Land of 10,000 Beers!
It’s that time of year…. the Great Minnesota Get Together… more fun than you can shake a “stick” at!
The Minnesota State Fair draws together people from throughout the Midwest, to show off their hard work and skill and the results of those efforts. Hard working brewers definitely fall into this category and while there are some well publicized lists of new foods and old favorites, we felt we should talk about the beer that will be there, as well as gluten-free food options, since well, we fit both of those groups.
Ask the Brewer
Where can I find your beer at the Minnesota State Fair? What about food that I can eat?
As of today (8/18), here are the confirmed locations where you can find Burning Brothers at the Minnesota State Fair:
- Cafe Caribe (South side of Carnes Ave. between Liggett & Nelson streets)
- LuLu’s Public House (At West End Market, south of the Schilling Ampitheater)
- O’Gara’s at the Fair (Southwest corner of Dan Patch Ave. & Cosgrove St.)
We will also be one of the 75 rotating breweries whose beer is being served during the run of the fair at the “Land of 10,000 Beers” in the Ag/Hort building. Since there are so may breweries participating, the MN Craft Brewer’s Guild does not publish dates and times that they will be serving particular brews. However clicking on the link above will take you to the list of participating breweries as well as the speaker schedule.
For those of you bringing your gluten friend (yes, the irony is not lost on us), the Growler Magazine has a link to an interactive map showing where ALL the beer is at! Way to go guys – making the beer easy to find is important!
We also wanted to give a shout out to Twin Cities R.O.C.K. (Raising Our Celiac Kids) and their partner, the Celiac Center of Minnesota, for their comprehensive (and downloadable) list of what foods are safe for those who are gluten-free or Celiac to eat while at the fair.
Last, but certainly not least, we wanted to plug our friends at Hot Indian Foods who will be serving up Paneer on a Spear at the Midtown Global Market booth at the International Bazaar from Aug 31-Sept 5. Deep-fried Indian-seasoned paneer cheese coated with a local gluten-free craft beer batter (hmmm, I wonder whose beer that could be?) and served with a tomato garlic chutney. Sounds like gluten-free nirvana to me.
While we are without a food truck this Friday (8/19… insert sad trombone sound here…) we were able to procure a new cupcake flavor from our friends at Groundswell, their Lavender Black Bottom Cheesecake (gluten-free of course). So, with the dessert option covered, the main course will have to be BYOGFF (that’s Bring Your Own Gluten Free Food). Let us know if you need suggestions on places in the vicinity.
On Saturday (8/20), Soup Coupe will be here and with the forecast calling for thunderstorms and a high of 70, it sure sounds like soup weather to me.
Tomorrow, Dane joins the crew of Minnesota BeerCast to talk all things Burning Brothers. You can tune in Friday (8/19) at 8pm on AM 1130, FM 103.5, iHeartRadio and on-demand via the MN BeerCast website.
This Saturday (8/20) there are two great events going.
Ciderfest, happening in St. Cloud from 1 to 5 PM will feature hard ciders (and craft beers) from Minnesota and across the nation. If you are gluten-free, this may be the festival for you, as many of the cider houses are also gluten-free.
The Summer Beer Dabbler runs from 5 to 9 PM at CHS field in downtown St. Paul and features beer from over 100 breweries, live music from 4 different bands, and food from several of the CHS stadium stands.
We hope to see you at one, or for the overly ambitious, both events!
For those of you that made it this far, the subject line refers to the fact that the Fair has been held every year since 1859 with only five exceptions. Check out the Fair History for more info.