Weekend brew round-up: Lift Bridge Anniversary party, Kielbasa Fest, and more

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Emily Utne
Stuff yourself with sausage this weekend at Kramarczuk's
It's a real sausage fest this weekend as Kramarczuk's kicks off its fourth-annual Kielbasa Festival at 5 p.m. tonight. In fact, in honor of the event, Mayor R.T. Rybak has declared today "Kielbasa Day" in Minneapolis. 

The Kielbasa festivities include lots of live polka and Ukrainian folk music, European and local beers with one exclusive brew from Surly called Dampfbier, an all-barley German equivalent of a steam beer, and a whole lot of grilled and smoked meats. The deli's side parking lot on East Hennepin Avenue will serve as the epicenter of the event, which runs until 10 p.m. tonight and starts up again at 11 a.m. tomorrow. The price of entry is $12 (which will get you a commemorative stein with your first beer) if you're drinkin' and $6 if you're not. 

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Lift Bridge Brewery celebrates five years in the business of brewing starting tomorrow at 12 p.m. in Stillwater. The event is family-friendly during the daytime hours, and will feature hops-picking, food trucks, live bluegrass music, and brewery tours. Several special firkins will be tapped throughout the day, including Lift Bridge's Oktoberfest. The event is free but will be 21+ only after 4 p.m.

If you're planning to stay a little closer to the city limits, Summit is hosting its Backyard Bash tomorrow. In addition to many gallons of free-flowing beer, there will be plenty of food options from World Street Kitchen, Barrio, Groveland Tap, Black Forest Inn, and more. Tickets are $18 and the whole event is 21+

As always, there's no shortage of taproom and food-truck stuff going on this weekend in Minneapolis. Tonight the Anchor Fish and Chips truck will be parked out Surly's taproom. Look for Simply Steve's there tomorrow evening.

Vellee Deli will be at Fulton's taproom today starting at 3 p.m. Tomorrow is the official release of Libertine Imperial red ale, a seasonal fall ale, which will be on draft and available for growler fills in the taproom. The Anchor Fish and Chips will be parked outside all day in case you get hungry.

Outside Indeed's taproom tonight is Simply Steve's food truck, and Saucy Burt's will be there on Saturday.

No food trucks are scheduled for the weekend at Harriet Brewing, but you can order from nearby Mosaic Cafe (some of our favorite fries and best cheap eats of 2012) and Gandhi Mahal (named Best Indian restaurant many times over) and have food delivered right to the taproom.

And Sunday, we're guessing everyone will be enjoying a beer while watching the Vikes kick off their season. Here's a list of the best bars for watching football in case you need some inspiration.


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Tim Burkhardt
Tim Burkhardt

Plus... for you folks headin' north, there's the Hinckley's Smokin' Ribfest starting at 11 am (ends at 6 pm) this Saturday in downtown Hinckley. Come join us for some music, great food, lots of door prizes and a down home atmosphere!

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