The brainchild of Zach Carpenter and Joe Giambruno, Bad Weather Brewing is out to blur the lines regarding beer styles. The artwork which is nothing short of spectacular is done by Lucas Gluesenkamp and depicts the haunting beauty of Minnesota weather.
The two (Zach and Joe) will join Lucid and Badger Hill Brewing at their brewery in Minnetonka under an alternating proprietorship. Since last summer after finishing brewing school Zach has spent his time learning all about the process with the guys from Lucid Brewing and is excited to bring his brews to the craft beer lover. What is neat about this set up is that consumers will be able to purchase growlers from all three breweries at one location pending government approval.
Their first brew Ominus which is something like an Imperial English Brown Ale was released at Republic last week and as of today will be available at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul. This brew is definitely a winter warmer brewed with dark candy sugar, oats, and English and Belgian malts. Some flavors that come out of this one are warm chocolate and dark fruits and the ABV checks in at 7.5%.
The year round offering from Bad Weather is called Windvane which is a sort of a hoppy Red Ale according to Zach. This is brewed with Columbus hops which gives it a resinous and piney flavor. This one weighs in at 6% ABV.
The spring offering here will be Migration which was described as similar to a Kölsch and brewed with rose hips. This one is not currently available.
For summer expect to see Firefly Rye which will be a Rye Pale Ale and should be a big hit in the warmer months. This one is also not yet available.
Bad Weather is going to be available at the Muddy Pig in St. Paul on Thursday, March 28th and at 6:30 the same day there will be a dinner at Pairings in Minnetonka featuring Bad Weather, Lucid and Badger Hill Brewing.
Ryan Tuenge is an avid home brewer and craft beer lover who
is not afraid to spend his last $5 on a pint of beer at the local pub.
As a member of the Minnesota Home Brewers Association, Ryan has tried a wide variety of beers and has toured many of the local breweries. He also has a blog about craft beer in Minnesota. He likes to read, write and travel with his wife. Follow him on Twitter @lodgefather.