Minnesotans, the time has come (at least for now) to shed your heaviest winter coats, soak up a few rays of early spring sun, and enjoy a weekend of fresh brew happenings across the Twin Cities metro, marked by pilsners and anniversaries.
Pig & Fiddle is celebrating the new pilsner series from Schell's with a tapping party from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight, before the brewers head to St. Paul for the Ward 6 First Annual Bock Fest on Saturday afternoon.
At 612 Brew on Friday, GetKnit Events is celebrating 1 year of beer-themed outings and will be handing out prizes and merchandise starting at 6 p.m.
On Saturday, Treasure Island hosts the Wings & Brew Fest from 4 to 8 p.m., with 40 craft breweries and 10 local restaurants on hand dishing out wings and beers in the spirit of friendly competition.
Harriet will have live music from Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank on Saturday, followed by a CD release show for the Galactic Cowboy Orchestra on Sunday. Also on Saturday, Lift Bridge will be serving samples at Top Ten Wine & Spirits in Woodbury.
Butcher & the Boar celebrates its two-year anniversary on Sunday with a Fulton tap takeover, 10 beers in total and two brand new recipes. The party will also include Knob Creek Single Barrel specials, live music, and lots of meat.
Monday night, First Ave presents the MN Beer Activists' St. Patrick's Day rally for Sunday Sales, featuring performances by Romantica, White Iron Band, Silverback Colony, and Mark Andrew.
Surly is giving tours this Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and will have local food trucks A La Plancha (Friday) and I Luv Coffee Minnesota (Saturday) on hand at the brewery. Other food truck/brewery combos will be at Steel Toe (B52s Slider Squad on Friday and A La Plancha on Saturday) and Summit (Potter's Pasties on Friday and Natedogs on Saturday).