Harriet Brewing Rauchfest 2011

September will be a busy month for Twin Cities beer fans. There are so many events and happenings that they are doubling up on days. September 10th brings both Surlyfest and the Summit Silver Anniversary bash. The 17th is Autumn Brew Review, the big event of the MN Craft Brewers Guild. Saturday the 24th already has the Minneapolis Beer Fest, but it's going to have to share the date. Yesterday Harriet Brewing announced Rauchfest 2011, a 9-hour festival of beer, food, art and music.

Rauchfest takes place at the Harriet Brewery at 3036 Minnehaha Ave, just south of Lake Street in the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis. The festival kicks off at 1:00 pm and will keep going until 10:00. Tickets are $15 until September 1st and $20 thereafter. Each ticket buys you one Harriet beer of your choice. The first 250 tickets will receive a free Rauchfest 2011 beer glass. You can purchase tickets starting August 10th at the brewery or at the Harriet Brewing website.

Harriet founder and brewer Jason Sowards has whipped up a special beer for the event. The appropriately named Rauchfest, a smoked Oktoberfest-style lager, will debut at the event. In addition, Harriet's cold-weather beers, Devine Oculust and Dark Abbey will be making a comeback. You can also indulge in a selection of other Harriet beers including West Side Belgian IPA, Wodan Weizen, and Saison Nourrice.

The festival is billed as a celebration of beer, food and art. The food part will be provided by the Seward Coop, Sun Street Breads, The Magic Bus Café, Dandelion Kitchen and Stanley's Northeast.

As for the art, attendees will be serenaded by the sounds of the New Primitives, Butane Soul Review, High Strung String Band, and Blue Soul Caravan. Jesse Brodd, Harriet's resident artist and the person responsible for all of the brewery's label art, will be live-painting the event. Other artists are being sought to do the same.

The brewery advises that parking in the area will be limited. They encourage taking public transportation, walking, or biking.

Cheers, Michael Agnew Certified Cicerone A Perfect Pint

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