It's a great time to be a beer lover in the Twin Cities. Just as Stone Brewing Co. brings Stone Week Minnesota to an end, another high-profile brewery steps in to pick up where they left off. Brooklyn Brewery of Brooklyn, New York, kicked off three weeks (that's right, three weeks) of launch events with a beer dinner at the Happy Gnome last night. The brewery's founder, Steve Hindy, will be on hand for some of the launch events, and I've heard unconfirmed rumors that brewmaster Garrett Oliver, beer maker, food-pairing expert, and author of The Brewmaster's Table, may make an appearance at some point during the celebration. The full schedule of the Brooklyn invasion has yet to be revealed, but the first week has been released. It's a frenzy of events happening all over the metro. Three weeks of this could wear out even the most devoted beer fans.
Monday April 4: 3 p.m. Surdyks Tasting 3 p.m. Princeton's Liquor Tasting 3 p.m.Thomas Liquor Tasting 5 p.m. Bulldog NE Sampling 5 p.m. France 44 Tasting and Cheese Pairing 7 p.m. Heritage Liquor Tasting/Book Signing 7 p.m. Uptown Pub Crawl (Liquor Lyle's, Green Mill, Old Chicago, Williams, Drink, Uptown Cafeteria)
Tuesday April 5: 3 p.m. South Lyndale Tasting 3 p.m.Haskell's Woodbury Tasting 3 p.m.1st Grand Tasting 5 p.m. McDonald Liquor Tasting 5 p.m. Cellar's Woodbury Tasting 5:30 p.m. Four Firkins Tasting/Book Signing 7 p.m. Mac's Industrial "Working Man's" Beer Dinner 7:30 p.m. St Paul Pub Crawl (Fabulous Fern's, the Happy Gnome, Muddy Pig, Sweeny's, Billy's on Grand, Old Chicago Roseville, Grumpy's Roseville)
Wednesday April 6: 1 p.m. Edina Muni #2 Tasting 3 p.m. Blue Max Tasting 3 p.m. Lake Wine & Cheese Tasting 3 p.m. Big Top Midway Tasting 6 p.m. Hanger Room Sampling/Cheese Pairing 7 p.m. Bryant Lake Bowl "Bowling for Brooklyns" Party
Thursday April 7: 3 p.m. Saint Anthony Village #1 Tasting 5 p.m. Campus and Downtown Minneapolis Pub Crawl
Friday April 8: 12 p.m. MacKenzie's Pub Twins Home Opener Ticket Giveaway 4 p.m. Dennis Bros tasting Saturday April 9: 3 p.m. Running Aces Beerfest
Cheers, Michael Agnew Certified Cicerone A Perfect Pint