Newsletter – Would an IPA by any other name be so bitter?!

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Ask the Brewer

Where does India Pale Ale get it’s name from?

There are a few theories, but the most popular stems from the 19th century when India was still a British colony. In order to keep the troops stationed there content, English brewers created an extra hoppy, high alcohol pale ale specifically designed to weather the months-long journey with no refrigeration. The soldiers loved it, and upon returning home, continued to ask for it. Hence, the IPA became it’s own style.

Since then, especially in America, IPA’s have become the signature style for many craft beer drinkers. Recent statistics from the Brewers Association show that current IPA sales account for more than 25% of craft beer sales, up from just 8% in 2008.

Taproom Tidings

The taproom has its regular hours, with growler fills available all of the days we are open. Highlights include:

  • Thirsty Thursdays is your chance for $1 off pints and $2 off growler fills
  • Food on Fridays (FoF) brings us Hot Indian Foods who’s mission is to add spice to peoples’ lives. Are you down with brown?
  • Our featured cupcake from Groundswell is their Espresso Turtle. Chocolate espresso cake with chocolate mousse, whipped cream, toasted pecans and an espresso caramel sauce.
  • Tap selection includes Pyro APA, Roasted Coffee Ale, Fused Orange Blossom Honey, Parched Lime Shandy and our ever popular Blackstrap IPA. Growler and grumbler fills on everything.

In case you missed the news last week, the Snelling Ave. bridge is OPEN! Just in time for the Great MN Get Together. Woot!

Final Thoughts

This Saturday, August 22nd, we will be hosting a fundraiser for Twin Cities R.O.C.K. (Raising Our Celiac Kids), a non-profit group that provides information and support for families whose children have Celiac disease. The event is from 1-4pm at the Burning Brothers taproom and we’ll be donating $1 to the cause for each pint sold. So come out, bring the family, and support a good cause.

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