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

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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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Get your caffeine fix at the Calhoun Square Coffee Festival this Saturday

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Looking to get an early jump on your weekend buzz? 

Calhoun Square's 24th annual Coffee Festival is going on this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will feature samples from 35 coffee vendors, a barista competition, and even a couple of coffee-infused beers for those who need a little downer after all the uppers. 

Here are more details on the Uptown event.

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Weekend brew round-up: Big River Brew Fest, Fall Food Truck Rally, and more

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More fests and firkins this weekend
You've done the apple orchard thing. You've taken a hay ride. Maybe you're so on the ball that you even have your pumpkins all lined up for carving. You think you have done all the fun fall things, but there's even more events going on this weekend and since this is the brew round-up, they all involve beer. 

Top billing goes to the third-annual Big River Brew Fest happening on Saturday from 1:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m at the historic Grain Belt Brewery Bottling House in Northeast. The event is hosted by East Side Neighborhood Services and will feature samples of over 200 varieties of beer, with a strong focus on local brews (full list of vendors here), and a homebrew competition. Tickets are $30 at the door for this rain or shine event.

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Minnesota breweries take home top prizes at the Great American Beer Festival

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Brewers from Summit at the Great American Beer Festival
This past weekend in Denver, Colorado, brewers and beer enthusiasts turned out in droves from all over the country to sample submissions and select America's best beers at the Great American Beer Festival. From the nearly 5,000 individual beers entered for evaluation at the largest commercial beer competition in the world, a handful of local brews took home big prizes, including ones from Surly, Schell's, Summit, and Town Hall Brewery.

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Weekend brew round-up: 612Brew Oktoberfest, Boarfest, and more

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They may be over in Munich but Oktoberfest celebrations continue this weekend in Minneapolis
It's officially October in Minnesota and that means there's no shortage of Oktoberfest celebrations going on in the Twin Cities. 

Top billing for this weekend goes to 612Brew's Oktoberfest which is being held tomorrow at their Northeast brewery. There will be a full line-up of bands including Fort Wilson Riot, food trucks including Bloomy's Roast Beef and the Minnesota Twins Truck, and of course they'll be pouring 612Brew's Oktoberfest beer. Consider this event a chance to don your Bavarian finery because 612 will be giving away door prizes to the attendees with the best Oktoberfest costumes. Activities kick off at noon and go until 7:00 p.m., and best of all, admission to this event is free.

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Harriet Brewing ready for Rauchfest 2013

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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.

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Weekend Brew Round-up: MN Cheese Festival, Herkimer Oktoberfest, and More

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Some Bent River Camembert to go with your beer?
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. 

People naturally think of pairing wine with cheese, but the festival organizers seem to know their audience, so they're doing beer pairings as well. Schell's Pils will be matched with Stickney Hills honey chèvre, Summit Saga with Caves of Fairbault AmaBlu, and Brau Bros. Ring Neck Brown with Alemar Cheese Company's Good Thunder. Tickets for the Saturday and Sunday sessions are $15 and are available here

There's plenty more taproom, brewpub, and beer bash action to be had this weekend. Here are the highlights:

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3rd Annual Augtoberfest coming to Linden Hills

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Ain't no party like an Augtoberfest party

Where are these "dog days" of summer we've heard so much about? The temperatures have been easy on air conditioners, and a distinctive crispness lingers in the evenings. It's possible that the shortest summer ever is already sliding into fall. Might as well embrace the impending autumn and kick the season off right: with Augtoberfest.

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Border Battle Beer Festival settles lineup

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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.

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Smack Shack Block Party tickets on sale now

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Beer, bugs, and live music at Smack Shack's Block Party
Smack Shack, the North Loop's locus of lobster, just announced its summer block party will be held Saturday, August 10. The all-you-can-eat (and all-you-can-drink) event starts at noon and goes until 8:00 p.m. with a full lineup of live bands and a Louisiana-style crayfish boil-inspired menu. 

Here are more details on the vittles, tipples, and where you can get your tickets.

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