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This is a big one, Hauslers! We are absolutely thrilled to announce the debut of our brand spankin' new Over the Charts series – entirely new brews that offer a departure from our more sessionable beer styles. Over the Charts releases will be big, kickin’ beers with bold, bodacious flavors.

The first Over the Charts release is Sky-Ten! Double IPA, an awesomely exaggerated version of Bauhaus’ Sky-Five! Midwest Cöast IPA. This beer was always in the back of our minds from the beginning, and we were just waiting to find the right outlet to do. Sky-Ten! has an even more powerful, ambrosial hop cocktail than its tamer sibling. And, at 8.8% ABV, it delivers an even greater warming alcohol presence with a crisp, dry finish. The malt balances the bitterness, making it one of the smoothest 90 IBU beers we've had.

The Over the Charts series speaks to the fact that while we're not necessarily known for brewing beers with big, bold flavors, that doesn't mean we don't love those kinds of beers. We just needed to find the right outlet for some of our more unconventional ideas. That's exactly what Over the Charts is all about. We couldn't think of a better style to kick off this series than a big, Double IPA.”

Sky-Ten! will be rolling out the week of 10/10 in a limited run of super sleek 750 mL bottles at select retailers throughout the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota, as well as in our taproom. Draft pours will be also available in the taproom and at select local bars and restaurants and in fine establishments in limited out-state markets.

Over the Charts kicks open the door to an ongoing series of hefty beers that will live alongside Bauhaus’ existing Seasonal Curiosities and core beer line up. Beer enthusiasts can expect another Over the Charts release around the turn of the year.

Only sight, sound and motion can fully capture the magnificent, warrior power of this unique brew, which is why the Bauhaus creative crew collaborated with longstanding partners Urban Mountain to produce this ridiculous promo vid. Enjoy it while it lasts!

You can purchase Sky-Ten at the following metro liquor stores:

1010 Washing Wine and Spirits - MPLS
1st Grand Ave Liquors

Apple Valley Liquors

Atomic Liquors

Bacchus

Blue Max

Boozemart

Byerly's - Golden Valley
Byerly's - St. Louis Park

Byerly's Eagan

Byerly's Woodbury

Casanova Liquors

Cellars - Roseville

Cellars - Woodbury

Central Ave. Liquors - NE MPLS
Chicago Lake Liquors - MPLS

Chicone's

Cork Dork - MPLS
Cub Foods Discount Liquors - St Louis Park

Cub Liquors Stillwater

Dinkytown Wine and Spirits - MPLS
East Lake Liquors - MPLS
Eden Prairie Municipal #1
Eden Prairie Municipal #2
Eden Prairie Municipal #3
Edina Liquors - 50th & France
Edina Liquors - Grandview
Edina Liquors - Southdale
Elevated Liquors - MPLS

Elevated White Bear Lake

Falls Liquor - MPLS
Franklin and Nicollet - MPLS
Glen Lake Wine and Spirits - Minnetonka
Harbor Wine and Spirits - Mound
Haskell's - Chanhassen
Haskell's - Maple Grove
Haskell's - Minneapolis
Haskell's - Plymouth

Haskell's Highland Park

Hennepin Lake Liquors - Uptown
Henry & Son - MPLS

Heritage Liquor

Hum's Liquor - Uptown

Hy-Vee Eagan

Hy-Vee Market Grille - Oakdale (on tap)

Ken and Norm's Liquor - MPLS

Kowalski's - Grand Ave

Kowalski's - Uptown
Lake Wine and Spirits

Lakeville Liquors - Galaxie Ave

Liquor Barrel - Golden Valley

Liquor Barrel St. Paul

Liquor Boy - St. Louis Park

Lowertown Wine and Spirits

Lowry Hill Liquor - Uptown
Lunds and Byerly's - MPLS
Marketplace Liquors - Savage
Mcdonald's Liquor and Wine - MPLS

MGM Rosemount

MGM Roseville

MGM Wine and Spirits- Calhoun
Mickey's Liquor - MPLS
North Loop Wine and Spirits - MPLS

On The Rocks

Perrier

Rapids Liquor - Coon Rapids

Red Lion Liquors

Richfield Liquors Off Lyndale - Richfield
Richfield Liquors Off Penn - Richfield
River Liquor Store - NE MPLS

Scott's Liquor

Sentyrz Market - NE MPLS

Sharrett's Liquor

Shorewood Liquor Store - Excelsior

Sids Discount Liquors - Plymouth

Skol Liquor - MPLS

South Lyndale Liquors - MPLS

St. Anthony Village Marketplace - MPLS

St. Anthony Village Silver Lake - MPLS

Star Liquors - Plymouth

Stinson Wine and Spirits - MPLS

Surdyk's - NE MPLS

Target - Midway

The Ale Jail

Thomas Liquors

Top Ten - Woodbury

Top Ten Cottage Grove

Top Ten Liquors - Andover

Top Ten Liquors - Blaine

Top Ten Liquors - St. Louis Park

Top Valu Liquors off 37th St. - Columbia Heights

Vintage Liquors - Chanhassen

Whole Foods - MPLS

Yarmo

Zipps Liquor - MPLS

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.

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!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 31, 2014, Minneapolis, MN - A new destination brewery/taproom is opening in the heart of Northeast Minneapolis’ Brew District. At Bauhaus Brew Labs, beer fans will be able to enjoy uniquely crafted, German-inspired beers with a focus on lagers – lighter brews that don’t rely on heaviness for flavor. With these sessionable beers, Bauhaus is looking to become not just another taproom, but a gathering place for friends and family to share stories, ideas, revelry and excitement.

Bauhaus itself is truly a family endeavor, built slowly over years of laughter-filled weekends and holidays full of beers brewed specifically for each occasion. In the fall of 2012, Bauhaus’ founding family made the decision to share their world with others. The company took shape after embracing the tenets of the Bauhaus movement of early 20th-century Germany: blurring the line between work and play while celebrating the joy of art and craft in everyday life.

Focusing on brewing flavorful, intriguing, “forward-drinking” beers, Bauhaus crafts imaginative and unexpected interpretations of iconic beer styles with a primary focus on lagers. President and Head Brewer Matt Schwandt explains, “A lot of the craft lagers available today are very traditional. Bauhaus is looking beyond tradition to reimagine classic lager styles and give them new life. We want to expose beer fans to a whole new kind of lager beer.” With the help of Helms Workshop out of Austin, TX, the Bauhaus visual identity also looks beyond tradition in craft beer.

Among Bauhaus’ core offerings are Wonderstuff Neü Bohemian Pilsner, Wagon Party West Cöast Style Lager and Stargrazer German Style Schwarzbier. Rounding out Bauhaus’ initial lineup is Sky-Five! Midwest Cöast IPA, a full-flavored ale that fuses German and British base malts with experimental hop varieties from around the globe. This rambunctious bunch of beers is the result of intense creativity and an exacting scientific approach that Bauhaus has developed over the years.

The brewery’s 2,000-square-foot taproom, with a future patio area of equal size, will be more than just a place that pours Bauhaus beer. “We’re building a taproom filled with energy and excitement,” says Vice President Lydia Haines. “One night, you might find three of the founders rocking on stage in the Haus band, Viva Knievel, or random strangers coming together on a Rick Astley duet during karaoke night.” Haines adds, “We also want beer fans to be a part of creating the space that they play in, to be involved every step of the way. There will be a big opportunity to do that in the coming weeks.”

In addition to its taproom and future patio, the company has its eyes on production and distribution. “The four Bauhaus core beers will be available to bars and restaurants right out of the gate,” says Schwandt. “We’ll be rolling out twelve-ounce cans around mid-summer.”

“Our brewery is really just an extension of who we are and all the things we love to do as a family," Schwandt adds. "We’re proud and excited to open our doors, share our work and watch it become your brewery as well.”

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Located in the heart of Northeast Minneapolis’ Brew District, Bauhaus Brew Labs is a craft brewery founded in 2012 by a family of musicians, scientists, artists and above all, beer lovers. At its core, Bauhaus is about experiencing the joy of art and craft in everyday life. The brewery takes a unique look at iconic beer styles with a focus on lagers, skewed slightly by a sense of play and adventure.