8 ways to celebrate American Craft Beer Week

Bemidji Brewing Berliner weisse // Photo via facebook.com/bemidjibeer

Bemidji Brewing is marking American Craft Beer Week with the release of a Golden Sour Ale on Friday and screenings of the documentary “Blood, Sweat, and Beer” // Photo via Bemidji Facebook

American Craft Beer Week (ACBW) is back for a 12th year to celebrate the nation’s 5,300-plus small and independent craft breweries. Starting May 15 and running through May 21, all 50 states will be holding events from exclusive brewery tours, beer releases, beer dinners, and more.

Here are just a few of the ways you can get out and celebrate craft beer in Minnesota:


Geeks Who Drink Trivia at Flat Earth Brewing and at Groveland Tap

CraftBeer.com is teaming up with Geeks Who Drink, a pub trivia organization, to incorporate ACBW into trivia at more than 800 locations across the country. Do not be intimidated to play, Geeks Who Drink is for all levels of beer knowledge and enjoyment. Additional participating locations can be found on the Quiz Schedule.

Craft Beer Week Concert Series at Bald Man Brewing

Bald Man Brewing Company in Eagan is celebrating the craft beer industry and their patrons by sponsoring free concerts in their taproom from May 16-20. The week kicks off tonight with GB Leighton live in the taproom.

May 16: GB Leighton • 7pm
May 17: Denny McGovern • 7pm
May 18: Trainwreck Duet • 7pm
May 19: Best Intentions • 7:30pm
May 20: Bitter Roots • 7:30pm


Summit Brewing Craft the Name Contest

Summit Brewing is giving fans the opportunity to name their 2017 Minnesota State Fair beer. The Kölsch-style ale will be made with 100% Minnesota ingredients, including strawberries and Cascade and Crystal hops.

To participate, email the following information to [email protected] between May 15 and May 21:

  • Your full name.
  • Your phone number and address.
  • Your proposed name for the beer. (Make sure your beer name hasn’t been used previously by another brewery.)

From the suggestions, Summit will choose their four favorite names and then let the public vote on a winner. The winner will be invited to brew the beer with Summit’s Head Brewer Damian McConn (date TBD) and invited back once more to be the first to try the beer.

For more information, visit the official Summit Brewing contest blog.

Intro to Craft Beer Class at Voyageur Brewing

Curious about craft beer? Grand Marais’ Voyageur Brewing will host an introduction to craft beer class on May 17 from 7–8pm. Stick around afterwards and put your newfound knowledge to the test with Craft Beer Trivia from 8–9pm.


Barrel-Aged Beer Release at Half Time Rec

Stop by Half Time Rec at 4pm and try some locally made barrel-aged beers, such as Surly’s Barrel Aged Darkness, Lift Bridge’s Barrel Aged Silhouette, Indeed’s Rum King, and Bent Paddle’s Double Shot Double Black. More info.

Pop-up Beer Garden featuring Toppling Goliath

The Bachelor Farmer is hosting a pop-up beer garden featuring Decorah, Iowa’s, Toppling Goliath Brewing. There will also be soft pretzels to enjoy, and dogs are welcome. More info.


Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative’s Grand Opening

Join Minnesota’s newest brewery, Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative, for their grand opening. Enjoy four of the brewery’s beers on tap: Community Kölsh, Two Brew Coffee Kölsh, Stand-up Stout, and Lavender Uprising IPA. Not only can you enjoy a beer at the new brewery, but you can visit various art vendors around the neighborhood for Art-A-Whirl.


Lupulin Brewing’s 2nd Anniversary Party

Big Lake’s Lupulin Brewing is celebrating two years on May 20 with a 5K run/walk, new beers, food, live music, a craft fair, and games. The party is free, but for $20 you can purchase a limited edition, commemorative glass that includes two free beer tokens. Lupulin has two beer releases on tap for Saturday: Citridiculous, a citrusy IPA made with hops at every stage; and Not Bad For A Strip Mall Brewery, a Double IPA playing on their “strip mall” location. More info.


“Blood, Sweat, and Beer” documentary screening at Bemidji Brewing

Get a seat in the taproom because at 2pm Bemidji Brewing will be screening “Blood, Sweat, and Beer,” a feature documentary about the explosive growth of the craft beer industry and the dramatic journeys of two start-up breweries.