Land of 10,000 Beers

The Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild (MNCBG) is proud to announce the third year of the ‘Land of 10,000 Beers’ Craft Beer Hall exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair from Thursday, August 21, until Monday, September 1, 2014 from 9am until 9pm.

Housed in the Agriculture/Horticulture building, the exhibit will showcase the best of Minnesota’s craft beer industry and detail the brewing process all the way from the farm to the pint glass. It’ll tell the history of beer culture in Minnesota and highlight our state as a ‘brew-cation destination.’ There’s a root beer section for kids, a ‘brew deck’ stage for daily speakers and craft beer on tap from 30+ Minnesota breweries.

The Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild, created in 2000, is now more than 100 members strong including more than 50 breweries and brewpubs. In 2013, American craft brewers sold 15.6 million barrels of beer, or more than 3.9 billion pints. There are now 2,769 working craft breweries and brewpubs in the United States, more than at any time since the late 1880s. The American craft beer revolution is both a national and statewide movement. The State Fair ‘Land of 10,000 Beers’ Craft Beer Hall celebrates this.

There will be four “style” flights pouring throughout the fair: Hoppy, Dark, Light and Belgian. There will also be two “grab bag” flights with an ever-changing rotation of beers from Minnesota breweries.

In addition, this year the Land of 10,000 Beers exhibit will feature Firkin Fridays and Speciality Weekends with limited edition beers (casks, barrel aged styles, etc). Come visit to see what’s pouring! 

For daily updates on beer flights and expert presentations, check out our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/minnesotacraftbrewersguild or follow us on Twitter, @mncraftbrew.


2014 Presentation Schedule

Thursday, August 21 

3:00pm  Member Profile: Behind the Beer, John Klick & Bob DeVernois of Excelsior Brewing Co.

6:00pm Barrel-Aged Beer and Cask Beer, Frank Kaszuba of Fitger’s Brewhouse and Matt Hall of Lift Bridge Brewing Co.

Friday, August 22 

3:00pm Running a Brewpub, Tim Nelson of Fitger’s Brewhouse and Pete Rifakes of Town Hall Brewery

6:00pm Beer Tourism, Dan Justesen, Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild Board Member

Saturday, August 23 

3:00pm Member Profile: Behind the Beer, Dustin Brau of Brau Brothers Brewing Co. and Dave Hoops of Fitger’s Brewhouse

4:30pm Brotherly Brewing: Dave Hoops of Fitger’s Brewhouse and Mike Hoops of Town Hall Brewery

6:00pm Homebrewing 101: Jeff Merriman of Northern Brewer

Sunday, August 24 

12:00pm The Craft Beer Consumer, Michael Wagner of the Four Firkins

3:00pm Member Profile: Behind the Beer, Jamie MacFarlane of Castle Danger Brewery and Robert Kasak of 612Brew

6:00pm What It Takes To Open a Brewery, Dane Breimhorst of Burning Brothers Brewing Co. and Adam Sjogren of NorthGate Brewery

Monday, August 25 

3:00pm Beer Distribution 101, Joe Falkowski of JJ Taylor and Griffin Lewis of Dahlheimer Beverage

6:00pm Marketing to the Craft Beer Consumer, Brad Nelson of Fitger’s Brewhouse, Bartley Blume of Bent Brewstillery and Ryan Widuch/Tom Boland of Elevated Beer Wine & Spirits

Tuesday, August 26 

3:00pm Member Profile: Behind the Beer, Mark Stutrud of Summit Brewing Co.

6:00pm Member Profile: Behind the Beer, Jim Diley, Brian Hoffman and Ben Flattum of Fulton Beer

Wednesday, August 27 

3:00pm Brewery Expansion and Beer Styles, Broc Krekelberg of Badger Hill Brewing Co. and Tim Tupy of Mankato Brewery

6:00pm Member Profile: Behind the Beer, Franco Claseman and Bob Roepke of Flat Earth Brewing Co. and Jeff Moriarty of Tin Whiskers Brewing Co.

Thursday, August 28 

3:00pm Member Profile: Behind the Beer, Joe Pond of Olvalde Brewing and Jace Marti of August Schell Brewing Co.

6:00pm Family Business: A History of Beer, Ted and Jace Marti of August Schell Brewing Co.

Friday, August 29 

3:00pm Liquor Laws and Big Breweries, Justin Weinberg, Briggs & Morgan

6:00pm Member Profile: Behind the Beer and Contract Brewing, Doug DeGeest of Third Street Brewhouse

Saturday, August 30 

12:00pm Malted Barley and Beer, Chris German of Brewers Supply Group/Rahr Malt

3:00pm Member Profile: Behind the Beer, Spencer Anderson of Surly Brewing Co. and brewers from Dangerous Man Brewing Co.

6:00pm All You Need to Know About Hops, Eric Sannerud of Mighty Axe Hops

Sunday, August 31 

12:00pm Member Profile: Behind the Beer, Duluth Beer City, Colin and Laura Mullen of Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

3:00pm Member Profile: Behind the Beer, Jason Medvec of Big Wood Brewery

6:00pm Member Profile: Behind the Beer, Business Side of Brewing, John Hayes of ENKI Brewing

Monday, September 1 

3:00pm Member Profile: Behind the Beer, Canned Beer 101, Tom Whisenand of Indeed Brewing Co.

6:00pm Craft Beer in Minnesota, Clint Roberts, Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild


Breweries Pouring at the Land of 10,000 Beers

612Brew

August Schell Brewing Co.

Badger Hill Brewing Co.

Bang Brewing Co.

Bauhaus Brew Labs

Bent Brewstillery

Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

Big Wood Brewery

Boom Island Brewing Co.

Brau Brothers Brewing Co.

Burning Brothers Brewing Co.

Castle Danger Brewery

Dangerous Man Brewing Co.

ENKI Brewing

Excelsior Brewing Co.

FINNEGANS

Flat Earth Brewing Co.

Fulton Brewing

HammerHeart Brewing Co.

Indeed Brewing Co.

Jack Pine Brewery

Lift Bridge Brewing Co.

Lucid Brewing Co.

Mankato Brewery

NorthGate Brewing

Steel Toe Brewing

Summit Brewing

Surly Brewing Co.

Third Street Brewhouse

Tin Whiskers Brewing Co.

Vine Park Brewing Co.