Newsletter: A glass is a glass is a ….

I’m supposed to use which glass?!?

Green Line Beer Crawl

This Saturday, from Noon to 6pm, we will be participating in Rails & Ales. This event features nine breweries along the Green Line where participants get discounts, special beer tappings and a variety of other stuff (not to be vague). Starting at noon, we’ll be setup both behind the brewery (in our loading dock area) as well as in the taproom and have both Tot Boss and Frio Frio serving during the event. Even if you aren’t running the gauntlet (think about 9 breweries in 6 hours….), stop on down and have a pint to celebrate the holiday weekend.

Ask the Brewer

Does it matter what glass I drink my beer from?

First off, we would like to say that anything that holds beer without leaking counts as a good glass! That being said, there are some glasses specifically designed for certain beers. Many of the styles recommended today were developed over time to fulfill certain purposes.

  • The lidded German beer stein was created to keep flies out of your beer
  • The coachman’s beer glass was created to allow an easy way to enjoy beer while driving a carriage (ah, the good ol’ days)
  • Thick glass mugs were developed to help keep beer cold and be more durable in order to withstand the abuse endured in a local pub
  • Tall and slender wheat beer (Witbier) glasses allow for yeast sediment to settle at the bottom of the glass, where it doesn’t mix with the rest of the beer as you are drinking it
  • Beer snifters are used for higher gravity (higher alcohol content) beers; the wide bowl allows the hand to warm the beer while the narrower top retains the aroma
  • Kolsch drinking glasses, sometimes called Stange glasses, are typically designed to be small so that the beer is enjoyed quickly while it is still cold

Our favorite, the Nonic glass, also called an English Pint (what we use at Burning Brothers), is an excellent all-purpose beer glass.  At 20 oz., it can be used for serving just about any beer. It accommodates more beer, maintaining its temperature, and allowing sufficient space for head retention.

Taproom Tidings

The taproom has its regular hours all weekend, 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 (Remember, St. Paul doesn’t let us fill growlers after 8pm on Thursdays, so get here early)
  • Food on Fridays (FoF) brings us NEW FOOD TRUCK! Cafe Racer strives to elevate the quality and perception of food trucks by providing a service experience second to none. , serving delicious, healthy, Latin American cuisine. They are a Minnesota based food truck, restaurant and catering company that serves delicious, healthy, Latin American cuisine.
  • 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.

While the Snelling Ave. bridge is OPEN and usable, it is one of the main routes for the MN State Fair, so take that into consideration as you make your weekend plans!

Also, while we aren’t normally open on Mondays, we wanted to make sure to let you know that taproom is closed on Labor Day. Prost!

Final Thoughts

Just in case you missed last weeks newsletter, here is where you can find us at the Great Minnesota Get Together (i.e., the MN State Fair):

  • Ball Park Cafe (East side of Underwood St between Dan Patch & Carnes Ave)
  • Cafe Caribe (South side of Carnes Ave between Liggett & Nelson streets)
  • Giggles’ Campfire Grill (Southeast corner of Lee Ave & Cooper St at The North Woods)
  • LuLu’s Public House (West End Market, south of the Schilling Ampitheater)
  • O’Gara’s (Just inside the main gate on Snelling Ave)
In addition to the above, we are at the Land of 10,000 Beers Exhibit as part of the MN Craft Brewers Guild. With all the breweries opening up in MN lately, there’s no way they can serve them all every day, so we will be rotating in and out throughout the run of the Fair.
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