Winter Beer Dabbler Photo by Daniel Murphy


10th Annual Winter Beer Dabbler

Feb. 23
3-6:30 p.m.
$50; $70 early access tickets at 2 p.m.; $20 designated driver
Barhopping, Festivals, Food and Drink

Remember what beer you were drinking in 2009? That’s when the Winter Beer Dabbler began. Now celebrating its 10th year, the festival will offer more than 160 breweries pouring more than 500 beers at the State Fairgrounds this winter. While that alone would help anyone brave the elements, what sets the Winter Dabbler apart from other beer fests is its outdoor spirit. Whether the day calls for snow, sleet, or sunshine, thousands of thirsty ’sotans will sample dark beers, hazy IPAs, and mouth-puckering sours, all while live bands, outdoor games, and a silent disco add to the party. The homebrew competition will attract beer diehards, sports fans can enjoy activities like keg throws and Hammerschlagen, and foodies will be drawn to the multitudes of food trucks and meat and cheese samples. There’s also something for those who don’t like the cold: a heated pavilion, which houses a few of the many, many breweries on hand, along with warm food staples. Even in the dead of winter, the Minnesota State Fairgrounds is the place to be. 21+. Find tickets and more info at