There was a time when a brewery crawl could hit every stop in town, from Summit in St. Paul to Surly in Brooklyn Center. These days, it's tough to even make it through a city. GetKnit, an event and tour company, has a plan to bring curious city explorers to as many stops as possible with their inaugural Brews & Buses "city crawl," taking place this weekend in St. Paul.
The sold-out Brews & Buses tour will visit all eight St. Paul breweries in a fleet of charter buses that will deliver sightseers from one locale to another. It runs from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, with participants getting exclusive deals at each stop, including special beer and firkin options.
Not every part of the day's events will be focused on drinking. GetKnit's Matt Plank says they'll have live music, food trucks, pop-up shops from local businesses, tours, trivia, and more.
The company successfully commandeered the light rail last September for Rails & Ales. Organizers decided to make it a regular feature, something where people could comfortably and affordably hit the city's breweries.
"The hope was always to have Rails & Ales be an annual event," says Plank. "After the amazing response we received from both participants and our brewery partners, [we] started dreaming about ways that we could turn that concept into something even bigger."
They hope the new City Crawl series will prove as popular, with Brews & Buses in the spring, Rails & Ales returning on September 5, and a to-be-announced pedicab event in northeast Minneapolis this fall.
Visit their website for more information about this event and to find out how to get your tickets to upcoming GetKnit events.
Breweries involved in Brews & Buses this weekend:
- Burning Brothers
- Flat Earth
- Great Waters
- Tin Whiskers
- Urban Growler
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