Newsletter: Loving your Beer Lover

Winter Beer Dabbler – Defy the Cold!

The 7th Annual Beer Dabbler at the Winter Carnival is occurring this Saturday, February 6th, from 3:30 to 7:30PM.  The forecast is for a balmy 32 degrees Fahrenheit, so come on out and join us in thumbing our noses at winter!  Tickets are still available, and, while we are the only gluten-free brewery serving there, they will have 11 other gluten-free options pouring that day!

Ask the Brewer

My spouse loves beer, what can I do with them for Valentine’s Day?

Have you considered Brewers Anonymous?

Seriously though, if you want to do something special, we suggest a beer-lovers Bed and Breakfast trip.  You can book a room with a brew, featuring top-notch beer trails, unique beer lovers’ packages or even on-site microbreweries or pubs.  These B&Bs for beer lovers are perfect for romance and your next beer-tasting adventure!

The Hopkins Ordinary Bed and Breakfast in Sperryville, Virginia, has a nano-brewery tucked into it’s cellar.  Built in 1820 and featured on the National Register of Historic Places, its wrap around porch is the perfect spot for a very locally produced beer and good conversation.

The 1777 Americana Inn, in Ephrata, Pennsylvania, was once the mansion of a well known clock-maker.  The back yard contains the Inn’s brewery and tasting room, where they serve up to 10 beers on tap.

The Inn at the Round Barn Farm located in Waitsfield, Vermont is in the heart of Vermont’s Craft Beer country.  They offer special two night beer tasting excursions, where they do all the driving!

The Black Friar Inn and Pub, in Bar Harbor, Maine, is situated in a historic village within walking distance of the waterfront.  As an added bonus, there is the on-site pub, featuring Gritty McDuffs Microbrews.

The Eagle Inn, located in Santa Barbara, California, is in the middle of an expanding microwbrew community.  There are bicycles available for guest use, and the innkeepers will create personalized brew maps so that you can head out on an independent bike and brew tour.

Our final location, the Woodstock Inn, in North Woodstock, New Hampshire, is a combination inn, brewery and restaurant.  The brewery and taproom are right next door to this historic 19th century home, so tours and tastings are merely steps away.

Taproom Tidings

Food options at the taproom this weekend include our first visit from Soup Coupe on Friday and Tatanka on Saturday. We will be open our normal hours, with growler and grumbler fills all of the days we are open. The Brewer’s Choice is the Black Pepper Porter which will be getting tapped on Friday, so come on down and get a pint before it is gone!

  • Tap selection includes Pyro APA, Roasted Coffee Ale, Fused Orange Blossom Honey Ale, Cranberry Shandy, Raj-Agni IPA and Black Pepper Porter (no growler fills on this).
  • Thirsty Thursdays $1 off pints and $2 off growlers (No growler or grumbler fills after 8pm, cuz… you know…)
  • Nutmeg Pear Cupcake from Groundswell, nutmeg cake with fresh pear butter and cream cheese frosting

Final Thoughts

While we know that Valentine’s weekend tends to focus on romance, there is also the opportunity to have a beer (or 2) and help support a good cause. On Saturday, February 13th, we are hosting Pints for CCFA (that’s Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America) here at the BBB Taproom. There will be food, raffle prizes, etc. and we’ll be donating $1 of every pint sold to the foundation. Find more details on their Facebook page and if you can help spread the word, that’d be great.

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

Cheers!

Newsletter: Around the world in 90 Beers, or so

114 Different countries worth of beer, what a way to travel!

While this map shows the best-selling beers in each country (rather than the thousands of micro-brews that are out there), it definitely shows that beer is a worldwide beverage. When you look at the United States, our most popular beer is Bud Light. Yet with number of breweries passing 4,000 this past year, craft beer still accounts for only 15% of the beer sold here in the US. Still, if you are planning to travel, why not try the most popular local beer as well as the micro-brews specific to the region you’re in!

Ask the Brewer

So, if I’m going to Japan, are there any good craft beers there?

The most popular beer in Japan is Hitachino, with over 10 year round varieties and many seasonal offerings.

Like the United States, Japan is also experiencing a resurgence in their craft beer scene. They had an uptick in craft breweries in the 1990’s, with a corresponding drop late in that decade, and now another increase. As of late fall 2014 Japan was home to 215 craft breweries and in Tokyo alone there are now almost 80 brewpubs, up from a handful only a few years ago.

If you want a taste of Japan here in the US, any of the following imports could give you that opportunity.

Niigata Golden Kolsch
Echigo Koshihikari Rice Lager (Gluten Free)
Ishikawa Bottle Conditioned Ale
Kankiku Kujyukuri Ocean Beer Weizen
Orion Premium Draft Beer
Iwate Kura Oyster Stout
Baird Wabi-Sabi Japan Pale Ale
Yo-Ho Tokyo Black Porter
Ryujin Shuzo Ozeno Yukidoke IPA
Kiuchi Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout

Taproom Tidings

Food options at the taproom this weekend include Signature on Wheels this Friday and Man Cave on Saturday. We will be open our normal hours, with growler and grumbler fills all of the days we are open. Sadly, the Brewer’s choice we were hoping to tap on Friday (i.e., the Black Pepper Porter) isn’t quite ready, so we will plan for it next weekend.

  • Tap selection includes Pyro APA, Roasted Coffee Ale, Fused Orange Blossom Honey Ale, Cranberry Shandy and Raj-Agni IPA
  • Thirsty Thursdays $1 off pints and $2 off growlers (No growler or grumbler fills after 8pm, cuz it’s the law!)
  • Nutmeg Pear Cupcake from Groundswell, nutmeg cake with fresh pear butter and cream cheese frosting

Final Thoughts

With Valentine’s Day only a few weeks away, it seemed like a good time for us to thrown down and brew up something special. Yeah, we know that beer in and of itself should be special enough, but we wanted to make something that reflects that day.

That being said, we will be releasing our Chocolate Raspberry Strong Ale in the taproom that weekend. Keep your gluten-free sweetie in mind as you make your plans!

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

Cheers!

Newsletter: Canned beer, it’s not just for breakfast anymore

Thom’s National Beer Can Appreciation Day Dance

Believe it or not, there are many holidays out there that celebrate beer, not just ones that people drink a lot of beer at, such as St. Patrick’s Day or Cinco De Mayo (the 5th largest beer consumption holiday in the US!). We plan on touching on some of those holidays each month over the upcoming year, which brings us to our “Ask the Brewer” question for this week.

Ask the Brewer

Are there any beer drinking celebrations in January?

We’re surprised you asked! (no… REALLY!) There are beer drinking celebrations every month of the year, and January is no exception. January 24th is Beer Can Appreciation Day. In January of 1935, the Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company released the first cans of beer developed for mass consumption. By March of that year, their sales were up 550%! On the 4th of July, 1935, Pabst introduced their canned beer (but not in “Tall Boys”), and things have taken off from there. Take a moment and think about how different things would be if you couldn’t get beer in cans, then crack open a cold one and enjoy the fact that you can.

😉

Taproom Tidings

This weekend we have the return of the Tatanka crew on Friday and R Taco on Saturday. We will be open our regular hours, with growler and grumbler fills all of the days we are open.

  • Tap selection includes Pyro APA, Roasted Coffee Ale, Fused Orange Blossom Honey Ale, Cranberry Shandy and Raj-Agni IPA.  On Friday we will also be tapping our Dark Lager as part of our Brewer’s Choice offering. Available by the glass or in grumblers.until the keg is gone.(edited 1/22/16)
  • Thirsty Thursdays $1 off pints and $2 off growlers (No growler or grumbler fills after 8pm, cuz it’s the law!)
  • Nutmeg Pear Cupcake from Groundswell, nutmeg cake with fresh pear butter and cream cheese frosting

Final Thoughts

We are just now starting to get reports from our distributors as to where Roasted is being carried.  If you find some, help us get the word out as to where it is located by Tweeting/Facebooking #IGotRoasted. If you can’t find it, ask for it. Thanks!

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

Cheers!

Newsletter: Tickle your humerus?

Brewer humor

With the long haul through the rest of January ahead of us, especially for those who live in Northern states, we thought it was time for a dose of brewer humor. Whether groaning, smiling or laughing, we hope you’ll appreciate the effort. Prost!

Ask the Brewer (tries to be funny)

A little boy was lost at a large shopping mall
He approached a uniformed policeman and said, “I’ve lost my dad!”
The cop asked, “What’s he like?”
The little boy replied, “Mainly craft beer.”

***
A bear walks into the taproom, and looks at the menu.  He says “I’d like a…………………..pint of Pyro”, the beertender says “Why the big paws?”

***
Old man Murphy had worked down at the brewery for years, but one day, he just wasn’t paying attention and he tripped on the walkway and fell over into the beer vat and drowned.

The foreman thought it should be his job to inform the widow Murphy of her old man’s death. He showed up at the front door and rang the bell. When she came to the door, he said, “I’m sorry to tell you, but poor old Murphy passed away at work today when he fell into the vat and drowned.”

She wept and covered her face with her apron and after a time, between sobs, she asked, “Tell me, did he suffer?”

“I don’t think so,” said the foreman, “He got out three times to go to the men’s room.”

***
A priest, a clown, and a horse walk into the taproom, the beertender looks at them and says “What is this, a joke?”

Taproom Tidings

This weekend we have the return of the Signature on Wheels crew on Friday and the Tatanka Truck on Saturday. We will be open our regular hours, with growler and grumbler fills all of the days we are open.

  • Tap selection includes Pyro APA, Roasted Coffee Ale, Fused Orange Blossom Honey Ale, Cranberry Shandy and Raj-Agni IPA.  We also have tapped our Coffee Stout as part of our Brewer’s Choice offering. Available by the glass or in grumblers.until the keg is gone.(edited 1/15/16)
  • Thirsty Thursdays $1 off pints and $2 off growlers (No growler or grumbler fills after 8pm, cuz it’s the law!)
  • Nutmeg Pear Cupcake from Groundswell, nutmeg cake with fresh pear butter and cream cheese frosting

Final Thoughts

We are just now starting to get reports from our distributors as to where Roasted is being carried.  If you find some, help us get the word out as to where it is located by Tweeting/Facebooking #IGotRoasted. If you can’t find it, ask for it. Thanks!

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

Cheers!

Coffee Stout on tap!!


Taproom Tidings
On Friday we’ll be tapping our Coffee Stout, brewed with a 50/50 mixture of water and cold brewed coffee. This flavorful stout will jump start your evening. It’s a limited batch so we’re only offering pints, half-pints & grumbler fills. Chef T-Bone will be serving up fine food from Tollefson’s Family Pork Farm on Friday & Saturday.

  • Tap selection includes Pyro APA, Roasted Coffee Ale, Fused Orange Blossom Honey, Cranberry Shandy, Raj-Agni IPA and Coffee Stout(Limited Batch)

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

Cheers!

Newsletter: Happy New Beer!

A very Happy New Year to everyone!

The new year is upon us and we hope that everyone has had a wonderful holiday season filled with laughter and time with friends and family. From all of us at Burning Brothers, we’d like to raise a glass and say CHEERS… Here’s to another year of delicious beer!

Taproom Tidings

This weekend we are open Thursday (4-8pm) and Saturday (2-10pm), but closed on Friday for the holiday and Sunday for our staff party. On Saturday we are pleased to welcome back the Tatanka Truck, featuring traditional Native American Foods.

  • Tap selection includes Pyro APA, Roasted Coffee Ale, Fused Orange Blossom Honey, Cranberry Shandy and Raj-Agni IPA

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

Cheers!

Newsletter: ‘Twas the night before brewing

A mug shot of the perpetrator

We wanted to take a moment to put on our serious faces, and wish everyone who reads this a very happy holiday season. Whether what you celebrate in the winter has already occurred, or is coming up, we hope that you spent it surrounded by loved ones, and that you find peace and prosperity in the coming year!

Our first pallets of Roasted were picked up by our Minnesota and Wisconsin distributors this past Wednesday. Help us get the word out as to where they are located by Tweeting/Facebooking #IGotRoasted when you find someplace carrying them. Thanks!

Ask the Brewer tells a story

Editor’s Note: While not exactly what happened, this is based on true events that happened soon after opening the brewery.

Twas the night before brewing, and all through the pub
The fermenters were empty, not even some trub
The hoses were hung by the kettles with care
In hopes of a brew day beyond all compare

Us owners were settled all snug at our desks
Creating the lists of tomorrow’s fun tasks
We’d listed the filtering, and the cleaning too
Refilling the tanks, there was so much to do

When out on the brew floor there arose such a clatter
We sprang from our desks to see what was the matter
Away to the door we flew like a flash
Throwing it open to a resounding crash

The light of the thermostats so faintly did glow
They barely did light the objects below
When what to our wondering eyes should appear
But a family of squirrels, showing no fear

With a little grey mother, so lively and quick
Catching them all would be quite the trick
More rapid than eagles the babies they ran
And we whistled, and shouted, and called them by name

“Out, Fuzzy! Out, Furry! Out, Trespass and Stealin!
Go, Graytail! Go Scabby! Go Piddles and Thievin!
On top of the coolers! On top of the wall!
Oh Get out! Get out! Get out you all!”

Like leaves that before the wild hurricane fly
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky
So up to the rooftop the squirrels they flew
Carting a four-pack of beer, and a growler too

And then in a twinkling, we heard on the roof
The chewing and gnawing of each little tooth
They’ve stolen our beer, they’re opening it now
They got into the brewery, we need to figure out how

They are dressed all in fur, from their head to their tail
With a gray fuzzy back and a stomach that’s pale
They didn’t look like thieves, before they stole our beer
Their future as criminals is becoming quite clear

Their eyes – yes, they twinkled!  Their smiles, so sneery
And now their squirrel breath, it will be quite beery
If we could find their way in, block them out
We could protect the Ale, the Porter, and Stout

The rung of a ladder held tight in one hand
In the rafters we looked where a squirrel might stand
We could trap them in boots which are quite smelly
That would teach those thieves, so much beer in their belly

They are chubby and plump, yet audacious and small
We laughed when we saw it, the hole in the wall
A spark in our eyes, some steel wool and cement
We could block out squirrels with effort well spent

We spoke not a word, but went straight to our work
We filled the hole completely, then turned with a jerk
And laying the ladder beside the trench drain
We went outside yelling “Now try that, again!”

They sprang to their feet, dropping beer cans as they would
Staggering slightly from drinking as fast as they could
Yet we heard them exclaim, as they ran across the roof
“Your beer is delicious, though slightly high in proof!”

Taproom Tidings

This weekend we are open Wednesday, but closed on Thursday and Friday for the holidays. On Saturday we are excited to be joined for the first time by Man Cave Craft Meats. If you love craft beer, you’ll love craft meats!

  • Tap selection includes Pyro APA, Roasted Coffee Ale, Fused Orange Blossom Honey, Cranberry Shandy and Raj-Agni IPA
  • Gingerbread Custard Cupcake from Groundswell, gingerbread with pumpkin custard and spiced whipped cream

Final Thoughts

Just a quick note about our holiday hours, especially for those who want to have beer available for getting together with friends and family.

We will be open on Wednesday, December 23rd, from 4-8pm, then closed both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

We will be open on New Year’s Eve until 8pm, but will be closed on both the 1st (Happy New Year’s!) and the 3rd (for our staff holiday party).

Also, If you are still looking for that perfect gift for your beer loving recipient, give us a call or stop in. We have growler gift sets, shirts, hats and gift cards available in any denomination.

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

Cheers!

Newsletter: Two years down and still kicking

The hop fields of Crosby Hop Farm, in Oregon

December 15th marked the second anniversary of our first big brew here at Burning Brothers (whoa, it feels like it was only yesterday), and January 30th marks the two year anniversary of beer leaving the brewery in cans (alright, maybe it was awhile back). It’s been a dazzling ans sometimes dizzying ride, so thanks for living this adventure with us!

Our first pallets of Roasted were picked up by our Minnesota and Wisconsin distributors this past Wednesday. Look (or even ask) for them at your local retailer, as they are available now!

Ask the Brewer

Where do you get your hops from?

The majority of our hops come from Crosby Hop Farm, located in the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Several interesting things of note about Crosby, beyond the sheer size of their operations, are their sustainability, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices and their Salmon Safe certification. We can see the puzzled looks… the “Salmon?” question lingering in your mind… what do hops have to do with Salmon?

The river that flows through the Willamette Valley is home to spawning salmon and Crosby is one of only a handful of Salmon-Safe certified hop farms in the U.S. In addition to maintaining 5% biodiversity on their farmland, they use formulations and safe application strategies from certified crop consultants, protecting their watershed and the creatures that inhabit it. Hence, their Salmon Safe Certification.

Our fresh hops come from Mighty Axe Hops, here in Minnesota. Mighty Axe is still fairly young, at least for the hops industry, as hop vines take many years to mature and produce usable cones. The craft beer explosion here has provided a market for fresh, locally grown hops, which Mighty Axe, and almost 100 other Minnesota hop growers, are stepping up to fill.

Taproom Tidings

This weekend we have the return of the Signature on Wheels crew for Friday night, and on Saturday we will be joined by the new to our taproom Peanuts and Popcorn. We will be open our regular hours, with growler and grumbler fills all of the days we are open.

  • Tap selection includes Pyro APA, Roasted Coffee Ale, Fused Orange Blossom Honey, Cranberry Shandy and Raj-Agni IPA
  • Thirsty Thursdays $1 off pints and $2 off growlers (No growler or grumbler fills after 8pm, cuz it’s the law!)
  • Gingerbread Custard Cupcake from Groundswell, gingerbread with pumpkin custard and spiced whipped cream

Final Thoughts

Just a quick note about our holiday hours, especially for those who want to have beer available for getting together with friends and family.

We will be open on Wednesday, December 23rd, from 4-8pm, then closed both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

We will be open on New Year’s Eve until 8pm, but will be closed on both the 1st (Happy New Year’s!) and the 3rd (for our staff holiday party).

Also, If you are still looking for that perfect gift for your beer loving recipient, give us a call or stop in. We have growler gift sets, shirts, hats and gift cards available in any denomination.

As always, if you have questions, drop us a note via Email, Facebook, Singing TelegramTwitter or Google+.

Cheers!

Newsletter: Life imitates art which imitates beer, I think

Holiday spirit at the taproom, courtesy of our friends at Living Art Gardens

Our first pallets of Roasted cans will leave with our Minnesota and Wisconsin distributors next week. They should be hitting the shelves of liquor stores as well as bars and restaurants shortly thereafter! Thanks for your patience.

Ask the Brewer

Are there any good beer poems out there?

Firing up the intertubes reveals multiple forms of beer poetry; limericks, sonnets, and even haiku. A haiku is a short, 3 line poem, with the first line being 5 syllables, the second being 7, and the third being 5. Haiku is one of the most important forms of traditional Japanese poetry. Here are a few examples, focused of course, on beer:

Morning Beer
Feeling so sheepish
breakfast at a restaurant
I ask “what’s on tap?”

Regret
Into the taproom
Delicious! I drink eight pints
Sorrow comes with dawn

And, of course:
No Fear
Burning Brothers Beer
craft flavor yet gluten-free
Hope for celiacs
Then, for the holidays:
Winter
Holiday gatherings
cold weather, crackling fires, friends
strong dark beer and smiles
Anyone brave enough to share their own versions? 😉

Taproom Tidings

The second weekend of December continues our tradition of food on Friday and Saturday. Moondog will be here both days with their German style brats and dogs.

We are open our regular hours, with growler and grumbler fills available all of the days we are open.

  • Thirsty Thursdays are your chance for $1 off pints and $2 off growler fills (Remember, St. Paul doesn’t let us fill growlers after 8pm on Thursdays, so get here early)
  • Whistler Soda has several new soda flavors, including a a caramelized pineapple and a mango.
  • Tantalize your taste buds with a Gingerbread Custard Cupcake from Groundswell. Gingerbread with pumpkin custard and spiced whipped cream.
  • Tap selection includes Pyro APA, Roasted Coffee Ale, Fused Orange Blossom Honey, Cranberry Shandy and Raj-Agni IPA.

Final Thoughts

Join us this weekend at the Winter Wine & Craft Beer Expo. Held at the Hanover City Hall on December 11th from 7 to 9PM, it will be an opportunity to sample wine and beer from many different vendors!

Also, If you are still looking for that perfect gift for your beer loving recipient, give us a call or stop in. We have growler gift sets, shirts, hats and gift cards available in any denomination.

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

Cheers!

Newsletter: Can you do the Can-Can?

Cross-section of the seam that holds the lid to the body of a beer can

With both the revamped Pyro and the new Roasted cans here at the brewery, we are gearing up for a week of hard core canning, which brings us to this edition of our Ask the Brewer question!

Ask the Brewer

How does the beer get into sealed cans anyway?

That is a good question. While our canning line is easily visible through the taproom window, and we have definitely had people working it while the taproom is open (do not taunt the brewhouse workers, they scare easily), it can still be hard to see (and understand) exactly what the process is.

One of the things that often surprises people is that the cans get shipped to us as open topped containers. The can body is separate from the lid, and the canning line fills and assembles them, seaming the lid onto the body. The picture above shows the cross section of a properly formed seam.

Canning beer can be broken down into 5 distinct steps that need to be performed properly to get a correctly filled, leak-proof can of beer:

  • CO2 filling
  • Beer filling
  • Lid application
  • First seam
  • Second seam

Prior to being put on the canning line, each can is rinsed with a mild sanitizing solution to ensure that the beer is going into a clean container. Once placed on the canning line, the cans are moved forward in groups of three to the first operation of filling those cans with CO2. The CO2 is heavier than air, so it stays in the can, providing an oxygen free environment that maintains carbonation and inhibits flavor changes. The second step is filling the cans with beer. Again, the cans are moved forward until they are under the fill nozzles, which drop down into the bottom of each can. Beer flows from the brite tank to each of the three fill nozzles, into the cans and displaces the CO2, so that it is laying between the top of the beer and the rim of the can.

In the third step the canning line pushes the filled cans under the lid dispenser and into the seaming portion of the operations. The lid dispenser puts one lid on each can, trapping the bed of CO2 as well as the beer beneath it. The fourth and fifth steps are the actual sealing of the can, which is called double seaming. Each operation in the double seaming process needs to be precisely timed so that a tight and leak-proof seam is formed. The fourth operation consists of the curled edge of the cover getting interlocked with the flange of the can body. The fifth operation is the rolling and compression of those inter-locked edges. Correctly done, the end result is a hermetically sealed container.

Once filled and seamed, the cans are rinsed, removed from the canning line and snapped into four-pack holders. They are then placed into cases, put on pallets, and stored in our walk-in cooler for pick-up by the distributor.

Taproom Tidings

The first weekend of December continues our tradition of food on Friday and Saturday. Tollefson Family Pork Farms will be here with locally raised pork sausages accompanied by their made from scratch side offerings on both days.

We are open our regular hours, with growler and grumbler fills available all of the days we are open.

  • Thirsty Thursdays are your chance for $1 off pints and $2 off growler fills (Remember, St. Paul doesn’t let us fill growlers after 8pm on Thursdays, so get here early)
  • Whistler Soda has several new soda flavors, including a a caramelized pineapple and a mango soda.
  • Tantalize your taste buds with a Gingerbread Custard Cupcake from Groundswell. Gingerbread with pumpkin custard and spiced whipped cream.
  • Tap selection includes Pyro APA, Roasted Coffee Ale, Fused Orange Blossom Honey, Cranberry Shandy and Raj-Agni IPA, with the “brewer’s choice” of a Minnesota Mild also on tap.

Final Thoughts

If you are looking for that perfect gift for your beer loving recipient, give us a call or stop in. We have growler gift sets, shirts, hats and gift cards available in any denomination.

As always, if you have questions, drop us a note via Email, Facebook, North Pole Postal, Twitter or Google+.

Cheers!