…and so does the Minnesota State Fair, of course. Really though, we’re mostly just excited about the beer. And while the Land of 10,000 Beers Exhibit in the Agriculture/Horticulture Building isn’t the only craft beer venue at the fair, you’re definitely going to want to check it out.
Our friends with the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild have returned with more beer, more breweries and more education. Over the course of the fair, more than 130 different craft beers will be available from almost 35 breweries. Not bad, eh? Once again they’ll offer up a variety of beer flights featuring four different five oz. samples for $8.
Even better? This year they’ll have “Firkin Fridays” and “Rare Flights on the weekends – flights of rare, limited run beers that run the gamut from beer brewed with fruit, barrel-aged beers, smoked beers an more.
The hall will also feature educational programming throughout the week on topics that range from beer styles to agriculture and more.
The Land of 10,000 beers is open from 9am – 9pm the entire run of the fair – August 21st through September 1st. Head to the Agriculture/Horticulture Building on Underwood (between Carnes and Judson) to get your beer on.
2014 Presentation Schedule
Thursday, August 21
3:00pm Member Profile: Behind the Beer, John Klick & Bob DeVernois of Excelsior Brewing Co.
6:00pm Barrel-Aged Beer and Cask Beer, Frank Kaszuba of Fitger’s Brewhouse and Matt Hall of Lift Bridge Brewing Co.
Friday, August 22
3:00pm Running a Brewpub, Tim Nelson of Fitger’s Brewhouse and Pete Rifakes of Town Hall Brewery
6:00pm Beer Tourism, Dan Justesen, Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild Board Member
Saturday, August 23
3:00pm Member Profile: Behind the Beer, Dustin Brau of Brau Brothers Brewing Co. and Dave Hoops of Fitger’s Brewhouse
4:30pm Brotherly Brewing: Dave Hoops of Fitger’s Brewhouse and Mike Hoops of Town Hall Brewery
6:00pm Homebrewing 101: Jeff Merriman of Northern Brewer
Sunday, August 24
12:00pm The Craft Beer Consumer, Michael Wagner of the Four Firkins
3:00pm Member Profile: Behind the Beer, Jamie MacFarlane of Castle Danger Brewery and Robert Kasak of 612Brew
6:00pm What It Takes To Open a Brewery, Dane Breimhorst of Burning Brothers Brewing Co. and Adam Sjogren of NorthGate Brewery
Monday, August 25
3:00pm Beer Distribution 101, Joe Falkowski of JJ Taylor and Griffin Lewis of Dahlheimer Beverage
6:00pm Marketing to the Craft Beer Consumer, Brad Nelson of Fitger’s Brewhouse, Bartley Blume of Bent Brewstillery and Ryan Widuch/Tom Boland of Elevated Beer Wine & Spirits
Tuesday, August 26
3:00pm Member Profile: Behind the Beer, Mark Stutrud of Summit Brewing Co.
6:00pm Member Profile: Behind the Beer, Jim Diley, Brian Hoffman and Ben Flattum of Fulton Beer
Wednesday, August 27
3:00pm Brewery Expansion and Beer Styles, Broc Krekelberg of Badger Hill Brewing Co. and Tim Tupy of Mankato Brewery
6:00pm Member Profile: Behind the Beer, Franco Claseman and Bob Roepke of Flat Earth Brewing Co. and Jeff Moriarty of Tin Whiskers Brewing Co.
Thursday, August 28
3:00pm Member Profile: Behind the Beer, Joe Pond of Olvalde Brewing and Jace Marti of August Schell Brewing Co.
6:00pm Family Business: A History of Beer, Ted and Jace Marti of August Schell Brewing Co.
Friday, August 29
3:00pm Liquor Laws and Big Breweries, Justin Weinberg, Briggs & Morgan
6:00pm Member Profile: Behind the Beer and Contract Brewing, Doug DeGeest of Third Street Brewhouse
Saturday, August 30
12:00pm Malted Barley and Beer, Chris German of Brewers Supply Group/Rahr Malt
3:00pm Member Profile: Behind the Beer, Spencer Anderson of Surly Brewing Co. and brewers from Dangerous Man Brewing Co.
6:00pm All You Need to Know About Hops, Eric Sannerud of Mighty Axe Hops
Sunday, August 31
12:00pm Member Profile: Behind the Beer, Duluth Beer City, Colin and Laura Mullen of Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
3:00pm Member Profile: Behind the Beer, Jason Medvec of Big Wood Brewery
6:00pm Member Profile: Behind the Beer, Business Side of Brewing, John Hayes of ENKI Brewing
Monday, September 1
3:00pm Member Profile: Behind the Beer, Canned Beer 101, Tom Whisenand of Indeed Brewing Co.
6:00pm Craft Beer in Minnesota, Clint Roberts, Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild