fast as we can them.

If you are still looking for something to do this weekend, join the Burning Brothers crew (and a few other breweries) at the City Pages Beer Festival in downtown Minneapolis. Beer, live music, beer, food, beer, you get the idea.

Also, as you plan your summer vacations, remember that Burning Brothers is available throughout Minnesota, as well as the surrounding states (i.e, WI, IA, ND, SD, NE). We are still adding locations all over the place, so if in doubt, check the website out!

Ask the Brewer

We often get asked what grains are used for brewing gluten-free beer, since barley, wheat and rye aren’t suitable. There are a number of options available, including sorghum, buckwheat, millet, rice, quinoa, teff, oats, etc. Some of our fellow gluten-free brewers are even going a bit further by using chestnuts and lentils in their beer.

Ultimately the point is that we have options and aren’t limited to just one or two types of grain as there are multitudes available to us. Now, finding “malting” sources for these gluten-free grains is an entirely different story…. 😉

Taproom Tidings

Remember, every Thursday is “Thirsty Thursday” at the Burning Brothers taproom. We discount pints by $1 and growler fills by $2. If you have a busy weekend or are heading out of town (or you just need to start the weekend early…hey, we won’t judge), today is the day to swing by and make sure you have the beer you need to make it through!

Food on Fridays (FoF) brings us Chef T-Bone with Tollefson Family Farms who specializes in farm-fresh food paired with their locally-made sausages and bacon. While we’re here, we’d like to extend some kudos to the Tollefson crew for being featured on Kare11’s “Food Truck Friday” segment. Nice work.

Change of plans for Food on Fridays (FoF). Rusty Taco​ will be
joining us tonight instead of Tollefson Family Farms. We'll see
T-Bone again soon.

Our featured cupcake from Groundswell is a Lavender Black Bottom Cheesecake and is available all weekend (while supplies last). As always, the cupcake and any food served in our taproom is gluten-free.

Tap selection for the weekend includes Pyro APA, Roasted Coffee Ale, Orange Blossom Honey Infused Pyro, Lime Shandy and the last of the Burning Brothers Lager. Growler and grumbler fills on everything but the Lager (it’s almost gone folks).

In case you missed the news, our friends in downtown St. Paul approved Sunday Growler Sales. Woot! The catch, it won’t go into affect until July 5th. So, hang in there folks. Good things come to those who wait.

An important note for those visiting the brewery over the next few months. The Snelling Ave. bridge crossing Interstate 94 is closed.  This means that access to the brewery from the I94/Snelling ramps is difficult to non-existent, depending on which direction you are coming from (i.e., do not go there!).  We recommend using the Cretin/Vandalia exit for the interim.

Questions? Drop us a note via Email, Facebook, Voynich ManuscriptTwitter or Google+.

Cheers!

Newsletter: Get Pyro @ CHS Field and the Lager is back on tap

IMG_0632Burning Brothers can not be held responsible for “Grumpy Thom Face”

Baseball and Beer

Tonight the St. Paul Saints play their home opener (at the sparkly new CHS Field) against their North Division rival the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.  According to the Saint’s website, “The pageantry of opening day will be unlike any in Saints history since their very first home game in 1993.” Sounds like a good time to me. We wanted to give all you baseball fans a heads up that you can now get your Pyro on at CHS Field. Woot!

Here is wishing the Saints a successful inaugural season in their new ballpark!

If you are interested in what their new digs looks like, or how it was constructed, check out the website for all the glorious details.

Taproom Happenings

Remember, all Thursdays at the Burning Brothers taproom are “Thirsty Thursdays”, where we discount pints by $1 and growler fills by $2.  If you have a busy weekend (or maybe that holiday cookout), today is the day to swing by and make sure you have enough beer to get through it!

Food on Fridays (FoF) is happy to be welcoming Rusty Taco back with “tacos, the most important meal of the day”.  As always, any food served in the taproom will be gluten free.  To top off this delicious dinner, ask about the new cupcake flavor freshly baked by Groundswell (available all weekend long).

Tap selection for the weekend includes Pyro, Roasted, OB Honey Infusion, Lime Shandy and… drumroll…. our latest batch of Lager. Growler and grumbler fills on everything!

We’ve got one last round of maintenance on our brewhouse floor this weekend, so unfortunately we will be closed this Sunday, May 24th. After this (well, and maybe Father’s Day), it should be full speed ahead for Sundays. On a side but related note, our sources tell us that Sunday growler sales are on track to begin in St. Paul sometime this July. :-)

An important note for those visiting the brewery over the next few months. The Snelling Ave. bridge crossing Interstate 94 is closed.  This means that access to the brewery from the I94/Snelling ramps is difficult to non-existent, depending on which direction you are coming from.  We recommend using the Cretin/Vandalia exit for the interim.

Questions? Drop us a note via Email, Facebook, Baseball SignalsTwitter or Google+.

Cheers!