Newsletter: Roasted Coffee Ale? Yes we can!

Where growlers are concerned, cleanliness is next to goodliness!

While an order has not been placed yet, the artwork for the Roasted Coffee Ale cans is finished, and we have begun the conversation with the can fabricator as to submitting said order. If all goes as planned, cans of Roasted will be on store shelves in time for the Holidays.

The Cranberry Shandy is already on-tap in the taproom for the fall and winter, and the Blackstrap IPA, now named Raj-Agni (Hindi for Fire King) will be back on tap this Friday.

Ask the Brewer

I drank the beer in my growler, now what do I do with it?

We regularly get asked what to do with growlers once they are empty (i.e., all the beery goodness has been enjoyed). The best answer of course is to bring it back in and re-fill it! However, since that could be anywhere from an hour to a couple of weeks in-between when you finish your growler and when you get to bring it back to us, we thought we’d do a quick run-down on growler care.

First off, don’t put the cap back on! When empty growlers get capped and left to sit, the residual beer inside gets funky and provides the perfect medium for new life forms to sprout and grow (Note that if you open that cap and the growler starts talking with you, that is typically a bad sign). We recommend giving the growler (or grumbler) a thorough rinse, and then leaving it open to dry out. That’s it! You don’t need to scrub, wash, or otherwise try to clean the growler.

Once your growler comes back to the brewery, we put them through a thorough cleaning and sanitizing process. We also examine them for chips, cracks or other flaws that mean they need to be pulled and recycled, as well as insuring a gluten-free, clean fill that allows the flavor of the beer to be enjoyed to the fullest.

Taproom Tidings

The taproom has its regular hours all weekend, with growler fills available all of the days we are open. Highlights include:

  • Thirsty Thursdays is 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)
  • Food on Fridays (FoF) brings us Chef T-Bone with Tollefson Family Pork Farm. T-Bone specializes in made to order farm fresh offerings designed to delight.
  • Our featured cupcake from Groundswell is the Pumpkin Cheesecake. Pumpkin cake with cheesecake filling and cinnamon whipped cream.
  • Tap selection includes Pyro APA, Roasted Coffee Ale, Fused Orange Blossom Honey, the last of the Parched Lime Shandy, Cranberry Shandy and the newly named Blackstrap IPA, Raj-Agni. Growler and grumbler fills on everything.

Final Thoughts

On Saturday, October 10th from 1-4pm, we will be at the Nordeast Big River Brew Fest, pouring beer in support of East Side Neighborhood Services. Come and sample an exciting and diverse array of over 200 micro and craft brews, plus samples from local vendors. We look forward to seeing you there!

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