Festival Prep

everything you need to prepare for an MNCBG festival

MN Brewers Conference & MN Brewers Cup Awards Ceremony
Union Depot—St. Paul | April 20, 2023

Two of the Guild’s signature member events will take place on Thursday, April 20, 2023, at Union Depot—St. Paul! 

Members requested that we move the 2023 MN Brewers Conference to a new date this year. The conference will now take place in the spring, coinciding with the MN Brewers Cup Awards Ceremony. Both experiences offer unique programming and a chance for us to gather, celebrate, and learn from our robust Minnesota craft brewing industry peers.

You can choose to participate in one or both of these opportunities; you do not need to participate in one to attend the other.

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  • MN Brewers Conference Info
  • MN Brewers Cup Competition & Awards Info
  • Hotel Block for Conference and Awards

MN Brewers Conference Basics

  • Thursday, April 20, 2023
  • 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Union Depot—St. Paul
  • Session Tracks: Brewing; Operations; Front of House/Sales/Marketing; Owner/Decision Makers
  • See the MN Brewers Conference webpage with full conference details!

The Minnesota Brewers Conference includes educational sessions, group discussions, our quarterly member meeting, and informal programming events, all designed to help you develop new ideas, share experiences, discover the best practices, and make connections with others in the craft beer industry.

You can expect to bring back great ideas, practical takeaways, and a renewed sense of energy to help make you and your brewery or brewpub stronger. Whether you work for an operating brewery, have a brewery in planning, or are a craft beer industry vendor, there’s sure to be something for everyone… and a few craft beers too! We look forward to seeing you there!

  • NOW: Purchase Conference tickets and, if needed, book your hotel rooms (see the third tab in this section).
  • April 1: Late registration pricing goes into effect.

MN Brewers Cup Competition Details

The MN Brewers Cup is a state-wide, blind taste-test competition for Minnesota breweries and brewpubs!

In 2021, the MN Brewers Cup Competition had 450 beers entered from 85 breweries and brewpubs in the state. The top three in each style category, along with the top three overall, were announced at an industry-only awards ceremony on November 18, 2021. You can see the winners from the 2021 competition on our website.

Entry registration for the competition opens February 9 on the MN Brewers Cup Competition website.

The MN Brewers Cup Awards Ceremony will take place the evening of April 20, 2023, after the MN Brewers Conference has concluded.

MN Brewers Cup Awards Ceremony Details

The ceremony will include a cocktail hour, dinner, and the awards ceremony. First-place awards will be given at the ceremony; second and third place beers will also be acknowledged.

This is a private event; tickets are only available for MNCBG members. Awards ceremony tickets are available here, and hotel block details are in the next tab in this section.

Hotel Room Block for MN Brewers Conference and MN Brewers Cup Awards Ceremony

The Guild has reserved a room block at the Hyatt Place in Downtown St. Paul, which is less than a block from Union Depot—St. Paul.

This room block is an effort by the Guild to help members find accommodations for the conference and/or awards ceremony. You are not required to book within the block. If you find other accommodations that work better for you and your team, please feel free to book those.

Rooms in this block must be booked before March 19, 2023, to get the rate. However, we suggest booking as early as possible in order to ensure your room(s).

Hyatt Place – Downtown St. Paul
Wednesday and Thursday nights – $139
>> Book Using This Link or by calling 1-888—492-8847
Refer to group code G-MNCB

Tickets are now available for both of these events.

All Pints North Summer Beer Festival

All Pints North is our biggest fest and in 2022 was named Best Beer Festival in the Minnesota’s Best list by the Star Tribune‘s Reader’s Choice Awards program.

This festival is a great time to debut summer drinks and connect with new customers. APN features phenomenal views of Lake Superior, live music, food trucks, and local shops and artists. Check out our 2022 APN Facebook album to get a feel for the fest.

Registration is now open! Sign up to pour at APN here. Right now, your highest priority is to book your hotel rooms ASAP!

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  • APN Info & Hotel Block Details

Festival Basics

Unfortunately, an 8,000-person festival is scheduled in Duluth for the same weekend as All Pints North. No other weekends were available for the fest. This means hotels will be more expensive and will sell out much earlier than usual. It will be very challenging to get hotels for All Pints North if you wait. If you plan to pour at APN, please book hotels now!

Early Timeline for APN 2023
Because of the other festival, and because events are returning to a more normal cadence, our timeline for APN started much earlier than it did in 2021 and 2022. Please note that we have already announced APN to the public and that brewery registration is open. Now is the time to book your hotel room if you haven’t already!

Hotel Room Blocks – Please Book ASAP!

These hotel room blocks are an effort by the Guild to help members find accommodations for All Pints North. You are not required to book within the block. If you find other accommodations that work better for you and your team, please feel free to book those. However, we do recommend booking as soon as possible, because rooms will sell out very quickly.

Most room blocks have a deadline around the beginning of June 2023, but rooms will fill much faster than that. We had suggested booking your room before the start of 2023; if you haven’t booked yet, you should do so now!

Sheraton Duluth Hotel
5 rooms Thursday, 10 rooms Friday/Saturday – $229 per night
>> Book Using This Link

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Duluth North
15 rooms – 2 Queen – $189 Thursday, $259 Friday/Saturday
To book: 218 722 0909
Refer to the All Pints North Block

Holiday Inn & Suites Duluth Downtown
20 rooms – 2 Queen – $189 Thursday, $239 Friday/Saturday
To book: 218 722 1202
Refer to the All Pints North Block

Pier B Resort
10 rooms – 2 Queen – Thursday/Friday/Saturday – $347 per night
5 rooms – 1 King – Thursday/Friday/Saturday – $347 per night
To book:  (218) 481-8888 (press 1)
Refer to block number 182093

Days Inn Duluth Lakewalk
10 rooms – 2 Queen – $169 Thursday, $269 Friday/Saturday
To book: (218) 728-5141
Refer to All Pints North 2023

The Suites Hotel at Waterfront Plaza
2 rooms – Studio Queen – $229 Thursday, $259 Friday/Saturday
3 rooms – 1 King – $249 Thursday, $279 Friday/Saturday
To book: 218-727-4663
Refer to All Pints North – Vendors Only

Canal Park Lodge
7 rooms – 2 Queen – $389 Friday/Saturday
2 rooms – 2 Queen Balcony – $389 Friday/Saturday
6 rooms – 2 Queen Lake View – $389 Friday/Saturday
To book: 218-279-6000
Refer to MN Craft Brewers Guild

Fairfield Inn & Suites Duluth Waterfront
8 rooms – 2 beds – Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday – $389
2 rooms – King – Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday – $389
To book: (218)722-6001
Refer to All Pints North

Park Point Marina Inn
5 rooms – 2 Queen Land View – $235 Thursday, $319 Friday, $369 Saturday
5 rooms – 2 Queen Harbor View – $275 Thursday, $369 Friday, $429 Saturday
To book: 218-491-7111
Refer to All Pints North

Please note: The only legitimate communications about All Pints North will come directly from the Guild. Occasionally, scammers will find event brewery lists and send phishing emails to breweries posing as the organizer or a related third-party. If you see one of these emails, DO NOT click or reply.

The Guild never sells brewery or attendee contact information to any party.