On Saturday many Craft Beer lovers will flock, ticket in hand, to the Autumn Brew Review
—a perennial favorite of local beer geeks. This annual event is put on by the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild, a team of breweries that spans all of Minnesota who are dedicated to the fine craft of brewing. This year they have broken the event up into two full sessions where in years past there has only been one.
The morning session will begin by the call of bagpipes at 10 AM, proof that fun can be had prior to noon. This session promises a morning full of variety that begins with a complimentary and festive beer tasting vessel provided to you upon entering the gate. The 80-plus breweries that will be pouring the samples have prepared for this event so expect to see some beers that may not be available here in Minnesota. A Bloody Mary sample bar will also be on site for traditionalists who prefer to start their morning with a bang or for those opposed to drinking beer before noon. Remember to bring some cash because there will be food vendors such as the Chef Shack
who will be serving a “hang over hash”. The morning session will close at 2 PM to the sound of The Southside Aces
, a local New Orleans style Jazz band.
The afternoon session begins at 3 PM led again by traditional bagpipes and the same 80 breweries
as the morning session. Be sure to check out the local breweries who will be there such as Surly, Fulton, Harriet Brewing, Lift Bridge, Brau Brothers, Schell’s, Summit and the local brewpubs: Town Hall, Barley John’s, Fitger’s, Great Waters, and Herkimer to name few. Local breweries are what make this event happen every year and as any Craft Beer fanatic will tell you fresh beer is the best beer. Once again food vendors
will be on site so you can soak up that liquid diet or grab dinner before you head home. The afternoon session concludes at 7 PM so be sure to call your sober ride a little before then.
Here are some tips if you go:
· Be sure to have a sober ride home. Don’t ruin everyone else’s fun or put other’s lives at risk.
· Wear sunscreen. This is an outdoor event and you will be very sorry at 8 AM on Sunday if you don’t.
· Make sure to eat at the event. Food will help you last throughout the day and despite popular belief, your body needs nutrition.
· Drink plenty of water; this is essential for a day of drinking out in the sun.
· Have fun. Beer is meant to be shared among friends and bring people together in laughter and good conversation.
Tickets for the afternoon session are currently sold out but tickets are still available for the morning session. Tickets are $30 and are available here
. Fall is often thought of as beer festival season, and in Minnesota the weather doesn’t get much better than this. One could argue that of all the beer festivals held here in Minnesota, this would be the one to make it to. Cheers!