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Epic beer crawl hits all 11 St. Paul breweries in a day

Flat Earth's taproom is one of many potential stops along the tour.

Flat Earth's taproom is one of many potential stops along the tour.

A fleet of 20 brewery-bound buses will circulate the streets of St. Paul, as GetKnit conquers all 11 breweries in the Saintly City on May 28. 

Last year was the launch year for Brews & Buses, which stopped at St. Paul’s then-total of eight operating breweries. In the past year the city has added Bad Weather, Sidhe, and Lake Monster.

In 2015, Wabasha Brewing had just opened and the tour allowed for a first look inside. It also took place during some major University Avenue construction, which caused the daylong adventure to take some unexpected detours. This year, the planners are hoping for clear roads and clear weather.

With 11 stops, GetKnit encourages a “choose your own adventure” philosophy. After registration, the buses will run in shuttle format to maintain order but also to control traffic flow at participating breweries.

“An event like this allows for a lot of flexibility and enables people to visit their old favorites, check out all the 'new kids on the block,' or a combination. We encourage our guests to check out at least a few of the breweries on the route, but recognize that visiting all 11 may not be possible,” says Matt Plank, the self-dubbed Local GetKnit Guru and spokesman.

The concept of the tours isn’t just a beer marathon, but a way to spotlight a city and its neighborhoods, Plank says. Breweries will be serving unique recipes just for the event, but there will also be food trucks aplenty, games, live music, and other entertainment.

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Tickets are on sale now and available at a discounted early registration price of $45 until April 29. Your ticket purchase includes an event T-shirt, an event guide, and two tokens for free beer. Last year’s event drew roughly 1,200 guests. GetKnit is aiming to sell around 1,000 tickets this year.