Burgers, bikes & beers: 5 things to do this weekend

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All Pints North returns to Duluth’s Bayfront Park on July 25 // Photo via Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild Facebook page

Every Minnesotan knows—though they may not like to admit it—that summer is fleeting, which is why we end up with jam-packed weekends such as this one. Here are five things to do this weekend that you won’t end up regretting when the snow inevitably starts to fly in a few short months (sorry).

All Pints North

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2014 All Pints North // Photo via Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild Facebook page

All Pints North Summer Brew Fest returns to Duluth’s Bayfront Park on Saturday, July 25 from 3–7pm for its fourth year, featuring 95-plus craft breweries, local food vendors, craft beer education, and live music from the The Sunny Era and The Melismatics.

The event, hosted by the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild, gives 3,000-plus beer fans an opportunity to enjoy unlimited and unique samples from many Minnesota craft breweries as well as hand-picked national craft beer brands.

Tour de Fat

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Dust off the costume, shine up the bike, and get ready for another epic and bewildering day as Tour de Fat rolls into the Twin Cities.

New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat arrives in Loring Park on Saturday, July 25 from 10am–6pm and features live music, circus acts, a parade, and special beer tappings. The event is free and all donations and proceeds from beer and merchandise sales go to Twin Cities-area non-profits Midtown Greenway Coalition, Minnesota Off Road Cycling Advocates (MOCA), Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota, and the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition.

Tour de Burgers

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This weekend’s Tour de Burgers offering is a burger with braised lamb, spiced walnuts, and Raclette Cheese // Photo by Brian Kaufenberg

In celebration of the Tour de France, Vincent – A Restaurant, 1100 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis, will be serving burgers and wines inspired by each stage of the race with its Tour de Burgers. Watch the cyclists move through the beautiful regions of France and enjoy grass-fed beef burgers garnished with ingredients and dishes from each locale.

This weekend, as the race enters The Alps, the burger, which will be available for both lunch and dinner through July 25, will include of braised lamb, spiced walnuts, and Raclette Cheese.

NE Brewers Block Party

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The 2014 NE Brewers Block Party // Photo via Sociable Cider Werks Facebook page

Sociable Cider Werks is hosting its second annual free, zero-waste NE Brewer’s Block Party Sunday, July 26 from 2–9pm outside of Sociable at 1500 Fillmore St. NE.

The event will feature entertainment by Glue Groove, Sam Cassidy, Enemy Planes, Baby Shel, Southside Desire, MN Orchestra, and Alex Rossi & The New Roots.

Great beers and ciders will be available from your favorite NE brewers including Indeed, Fulton, 56 Brewing, Insight Brewing, Bauhaus Brew Labs, Bent Brewstillery, 612Brew, Northgate Brewing, Fair State Brewing Cooperative and Sociable Cider.

Food will also be available from The Anchor Fish and Chips, Gastrotruck, Simply Steve’s, Scratch Kitchen, Tatanka Truck, and The Curious Goat.

Evolution Lucid

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After years of planning, Lucid Brewing is inviting people to its Minnetonka brewery to see the vision for its new Minneapolis brewery and taproom.

Evolution Lucid will take place from noon–8pm on Saturday, July 25, at 6020 Culligan Way in Minnetonka. The free, family-friendly event will feature live music by Kingsview and Laura Lou and The Loungeabouts featuring TheWrongOmar, Taco Loco Food Truck, $5 pints, new Lucid merchandise, and prize drawings every hour.

 

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