Drink some rare, one-of-a-kind beers at (what else?) a rare beer fest

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Beer lovers, mark your calendar.

Minnesotans will get the chance to sample some rare beers from across the country at the Northern Lights Rare Beer Fest next spring.

The event claims to be more unique than other beer festivals because it features "rare, vintage and one-of-a-kind ales" from 30 craft breweries, including 10 Minnesota establishments, a news release says.

“These aren’t beers you’re going to be able to go out and buy off the shelf or on tap at a pub,” Juno Choi, who helped organize the event, said in the release. “These are limited-availability, vintage bottles from a past release, and in some cases brewed specifically for the fest.”

It's the third year for the rare beer fest.

Tickets for the March 12, 2016, event at the Minnesota History Center go on sale at 9 a.m. Friday at participating retailers. It'll cost you, though – tickets are $100, and include complimentary food, live music, a commemorative tasting glass, a beer notes book and program, as well as a chance to talk to owners and head brewers from the breweries featured at the event.

A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to Pints for Prostates, a campaign that raises awareness among men about the importance of regular health screenings. Click here for more information on the event.

The organizers of the Northern Lights Rare Beer Fest also host other popular festivals around the state, including the St. Paul Summer Beer Fest, as well as craft beer expos in Rochester, Mankato and Sioux Falls.

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