Tomorrow is kickoff day for the Bauhaus Brew Labs and the Revival team. The Northeast Minneapolis brewery has partnered with the south Minneapolis restaurant for a new Kentucky Common style ale called Slawhammer that will be sold exclusively at Revival Restaurant, Revival’s stand in the new U.S. Bank Stadium, and at Revival’s sister restaurant Corner Table.
“It was really due to looking back on my experiences living in the South (Nashville, TN) with a bit of nostalgia” says Matt Schwandt, head brewer and president of Bauhaus Brew Labs. “A lot of the sense memories I took with me from Tennessee revolve around food and drink. As someone born and raised in the Midwest, experiencing Southern food for the first time left a pretty lasting impression on me. I thought that brewing a Kentucky Common would be the perfect way channel some of my nostalgia,” he explains.
Schwandt says it was that Southern experience that connected him to Revival. “It was like I was having Sunday dinner back in Nashville, eating some of the best fried chicken I'd ever tasted.” It led to discussions with Revival’s Nick Rancone about a beer-restaurant partnership, similar to that of Lift Bridge Brewing and Red Cow restaurants across the metro (and at Target Field).
Bauhaus chose the Kentucky Common style due its southern ties. The beer, known for using malted barley in its recipe, is typically malt forward and of mild alcohol content. Schwandt describes the Bauhaus version as similar to a cream ale, but with elements of sweet tea in the profile.
“I really wanted this beer to give the drinker the experience of having ‘grown-up’ Southern sweet tea with Revival's fried chicken,” he says. “We opted for hops that would provide a more tea-like profile,” which also pairs well with the spicier Tennessee chicken off Revival’s menu.
The beer makes its debut on Wed. August 10 and will be served in 16 oz. cans adorned with Revival's logo, affectionately known as the "Thunder Chicken" at U.S. Bank Stadium and on draft at Revival and Corner Table.