Newsletter: Beer is not boring!

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Stave off boredom?!

July is National Anti-Boredom month, and we here at Burning Brothers are experts on how not to be bored (I mean, it’s not like the beer makes itself… well, kind of, but you get what we mean). That being said, we can recommend all kinds of anti-boredom activities. You know like cooking out and having some beer… or going fishing and having some beer… visiting some friend in your local taproom and having some beer… I think you get the idea.

If you are feeling ambitious in your drive to fight-off boredom (and we know you are), you could make us a video clip of you saying something spiffy about our beer and send it to us! As most of you may know, we are semi-finalists in this year’s MN Cup, and as part of the next round in the competition, we need to build a 60 second video. Since we couldn’t sell beer without you, we are hoping you will help us demonstrate how we are an innovative company that touches the lives of our customers.

Email your testimonials (file or downloadable link) to by next Monday, July 13th. We will be putting together a montage of the submitted materials, so please just be yourself and tell us how you feel! Also, big thanks to those of you who have already submitted videos!

Ask the Brewer

How exactly does beer filtering work and why do brewers do it?

The main purpose behind filtration is to help provide microbiological stability as well as the brilliant clarity beer consumers expect. You see, mature beer (i.e., beer that has completed fermentation) still contains some yeast and haze particles which can allow further biological changes in beer. By filtering these elements out, we can improve shelf stability as well as the overall appearance of the finished beer.

The first beer filter was presented at a brewing exhibition in Munich in 1880 by German developer Lorenz Adelbert Enzinger. Bless those Germans and their love for beer! Beer filtering technology has continued to evolve since then and presents modern brewers with a variety of means to clarify their beer.

Their are a variety of methods used today in filtering (enough to make your eyes bleed), but here at Burning Brothers we use a diatomaceous earth (DE) system. Without going all beer geek on you, it basically makes use of powdery substances such as DE, perlite and/or cellulose to form a filter “cake” on top of a screened surface. We then take our batch of fermented beer and push it under pressure through the filter cake.

Once filtered, we carbonate the beer in the bright tank and then send it on it’s way to your pint glass!

Taproom Tidings

The taproom is back to regular hours, with growler fills available all of the days we are open (including SUNDAYS)!

This weekends taproom highlights include:

  • Thirsty Thursdays is your chance for $1 off pints and $2 off growler fills
  • Food on Fridays (FoF) brings us Crazy Puppy and their oh-so delicious fair food
  • Our featured cupcake from Groundswell is their Lavender Black Bottom Cheesecake
  • Tap selection for the weekend includes Pyro APA, Roasted Coffee Ale, Orange Blossom Honey Infused Pyro, Parched Lime Shandy and our Blackstrap IPA. Growler and grumbler fills on everything. UPDATE: Blackstrap IPA will be gone for the next couple weeks.

After much consideration, we have decided that road construction is better than potholes the size of craters. Therefore, note that the Snelling Ave. bridge crossing Interstate 94 is STILL 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.

Final Thoughts

Want to get out of town? Want to go to a beer festival? How about both at the same time? The Hopped Up Caribou festival in Lutsen, MN is a weekend long celebration of beer and features multiple breweries from throughout Minnesota along with live music. Come join us in the North woods!

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