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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)

DRIVE THRU SERVICE is up and running at Bauhaus. Hours are 12:00pm - 8:00pm Monday - Saturday. Please place all orders via our online swag shop (link in bio), and select “pickup”. When you enter the Drive Thru, have your order pulled up on your phone. Please note that we are not allowing walk-ins into the taproom and all orders will be handled via the Drive Thru moving forward. Thanks, Hauslers!



We're Hiring!

Jan 10, 2020 – 0 Comments

We're on the hunt for a rockstar cellarperson to join our production team! See below for a job description and details on how to apply.


Job Title: Cellarperson (Full-Time)

Reports To: Lead Brewer

POSITION SUMMARY: The Cellarperson position is primarily responsible for cellaring operations (yeast handling, basic lab duties, centrifuging, filtering, tank cleaning) and may also assist in the brewhouse (milling, brewing, maintaining brewhouse equipment) for a mid-sized packaging brewery.

THE RIGHT CANDIDATE WILL:

•Possess a team-first attitude and understand the need to be a self-starter
•Have basic mechanical skills and the ability to operate basic machinery and tools
•Maintain organization, discipline, be detail oriented with the ability to multitask
•Excellent time management and organizational skills
•Willingness to assist with tasks outside key responsibilities
•Communicate efficiently with team members
•Ability to work in a rapidly changing environment
•Have the ability to work around alcohol without abusing it

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE (BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO):

•Transferring, centrifuging, filtering, and cellaring beer
•Cleaning, maintaining, and sanitizing tanks, equipment, and Brewery (CIP/SIP)
•Yeast counting, harvesting, and health management
•Monitoring fermentations and running quality checks via basic lab assays
•Contributing ideas and recipes for pilot batches/barrel aging projects
•Maintaining accurate records
•Abiding by safety rules and regulations
•Possessing a willingness to learn, take direction, and work collaboratively
•As a Bauhaus employee, you will be expected to carry yourself in a professional manner at all times when representing the company at in-house and external events.
•Cross-training on the brewhouse

OTHER PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

•Ability to work at a fast pace and remain on feet for long periods
•Ability to frequently reach out with hands and arms as well as stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl
•Ability to frequently lift and/or move up to 75 pounds employing traditional lifting methods
•Ability to be frequently exposed to wet conditions and work in extreme cold and heat
•Ability to safely handle chemicals
•Ability to work near moving mechanical parts

COMPENSATION:

•Compensation based on qualifications and experience.
•Access to employee discounts on products and merchandise

REQUIREMENTS:

•At least six months previous experience working in a brewery with an understanding of the physical requirements of this type of position
•Must be extremely well-organized and understand that cleaning is paramount
•Familiarity with a GEA HB1-S separator and lenticular filtration a plus
•Ability to perform basic laboratory tasks consistently and accurately
•Working Knowledge of Ekos brewery management software a plus

If you are interested in this position, please submit a cover letter and resume to someone@bauhausbrewlabs.com. In your e-mail, please explain the ending of the hit US television show "Lost" in a way a child could understand.

Exactly one year after announcing the production of our Non-Alcoholic Helles for the taproom, we are excited to report that the NA Helles, "Nah", will be available for purchase this week in 6-pack form. You can find it at various liquor stores across the metro, or take some home directly from our taproom in Northeast.

For the past year, we have been working with St. Paul-based upstart ABV Technology on creating this craft, flavor-forward NA beer option for our taproom. The team behind ABV Technology has developed a proprietary, patent-pending process that extracts ethanol from beer in a way that leaves the overall flavor profile mostly intact. The resulting product smells and tastes remarkably similar to the real deal.

A LITTLE BACKSTORY ON "NAH"

Our desire to brew an NA offering was inspired by an unexpected medical diagnosis that our COO Matt Schwandt received in 2017. “Three years after realizing my dream of opening a craft brewery, I was hospitalized for acute pancreatitis, which meant that I had to stop drinking alcohol pretty much for the rest of my life. In the aftermath of that diagnosis, I became more and more interested in exploring whether producing NA beer could be feasible for our brewery. Ironically, the passion that I had for starting a craft brewery sort of morphed into a passion for creating an NA beer!"

BEER STATS

“Nah” is a refreshing non-alcoholic version of a true-to-style Münich Helles. It's brewed with 100% German-grown malt and hops, and features a bready malt flavor and a mild hoppiness with notes of ripe melon and bright berry.

Drink one (or five!) next time you visit us at the Haus, or grab a 6-pack to enjoy at home. Cheers!

INTRODUCING: PLUMSOUL TART ALE


Aloha! Here at Bauhaus, we love the pleasant, refreshing taste of a tart, fruited ale and figured it was about dang time we put one into the market.

This lightly sour ale is fruited with a blend of plum and apricot, delivering a pleasantly fruity acidity and a crisp, dry finish. Plumsoul approximates the fruity flavor of a pluot: a plum/apricot hybrid that doesn’t exhibit sweet flavors when allowed to ferment out in a beer. Fresh, slightly sweet, and pleasantly acidic, Plumsoul is sure to leave you doing the happy-dance of the sugarplum fairies in no time. Available in the taproom NOW and in stores and select bars and restaurants the week of December 16th!

Plumsoul is the final beer in our Over the Charts series. For the past couple years, Over the Charts has been the Bauhaus platform for more limited, experimental brews. However, as we look ahead to our 2020 beer calendar and at the bounty of limited releases, we will be shedding the Over the Charts name as we realize specialty brews have found a permanent place in our brewing approach.

  • Malts: Pilsner, Wheat
  • Hops: Huell Melon
  • Yeast: Haus ale yeast
  • ABV: 6.4%, IBU: 5



We're Hiring!

Sep 26, 2019 – 0 Comments

10/1 UPDATE: We're no longer accepting applications for Graphic Designers, Packaging People and Brand Ambassadors in Minneapolis/St. Paul, but we are still looking for Brand Ambassadors in the River Falls, WI and Menomonie, WI areas!

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We’re on the prowl for Brand Ambassadors, Part Time Packaging People, and a Part Time Graphic Designer. Read more about each role below and who to reach out regarding each position.


Role: Brand Ambassador

We are seeking a handful of super-outgoing, beer-savvy individuals to represent Bauhaus Brew Labs at various tastings and special events across the Twin Cities as well as River Falls, WI and Menomonie, WI. With 2-4 tastings or events a month, this role would wonderfully complement an existing full-time job or course load. To join the Bauhaus family you must:

⚬ Be 21 years old or older
⚬ Have a passion for craft beer
⚬ Have customer service experience and a strong love for the human race and interacting with them
⚬ Have reliable means of transportation to get to tastings and events in a punctual fashion
⚬ Be willing to work evenings and weekends (sometimes on a short notice)
⚬ Have the stamina to stand for long periods of time

Please reach out to info@bauhuasbrewlabs.com with your resume, subject line “Potential Brand Ambassador”

Role: Part Time Packaging Person

We’re looking for a few people to help us on our packaging line at our warehouse in Fridley, MN. Requirements include:

⚬ Ability to stand for long periods of time
⚬ Ability to lift 40-50 lbs
⚬ Wednesday availability + some occasional flex hours

Please reach out to lydia@bauhausbrewlabs.com if interested, subject line “Potential Packaging Person”

Role: Part Time Graphic Designer

We’re looking for a skilled graphic designer to throw down 10-12 hours a week on brewery design projects including event posters, social media graphics, various signage needs, etc…. Requirements include:

⚬ Proficiency in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator
⚬ Previous design experience required
⚬ Degree preferred

Please send link to portfolio to jesse@bauhausbrewlabs.com, maura@bauhausbrewlabs.com