|Get in on the beer, bourbon, and brats this weekend at Butcher and the Boar|Courtesy Northeast Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce New food, drink, and music festival debuts this weekend in Northeast
With clear, perfect skies and a hint of hops in the air, the 12th Annual Minnesota Craft Brewer's Guild Autumn Brew Review brought nearly 3,000 to the old Grain Belt Brewery site in northeast Minneapolis over the weekend to sample craft brews from across the country. Over 100 brewers were on site to share their offerings, most of which had between three to five varieties to choose from. That, of course, adds up to a lot of alcohol consumption and some scrupulous note-taking.
Austin Fassino More than 100 brewers came to show off their best
Sponsored by the Minnesota Craft Brewer's Guild, the event gave center stage to local brews, with an outer ring of booths from across the nation, including national favorites like Samuel Adams, Bell's, and Rogue, and the inner ring reserved for the Minnesota brewers. Of course, established brews like Summit, Surly, and Schell's had prominent tables, but so did recent additions such as Mankato Brewing, Harriet, and the just opened brewpub Pour Decisions.
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Some of the the sights from the outdoor extravaganza included brats from local meat maven Jack Riebel of Butcher & the Boar, a hog roast, and several beer and wine options.
The Uptown Art Fair Kitchen Window 1st Annual Culinary Arts Competition
This year the Uptown Art Fair added culinary art to its list of artistic genres by staging a live, onstage culinary competition. Chefs from around the Twin Cities were paired with local artists and tasked with creating dishes and artistic pieces based on a selected basket of ingredients.
As a judge for this year's event, I was asked to grade both the dishes and the art presented by the local artists in the first round on Friday and in the semifinals and finals on Sunday.
Music-lovers heading to the Red House Barnfest can expect to enjoy some of the finest folk, bluegrass, Americana, and blues music at the event in Red Wing on August 4. And lucky for them, attendees can also anticipate eating pretty darn well at the all-day festival, with vendors representing a selection of critically acclaimed food trucks.
The lineup at Red House Barnfest, which takes place on the hillside of an outside amphitheatre in a beautiful farm setting in Red Wing, includes Lucy Kaplansky, Bill Staines, John Williams, and Drew Nelson among others.
Festival-goers can expect to choose from the following gastronomical treats at the outdoor event:
Courtesy Bowser Beer A meaty beer for your dog
Minnesotans love their summer festivals. It makes sense. This is a horrifically cold and awful place to live (It's true. Admit it. Give up the ghost. Winter is awful) most of the year, so we try to cram as much fun as we can into our two habitable months. This sense of urgency might also explain why when a new festival gets off to a bit of a shaky start, a lot of us get pretty upset. The Hot Dish visited with Whitney McChane, the organizer of this year's inaugural Minnesota Cheese Fest to discuss how the event went, what she will change for next year, and the emotion behind some of the criticism the festival received.
What's a cheese festival without a little controversy?
The 20th-annual City Pages Beer Festival returns to downtown Minneapolis near 10th and Hennepin on Saturday, June 2. The festival is your ticket to free, unlimited beer samples from dozens of brewers, including Lift Bridge, Finnegans, Goose Island, Lucid, Lucky Bucket, Northern, Sierra Nevada, and many more, plus live music, great food, and even free mechanical bull rides.
$30 tickets are half-price today at Daily Deal.
It's one of the longest-running and most popular events of its kind, and now, for a limited time, you can score a $30 general admission ticket for just $15 at Daily Deals.
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