Newsletter: Good Tidings for the New Year

Hoppy New Beer!

While the beer world does not embrace acronyms quite like other industries, there are certainly some that are in common use.  ABV stands for Alcohol by Volume, and lets you know how potent a beer is.  IBU is for International Bitter Unit, and lets you know how bitter a beer is, or in other words, how hoppy it is.  An APA is an American Pale Ale, While an IPA is an India Pale Ale.  With that information under our belts, we can …

Ask the Brewer

What’s the difference between an APA and an IPA?

To answer this question we need to touch on a bit of beer history. APAs, or American Pale Ales, are actually the American Version of English Pale Ales. The first time that Pale Ales appear in history is back in 1703, when a batch of malt was roasted with a cleaner version of coal, called coke. Coke creates a lot less smoke, so the roasted malt had a much lighter color, as well as a lack of smoke flavor. The beers that were brewed with this malt were much paler than their counterparts, so were dubbed pale ales. These beers also had a much lighter malt flavor, so the hop flavor was more pronounced.

Pale Ales became quite popular in Britain, and were really the only hoppy beer on the market there for the next 100 years. The first mention of an India Pale Ale (IPA) appears in an advertisement in 1829. Beer lore holds that brewers added more hops to the Pale Ales that were being shipped to India for homesick British Soldiers. The brewers were concerned that the standard British Ales would not survive the 6 month sea voyage without developing off flavors or spoiling, so upped the hops, which not only add flavor, but help to preserve beer. Soldiers returning home to Britain brought a preference for the really hoppy IPAs back home with them.

This brings us to the early days of the American Craft Beer boom, when American brewers started experimenting with crafting a traditional Pale Ale, with an American Twist. To do this, they focused on using American hops, such as Cascade, which are fruitier, brighter and more resinous than European Hops. This created a Pale Ale that was distinctly American in flavor, therefore, an APA. When American breweries wanted to craft an IPA, they dialed the hops up even more, since an IPA is even hoppier than an APA. IPAs can range from 40 IBUs to 120 IBUs, with one topping out at a whopping 2500 IBUs.

Burning Brothers Raj-Agni IPA sits at a pleasantly bitter 60 IBUs, and just became available in cans within the last couple of months. If you want to try it, but don’t see it at your local liquor store, ask them to bring it in.  Retailers want to carry what you are interested in buying.

Taproom Tidings

Holiday hours are still in effect! Taproom hours through the weekend:

  • Wed 4-10pm (A quiet pint before the weekend)
  • Thu 4-10pm ($1 off pints, $2 off Growlers)
  • Fri 4-10pm (Time to reflect on the past year)
  • Sat 2-8pm (Get ready to welcome in the New Year)
  • Sun – Closed (Happy New Year!)

Tap selection includes Pyro American Pale Ale, Roasted Coffee Ale, Fused Orange Blossom Honey Ale, Cranberry Shandy, Raj-Agni India Pale Ale and American Lager starting Friday.

Our Food Truck mojo has failed us for Friday and Saturday. However, we are always happy to steer people towards delicious gluten-free food options that are welcome in the taproom!

Final Thoughts

For those of you who love Minnesota, and love Winter, and love Beer, and love the Winter Carnival, we have good news.  The tickets for the MN Winter Carnival Beer Dabbler, held February 4th, are already on sale! We’ll be there sporting our usual winter defiance gear. Join us!

If you have questions, drop us a note via Email, Facebook or Twitter.


Newsletter: Tantalizing Holiday Treats… and Beer!

Milk and Cookies or what Santa really wants with his snack?

While not everyone celebrates the holiday season with Santa and stockings, almost everyone has treats that are made specifically during the winter. There are traditional sweets for Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa and Yule, as well as many of the other holidays that are celebrated throughout December.

Ask the Brewer

What kind of beer should I drink with my holiday treats?

While many people prefer milk with their cookies, or wine with their chocolate, we have found that beer pairs well with just about anything, including traditional holiday treats!

Fruitcake and Panettone pair well with a Chocolate Stout. The strong rich flavors of a stout need something just as strong and rich to accompany it. Anything less flavorful would just be overpowered by the beer.

Coffee Ale pairs well with hazelnut or praline truffles. The rich coffee flavor offsets the nut and chocolate of the truffle. Think mocha with a shot of hazelnut syrup, and you’ll have an approximation of the flavor.

Spiced Ale pairs well with gingerbread cookies, where the strong spices complement each other and meld together.

Kolache pairs well with Brown Ales. The smooth caramel flavor of the ale complements both the sweetness of the dough and the tartness of the raspberry filling.

If you find a specific beer and holiday treat that you feel go well together, let us know!

Taproom Tidings

Holiday hours are in effect! Taproom hours through the weekend:

  • Wed 4-10pm (A quiet pint before the weekend)
  • Thu 4-10pm (Dane & Thom beertending, come watch us bumble the bar)
  • Fri 4-10pm (Gird your loins before family time)
  • Sat & Sun – Closed (Make sure to stock up and fill your growlers and grumblers)

Tap selection includes Pyro American Pale Ale, Roasted Coffee Ale, Fused Orange Blossom Honey Ale, Cranberry Shandy, Raj-Agni India Pale Ale and American Lager.

This Friday (12/23) Soup Coupe will be here with hot and hearty soups and handmade fajitas.

Final Thoughts

A big thank you to all those who brought in items for our Toys For Tots drive!  Not only did we send a lot of toys in, but we also donated $100 to the cause.  We couldn’t have done this without you!

If you have questions, drop us a note via Email, Facebook or Twitter.


Newsletter: Who is that guy?

The friendly a**hole who brings balance!

As many of you may have noticed, we have several new faces working the taproom. We will do our best to introduce our dandy new employees over the next few months, starting today with our new Taproom Manager, Dominic Liljenquist. With a budding interest in astrology, Dominic just had his star chart done and happily told us that he’s a Leo with a cancer rising and an ascending Libra. He’s a self proclaimed… well, see the photo caption above.

Ask the Brewer

So, who’s the new guy working every night in the taproom?

Along with our new extended hours (open on Wednesdays, where have you been?) we got a new taproom manager. As the latest in a line of gifted conversationalists behind the bar, we felt it was only fair to give all of you a little insight into who Dominic is.

What do you do at Burning Brothers?
I’m the taproom manager, I do whatever they tell me to do. Within reason, but said more colorfully.

What’s the best part of your job?
Interacting with the customers, being able to joke, laugh and have a good time. In my opinion we’re just a bunch of dorks trying to sell beer. And it is comfortable, from my co-workers to the music we listen to.

What’s the worst part of your job?
I don’t have one yet, but my biggest fear is that I will make a mistake with food requirements, and may get people sick. The gluten-free part is new to me, but I’m a fast learner!

What’s your favorite Burning Brothers Beer?
Scorched (this is an off-menu mix of Roasted and Raj-Agni, don’t be afraid to ask for it).

What is your favorite other beer?
There’s so many, but based on the season we’re currently in, I love Zombie Monkey. It is a robust porter by Tall Grass, and with its tactile grip can, imminently suited for fleeing Zombies without dropping your drink.

Pirates or Ninjas?
Pirates – I’m a pirate! I’d love to be a ninja, but my wife says I’m too loud, so I have to be a pirate.

If you could add one thing to the brewery/taproom, what would it be?
More stuff to provide flair in the taproom. Things that reflect who we are and where we come from.

Taproom Tidings

Recap of our current taproom hours:

  • Wed 4-10pm (Hello… is there anybody there?!)
  • Thu 4-10pm (Thirsty Thursday Deals!)
  • Fri 4-10pm (For dinner and a beer!)
  • Sat 2-10pm (MORE dinner and a beer!)
  • Sun 2-6pm (Beer to go on a Sunday!)

Tap selection for this weekend includes Pyro American Pale Ale, Roasted Coffee Ale, Fused Orange Blossom Honey Ale, Cranberry Shandy, Raj-Agni India Pale Ale, Grapefruit IPA Wednesday and Thursday, and American Lager on Friday.

This Friday (12/16) Signature on Wheels will be here with their eclectic take on American Cuisine.  On Saturday (12/17) we will not have a food truck, so we invite people to BYOGFF (Bring Your Own Gluten-Free Food).  If you have questions or need suggestions, let us know!

Final Thoughts

Reminder that this year we are a drop-off location for Toys For Tots! Though the toy drive runs through December 21st, this is the final weekend for the BBB taproom. In order to finish with a bang, when you bring in and donate a new, unwrapped toy, we’ve doubled-down and are now giving you $2 off your first pint! (Which we are donating to the cause!)

If you have questions, drop us a note via Email, Facebook or Twitter.