It’s almost hop harvest season and the fine folks at Lift Bridge Brewing are hosting a fun event where you can be a part of making their seasonal “fresh hop” beer called Harvestor. This is the second year that Lift Bridge has worked with local hop grower Hippity Hop Farms from Forest Lake to create this special brew.
The event consists of two parts: the pickin’ will happen on Friday, September 7th from 5-8 PM and is free for all ages; the grinnin’ is the after party from 9 PM till midnight where tickets will cost $8 in advance or $10 at the door. The ticket cost includes your first beer and the entertainment which will feature musician Pat McCurdy from Milwaukee, WI.
Food trucks, including the local favorite Nate Dogs and the MidNord Empanada Truck, will be on-site offering food for purchase—and as usual you will be able to purchase Lift Bridge brews in the taproom. There will even be a special new beer making its debut at the brewery that evening, but you will need to show up to see what it will be. A little birdie has told me that it may just have a little something to do with the coming season...
One other thing to keep in mind is that when you attend these types of events you should always plan to have a safe ride home—don’t ruin the fun for everyone else. This is your chance to help out your local brewery and have a good time while doing it so don’t miss out.
Ryan Tuenge is an avid home brewer and craft beer lover who
is not afraid to spend his last $5 on a pint of beer at the local pub.
As a member of the Minnesota Home Brewers Association, Ryan has tried a wide variety of beers and has toured many of the local breweries. He also has a blog about craft beer in Minnesota. He likes to read, write and travel with his wife. Follow him on Twitter @lodgefather.