It's officially autumn and for beer lovers that means Oktoberfests.
New Bohemia is hosting its second annual Oktoberfest party with options for unlimited beer and more, starting Friday and running through Saturday until midnight. On Saturday, 612Brew is hosting an Oktoberfest party from noon to 7 p.m. with free entry and eight beers, live music, special games and prizes, plus food trucks Red River Kitchen and Natedogs.
Harriet Brewing's Rauchfest is also free starting this year, and runs from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday. Also on Saturday is the Oktoberfest celebration at Herkimer, with specialty beers on tap and a variety of brats. For a more family-friendly celebration, Mill City Oktoberfest at the Mill City Museum features live music, dancing, food, cooking demos, and beer samples and runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Meanwhile, on Friday night, Pig & Fiddle hosts a New Holland Beer and Spirits Dinner, a five-course meal paired with three beers and two cocktails. Tickets are $65.
Also on Friday, Mankato Brewery will tap casks of their wet-hopped Haymaker IPA at seven metro Old Chicago locations in Apple Valley, Eagan, Blaine, Duluth, Eden Prairie, Plymouth, and Roseville at 6 p.m.
On Saturday the 14th annual Autumn Brew Review will showcase unique beers from over 100 breweries, including locals like Lift Bridge, Burning Brothers, and Canal Park. It will be held at the old Grain Belt Complex.
As for food truck pairings, Fork in the Road (Friday) and Get Sauced (Saturday) will be at Fulton, Heavy Metal Grill (Friday) and Gastrotruck (Saturday) will be outside Indeed, and Crazy Puppy Gourmet Workshop Food Truck will be at Burning Brothers on Friday evening.
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