Video: We tried the 16 new adult drinks that are exclusive to the Minnesota State Fair

We did it to help you decide which ones are worth your money ... and because why not?
Author:
Updated:
Original:

There are 16 new, State Fair exclusive adult beverages this year, and we tried them all. On opening day. Starting at 9 a.m.

Ever since Lift Bridge Brewery introduced us to Mini Donut Beer a few years ago, gimmicky, State Fair-inspired beers have become an annual tradition.

We gave each of this year's new, exclusive drinks a rating (see our rating scale here) to help you decide which ones are worth your money. 

Here's what we thought of them: 

Summit's Lazy Sipper 

This blonde ale is perfect for day drinking, especially while walking around the State Fair. It's light, easy to sip on and super refreshing.

1-5 rating: Melissa gave it a 3, Josette a 3.

Where to get it: Shanghaied Henri's and the Summit Booth, located at the International Bazaar (and really close to the GoMN booth). It's $5 for a 12-ounce, and $8.50 for a 20-ounce. 

Coasters Beer Malt

We got the first Coasters Beer Malt served at the Minnesota State Fair (at 9:40 a.m.). It tastes just like a Wendy's frosty, with a hint of beer. 

It's made with vanilla ice cream, malt powder and vanilla bean flavor, and is blended with Boulder Beer's Shake Chocolate Porter.

1-5 rating: Melissa gave it a 4, Josette a 4.

Where to get it: Coasters, located on the southeast corner of Carnes Avenue and Liggett Street. It's $7. 

612's Lingonberry Lager 

612's lager is pink, tart (similar to a cranberry) delicious, and not too sweet. 

1-5 rating: Melissa gave it a 4, Josette a 4. 

Where to get it: Coasters, located on the southeast corner of Carnes Avenue and Liggett Street. It's $5 for a small, $8.50 for a large. 

Adult Red Bull Slushie

This is Red Bull mixed in a slushie machine with non-carbonated beer from Insight Brewing. It was a little too intense with the tangerine flavor, but the guys at LuLu's Public House told us they're still perfecting the recipe. So even though it wasn't our favorite, if you're a Red Bull fan it's probably worth a shot. 

It also comes in blueberry and original Red Bull flavors.

1-5 rating: Melissa gave it a 1, Josette a 1. 

Where to get it: LuLu's Public House in the West End Market. It's $8. 

Ordinary Mary

A delicious bloody Mary, but made with non-carbonated beer by Insight Brewing instead of vodka (there's no hard alcohol at the fair). The salted rim is great too. Yum. 

1-5 rating: Melissa gave it a 5, Josette a 3. 

Where to get it: LuLu's Public House in the West End Market. It's $8.25.

Insight's Duke of Cuke

It's a lager with a strong flavor of cucumber (who knew that was possible?) and a surprising amount of bitterness. It's super refreshing, though.

1-5 rating: Melissa gave it a 3, Josette a 1. 

Where to get it: LuLu's Public House in the West End Market. It's $5.25 for a 12-ounce, $8.50 for a 20-ounce. 

Schell's Red, Light and Blu lager

It's Schell's red citrus sangria beer layered with Grain Belt Frozen Blu and Grain Belt Premium Light. It tastes like a toned down version of red sangria that's not too sweet. It's delicious and very refreshing, especially because it's in slushie form.

1-5 rating: Melissa gave it a 5, Josette a 5. 

Where to get it: The Schell’s Pavilion, located at West End Market. It's $5.25 for a 12-ounce. 

Cotton Candy Bubble Trouble 

This not-too-sweet and deliciously bubbly beverage involves Cannon River Winery's Sparkle Edelweiss being poured over a handful of cotton candy. Plus, it's in a champagne flute, so you can feel fancy at the State Fair.

1-5 rating: Melissa gave it a 5, Josette a 4. 

Where to get it: The Hideaway Speakeasy, located in the Veranda on the upper level of the Grandstand. It's $9. 

Castle Danger's Grapefruit Ode IPA

This IPA is strong on the grapefruit flavor and is a little bitter (not as bitter as the Duke of Cuke). 

1-5 rating: Melissa gave it a 4, Josette a 2. 

Where to get it: O'Gara's at the Fair, located on the southwest corner of Dan Patch Avenue and Cosgrove Street. It's $5.25 for a 12-ounce, $8.50 for a 20-ounce. 

Sociable Cider Werks' Raspberry Hard Cider

This semi-tart cider tastes a lot more like beer than cider. It has a confusing flavor that's kind of hard to describe, but is refreshing in the long run. 

1-5 rating: Melissa gave it a 1, Josette a 3.

Where to get it: Giggles' Campfire Grill, located on the southeast corner of Lee Avenue and Cooper Street, at The North Woods. It's $8.50 for a 20-ounce, $5 for a 12-ounce. 

Barley John's Brew Pub's Dill Pickle Beer

This lager smells and tastes a lot like a pickle – so if you like dill pickles like we do, this is a perfect beer for you. Plus, it comes with a snack (it's garnished with a dill pickle and havarti dill cheese). 

1-5 rating: Melissa gave it a 4, Josette a 4.

Where to get it: Giggles' Campfire Grill, located on the southeast corner of Lee Avenue and Cooper Street, at The North Woods. It's $5 for a 12-ounce, $8.50 for a 20-ounce. 

 Bad Weather Brewing's Lemon Sunshine

This limoncello-inspired pilsner smells more lemony than it tastes. It's bright, light, citrusy and refreshing – perfect for sipping while walking around the State Fair. 

1-5 rating: Melissa gave it a 3, Josette a 3.

Where to get it: Mancini's al Fresco, located on the north side of Carnes Avenue between Nelson and Underwood streets. It's $8. (Mancini's also has a beer gelato that's worth trying.)

Bent Paddle's Mosaic Kanu

This session pale ale is made with Mosaic hops, giving it a hoppy aroma and a bitter aftertaste. It's refreshing and fruity. 

1-5 rating: Melissa gave it a 4, Josette a 2.

Where to get it: The Ball Park Cafe, located on the east side of Underwood Street between Dan Patch and Carnes avenues. It's $5.25 for a 12-ounce, $8.50 for a 20-ounce.

Bauhaus Brew Labs' Shandlot

If you like a shandy, this beer is for you. It's like an adult lemonade – it's super lemony, juicy and refreshing, making it a perfect beer to day drink with at the State Fair. 

1-5 rating: Melissa gave it a 3, Josette a 3.

Where to get it: The Ball Park Cafe, located on the east side of Underwood Street between Dan Patch and Carnes avenues. It's $5.25 for a 12-ounce, $8.50 for a 20-ounce. 

East Lake's Kirby Pucker

If you like sour beers, this one is good – it's refreshing, citrusy and will make you pucker. 

1-5 rating: Melissa gave it a 4, Josette a 4.

Where to get it: The Ball Park Cafe, located on the east side of Underwood Street between Dan Patch and Carnes avenues. It's $5.25 for a 12-ounce, $8.50 for a 20-ounce. 

Bent Brewstillery's Hungarian Cherry Wheat Ale

This ale is red in color with a hint of cherry flavors. This beer surprised both of us – it tasted better than we thought it would. 

1-5 rating: Melissa gave it a 3, Josette a 5.

Where to get it: The Ball Park Cafe, located on the east side of Underwood Street between Dan Patch and Carnes avenues. It's $5.25 for a 12-ounce, $8.50 for a 20-ounce. 

Next Up

police lights

Suspects, possibly armed, flee after gunshots and car crash in Bemidji

Police say they may be armed, and are asking the public for tips.

Kevin Fiala, Jordan Greenway

Wild blanked by Blues; playoff fate is in Colorado's hands

It comes down to the final day of the regular season.

Screen Shot 2021-05-12 at 10.04.32 PM

Number of suicides in Minnesota decreased in 2020

While the number dropped, 723 people still died by suicide last year.

Vikings fans, U.S. Bank Stadium

Ranking the most difficult games in the Vikings' 2021 schedule

The Vikings have some interesting matchups on their 17-game slate.

Spencer Silver

Chemist who co-invented Post-it Notes dies at home in St. Paul

He developed an adhesive that could stick to paper – repeatedly – without damaging the paper.

Danielle Hunter

Here is the official 2021 Minnesota Vikings schedule

How does an early January game at Lambeau Field sound?

Blake Bortles

Amid Aaron Rodgers drama, Packers reportedly sign Blake Bortles

The former No. 3 overall pick is headed to Green Bay.

You Houa Thao

Missing St. Paul man found dead in wooded area

The 73-year-old was reported missing May 8.

YouTube - Jim Klobuchar

Jim Klobuchar, celebrated Minnesota columnist, dies at 93

He died Wednesday after a battle with Alzheimer's.

Related

Video: 3 porters and a stout from Minnesota to try this fall

We tasted – and rated – them so you know what to try.

Video: 6 IPAs from Minnesota to try right now

We drank – and rated – them so you know what to buy.

Video: We tried – and rated – 11 fall beers from Minnesota

Curious what a wild rice beer tastes like? How about a brew made with Earl Grey tea?

Video: We tried – and rated – 7 Oktoberfest beers from Minnesota

These sweet and malty beers are super popular this time of year.

Video: We tried Summit's new limited-release beer

It was really good, and perfect for the season.