Minnesota on tap

Craft beer festival is Friday night in Marshall

MARSHALL — Shopping local isn’t hard for fans of craft beer in Minnesota — there are breweries in all corners of the state. And this week, around a dozen craft brewing companies, including area breweries, will all be bringing their products to Marshall for tasting.

The Made In Minnesota Craft Beer Festival will be held Friday evening at the Red Baron Arena and Expo.

“It’s a great chance to meet the people from the breweries,” said Eric Luther, manager of Tall Grass Liquor in Marshall. “It’s just kind of a fun event.”

Luther said the beer festival was an idea that had been brewing for a while, between Tall Grass and the Marshall Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“It probably started last fall,” around the same time that the idea for Tall Grass’ February wine tasting came together, he said. Organizers planned the event at the Red Baron Arena, which would allow for both indoor and outdoor displays.

“It’s a different type of event for us,” said CVB Director Lauren Deutz. “We plan on setting up kind of a patio area,” but in case of inclement weather the tastings could also move indoors, she said.

Luther said the festival will showcase craft breweries from around the state, including Surly brewing from Minneapolis, Castle Danger Brewing from Two Harbors, and Lift Bridge Brewing from Stillwater. Southwest Minnesota craft breweries will also be well represented, with Brau Brothers, Bank Brewing from Hendricks, Talking Waters Brewing from Montevideo, and Take 16 Brewing from Luverne.

Craft beer has stayed popular with customers at Tall Grass, Luther said. There’s a wide variety to choose from, and craft breweries also frequently release seasonal or special varieties of beer to try. People might find some new favorites at the beer festival, he said.

“I think a lot of people might be surprised,” Luther said. Plus, he said, “We (Tall Grass Liquor) provide a great selection of those beers.”

Area residents interested in brewing their own beer can also find some kindred spirits at the festival. The Southwest Minnesota Academic Society of Homebrewers (SMASH) will be at the event.

“They’ll have a display, plus some things they’ve been working on,” Luther said.

Beer festival attendees will receive a commemorative beer glass, and there will be food available on-site in addition to beer samples.

Tickets for the festival are available in advance at Tall Grass Liquor and the Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce office, Deutz said. People can also register for the event online at https://business.marshall-mn.org/events/.