Newsletter: Burning Brothers, a Bodega of Bearded Beerness?

No-shave November, not just for mustaches!

With the advent of November comes Movember, the international movement to focus on men’s health issues, as well as have fun growing facial hair.  While Movember started with mustache growing, it has moved on to beards as well, and who better to sport a good beer’d than a brewer!  (beer and beards seem to go together like milk and cookies)

Ask the Brewer

What’s with brewers and beards, it seems like they all have them?

It may seem that in the brewing industry, every month is a no-shave month. Brewery employees, especially brewers, are largely unshaven. There’s actually a joke about how the Great American Beer Festival could do double duty as the Great American Beard Festival.  2 of 3 brewers there are bearded, so we see those beards on a daily basis.

After reading several articles as to why so many brewers skip the razor, including one that asked the collective hive mind of Facebook for their thoughts, a consensus begins to emerge; a lot of brewers come out of some buttoned-down disciplines: engineering, finance, corporate labs.  Some brewers even mentioned having negative comments from other executives in their prior careers.  From that standpoint, a beard is a great way to demonstrate there’s not a dress code anymore.

When you also take into account that creative types have long sported facial hair, and brewing beer is is a creative industry, the likelihood that is will breed beards goes up.  Both of our bearded brewers came from prior jobs in corporate America, yet solidified their friendship out at the MN Renaissance Festival, which checks off both the “done with a dress code” and “creative” boxes.

We would like to point out, however, that it is not necessary to have a beard to brew great beer!  The non-bearded brewers in the industry (including the many awesome women brewers out there) all prove that fact.

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, Raspberry Infused Pyro (Thursday) and our Chocolate Coconut Stout (starting on Friday, no growler fills).

Food trucks for the weekend are Tatanka on Friday (11/04), with their traditional Native American Fare, and Crazy Puppy on Saturday (11/05) with their  gluten-free fair food, including green beans and onion rings coated in Pyro based batter.

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!

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

Cheers!

Newsletter: Beering with Cooks?

Beer Truffles!

With colder weather comes cooking, crock pots and feasting, and one of the flavors we love to have in our food is beer! (Shocking, I know….)  While beer can chicken is a staple of summer; stews, soups, breads and rich desserts decorate our autumn and winter tables.  This weekend at the taproom, we are excited to have both food trucks cooking with Burning Brothers beer. On Friday(10/28), Soup Coupe will be serving a beer cheese soup and on Saturday(10/29), Crazy Puppy will be serving their beer battered onion rings and green beans – all gluten-free of course!  While that sounds like savory deliciousness, one might wonder what you could make with beer on the other end of the spectrum…

Ask the Brewer

What are some good sweet treats made with beer?

While their are lots of recipes out there for cakes, tortes and cupcakes with dark beer in them (and those are delicious), one of our favorite recipes is for chocolate truffles.  We have used this recipe multiple times ourselves with good results, and it is very allergen friendly.

Chocolate Truffles
– 1/2 lb. quality chocolate, chopped into 2″ pieces
– 1/3 cup creamer, soy, almond, coconut or dairy
– 2 tablespoons beer
– Cocoa powder or other coating

In a medium sized stainless bowl, melt the chocolate over gently simmering water.  The water should not touch the bottom of the bowl.  Turn off the heat and let stand over the warm water until ready to use.

Scald the creamer in a small saucepan, adding the beer right at the end.  Pour it into the melted chocolate and whisk together until smooth and blended.  Pour the chocolate mixture into a shallow dish or pan, to form a 1″ layer – we often use a 8″x8″ cake pan for this.  Chill 30 minutes or until set.

Using a melon baller, scoop out the truffles one by one, forming them into 1″ balls with your hands..  Work quickly so that the chocolate mixture does not start melting.  Place the balls on a plate and refrigerate again.

Once firm, the balls are ready to be rolled in whatever topping you choose – while we list cocoa powder here, you can use chocolate shavings, coconut, nuts, cinnamon and sugar, whatever you feel will best compliment the truffle flavor.  They should be stored in the refrigerator, but allowed to sit out for a few minutes before eating to maximize their flavor.

While the preference is to use a chocolate bar for these, we have done them with both the Enjoy Life and Chocolate Dream chocolate chips in order to be as allergen free as possible, and they have turned out well.

For those who really want a beer centered truffle, we point you to this recipe.  If you try it and it works, let us know!

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, Raspberry Infused Pyro (Thursday) and our Wee Heavy (starting on Friday).

Food trucks for the weekend (did we mention they are both serving food made with our beer!) are Soup Coupe on Friday (10/28), with hearty soups, including a gluten-free beer cheese soup; and on Saturday (10/29) Crazy Puppy, featuring gluten-free fair food, with both green beans and onion rings coated in Pyro based batter and deep fried to perfection.

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!

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

Cheers!

Newsletter: Choose your own beer adventure

Autumn beer trips!

While the leaves have hit their peak here in Minnesota, the weather is still mild enough to get out and explore.  In fact, for those of you who love to venture out of state, there is now an interactive map that highlights peak leaf viewing areas throughout the United States.

Ask the Brewer

What are some good fall beer activities?

Living in the upper Midwest, we always advocate for getting outside, so long as the weather will cooperate.  Autumn is a beautiful time of year to do a brewery tour and there are multiple ways to accomplish this including trolleys, biking, driving and hiking.

Not to toot our own horn, but we are easily accessible from the Green Line, as are many other breweries between Minneapolis and St. Paul, making a Light Rail Brewery Crawl a fun weekend activity.  For those of you focused on leaf viewing, the Hoppy Trolley is still running one more leaf and brewery tour this coming weekend.

Fall is also a wonderful time to experiment with home brewing.  If you have ever had a hankering to give it a try, cooler weather is optimal for brewing, especially when you consider the large volume of water that needs to boil for an extended time, as you make the beer.  We got our start brewing on the stove, the burner of the grill, and then with a hurricane burner out in the garage (that happened after certain spouses said something about being tired of smelling grains and hops every weekend).

Autumn also brings out a whole new round of seasonal beers including Oktoberfest, Pumpkin, Cranberry and many other styles.  Inviting friends and family over for a home beer tasting lets you try and share multiple beers side by side, without any going to waste.

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 either Raspberry Infused Pyro or Grapefruit IPA, depending on when the kegs run out.

Food trucks for the weekend are Signature On Wheels on Friday (10/21), serving their unique take on classic American cuisine.  Then on Saturday (10/22) we are joined by Patacones, featuring authentic Colombian Street Food.

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

The end of October brings us two big beer festivals.  The first is the Nordeast Big River Brew Fest happening from 1-4PM on Saturday (10/22) in Minneapolis.  All proceeds benefit the programs of East Side Neighborhood Services.

The second event is the Grand MN Taste Together.  This event is happening at the Grand Casino in Hinckley and will be sampling over 200 different local, regional, and national craft beers, as well as featuring music by Trampled by Turtles.  We hope to see you at either event!

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

Cheers!

Newsletter: Pumpkin… cranberry… I’m the guy with the beer!

Fall favorites, but do they blend?!?

Here in the upper Midwest the leaves are changing and mums and pumpkins are appearing in people’s yards  With the advent of cooler weather and earlier nights has come the onslaught of pumpkin spice lattes (pumpkin spice EVERYTHING!!!) as well as their beer counterpart.  No matter how much someone loves beer in general, when it comes to pumpkin beer, people seem to fall into one of two camps – love it or hate it.  And that brings us to…

Ask the Brewer

What’s the big deal with pumpkin beers, anyways?

While pumpkin beers may seem like a relatively new phenomenon, they first entered the scene on a national level in 1995, thanks to Blue Moon Harvest Ale.  Before that they were actually pretty hard to find, as fall beer releases tended to focus on Oktoberfest beers.  While it took a while for this beer style to catch on, in the past 10 years, pumpkin beer sales have grown by 1500%!

That brings us to the meat of the question, “What is the deal with pumpkin beer, why do people either love it or hate it?”  In pouring over multiple articles on this, it seems like the hate it camp finds it too sweet, too spicy, to have a musty after-taste, to lack pumpkin flavor, to have too much pumpkin flavor, to not being  sweet enough, to not taste like beer, or have no spice whatsoever.  The love it side of the equation insists that pumpkin and beer blend perfectly.  That the pumpkin and spice notes combine just right with the floral and citrus of the hops to create a smooth fall beer that celebrates the season.  And those pumpkin beer lovers have plenty to choose from.

Here at Burning Brothers, we take the road less traveled. Our fall release is our tart and delicious Cranberry Shandy.  We start with our American Pale Ale and add cranberry juice and sugar for a festive celebration that goes from fall through the winter.

Taproom Tidings

Tap selection for the weekend includes Pyro American Pale Ale, Roasted Coffee Ale, Fused Orange Blossom Honey Ale, Parched Lime Shandy, Cranberry Shandy, Raj-Agni India Pale Ale and Raspberry Infused Pyro.  For those of you who love the Parched lime, we recommend coming in and stocking up, as it will not be back on tap until next spring.

We are very excited to have Hot Indian Foods with us on Friday (10/14).  They will be serving their “Paneer on a Spear”, battered with a Pyro beer batter, that they debuted at the MN State Fair.  Saturday (10/15) is BYOGFF (Bring Your Own Gluten-Free Food), so make sure you ask if you need suggestions of ideas as to what to bring in to the taproom.

Final Thoughts

Our awesome brewers have been hard at work on the pilot brewing system, tweaking recipes and getting back to small batch beers for the fall and winter.  If there was one that you particularly enjoyed last year at this time, drop us a note.  We will move the favorites up in the taproom rotation.

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

Cheers!

Newsletter: It’s a beer-TV type thing

Finally, a beer mug that doesn’t block the TV!

With the arrival of the cooler weather and the corresponding premieres of fall shows (and football), the desire for many a beer drinker to sit inside watching TV goes up. That being said, we thought we’d highlight this nifty thing we came across…

Ask the Brewer

Anything new and interesting in the beer gadget world?

Funny you should ask!

Let’s set the stage…. your settling in for one of your favorite shows (or maybe hanging with your buds watching the game)…  you pour yourself a nice refreshing cold one… you go to take that tantalizing first sip… and suddenly, behind the rim of your glass, the most amazing things happens… and you missed it!

This mug eliminates all of those problems!  With it’s angled side and sleek design, you can keep your eyes glued to the screen while still drinking your beer.  You’ll never miss another important moment on TV, nor have to wait for a refreshing swallow.  Ingenuity at it’s finest!

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 options for the weekend include Tatanka on Friday (10/7), with their Native American dining options, and Crazy Puppy on Saturday (10/8) with their gluten-free fair food.

Final Thoughts

Last call to get in on our third beer pairing dinner with Signature Cafe this Sunday, October 9th.  The meal features a variety of Burning Brothers beer paired with five gluten-free courses.  Contact the restaurant directly for reservations.

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

Cheers!

Newsletter: At the end of the day, just have a beer

End of the day, worn out brewers drinking a well deserved beer!

While we are firm believers that a beer a day keeps the doctor away (is that a beer for you or for the doctor?), we also acknowledge that there are many people out there who need a reason to drink a beer.

Ask the Brewer

Is there a September beer holiday?

September has one of the most straight forward beer drinking holidays out there.  September 28th is National Drink Beer Day (remember, nothing is stopping you from enthusiastically celebrating it after the fact!).  While the origins of this holiday are unclear, what you do on the day itself is quite apparent.  In order to properly observe it, you can gather a group of friends for a tasting at your home or local establishment, or you can just enjoy your favorite pint on your own.

As you sip your delicious brew, you can think back on the long history of beer, from early human civilizations onward, and its influence in our development.  You can also ponder the fact that there is even one brewery in existence that has been producing beer for over 1,500 years!  The Weihenstephan brewery, located in the Bavarian region of Germany, has been brewing beer continuously since 1040.  Today, the company exports fourteen different styles to locations all over the world.

So, join us (albeit, a bit after the fact) on #DrinkBeerDay.  PROST!

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 options for the weekend include Soup Coupe on Friday (9/30), offering a hearty variety of soups, stews and chilis, and then Wholesoul will join us on Saturday (10/1) with their unique take on “soul food”.

Final Thoughts

Events for this weekend include:

  • On Friday afternoon, our beer will be one of the featured taps at the Kellogg Craft Beer Overlook; this is the final weekend for this outdoor beer garden running in downtown St. Paul that overlooks the river and features live music, food and delivous beverages
  • Also on Friday (9/30) we will be at Roseville’s POUR for Parks to help raise money for new and existing parks within Roseville
  • On Saturday afternoon (10/1) we will be in Walker for the Harvest Moon Festival which features beer and wine tasting, live music, a medallion hunt and the spectacular fall colors of Northern MN

Also around the corner is our third beer pairing dinner with Signature Cafe.  Happening October 9th, this meal will feature a variety of Burning Brothers Beer paired with gluten-free courses.  Contact the restaurant directly for reservations.

On a final note, the more observant drinkers out there may have noticed that both the IPA and the Lime Shandy are packaged in shrink sleeved cans.  That means we slide the can into a sleeve and shrink it prior to filling and sealing it.  If you are the one responsible for sleeving the cans (i.e., Dane and Thom), and aren’t paying close attention, you can sleeve them upside down.  In honor of Dane, who not only had the most upside down cans go through, but is also a self-proclaimed dyslexic, we have created the game “Dyslexic Dane”.  If you find one of these cans in your 4-pack, signed by Dane, bring it in to the taproom and exchange it for a free pint.

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

Cheers!

Newsletter: A beer by any other name…

Early depiction of beer production (ca 2600 BC)

As many people know, beer (or beer-like beverages) date back to the earliest days of agriculture.  In fact, some beer enthusiasts believe that the shift from hunter/gatherer to agricultural societies was brought about by the desire to create beer.  While it’s all well and good to happen across the stray patch of ancient grain, and then put it in water and let wild yeasts do their thing, think about how much of it you could have if there was a steady grain supply!  In fact, it is quite tempting to assert that early writing systems developed due to the need to keep track of beer.  But if you are going to track it, you need to name it…

Ask the Brewer

How did beer come to be called beer?

This is actually a question with no definitive answer, though there are several theories as to where the word beer comes from.  When we look back at some of the earliest known beer production (with the ancient Sumerians), there were multiple names for beverages fermented from grain, including “sikaru”, “dida”, or “ebir”.

Moving forward in time, the Ancient Egyptian’s word for beer was “zytum”, and later when brewing was passed on to the Greeks, their word was “zythos”.  The Greeks, however, favored wine over beer, as did the Romans who followed them.  The Romans word for beer was “cerevisia”, which is Latin, and has a direct link to the modern word for beer in Spanish or Portugese which is “cerveza”.  The latin verb for drink, however, is “bibere“, which gets us closer to “beer”.

There is a possibility that “bibere” was borrowed in the 6th century by German monks, and from there went on to become the Old English word “beor“, Old Frisian “biar”, Middle Dutch “bier”, Old High German “bior” and German “Bier“.

Another suggestion is that it comes from Proto-Germanic beuwo” for barley.  This theory also holds some merit, as the English word “Ale” is derived from the Germanic word “ol”, both of which refer to fermented grain beverages.

Regardless of the history, from our perspective, a beer by any other name is still just as delicious.

Taproom Tidings

We are pleased to say that our Roasted Coffee Ale is back in the regular rotation for this weekend.  In addition, we are going to continue forward with our Grapefruit IPA as everyone seems to be digging it.

On Friday (9/16) we will have Patacones joining us with their authentic Colombian Street Food, and on Saturday (9/17) Soup Coupe will be here with their tasty lettuce wraps and hearty soup selection, just the thing for when night-time temperatures are dipping into the 50s.

Final Thoughts

On Saturday, September 17th, we will be at two different beer events, The Autumn Brew Review in Minnesota and the Great Lakes Brew Fest in Wisconsin.  ABR is happening at the historic Grain Belt Brewing Complex in Northeast Minneapolis, and celebrates the fine art of craft brewing.  GLBF is at the Racine Zoo in Wisconsin, and benefits the Kilties Drum and Bugle Corps.

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On a final note, our beer will be one of the featured taps the next three Fridays at the the Kellogg Craft Beer Overlook.  This outdoor beer garden will be running three consecutive Fridays in downtown St. Paul, from 3PM to 7PM, and will have live music, food, and delicious beverages, all overlooking the river.

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

Cheers!

Newsletter: Living the dream…

Beer Philosophy!

A lot of people feel that if you have your own small business, you’re living the dream, and if that small business is a brewery, your life is golden.  Never ones to quash other people’s enthusiasm for the industry, we downplay the challenges, and highlight the successes, which brings us to our…

Ask the Brewer

Owning a brewery must be totally awesome, right?

While owning a brewery is totally awesome, it is also, at times, really hard.  At the end of the day, though, the positives far outweigh any negatives and in truth, there isn’t anything else that we would choose to do.

On a good day, there are no equipment malfunctions or breakdowns, everything runs smoothly, and beer is brewed, fermented, filtered and packaged without a hitch.  On a challenging day, all bets are off, and it’s time to improvise.

What gets us through those challenging times is our attitude, our belief that what we are doing matters, that it makes life more enjoyable for others, especially those who haven’t been able to drink beer in the past due to gluten intolerance or Celiac disease.  Our interactions with those people, at beer festivals and in the taproom, and the e-mails and Facebook posts thanking us for what we do, keep us going on the hard days, knowing that a good day is right around the corner.

Taproom Tidings

We are sad to report that the batch of Roasted Coffee Ale that was supposed to be ready this week did not agree with our schedule, so the taproom will be out for this weekend.  However, rather than get upset and let it bring us down, we decided to improvise.  That means this Friday (9/9) we will be bringing back the Grapefruit IPA that was our special beer for Rails & Ales. If you missed it, now is your chance to get in on the citrusy, hoppy goodness.

So, tap selection for this weekend includes Pyro APA, Fused OB Honey Ale, Parched Lime Shandy, Raj-Agni India Pale Ale, Rasperry infused Pyro and Grapefruit infused IPA.

Food options for the weekend will include Tatanka Truck on Friday (9/9) with their traditional Native American Foods and Crazy Puppy on Saturday (9/10) with their gluten-free fair food.  Our cupcake from Groundswell, is a Lavender Black Bottom Cheesecake – chocolate cake topped with a lavender infused cheesecake and whipped cream with chocolate chunks.

Final Thoughts

On Saturday, September 10th, we will be at two different beer events, The Prairie Brewfest and the Beer & Bacon cruise.  The Prairie Brewfest supports the Eden Prairie Community Foundation, and their mission to enrich their community.  The Beer & Bacon cruise is your chance to try multiple Burning Brothers beers and sample from a fully gluten-free menu while cruising the Mississippi river on a paddleboat.

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On a final note, our beer will be one of the featured taps this weekend at the River Balcony Prototyping Festival.  This Festival creates a more engaging and vibrant riverfront experience and connects people to the Green Line with temporary installations on the riverfront’s sidewalks, plazas, parks and pathway.

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

Cheers!

Newsletter: Remembering the taste of burning…

Fire-eating at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival!

As summer draws to a close, kids go back to school, the first hints of fall cool the air, and harvest festivals throughout the nation are in full swing.  The MN State Fair is entering it’s final weekend, Oktoberfest begins in 3 weeks, and Renaissance Festivals are occurring across the US.  Near and dear to our own hearts, the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, where Dane and Thom (i.e., the Burning Brothers) performed the majority of their fire eating, is running through the 2nd of October.  As we reminisce, we think back to….

Ask the Brewer… er, Fire-Eater

When did fire-eating actually begin?

The earliest known record of fire-eating is that of a Syrian named Eunus, who lead a slave revolt in 133 B.C.E.  According to The Mystery Chronicles, he got the other slaves to follow him by claiming he had been favored by the gods, and granted supernatural powers.  In order to prove this, he held a hollowed out nut filled with flammable material, with a hole drilled in either end, in his mouth.  Every time he exhaled through it, it would act like a bellows, and flames and sparks would shoot out.

From there, fire-eating, juggling and manipulation has gone from the Royal courts of ancient Greece, to religious ceremonies in India, entertainment during the Renaissance period, sideshow, circus and carnival acts during the early 1900s and finally to the Las Vegas stages and Renaissance Festivals of today.

No matter when it has been performed, it is an art and skill that has been passed on from mentor to apprentice, with a healthy respect for the dangers that come with it.

Taproom Tidings

On this Friday (9/2) we will be joined once again by Wholesoul who specializes in taking soul food to a whole new level.

Our Saturday food truck unfortunately had to cancel, so we would be happy to make suggestions as to gluten-free food that can be brought in (AKA Bring-Your-Own-Gluten-Free-Food BYOGFF).

As a change of pace and in support of our special event on Sunday (9/4), Soup Coupe will be joining us with their awesome line-up of hot and cold soups as well as their delicious selection of lettuce wraps.

Our cupcake from Groundswell, is a Lavender Black Bottom Cheesecake – chocolate cake topped with a lavender infused cheesecake and whipped cream with chocolate chunks.

Final Thoughts

This weekend we are excited to have Save-A-Bull rescue with us on Sunday (9/4) from 2-6pm.  10% of all profits for that day will be donated to this organization in support of their work.  Stop in to have a pint and visit with the puppies they will have on hand!

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Last, but certainly not least, we wanted to plug our friends at Hot Indian Foods who will be serving up Paneer on a Spear at the Midtown Global Market booth at the International Bazaar from Aug 31-Sept 5.  Deep-fried Indian-seasoned paneer cheese coated with a local gluten-free craft beer batter (hmmm, I wonder whose beer that could be?) and served with a tomato garlic chutney.  Sounds like gluten-free nirvana to me.

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

Cheers!

Newsletter: Non-stop fun with stuff-on-a-stick since 1947!

Land of 10,000 Beers!

It’s that time of year…. the Great Minnesota Get Together… more fun than you can shake a “stick” at!

The Minnesota State Fair draws together people from throughout the Midwest, to show off their hard work and skill and the results of those efforts.  Hard working brewers definitely fall into this category and while there are some well publicized lists of new foods and old favorites, we felt we should talk about the beer that will be there, as well as gluten-free food options, since well, we fit both of those groups.

Ask the Brewer

Where can I find your beer at the Minnesota State Fair? What about food that I can eat?

As of today (8/18), here are the confirmed locations where you can find Burning Brothers at the Minnesota State Fair:

  • Cafe Caribe (South side of Carnes Ave. between Liggett & Nelson streets)
  • LuLu’s Public House (At West End Market, south of the Schilling Ampitheater)
  • O’Gara’s at the Fair (Southwest corner of Dan Patch Ave. & Cosgrove St.)

We will also be one of the 75 rotating breweries whose beer is being served during the run of the fair at the “Land of 10,000 Beers” in the Ag/Hort building.  Since there are so may breweries participating, the MN Craft Brewer’s Guild does not publish dates and times that they will be serving particular brews.  However clicking on the link above will take you to the list of participating breweries as well as the speaker schedule.

For those of you bringing your gluten friend (yes, the irony is not lost on us), the Growler Magazine has a link to an interactive map showing where ALL the beer is at!  Way to go guys – making the beer easy to find is important!

We also wanted to give a shout out to Twin Cities R.O.C.K. (Raising Our Celiac Kids) and their partner, the Celiac Center of Minnesota, for their comprehensive (and downloadable) list of what foods are safe for those who are gluten-free or Celiac to eat while at the fair.

Last, but certainly not least, we wanted to plug our friends at Hot Indian Foods who will be serving up Paneer on a Spear at the Midtown Global Market booth at the International Bazaar from Aug 31-Sept 5.  Deep-fried Indian-seasoned paneer cheese coated with a local gluten-free craft beer batter (hmmm, I wonder whose beer that could be?) and served with a tomato garlic chutney.  Sounds like gluten-free nirvana to me.

Taproom Tidings

While we are without a food truck this Friday (8/19… insert sad trombone sound here…) we were able to procure a new cupcake flavor from our friends at Groundswell, their Lavender Black Bottom Cheesecake (gluten-free of course). So, with the dessert option covered, the main course will have to be BYOGFF (that’s Bring Your Own Gluten Free Food). Let us know if you need suggestions on places in the vicinity.

On Saturday (8/20), Soup Coupe will be here and with the forecast calling for thunderstorms and a high of 70, it sure sounds like soup weather to me.

Final Thoughts

Tomorrow, Dane joins the crew of Minnesota BeerCast to talk all things Burning Brothers. You can tune in Friday (8/19) at 8pm on AM 1130, FM 103.5, iHeartRadio and on-demand via the MN BeerCast website.

This Saturday (8/20) there are two great events going.

Ciderfest, happening in St. Cloud from 1 to 5 PM will feature hard ciders (and craft beers) from Minnesota and across the nation.  If you are gluten-free, this may be the festival for you, as many of the cider houses are also gluten-free.

The Summer Beer Dabbler runs from 5 to 9 PM at CHS field in downtown St. Paul and features beer from over 100 breweries, live music from 4 different bands, and food from several of the CHS stadium stands.

We hope to see you at one, or for the overly ambitious, both events!

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For those of you that made it this far, the subject line refers to the fact that the Fair has been held every year since 1859 with only five exceptions. Check out the Fair History for more info.

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

Cheers!