Brooklyn Brewery comes to town to celebrate craft beer culture

When the Brooklyn Brewery Mash hits town this weekend, Brooklyn and Twin Cities cultures will come together in a series of collaborative drinking and dining events. Brooklyn Brewery, often considered among the country's first craft breweries, is hitting the metro area for the second consecutive year with its touring "food, film, comedy, music, books, and beer" themed festival that takes place across town from August 9-16. With exclusive dinners, beer education events, tap takeovers, and a free concert, there's quite a lot on tap.

See also: The Brooklyn Brewery Mash

Highlights include the Dinner on the Farm, taking place at Luster Lands Organic Farm on Sunday, and Craft Beer Revolution at Fulton Brewing Company, where Brooklyn's co-founder Steve Hindy, along with staff from Fulton, August Schell, and Urban Growler, will discuss the changing industry. (Hindy recently published a book titled Craft Beer Revolution.)

Coming from an overseas stop in London, the tour is meant to celebrate the surging craft beer culture, and highlight each unique location while noting the unifying similarities of the movement. "Collaboration is at the heart of the Mash," says Brooklyn Brewery's Meg Stemmler.

The tour is visiting 10 U.S. cities as well as London and Stockholm to spread the message of local flavors and craft beer culture.

Here is a full listing of the week's activities, which will end with a free concert at Amsterdam Bar & Hall featuring Brooklyn's Marnie Stern and locals Pink Mink and BNLX.

Twin Cities Mash Tour Schedule

Saturday, August 9, 2014: Eat, Drink & Learn with Andrew Gerson at Lake Wine & Cheese (Minneapolis), 2 p.m. The cheese shop at Lake Wine and Spirits has a constantly rotating, hand-selected inventory, and it's from this gourmet spread that chef Andrew will be pairing perfect beer and cheese bites for sample.

Tap Attack at Liquor Lyle's (Minneapolis), open to close The Mash rolls in to Liquor Lyle's with six taplines pouring $4 pints all night long.

Sunday, August 10, 2014: Dinner on the Farm at Luster Lands Organic Farm (Harris), 3 p.m. (tickets required) Brooklyn Brewery Chef Andrew Gerson will partner with a local Twin Cities chef have develop a menu that takes advantage of the bountiful Twin Cities area. The result is a family-style feast bringing together farm-raised produce, local artists, Brooklyn beer, and a community interested in all of the above.

Monday, August 11, 2014: Craft Beer Revolution with Fulton Brewery and Schell Brewing Company at Fulton Brewing Company (Minneapolis), 6:30 p.m. (tickets required) Brooklyn Brewery co-founder Steve Hindy looks back with his fellow craft beer comrades including Jace Marti (of Schell Brewing Company), Ryan Petz (of Fulton Brewing Company), and Joseph Alton (of Growler Magazine) to discuss the circumstances and ambitions that allowed a handful of individuals across the country to challenge one of the largest corporate dynasties in American history. Then they'll look ahead to the future of good beer and talk about the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for American craft beer.

Tap Attack at Muddy Waters (Minneapolis), 5 p.m. Cure your case of the Mondays with an all-out assault on the taps at Muddy Waters, starting right at 5 p.m.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014: Found Footage Festival at Fine Line Music Cafe (Minneapolis), 8 p.m. (tickets required) Found Footage Festival delivers the good, the bad and the ugly of forgotten film. Brooklyn Ha Ha: NYC Stand-up with Matt Koff, Jesse Popp & Michael Lehrer at Nomad World Pub (Minneapolis), 9 p.m. (tickets required) Brooklyn Ha Ha introduces some of NYC's best under-the-radar talent along with one of Twin Cities' very own.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014: Mash EDU: Beer & Spice, Making Nice at TBA, 6 p.m. (tickets required) Chef Andrew will present four bites and four beers, explaining what to look for when creating the perfect pairing. The flavor focus of this installment of Mash Edu is spice.

Thursday, August 14, 2014: Slow Supper with Chef Thomas Boemer & Chef Andrew Gerson at TBA, 7 p.m. (tickets required) This pop-up dinner party, hosted in a nontraditional location, will team Brooklyn Brewery with chef Thomas Boemer for a memorable meal and moment.

Saturday, August 16, 2014: MASH EDU: Homebrewer Edition at Northern Brewer (Minneapolis), 2 p.m. (free with RSVP) Homebrewing: the art of conjuring magic in liquid form. In the Twin Cities, the Mash is partnering up with Jeff Merriman of Northern Brewer, a veritable beer mecca in Minneapolis.

Mash Bash with Marnie Stern, Pink Mink, and BNLX at Amsterdam Bar & Hall (St. Paul), 8 p.m. Brooklyn guitar virtuosa Marnie Stern joins us for her second Mash Bash, and will be accompanied by Mink Pink and BNLX.

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