The words "cheap beer" may be a turn-off to some. But what if the beer was actually good? This is exactly what you will find during the first ever Minnesota Craft Beer Week, a seven-day festival celebrating all that is good about local breweries, craft beers, and brew pubs. During the event Town Hall will be releasing several new brews, including a wheat beer, a stout, and others, while offering special tours some evenings. Chat up brewers at special happy hours, including beer experts from Flat Earth, Lift Bridge, and upstart breweries 612 Brew and Harriet Brewing. Try your hand at pub trivia, sample hard-to-find varieties, or try something completely new. Most weekday activities start around 4 p.m. and run to bar closing, and weekend activities start around noon. Evenings will feature drink specials, including $2.50 pints. Those planning to check out multiple events will want to invest in the $3 passport, which gets beer lovers $3 taxi rides from Blue & White taxi, points toward prizes, and general brew-geek prestige. All proceeds from passes benefit Alzheimer's research. Events will take place at three locations in the University region of Minneapolis: Preston's Urban Pub (221 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.338.6164), Stub & Herb's (227 Oak Street SE, Minneapolis; 612.379.0555), and Town Hall Brewery (1430 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.339.8696). Visit mncraftbeerweek.com for a complete schedule and locations.
May 17-23, 2010