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Take a beer-and-wine cruise down the Mississippi

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Ah, life on the Mississippi.

You'll find a lot of wine and beer tastings this summer, but few can rival the setting of the Bacchus Society's 14th annual Beer and Wine Cruise, coming up on Tuesday, July 14. The food and wine society, run out of Haskell's wine shop, will offer tastings of 120 wines and beers from 12 countries during a three-hour cruise down the Mississippi on a Padelford riverboat. The cruise is open to the public and costs $55, which includes drinks and light appetizers.

The boat will board at 5:30 p.m. sharp and depart from Harriet Island in St. Paul for a leisurely trip upriver, past Fort Snelling to the Ford dam and back. Along the way, you can sample adult beverages from around the world, including beer and wine from Belgium, Holland, Germany, Italy, France, and Spain, plus seven states in the U.S.

You'll need to make reservations by Friday by calling 612.342.2437, ext. 921.