Newsletter: Moose and Beer, NOT Moose and Squirrel

Moose hunters in Alaska, having a few beers!

We are excited to announce that we have partnered with the Signature Cafe for our first ever beer pairing dinner on Sunday, April 3rd!

Signature CafeThis unique event will be held at the Cafe starting at 4:30pm and feature five gluten-free courses paired off against five of our delicious gluten-free beers. Reservations are required (612-378-0237 or, so make sure to call/email ahead as this one will fill up fast.

Ask the Brewer

Why is it illegal to give a moose a beer in Alaska?

As the photo above aptly demonstrates, moose and beer don’t always mix. Even in Minnesota, it can be a bit dicey to give a moose a lovely beverage, as the following story illustrates:

If You Give a Moose a Beer

If you give a moose a beer, he’s going to ask for a full pint. When you give him the full pint, he’ll probably ask you for pretzels. When he’s finished, he’ll ask you for a napkin. Then he’ll want to look in a mirror to make sure he doesn’t have crumbs or froth in his whiskers. When he looks in the mirror, he’ll notice he still has velvet on his antlers. Once he’s noticed the velvet on his antlers, he’ll decide he needs to rub it off. He’ll start rubbing. He might get carried away and start rubbing on every surface of your home. He may end up breaking all your furniture! Once he’s finished, he’ll realize he’s thirsty, and wants another beer!

The moral of this story is that giving a moose a beer could lead to the complete and utter destruction of your home, hence our recommendation to never give a moose a beer, even if it’s a really good one, like Pyro!

Taproom Tidings

The Dry Stout is still thinking things over, so while we wait (patiently) for it to do the right thing, we thought we might share something a little different. You see, Dane wanted to demonstrate to the staff how changing one or two ingredients in a beer can have a dramatic impact on the taste. So, he took our Roasted recipe and brewed it up using both a different yeast and a slightly modified schedule of hops. The resulting beer is delicious, but has notable differences to it’s cousin. So, we thought it might be fun to share the experience with the rest of you. Stop in this weekend and ask for a pint of our Roasted Too Ale.

Food options for this weekend include the farm fresh, made from scratch offerings of Tollefson Pork Farm. Chef T-Bone will be whipping up his culinary delights on both Friday, March 4th and Saturday, March 5th.

  • Tap selection includes Pyro APA, Roasted Coffee Ale, Fused Orange Blossom Honey Ale, Cranberry Shandy, Raj-Agni IPA & Roasted Too
  • Thirsty Thursdays $1 off pints and $2 off growler fills
  • Coconut Turtle Cupcake from Groundswell includes a coconut chocolate fudge cake with pecans, whipped cream, honey caramel sauce, and chocolate ganache

Final Thoughts

As the snow melts and the temperatures warm, spring approaches, as does the advent of the beer festival season.

For those of you who love to travel, we recommend checking out Midwest Microwbrews, which maintains a calendar of beer festivals occurring through out the Midwest.

With a little planning, a person could spend their whole summer going from beer festival to beer festival.

(a feat typically done only by those who work at breweries <grin>)

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