The beers will be special. The beards will be combed. Winterfest 2017 is moving to Minneapolis and is sure to showcase the very best beers available in the state of Minnesota. Here’s a look at what makes Winterfest so unique and why it’s one of the must-attend beer fests in the midwest.
Since 1997, Town Hall Brewery in Minneapolis has been brewing up awesome beers for the people of the Twin Cities. While the styles they make run the entire spectrum, they set aside one week each year for a single theme. Barrel Aged Beer Week 2017 returns, and continues to showcase this much sought after sect of beer.
The time has come to celebrate! 40 years ago, Old Chicago started by combining a love for great food with great beer. In continuing that commitment to the perfect combo, they’re throwing one heck of a party, the World’s Largest Tap Takeover with Sam Adams on Saturday, July 9th, 2016.
I’ll be there and was lucky enough to have Old Chicago give me a preview what’s to come at this awesome event. Here are some of the brews you should look to try at the tap takeover.
In celebrating the passing of the Pint Law, Surly held the Power Of The Pint at the brewery on June 18th 2011. Entry was free and included a Surly Power Of The Pint glass for each visitor. As the gates opened, so did the sky with a downpour that soaked most. We headed inside to the brewery tasting room to get the first pints (having a nice stockpile of wooden beer tokens from previous Surly events meant we didn’t have to stand outside and purchase them before getting brew). First up was the pint of Moe’s Bender pictured above. This vanilla and cocoa nib infused version of Coffee Bender is the perfect way to kick off any day.
As the rain let up a bit to a drizzle, we headed outside to checkout the offerings in the outside tent. Outside they were pouring a great lineup that included year-round brews like Furious, Bender, and CynicAle along with seasonals Bitter Brewer and Smoke, Surly’s smoked baltic porter. A pint of Smoke please. That’s right, a pint of 8.3% ABV brew.
The 5nd annual Surly Open had great weather and was a great time as always. No that’s not a typo in the name. For the 3rd year, whoever was in charge of updating the graphics on the discs from 2nd to 3rd only changed the number resulting in the “3nd Annual…” and the tradition has continued on ever since. We started on the 8th hole of the beautiful Blue Ribbon Pine’s Disc Golf course and enjoyed an afternoon of beer and fun. Because this year added an ultimate tournament in the center of the course, some holes were skipped so the disc golfers wouldn’t be throwing over the ultimate game in progress. The pig roast was great and once again I went home winning a gift certificate (this time to Sea Salt) making me 4 for 4 at The Open. Always a great event I look forward to attending next year.