Newsletter: All Your Donut Are Belong To Us

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Friday, June 5th is National Donut Day!! Not to let an opportunity to celebrate pass us by, we are thrilled to have Crazy Puppy Gourmet Workshop joining us on Friday, and they will be serving, amongst other things, donuts!!

Donuts not your thing? (It’s alright, we understand… well, sort of…) How about beer festivals? Yes, as in multiple. Saturday, June 6th, you can choose between the St. Paul Summer Beer Fest and the Maple Lake Brewfest. We’ll be pouring at both, so come on out, have a beer and enjoy good company.

On a different (non-donut) note, Burning Brothers is proud to be supporting (as well as being a part of) “Thinking and Drinking”. This craft brewery focused card game is designed to foster great conversation over great beer, as well as a lot of laughter! Check out their Kickstarter campaign for all the gory details.

Ask the Brewer

IBUs are one of the standards often used to describe beer. The acronym stands for International Bitterness Unit and is a measure of how “bitter” a beer is. From a technical standpoint, what is being measured are the alpha acids from the hops and how much bitterness each hop variety is contributing to the beer.

Every style of beer has it’s own particular range of expected IBUs. For example, Pilsners often land around 10 IBUs, while English Pale Ales range from 25 to 35, Stouts around 40 and India Pale Ales from 45 to over 100. Check out this article if you are interested in learning more.

Taproom Tidings

Recent media attention includes our being part of MN Monthly’s Taproom Guide as well as Dane talking with the fine folks down at WCCO about Sunday Growler sales. Mark your calendars folks. Starting July 5th, you will be able to buy beer to-go from St. Paul taprooms on Sundays.

Our weekend taproom rundown includes the usual suspects:

  • Thirsty Thursdays is your chance for $1 off pints and $2 off growler fills
  • Food on Fridays (FoF) brings us Crazy Puppy Gourmet Workshop who will be serving their gluten-free fair food. Food options include (but not limited to) crazy pups (mini-brats in cornmeal batter), spicy cheese curds and (of course) DONUTS! Did we say Happy National Donut Day yet?!?
  • Our featured cupcake from Groundswell is their Lavender Black Bottom Cheesecake and is available all weekend (while supplies last)
  • Tap selection for the weekend includes Pyro APA, Roasted Coffee Ale, Orange Blossom Honey Infused Pyro, Lime Shandy and the latest batch of our Blackstrap IPA. It should be noted, we are down to our last keg of Roasted Coffee Ale, so get here while the getting is good. Growler and grumbler fills on everything. UPDATE: Roasted is gone for the next couple of weeks.

There really are only two seasons in Minnesota. Road construction and road construction is coming. UGH! Note that the Snelling Ave. bridge crossing Interstate 94 is closed. This means that access to the brewery from the I94/Snelling ramps is difficult to non-existent, depending on which direction you are coming from. We recommend using the Cretin/Vandalia exit for the interim.

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