Cheers to everyone in the Ranier and International Falls communities! For new years eve celebrations we'll be having an open mic, karaoke, and free champagne at midnight.
One Door Ends...
2016 was definitely what you could call a learning year for Loony's Brew. In retrospect, here's a few things that worked and others not so much.
What Didn't Work:
Another to Begin...
Moving on, 2017 should be an exciting year, some of the activities in store:
Wishing everyone the best in health, prosperity, and good will for the new year.
After a few days of trying to figure out which ingredients to go with, selecting from a daunting
+200 different grains and +300 different hops, settled on a bit of range, to give plenty of options for tweaks. The beers targeted included a blonde ale, pale ale, strong ale, IPA, wheat, and a dry stout, saving the lagers for spring when more fermenters are running. The ingredients include:
It's a start and will give us lots of options for tweaks. The initial test batches will be ~10-15 gallons (1 keg), enough to run through the brew tanks but not too much as we're limited on fermenters, will be using the smaller 5 gallon solutions such as used with a homebrew.
Tonight at the pub is Happy Hour from 4-6pm (2-1's), and Vinyl night, where we have a vinyl record player available. Our selection is currently a bit limited so if you happen to have any, feel free to bring one in, we'll give it a spin, and your first one's on the house.
Thanks to the help from Nick Taylor from Taylor's Plumbing and Heating making extra time over the weekend, we were able to get the plumbing part of the system done! This includes hooking up the water line from below, an output for the wort chiller, a line going through the water filter, water heater and back to being right next to the first tank of the brew system. The water heater was installed on Wednesday.
This is another big milestone after being Federally approved and allows us to start working on:
Other areas being worked on include:
Will be a busy week and very much looking forward to the above 0 temps. Events tonight include happy hour specials from 4-6pm, the Boly and Ringer Sports Back-Talk Show, followed with comedy/game night, now have backgammon.
In case you haven't seen already, there's been a filmed sighting of...
Go here to register online, this is a part of Ice Box Days celebration, going from Wednesday, January 18th through Sunday the 22nd.
Loony's Brew will also be hosting an event with various specials, some beta testing for the event idea is being done today, will be announced soon if all goes well.
To help take the chill off and warm up a bit, tonight we'll be serving Gluehwein, otherwise known as Mulled Wine, including a combination of red wine, spices such as cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, orange slices and more, all heated up together to form a great tasting beverage during the cold and frigid winter season.
This has been a popular beverage in Europe going back to the 2nd century. When I lived in Antwerp, Belgium, it was common around Christmas time for just about every bar or pub to have their own version of Gluehwein, A great beverage to warm up with after being outside for any length of time. Many towns and cities in northern Europe would go a bit further, setting up ice skating rinks in the town square surrounded by all types of booths serving Gluehwein and hot food appetizers with a myriad of lights all over the place. This was great as the celebrations took your mind off of the cold weather and actually made it a fun time, something to look forward to.
Come down to Loony's Brew tonight to try some and don't forget tomorrow night, Saturday, will be a combination of the band Sloughgrass starting at 8pm and an Ugly Sweater Contest.
Yeah, it's about a whopping 3 F, but we like to imagine it's a bit warmer and not let the frigid weather bother us quite so much. With that, every Thursday is 2-1 Margaritas, all night long. And these aren't your pre-made mix blends, they're homemade and great for any time of the year.
10 Reasons to stop by Loony's Brew this evening:
Brave the cold and make it down to Loony's Brew tonight for a fun packed evening with new friends and old.
For anyone interested in visiting Ranier, 5 minutes from International Falls, here's 10 activities to keep busy with:
Check out the neighborhood to learn more.
Of course, this is just scraping the service, in reality this town is so crazy you never know what to expect.