Newsletter: Beer Garden?

Beer garden… I do not think it means what you think it means

Goodbye Sprinter. Hello Spring!

This weekend is going to be absolutely lovely, which of course makes us think of being outdoors and of course, beer drinking weather! (If you think about it though, is there a time, atmospherically speaking, when it’s not beer drinking weather? Just sayin.)

Whether it’s getting together with family or friends, running errands or even getting your hands dirty in the yard, you should definitely pick up some  beer to enjoy outside.

Ask the Brewer

What are some good uses for beer in the garden?

Not one… not two… not three… but four! Four awesome uses for beer in the garden.

First and potentially most commonly known, is the use of beer as a slug and snail killer. Both are as attracted to beer as we are (it’s too late for you to deny it), so setting out a dish of it is a great way to catch and eliminate these garden pests, without the use of pesticides. Make sure the dish is deep enough for them to drown in.

Our second way is to use beer as food for butterflies. (Yup, they like beer too!) For this, you can use a pint or two of flat beer along with the following:

  • 1 pound sugar
  • 1 or 2 pints stale beer
  • 3 mashed overripe bananas
  • 1 cup of molasses or syrup
  • 1 cup of fruit juice
  • 1 shot of rum

Mix all of the ingredients together and then put it in a butterfly feeder or paint it onto flat rocks, trees, fence posts or stumps.

Our third use for beer in the garden is as a fertilizer and growth accelerator for those brown spots in your lawn. Supposedly, the fermented sugars in beer can stimulate plant growth and kill fungi. So, if you have leftover beer in your glass that has gotten too warm, you could just pour it out on your lawn.

Our final and of course best use for beer in your garden is to drink it! There is nothing quite like a cool beer on a warm day as you lean back and survey the results of your hard work!

Taproom Tidings

We are still working our way through the latest batch of American Lager. We are predicting it will probably run out on Thursday, so get here early if you want some before it is gone!

Food options this weekend include Soup Coupe on Friday, April 15th and Tatanka Truck on Saturday, April 16thWhether you are in the mood for a cup of deliciousness or a plate of authentic Native American cuisine, we’ve got you covered.

  • Tap selection includes Pyro APA, Roasted Coffee Ale, Fused Orange Blossom Honey Ale, Raj-Agni IPA, Parched Lime Shandy, and American Lager
  • Thirsty Thursdays $1 off pints and $2 off growler fills (no growler or grumbler fills after 8pm on Thursdays)
  • Coconut Turtle Cupcake from Groundswell includes a coconut chocolate fudge cake with pecans, whipped cream, honey caramel sauce, and chocolate ganache

Final Thoughts

The Brewer’s Ball is happening this Friday, April 15th and your favorite brewers will be there. This unique tasting event offers a variety from over 30 of the region’s best breweries, wineries and distilleries as well as fantastic food from D’Amico Catering. The Minnesota Brewer’s Ball is all about good people, drinking good beer, for a great cause – to help find a cure for cystic fibrosis!

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