This weekend marks the grand opening of the Green Line Light Rail along University Avenue. As the community celebrates, local breweries are joining in the fun with deals, samples, and tours.
Summit is helping to sponsor the Off the Rails Pub Crawl from 4 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, hitting several pubs on the route and offering deals on their beers at cooperating venues. The soon-to-open Urban Growler will be involved in the Raymond Celebration at the corresponding Green Line stop, and both Urban Growler and Bang Brewing will be involved in a trolley run that will go from the Raymond station, around the neighborhood, and back. Bang is fully open while Urban Growler is offering tours and selling merchandise as they await final licensing.
The ongoing MN Brewery Running Series will feature a 5K near Harriet Brewing. Participants receive a free beer glass and a complimentary beer. Soda options are also available.
Heading outstate, Mankato Brewing will feature live music from the Afterwhile on Friday night. On Saturday, GetKnit Events will take a southern Minnesota tour with stops at Mankato, Kinney Creek, Mantorville, Brau Brothers, and August Schell's.
In new Minnesota beer news, Schell's Hefeweizen will be issued in four different varieties in the near future and Summit's latest Union Series beer, Southern Cape Sparkling Ale, is now available. Southern Cape is a fruity beer that uses ingredients from Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.
As for food trucks, Butcher Salt will be at Surly on Friday and Asian Invasion will be there on Saturday. Vellee Deli (Friday) and Red River Kitchen (Saturday) will be parked at Indeed, and Potter's Pasties (Friday) and Hibachi Daruma (Saturday) will be at 612Brew.