There are plenty of niche brewers out there, plenty of companies doing something different to catch attention, whether that’s all German beers, smoked beers, or beers named after cartoon characters. There’s a subgenre for everyone, but Burning Brothers Brewing doesn’t feel like “the gluten free brewery,” it feels like a brewery that happens to be gluten free.
First, it’s worth noting that Burning Bros. beers are truly gluten free, made using ingredients devoid of the troublesome protein found in many grains. The general market has some gluten reduced beers, but few that are gluten free. Founded by one-time Renaissance Fair fire-eater Dane Breimhorst, who suffers from Celiac Disease, and his Ren Fair cohort Thom Foss, their taproom takes its stance on gluten seriously. They also take the beer seriously.
Flagships include Pyro pale ale, a durable beer for all occasions. It’s crisp and bright, but with an English-style dry finish. There is a note of orange at the front with a bitter back end. Roasted is a strong coffee ale and a popular drink that blends a sweeter Belgian strong ale with a bitter coffee profile. Again, the finish is dry and residual in a unique mix of a light hued beer with coffee that pours caramel in color and also has hints of that flavor within. IPA Raj-Agni is a new addition to cans, and it has hints of lemony citrus in the middle, bookended by a floral aroma and slightly piney finish. It’s a go-to IPA that’s less aggressive than many on the market, expending a soft mouthfeel to counter the pine bitterness.
With 4 beers in cans (the three aforementioned plus Parched lime shandy), the taproom also includes rotating seasonals and fresh infusions. In the summer that includes Raspberry Pyro, Parched, and rotational infusions such as an orange blossom honey infusion that gives the original Pyro a sweeter, rounded touch. Other rotators include English Mild, Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, Dry Stout, and Cranberry Shandy.