FAQ 

Monday, October 24, 2011 , By Carey Matthews

 

This week we’re tackling some of the common questions we get about the brewery.  Let us know if there are any other questions you have been dying to ask!

Why is the wait so long to get on a Saturday tour?
We offer two free Saturday tours, one at 10:30am and one at 1pm.  We used to just offer one Saturday tour, but we added an additional tour a few years back when the issue first came up of the tours booking out months in advance.  That helped for a bit, but it seems free beer has just proven to be too popular, so we are back to the long wait.  We wish we didn’t have this problem-we hate to turn people away!  But due to safety and quality of the tour, we need to limit the number of people per tour (we still book around 80 people for a weekend tour!).  We are currently working on adding an additional Saturday tour, but it takes time to hire and train additional tour guides.  Our hope is to have a 3:30pm tour in place before year’s end, so stay tuned!

Why can’t I have a bachelor party at the brewery?
We reserve the use of our big ratskeller space for nonprofits and business organizations so that we truly can make it a community room, a place that people can gather and make things happen for the greater good.  We don’t charge for the space-it is one small way we can give back to the community that has made us what we are today. So stag and hen parties are out, but fundraisers are in. 

Why can’t I have a private tour or a corporate meeting here?  And why can’t I bring a ginormous group on the public tour?
We simply don’t have enough employees and tour guides to offer private tours at this time.  We get a lot of requests for these and we just can’t accommodate them-we’re still a pretty small place!  As mentioned above, we want to focus on more community based events so general corporate meetings don’t fit into that profile either.  As for bringing large groups on the public tour, we used to allow that but we found that most groups would reserve space for say 40 people, but only 25 showed up.  That is a lot of spots that could have been utilized by folks who really wanted to come on the tour, but were turned away because we were all booked up.  This is also why we ask you to call or email us if your reservation number changes-there is always someone who will take those spots!

Now that it is legal for the brewery to sell pints at the brewery, when will I be able to saddle up to the bar and buy a beer?
This new law broadens our horizons for sure, offering lots of new options on how we can welcome folks into our brewery.  What we want to do with this new power is a big decision, so we’re taking our time and taking a methodical approach to the project.  We have a cross-departmental committee researching and examining multiple scenarios, so that we can come to the best solution for the brewery and our customers.  Don’t worry-we’ll definitely let you know when we come to a decision!  For now, mark your calendars for another anniversary party on September 8, because events at the brewery are definitely part of the plan!

Can I purchase food at the brewery or bring food?
We do not have a license to serve food here, so plan to eat before you come on a tour!  Our brewery is a busy place, so we don’t encourage folks to bring their own food either.  Come on a tour to learn about beer and do your chowing at one of the hundreds of fine restaurants in the Twin Cities!

Do the brewing, packaging, gift shop and tours all happen at the same place?
Indeed!  We only have one facility and it is at 910 Montreal Circle in St. Paul.  Your beer is brewed here, packaged here, marketed from here, phone calls answered from here, gift shop open here, and tours conducted here.  It is downright quaint.

Do you have to know someone to get a job at the brewery?
Nope.  You do, however, need to apply when a job opens (which isn’t often) and be qualified for the position.  As you might expect, we get A LOT of resumes when we post a job opening, but don’t let that intimidate you.  Write a great cover letter, tell us about your experience that would make you great at the job, and see what happens!  And oh yeah, we only accept resumes when we are hiring.

Why doesn’t your India Pale Ale taste like other India Pale Ales?
The west coast IPA style has become the go-to type of IPA in this country.  Before that big, citrusy, piney and delicious style came into prominence, the Brits made an IPA that was bigger on the hops and alcohol then a typical Pale Ale, but with a more caramel and earthy flavor profile.  When we introduced our IPA way back in 1993, our goal was to honor that original British style.  If you looking for more of a west coast IPA, check out our Horizon Red Ale, a cross between an Amber and an American IPA.  And no, our Red tastes nothing like a Killian’s or Leinie’s-those are both Lager versions of a Red.  Ours is a lusty, hoppy, robust Ale.  Check it out!

How can I find out more about Summit events?
We have a fancy pants calendar on our website devoted to all the events where you can have some Summit, meet a brewer, listen to live music, bowl, raise money for a charity, you name it!  Check it out and check it out often.  We also try to keep folks in the loop via Facebook and Twitter.  We hope to see you at some of the events planned around the new Unchained Black Ale!


That’s it for now, but keep the questions coming-we will be happy to answer them!


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  • Summit Extra Pale Ale
    • bottlecap

      Summit Extra Pale Ale

      Brewed year-round

      The brew that launched
      a brewery.

      A craft beer pioneer. We’ve been brewing our flagship Summit Extra Pale Ale for independent thinkers and drinkers since 1986. Bronze color. Gold medal-winning flavor. Caramel and biscuity malts superbly balanced with citrus and earthy notes.

      ORIGINAL GRAVITY

      12º P

      IBUs

      45

      ALCOHOL BY VOLUME

      5.20%

      MALTS UTILIZED

      2-Row Pale, Caramel

      COLOR, (DEG L.)

      Light bronze (12.5 L)

      HOPS UTILIZED

      Horizon, Fuggle, Cascade

      YEAST

      Ale

      ESTABLISHED

      1986

       
  • Summit Pilsener
    • bottlecap

      Summit Pilsener

      Brewed year-round

      Crafted with care from farm to bottle.

      Brewed with Moravian 37 barley grown by our founder’s cousins in the heart of North Dakota grain country. Matured six weeks for a crisp, refreshing malt backbone. Saaz hops add just the right amount of spicy aroma to this authentic Bohemian-style Pilsener.

      ORIGINAL GRAVITY

      11º P

      IBUs

      25

      ALCOHOL BY VOLUME

      4.60%

      MALTS UTILIZED

      Moravian 37, Caramel

      COLOR, (DEG L.)

      Golden (5 L)

      HOPS UTILIZED

      Vanguard, Saaz

      YEAST

      Lager

      ESTABLISHED

      2001

       
  • Summit True Brit IPA
    • bottlecap

      Summit True Brit IPA

      Brewed year-round

      English-Style ale from this side of the pond.

      Originally named Summit India Pale Ale, our True Brit IPA is brewed with a nod to sublimely drinkable English ales. Quintessential UK hop varieties lend spicy, earthy notes with a background of caramel sweetness from the malt.

      ORIGINAL GRAVITY

      14º P

      IBUs

      70

      ALCOHOL BY VOLUME

      6.40%

      MALTS UTILIZED

      2-Row Pale, Caramel

      COLOR, (DEG L.)

      Bronze (13 L)

      HOPS UTILIZED

      Northern Brewer, East Kent Golding, Target
      Dry Hopped: East Kent Golding, Fuggle

      YEAST

      Ale

      ESTABLISHED

      1993

       
  • Summit Great Northern Porter
    • bottlecap

      Summit Great Northern Porter

      Brewed year-round

      A roasty dark beer for the entire year.

      One of our first beers, this award-winning Porter is an ale to enjoy year round. Named after the majestic railway stretching from St. Paul to Seattle, with roasted malts that offer up coffee notes leading to a slightly sweet, chocolatey finish.

      ORIGINAL GRAVITY

      13.3º P

      IBUs

      48

      ALCOHOL BY VOLUME

      5.40%

      MALTS UTILIZED

      2-Row Pale, Caramel, Chocolate

      COLOR, (DEG L.)

      Black (60 L)

      HOPS UTILIZED

      Northern Brewer, Fuggle, Cascade

      YEAST

      Ale

      ESTABLISHED

      1986

       
  • Summit Horizon Red IPA
    • bottlecap

      Horizon Red IPA

      Brewed year-round

      Red and Robust.

      Horizon Red IPA offers up an artful blend of exceptional American hops, creating an intense pine, citrus and earthy character while select malts offer a robust flavor and deep red hue. Originally named Horizon Red Ale.

      ORIGINAL GRAVITY

      14º P

      IBUs

      70

      ALCOHOL BY VOLUME

      5.70%

      MALTS UTILIZED

      2-Row Pale, Caramel, Wheat, Cara Red, Black

      COLOR, (DEG L.)

      Amber (22 L)

      HOPS UTILIZED

      Summit, Horizon, Mosaic, Cascade
      Dry Hopped: Cascade, Mosaic

      YEAST

      Ale

      ESTABLISHED

      2009

       
  • Saga IPA
    • bottlecap

      Summit Sága IPA

      Brewed year-round

      Epic hop character.

      Named after the Norse goddess Sága, drinking companion of the God Odin. New Zealand hops lend a distinctive hop flavor and aromas of kiwi, passionfruit and apricot with a clean, assertive bitterness. An ale worthy of the gods.

      ORIGINAL GRAVITY

      14º P

      IBUs

      80

      ALCOHOL BY VOLUME

      6.40%

      MALTS UTILIZED

      2-Row Pale, Caramel

      COLOR, (DEG L.)

      Rich Gold (9 L)

      HOPS UTILIZED

      Centennial, Amarillo, Citra, Rakau
      Dry Hopped: Amarillo, Citra, Rakau

      YEAST

      Ale

      ESTABLISHED

      2012

       
  • Summit Frost Line Rye
    • bottlecap

      Summit Frost Line Rye

      Brewed in late Winter

      A robust, spicy ale to fight off the deep freeze.

      Frost Line Rye is our “between seasons” seasonal, coming out between Winter Ale and Maibock. Brewed with four select types of rye and floral, citrusy hops to help hasten the spring thaw.

      ORIGINAL GRAVITY

      13.5º P

      IBUs

      50-55

      ALCOHOL BY VOLUME

      5.80%

      MALTS UTILIZED

      US Pale, US Crystal Rye, US Pale Rye, German Chocolate Rye, US Flaked Rye

      COLOR, (DEG L.)

      Red (25 L)

      HOPS UTILIZED

      Summit, Citra
      Dry Hopped: Citra, Experimental Hop #01210

      YEAST

      Ale

      ESTABLISHED

      2014

       
  • Summit Maibock
    • bottlecap

      Summit Maibock

      Brewed in the Spring

      Thaw out with the official beer of Spring.

      This traditional German style earned the nickname “liquid bread” because it was brewed by monks to help them get through Lenten fasting. Moravian 37 malts and Czech Saaz hops give it a toasted sweetness with a little spice in the finish.

      ORIGINAL GRAVITY

      15º P

      IBUs

      40

      ALCOHOL BY VOLUME

      6.50%

      MALTS UTILIZED

      Moravian 37, Munich

      COLOR, (DEG L.)

      Dark Blonde (9 L)

      HOPS UTILIZED

      Saaz, Mt. Hood

      YEAST

      Lager

      ESTABLISHED

      1989

       
  • Summit Summer Ale
    • bottlecap

      Summit Summer Ale

      Brewed in the Summer

      Savor summer with
      every sip.

      This highly drinkable beer is made for sunny days and long nights. With a crisp, clean bitterness. Lightly toasted malts. And an enticing fruity and floral hop aroma with hints of citrus. Every sip is a celebration of summer.

      ORIGINAL GRAVITY

      11º P

      IBUs

      32

      ALCOHOL BY VOLUME

      4.50%

      MALTS UTILIZED

      2-Row Pale, Moravian, Cara Pils, Malted White Wheat

      COLOR, (DEG L.)

      Pale Straw (4 L)

      HOPS UTILIZED

      Mt. Hood, Wakatu

      YEAST

      Ale

      ESTABLISHED

      2012

       
  • Summit Oktoberfest
    • bottlecap

      Summit Oktoberfest

      Brewed in the fall

      Celebrate the harvest.

      Inspired by the ultimate beer celebration, our Oktoberfest offers rich, toffee malt flavors up front with a hop finish as crisp as the autumn air. Like the fall colors, this beer is gone before you know it. Prosit!

      ORIGINAL GRAVITY

      16º P

      IBUs

      25

      ALCOHOL BY VOLUME

      6.70%

      MALTS UTILIZED

      Moravian 37, Caramel, Munich

      COLOR, (DEG L.)

      Bronze (15 L)

      HOPS UTILIZED

      Northern Brewer, Tettnanger, Saaz

      YEAST

      Lager

      ESTABLISHED

      2001

       
  • Summit Winter Ale
    • bottlecap

      Summit Winter Ale

      Brewed in the Winter

      Comforting as a down blanket. And way better tasting.

      One taste and it’s easy to see why the Brits call this style Winter Warmer. Nutty, roasted malt flavor with hints of coffee, caramel, cocoa and a dash of hop spice. It’ll warm your cockles. Whatever those are.

      ORIGINAL GRAVITY

      15º P

      IBUs

      40

      ALCOHOL BY VOLUME

      6.50%

      MALTS UTILIZED

      2-Row Pale, Caramel, Black Patent

      COLOR, (DEG L.)

      Brown (40 L)

      HOPS UTILIZED

      Willamette, Fuggle, Tettnanger

      YEAST

      Ale

      ESTABLISHED

      1987

       
  • Summit Unchained Series
    • bottlecap

      Summit Unchained Series

      Released Periodically

      Where brewers are free to explore their craft.

      The Summit Unchained Series gives our brewers free rein to create any beer style they want. To rediscover and reinterpret obscure traditional brews. Or invent their own. The result? Small batches. Huge flavor.

       
  • Summit Union Series
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      Summit Union Series

      Released every so often

      The inspired union of new ingredients and time-honored brewing traditions.

      Brewing has always been about discovery. For the Summit Union Series, we scour the globe for new (and sometimes rare) hops and malts. Then we add equal parts craft and creativity to bring you a whole new brew.

       
  • Summit Oatmeal Stout
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      Summit Oatmeal Stout

      Brewed year-round

      A taste you won’t find everywhere.

      While its cascading rich black color will be familiar to Stout enthusiasts, ours is decidedly different. It's made with naked oats from the UK, for one. Smooth and slightly sweet, with hints of coffee, caramel and chocolate. Sold only on draught in select places.

      ORIGINAL GRAVITY

      13.3º P

      IBUs

      36

      ALCOHOL BY VOLUME

      5.10%

      MALTS UTILIZED

      2-Row Pale, Caramel, Oats, Crystal, Roasted Barley, Chocolate

      COLOR, (DEG L.)

      Pitch Black (80 L)

      HOPS UTILIZED

      Northern Brewer, East Kent Golding, Fuggle

      YEAST

      Ale

      ESTABLISHED

      2004