More than 100 craft breweries, the vast majority from Minnesota, plan to offer samples Saturday at Bayfront Festival Park.
The All Pints North Summer Brew Fest will also host food trucks, live music and education about beer and brewing. The event has grown dramatically in its four years, said organizer Dan Schwarz, president of the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild.
“It’s following the growth of craft beer in Minnesota,” said Schwarz, who is also the co-founder and CEO of Lift Bridge Brewery in Stillwater.
Since the event began, the number of craft breweries in Minnesota has quadrupled, according to Schwarz. He attributes the growth in craft breweries to consumers who desire to buy local.
“I think people are looking for local sources for products, and this somewhat mirrors what’s going on in food these days, too - chef-driven restaurants, people making really cool food, farm to table and just knowing where their food comes from,” Schwarz said. “People want to know where their beer comes from and know who’s producing it.”
The event has become a destination beer fest for people outside of Duluth, he said. The Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild runs two other brew fests in the state, one in Minneapolis and the other in St. Paul.
Organizers expect 3,000 people to sample beer Saturday. For tasting and testing the beer, Schwarz advised to take your time with it. He offered the News Tribune these tips for testing beer:
Look at the beer
- What color is the beer? What color is the foam? How clear is it?
- Take a big whiff of it. Just like food, Schwarz said, aroma affects taste.
- Take a swig of it and ”get it all over your tongue,” he said, “so you can experience all those flavors - from sweet to bitter.”
If you go
What: All Pints North Summer Brew Fest
When: 3-7 p.m. Saturday
Where: Bayfront Festival Park
Cost: Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door. For sober drivers, the cost is $10.