A fire extinguisher is meant to be discharged and sprayed to contain a fire, but you don’t want to spray or waste a drop of this Xtinguisher. It’s a beer called Red Xtinguisher and the only emergency it is meant be used for is to quench a thirst.
Waconia Brewing is located across the street from the Waconia Fire Station and firefighters often stop by the establishment evenings after training or a meeting, notes co-owner Dee DeLange.
“We will even stay open after hours for them,” she said.
It’s a special bond, especially since firefighters responded to a fire a few years ago at the DeLange residence.
“They hold a special place and we really wanted to do something for them,” DeLange said.
So, in February firefighters teamed up with Waconia Brewing head brewer Tom Schufman on a firemen’s brew, with a portion of proceeds going to the Waconia Fire Relief Association. Firefighters advised on the style of beer and a couple even helped prepare the mash.
Red Xtinguisher is a pale ale concocted from a unique Red X malt designed with brewing red colored beers in mind. It’s low-alcohol with a bit of a caramel flavor combined with a hint of citrus and floral, according to Schufman.
Waconia Brewing brewed about 10 barrels, or 20 kegs, for sale in its taproom and staged a special release night for firefighters and spouses. The local brewer also created a special Red Xtingusher T-shirt.
Red Xtinguisher proved to be especially popular among firefighters and has been sold out for a few months now. For every pint, growler or T-shirt sold, Waconia Brewing committed to donating $2 to Fire Relief. Last Saturday, during Fire Prevention Week, Waconia Brewing presented a check for nearly $3,000.
On Oct. 26, Waconia Brewing will mark its fifth anniversary with $5 special growlers, special glasses, music, a re-release of some favorite beers, and an introduction of a new one. It’s a Belgian sour beer called Cherry Flanders Red that has been fermenting for serval months.