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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:

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!