City Pages Beer Festival

One Day. One Love. It’s the 19th annual City Pages Beer Festival, one of the longest-running events of its kind in the Midwest, Saturday, June 4, 2011 in downtown Minneapolis. Open to the public, this outdoor beer sampling event features a variety of the best domestic and imported beers available at metro area MGM locations, live music from two bands – SellOut Stereo and Visceral, accordionist Bill Koncar and the Brian Boru Irish Pipe Band & more!

The City Pages Beer Festival is held downtown in the Theater District.  Come sample our new, larger home just off First Avenue North & 10th Street in Minneapolis (about one block southwest of the Orpheum Theater). More space, more flavor and more restrooms! Parking is available across the street or in the various downtown ramps near Target Field or the bus depot.

Advance tickets are $26, available at select MGM locations (new Lake Calhoun store near Whole Foods has the most tickets) and online. Tickets will be available at the door the night of the event for $30. An $8 designated driver ticket is also available. Admission includes all beer samples and live musical entertainment. Event is rain or shine.  DEAL ALERT: Goldstar is offering discount tickets at under $20.

Avoid the lines by getting the VIP Experience for $45.  Enjoy free appetizers, unlimited Shock Top samples, seating & more.   Limited VIP tickets available – these sold out last year and are NOT available at the door.

Compare the taste of a low carb beer to the not-so-low. Try the latest seasonal summer brews from some of your favorites along with the latest lemonades and other “malternatives” – the experts will be on hand to share the facts and dispel the fiction about all of their products. Last year we had products from Abita Brewing, Anheuser Busch, August Schell, Blue Moon, Boston Beer, Boulevard, Capital Brewing, Cold Spring, Crispin Cider, Deschutes Brewery, Diageo Guiness, Finnegans, Goose Island, Grand Teton, Green Mountain, Heineken, Herkimer, Latrobe, Leiney’s, Lift Bridge, Margaritaville, Michelob, Moosehead, New Belgium, Odell Brewing, Pabst, Pig’s Eye, Redhook, RJM, Schlitz, Sierra Nevada, Summit, Surly, Widmer and will have many others this year!

A portion of proceeds from the tasting will benefit the St. Paul Jaycees.