A lot of people feel that if you have your own small business, you’re living the dream, and if that small business is a brewery, your life is golden. Never ones to quash other people’s enthusiasm for the industry, we downplay the challenges, and highlight the successes, which brings us to our…
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Owning a brewery must be totally awesome, right?
While owning a brewery is totally awesome, it is also, at times, really hard. At the end of the day, though, the positives far outweigh any negatives and in truth, there isn’t anything else that we would choose to do.
On a good day, there are no equipment malfunctions or breakdowns, everything runs smoothly, and beer is brewed, fermented, filtered and packaged without a hitch. On a challenging day, all bets are off, and it’s time to improvise.
What gets us through those challenging times is our attitude, our belief that what we are doing matters, that it makes life more enjoyable for others, especially those who haven’t been able to drink beer in the past due to gluten intolerance or Celiac disease. Our interactions with those people, at beer festivals and in the taproom, and the e-mails and Facebook posts thanking us for what we do, keep us going on the hard days, knowing that a good day is right around the corner.
We are sad to report that the batch of Roasted Coffee Ale that was supposed to be ready this week did not agree with our schedule, so the taproom will be out for this weekend. However, rather than get upset and let it bring us down, we decided to improvise. That means this Friday (9/9) we will be bringing back the Grapefruit IPA that was our special beer for Rails & Ales. If you missed it, now is your chance to get in on the citrusy, hoppy goodness.
So, tap selection for this weekend includes Pyro APA, Fused OB Honey Ale, Parched Lime Shandy, Raj-Agni India Pale Ale, Rasperry infused Pyro and Grapefruit infused IPA.
Food options for the weekend will include Tatanka Truck on Friday (9/9) with their traditional Native American Foods and Crazy Puppy on Saturday (9/10) with their gluten-free fair food. Our cupcake from Groundswell, is a Lavender Black Bottom Cheesecake – chocolate cake topped with a lavender infused cheesecake and whipped cream with chocolate chunks.
On Saturday, September 10th, we will be at two different beer events, The Prairie Brewfest and the Beer & Bacon cruise. The Prairie Brewfest supports the Eden Prairie Community Foundation, and their mission to enrich their community. The Beer & Bacon cruise is your chance to try multiple Burning Brothers beers and sample from a fully gluten-free menu while cruising the Mississippi river on a paddleboat.
On a final note, our beer will be one of the featured taps this weekend at the River Balcony Prototyping Festival. This Festival creates a more engaging and vibrant riverfront experience and connects people to the Green Line with temporary installations on the riverfront’s sidewalks, plazas, parks and pathway.