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Burning Brothers Brewery Celebrates First Anniversary

St. Paul’s gluten free brewery is celebrating their first anniversary at the taproom on Friday April 10, from 4-9 p.m. -by Loren Green

Burning Brothers Brewery has pushed a lot of pints in the past year—8,940 to be specific—with more green hop fields in their future.

To celebrate the milestone, they’re having beer specials, prizes, and more, including discounted pints (with a non-perishable food donation), and giveaways such as free growler fills and meet-the-brewer parties. Hot Indian Foods will be onsite to feed the crowd.

Burning Brothers brewed their first batch in December 2013 and opened the taproom a few months later on April 4, 2014. As busy business owners, they forgot to throw an official grand opening. So, this is a true welcome to the neighborhood for the former fire-eating owners Dane Breimhorst and Thom Foss. As one of very few gluten free taprooms in the US, they didn’t know what kind of clientele to expect.  One year later, they’ve seen a healthy blend of neighborhood residents, beer enthusiasts, and specifically gluten free customers.

The first year has shown a lot of growth with beers are now available in 6 states (MN, ND, SD, WI, IA, and NE). Since delivering two cases of their Pyro American Pale Ale to Brasa on January 30, 2014, they’ve now sent it to over 700 locations and further growth is in the works. "We are planning on adding a few more [states] yet this year," they say, specifically naming the Chicago market. Additionally, there will be more growth of the business at home. They aim to can more styles (such as their Roasted Coffee Ale) and to get kegs into local retailers. There are also plans to increase brewing capacity in the brewhouse.

At the anniversary party they will have five beers on tap, included a special recipe that is yet to be announced. The line-up includes: Pyro American Pale Ale, Roasted Coffee Ale, Fused Orange Blossom Honey Ale, Fused Lime Shandy and one more mystery brew (you'll just have to be there.)