After an August heavy in beer festivals, it's time to step back and relax with a pint or two at the many taprooms, new and old, around the state.
Strongbow will be at Mackenzie on Friday, giving away merchandise and Twins tickets. Also on Friday, Tin Whiskers will feature a cask-conditioned IPA during a GetKnit events tour promotion for their upcoming Rails & Ales: Light Rail Brewery Crawl. And next Thursday Sierra Nevada will continue its string of Twin Cities tap takeovers with a collaborative event at Sporty's in Minneapolis.
Sure, there are still some festivals here and there. On Saturday, several breweries will be at the Monticello Lions Brew Fest, a charitable festival that includes sample pours from Lift Bridge and Badger Hill.
On Sunday, Harriet Brewing will be at Open Streets Franklin Avenue, serving at the beer garden in the Zipps parking lot.
But we're even more excited about the new taprooms opening: Up north, Castle Danger Brewery is celebrating a grand opening August 15-16 at its new space in Two Harbors, and Bent Brewstillery will open its Roseville taproom on August 21.
Meanwhile, Newcastle's seasonal Werewolf Blood-Red Ale is hitting the market, with an estimated shelf schedule running mid-August through October.
Food trucks over the weekend include Nate Dogs (Friday) and Asian Invasion (Saturday) at Surly; the Red Pig and Truffle (Friday), Hibachi Daruma (Saturday), and O'Cheeze (Sunday) at Harriet; and Twin Cities Fritter and Philly (Friday) and Tiki Tim's (Saturday) at Summit.
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