The winter of '08-'09 has been a big, brutal
kick-in-the-ass for most Midwesterners. The
beers at the Minnesota Craft Brewer's Guild's
Winterfest lived up to the theme. Most of the
18 brewers brought their boldest specialty
beers: extra-hoppy, extra-malty, extra-
This year the guild decided to move the event
from the Landmark Center in St. Paul to
another St. Paul location, the Minnesota
History Center. Beautiful venue, with a
gorgeous view of the Minnesota State Capitol
out ceiling-high windows. Since the majority
of the museum was kept off-limits, the
brewers' booths were lined along the
hallways. That forced some, shall we say,
extra coziness for the 900-some beer lovers
The Guild knows nothing goes better with
good beer than good food, so they generously
provided tables laden with great hors
d'oeuvres. Live music from a group called
the Jaztronauts lent to the classy feel of the
By festival-goer vote, this year's Best of the
Fest (otherwise known as The Great
Snowshoe Award) went to Bourbon One by
Surly Brewing in Brooklyn Center, a
Minneapolis suburb. A worthy win for a
brewery that opened just a few years ago, but
has already become one of the most-beloved
craft brewers of the Midwest. Keeping with
the Winterfest theme of big beers, Bourbon
One was a rich, malty, bourbon-flavored
punch to the mouth. Intense but delicious.
We recommend getting tickets to next year's
Winterfest (this year they were $45), but
once they go on sale you better move fast--
they sold out within hours this year.
|Minnesota Craft Brewer's Guild's Winterfest
February 6th, 2009
Michael and Chris
|Looking down to one of the three levels that
|The crew from the Brewers Supply Group
|Four of the 900+ craft beer
|Four of the lovely ladies in attendance.
|Michael and Chris decide what to have next.
|The guys from Cold Spring Brewing
pause for a photo.
|Damon gathers some video. See the finished
product to the right!
|These very cool sampler glasses were
provided for all.
|Truly some of the best
beer-festival food we've ever had.
|The girls from Vine Park Brewing
shared some of the recipes you can make for
yourself at their St. Paul facility.
|Michael, Gustavo from The Herkimer,
MidwestMicroBrews, 118 S. Washington Street #402B, Green Bay, Wisconsin 54301 Phone: (920) 791-0938