Newsletter: Wait a minute, you can achieve sainthood thru beer?!?

St. Arnold, the Patron Saint of Beer!

July is almost over and we were almost remiss in not mentioning this month’s Beer Holiday.  Even though it has already happened, July 18th is an important date to remember because….

Ask the Brewer

Is there a patron Saint of Beer?

Of course there is! In fact, July 18th is Saint Arnold’s Day, which celebrates the patron saint of hop pickers and brewers.  During the 11th century, Arnold of Soissons took to the streets to urge people to drink beer, rather than water, which could often contain contaminants during that time.

The story goes that he founded the Abbey of St. Peter in Oudenburg, Belgium, where he brewed beer.  Because the water for the beer was boiled, it killed off many organisms, including Cholera, which could decimate a village.  He advocated for everyone in his village to drink small beer (called that because of it’s low alcohol content) instead of water and for all meals, including breakfast!  His village escaped the cholera epidemics close to unscathed, leading to Arnold’s eventual sainthood.

He is often pictured holding a Bishop’s mitre and a mashing rake.  A parade is held in his honor in July in Brussels, Belgium, with a feast following in August.

Taproom Tidings

This weekend we have on tap “Pyro” American Pale Ale, “Roasted” Coffee Ale, “Fused” Orange Blossom Honey Ale, “Parched” Lime Shandy, “Raj-Agni” India Pale Ale and Raspberry Infused Pyro.

On Friday (7/29) we have Salsa Spot joining us with their authentic Mexican cuisine.  On Saturday (7/30) we have our first visit from Izabella’s, serving tacos and nachos.

  • Thirsty Thursdays $1 off pints and $2 off growler fills (no growler or grumbler fills after 8pm on Thursdays)
  • Chocolate-Strawberry and Orange Cupcake from Groundswell includes a moist chocolate strawberry cake with an orange curd center, and a chocolate whipped cream with orange zest and chocolate chunks

Final Thoughts

This Saturday, July 30th, our fearless leader Dane will be pouring beer on a Paddelford riverboat, for the gluten-free Beer and Bacon Cruise.  For the price of your ticket, you get a 2 hour cruise, delicious bacon focused appetizers, and 2 oz. samples of multiple beers!  Space is limited, so if you can’t get on board with this one, a second one will be running on September 10th.

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

Cheers!

Newsletter: Hydration science, it’s not just for breakfast

It’s exactly like Batman vs. Superman, but different…

In our continuing saga of when it’s really hot and humid out, there are multiple recommendations as to what someone should do to stay healthy.  From staying in an air conditioned space to working as early in the day as possible to taking frequent breaks in the shade or other cools spaces.  One of the most important things of course is to stay hydrated which brings us to a very interesting debate…

Ask the Brewer

Which is better for staying hydrated, water or beer?

Unsurprisingly, there are two differing points of view on this (maybe more?). There are those that feel beer hydrates better than water and then those who are certain it dehydrates you.  While more research could probably be done (insert air quotes here… “research”), we figured we’d do a run down on what we were able to uncover from both points of view.

In the beer is better camp, we have all of the runners, backpackers, climbers and bicyclists who feel there is nothing better after a hard days workout than a cold beer.  The science supporting this indicates that as long as the beer is less than 10% alcohol, there is a net hydrating effect, or that a moderate amount of beer (22 oz.) has no negative effect on hydration.  In other words, up to 22 oz. of beer that is less than 10% alcohol followed by as much water as a person wants has no different effect on hydration than drinking nothing but water.

In the water is better camp, we have the individuals who point to the actual science behind the supposed diuretic effect of beer.  The hypothesis is that alcohol interferes with the process that regulates the level of water in our bodies. The science here indicates that an anti-diuretic hormone (ADH) made by the pituitary gland called vasopressin gets suppressed by alcohol thereby making you pee more.

Taking this to another level, when you’re really dehydrated and your body is low on water, you can end up with an increased salt concentration.  Your body can detect that increased concentration and will increase production of ADH, slowing down urine output and hanging onto water.  Alcohol does the opposite, reducing the amount of ADH you make, thereby increasing the amount of urine you produce.  It is estimated that each shot of alcohol you drink causes your body to produce an extra 120 millilitres of urine.

Even today it is still not fully understood how alcohol causes excessive urination.  When you add in studies that seem to indicate that alcohol consumed at moderate levels can re-hydrate you when dehydrated, we would say enjoy your after workout beer, but don’t depend solely on that for staying hydrated when it is hot out!

Taproom Tidings

Tap selection for the weekend includes “Pyro” American Pale Ale, “Roasted” Coffee Ale, “Fused” Orange Blossom Honey Ale, “Parched” Lime Shandy, “Raj-Agni” India Pale Ale and Raspberry Infused Pyro.

Food trucks for the weekend are Patacones on Friday (7/22) with their authentic Colombian street food and Crazy Puppy on Saturday (7/23) with their gluten-free fair food!

  • Thirsty Thursdays $1 off pints and $2 off growler fills (no growler or grumbler fills after 8pm on Thursdays)
  • Chocolate-Strawberry and Orange Cupcake from Groundswell includes a moist chocolate strawberry cake with an orange curd center, and a chocolate whipped cream with orange zest and chocolate chunks

Final Thoughts

This Saturday, July 23rd, we will be “up North” enjoying the cool breezes coming off Lake Superior.  Join us in Duluth at Bayfront Park for All Pints North, with over 120 craft breweries/brew pubs participating, food vendors, music and opportunities to learn more about craft beer.

Also, there are still spaces available on the July 30th Beer and Bacon Cruise.  This is a unique opportunity to cruise the Mississippi, sample gluten-free beers, and eat from a bacon-focused, gluten-free menu!

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

Cheers!

Newsletter: When it’s hot out…

When the heat hits…

Summers in the Midwest tend to be hot, and, quite often, humid.  Average temperatures are usually in the 80s or 90s, with occasional peaks up into the 100s.  Toss in the humidity, and you can have heat indexes up to 110 degrees… which brings us to a very interesting question…

Ask the Brewer

Doesn’t it get hot in the brewhouse during the summer?

Well, when you consider it’s a giant unconditioned space with a couple of big ass burners used for heating liquids, yeah it actually gets quite hot.  Temperatures around the brew kettle can be 10 to 15 degrees warmer than the outside temp, and when you consider the humidity from all the liquid floating around (it’s almost like a car wash), it is even worse.

For people who work in breweries, dealing with high temperatures becomes a major issue.  Here are some of the creative ways we’ve come up with to beat the heat!

1. Drink a lot of…………..water!  And here you thought we were going to say beer.

2. Neck Coolers – it is surprising just how much one of these can help when you are active in a hot environment.  While there are many brands available, they all work on the same principle.  Each one contains polymer crystals that soak up water, which then evaporates, cooling whatever it’s wrapped around.  Most of these fit around the head or neck.

3. Take a break in a cool space.  For us, that can be the air-conditioned taproom, or even a few minutes inside one of the big coolers.

4. While none of our brewers own these yet, they certainly seem like one heck of an idea!   ArmachilloMen's Armachillo Cooling Boxer Briefs underwear, sold by Duluth Trading Company, are supposed to keep things cool where it counts.  According to their website, all of their Armachillo clothing line, including underwear for both men and women, are infused with microscopic jade.  That jade is supposed to feel much cooler on the skin than plain fabric.  Considering it’s 4.7 out of 5 rating, maybe they really work!

5. At the end of a long hot day, nothing beats a cold beer.  We would, of course, suggest a beer made by Burning Brothers, but whatever beer you enjoy works.

Taproom Tidings

Everything is (relatively) back to normal, with our beer menu back to it’s usual self. Tap selection for the weekend includes “Pyro” American Pale Ale, “Roasted” Coffee Ale, “Fused” Orange Blossom Honey Ale, “Parched” Lime Shandy, “Raj-Agni” India Pale Ale and tapping on Friday Raspberry Infused Pyro.

Food trucks for the weekend include Salsa Spot on Friday (7/15) with their authentic Mexican cuisine and Signature on Wheels on Saturday (7/16) with their unique take on American eats.

  • Thirsty Thursdays $1 off pints and $2 off growler fills (no growler or grumbler fills after 8pm on Thursdays)
  • Chocolate-Strawberry and Orange Cupcake from Groundswell includes a moist chocolate strawberry cake with an orange curd center, and a chocolate whipped cream with orange zest and chocolate chunks

Final Thoughts

On Saturday, July 16th, we will be at the Saddle-up Sampler in Medina, which benefits “We Can Ride”, a non-profit organization that provides therapeutic horseback riding.  This event runs from 4 until 7, and features beer, wine, music, food, a silent auction and prizes.

Also of note, there are still a few spaces available on the July 30th Beer and Bacon Cruise!  This unique opportunity to cruise the Mississippi, sample gluten-free beers, and eat from a gluten-free menu is only offered two days this summer, so make sure you get your ticket.

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

Cheers!

Newsletter: Beer Frustrations 😢

Now imagine having to do it on purpose…

Transparency.

If you Google “what is transparency in business” it defines it as a “lack of hidden agendas or conditions, accompanied by the availability of full information required for collaboration, cooperation, and collective decision making…”  Uhm, yeah. That right there is part of the reason we decided to step away from the corporate world.

We say all this because we wanted to take a moment to be transparent with you… our loyal followers.

Beer, for all it’s simplicity, has a lot of variables that go into the making of it. Sometimes, you make a mistake or you miss something. Even worse, sometimes that mistake leads you down a one-way path that has only one solution. Bye Bye Beer!

Earlier this week, we had dump a large quantity of beer because of temperature challenges in our brewhouse. In short, the yeast got stressed and ended up producing some very strong off-flavors in the beer that we just couldn’t shake out. Rather than serving something sub-par, we made the right (albeit hard) choice of letting the beer go.

While the temperature issues have been addressed and there is new beer in tanks, it has created a bit of an availability crunch for this week in our taproom. Bars, restaurants and liquor stores shouldn’t be too affected as our distributors were relatively well stocked.

As always, let us know if you have questions and thank you for your support.

– Dane & Thom

Taproom Tidings

Food trucks this weekend include Wholesoul on Friday, July 8th (wholesome soul food offerings) and Soup Coupe on Saturday, July 9th (summer selection of selection of both hot and cold soups as well as a tantalizing variety of lettuce wraps).

Also on Friday (the 8th), we’ll be tapping the remainder of our Rad Bromance, a Raspberry Chocolate Strong Ale that was made as a tribute to Lady Gaga for this year’s Beer Dabbler at Twin Cities Pride. updated 7/8/16

  • Tap selection includes Pyro APA(pints & 1/2 pints only), Roasted Coffee Ale, Raj-Agni IPA and Rad Bromance(1/2 pints & grumblers only).
  • Thirsty Thursdays $1 off pints and $2 off growler fills (no growler or grumbler fills after 8pm on Thursdays)
  • Chocolate-Strawberry and Orange Cupcake from Groundswell includes a moist chocolate strawberry cake with an orange curd center, and a chocolate whipped cream with orange zest and chocolate chunks

Final Thoughts

If your weekend plans are still in flux and you are looking to get away from it all, come join us at the nothernmost beer festival in the state! The Hopped Up Caribou Beer Festival in Lutsen, MN features homegrown brewing heroes, live music, chef-prepared barbecue and the chance to rub elbows with superstar brew-talent. Tickets are still available!

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

Cheers!