The 2014 Stanley's Beer & Bacon Fest
Many have dubbed Northeast’s annual art crawl “Party-A-Whirl,” and for good reason -- it’s become arguably the biggest neighborhood-wide party of the year, with craft beer taprooms, restaurants and bars hosting block parties throughout the area, complete with live music, craft beer and food trucks. Here's what to hear, eat and drink at 11 of this year's biggest block parties. (For the best art events and shows, click here.)
Music: In its third year at AAW, Northeast brewery and taproom 612Brew hosts 13 music acts for two days on an outdoor amphitheater, with highlights including Rogue Valley frontman Chris Koza (9 p.m. Sat.), electronic-pop act Tiny Deaths (9 p.m. Fri.), and R&B newcomer Jon Jones (8 p.m. Fri.). View the full lineup at 612brew.com.
Food: Food trucks include NateDogs, Midnord Empanadas, Sandy’s Grill, Hibachi Daruma and the Moral Omnivore.
Drink: 612Brew beers Six, Unrated, Gateway Park, Zero Hour and Mary Ann will be on tap, along with the release of its German-inspired Radler and special casks.
What's more: Art will be on display by 612Brew mural artist Adam Turman, Dogfish Media and Garden Weasel Creations.
When & Where: 5–10 p.m. Fri., 2–10 p.m. Sat. 21–plus. Free. 612Brew, 945 Broadway St. N.E., Mpls. 612-217-0437. www.612brew.com
Indeed Brewing’s Whirlygig
Music: Indeed’s taproom expands to host three days of live music from 17 acts including Mark Mallman (9 p.m. Sat.), Grant Hart (5 p.m. Sun), Slim Cessna's Auto Club (8 p.m.) and Rupert Angeleyes (8 p.m. Sat.). View the full lineup and set times at Indeed's Facebook page.
Food: Food trucks include Gastrotruck, El Taco Riendo, Red River Kitchen, Natedogs, Simply Steve's Food Truck and Little G's Mobile Pizzeria.
Drink: Indeed’s LSD Honey Ale is back for the season along with Dandy Logger, Shenanigans Summer Ale, Day Tripper Pale Ale, Midnight Ryder American Black Ale and rotating special releases.
When & Where: 3–10 p.m. Fri. & noon–10 p.m. Sat., noon–5 p.m. Sun. Free. Indeed Brewing, 711 15th Av. N.E., Mpls. 612-843-5090. www.indeedbrewing.com
Bauhaus Brew Labs’s the Liquid Zoo
Music: For its first Art-A-Whirl block party, Bauhaus Brew Labs features two days of live music from eight bands, kicking off with a Friday night set from Viva Knievel and special guests, plus Black Diet (8 p.m.), Black Market Brass (7 p.m. and Carroll (5 p.m.) on Saturday. View the full lineup and set times at Bauhaus' Facebook page.
Food: Food trucks include Butcher Salt, O'Cheeze, Tru Pizza, Vin's Italian and Green + the Grain.
Drink: Bauhaus’ Wonderstuff Neu Bohemian Pilsner, Stargrazer German Style Schwarzbier, Wagon Party West Coast Style Larger and Sky-Five! Midwest Coast IPA plus seasonal brews.
What’s more: Made by Hands craft fair on Sunday and free bike tune-ups on Saturday.
When & Where: 3–10 p.m. Fri. & Sat., noon–5 p.m. Sun. All ages. Free. Bauhaus Brew Labs, 1315 Tyler St. N.E., Mpls. 612-276-6911. bauhausbrewlabs.com
Music: The 331’s annual backyard bash features a lineup of 22 bands including Mixed Blood Majority (9 p.m.), Retribution Gospel Choir (8 p.m.) and Pink Mink (7 p.m.) on Saturday, the Blind Shake (9 p.m.) and Buildings (7 p.m.) on Friday, and MaLLy (8 p.m.) and We Are the Willows (6 p.m.) on Sunday. View the full lineup and set times at 331's Facebook page.
Food: The owners' St. Paul bar, Amsterdam, is providing the food -- smoked pork, sausages, Belgian frites and grilled veggies.
Drink: A beer trailer will be on site with Grain Belt and Schell's beers, plus cider from Sociable Cider Werks.
When & Where: Music begins at 5 p.m. Fri., noon Sat. & 1 p.m. Sun. 21-plus. Free. 331 Club, 331 13th Av. N.E., Mpls. 612-331-1746. www.331club.com
The Anchor Fish & Chips
Music: The Anchor hosts 11 bands over two days in its parking lot including Romantica (6 p.m. Sun.), the Stress of Her Regard (5 p.m. Sun.), Southside Desire (7 p.m. Sat.) and Valet (5 p.m. Sat.) with host Ian Rans. View the full lineup and set times at the Anchor's Facebook page.
Food: The Anchor's fish and chips, pasties and battered sausage
Drink: A Guinness-sponsored beer trailer
When & Where: Noon-9 p.m. Sat., noon-8 p.m. Sun. Music at 2 p.m. Free. The Anchor Fish & Chips, 302 13th Av. N.E., Mpls. 612-676-1300. www.theanchorfishandchips.com
Music: Grumpy’s Northeast’s daylong fest includes sets from a dozen bands, including Doomtree’s Sims (9:15 p.m.), the Cactus Blossoms (8:15 p.m.), Grant Hart (7:15 p.m.) and "secret special guests,” hosted by Barb Abney. View the full lineup and set times at Grumpy's Northeast's Facebook page.
Food: Creature Comfort Catering will be on hand with its “demon” dogs, pulled pork sandwiches, kimchi hot dogs and veggie options.
Drink: Full bar selection inside plus a Surly beer truck and Jameson and Absolut cocktails on the patio
What’s more: The bar also hosts a Posters & Pints pop-up art show and Aardvard Records' Travelling Record Show all day Saturday.
When & Where: Noon–10 p.m. Sat. Free. All ages. Grumpy's Northeast, 2200 4th St. N.E., Mpls. 612-789-7429. www.grumpys-bar.com
Fair State Brewing Cooperative
Music: Fair State Brewing's inaugural Art-A-Whirl bash includes live music on Friday from Gramma's Boyfriend (9 p.m.), Zoo Animal (8 p.m.) and Sun Gods to Gamma Rays (7 p.m.). View the full lineup and set times at Fair State's Facebook page.
Drink: Fair State brews plus limited-edition “Artsy” beers in the co-op’s new beer garden
What's more: Posters & Pints beer art show, mini-golf holes designed by Northeast breweries, beer garden games and a pop-up gallery hosted by Recovery Bike Shop
When & Where: 4–10 p.m. Fri., noon–10 p.m. Sat., noon–5 p.m. Sun. All ages. Free. Fair State Brewing Cooperative, 2506 Central Av. N.E., Mpls., 612-444-3574, www.fairstate.coop
N.E. Beer Garden
Music: This parking-lot party features live music from eight acts including Toki Wright and DJ Willie Shu (8:45 p.m.), RONiiA (7:30 p.m.) and Pornonono (5:20 p.m.). View the full lineup and set times at Dangerous Man Brewing's Facebook page.
Food: Lulu's Street Food and Tiki Tim's food trucks on Saturday, plus brunch from Chowgirls Killer Catering from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Drink: A beer garden features Fair State Brewing, Sociable Cider Werks and Dangerous Man Brewing.
What's more: A vintage pop-up and artist market hosted by Gumball Collective and outdoor lawn games
When & Where: 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Sun. All ages. Free. Sociable Cider Werks, 1500 Fillmore St. N.E., Mpls. 612-758-0105. sociablecider.com
Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge
Music: Four bands including L'Assassins (7:30 p.m.) and the Sex Rays (6:15 p.m.). View the full lineup and set times at Psycho Suzi's Facebook page.
Drink: Set in an expanded tiki garden, Psycho Suzi’s Art-A-Whirl party includes Bauhaus Brew Lab's beer truck and tropical tiki drinks.
Food: Undead Frank's Zombie Bites food truck, which offers State Fair–inspired fare
What’s more: The third annual puppy fashion show takes place at 2:30 p.m.
When & Where: Noon–10 p.m., music at 5 p.m. Sat. All ages. Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge, 1900 Marshall St. N.E., Mpls. 612-788-9069. www.psychosuzis.com
Sociable Cider Werks
Music: Enemy Planes (7 p.m. Sat.), Whiskey Jeff & the Beer Back Band (4:30 p.m. Sat.) and Bernie King & the Guilty Pleasures (2:30 p.m. Sun.). View the full lineup and set times at Sociable Cider Werks' Facebook page.
Drink: Sociable’s range of ciders and beers will be on tap.
When & Where: 3–8 p.m. Fri., noon–10 p.m. Sat., noon–5 p.m. Sun. All ages. Free. Fair State Brewing Cooperative, 2506 Central Av. N.E., Mpls., 612-444-3574, www.fairstate.coop
Stanley’s Beer & Bacon Festival
Music: Only two bands are on tap, Tim Sigler (7 p.m.) and Hitfaced (4 p.m.).
Food: Stanley’s Beer & Bacon Festival features bacon samples and bacon-inspired dishes from Stanley's Food Truck.
Drink: More than 100 beers from 40–plus local and regional breweries.
Where & Where: 2-5 p.m. Sat., $45–$60 (sober driver $10), with free music till 10 p.m. Stanley’s Northeast Bar Room, 2500 University Av. N.E., Mpls. 612-788-2529. www.stanleysbarroom.com