Once again this year marks another successful year at the St. Paul summer beer festival. The event featured over 100 breweries and thousands of drunk people breaking glass. After waiting out the initial 20 minute line to enter, the rest of the day went smoothly as we got away rain free with unlimited booze and live music. If you still haven’t been, make sure to mark this one down in your calendar next year (that is, if you like beer of course).
With over 100 breweries, it is always a tough choice deciding which ones to bounce between, because there is no way you are hitting them all. While their were many beers featured from Minnesota, it is a good day to expand your horizon and find out about new upcoming breweries.
New Upcoming favorites: Finch’s Beer Company and Tin Whisker’s Brewing Company. Finch’s beer company is only 3 weeks old and is located in Chicago, IL. With a variety of canned tallboys already for sale, Finch’s is already making a splash into the market; their Fascist Pig was delicious (Imperial Red IPA). Tin Whisker’s is a newly opened brewery out of St. Paul, which already features a solid lineup of brews at their taproom, all of which were on point.
St. Paul Summer Beer Fest Winner: Went out to MPLS’ Dangerous Man. The brewery is not shy of winning, since they just won the 2014 Winter Beer Dabbler.
Yesterday was the Summer Beer Dabbler, which happened to sell out and it is no surprise that it did. Unfortunately, I had to work during our #1 beer festival and will now have to try the Twin Cities Beer Fest. Instead of 65 breweries like the Beer Dabbler, this beer festival will include 25+ breweries. If it is anything remotely close to the Winter Beer Dabbler, you will need a sober ride home. Your Beer Fest ticket will include free admission to the horse races, which begin at 1:30 PM. The VIP tickets seem quite beneficial, and I am giving some thought into purchasing these. VIP includes: 12oz. pours of select beers and FREE food. You’ll also have access to seating, separate bathrooms, and other perks. Admission to live racing at Canterbury Park and a $10 blackjack match play is included plus $5 gift card to Cuzzy’s Brickhouse. Limited VIP tickets are available, so make sure to snatch one up soon.