Bauhaus Brew Blog

It's already been a month, but we are very happy to welcome Dave Manthei to our production side as Matt's assistant brewer. He's luckily well versed in our equipment and has jumped in head first since day one. Here's a little Q&A we did with him to get you all more acquainted.

Dave is a Mora, Minnesota native that grew his brewing roots across the world in New Zealand. Now that he's back, we are absolutely stoked to have him join the Bauhaus family (especially to help make Matt's life a bit easier).

When did you first know you wanted to make the transition from beer lover to beer maker?
When the increasing drudgery of working in my particular field of IT cast a gray cloud over my life, and I longed for something more.

What did you do before you became a full time brewer?
Apple-centric IT support for K-12 education, which really meant I wore about fifteen different "hats" on any given workday.

What's your favorite step of the brewing process?
Fermentation. I love making an insane number of tiny things work for me, ceaselessly.

Your first gig as a brewer was in New Zealand. What was the name of the brewery, and what kind of beer did they specialize in?
Cassels and Sons, in Christchurch. We had a pretty huge range of standard offerings without an overall focus, other than making great beer. That said, our cask ales were a distinct point of pride.

Now that you're back, what do miss about living in NZ? Also, while there, what did you miss about Minnesota?
Man, this is probably the hardest question to answer, at least succinctly. Simply, NZ is rich in an abundance of glorious experiences, and I acquired a massive "family" who I miss quite a bit. On the reverse side, while in NZ I missed Mexican food and hot wings.

What's your verdict on marmite or vegemite?
Throw them both into the sun.

Aside from making beer, what talent would you most like to have?
The ability to transport music from my head into a shareable form.

If you could have an entrance song any time you arrived somewhere, what would it be?
It's a toss-up between "The Boys are Back in Town" and the theme song from the X-men animated series.

What other hobbies/passions do you have besides making beer?
Film-making, soldering electronics, wasting countless hours online… mainly nerd stuff.

What's the funniest thing that's happened to you lately?
My wife and I are dog-sitting for my parents and the dog ate a bunch of turds.

What's your verdict on marmite or vegemite?
OMG, I already told you. Get out of here with that garbage.

Favorite beers?
Bell's Two-Hearted, St. Boniface's Pale Ale, Vedett Extra White… I've been out of the country so long that I feel like I've got a lot of catching up to do.

Favorite Bauhaus Beer?
Probably Wonderstuff, but I cycle through all of 'em pretty regularly and they all hit the spot.



With the newly expanded production setup firmly in place at Bauhaus Brew Labs, we are happy to announce the launch of formal Haus tours starting on March 7 th.

Led by our close family friend and employee, Ryan Anhorn (Brand Ambassador / Bee Gees fan), the tours will be extremely informative about the Bauhaus brand and approach, yet casual and entertaining. Tours will be held every first Saturday of the month and participants can reserve their spots on a first come/first serve basis. The small fee for participating also includes a full flight of all the Bauhaus wares.

Here's a video of Ryan doing his first dry run…don't worry, Bauhaus will make sure he has all the details sorted when the tours begin.


All future attendees can sign up here: https://a.zozi.com/#/express/bauhausbrewlabsmn/activities/59917

Bauhaus Brew Labs, recently named best new brewery in Minnesota, and featured in Beer Advocate's 'Class of 2014,' is hiring a brewer for our 30BBL production brewery in Northeast Minneapolis, MN. We are expanding our capacity to 5,000BBLS/year, and we need an awesome brewer to help us pull it off.

Requirements:

  • Passionate about and capable of brewing exceptional beer
  • Physically able of moving heavy (80-170lbs) objects without assistance, and performing all brewery functions
  • Physically able of repeatedly lifting up to 55lbs over a long duration and being on your feet all day
  • Flexibility in scheduling, as brew shifts tend to run around the clock
  • Bonus: Experience and familiarity with the exquisite art of lager brewing

Job Responsibilities

  • Hot side production of wort and graining out
  • CIP brewhouse, tanks, canning line
  • Equipment cleaning, maintenance, and repairs
  • Sanitary yeast handling and pitching
  • Monitoring fermentation, beer clarification & dry hopping
  • Transferring and filtering, cellaring, packaging
  • Heavy lifting such as keg washing and grain milling
  • Quality Control and troubleshooting
  • Compliance with and further development of SOP's.

We're a new brewery, but we are growing fast. This position includes the opportunity for significant advancement and growth as a part of the Bauhaus Family. Please email your resume and cover letter to lydia@bauhausbrewlabs.com

About us:

Bauhaus Brew Labs is a family of musicians, scientists, artists and above all, beer lovers, aiming to reinvigorate the spirit of the family brewery. At Bauhaus, we take a unique look at classic German-inspired beer styles, skewed slightly by a sense of play and adventure. We opened our doors in July of 2014, and launched out four year round Haus beers in September. Our goal with this initial expansion is to get closer to meeting local demand for our core beers while working in new seasonal beers.

To kick off the New Year with a bang, Bauhaus Brew Labs announces the release of their second winter seasonal, the strangely awesome Über Düber.

Loosely based on traditional German bock beer – but hopped up and süper funky – it is a 7% malty, smooth ale with some unconventional oceanic hop additions for an incredibly unique, hoppy experience. Black currant, cherry, and earthy flavors with a straight-up dank aroma, are supported by a rich and full malt profile. This seasonal offering genuinely defies any style category, making it a true Bauhaus original.

Über Düber 22 oz. bomber bottles will join the already available core Bauhaus beer cans in liquor stores starting in late January, but will debut at the St. Paul Winter Beer Dabbler on January 24th. It will also be available on tap at Bauhaus and select restaurants starting the week of January 26th.

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2014 Year in Review

Dec 30, 2014 – 0 Comments

What a crazy six months we have had.  Thanks for the fun, Hauslers! Lots more weirdness to come in 2015!

  • Best New Brewery (The Growler)
  • Best New Bar (vita.mn)
  • Best Taproom (Mpls-St. Paul Mag)
  • Named as one of eight breweries that Minnesota should be thankful for (MPR)
  • Wonderstuff named one of Best New Beers of 2014 (STrib)
  • One of 28 new breweries featured in Beer Advocate Class of 2014
  • Top 40 Beer Cans (Paste Mag)
  • 2014 Communication Arts Award for packaging design

Greetings, Hauslers! And a long overdue "guten tag" to you!

It's about four months to the day since we opened our taproom in the NE Minneapolis Brew District, and as you may have noticed, we've been busy. I mean, we knew we'd be busy – we had a pretty ambitious plan when we opened Bauhaus Brew Labs. But we weren't prepared to be operating at capacity in our third week of business!! That's right, all of you beautiful beer drinkers have been so thirsty that we haven't had an empty fermenter since early August! To put it in perspective, we were anticipating that we would brew around 2,400 barrels of beer in our first year of operation (1 barrel is 31 U.S. gallons, in case you're wondering). In the past four months, we've brewed just under 1,500 barrels. If we keep up our current pace, we'll brew around 6,000 barrels in our first year. Holy toledo!

The thing is, we won't be keeping up our current pace. We'll actually be increasing production in a few months. We placed an order for two additional 60-barrel fermenters last month. And, we're about to buy a second 60-barrel brite tank from one of our favorite Minnesota breweries that is also expanding at breakneck speed. With the addition of the new tanks, we'll be increasing our production capacity by 50%. This will enable us to put more tasty Bauhaus beer in cans and experiment with more seasonal and one-off releases.

Speaking of seasonal releases, we've got the first of two winter seasonals debuting on November 19. But before delving into the details, let's talk about Bauhaus' philosophy on seasonal beers. From the beginning, we've focused on quality over quantity. We wanted to debut with four "haus" beers that we felt were all top-notch in their own right. That's why you don't see much filler in our taproom lineup – we want every beer we produce to be a winner. The same goes for our seasonal releases, but with the caveat that we want our seasonals to be truly special beers that are unlike our four haus offerings. With that in mind, we are proud to announce the release of Jingle Fever, a smooth and silky Baltic Porter.Jingle Fever Bomber

What's a "Baltic Porter," you ask? Well, it's just the kind of beer you'll want to cozy up to as the polar vortex takes up residence...again. Baltic Porter originated in and around the areas surrounding the Baltic Sea. You may have heard of Brown Porter or Robust Porter, which are historically English styles brewed as ales. There are a lot of American breweries making these beers nowadays, too. But Baltic Porter is a different animal. It's got some of the same malty characteristics as Brown Porter (think toffee, caramel and a hint of roast), but it's bigger, smoother and more complex. Jingle Fever packs a hefty punch at 8.0% ABV with complex malt flavors expressing chocolate, dried dark fruit along with hints of licorice, earthy spice and toast. But what really makes Jingle Fever a unique winter offering is its curiously smooth finish, making it a dangerously drinkable addition to the Bauhaus family of beers. How do we make it so smooth? Well, we ferment Jingle Fever with the same lager yeast we use for Wonderstuff and Stargrazer, which provides a clean, malt-focused finish. We also let this beer age for almost two months, giving the flavors an opportunity to really meld together and smooth out. Finally, we listened to a lot of Michael McDonald while brewing this beer – so smooth...  Look for Jingle Fever in 22-ounce "bomber" bottles at select retailers beginning on November 19. We'll also have it on tap in the Bauhaus taproom and at select bars and restaurants.

We'll be brewing a second winter seasonal in early December, which we also plan to bottle in 22-ounce bombers. So, stay tuned and stay thirsty!

sunset in the shed - photo creed @colinkopp

Man, what a crazy three weeks it's been. You twin-citizens have proven to be a thirsty bunch of beer drinkers! It has been so awesome seeing you all in the taproom - raising glasses, grabbing growlers, beering it forward, and just hanging in the brewing wünderland you helped us build. We are brewing up a storm over here trying to keep up with your taste for delicious beers, but Lordy! Y'all are thirsty! You cleaned out our 30 barrel supply of wagon party in two weeks! Now we are literally staring at the latest 60 bbl batch waiting for it to finish -- and of course, it's taking it's sweet time. To distract you, we thought we'd share a bit about what's been going on behind the scenes as we continue to dial in the system and the process.

One of the craziest things we've been dealing with is getting the Sky-Five! properly carbonated. Here's a sciencey fact for you - if you can't get it cold, you can't get it carbonated. Some cooling problems early in our brew-volution made it impossible to get that batch cold in the Brite - so we have been forcing CO2 in the kegs one at a time as fast as we can. Of course that introduces variability into the mix that we are not thrilled about. But for us, it's part of the process.  

not-so-patiently-waiting-to-be-filled-with-beerWhen you think about the phrase 'dialing it in' it sounds like a pleasant, make-a-few-tweaks-here-and-there process. In reality it is a blood, sweat, and tears kind of process. Especially as a new brewery feeling like the whole world is on the line. That's where you folks come in - embracing the radness and patiently waiting for the beers to catch up!  We've got all sorts of tricks up our sleeves and lots more shenanigans to unveil in the taproom over the next couple weeks.  It's gonna be awesome.

60 barrels of Sky-Five!, Wonderstuff, Wagon Party, and Stargrazer are finishing up as we speak - all smelling and tasting spectacularly good.  If the beer gods are kind, we will have 240bbls packaged and rolling out by next weekend. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, twin cities!

Next up, the inaugural brew of Schwandtoberfest!  Cheers, amigos!

Photo cred - Carolie Hittler

What a Week!

Jul 22, 2014 – 0 Comments

People!  All we can say is WOW.  What the HOSEN just happened?  The support and the madness that you have shown us this weekend is so far beyond anything we expected.  We are floored by it. And now...we hit the ground running!  Check out all of the updates to the website as well as our facebook events, and get used to seeing the Bauhaus crew around the Twin Cities!  The Brew Map is up, so you can get your Bauhaus fix around town.   Coming up in the next two weeks:

Tuesday 7/22 6 PM: Launch Party for the Wonderstuff Neü Bohemian Pilsner at New Bohemia Wurst + Bierhaus. Celebrate the launch of our tasty Pilsner, try your hand at some trivia, and enjoy all the brats.

Wednesday 7/23 3 PM: Taproom is back in the action.  Come play games, drink some delicious beers, and be on the lookout for the growler toss at 9:55!

Thursday 7/24 3 PMHouse of Hunger in the taproom, come hungry!

Friday 7/25 3 PMGASTRO TRUCK!!

Sunday 7/27, 2pm-9pm:  Northeast Brewers Block Party at Sociable Cider Werks. 1500 Fillmore St NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413 for more info click here.

Tuesday 7/29: Pizza Dinner with Brew Pub Pizza at the taproom! Tickets are sold out, but the rest of your can pick up a growler at the taproom and a brewpub pizza at your local Grocer. DO IT!

Wednesday 7/30 3 PM: Brace yourselves, the Anchor Truck will be at the taproom.  The best fish and chips you can get stateside, maybe in the world paired with some seriously great beer. 

Thursday 7/31 3PMTRU PIZZA TRUCK is making it's Bauhaus taproom debut.  If you haven't had a chance to try Jason's amazing pizza creations, get yourself to the taproom, stat!

Thursday 7/31 6:30 PM: Cured + Crafted - A Prosciutto di Parma Tasting & Craft Beer Pairing at Muse event center.  The best of the best, Twin Cities chefs, mixologists, and brewers collaborate to create unique pairings and an evening to remember.  Curious to know how far Matt will go for a free leg of prosciutto?  Get your tickets here and find out! 

Friday 8/1 3PMRed River Kitchen rolls into the Taproom!

Saturday 8/2Beer Run at Bauhaus!  If you feel like running a 5k through the amazing Northeast neighborhood that ends in the taproom, register now!  It's going to be a blast.  And on top of that Green and The Grain will be parked outside all day!  

Ok, now for a nap.  Cheers, Twin Cities!