|More fests and firkins this weekend|
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|Brewers from Summit at the Great American Beer Festival|
|They may be over in Munich but Oktoberfest celebrations continue this weekend in Minneapolis|Loren Green Rauchfest 2013 & Märzan (left to right)
A night at the Harriet Brewing taproom is always pleasant. Tie in beautiful September weather and the music of Jeff Ray & Hurricane Harold, and a bit of magic happens. And so it did at last night's Rauchfest tasting party.
As beer drinkers across the world know, the end of summer is the time for Oktoberfest. No brewery that styles itself after German and Belgian techniques is going to miss this key calendar note, and Harriet opened the kegs on their new Rauchfest beer last night in a tasting party for this Saturday's larger, public celebration.More »
The Minnesota Cheese Festival returns to the State Fairgrounds this weekend and promises to be a better-organized event this time around, with four sessions spread over the course of two days plus additional staff and vendors.
MN Cheese Festival Some Bent River Camembert to go with your beer?
|Ain't no party like an Augtoberfest party|borderbattlebeerfest.com
In a battle of hops and malts, purple and green, cheese and... uh, lutefisk, Minnesota and Wisconsin brewers will head off against one another for the Border Battle Beer Fest 2. On September 7 at Somerset Amphitheater in Wisconsin, eight breweries from each state (16 in total) will be pitted against each other while sharing tasty brews, converting unbelievers, and representing the growing and varied local brew scene. Last year, awards went to Rush River Brewing Co. for the People's Choice with southwestern Minnesota's Brau Brothers claiming a Golden Firkin. Who is likely to bring home the prize this year?
In addition to beer samples galore, the festival involves live music from Walker Fields and the MTVs, camping, and numerous games, and live entertainment in addition to the beer focus.More »
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|Beer, bugs, and live music at Smack Shack's Block Party|
The Bachelor Farmer takes its Nordic heritage super seriously. Maybe you already knew that; perhaps you've experienced the delightful pyttipanna (like a Swedish version of breakfast hash, but without the hash) offered at brunch or the delectable, ever-rotating "toast" options on the dinner menu. But far be it from one of Minneapolis' most notable restaurants to stop at the food; even the Dayton family likes a good party, after all.
This year, Saturday, August 3 marks the second installment of The Bachelor Farmer's Kräftskiva; their first celebration took place last August. Traditionally, Kräftskiva is a Swedish crayfish party held at the beginning of August and characterized by traditional Swedish music, an abundance of beer and aquavit, and, of course, loads of chilled crayfish. The Bachelor Farmer edition of Kräftskiva doesn't stray far from those original components.More »