Grain Belt Blu, a blueberry-infused beer, on tap exclusively at the State Fair

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Sure it's rainy, but is that going to stop you from hitting the first day of the Great Minnesota Get-Together? We certainly hope not, especially since August Schell Brewing of New Ulm announced they will be selling their limited edition Grain Belt Blu exclusively at this year's State Fair.

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"Cold beer and fresh blueberries just seemed like the perfect summer combination," says head brewer Jace Marti. The beer is a state fair exclusive, with no distribution plans beyond the 2014 fair.

Grain Belt Blu starts with the familiar Premium beer, and adds U.S.-farmed blueberries, which are converted into juice and added to the beer. Blu is light and crisp, highlighting the berry flavors without any syrupy consequences. It is indeed blue in color, and of course designed to be paired with a range of fried state fair foods. Grain Belt Blu will be sold only on draft at Lulu's Public House in the West End Market.

"We're big fans of the state fair and always wanted to create a special product to celebrate it," Marti says. The brewery also wanted a unique summer recipe to complement Grain Belt Premium. There are no plans for any new Grain Belt recipes at this time. The last Grain Belt addition, Nordeast, was introduced in 2010.

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Jason M Saye
Jason M Saye

It's pretty gross after the first couple sips. Starts to taste like robitussin

Patrick O'Keeffe
Patrick O'Keeffe

Paul R. Butenhoff wanna make this a mission tomorrow night??

Richard Skeate
Richard Skeate

Beers getting so gay. If you need fruity flavor drink something fucking else ya bunch of pussies

Thomas Lucy
Thomas Lucy

Hans Dykema, the rain did not stop me. However, I did not try the beer. I will give it a go next time.

Can Nah
Can Nah

Meing Stormageddon Yang i wanna

Tom Grengs
Tom Grengs

I thought Grain Belt was a mix of blueberries and vomit

Dustin Beltrand
Dustin Beltrand

If it's anywhere near as bad as the 89.3 The Current beer stay the hell away from me with that.

Katie Starks
Katie Starks

Weird, I have always thought there was a hint of Blueberry in the regular.

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