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Beer Dabblers return with 2 festivals this summer

The Beer Dabbler's annual events were canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19.

Beer Dabblers are back this summer. 

The popular craft beer festivals that offer unlimited samples will return after a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the ninth annual Pride Beer Dabbler on July 16 and the 12th annual Summer Beer Dabbler on Aug. 28. 

Pride Beer Dabbler

The Pride Beer Dabbler, which marks the start of Twin Cities Pride weekend, will feature 70 local breweries and cideries pouring samples — including special, limited-release libations that highlight an icon in the queer community — at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. (Previous years have been at Loring Park, but the move across Lyndale Avenue South will provide more space for beer drinkers this year.)

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There will also be live music from LGBTQ+ artists Shannon Blowtorch, booboo and TIMISAROCKER, plus local food trucks, and other activities. 

The event is from 5:30-9:30 p.m. on Friday, July 16. Tickets are $50 in advance ($60 at the door if they aren't sold out) and $20 for designated drivers. You can buy them online here. A portion of proceeds from the event will benefit Twin Cities Pride and the nonprofit arm of the Beer Dabbler called Dabbler and Friends. 

Summer Beer Dabbler

The Summer Beer Dabbler will feature more than 130 breweries and cideries from Minnesota and elsewhere. 

Beverage makers be pouring unlimited samples at CHS Field in St. Paul from 5:30-9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28. The event will feature live music, activities and ballpark food on the outfield grass where the St. Paul Saints play. 

Tickets, which are $50, go on sale at noon on June 24. You can buy them here. There's also an early access option that gets you in at 4:30 p.m. for $65 and designated driver passes for $20. 

The Beer Dabbler is hosting a pre-sale party at BlackStack Brewing in St. Paul from 4-7 p.m. on June 23 where people can get tickets for $5 cheaper. 

The Beer Dabbler began hosting beer festivals in 2008.

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