It’s Memorial Day Weekend so that means summer is officially here! Break out those white pants and goses, y’all.
Last weekend I attended Art-A-Whirl, which always feels like the official kickoff to summer beer festival season with all of the Northeast breweries throwing down with live music, fresh beer and community-inspired events. The summer time is packed with opportunities for the craft beer lover so I thought I’d share some of the events I’m most looking forward to.
Posters & Pints
June 11 / $30 in advance
This event is a fun craft beer tasting and neat fundraiser for Art Buddies, a local nonprofit that promotes arts mentorship for kids. You can have samples from the dozens of breweries pouring outside the Uppercut Boxing Gym and head inside to admire limited edition posters created by local artists for the event. These beer-themed posters are available for sale at just $30 each so it’s an excellent way to show your love of craft beer at home.
Last year, I picked up this great print by Jason Walz. Besides being a good fit for my decor, I like that it features a lady drinker and appreciate the whimsy of the little hop swimmers in her stomach. If it was Brettanomyces, then Walz would have perfectly captured how my belly feels after too many sour beers 🙂
Summer Solstice All Day Night Market
June 18 / Free
I wrote about this awesome New Orleans-inspired craft market at Bauhaus Brew Labs last year and I’m happy to see they’re back at it with a full day of beer, entertainment, food and craft vendors. I hope to see it as packed as it was last year – the atmosphere was so lively with wandering musicians and performers.
All Pints North
July 23 / $45 in advance
It’s probably no surprise that All Pints North is my favorite craft beer festival. Duluth is a great beer city and it shows everyone how to have a good time. I appreciate events that include a program so that you can hunt down beers you’ve never had before or specialty casks and infusions. It’s worth a stay in Duluth — I’ve heard the beer industry folks can get pretty rowdy on the shores of Lake Superior after the festival.
In Cahoots/Red Stag Block Party
August 14 / Free
The hype around Surly and Dangerous Man’s blutpakt proves we really love a good collaboration beer here in the Twin Cities. At this event hosted by the Red Stag Supperclub in northeast Minneapolis, 10 breweries are paired up in five teams to brew a new beer for the event — and you get to vote for the best one. A portion of event proceeds go to the winning team’s charity of choice.
Part of me really loves this event because it’s not nearly as much commitment as a beer festival with unlimited sampling. With a small group of friends, you can easily sample all five beers, find your favorite and savor a pint before finishing up your Sunday Funday. When you enjoy craft beer as often as I do, it’s nice to have a balance.
One event that I haven’t personally attended yet, but I am super curious about is this year’s Pride Dabbler. It’s essentially the Beer Dabbler, but during the Twin Cities Pride Festival. I had a hard time at the Winter Beer Dabbler because I was way too cold, and I couldn’t find as many unique/specialty beers as I like to as festival.
But the Pride Dabbler has solved this problem because a. it’s summer and b. they’ve asked all of the breweries to make a special brew honoring icons of the GLBT community. I think that keeps things interesting for attendees and makes the event more impactful – so cheers to the Beer Dabbler for that.
That’s all for me. Any summer beer events on your agenda?