If you are looking for something beer-centric to do on Saturday you may want to check out Rauchfest at Harriet Brewing. This Oktoberfest event will not only feature craft beer but also a good looking lineup of bands, local artists, and food trucks. The event is from 1:00 PM to 10:00 PM and is located at the brewery in South Minneapolis.
Some notable bands are The Boys ‘n The Barrels, the Duluth locals Hobo Nephews Of Uncle Frank, and folk rockers Molly Maher and Her Disbelievers from St. Paul. All of the bands are either regional or local here to the Twin Cities and should keep the crowd lively. As you may know, Harriet is very good about supporting local artists at every turn and this event is no exception. Where else can you see live painters or fire dancers while you sip suds?
Of course it wouldn’t be a celebration without Rauchfest (Smoked Lager) or any of the other seven Harriet beers that will be available on Saturday. The lineup features a variety of beer including a Sour Belgian beer called Saison Nourrice, an Oktoberfest, a German Dunkelweizen, a Belgian IPA and a few others.
Tickets to this event are going to be $15 and can be ordered here. See below for more details.
RAUCHFEST 2013 BEER MENU
Rauchfest Lager - German-Style Smoked Lager – 5.5% ABV • 25 IBU
Oktoberfest / Márzen - German-Style Lager – 5.0% ABV • 25 IBU
West Side – Belgian-Style IPA – 6.5% ABV • 40 IBU
Dark Abbey - Belgian-Style Dubbel – 7.5% ABV • 25 IBU
Divine Oculust – Belgian-Style Golden Strong – 8.5% ABV • 35 IBU
Woluptuweiss - German-Style Dunkelweizen – 5.5% ABV • 12 IBU
Wodan Weizen - German-Style Weissbier – 5.0% ABV • 14 IBU
Saison Nourrice “Sour” - Barrel Aged Belgian-Style Farmhouse Ale – 6.0% ABV • 35 IBU
Tickets: $6 or 4/$20
MIDWEST SUPPLIES MAIN STAGE
Boys ‘N The Barrels (7:30-9pm) ~ Bluegrass
Useful Jenkins (5:30-7pm) ~ Bluegrass. Funk. Rock
Dérobé Dance Band (3:30-5pm) ~ Afrobeat
The Blackberry Brandy Boys (1:30-3pm) ~ Cosmic Americana
PROMO ADVANTAGE TAP ROOM STAGE
Dead Larry (8:30-10pm) – Funk. Rock. Dance.
Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank (6:30-8pm) – Roots
Erik Koskinen Band (5-6pm) – Roots Rock
Molly Maher & Her Disbelievers (4-5pm) – Americana Roots
The Jolly Huntsmen (2-3:30pm) – Polka
Mark Andrew Duo (1-1:45pm) – Songwriter
BLICK’S ART ALLEY
DWITT - Tap Room Exhibit + Live Painting
Jeff Troldahl – Tap Room Exhibit + Live Painting
Chuck Hues - Main Stage Live Painting
SJ Gray – Alley Exhibit + Live Painting
Jesse Brodd – Tap Room Exhibit
Twisted Groove - Tye-Dye Exhibit
Shell Kelley – Live Painting
LLK Designs – Alley Exhibit
SaraCura – Henna & Jewelry
Archaic Aberrations – Natural & Handmade Items
Mobile Screen Printing by Wentworth Screen Printing
Harriet H Logo & Rauchfest 2013 Plates will be ready to press on any of your clothes. Come prepared!
KFAI - 90.3 FM Minneapolis – 106.7 FM St. Paul
Midwest Supplies - Main Stage in Big Top Tent
Promo Advantage – Taproom Stage
Blick’s Art Materials – Art Alley
The Growler - The Patio
MN Food Truck Association – Food Court
Zeke’s Unchained Animal - Backstage
Yelp! – Social Media
MJG Productions - Street Team
Secret Stash Records – Rauchfest Vinyl
For the second year in a row, Minnesota craft beer will be on display in the Agriculture Building. You can learn everything about our local suds; from where the ingredients come from to how it is made and who produces it. The exhibit will feature local examples from some of the 40 breweries represented at the fair.
The response to this exhibit could not have been better during last year’s Great Minnesota Get Together, where flocks of people came to learn about and sample various local brews. “We had people knocking the door down at 9 AM last year,” said Clint Roberts, the Executive Director of the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild.
That success prompted the Brewers Guild to double the space for this year, which will include a wall dedicated to brewery art and two additional flights of beer bringing the total to six. “We don’t want people to just come in for a beer, we want them to take in the entire cultural aspect,” said Roberts. This year they are also introducing Firkin Friday. That means on Fridays they will switch out one of the typical beers in your flight with a special beer drawn from a firkin (basically a small keg). These are usually limited or rare varieties that the brewers don’t brew every day.
Once again the exhibit will feature speakers from all corners of the craft beer scene from brewers to educators. If you happen to be at the fair on Sunday, August 25th you won’t want to miss Doug Hoverson, author of Land of Amber Waters: The History of Brewing in Minnesota. Doug is well-versed in the history of brewing in Minnesota and is extremely interesting to listen to.
One of the best presentations last year involved both Mike and Dave Hoops—two brothers brewing at two different brewpubs here in Minnesota. Mike brews at Town Hall Brewery at Seven Corners in Minneapolis and Dave brews up at Fitger’s Brewhouse in Duluth. They will be presenting again this year on Tuesday, August 27th at 6 PM.
Another promising presentation in the lineup is Artifacts and Agriculture, which will cover a variety of topics such as old brewery memorabilia (Dave Wendl of Breweriana Collectors Club of America), the growing of hops (Charlie “Hop Star” Rohwher Ph.D.) and the malting/barley industry (Cargill’s Mark Ruark).
Here is the full presentation schedule:
Thursday, August 22
Friday, August 23
Saturday, August 24
Sunday, August 25
Monday, August 26
Tuesday, August 27
Wednesday, August 28
Thursday, August 29
Friday, August 30
Saturday, August 31
Sunday, September 1
Monday, September 2
Be sure to check out the Minnesota Brewers Guild site for the rest of the details and remember to ask questions while you are there.
One of the hardest things to do at a beer fest is to choose your favorite brew. For this very reason I decided to compile a small list of some of my favorites. Without further ado, here are my top five beers from All Pints North:
#5 Ginger Pale Ale from Barley John’s Brewpub – Ginger and beer? Yes please. The ginger was not overpowering and was a nice addition to the summer friendly, and easy drinking Pale Ale.
#4 Park Point Pilsener from Fitger’s Brewhouse – Sometimes there is nothing better than a nice clean Pilsener on a warm summer day, and no one knows a good Pilsener better than Dave Hoops. Aside from Schell’s, this is probably the best local example I’ve tried.
#3 Coconut Milk Stout from Dangerous Man Brewing – Velvety coconut milk meets chocolatey Stout. The crew at Dangerous Man concocted one of the better Milk Stouts I’ve had in a while.
#2 Imperial Wit from Blacklist Brewing – By far the biggest surprise at All Pints North. Blacklist did not fail to impress with this one—chock full of kaffir lime, citrusy goodness, this wheat-based brew was unique and well crafted to the point where I may just crave it for the rest of the summer.
#1 Clementine Big Jim from Northbound Smokehouse Brewpub – I’ve never had a fruit infused IPA quite like this one. A combination of grapefruit and clementine zest gave one of the better local IPA’s a nice citrusy punch without overdoing it on the fruit.
Attendance at this year’s event was double so if you are planning to go next year be sure to plan ahead. This one is quickly becoming one the best summer events around the state.
The North Shore is home to some great breweries, most of which are located in Duluth. But you’d be missing out if you didn’t head a half hour north to a little town called Castle Danger where Clint and Jamie MacFarlane own and operate Castle Haven Cabins and Castle Danger Brewery.
The cabins alone would make the trip worthwhile but it’s the beer brewed on site (since 2010) that makes it extra special.
It could be argued that Castle Danger Brewery has the best view of any brewery in the state and Clint does not take that for granted. Operating in what appears to be the cleanest brewery around, Clint and lifelong friend and brewer Mason Williams churn out a wide variety of beers including their year-round offering—Danger Ale.
Danger Ale is a Pale Ale that you can tell Clint spent some time formulating. This flagship beer comes in at 6% ABV and is nicely balanced between the bready malt and the hops.
Gale Force Wheat is their early summer seasonal brew, which packs a hop punch of 77 IBU’s due to the addition of Cascade, Citra, and Hallertau hops. True to the Hefeweizen style, it also has that distinct banana clove touch and is topped off with some orange zest.
Double Crossing IPA is a monster of a beer at 9.1% ABV, but you would never know by taking a sip as it sneaks up on you rather quickly. It is loaded with hops, four pounds per barrel to be exact, giving it a nice grapefruit flavor. Double Crossing IPA was created in honor of the two-year anniversary of the brewery.
What’s really exciting is that Castle Danger Brewing has plans to open a taproom just south of their current location in Two Harbors, Minnesota at 17 7th Street. The plan is to do most of the brewing at the new location where they will operate a canning line, while still brewing special or experimental batches at the original brewery. It should be noted that when the taproom opens growler sales will no longer be available at the original brewery, only at the taproom.
Many of their beers are currently available at the brewery in a growler for $15 (filled) or $10 for refills. You can find them on tap at many locations along the North Shore, and they will also be pouring at All Pints North this weekend up in Duluth. Go here to purchase your tickets to this event.