This beer festival lets you taste rare, one-of-a-kind beers

They're beers you won't be able to find anywhere else.
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Beer lovers will get their chance to taste some rare brews at – you guessed it – a rare beer festival this spring.

The fourth annual Northern Lights Rare Beer Fest claims to be more unique than other beer festivals in the state because it features rare, vintage or one-off beers from 30 craft breweries, including at least 10 from Minnesota.

“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 of Chop Liver Inc, which puts on the event, said in a news release. “These are limited-availability, vintage bottles from a past release, and in some cases brewed specifically for the fest.”

Tickets for the March 11, 2017, event at the Minnesota History Center are go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. You can buy them online here or at participating retailers, but there are only 750 available, so they sell out quickly, organizers told GoMN.

“The venue is really what makes this event what it is” organizer Mark Opdahl told MNBeer.com. “Marble top to bottom, and a view of the capitol from the third floor. We only sell 750 of these tickets so it’s easy to get around. If you spend this kind of money, you should be able to move around.”

It'll cost you, though. Tickets are $100 for the three-hour event, but unlike many other beer festivals, the price does include free food by D'Amico. There will also be live music from the Zacc Harris Trio.

And a portion of proceeds from ticket sales go to a good cause: Pints for Prostates, which is 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 BeerFest, as well as craft beer expos in Rochester, Mankato and Sioux Falls.

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