Beer festivals are all the rage, but they can be a bit too similar, with a lot of the same old beers being poured into those 4-ounce tasting cups. Grumpy's is sponsoring the Limited Action Beer Fest to challenge that notion.
The idea behind the festival is that participating breweries -- 612, Fulton, Indeed, Lift Bridge, Mankato, Rush River, and Summit at present -- will each brew a unique beer that includes the following ingredients: hops grown at Grumpy's Northeast, wild rice, and "something Minnesotan."
The event, on Saturday, November 8, isn't a ticket-only event where you try as many beers as you can remember. Instead it will feature several local breweries and some specialty small-batch beers made with Minnesota ingredients, including hops from the patio at Grumpy's Northeast.
"It is not a competition, more of a celebration of beer," says Grumpy's manager Rainer Fronz. There will be no fan voting or beer judges, just beer aficionados on hand to try something new and limited.
Representatives of each of the breweries will be on hand to talk about their craft and also to showcase what a different brewer can do with similar ingredients. The Grumpy's hops are a blend of Cascade, Centennial, and Northern Brewer varieties, and the showcased beers are expected to utilize them all.
"The hops have been growing for seven years," says Fronz. "They have all grown into each other, making it impossible to distinguish between the types, which is part of the challenge." As for the mysterious extra ingredients, "Most are being held pretty close to the vest," Fronz says. "Squash, sweet corn, and pumpkin have all been rumored."
Fronz had been contemplating a beer festival to celebrate the booming craft scene for some time, but he wanted to do something different.
"Earlier this spring I was watching the show Chopped on the Food Network with my wife and it hit me: Let's do a beer fest where Grumpy's suggests ingredients to include in a small batch. Thus, Limited Action Beer Fest was born."
The festival starts at 2 p.m. and will run through the day. Any beers leftover from the party will remain on tap at Grumpy's Downtown and may find their way to the bar's other locations in northeast Minneapolis and in Roseville.
When: November 8, 2014, 2 p.m. Where: Grumpy's Bar & Grill 1111 Washington Ave S., Minneapolis Details: Free admission, 21+
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