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February 16, 2019


Minnesota’s craft breweries are partnering with more than 20 restaurants to pair high-end beers with high-class bites at the 2018 Winterfest craft beer festival. The Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild event gives craft beer fans a one-of-a-kind new format to enjoy the beers they love alongside specifically designed small plates to highlight the state’s craft beer industry and top chefs. Further elevating the experience, many breweries will collaborate with their paired restaurants to create exclusive, specialty Winterfest beers to compliment these special food items.

Tickets can be found here.

The Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild is a not-for-profit organization that was founded in 2000. Our goals are to promote Minnesota breweries, create an open line of communication between brewers, and connect our beer to the consumer. The Guild promotes Minnesota’s booming brewing industry by sponsoring festivals and special events, including Autumn Brew Review and Winterfest, promoting special events like 10,000 Minutes of Minnesota Craft Beer and the State Fair’s Land of 10,000 Beers exhibit and beer hall, and ultimately showcasing the talent of Minnesota’s craft brewers.

Email info@mncraftbrew.org with any questions.

  • Beer & Bites
  • Tickets and Information
  • Participating Breweries
  • Participating Restaurants
  • Winterfest Directions Transit & Parking
  • Education
  • Partners
  • The Great Snowshoe Award

Beer & Bites

New Format Couples Craft Beers with Curated Bites From Minnesota Chefs!

Brewery/Restaurant Pairings:

Eastlake Craft Brewery/Sisyphus Brewing – Bluestem Bar and Table at French Meadow – LynLake Brewery/Three Twenty Brewing Co.

Able Seedhouse/612Brew – Brasa Rotisserie – Fair State Cooperative/Bauhaus Brew Labs

Finnegans/Badger Hill Brewing – Cara Irish Pubs/Kieran’s – Summit Brewing/Pryes Brewing

Modist Brewing/Steel Toe Brewing – Curious Goat – Bad Weather Brewing/InBound BrewCo

56 Brewing/Cosmos Brewing – Gohan – u4ic Brewing/Lake Monster Brewing Co.

August Schell Brewing Co./Sociable Cider Werks – Kramarczuk’s – Insight Brewing/HeadFlyer Brewing

Enki Brewing/Lupine Brewing – Lowry Hill Meats – 12welve Eyes Brewing/Clockwerks Brewing

Hammerheart/Klockow Brewing Co. – Minnesota BBQ Company – Big Wood Brewery /Jack Pine Brewery

Lift Bridge Brewery/Bent Brewstillery – Natedogs –  Mankato Brewery/Brau Brothers Brewing Co.

Bent Paddle Brewing Co./Hoops Brewing – New Scenic Café – Castle Danger Brewery/Blacklist Artisan Ales

Forager Brewery/Barrel Theory Brewing – Nosh Restaurant and Bar –  F-Town Brewing/Red Wing Brewery

NorthGate Brewing/Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative – Red Stag Supper Club – LTD Brewing/OMNI Brewing

Lakes & Legends/Shakopee Brewhall –  Spoon and Stable – St. Paul’s Flat Earth/Urban Growler Brewing

10K Brewing/Alloy Brewing –  Stewart’s – Foxhole Brewhouse/Spilled Grain Brewhouse

Portage Brewing/Gun Flint Tavern  –  StormKing Barbecue – Kinney Creek/Nutmeg Brewhouse

Dangerous Man Brewing/Indeed Brewing Co. –  Travail Kitchen and Amusements – Wicked Wort Brewing Co./Wild Mind Artisan Ales

Utepils Brewing/Canal Park Brewery –  Union Kitchen – Cuyuna Brewing Company/Beaver Island Brewing Co.

LTS Brewing/Take 16 Brewing  – Zen Box Izakaya – Boom Island Brewing Co./Goat Ridge Brewing Co.

Tin Whiskers Brewing Co./Lupulin Brewing – Pajarito –  Waldmann Brewery & Wurstery/Wabasha Brewing Co.

Imminent Brewing /Bald Man Brewing – Chromatic Catering – Bank Brewing/Talking Waters

Unmapped Brewing/Wazyata Brew Works – Lola’s Lakehouse – Excelsior Brewing/Waconia Brewing Co.

Back Channel/Big Axe Brewing  – Terzo – The Herkimer/Day Block Brewing

Pints & Plates: Dishes from Minnesota Brew Spots: 

Barley John’s Brew Pub
Birch’s On The Lake
Fulton Taproom & Kitchen
Great Waters Brewing Company
Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub
Rock Bottom Brewery
Surly Brewing Company Beer Hall
Tanzenwald Brewing Company
The Freehouse
Town Hall Brewery

Winterfest Tickets & Information

Tickets can be found here! Early bird tickets are $90 until January 1st.

  • February 16, 2018
  • Union Depot | St. Paul, MN
  • 21+ Event | ID Required at Entry

Ticket price includes unlimited samples of great craft beer, a commemorative tasting glass, and sampling of paired dishes from the best restaurants Minnesota has to offer. Sober driver tickets for $50 are also available – sober drivers wear a special wristband and do not receive a commemorative tasting glass. All attendees must be 21+ years of age and must present their valid 21+ ID at the gate. Please sample responsibly and plan ahead for transportation. No pets or children. Sealed water bottles are accepted and encouraged. No outside food, beverages or coolers.

2018 Winterfest Participating Breweries

10K Brewing
12welve Eyes Brewing
56 Brewing
Able Seedhouse + Brewery
Alloy Brewing Company
August Schell Brewing Company
Back Channel Brewing
Bad Weather Brewery
Badger Hill Brewing Company
Bald Man Brewing
Bank Brewing Co
Barley John’s
Barrel Theory Beer Company
Bauhaus Brew Labs
Beaver Island Brewing Company
Bent Brewstillery
Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
Big Axe Brewing Company
Big Wood Brewery
Birch’s on the Lake
Blacklist Artisan Ales
Boom Island Brewing Company
Brau Brothers Brewing Co.
Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative
Burning Brothers Brewing
Canal Park Brewery
Castle Danger Brewery
Clockwerks Brewing
Cosmos Brewing
Cuyuna Brewing Company
Dangerous Man Brewing Co.
Day Block Brewing Company
Eastlake Craft Brewery
Enki Brewing
Excelsior Brewing Company
F-Town Brewing Company
Fair State Brewing Cooperative
Forager Brewery
Foxhole Brewhouse
Fulton Brewing
Goat Ridge Brewing Co.
Great Waters Brewing Company
Gun Flint Tavern & Brewpub
HeadFlyer Brewing
Hoops Brewing
Imminent Brewing
Inbound BrewCo
Indeed Brewing Company
Insight Brewing
Jack Pine Brewery
Kinney Creek Brewery
Klockow Brewing Company
Lake Monster Brewing
Lakes & Legends Brewing Company
Lift Bridge Brewery
LTD Brewing Co.
LTS Brewing Company
Lupine Brewing Company
Lupulin Brewing Company
LynLake Brewery
Mankato Brewery
Modist Brewing
Northbound Smokehouse
NorthGate Brewing
Nutmeg Brewhouse
OMNI Brewing Co
Portage Brewing Company
Pryes Brewing
Red Wing Brewery
Rock Bottom Brewery
Saint Paul’s Flat Earth
Shakopee BrewHall
Sisyphus Brewing
Sociable Cider Werks
Spilled Grain Brewhouse
Steel Toe Brewing
Summit Brewing Company
Surly Brewing Co.
Take 16 Brewing Company
Talking Waters Brewing Co.
Tanzenwald Brewing Company
The Freehouse
The Herkimer
Three Twenty Brewing Company
Tin Whiskers Brewing
Town Hall Brewery
u4ic Brewing, Inc
Unmapped Brewing Co.
Urban Growler® Brewing Company
Utepils Brewing
Wabasha Brewing Company
Waconia Brewing Company
Waldmann Brewery & Wurstery
Wayzata Brewworks
Wicked Wort Brewing Co.
Wild Mind Artisan Ales

Winterfest Directions Transit & Parking


There are plenty of transportation options for getting to and from Winterfest. Please plan a safe and sober ride!

Car Parking: Located in the heart of the Lowertown district in Downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, Union Depot offers multiple options for paid parking. Lot A is a temperature controlled parking garage and is located underneath the Head House of Union Depot. Lot B offers covered parking and has entrances at Kellogg Boulevard/Broadway Street and Sibley Street/East 2nd Street. Lot C West and Lot C East are surface lots located to the East of Union Depot, just off Kellogg Boulevard. For maps and rates, click here.

Metro Transit: Metro Transit will be offering a quick survey to get a pass to and from the event on light rail or any city bus. Click here to take the survey and download your pass.

Winterfest Education

Check back for information on Winterfest 2019!

Winterfest Partners

Many thanks to our 2018 Winterfest Partners! We couldn’t have done it without you.

Check back for information on Winterfest 2019 partners!

The Great Snowshoe Award

The Rahr Malt Great Snowshoe Award is the traveling trophy awarded to the brewery or brewpub that has the crowd-favorite beer. Be sure to place your vote for your favorite beer of the festival and turn it into the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild Information table before the end of the festival. The winner will be announced at the end of the fest. The winner of the award also receives entry fee for two of their beers to the Great American Beer Festival to represent the judicious taste buds of our Minnesota craft beer patrons!

Previous Snowshoe Award Winners

  • 2017 – Fair State Cooperative
  • 2016 Friday – Raspberry Roselle by Fair State Cooperative
  • 2016 Saturday – Dark Knight Returns by Barley John’s Brew Pub
  • 2015 – Dark Knight Returns by Barley John’s Brew Pub
  • 2014 – Rosie’s Old Ale by Barley John’s Brew Pub
  • 2013 – Dark Knight Returns by Barley John’s Brew Pub
  • 2012 – Dark Knight by Barley John’s Brew Pub
  • 2011 – Mole Smoke by Surly Brewing Co.
  • 2010 – Grand Design Porter by Flat Earth Brewing Co.
  • 2009 – Bourbon One by Surly Brewing Co.
  • 2008 – Chocolate Raspberry Bourbon Stout by Town Hall Brewery
  • 2007 – Dark Knight by Barley John’s Brew Pub
  • 2006 – King Boreas Imperial Wit by Great Waters & Old 8 Porter by Barley John’s
  • 2005 – Scotch Ale by Brau House & Big Dog IPA by Town Hall Brewery
  • 2004 – Hair of the Monk by Fitger’s Brewhouse
  • 2003 – Double Trouble by O’Hara’s Brew Pub & Cywren’s Song by Hop’s Brew Pub


February 16, 2019
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Union Depot
214 4th Street East
Saint Paul, MN 55101 United States
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