You can sample beers from 120 breweries this weekend in Duluth


A summer beer festival this weekend will feature beers from 120 different breweries.

The fifth annual All Pints North Summer Beer Fest, hosted by the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild, is Saturday at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth.

Eighty Minnesota craft breweries (that's about 63 percent of all the breweries in Minnesota) and 40 national craft beer brands will be pouring samples at the Duluth festival. For a full list of breweries attending – and what they'll be pouring – click here.


The list of offerings includes some special beers for the occasion. Mankato Brewing Company says it'll be pouring some unique beers for the event, including a peanut butter beer, a beer brewed with fresh lemonade, and a firkin of Mad Butcher made with mango and pineapple.


Not sure what to try? Dave Hoops, the former Fitger's Brewhouse brewer who now helps run a craft beer think tank, compiled a list in the Duluth News Tribune of beers you shouldn't miss. He also gave some tips to help people get the most out of the festival – like start with lighter beers and "ramp up slowly."

The 120 breweries participating this year is a large jump from the 35 that poured at the festival when All Pints North debuted back in 2012, and the guild says the growth in offerings represents the ongoing craft beer boom in Minnesota.

About 3,500 people are expected to attend the 21-plus event at Bayfront Festival Park. Tickets are $45 in advance (buy them online here) or $55 the day of the event (if it hasn't sold out). If you're a sober driver for the event, a ticket is $10.

Admission includes unlimited samples of craft beer, plus live music from 4onthefloor and Viva Knieval. There will also be interactive beer education presentations, including seminars on beer styles, beer tourism in Minnesota and information on the industry, the Duluth News Tribune says.

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