While visiting family in Fergus Falls this weekend, I found information about The Home Brewer’s Festival in Fergus Falls, courtesy of The Midweek’s July 2006 Vacation Guide:
One of Otter Tail County’s more unique summer events is back. The Home Brewer’s [Festival?] is scheduled for Friday, August 18, 7:00 pm at the Elk’s Event Center in beautiful downtown Fergus Falls.
The Brewer’s Festival is a fundraiser for the Otter Tail County Historical Society. It features home brewers and fermenters providing samples of their finest wine and beer. As the Festival gains attention more home brewers have asked to participate. This year there will be a wide variety of wine nand beer to satisfy the most discriminating palate. In addition to sampling, the brewers are glad to offer advice on how to get your home brewing started. Bread, cheese and other snacks will be available throughout the evening.
What better way to spend part of your visit to Lakes Country than an event of sampling homemade beer and wine. And, you can feel good about supporting one of the finest historical societies in Minnesota.
The doors to the elk’s Special Event Center open at 7:00 pm. Admission is $12 and includes visits to all sample stations and snacks. No one under 21 will be admitted. For more information, contact the Historical Society at 218-736-6038.
Interesting! Has anyone been to this event or taken part in it? With two municipal liquor stores and the best on-tap offerings in town are limited to Guinness and Sam Adams, I believe. Regardless, Fergus Falls has spawned a couple of industry pros (Dave Berg, formerly of Bandana Brewery and Lanny Hoff from Artisanal Imports) and there’s a homebrew shop in nearby Pelican Rapids (Pelican Homebrewing) and of course Country Cannery in Moorhead is only about an hour away.
In any case, if you know anything more, or plan on going, let us know!