Beer Tasting & Festivals

If it's good for ancient Druids,
runnin' nekkid through the wuids,
Drinkin' strange fermented fluids,
it's good enough for me!

There are lots of festivals, but I am primarily interested in festivals in the Twin Cities area ... or the five state region ... or having international fame.  Sorted by time of the year (sorry, don't have a real database yet).  See our calendar of events.

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Beer Tasting & Festivals
When (last reference)
Lake Red Rock Brewfest 2003 August 15-16, 2003 Lake Red Rock Cultural Center
Knoxville, IA 
Beer Tasting & Festivals
When (last reference)
"I Love Beer" Pub Crawl April 20, 2002 Minnesota Craft Brewer's Guild
The Autumn Brew Review September 7, 2002
1 - 7pm
Minnesota Craft Brewer's Guild Peavy Plaza,
Downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota
Bockfest February 9, 2002
11am - 4:30pm 
$5 admission
Schell's Brewery Schell's Brewery 
New Ulm, Minnesota
Fasching February 9, 2002
11am - 11pm 
$5 admission
New Ulm Concord Singers Turner Hall, 
New Ulm, Minnesota
Twin Cities Reader April. Tickets are $12 Twin Cities Reader weekly newspaper Minneapolis Convention Center 
Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Winterfest February 8, 2002
6pm - 9pm 
$20 admission
Minnesota Craft Brewer's Guild Hamm Building
Downtown St. Paul, Minnesota
Heritagefest July, 2001   New Ulm, Minnesota
The Great Midwestern Hop Festival August 1-2, 2:00 - 10:00
Tickets: $10/day, call 822-7802
Minneapolis, MN
Fall Harvest Beer Train 5:30 PM on Saturday Sept. 20, 1997 for a three hour excursion 
$20 tickets
North Shore Scenic Railroad (218) 722-1273 Duluth, Minnesota 
to Palmer's Junction (Knife River) and back
City Pages Beer Festival May 30, 2003  City Pages Calhoun Square (Lake St. & Hennepin), Uptown 
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Brews on Tour Sept. 26, 1997 
5:30 to 10:30
City Pages Roy Wilkins Auditorium (next to Civic Center) 
St. Paul, Minnesota
James Page Blubber Run  Sept. 26, 1998 
8 to 9:45am, registration 
10am, start 5k run, walk or whatever 
11:30am, Party, great Live music 

Pre-Register $25 by Sept. 19 
You get a t-shirt, food, beer 

more info: pick up a City Pages 
or call 338-3807

James Page Brewery Minneapolis, Minnesota
Oktoberfest October New Ulm Chamber of Commerce New Ulm, Minnesota
Beer Tasting & Festivals
When (last reference)
Beer Festival February 19, 1997 Louie's, 
New Glarous Brewing Company 
Waukesha, Wisconsin
Clayton Brewfest July Clayton, Wisconsin
Great Taste of the Midwest August, 2003 
Tickets are $17 (on sale May 1st) 
Madison Homebrewers and Tasters Guild Olin-Turville Park (across from Dane County Coliseum) 
Madison, Wisconsin
Greater Milwaukee Brew Festival September 19-21, 1997 Info: Glen Helgeland 888-404-1454 or 414-242-4810 Wisconsin Center, downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Milwaukee Beer Festival March 11, 2001
Noon - 4:30
Serb Hall,
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
North Dakota
Beer Tasting & Festivals
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Northern Brewer April/May  ??? North Dakota
South Dakota
Beer Tasting & Festivals
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Outside the Region
Beer Tasting & Festivals
When (last reference)
Midwest International Beer Exposition May 16-18, 1997 Info: David Furer, 312-862-5514 Chicago, Illinois
Summer Beer Festival July, 2001 Illinois Craft Brewers Guild  Chicago, Illinois
Real Ale Festival October 16-17, 1998 

Tasting sessions, $22. advance reg. 
All-Week-End pass, $100 

For Registration forms call 1-800-229-1832

Craft Beer Institute, 
Chicago Beer Society, 
Goose Island Brewing Company
Chicago, Illinois
Chicago Beer Society's 
International (Dinner &) Beer Tasting
Autumn Chicago Beer Society 
(since 1977?)
Chicago, Illinois
Planet Buzz
Celebration of Mead, Cider & Perry
November 8-9, 2002

Full Weekend - $65

Craft Beer Institute Chicago, Illinois
Oregon Brewers Festival last weekend in July ??? 
Portland, Oregon
Blessing of the Bock ??? ??? Germany
Great American Beer Festival (GABF) September 25-27, 2003 AHA Denver, Colorado
Great British Beer Festival (GBBF) August 5-9, 2003 London, England 

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