Newsletter: Donuts, Summer and Bears… I mean Beers!

Beer and Donuts – 2 great tastes that go great together!

Hello….. Is this thing on?? Is anybody still listening??

OK, we could make a lot of excuses about this, that and the other thing and how we were too busy to newsletter, but really, “stuff” happens, so let’s just move on.

This Friday, June 2nd is National Donut Day! What better way to celebrate the end of the week, and to kick off summer, than joining the crew at Burning Brothers to eat donuts (Gluten-free, of course!) while lifting a pint. With that in mind, we thought you might like a handy guide to pairing your beer with your donuts…

Ask the Brewer

Can you really pair donuts with beer?

While some people may find this an odd combination, the sweetness of donuts can be excellent when combined with the hoppiness of beer. When you look at how popular donuts (sweet) and coffee (bitter) are, the combination may make a bit more sense. In light of that, we have unearthed some general beer and donut pairing guidelines, as well as picking our taproom manager’s brain to find out which donuts he thinks will pair well with our beers.

If the donut you prefer is Spanish or Portuguese in origin, like the Churro, you may want to pair it with a spiced beer, so that the various spices can compliment each other. If your preference tends towards Beignets from Louisiana, you’d want to grab a coffee beer, where the smoothness of the coffee and bitter of hops mimic the chicory roast used in New Orleans. To counteract the decadence of a Boston Cream Pie Donut, drink a Pale Ale. The light citrus refreshment of the pale ale will compliment the cream filling and highlight bitter notes in the chocolate topping.

Since National Donut day requires donuts, and those of us who are gluten-free love donuts too, we will have fresh donuts for sale in the taproom on June 2nd from both Crazy Puppy and Sift Gluten Free Bakery (first come, first served until gone).  The Crazy Puppy chocolate mini-donuts pair well with our Raj-Agni IPA, our Roasted Coffee Ale, or the Raspberry Chocolate Strong Ale.  With these, the chocolate of the donuts will be highlighted by the slight bitterness of the IPA and the coffee, or the fruity chocolate of the Raspberry Chocolate Strong Ale.

After much taste testing (which was rough) our taproom manager settled on 5 different varieties to order from Sift.  There will be double chocolate donuts, which will pair well with the Roasted or the Raspberry Chocolate Strong Ale.  The chocolate with salted caramel donuts should probably be eaten with a pint of Roasted.  The Vanilla Bean donuts, with either Maple, Blueberry, or Raspberry, will all pair well with Pyro or Fused; while Parched would accompany the Vanilla Bean Blueberry or Raspberry like a taste of summer.  As an IPA lover, our taproom manager would pair Raj-Agni with any of these donuts, and find it delicious.

Taproom Tidings

Summer hours go into effect on June 2nd! New taproom hours throughout the summer will be:

  • Wed 4-10pm (Activity Night)
  • Thu 4-10pm ($1 off pints, $2 off Growlers)
  • Fri 2-10pm (Food trucks and fun)
  • Sat 12-10pm (A refreshing break during the heat of summer)
  • Sun 12-6PM (A quiet pint before the work week starts)

Tap selection includes Pyro American Pale Ale, Roasted Coffee Ale, Fused Honey Ale, Parched Lime Shandy, Raj-Agni India Pale Ale, Grapefuit IPA, Steamed Honey Lime Ale, Scorched Coffee IPA. Grapefruit IPA will be replaced by the Raspberry Chocolate Strong Ale on Friday.

On Friday we will be joined by Crazy Puppy, slinging their gluten-free fair food including Pyro batter onion rings, spicy cheese curds and corn dog brats.

Final Thoughts

For those of you who love Minnesota Pride, and beer, tickets for the Pride Dabbler are already on sale.  This years beers are inspired by the songs of Lady Gaga, a staunch GLBTQ advocate.  Join us and other Minnesota breweries as we get our Pride on!

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

Cheers!

Three Years of Beer

Our first ever growler sale!
All right folks, it’s time. Today, April 7th, on #NationalBeerDay, we party!
First beer pours @ 4pm. Signature on Wheels and Blue Sun Soda Shop will be serving all night long.
Entertainment:
– 7pm SisterTree
– 8:30pm FIRE, FIRE, FIRE
Taplist:
– “PYRO” American Pale Ale
– “ROASTED” Coffee Ale
– “FUSED” Honey Ale
– Cranberry Winter Shandy
– “RAJ-AGNI” India Pale Ale
– Raspberry infused “PYRO”
– “PARCHED” Lime Shandy
– Grapefruit infused India Pale Ale
– Honey infused India Pale Ale
– Chocolate/Habenero infused Coffee Ale
– Vanilla/Hazelnut infused Coffee Ale
Anniversary Rotating Taplist (changes every hour):
– American Imperial Stout
– American Lager
– Buckwheat Ale
– Irish Amber Ale
– Maibock
– “RAD BROMANCE” Chocolate Raspberry Strong Ale
PROST!

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.

Cheers!

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.

Cheers!

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.

Cheers!

Newsletter: Go Go Gadget Beer

Yet another horde of beer lovers expounding their desire

Finding the perfect gift for your beer loving friend, family member or spouse can be as easy as stopping down at your local taproom (like say…Burning Brothers?!?).  There you can find a selection of beer glasses, gift cards, shirts, hats and growler gift packs (like what we carry!)  But, what if you need a little more than that, say, a unique beer gadget to round things out?

Ask the Brewer

What are some of the cool new beer gadgets for 2016?

First off, as an establishment that sells growlers, we are always interested in anything that helps the beer in the growler stay carbonated longer. Since a growler of beer acts much like 2 liter bottle of soda, once you’ve cracked that seal, you only have a couple of days to drink it before it is flat. The GrowlTap fixes that problem. Attaching to the top of the growler, it keeps the beer carbonated until you’ve finished it, at your own pace.

For the tech-gadget beer lover, we suggest a cell phone bottle opener case. The two things people almost always have with them are their keys and their cell phones. While key ring bottle openers are tough and convenient, the cell phone bottle opener case is awesome(r)! You’ll always have it on you, it doesn’t add extra items in your pockets, and it keeps you from attempting to open a brew with your regular cell phone case, which can come with some sad consequences.

Mmmmmmmmm Beer!This next gift idea appeals to us both on the humorous as well as subversive nature of the item.  Enter the Trinken lid.  While this may look like your standard to-go coffee cup lid, it actually snaps onto the top rim of a can, and then the can nestles down into the paper or insulating portion of the “coffee cup” sleeve.  We, of course, would never advise drinking booze anywhere you’re not supposed to be drinking it, nor would the people who make it!

Frozen Beer Slushie Maker by Kirin IchibanLast, but certainly not least, is the beer slushie maker. (Why should kids get all the fun?) This machine makes adult slushies that don’t leave you with an oddly colored tongue. Fitting on a kitchen counter, you pour in your beer, and it creates frozen deliciousness for you.

Taproom Tidings

Reminder of our new taproom hours:

  • Wed 4-10pm (Woot! More Taproom Time!)
  • Thu 4-10pm (Thirsty Thursday Deals!)
  • Fri 4-10pm (For dinner and a beer!)
  • Sat 2-10pm (Second round of 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 and Dark Lager.

Signature Cafe will be here on this Friday (12/2) with their eclectic take on American Classics.  On Saturday (12/3) we will be joined for the first time by Smashed, featuring boiled baby red potatoes Smashed! on a flat top grill, browned in butter sauce with your choice of added toppings.

Final Thoughts

Reminder that we are now a drop-off location for Toys For Tots!  Running through December 21st, bring in and donate a new, unwrapped toy and we’ll give you a $1 off your next pint.

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

Cheers!

Newsletter: Local Beer equals Local Business

Support your local businesses this Holiday Season!

Small Business Saturday is this weekend and is your chance to support the local shops and retailers that make your community unique. So, once you’ve finished with the food and family time, and after the craziness that is Black Friday, take some time to visit your local businesses for a more relaxed and community focused shopping trip.

Ask the Brewer

So, I love drinking at my local taproom, and visiting the small businesses in my area, but how much of a difference does it really make?

We’re going to start this answer from the perspective of a craft brewery (shocking, I know) which according to the Brewer’s Association are both small and independent. In looking back on 2015, while the overall beer market was “meh” (down slightly by 0.02%), craft brewery sales were up by 12.8%. Also, it is now estimated that the majority of Americans live within 10 miles of a craft brewery, making them a great local choice for people to support.

Broadening our scope, we look to the Small Business Association who typically defines a small business as being a business of less than 500 employees. According to the 2010 census, there were approximately 27.9 million small businesses registered in the United States, compared to the more than 18,000 companies with 500 employees or more (i.e., 99.7 percent of U.S. employers were small businesses). That equates to jobs for about 56 million people, or roughly 57 percent of the private sector employees in the nation.

Lastly, not only do small businesses employ people from their surrounding area, but they also contribute to the local tax base through sales and other taxes. They also make many of their purchases from other local businesses. Therefore, when you make a purchase from a local independent business, 3 times more money from that purchase goes back into the local economy than the same purchase at a chain store, and as much as 50 times more than if the money was spent at a big box retailer.

So, while we know not every purchase can be made at a small business (hey, we shop at the big box stores too!) when you get the opportunity, make the choice to support your local businesses.

Taproom Tidings

Our holiday schedule for the week is as follows:

  • Wed 4-10pm (Woot! More Taproom Time!)
  • Thu Closed (Something Something Turkey!)
  • Fri 2-10pm (Opening early, cuz you’ll be ready for that pint!)
  • Sat 2-10pm (Small Biz Sat, see secret deal below)
  • Sun 2-6pm (Something Something Football…. WHAT DO YOU MEAN I MISSED THE VIKES?)

That being said, we will be closed on Thanksgiving to allow our staff to spend time with their family and friends.

To celebrate the addition of Wednesday night to our regular taproom times (and the addition of 10pm growler sales), we are giving away (well, Thom is… somewhat begrudgingly) our very last grumbler of the Coconut Chocolate Stout!  Stop in for a beer, enter your name in the drawing, and hang out with us until we pull the name at 8pm. You must be present to win.

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 on Wednesday and Dark Lager on Friday.

This Friday (11/25) we are joined by Soup Coupe and their hearty and warm soup and chili selections. On Saturday (11/26) Crazy Puppy will be here with their delicious fair food options including beer battered onion rings and beer battered green beans made using Pyro. As always, all food served at the taproom is gluten-free!

Final Thoughts

We are pleased to announce that we are now a drop-off location for Toys For Tots!  Starting this Friday, and running through December 21st, bring in and donate a new, unwrapped toy and we’ll give you a $1 off your next pint.

Celebrate Small Business Saturday with us! This Saturday, November 26th with each merchandise or gift card purchase of $25 or larger, get a free pint in the taproom. Get that beer lover something they will truly cherish and have a pint on us!

Going forward (i.e., starting next week), our standard taproom hours will be:

  • Wed 4-10pm
  • Thurs 4-10pm
  • Fri 4-10pm
  • Sat 2-10pm
  • Sun 2-6pm

Growler sales are now available until 10pm all of the nights we are open (except Sunday which is still 6pm).

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

Cheers!

Newsletter: And they say you can’t take it with you

Liquor to go, what every globe trotter needs!

Just in time for the holiday gridlock, we are pleased to announce that our flagship beer, Pyro, is now available at the Minneapolis and St. Paul airport. Check out Stone Arch in Terminal 1 at MSP. This means that you can crack open a gluten-free cold one prior to boarding. And for those of you who want to bring some beer (or other libations) with you on your holiday travels…

Ask the Brewer

How do I travel with my beer so that it arrives safely at my destination?

This is actually a question that we get asked a lot, both by craft beer drinkers who want to bring their favorite beer along, as well as gluten-free beer drinkers who either have a limited or non-existent selection where they’re going, or who want to share good gluten-free beer with who they’re visiting.

Whether you’re traveling by plane, train or automobile, one of the main things to keep in mind is that craft beer should not be allowed to get warm.  The reason is that most craft beers are not pasteurized, which means they may have some residual yeast left in them.  When this yeast gets warm enough, it could go back to work and start munching down on any remaining sugars and increasing carbonation.  This can make opening the beer a lot more exciting than expected.  So, while the beer doesn’t have to travel in a cooler, making sure that it isn’t left in a hot car, or allowed to sit in the sun, is important.

It’s also important to note that you cannot take beer onto the plane in your carry-on luggage unless it was purchased at a duty-free shop and placed into a secure tamper-evident bag (STEB).  This means the beer has to be packed into your checked luggage, and that you need to keep the final weight of you bag at under 50 pounds for economy class and 70 pounds for business class.  Because the majority of beers fall under the 24% ABV limit for checked luggage, other than weight, there is no limit on how much beer you can pack into that luggage.  For beer (and other alcohol) over 24% ABV, your limit is 5 Liters.  If you are traveling overseas, it is also important to take a look at any duties or tariffs that may be imposed, prior to packing your beer.

How you pack your beer is also especially important when you are checking your luggage, as checked bags can get some rough handling.  There are two different ways to do this, depending on whether you want to purchase a bag specifically for booze transport, or if you are going to insert the bottles into your regular luggage.  For those who want to purchase a lovely beverage transport bag, a search of the internet reveals multiple choices.  For those who want to pack their bottles among their clothing, we offer the following tips:

  1. Place the bottle in Ziploc bags.  This not only helps to prevent a huge mess if the bottle does get broken , it also catches any leaks from caps or corks as pressure changes within the airplane luggage hold.
  2. Securely wrap the bagged bottle in a piece of clothing, making sure that there is no way for glass to bump against glass.
  3. Create as many “nests” among the remaining clothes as there are bottles.  You want each bottle to have padding front and back, as well as top and bottom.

Whatever your destination over the holidays, we wish both you and your beer safe travels!

Taproom Tidings

Tap selection for the weekend includes Pyro American Pale Ale, Roasted Coffee Ale, Fused Orange Blossom Honey Ale, Cranberry Shandy, Raj-Agni India Pale Ale, and Grapefruit IPA.

This weekend we are joined on Friday (11/18) by Tatanka with their Native American cuisine, and on Saturday (11/19) by Hot Indian Foods, your last chance to be “down with the brown” for the 2016 food truck season.

Our cupcake this weekend is Ginger Cardamon Apple, which is a ginger cake with apple filling and cardamon cream cheese frosting.

As always, all food served at the taproom is gluten-free!

Final Thoughts

This Friday, November 18th, we are doing a tasting at Yarmo liquor store off of West 7th from 4-7pm.  Stop in for samples of Burning Brothers, and to browse Yarmo’s selection of craft beer.

We also want to highlight our new hours, and the fact that due to St. Paul’s updated ordinances, starting next week (11/21), all St. Paul breweries are able to sell beer to go (i.e., growlers) until 10pm every night they are open.

Our standard taproom hours are changing to:

  • Wed 4-10pm
  • Thurs 4-10pm
  • Fri 4-10pm
  • Sat 2-10pm
  • Sun 2-6pm

That being said, we will be closed on Thanksgiving to allow our staff to spend time with their family and friends.

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

Cheers!

Newsletter: Thank you for your service and sacrifice

Soldiers of the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion have free beer at a tavern, served by German women. Lembeck, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. 29 March 1945.

As many of you know, this Friday is Veteran’s Day, and we want to take this opportunity to say thank you to those who have served our country. To our grandfathers, grandmothers, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, sons, daughters, and friends who have served in the military, we want to say thank you. You have risked it all, and we appreciate it. This Friday, any veteran, reservist or active duty military personnel who visits the Burning Brothers taproom, you first pint is on us. You’ve earned it.

Ask the Brewer

The current American military has some strict policies surrounding drinking, has it always been that way?

The history of the American military and drinking (specifically drinking beer, because, Beer!) is a long and colorful one. When our founding fathers were planning the revolution, taverns were popular meeting spots. One of their favorites was The Green Dragon, a tavern in Boston frequented by Sam Adams. The Continental Congress enacted an early statute, in November of 1775, that stated that each soldier within the army should be provided with 1 quart of beer or cider per man, per day. (that’s a lot of beer!) One of General George Washington’s lesser known skills was his ability to make sure that his armies were camped within reasonable distance of a supply of beer.

When the civil war rolled around, beer again played a pivotal role. With armies camped in the same location for weeks, leading into months, and the associated inactivity, boredom became a serious issue. What better to do when you have time on your hands then home brew (or camp brew). In addition, popular camp songs such as “Soldier’s Joy”, extolled beer as being cheaper than morphine: “25 cents for the morphine, 15 cents for the beer. 25 cents for the morphine, gonna drink myself away from here!”

During World War II, the US Department of Agriculture actually ordered that 15% of all beer production be set aside for the troops, which was actually more than the regular citizenry was receiving. On top of that, this canned beer was much stronger than what was available in Britain, and was often painted drab green to improve it’s camouflage from enemy aircraft.

The Vietnam War was a time when beer was freely available to troops, and many different brands of American beer were shipped overseas for our soldiers, as it was preferred to the Vietnamese-made lager. Soldiers drinking right up until going out on patrol or piloting a helicopter was not uncommon.

In today’s military, most branches restrict drinking to off-duty times, and military personnel are expected to never be on duty with a blood alcohol level over .05.  In fact, the Marines expect it to be under .01 anytime you are considered active.  Meanwhile, the Navy’s fleet operates “dry” while on deployment, with the exception being an allowance of 2 beers per person at the end of every 45 contiguous days at sea.

Taproom Tidings

Tap selection for the weekend includes Pyro American Pale Ale, Roasted Coffee Ale, Fused Orange Blossom Honey Ale, Cranberry Shandy, Raj-Agni India Pale Ale, abd Grapefruit IPA.

This weekend our food trucks are Wholesoul on Friday (11/11), with their unique take on Soul food, and Signature on Wheels on Saturday (11/12) with their eclectic American fare.

Our cupcake this weekend is Ginger Cardamon Apple, which is a ginger cake with apple filling and cardamon cream cheese frosting.

As always, all food served at the taproom is gluten-free!

Final Thoughts

We wanted to give everyone a heads up that St. Paul has changed their ordinance regarding off-sale closing times. Starting the week of November 21st, all St. Paul breweries are able to sell beer to go (i.e., growlers) until 10pm every night they are open (and liquor stores too).

In addition, we’ve had enough people stopping by earlier in the week that we have decide to add an extra taproom night.

With this in mind, starting the week of November 21st, our standard taproom hours are changing to:

  • Wed 4-10pm
  • Thurs 4-10pm
  • Fri 4-10pm
  • Sat 2-10pm
  • Sun 2-6pm

That being said, we will be closed on Thanksgiving to allow our people to spend time with their family and friends.

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

Cheers!