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Northern Lights Rare Brew Fest

Marissa Saurer - Monday, March 31, 2014


It’s fair to say I’ve been to my share of beerfests and tasting events, so what makes the Northern Lights Rare Beer Fest stand out? In all my days, I’ve never been to an event with so many big beers. I would say that a large majority of the featured beers were 9% abv and higher. Now that’s some serious tasting. With all of these super strong beers, I’m proud to say that I only wiped out once throughout the entire evening.

All kidding aside, this was a great event with some superb, complex and interesting beers to enjoy. The Minnesota History Center was the perfect venue for this fest with three floors of participating breweries, each with two to four offerings, making this a massive event. Best of show came from Grand Teton Brewing from Victor Idaho with their Huckleberry Sour. Call us homers but we felt that Fitgers Brewhouse’s 1100 Wheat Wine should have taken the top honor. Rich, complex, with a great balance of flavors.

In addition to all the big beer, some delicious locally grown and produced food tastings were also featured to balance out the libations. Perhaps even more importantly, there was a silent auction to raise money for a great cause, Pints for Prostates.

This was an exceptional event, and we were glad to be there to soak it all in.

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