11:30 A.M.-11 P.M. FREE
BARHOPPING, FESTIVALS, FOOD AND DRINK, MUSIC
It’s been five years since Urban Growler tapped its first keg. At the time, it was the first women-owned brewery in the state. It was also was one of the first taprooms with a full kitchen, one of the first to emphasize brewing with local ingredients, and, yes, one of the first to note the importance of purse hooks at the bar. The beer, of course, is pretty great, too. Flagship brews include the self-proclaimed “lawnmower beer” Cowbell Cream Ale; the Midwest IPA, which won awards at the 2012 Minnesota State Fair; and the Kentucky Uncommon, which adapts bourbon-making techniques for beer. The celebration starts at 11:30 a.m. with three special beer tappings (Berliner Weisse, Rhubarb Bubble Brew, and Peachy Queen Milkshake), followed by more special releases throughout the day (Blue-barb Slushie! Cranberry Beet Cream Ale! Coconut Porter!), and ending with Jalapeno Cream Ale at 9 p.m. Other fun includes local arts and crafts vendors, afternoon DJ sets, and live tunes in the evening from Ross Johnson & Blue Yodel No. 9, followed by Chin Whiskers Band.
by Loren Green