Beer Dabbler is on tap Saturday at Highland Fest

For the very best Dabbler
For the very best Dabbler

With the rise in popularity of beer festivals, Twin Citians have one more reason to revel in our summers. This week, as part of Highland Fest, the second annual Beer Dabbler Showcase will bring more than 40  craft and microbreweries together for you to sample, and there will be a homebrew contest, live music, a Classroom Tent with 20-minute crash courses on various beer topics like sustainable brewing, homebrewing, and how to start your own brewery, plus food by Magic Bus Cafe and Chef Shack.

We talked to Matt Kenevan, the big guy at the Beer Dabbler Showcase, and asked him a few questions about the event and his love of dabbling:

What do you think makes this festival different from other beer festivals? We will be introducing the Lord Dabbler Cup, which honors the men and woman of beer for providing a service of excellence to the community of beer drinkers. With each Beer Dabbler festival, a new brewery name will be engraved into the Lord Dabbler Cup, as well as the Judges' Choice in the Home Brew Competition of each Beer Dabbler festival henceforth. The cup is a retired 7.75-gallon keg that has been polished to perfection and sits on a hand-crafted curly maple cradle. And remember that the proceeds go to charity: Rock the Cause and Free Arts Minnesota. Consider it your good deed for the day.

What do you think we will see in the future for microbrews? I know most of the local breweries are working at maximum production capabilities to keep up with the demand. More and more hobbyists are also getting serious about making beer, turning their basement or garage home brew projects into fully operational breweries. In the future I predict more of these microbreweries popping up that will focus on smaller scope, rather than targeting multi-state distribution.

What is one great reason to attend?
There are so many reasons to attend. Just one: for the Love of Beer.

Second Annual Beer Dabbler Showcase at Highland Fest
When: Saturday, July 17, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Highland Fest, 2065 Ford Parkway, St. Paul.
Price: $25 in advance, or $33 day of. Includes unlimited beer samples. Tickets available at Thomas Liquors 1941 Grand Ave., St. Paul; 651.699.1860, or online
(see link, above) for tickets and complete schedule of event

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