1121 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)
Nothing feels as refreshingly deviant as drinking beer from a paper sack. It's the sort of devil-may-care attitude that says, "I may wake up after noon, but I have priorities." Dedicated to the promotion of craft beer, the Better Beer Society is providing something far classier than the usual brown-bag brew at its second Brown Bag event. The happening will take place in Butcher & the Boar's expansive beer garden, behind the restaurant. Considering the proliferation of new breweries, it seems like a wise (and tasty) well to draw from. This Saturday, there will be 28 specially chosen taps paired with what's being described as the "flavors of summer." The goal of any blind tasting is to challenge preconceptions, as tasters are left to savor the flavors and aromas of brews without playing brewery, variety, or price-point favorites. It's also an entertaining way to test a beer snob's mettle. Folks will want to be sure to pair some brews with delicious meat treats from chef Jack Riebel and his in-house sausage expert, Peter Botcher. Riebel created his outstanding menu at the restaurant to showcase the kind of wonderfully executed, unfussy foods that bring out the best in beer. For more info, visit www.betterbeersociety.com. Tickets are $45 for a sausage, side, and pint, plus 10 four-ounce beer tastes. (Image by razvan.caliman)
Sat., June 30, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 2012