The state ranked 10th nationally in brewery production finally is allowing brewpubs to pour at the State Fair's "Land of 10,000 Beers" exhibit. The Brewers Association reports that over $741.9 million dollars comes from the production of beer in Minnesota and that number is growing along with those taking up craft beer as a hobby.
In years past brewpubs were not allowed to pour their brews due to legislation that was corrected this year. “Thanks to the Craft Brewers Guild and last session's legislature, brewpub beer can be found at this year's State Fair,” says Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery owner Pete Rifakes. “I'm glad Town Hall has made it this long to see this day. Brewpubs have been so important to the growth of Minnesota craft beer and this will be my favorite State Fair ever.” Town Hall is set to bring One Simple Pale, Three Hour Tour (Coconut Milk Stout), and the ever popular Mango Mama.
Open daily from 9 a.m.-9 p.m., the "Land of 10,000 Beers" exhibit is sure to surpass the 100,000 attendee mark they served last year. With over a hundred breweries predicted to be up and running by the end of the year — it’s easy to see why there is such a reach. “The Minnesota craft beer scene continues to flourish with the addition of new breweries and brewpubs and the creation of exciting and various styles of beers produced by the state’s brewers,” says Dan Schwarz, president of the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild. “The State Fair is an ideal spot to celebrate and discover craft beer to support what is being made and poured here in Minnesota.”
This year you can purchase flights of beer ahead of time here or with cash/card at the exhibit itself. A flight of four brews will cost you $10 and you’ll have six options. Belgian, Lighter, Darker, Hoppier, Minnesota Mix, and now the Brewpub flight. There will be 200 beers available from 57 breweries and brewpubs (25 of which are new) this year which is really quite amazing.
Three Hour Tour and a deep fried candy bar anyone?