Bauhaus Brew Blog

April 2020 Posts


Ninety-nine barrels of beer down the drain, ninety-nine barrels of beer, dump it down, straight underground, what was the point of that beer going down? Ok, it was only 30 barrels (930 gallons), but still. It’s probably not the last of the beer we’ll have to sacrifice to the trench drain gods during the mandated shutdown.

Just so there’s no confusion, we are 100% on board with the government-mandated shutdown as a result of the global spread of Covid19. In fact, we are grateful that Governor Walz has demonstrated such effective leadership with an evidence-based approach during this unprecedented crisis.

There are certain realities, however, that businesses like ours must face as a result of losing more than 60% of our revenues since the mandated closure of bars, restaurants, and taprooms took effect on March 17. Our distribution channels have been severely curtailed, and we sit with our hands tied on a backlog of beer aging in tanks, along with pallets of perishable beer packaged in 12oz and 16oz cans.

We were very much hoping the Minnesota Legislature would do us a solid and include relief for craft breweries in the bill that was passed last week that temporarily expanded the to-go alcohol options for bars/restaurants. Unfortunately, however, the Legislature seems to have turned a blind eye to our industry’s needs. In case you aren’t aware, Minnesota is one of the only states (maybe THE only state) in the country that does not allow craft breweries to sell 4-packs or 6-packs of their own beer from their own taprooms. For the past few years, Minnesota’s craft breweries have been stepping up the pressure on the Legislature to get rid of this antiquated and legislatively uncommon prohibition.

We can appreciate that there are other angles to this issue. But craft breweries have been hit just as hard as bars and restaurants as a result of the shutdown. By allowing taprooms to temporarily sell 12oz or 16oz packages for take-out, breweries like ours would be able to at least attempt to sell beer that is already packaged or ready to be packaged, and that our distribution and retail partners are not purchasing and will not likely purchase prior to its expiration date.

For beer that is still sitting in tanks, you might be wondering why we can’t just package it in crowlers or growlers and call it a day. Believe it or not, there has essentially been a run on growlers nationally, and the supply is dwindling. Some breweries will soon run out of their growler inventories. Although crowlers are more widely available, it is vastly more labor intensive and costly to package beer in crowlers than in 12oz or 16oz cans. Without relief from the Legislature that would temporarily allow us to sell a range of package sizes that includes 12oz and 16oz packages, dumping beer down the drain will unfortunately become routine practice not just for Bauhaus, but for virtually every packaging brewery in the state that is sitting on packaged or ready-to-be-packaged product.

If you want Minnesota’s craft breweries to survive the Covid19 crisis, please reach out to your legislators to ask for their support in temporarily expanding the to-go options for taprooms to include 12oz or 16oz packages. You can look up your legislators here: https://www.gis.leg.mn/iMaps/districts/.

In the meantime, please support local breweries – that means buying fresh crowlers and growlers from the source and choosing local when you’re at your neighborhood bottle shop. EVERY BEER COUNTS.

Greetings from our Haus to yours!

We hope everybody is safe and as healthy as possible at this wild moment in time. At Bauhaus, we're doing our best to stay afloat and keep things as easy-going and fun as possible. We need it, and we think everyone could benefit from some simple joys and laughs as well. To that end, we released our Breezebox Summer Mixed Pack, keeping it light and easy as we hunker down and head into warmer temps.


In addition to Lounge Wizard Juicy Pale Ale, our Breezebox includes THREE new and exclusive flavor-forward beers that as crisp as they are refreshing: Zeñata Mexican Amber Lager, Guavatron Pink Guava Gose and Unfiltered Business Keller Pils. Each of these beers are available in crowler/growler form through our taproom drive-thru and delivery service as well.

We know virtual hangouts are up by about a thousand percent, and that's no different across our Bauhaus family. Each Breezebox can design just so happens to feature a tropical Minnesota landscape, complete with a ridiculous water sport in each design. To add a little bit of fun to your next Zoom hangout, y'all can escape to these settings by downloading the designs to use as virtual backdrops on Zoom. Here's how we've been shooting the breeze and making the best of our time at home:

Additionally, a “Minneapolis Vice” t-shirt has been released to support the launch as well - it’s hard to put one of these colorful tees on and not feel a little mood boost!


ALL THE BEER DETAILS:

ZEÑATA MEXICAN AMBER LAGER (4.3% ABV, 12 IBU)

Zeñata is a crisp, refreshing amber lager (a la Dos Equis Amber and Negra Modelo) begging for a wedge of lime. It's brewed with toasty Vienna malt and a significant amount of corn that imparts lighter body and flavor. With the addition of light caramel malt and a small portion of roasted black malt, this low-ABV refresher is not only thirst quenching, but also provides some malt complexity that keeps it interesting. Look for subtle notes of toast and caramel with just enough hop bitterness to provide balance. Finishes crisp and dry.

  • Malts: Vienna, Cara 20, Blackprinz
  • Adjuncts: Corn
  • Bittering Hops: Tettnang
  • Yeast: Haus Lager (34/70)

GUAVATRON PINK GUAVA GOSE (4.9% ABV, 5 IBU)

Guavatron is a tart wheat ale infused with pink guava, featuring a pleasant lactic tartness with well-balanced salinity and fruit character. We use coriander in this brew to impart a unique citrus character that compliments the fruity sweetness derived from pink guava fruit. The end result is a refreshing, fruity wheat ale with strong guava aromatics, moderate lactic sourness, slight salinity, and a crisp, dry finish.

  • Malts: Pilsner, Wheat
  • Bittering Hops: Huell Melon
  • Yeast: Haus Ale (London Ale III)

UNFILTERED BUSINESS KELLER PILS (4.7% ABV, 22 IBU)

Unfiltered Business is a tried-and-true keller version of a traditional German pilsner. Originally released as Bauhaus’ 5th Anniversary beer, we felt that this brew was too good to not brew again. Unfiltered Business pours a slightly hazy pale straw color with aromas of rich German pilsner malt and spicy/floral German hops. This beer has a little more yeast character due to the fact that it isn’t filtered, which manifests in a slight fruitiness that is complimented by the slightly fruity aroma of German Saphir (pronounced “suh-FEER”) hops. Crisp, dry, and absolutely delightful with a slight lingering hop bitterness in the finish.

  • Malts: Barke Pils, Carafoam
  • Bittering Hops: Magnum
  • Flavor Hops: Tettnang
  • Aroma Hops: Saphir
  • Yeast: Haus Lager (34/70)