10,000 Minutes of Minnesota Craft Beer 2013: Weekend Events

Categories: Beer

E. Katie Holm
Finally, it's Friday, it's the start of Art-A-Whirl, and it's time to celebrate the end of Craft Beer Week with a cold brew or two... or more. With dozens of events, tappings, and releases going on all weekend, we picked a handful of events that are sure to be filled to the brim with fun and hops.

Boom Island's Thoprock IPA Now in Growlers at the Brewery
Boom Island Brewing Company Taproom
2207 North 2nd Street, Minneapolis
Friday 5-7:30 p.m. and Saturday 1-4 p.m.

It might sounds weird, but Boom Island's Thoprock is pretty darn good. Get the IPA in a growler all year long starting now. They'll also have Witness available in growler form at the taproom, with Silvius, Hoodoo, and Brimstone bottled up, too.

St. Paul Saints Dabbler Bullpen Opening Week
Saint Paul Saints Stadium
St. Paul
Thursday through Sunday

Finally, one of the classic markers of summertime: the opening of the Saints games. We've always liked getting a cold one during the season, but during opening week, you can catch some pretty crafty brews at the Dabbler Bullpen courtesy of four different local breweries including Badger Hill.

First Annual Stanley's Craft Beer Festival and Block Party
Stanley's Northeast Bar Room Lowry Avenue
NE Third Street, Minneapolis
Saturday 2-5 p.m.

It might be Stanley's First Annual Craft Beer Festival and Block Party, but we have a feeling it won't be the last. Scheduled during Art-A-Whirl primetime, it's the perfect place to take a break from all that traveling between galleries and sip on an ice-cold beer before you hit up the next artsy hotspots on your list.

7th Annual Brewers Bazaar
St. Croix Boat and Packet Co.
525 South Main Street, Stillwater
Saturday 12-4 p.m.

Hop aboard the Avalon Riverboat on the St. Croix River and spend a delightful four hours sampling more than a dozen different craft beers from around the area. Tickets go fast though, so make sure you snag yours if you haven't already.

Don't forget to check the extensive list of events on the 10,000 Minutes of Minnesota Craft Beer site.

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