The 5-8 Club shepherd's pie burger is newest in monthly burger-beer pairing


South Minneapolis institution 5-8 Club has a new burger in the works, every month.

The one-time speakeasy and a co-creator of the Jucy Lucy is launching Brewer’s Burger program, a new limited time monthly burger that’s crafted by local beer makers with a unique beer ‘n’ burger pairing in mind.

Month number one is already underway, with St. Patrick’s Day undoubtedly an influence. The new Dubliner burger is a beef patty topped with Irish cheddar cheese, peas, carrots, and mashed potatoes. If that’s not enough toppings, it also includes corned beef and comes smothered in a gravy made with Bad Weather Brewing’s Irish Cream Ale, the partner beer to this hearty sandwich.

The burger is inspired by Andy Ruhland, head brewer at Bad Weather Brewing in St. Paul. “I’ve always enjoyed Shepherd’s Pie. 5-8’s Brewer’s Burger program was the ideal opportunity to create what I consider the perfect pairing for our limited release Irish Cream Ale,” Ruhland said in a press release. 

Irish Cream Ale is sold only in Bad Weather’s taproom and at the four 5-8 Club locations around the metro while supplies last. 

While no official schedule has been announced, a new brewery partner, Badger Hill, and a new specialty burger are already in the works for April and beyond. 

Bad Weather's Andy Ruhland and Zac Carpenter test their skills behind the grill.

Bad Weather's Andy Ruhland and Zac Carpenter test their skills behind the grill.

The 5-8 Club, which originated near Cedar Avenue and Highway 62 in Minneapolis, also has locations in Maplewood, West St. Paul, and Champlin. The burger sells for $9.99, or $14.99 with beer, at the Minneapolis restaurant. Specials on the beer price may vary between locations.