|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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Brew Bonanza at City Pages Beer Fest 2014 [SLIDESHOW]