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+.