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Sold-out All Pints North brewery festival fills Bayfront Festival Park

The 10th Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild festival sold about 4,500 tickets and had more than 100 Minnesota breweries and brew pubs in attendance.

Zach Johnson pours a mini donut cream soda
Zach Johnson pours a mini donut cream soda from Lift Bridge Brewery in Stillwater during the All Pints North festival July 30, 2022 at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth.
Laura Butterbrodt / Duluth News Tribune
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DULUTH — Bayfront Festival Park was filled with beer, people, beer, pretzel necklaces and more beer on Saturday during the sold-out All Pints North brewery festival from the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild. More than 100 Minnesota breweries, cideries and brew pubs were pouring drinks on the warm July afternoon.

Mike Dunnigan does the limbo
Mike Dunnigan of St. Paul does the limbo at the All Pints North festival July 30, 2022 at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth.
Laura Butterbrodt / Duluth News Tribune

Michael Gill, head brewer at Lake Monster Brewing from St. Paul, said All Pints North is a festival that brings the nerdy side out of beer enthusiasts across Minnesota.

“A lot of other festivals, people kind of come out to party,” Gill said. “This festival, while there is a sense of enthusiasm and partying, there’s much more of a sense of appreciation for the craft beer. I get more questions about ingredients and I get more opportunities to nerd out with home brewers, and that’s something that’s a little bit different than many of the other festivals.”

Warrior Brewing Company owners talk with guests at the festival
Duluth brewery Warrior Brewing Company owners Matt Caple, far left, and John Tobin talk with All Pints North guests Jasmine Klein of Minneapolis and Daniel Durant of Duluth. Durant recently starred in the Academy Award-winning film CODA.
Laura Butterbrodt / Duluth News Tribune

About 4,500 tickets were sold for the event, which also had local vendors and food trucks present. Minneapolis cover band Viva Knievel provided live music during the festival.

Band Viva Knievel plays at Bayfront Festival Park
Band Viva Knievel plays at Bayfront Festival Park July 30, 2022 during the All Pints North brewery festival.
Laura Butterbrodt / Duluth News Tribune

For Shay Powers and Jamie Snyder of Duluth, All Pints North has become a tradition for them to attend together. Snyder said she enjoys visiting the “classics,” including Fulton of Minneapolis and Castle Danger Brewery of Two Harbors, while Powers’ favorite brewery is Cold Spring’s Third Street Brewhouse.

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“The Island City Mrs. Sippi (fruit beer) was super good,” Powers said of her favorite she’d tried so far at the festival this year. Island City Brewing Co. is from Winona.

John Tobin and Matt Caple serve Warrior Brewing Company beer
John Tobin, left, and Matt Caple, owners of Warrior Brewing Company of Duluth, serve beer at the All Pints North festival July 30, 2022, at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth.
Laura Butterbrodt / Duluth News Tribune

Donny Narow of Chisago City said he was looking forward to supporting his local brewery, Uncommon Loon, but enjoyed trying new beers —especially Ben’s Minnesota Martini lager from Alloy Brewing Company in Coon Rapids.

Hastings’ Spiral Brewery sales representative Joel Stricker said this was his first time serving at All Pints North, and it was fun to experience the contrast in weather to the Winter Beer Dabbler festival held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in February. He was looking forward to promoting Spiral’s Downward Spiral IPA and seasonal Hollywood Hills hefeweizen to new people during all Pints North.

“It’s great weather, it’s great music, we’ve got food trucks hanging out — great all around,” Sean Ferguson of Duluth said of the Saturday afternoon festivities.

Justin Rowlandson plays a larger version of the game Shoot the Moon
Justin Rowlandson, left, of Port Credit, Ontario, plays a supersized version of Shoot the Moon at the All Pints North brewery festival while Bent Paddle sales representative Eric Welke looks on. The game was part of Bent Paddle's Cosmic Lounge theme at the festival July 30, 2022 at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth.
Laura Butterbrodt / Duluth News Tribune

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Laura Butterbrodt covers health for the Duluth News Tribune. She has a bachelor of arts in journalism from South Dakota State University and has been working as a reporter in Minnesota and South Dakota since 2014.
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