Welcome Holly . . . Bringer of the Peace!

Greetings Roundhouse Faithful!  Where have you guys been?  It has been awhile. What?  It’s not you who broke off this relationship, but me?  True.  Let’s just say I get distracted easily.

Since it has been 10 months since my last blog post I am going to skip a lot of happenings.  You are just going to have to believe me when I say this past year has been glorious.  Rest assured we have continued our reign as the number one railroad themed brewery in all of Brainerd, MN!  

This blog post is dedicated to our new Taproom Manager Holly.  As Taproom Manager she brings vision and decision making to the high stress world of drinking beer.  You are probably wondering how we made decisions about the taproom in the past.  The same way we make decisions for everything at Roundhouse.  

We follow the old Germanic tradition of Zweikampf as dictated by the Sachsenspiegel to make the real hard decisions. That’s right, we are the only people in the United States to use judicial combat to manage a brewery.  I can only assume in Germany dueling is still wildly popular at all the major breweries.  With this system in place why do we even need a taproom manager? 

There have been a few incidents, and our insurance company has kind of been threatening us.  There was that time that Dan and Chuck went at it over how many coasters to order.  Putting our one and only brewer in the hospital. Of course, how can you forgot the time Christine broke that growler and tried to stab Mark in the neck when they were deciding which way to arrange the tables.  Thank goodness she slashed her own ulnar artery and bled out before she finished off Mark.  Those were some good times.

Sadly we have to leave those ways behind.  You might say we have grown, but honestly we are just afraid of Christine now that she is fully healed.  So welcome Holly, who brings her own less violent style of management to Roundhouse.  

Keep on Chugging . . . Peacefully.

 

Holly proudly standing in front of her signing bonus.  

Holly proudly standing in front of her signing bonus.  

 

 

 

 

Artist rendition of last year's owners meeting.  As you can see in the painting we made a lot of decisions that day.  

Artist rendition of last year's owners meeting.  As you can see in the painting we made a lot of decisions that day.  

The Great Battle of the Coasters.  Chuck was banned from all future combat after we remembered he is the guy who makes the beer.   

The Great Battle of the Coasters.  Chuck was banned from all future combat after we remembered he is the guy who makes the beer.   

The Faithful

Greetings Roundhouse Faithful!

As the chief sporadic blogger for Roundhouse I get a lot of questions about what goes into the blog.  People ask questions such as how do you write the blog?  Is it a collection from a kindergarten writing contest?  Do you give a chimp a typewriter? I also get questions about me personally.  Like, how do you live with yourself?  Do you ever bathe?  The one question I get asked the most is why do you call the fans of Roundhouse the "Faithful".   That one I can answer, the other questions are trade secrets.  We use the term Faithful because the blog was being written long before we produced our first drop of beer.  The people of the Brainerd lakes area believed in us from day one.  Well that faith in us has been proven justified.  We are just 8 months into this adventure and we are going strong.  In fact, we even brought home a coveted Great American Beer Festival bronze medal for our Run Around Rye.  We wouldn't be where we are without the great support of all the Faithful, and for that we are thankful.  

Keep on Chugg'n . . . Responsibly!

Not to be outdone by Mark and Nick I decided to don some lederhosen for our wildly successful Octoberfest.  Well the jokes on me, it turns out that lederhosen is German for sweaty balls.  I was wondering why Amazon threw in some talcum powder with my order. 

Not to be outdone by Mark and Nick I decided to don some lederhosen for our wildly successful Octoberfest.  Well the jokes on me, it turns out that lederhosen is German for sweaty balls.  I was wondering why Amazon threw in some talcum powder with my order. 

Four days of Octoberfest at Roundhouse was not enough to quench these joker's thirst.  They had to head to Germany for 10 days of beer drinking at the real Octoberfest.  Looks like Mark and Nick decided to give their testicles a break from the stifling heat of lederhosen and go with the matching cargo shorts and tablecloth shirts.  

Four days of Octoberfest at Roundhouse was not enough to quench these joker's thirst.  They had to head to Germany for 10 days of beer drinking at the real Octoberfest.  Looks like Mark and Nick decided to give their testicles a break from the stifling heat of lederhosen and go with the matching cargo shorts and tablecloth shirts.  

Way to go Chuck!  Our first brewery medal and a big one at that.  I guess it is time to take down our kid's participation medals and hang up a real medal at the brewery.  

Way to go Chuck!  Our first brewery medal and a big one at that.  I guess it is time to take down our kid's participation medals and hang up a real medal at the brewery.  

Crisis . . .

Faithful!  I am not going to lie to you, Roundhouse is in grave danger.  It all started this morning when Harold Johnson from Tainter, Wisconsin walked in the door.  Before we could even say good morning he started talking trash on the Vikings.  He said he couldn’t wait until he came back Sunday night to watch the Packers dominate.  As business owners and professionals we took the high road and locked the cheesehead in the beer cooler.  After a couple hours we decided to let him out but we couldn’t.  Turns out he barricaded himself in the cooler and is refusing to come out.  Seems we forgot that we had a beer tap, a box of Slim Jims, and Nate's stuffed beaver  in there. We tried everything to get him out including cooking brats right outside the cooler door.  In frustration, I called the Head Wisconsinite Researcher at the University of Wisconsin- Madison.  I asked him how long an average Packer Fan could survive in a 38 degree beer cooler.  He said with enough beer he could survive in there forever.  In fact 38 degrees is a little on the hot side for him.  I guess the average adult male Wisconsinite can drink his body weight in beer every 2 hours!!  Our only hope is that he comes out for the Badger game tomorrow.  If not, we may not have enough beer in there to make it to the Vikings/Packers game Sunday night.  

If you want to help out, stop by the brewery sometime this weekend, order a beer and see if you can get Harold out of the cooler.  Better yet, come by Sunday night and watch the Vikings take on the Packers at 7:30 and see if he comes out then.  Don’t forget to bring a dish to share. 

Genus: Wisconsinite.  Species:  Packerus

Genus: Wisconsinite.  Species:  Packerus

Dedication . . .

Roundhouse Faithful . . . So I  may have really stretched the faith of the 7 people who actually read this blog.  It has been a long time since my last post.  What can I say, I am lazy and get distracted really Ooo butterfly . . .  Ok I am back.  What was I saying?  That's right, I am a little lazy.  But you know who is not lazy, our August employee of the month.  Not long ago, Christine rounded the corner of the cooler, slipped, and fell on a growler and promptly severed her ulnar artery.  For those of you not in medicine, arteries are the ones that shoot blood across the room.  Luckily Dan was there.  He sprang into action, ran to his computer, and promptly docked Christine's pay for the broken growler.  Way to keep costs in check Dan, and for that, you are the employee (actually owner) of the month.  What happened to Christine you ask?  Turns out you don't need your ulnar artery to serve beer.  She is back at work serving beer faster with one arm then I can with two.  Thanks Christine for your dedication!

Ok Faithful, I have a little secret that I am just going to share with the 7 of you.  We have started an operation with the Codename "Install TV to ceiling that we can lower down for Viking's games and then winch back up so it is out of the way".  What we are going to do is install a TV to the ceiling and then lower it down so we can televise Viking games and then after the game we can raise it back up so it is out of the way.  Phase two of the operation is for the Roundhouse Faithful to bring some food to share potluck style during the game.  Stay tuned to see when we actually get this TV hung. We may not get it hung up till later in the year when the Viking's are in the Super Bowl.  Hahahahahahah. . . Oh my ribs hurt . . . Hahahahaha. . . I think I just wet myself.  I gotta go. . . . Keep on Chugg'n . . . . Responsibly!

Ok, as I mentioned, I wasn't there to witness Dan's heroics.  But, I did find a video that reenacts how things went down.  http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/the-french-chef/n8667

Ok, as I mentioned, I wasn't there to witness Dan's heroics.  But, I did find a video that reenacts how things went down.  http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/the-french-chef/n8667

Sticking to the history of the NP Center we chose the exact TV the railroad workers used to watch in the 1800s.  The only difference was NASCAR used horse and buggies.  

Sticking to the history of the NP Center we chose the exact TV the railroad workers used to watch in the 1800s.  The only difference was NASCAR used horse and buggies.  

We took the live music a little to far at the brewery.  These guys just destroyed the place.  I had to stop filming so I could help control the crowds.  That is the last time we let rif- raff like that play at the brewery.  

This Train is Hauling . . .

Roundhouse Faithful! It has been too long. A lot has happened in the past month.  A lot of new beers, a lot of live music, a lot more hours, and a lot of great people stopping by for a pint or two.  Seriously, we have more beer then taps right now, and there is more delicious beer in the works.  So if you haven't gotten on this train, now is the time to come on by. In fact, mention this blog post and a get a pint of our most blushed about beer, Cinder Dick IPA, for only 5 bucks!  Better yet, don't read this trashy blog post and come straight to the brewery and have any one of our pints for 5 bucks.  

Keep on Chugg'n . . . responsibly!

"Hey, after we finish this smoke lets pull over and shoot up some EPO" - TDF Rider 1 "Can't, hasn't been invented yet.  Let's have a Radler instead." - TDF Rider 2 You might be wondering why we tied up one of our valuable tap handles with Lemonade.  It is so we can add one part lemonade to two parts Boom Lake Lager to make a RADLER.  Radler is short for "Radlermass" or in English, "Cyclist Liter".  I would write more about the history of this concoction, but I don't want to.  Hop on your bike, pedal on down to Roundhouse, and try one for yourself.  

"Hey, after we finish this smoke lets pull over and shoot up some EPO" - TDF Rider 1 "Can't, hasn't been invented yet.  Let's have a Radler instead." - TDF Rider 2

You might be wondering why we tied up one of our valuable tap handles with Lemonade.  It is so we can add one part lemonade to two parts Boom Lake Lager to make a RADLER.  Radler is short for "Radlermass" or in English, "Cyclist Liter".  I would write more about the history of this concoction, but I don't want to.  Hop on your bike, pedal on down to Roundhouse, and try one for yourself.  

Technically speaking this is not a photo of our new intern Emily.  But I bet that this is the face she makes when she reads this blog post.  Emily is with us for three months and will be handling events and promotions.  She is responsible for the concise, timely, and informative Facebook posts as of lately.  In stark contrast to the random gibberish that I post, if I post anything at all.  Welcome aboard Emily!

Technically speaking this is not a photo of our new intern Emily.  But I bet that this is the face she makes when she reads this blog post.  Emily is with us for three months and will be handling events and promotions.  She is responsible for the concise, timely, and informative Facebook posts as of lately.  In stark contrast to the random gibberish that I post, if I post anything at all.  Welcome aboard Emily!

Some of you maybe wondering how Roundhouse president Mark makes all the tough decisions involved with running a brewery. He does it by consulting the Monks.  I am not saying he is calling up the Trappist Monks that operate various breweries to get advice.  Instead he actually tries to follow in the footsteps of 8th century Benedictine Monks that saved Europe from death by diarrhea.  The dude is always telling us what the monks would do.  For example, the other day I overheard Mark say:  "The Monks wouldn't have even let Scott touch a computer, let alone write a blog for the brewery". 

Some of you maybe wondering how Roundhouse president Mark makes all the tough decisions involved with running a brewery. He does it by consulting the Monks.  I am not saying he is calling up the Trappist Monks that operate various breweries to get advice.  Instead he actually tries to follow in the footsteps of 8th century Benedictine Monks that saved Europe from death by diarrhea.  The dude is always telling us what the monks would do.  For example, the other day I overheard Mark say:  "The Monks wouldn't have even let Scott touch a computer, let alone write a blog for the brewery". 

Last of all Chuck is back out in the desert cooking up some new test batches.  Last I heard he was looking for some peyote.  I am no brewer, but I bet that it is a hard to get hops that will blow your mind.  

Last of all Chuck is back out in the desert cooking up some new test batches.  Last I heard he was looking for some peyote.  I am no brewer, but I bet that it is a hard to get hops that will blow your mind.  

Short and Sweet

This is it, the moment we have all been waiting for, for me to head to Alaska so Roundhouse can have its Grand Opening.  Hold on a second, why do you always do this to me? I love grand openings, with all the live music, the food, and 10, count them 10 beers on tap.  Dang it.

If you can't make it to the Grand Opening (like me), you can come in anytime, or enjoy some tasty Roundhouse beer at area establishments.  Check out the sweet collage below to see our latest editions.  

Keep on Chugg'n . . . Responsibly

Did I forget to mention that all proceeds from food goes to Habitat for Humanity Women Build.  It doesn't get any cooler than homes and babes.  

Did I forget to mention that all proceeds from food goes to Habitat for Humanity Women Build.  It doesn't get any cooler than homes and babes.  

Thanks again to these great watering holes for proudly serving Roundhouse Beer!

Thanks again to these great watering holes for proudly serving Roundhouse Beer!

Global Domination

Roundhouse Faithful we have done it!  We have been open for a little more then a month and this train is picking up speed.  We have started expanding out to area restaurants and will soon have 10 different beers in our tap room.  Can you believe it?  Any more beers on tap and I would have to take off my shoes to count them all.  So next time you are out enjoying dinner, keep an eye out for the Roundhouse Tap handles.

Keep on Chugging . . . Responsibly


We got ourselves a real sign!  For now we are at the bottom but soon we will claw our way to the top!  We will rule the NP Center and the other tenants will bow down before us.  (Sorry about that, those were the voices in my head talking).

We got ourselves a real sign!  For now we are at the bottom but soon we will claw our way to the top!  We will rule the NP Center and the other tenants will bow down before us.  (Sorry about that, those were the voices in my head talking).

Father Daniel took this photo right below the highest point in Germany.  First Brainerd, then Europe, and then we will rule the world!  (Sorry, those were also the voices in my head.  Might have to get that checked out) 

Father Daniel took this photo right below the highest point in Germany.  First Brainerd, then Europe, and then we will rule the world!  (Sorry, those were also the voices in my head.  Might have to get that checked out) 

Yummy, Yummy, Roundhouse beer can be found at these fine establishments.  

Yummy, Yummy, Roundhouse beer can be found at these fine establishments.  

The Roundhouse sandbox will soon be filled in with cement to make our new patio.  We also have a sidewalk and soon to be paved parking lot.  And then, finally, what all you lycra wearing fitness freaks have been demanding, a bike rack.  

The Roundhouse sandbox will soon be filled in with cement to make our new patio.  We also have a sidewalk and soon to be paved parking lot.  And then, finally, what all you lycra wearing fitness freaks have been demanding, a bike rack.  

This is a picture of Roundhouse investor Tim (left), and his totally platonic friend Glebe.  Tim lives in Utah and has been talking about helping out at the brewery somehow.  So he went to Scotland to drink beer and ride mountain bikes.  Wait, what!  How the hell does that work.  I don't think that helps us at all.  

This is a picture of Roundhouse investor Tim (left), and his totally platonic friend Glebe.  Tim lives in Utah and has been talking about helping out at the brewery somehow.  So he went to Scotland to drink beer and ride mountain bikes.  Wait, what!  How the hell does that work.  I don't think that helps us at all.  

This bloke is a descendent of William Wallace.  He demanded some Roundhouse Swag from Tim to ride in the mountains of Scotland.  There is only one thing the Wallace clan likes more then freedom, and that is Roundhouse beer.  (I think that is what Tim told me).

This bloke is a descendent of William Wallace.  He demanded some Roundhouse Swag from Tim to ride in the mountains of Scotland.  There is only one thing the Wallace clan likes more then freedom, and that is Roundhouse beer.  (I think that is what Tim told me).

Leveling UP

ROUNDHOUSE FAITHFUL!!!  THANK YOU for making our pre-opening and our actual opening a huge success.  The only thing that makes us happier than drinking our beer, is watching the Faithful enjoy pint after pint (in moderation of course) of our tasty Roundhouse Beer.  You would think thatwith all the success we have had, the Roundhouse crew would sit back on our sweet couch, put our feet up, and watch Chuck turn out barrel after barrel of liquid gold.  But you would be wrong.  Our R & D department is working overtime to take Roundhouse to the next level.  

 

Chuck has been using his background as a chemist to branch out from beer making.  He won't say what he is up to, but last we heard he was hiding out in the desert in a Winnebago.  I don't know what he is cooking up, but knowing Chuck, it has to be good.  

 
We are going to add the "Scratch Me"  to the human line of shirts. I can never reach that spot.  

We are going to add the "Scratch Me"  to the human line of shirts. I can never reach that spot.  

 

Speaking of the Faithful, we did have one idea that was a huge success this past weekend.  Father Mike Schmitz, Chaplain of Newman Campus Ministries at UMD, stopped by and gave a talk to the masses.  It was part of the on going Theology on Tap series which will start up again next fall.  

 

Thanks again to all the Faithful that have made Roundhouse Brewery a success.  We look forward to serving beer in the years to come.

Keep on Chugg'n . . . Responsibly.  

I think he is still wandering the desert looking for a place to hook up his hose. 

 

Timmy B. is working on a line of Roundhouse clothing for dogs.  He is currently working through some fashion issues.  He says the gray sport t-shirt makes his dog look fat.  One would say that his dog being fat would make him look fat. But, I wouldn't say that. 

I think he has been spending time in the desert with Chuck.

 

The light shineth down upon our taps.  

The Pre-Opening

Some of you may have heard that the doors of Roundhouse were open this past weekend.  If you thought this Thursday was supposed to be the triumphant soft opening of Roundhouse Brewery- you would be correct.  You see, we had to have a couple of test runs to make sure that we could deliver on our promise of delicious craft beer served right here in Brainerd.  

We kicked off the weekend with a private event on Friday to test out the taps and our cash register. It also gave us a chance to get some coin out of those people who have been drinking for free for the past few months.  Yeah, I am talking to you Darren.  

Saturday we opened the doors at 2:30 pm to be ready for the Tapped and Corked event across the yard from us at the Northern Pacific Event Center.  It was a slow afternoon with a few friends and curious people stopping in for a beer.  Around 6:30 pm a few people started trickling in and we put down our slices of pizza and casually got ready to serve some beer.  A few minutes later Nick and Chuck came running through the door screaming "They're coming"!  We looked out the windows and saw a wall of humanity converging upon the brewery.  Our president Mark sprang into action and started to barricade the doors with picnic tables.  Suddenly, Dan jumped on top of one of the tables and started to recite the movie Braveheart.  Not any particular scene but the whole movie.  We decided the safest place to be was behind the bar.  We kept the crowd at bay by serving pint after pint of Cowcatcher Ale and Golden Spike IPA. We pushed Roundhouse to the limit and came out victorious.  

We had to chain Chuck and Nick to the table to keep them from abandoning their post and sampling the other brewer's products.    

We had to chain Chuck and Nick to the table to keep them from abandoning their post and sampling the other brewer's products.    

We found this guy living in an abandoned part of the NP Center.  We slapped a Roundhouse sticker on his head and put him to work.  

We found this guy living in an abandoned part of the NP Center.  We slapped a Roundhouse sticker on his head and put him to work.  

Beer Scout Troop 1551 L to R:  Dan, Scott, Nick, Caroline, Nikki, Chuck, Logan, and Mark Motto - "Be Prepared . . . to serve beer"

Beer Scout Troop 1551 L to R:  Dan, Scott, Nick, Caroline, Nikki, Chuck, Logan, and Mark

Motto - "Be Prepared . . . to serve beer"

The calm before the storm.  

The calm before the storm.  

I did not take a photo of the people walking over from Tapped and Corked. If memory serves; it looked like this.

I did not take a photo of the people walking over from Tapped and Corked. If memory serves; it looked like this.

The storm.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by for a pint or two.  We appreciate your business and are proud to serve the Brainerd Lakes area.  Prost!

Keep on Chugg'n . . . Responsibly.

Social Media Update

Greetings Roundhouse Faithful!

We are on the eve of an historic moment, the kegging of our first two beers: Golden Spike IPA and Cowcatcher Ale.  I was super stoked to hear that Chuck named one of our beers Cowcatcher. You see, I always pictured a Cowcatcher as a large noble person who was called upon to catch a cow that was in need.  Say, if Bessie was stuck on the 3rd floor of a burning building, the Cowcatcher would safely catch her.  I am sure I saw this on the news somewhere.

I did something I don't normally do as the Minster of Information, I fact checked it.  Now, I could have read the Beers section of our own website or even asked Chuck who is standing 10 feet away. Instead, I opted to Google it and much to my horror I found this. This thing does not safely catch cows at all.  It sends them.  It is a Cowsender.  

 

Instead of gently landing in the arms of a Firefighter, Bessie is suddenly entered in the Big Air competition at the X Games.  

At this point of the Blog post you are probably wondering what any of this has to do with the Brewery.  Nothing really, except this part:  Now that we are opening soon we will be posting photos, videos, and other nonsense on a daily basis.  Instead of swamping your Facebook account, the vast majority of our posts will be on Instagram at:  Roundhouse1551.  I will still continue to update the Blog and Facebook with any major news.  But if this not enough for you, check us out on Instagram.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Picture this but with a cow on the bike.  That would be pretty cool actually.  

Picture this but with a cow on the bike.  That would be pretty cool actually.  

 

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Keep on Chugging . . . Responsibly

Psst . . . . Can you keep a secret?

I am not going to name names, but a certain "train themed" brewery hidden in Brainerd will be opening Thursday April 28th. This isn't a grand opening.  We hope to have one of those in about a month or so.  We will have a booth at the Brainerd Sports Booster's Tapped and Corked Event on April 23rd.  So if you are going to the event stop by our table and sample 2 of our brews.

Keep on Chugging . . . Responsibly

In beginning there was this.

In beginning there was this.

This is a landscape photo looking south.

This is a landscape photo looking south.

If you hate looking south, here is a landscape photo looking north.  

If you hate looking south, here is a landscape photo looking north.  

Yet another landscape photo this time of our bright shiny new (sadly empty) kegs.

Yet another landscape photo this time of our bright shiny new (sadly empty) kegs.

Wort, wort, wort . . . 

Wort, wort, wort . . . 

Every size and every earth tone you could imagine.  

Every size and every earth tone you could imagine.  

Everything at Roundhouse is done by committee. We find it the most efficient way to do business.  

Everything at Roundhouse is done by committee. We find it the most efficient way to do business.  

Oompa Loompa working hard.  

Oompa Loompa working hard.  

Detours and Bathrooms

Greetings Roundhouse Faithful!  I know you have great faith because most of you haven't drank a drop of our beer, and yet the excitement is palpable.  As you can see in the photo of our glassware, we are still bone dry in the beer department.  Hang in there because we are so, so, so close to having beer in our fermenters.  

If you think waiting is tough, wait until you try and get to us.  The main road (13th St. SE) that leads to the Northern Pacific Center is being torn up in sections.  So at different times you may have to take a different route.  I would like to recommend you just put it in 4 low and head overland but those kind of suggestions get me in trouble.  

The bathrooms are done!  This is huge because it is part of the 1st Law of Beer Dynamics:  The first law of beer dynamics is a version of the law of conservation of beer, adapted for beer systems. The law of conservation of beer states that the total beer of an isolated system is constant; beer can be transformed from one form to another, but cannot be destroyed.

This is my second post without my wife proofreading it for grammatical errors and general offensiveness.  I am a big boy now.  Keep On Chugging . . . Responsibly.  

This is our glassware, there are many like it, but these are ours.  Without beer my glassware is useless.  Without glassware my beer is useless.  - First one to name the movie I just stole that gem from gets a free beer on me.  Post it to Facebook 

This is our glassware, there are many like it, but these are ours.  Without beer my glassware is useless.  Without glassware my beer is useless.  - First one to name the movie I just stole that gem from gets a free beer on me.  Post it to Facebook 

Chamber of Commerce President Matt Killian stopped by to check out the brewery.  You should of seen that smile of his fade away when we told him the beer that goes in that growler is still in those 50 lb bags.  

Chamber of Commerce President Matt Killian stopped by to check out the brewery.  You should of seen that smile of his fade away when we told him the beer that goes in that growler is still in those 50 lb bags.  

A real sign!  Unlike our other one that gets blown down every couple of weeks. 

A real sign!  Unlike our other one that gets blown down every couple of weeks. 

Not only do we have bathrooms now but I think we have some kind of wildlife refuge for the physically disabled.  I am really not sure, someone might have to explain this one to me.  

Not only do we have bathrooms now but I think we have some kind of wildlife refuge for the physically disabled.  I am really not sure, someone might have to explain this one to me.  

Throwback Thursday . . . on a Monday.

Greetings Roundhouse faithful, long time no post.  You are probably wondering where we have been.  I would like to say that we have been so busy getting the brewery running that we have not  had time to share updates.  The truth of the matter is the Roundhouse web developer (aka. Social Media Czar), is a hardcore procrastinator with a touch of ADHD.  So bear with me as I try to bring you all up to speed.

First of all, a little then and now.  

This is a picture of the brewery, without the good looking people, taken today.  

This is a picture of the brewery, without the good looking people, taken today.  

Woo Hoo it looks done lets drink some beer.  Sadly we are not quite there yet.  We are hopefully within days of brewing batch #1. Our goal is to be open sometime in April'ish or so. I am purposely being vague because things can happen, and they have.  Some of you may have Googled Roundhouse Brewery and got a result that looked like the page on the right.

Back when I built the Roundhouse Brewery website in November of 2015 I got a little ahead of myself and put a specific opening date on the main page.  Mark pointed out the obvious, that I am an idiot, and changed the opening to sometime in the Spring.  Sadly Google doesn't let me forget my mistakes and keeps bringing up the date.  The good news is the top 5 search results will bring you to the right place.  Our web presence is growing and hopefully Google will get it right in the near future.  

Ok, enough talk, here our some recent photos . . . 

Chuck has been polishing for days.  We have to get this guy brewing.  

Chuck has been polishing for days.  We have to get this guy brewing.  

The tables of Roundhouse were hand constructed of rough hewn timber taken from both Dan and Mark's father's land.  No skill whatsoever went into the construction of these tables.

Dan and Chuck testing out a table and bench for routine use.  

Dan and Chuck testing out a table and bench for routine use.  

Not only is Mark the brains behind this operation but he has provided a lot of the brawn.  

Not only is Mark the brains behind this operation but he has provided a lot of the brawn.  

Speaking of Roundhouse Clothes the  first test batch of Roundhouse clothing just came out.  Sadly the merch is not for sale to the general product just yet.  

Speaking of Roundhouse Clothes the  first test batch of Roundhouse clothing just came out.  Sadly the merch is not for sale to the general product just yet.  

That is all for now.  My wife is at work so I am going to post this without her proofreading (censoring) it.  So please ignore the grammatical errors and anything that makes no sense whatsoever.  

This is a photo of some of our better looking investors standing in the brewery on November 10th, 2015.

This is a photo of some of our better looking investors standing in the brewery on November 10th, 2015.

Google is a liar!

Google is a liar!

Mark making sure this table has the correct amount of warp.  

Mark making sure this table has the correct amount of warp.  

Dan strength testing one of the tables for Octoberfest.  

Dan strength testing one of the tables for Octoberfest.  

If you like to sit around in the middle of winter and drink beer in your underwear you are in luck.  We are HVAC'ing the heck out of the brewery.  But please wear clothes, preferably Roundhouse clothes.  

If you like to sit around in the middle of winter and drink beer in your underwear you are in luck.  We are HVAC'ing the heck out of the brewery.  But please wear clothes, preferably Roundhouse clothes.  

Our glass doors are kind of in.  We just couldn't let go of the particle board door we have been using all these months.  

Our glass doors are kind of in.  We just couldn't let go of the particle board door we have been using all these months.  

Second tasting.

Last Friday we had our second beer tasting at Roundhouse.  Chuck turned out four more beers in our not-so-secret test brewery located in Mark's garage.  Thanks to everyone who attended; we value your feedback.  I would especially like to thank general manager Nick Miller, and executive chef Matt Annand of 3 Cheers LLC.  They provided the event with some delicious food.  If you are in the Brainerd Lakes area be sure to check out any one of their excellent restaurants: Sherwood Forest Lodge, Prairie Bay, and Lost Lake Lodge.    

Also in attendance was Pat Sundberg, founder of Jack Pine Brewery.  Pat opened the first craft brewery in the Brainerd Lakes area and is a wealth of information.  Before heading to Prairie Bay for dinner, why don't you stop by Jack Pine and have a pint or two?  You will thank me later.  

Chuck kicking things off in front of our mostly finished caboose and not at all finished bar.  

Chuck kicking things off in front of our mostly finished caboose and not at all finished bar.  

Pictured L to R:  Brew Engineer Chuck, Finance Engineer Dan, Jack Pine's Founder Pat, and President Engineer Mark.

Pictured L to R:  Brew Engineer Chuck, Finance Engineer Dan, Jack Pine's Founder Pat, and President Engineer Mark.

Going over the eval sheets.  Just an excuse to drink more beer.  

Going over the eval sheets.  Just an excuse to drink more beer.  

Brewery install in 60 seconds or less.

Below are a couple time lapsed videos of the brewery equipment being installed at Roundhouse.  I put these videos together last week but waited to post them until things settled down.  You see when I put the photos of the brewery equipment going in Roundhouse on the website people started to line up.  We tried to explain to them that we were a couple of months away from selling beer.  Things got ugly fast, with lots of chants of "Roundhouse Forever" and "Long Live Chuck."  We had to barricade ourselves in the Brewery and couldn't come out until Mark drove them off with the giant forklift.  Check the website often to find out when we are opening so we don't have a repeat of that ugly situation.  

Enjoy the videos and Keep on Chugging . . . Responsibly

If you are like me, you like to watch a brewery install from the North and the South.  So enjoy the exact brewery install from a slightly different angle.  

What you all have been waiting for . . .

Yeah I know it is beer you are actually waiting for.  With this new brew system we should be able to satisfy the Roundhouse faithful in the coming months.  Some of you might be wondering what exactly you are looking at.  We are installing a seven barrel brew system.  A barrel is a unit of measurement that equals 31 gallons. You remember those kegs of Old Milwaukee that you did keg stands on in college?  Those were half barrels or 15.5 gallon kegs.  So one batch of beer brewed on this system equals 217 gallons or 14 college party kegs.  

Thats all the math for today.  Keep on Chugging . . . Responsibly

These two held a candlelight vigil all night in anticipation of the triumphant arrival.  The mild hypothermia did not dampen their spirits one bit.

These two held a candlelight vigil all night in anticipation of the triumphant arrival.  The mild hypothermia did not dampen their spirits one bit.

Oh so cold and lonely.  Let's get you someplace warm.  

Oh so cold and lonely.  Let's get you someplace warm.  

The Mash/Lauter tun making its way through what will someday be our patio door.  

The Mash/Lauter tun making its way through what will someday be our patio door.  

We have employed modern Oompa Loompas to help us make beer.  

We have employed modern Oompa Loompas to help us make beer.  

These are our four fermentors and our bright tank.  I don't know about you, but they definitely brightened up this dreary January day.  

These are our four fermentors and our bright tank.  I don't know about you, but they definitely brightened up this dreary January day.  

A big shout out to Hy-Tec for their expert handling of the brewing equipment.  If you need a cat out of a tree these are the guys to call.  

A big shout out to Hy-Tec for their expert handling of the brewing equipment.  If you need a cat out of a tree these are the guys to call.  

Seriously, this is how hardcore these Hy-tec guys are.  Notice how he is a barehanding stainless steel that has been sitting out in below zero temperatures.  This guy is getting a free beer or two.  

Seriously, this is how hardcore these Hy-tec guys are.  Notice how he is a barehanding stainless steel that has been sitting out in below zero temperatures.  This guy is getting a free beer or two.  

Clearing a path for the hot liquer tank.  

Clearing a path for the hot liquer tank.  

Picture of our brewmaster Chuck soon after throwing the children off the brew system screaming "It's mine, all mine!" The children suffered only minor injuries.  

Picture of our brewmaster Chuck soon after throwing the children off the brew system screaming "It's mine, all mine!" The children suffered only minor injuries.  

The Brewery Equipment is Here!!!!

So the title of this post is a little bit of a teaser.  Instead of showing you the photos of the brewery equipment I am going to post the photos I intended to put up last week.  Enjoy the photos and stay tuned for the coming brewery equipment photos.  

Enjoy and keep on Chugging . . . Responsibly.  

A lot of people have been asking where exactly Roundhouse is located.  Turn east onto Northern Pacific Dr from 13th Street and look for the sign located on the left.  Mark will be standing next to it giving the thumbs ups between 8 am and 4 pm.  

A lot of people have been asking where exactly Roundhouse is located.  Turn east onto Northern Pacific Dr from 13th Street and look for the sign located on the left.  Mark will be standing next to it giving the thumbs ups between 8 am and 4 pm.  

We had our very first tasting this past Friday.  Roundhouse showcased 4 beers that were brewed in our secret test brewery located in Mark's garage.  I would like to thank all the people that attended. We value your feedback.  There will be more tastings in the near future.  

We had our very first tasting this past Friday.  Roundhouse showcased 4 beers that were brewed in our secret test brewery located in Mark's garage.  I would like to thank all the people that attended. We value your feedback.  There will be more tastings in the near future.  

The keg cooler is up and patiently awaiting kegs of Roundhouse brew.  

The keg cooler is up and patiently awaiting kegs of Roundhouse brew.  

Our cooler is being encased in a caboose.  We will be the only brewery in the world that serves beer out of a fake caboose.  I did not fact check that statement at all - but I am sticking to it.  

Our cooler is being encased in a caboose.  We will be the only brewery in the world that serves beer out of a fake caboose.  I did not fact check that statement at all - but I am sticking to it.  

Wherever our brewmaster goes light shines upon him.  He has taken to concealing  his identity.  After all, it is about the beer- not him.  He truly is an artist.  (There also might have been work involving dust and toxic fumes.) 

Wherever our brewmaster goes light shines upon him.  He has taken to concealing  his identity.  After all, it is about the beer- not him.  He truly is an artist.  (There also might have been work involving dust and toxic fumes.) 

With lots of imagination.

Those of you with little imagination might see some exposed pipes, unfinished walls, and a pile of Culver's furniture that we dug out of the trash.  I see the start of a brewery that will be working overtime to meet the thirsty demands of the Roundhouse faithful.  

Enjoy the photos and keep on chugging . . . responsibly.  

Brew system assembled and ready for delivery to Roundhouse.  

Brew system assembled and ready for delivery to Roundhouse.  

This is the front side of our walk in cooler. In a short while this will be a work of art with beer taps coming out of it.  The best kind of art.  

This is the front side of our walk in cooler. In a short while this will be a work of art with beer taps coming out of it.  The best kind of art.  

99% of our efforts are going into making the very best beer in the nation.  1% of our efforts is going into providing you with a place to sit.  Lets see what we can  do with the Culver's castaways. As a bonus it looks like we will have seating for three toddlers.  

99% of our efforts are going into making the very best beer in the nation.  1% of our efforts is going into providing you with a place to sit.  Lets see what we can  do with the Culver's castaways. As a bonus it looks like we will have seating for three toddlers.  


The most beautiful brew kettle in the world.     

The most beautiful brew kettle in the world.     

The brew kettle's sexy sister the mash/lauter tun.  Another work of art. 

The brew kettle's sexy sister the mash/lauter tun.  Another work of art. 

Installing plumbing on the back wall of the brewery.  The guy on the right is taking a moment to dream about all that tasty Roundhouse Brew.  Can you blame him.  

Installing plumbing on the back wall of the brewery.  The guy on the right is taking a moment to dream about all that tasty Roundhouse Brew.  Can you blame him.