January Is Craft Beer Festival Month

Old Man Winter may bring us cold weather, but Minnesota’s craft brewers are working hard to warm things up a little this January.  Beer enthusiasts should be able to find a craft beer tasting close to home this season, and find a nice winter warmer ale or russian imperial stout to take the edge off the cold.

Mankato Craft Beer Expo
When: January 11, 2014 from 2-6pm
Where: Verizon Wireless Center in downtown Mankato
The expo will showcase the offerings of craft breweries here in Minnesota, as well as all over the United States. Attendees to the expo will have the opportunity to sample beers from 40 different craft breweries in a commemorative sampling glass.  In addition to this, they can enjoy educational seminars throughout the day covering subjects such as Food Pairing, Homebrewing, and the History of Brewing in Minnesota.

St. Cloud Craft Beer Tour

When: January 18th, 2-5pm
Where: River Edge Convention Center
Here’s an opportunity to try samples of approximately 150 craft beers from all over Minnesota and the country. Food will be available for purchase for all attendees and there will be a selection of retail vendors on-site. VIP  attendees will have the first hour to themselves to sample these great brews.

Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival

When: January 25, 201  from 3:30 – 7:30pm
Where: The Mighty Midway in the Minnesota State Fairgrounds
The Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival is back for a fifth year! With more than 150 local, regional, and national breweries sampling the best craft beer around, live music, gourmet food from local food trucks and carts, a homebrew contest, Silent Disco, and fun winter activities, the Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival 2014 is the biggest outdoor beer festival Minnesota has to offer.

Winterfest 2014

When: Friday, January 31, 2014 from 7-10pm
Where: Union Depot in St. Paul, MN
This year (2014) will be the 13th annual Winterfest! This craft beer sampling event celebrates beer brewed in Minnesota by the breweries and brew pubs that are current members of the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild. Chase out the winter chill with a multitude of Winter Warmers, hearty food, beer education, entertainment and music.

Savor the Flavor Responsibly

Do you know of another craft beer event in Minnesota?  Please comment below with the details and we’ll highlight it here with the rest.


1 thought on “January Is Craft Beer Festival Month

  1. First impression is overcrowded. but once we got in the venue, it wasn’t too bad. But it was not too bad.

    several brewers ran out of certain beers.

    It was a little loud in the big arena. Ok, it was quite loud. But still friendly.

    My favorite beer … Schells Snow Storm. A Belgian Golden Ale. Very nice.

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