New Belgium Brewing's Tour de Fat: A celebration of bikes, beer, and being weird

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Photo courtesy of New Belgium Brewing

This may be the greatest number of bikes and costumes a Minneapolis parade has seen since Mayday. At Tour de Fat, bikes, beer, whimsy, live music, and more are served up in a circus-like environment. New Belgium Brewing, the company behind Fat Tire amber ale, has scheduled its annual charity fundraiser for July 26 at Loring Park, and it promises a spectacle.

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9 local breweries compete to create special Wilderness Act beers

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Bala Sivakumar

Brews and Canoes, a beer-themed celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the Boundary Waters Wilderness Act, is approaching, and to celebrate the milestone, the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness (FBWW) put out a call to Minnesota's commercial brewers to submit special brews that reflect the spirit of the FBWW.

The final entrants in the contest have now been identified, with nine local breweries and 25 unique recipes in various thematic categories. Judges will determine a winner among the competing brews with a September 10 public tasting and awards event.

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St. Paul Summer Beer Fest: Over 400 brews, Finch's Beer makes MN debut, and more

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Photo by Chuck Pittman

On Saturday more than 4,000 thirsty patrons will gather to sample beers and talk shop at the sixth annual St. Paul Summer Beer Fest.

The event itself will feature just over 100 breweries, both local and national, and several unique and specialty brews. The festival has doubled the number of participating breweries and attendees since its inception in 2009. Surly, Finch's Beer Company, Fitgers Brewhouse, Lagunitas, Boulevard, Founders, Rogue, and Urban Growler are just a few of the many who will hold booths at the 2014 festival.

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Rain and local brews at 22nd annual City Pages Beer Festival

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Denis Jeong Plaster

The 22nd annual City Pages Beer Festival was a wet affair, but the steady rain wasn't enough to deter us and our fellow beer-lovers -- especially after the first dozen samples.

The festival featured a variety of brewers, local and national, along with live music from Viva Knievel, Brian Boru Irish Pipe Band, accordionist Bill Koncar, and games such as hammerschlagen and a mechanical bull.

The growth of the local scene was evident in this year's participating breweries, with around half of them calling Minnesota home. Fulton had the largest presence, owning the VIP area, and others such as Day Block, Tin Whiskers, Summit, and Stagecoach were all serving multiple beers. Standouts overall were the offerings from Clown Shoes, Big Wood, and Sierra Nevada.

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Minnesota Cheese Fest: Perfect weather, local foods, and a whole lot of cheese

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Hannah Sayle
Toothpicking toothsome cheeses at the Minnesota Cheese Festival

After a rocky start in 2012, marked by long lines and unhappy ticket holders, the Minnesota Cheese Festival hit its stride in year three. The fromage-filled fest took over the International Bazaar at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on Sunday and delighted cheese-lovers with cooking demonstrations and samples of local foods, beer and wine, and, of course, regional cheeses.

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Tickets on sale now for the 2014 City Pages Beer Festival

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Denis Jeong
Samples galore at City Pages Beer Fest

Tie on your pretzel necklaces and prepare to ride the mechanical bull because it's time again for City Pages Beer Fest, our annual celebration of suds in downtown Minneapolis. On Saturday, May 31, we'll have samples of over 100 beers, live music, unlimited Fulton beer in the V.I.P. area, and much more.

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Stanley's Craft Beer and Bacon Fest celebrates pork and suds at Art-a-Whirl

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The world of cuisine has a few truly sure-fire pairings: Cabernet and filet mignon, caviar and champagne, dishes and beverages with histories so thoroughly intertwined that they've become soul mates. But there is only one true pairing, and it knows no class or caste -- the people's champ, if you will. We're speaking, of course, of beer and bacon. This year during Art-a-Whirl, the fine folks at Stanley's Northeast Bar Room are devoting a whole block party to this princely combination.

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612Brew to have cask beers and food trucks for Art-A-Whirl Bash 2014

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612Brew taproom mural by Adam Turman

Art-A-Whirl, the annual open studio tour in northeast Minneapolis, is fine arts-focused, but the event has also become a chance to celebrate local beer, food, and music. 612Brew, located in the heart of the action in Northeast, is marking the occasion with its second annual Art-A-Whirl Bash.

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Harriet Brewing to host food truck rally and release barrel-aged Divine Oculust

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On May 10, Harriet Brewing will host Spring Spread, the first of three rallies in conjunction with the Minnesota Food Truck Association (MFTA).

Spring Spread will bring 16 food trucks to the Harriet parking lot, complemented by live music and lots of beer from the south Minneapolis brewery. The rally is free, though attendees must, of course, be 21 and up to drink. The festival lines up with Minnesota Craft Beer Week and Harriet will be releasing a different sour barrel-aged Divine Oculust each day of the week. The beer on the day of the rally will be a Divine Oculust aged with raspberries.

Food truck participants include Hibachi Daruma, Hot Indian Food, Jake's Street Grille, and 13 more, listed in full below. A portion of proceeds will go toward local non-profit Open Arms, which cooks and delivers nutritionally sound meals to individuals with debilitating illnesses.

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Harriet to throw all-day, free party for Maibock release

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Davin Haukebo-Bol

It's spring in Minnesota, and in the brewing universe, that means Maibock season. To celebrate its own unique brew, the Sol Bock, Harriet Brewing will throw a free party at the brewery on April 26 from 1 to 10 p.m.

"This year I brewed Sol Bock as traditionally as possible, German-style," says owner and brewmaster Jason Sowards. The beer possesses a floral and earthy character and a "softer than traditional malt profile." Harriet will tap the kegs the night before at an April 25 pre-party at the brewery, and supplies are expected to last into May. It will also be available in limited metro bars during Minnesota craft beer week.

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