Your Guide to 10,000 Minutes of MN Craft Beer 2014

A curated look at the MN Craft Brewer's Guild's 50-plus event sudsy celebraish.

Beer flight at Indeed Brewing in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Eliesa Johnson

One week alotts you 10,080 total minutes. Of your weekly allotment of minutes you typically spend about 3,360 sleeping, 2,700 of them working, 420 eating, and, if you’re anything like me, the other 3,600 watching hilarious reruns of the short-lived series Guys With Kids on Netflix. Interspersed into those activities (but hopefully not the working and sleeping)—again, if you’re anything like me—you might also consume the occasional craft beer.

Well, next week is MN Craft Beer Week and the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild has presented a pretty compelling case for radically rejiggering your weekly minute usage so that of your 10,080 you use 10,000 for drinking craft beer and divvy the remaining 80 up between working, sleeping, eating, and binging on Guys With Kids with 10,000 minutes of Minnesota Craft Beer. 

Alright, fine, they’re talking congruent not continuous minutes, but still, that’s a ton of minutes of craft beer programming happening between May 5—11. In fact, it’s so much programming that we thought we’d highlight the must-dos of the 50+ event schedule just to make it easier for you to manage.

KinneyCreek2_640x400.jpg Monday, May 5:

There’s a beer and cheese pairing seminar at Vine Park Brewing starting at 5p, Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub is featuring $3 pints from Bad Weather Brewery with the BW brewers onhand for a QA, and, if you wanna skiddadle on down to Rochester, Kinney Creek Brewing’s celebrating Cinco de Mayo with pinatas and beer specials from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

indeedflight.jpg Tuesday, May 6:

Marshall-based Brau Brothers are coming to town to drop Parti-Gyle beers, ALTernative Imperial Alt,  Paradox Black IPA at the Acadia CafĂ©, Bryant Lake Bowl’s offering four-beer Indeed Brewing flights, and Schell’s brewmaster Jace Marti will be hosting a tasting at St. Louis Park’s Four Firkins at 6 p.m.

Excelsior_640x250-(2).png Wednesday, May 7:

Rob “Dangerous Man” Miller’s giving an exclusive brewery tour and talk at 7 p.m., Excelsior Brewing is hosting a celebraish to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society with live music and specials starting at 5 p.m., and Schell’s is hosting a beer dinner at Spasso in Minnetonka round about 6 p.m.

northbound2.jpgThursday, May 8:
Stillwater-based Lift Bridge gets in on the action with a beer dinner of their own at Tria Restaurant & Bar in North Oaks (forks up at 6 p.m.), St. Paul’s Muddy Pig is switching all 48 of their taplines to MN brews, and Northbound Smokhouse & Brewpub is giving away pint glasses to anyone who shows up wearing local brewery swag.

Amsterdam.jpg Friday, May 9:
At 4 p.m. DJ Shannon Blowtorch provides the musical backdrop for Surly’s Pentagram release party at Amsterdam Bar & Hall in downtown St. Paul, and the brewmaster from Boom Island Brewing will be hosting a tasting at Elevated Beer Wine & Spirits from 5-7 p.m.

fulton.jpg Saturday, May 10:

Fulton Brewing is hosting a 100 mile bike ride (NBD) called the Fundido that starts at their production brewery at 9:oo a.m. and ends back there however-long-it-takes-to-ride-100-miles-on-your-bike later. They’re celebrating doing something insane by hosting a block party that starts at 2 p.m.

Want more you crazy, beer-loving SOB? Look no further than right here for the entire 50+ event calendar.

Photo Credits: Kinney Creek, Eliesa Johnson, Excelsior Brewing, Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub, Amsterdam Bar & Hall, Drew Wood