This is the 11th year for Autumn Brew Review, the big fall beer festival sponsored by the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild and held in September on the grounds of the old Grain Belt Brewery in Northeast. Each year the Brew Review features the best that Minnesota brewers have to offer along with a huge array breweries from around the country and around the world. It is one of the biggest beer festivals of the year. This year it will get even bigger.
In past years the Autumn Brew Review has been a one-session, afternoon event. But tickets for the last few fests have sold out quickly, leaving loads of thirsty beer fans scrambling on the sidelines. This year the Brewers Guild is expanding the festival to an all-day affair. There will be two sessions each accommodating 3000 attendees. The first session for the strong of liver starts at 10 AM and goes until 2 PM. The second begins at 3 PM and goes until 7 PM. This will make way for a lot more people to attend what is always a great beer tasting event.
Besides beer, Autumn Brew Review features live entertainment, food, and education sessions. You can take in a beer and food pairing class with a local chefs and brewers while riding around the grounds on the Pedal Pub. Or take a walking tour around the historic Grain Belt facility.
Tickets go on sale at noon on July 15th at the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild website. Cost is $30 in advance or $40 at the door. The ticket buys you entry to the fest with unlimited beer tasting and a complementary sample glass. In the past tickets have gone quickly, but hopefully the double session will ease the crush.
Cheers, Michael Agnew Certified Cicerone A Perfect Pint