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Gluten-free Burning Brothers Brewing opening St. Paul taproom

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The Midwest is getting what may be its first-ever gluten-free brewery – and it'll call St. Paul home.

The team behind Burning Brothers Brewing announced that, after a few months of brewing, their taproom will be opening in St. Paul Friday.

Founders and Faribault natives Dane Breimhorst and Thom Foss gave an interview to the Pioneer Press Wednesday. The two 40-year-olds tell the paper they've known one another since the age of 19. They got the name – Burning Brothers – from their time as fire-eaters earlier in their life, the paper reports.

The brewery's website says the idea for a gluten-free brewery came to them after Breimhorst was diagnosed with Celiac disease – meaning he can't consume anything containing gluten. That includes things like wheat, barley and rye, ingredients often found in beer and alcohol. So they took Breimhorst's passion for home brewing and knowledge of cooking and began exploring gluten-free beers.

Finding a recipe became as simple as "Throw everything in your kitchen at beer," Breimhorst tells the Pioneer Press. Foss tells the paper they tried millet and buckwheat, and even quinoa.

Burning Brothers brewed its initial batch of signature pale ale – called Pyro American – on Dec. 15, the Faribault Daily News reported. Since then, the paper says the founders have been working on expanding, finalizing agreements with distributors to reach more of Minnesota – and getting the taproom ready.

The Burning Brothers website says it's the only dedicated gluten-free brewery in the Midwest. Foss tells the Pioneer Press there are only "a few" in the U.S., and Burning Brothers has the only such American Pale Ale on the market.

Why all the effort?

"Because we deserve a choice of flavors and styles when it comes to beer drinking, and so do you," the site says.

According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, celiac is an autoimmune disorder where ingested gluten damages the small intestine. It's estimated to affect about one in every 100 people worldwide.

The Burning Brothers Brewing taproom is located at 1750 W. Thomas Ave. in St. Paul. It'll be open starting Friday, April 4 at 4 p.m.

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