This is weird—only days to go, and Summit’s excellent Backyard Bash hasn’t sold out. If you don’t know, the Backyard Bash is the 26th birthday party for Summit Brewing—that granddaddy of local craft brewing, that national model for smart business growth—and it’s also a live music concert of a certain who’s-who of local important bands (Halloween Alaska, Doomtree, Now Now), and it’s also a fundraiser for the Minnesota Music Coalition.
But that’s not all! If you happen to be in a state of complete delight and delirium regarding the sudden proliferation of local taprooms, as I am (and watch your October Mpls.St.Paul Magazine for an important resource), you will also be able to use Summit’s Backyard Bash as an opportunity to scope out that brewery’s taproom, which a little bird tells me will be open to the public a lot sooner than you think . . . in all likelihood even before the last apples are plucked from the trees. But that’s not all! The beers you will drink at the Backyard Bash out of that soon-to-be taproom will include Summit’s excellent regular offerings, but also a bunch of special cask-conditioned or other-recipe beers offered only on-site. If you’re impressed with what Summit offers in your local liquor store, I’m told there are depths untold to taste at the brewery, including beer unfiltered, straight from the fermentation casks, served from Fass kegs. It’s alive! And there’s more, more, more: Food from Barrio’s estimable truck (have you had the bacon-wrapped, LA style hot-dog? It’s phenomenal), from Ngon Bistro’s also estimable truck (Banh Mi sandwiches!) and from Blue Plate, Dixie’s on Grand, and others. For tickets, the concert schedule, ideas on not driving, the full food lineup, (and more!) see Summit’s website. But that’s not all! We’re giving away a pair of free tickets. Name your favorite Summit beer in the comments below by midnight on Thursday, September 6, and we will pick a winner at random. Must be 21 or older, of course. Backyard Bash: Saturday, September 8, Summit Brewing Company, 910 Montreal Circle, St. Paul, 651-265-7800