Drink a beer by the river at St. Paul's new downtown happy hour

Normally you can't drink in this park, so that's pretty cool.

Looking for an unconventional place to enjoy happy hour? Go have a craft beer by the Mississippi River.

In an effort to attract more visitors to its downtown, St. Paul has introduced Kellogg Craft Beer Overlook. It's a nightly beer garden/festival in Kellogg Mall Park that features local brews, wine, and food trucks.

Not to mention, scenic views of the Mississippi.

Bartenders will sell beer and cider from a trailer with a cooling system, and some afternoons might feature live music or other entertainment. Fifty percent of the beer, wine, and cider sales will benefit the nonprofit and bar/restaurant partners.

The Star Tribune says the event was created by Joe Spencer, St. Paul's director of arts and culture, and Brian Horst, an event producer, as part of the city's effort to reconnect with the river and underutilized park.

"Kellogg Mall Park is one of the most beautiful parks in St. Paul, or the in region for that matter. But a lot of people don't just go because a place is beautiful," Spencer told the paper.

St. Paul actually has big plans for the entire 17-mile stretch of the Mississippi within the city's borders, which includes developing "a series of gathering places to bring people to the river." So expect to see more events in that area in the future.

Kellogg Craft Beer Overlook starts Tuesday, June 13, and will run Tuesdays through Fridays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. It'll wrap up at the end of October.

For more information, check out the Facebook page.

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