Are you one of the many folks gutted by the fact that there will be no fresh-hopped Surly Wet this year? Are you all like: How can I get my seasonal touchstone of zingy ultra-fresh goodness? Or . . . is that not you? Are you more like: I know the world is churning with fancy Octoberfest beer, fancy pumpkin-laced beer, and other celebrations of the season, get them in me! Well, friend, you need to know about our Harvest Beer Festival coming up on Saturday, October 11.
Here's what we will have: beer! Including around half a dozen straight from the tank fresh-hopped beers that will compete for your love and admiration. Including many, many beers from A-listers such as Surly, Fulton, Indeed, Lift Bridge, 612 Brew, Schell's, Bauhaus, Bent Brewstillery, Brau Brothers, Fair State, Pryes Brewing, Lake Monster, Lucid Brewing, Mankato Brewing, Tin Whiskers, Harriet, Sociable Cider Werks, and probably more who are still getting their paperwork in!
Not only that, but because we wanted to bring some other fun stuff to a great autumn afternoon, we'll have Verdant Tea kombucha and Tree Fort Root Beer, Sweetland Orchard hard ciders, a bitters-n-beer setup from Easy & Oskey, plus a DIY pretzel necklace station brimming with Old Dutch tackle, pizza fun from Brewpub Pizza, and food trucks galore!
And it's all happening on the grounds of the American Swedish Institute, which of course is built around the gorgeous old Turnblad mansion, which by all rights should be called the Turnblad Castle, because it's that grand and turreted and magnificent. So the question I have for you is: Can you picture yourself hanging out on the grounds of a castle, sipping the best beers, and hanging out with me, Steph March, the Mpls.St.Paul Magazine crew, brewers, and fellow beer fans? I can kind of see you doing that. Almost. If you have tickets!
What's your favorite beer from 2014? Call it out in the comments and we'll randomly select one person to get TWO VIP TICKETS for the fest by the end of the day. GO!
UPDATE: The ticket giveaway is now closed. Congrats to our winners!