Top Fall Beer Events in Minneapolis

In Minneapolis, craft beer is in our DNA, and we can’t get enough of the incredible scene. From sampling local flavors to learning about the art of brewing the perfect beer, we have festivals galore to keep your palate satisfied. Here are the beer events this fall that you simply cannot miss.

Hofbrau Beer Dinner at Hopcat

September 25th, 2018
6:30pm
Hopcat

Join us for a special dinner featuring some of Germany’s most famous of dishes and beers expertly paired by our Executive Kitchen Manager, Jordan Leece. Hofbrau has been creating some of the best German beers Our, in-house, authentic Bavarian master, Markus Akre, will be guiding us through some great stories and authentic, homemade family recipes.

Craftapped Dinner at Pizza Nea

September 27, 2018
6:30-8:30pm
Pizza Nea

We would like to invite you to a special Members Dinner at our partner Pizza Nea in Minneapolis hosted by Craftapped. Included in the ticket price is 1 pizza, 1 beer (or wine) and dessert. You have the option of buying 1 ticket (if you want to come solo) or buy them in pairs. We will be keeping this event to a very limited number so get your tickets early so you don't miss out. Additional beer or wine is available for purchase separately.

Adult Night Out at the Zoo

September 28th, 2018
4:30-8:30pm
Minnesota Zoo

A night of German entertainment, beer, cocktails, and fun awaits. Come explore a kid-free zoo while participating in a fall favorite. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.

5th Annual Schwandtoberfest

September 29th, 2018
Starts at 12:00pm 
Bauhaus Brew Labs

Like Oktoberfest but... basically the same. With multiple beer tents and food vendors, a handful of stellar musical acts and a bevy of special casked beers, it promises to be the most outrageous stein-hoisting day of eating, drinking, singing and dancing yet. Before you go or while you're there, try their Bavarian-style festbier, Schwandtoberfest. At 5.7% ABV and 27 IBUs, Schwandtoberfest is the perfect marriage between rich, toasty malt and crisp hop bitterness. With a floral hop aroma of tangerine and orange blossom imparted by Mandarina Bavaria hops and a deep amber orange pour, this beer will have you busting out your steins and dusting off your lederhosen.

Pints & Pooches

September 29th, 2018
11:00am-2:00pm
Northern Brewer

Secondhand Hounds will be at the Northern Brewer retail location with adoptable dogs for an afternoon of brews, dogs and sunshine! There will be a raffle for a Tap-N-Fill keg system with all proceeds donated to Secondhand Hounds. They'll also be holding a contest for best brew-dog! Submit photos in store or online, and the favorite photo will be framed and showcased at the Minneapolis store.

*Raffle with giveaway of TapnFill Keg system.
*Raffle tickets will be one for $5, 5 for $20, with a drawing at 2:30 PM, all proceeds will go to Secondhand Hounds.
*Competition for best brew dog photo! Entries accepted at Northern Brewer retail, on the Northern Brewer Minneapolis Facebook page, or at mplsmgr@northernbrewer.com.

Goat Yoga at Day Block

September 30th, 2018
11:00am-2:00pm
Day Block Brewing Company

Goat Yoga - It's a Thing! Goat Yoga sessions at 11:15am and 12:45pm with 25 people in each session. Goat Yoga is Animal-Assisted Therapy with a smart, social, and profoundly cuddly animal. It's a joyful experience with lots of laughs and an inevitable opportunity for the cutest selfie you've ever taken! We'll provide yoga mats, so no need to bring your own! 2 sessions limited to 25 people for each session. Each session comes with a complimentary beer, mimosa or Bloody Mary!

Pigtoberfest 2018

September 30th, 2018
4:00-8:00pm
Pig Ate My Pizza

Prost! Indeed Brewing and Pig Ate My Pizza bring you a truly unique Oktoberfest—or Pigtoberfest—experience! Join us for an afternoon of all you can eat pizza and bier, a German toast and/or song contest (please no dancing on tables, as tempting as it may be), and, of course, lots of traditional German attire. Bring your lederhosens, dirndls, and your appetite. We’ll bring the food, drink, and a Pigtoberfest commemorative tasting glass. We only have room for just 75 of our beer-drinking, pizza-eating Freunde so get your tickets early and start preparing your livers. Let’s do this Oktoberfest right! Zum wohl!

Twin Cities Oktoberfest

October 5th & 6th, 2018
Friday, Oct. 5 5:00-11:00pm, Saturday, Oct. 6 12:00pm-11:00pm
MN State Fairgrounds

On October 17, 1810, Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria celebrated his marriage to Princess Therese of Sachsen-Hindburghausen with one of the grandest festivals Munich has ever known.

Thus began the Oktoberfest tradition that we are continuing in the heart of the Twin Cities! Twin Cities Oktoberfest brings together Food, Fun and Beer on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in the Historic Progress Center building.

This two-day event (Friday, October 5 & Saturday, October 6, 2018) features Summit Brewing Company's Oktoberfest brew and a selection of other Summit beers, wines and cider, traditional German food, live music and entertainment, great people watching, festival games, shopping and more.

Each ticket includes admission, a beer stein and your first beer…Prost!

Indeed Hullabaloo

October 5th & 6th, 2018
Saturday, October 6th 12:00pm-11:00pm & Sunday, October 7th 12:00pm-8:00pm
Indeed Brewing

Pumpkins and sweaters, crunching leaves and a cool breeze, Hullabaloo is back for another kick-off to all your favorite fall festivities! Join us October 6th and 7th for special beer releases, live music, delicious grub, and good autumn vibes. Pull out your beanies and flannels from the back of the closet and get ready for a Hullabaloo-ing good time!

Minneapolis Brewery Bus Tour

October 6th, 2018
12:00pm-4:00pm
Mill City Museum

Take a guided bus tour of the historic and present-day brewing industry in Minneapolis. A Mill City Museum guide will explore brewing history and introduce guests to three local breweries that use energy-efficient processes to craft a variety of beers. Samples are included.

Loon Fest 2018

October 6th, 2018
3-10pm
Modist Brewing Company

Wailing Loons & Sky Water Studios & Modist Brewing Company are stoked to announce the Second Annual LoonFest to be held October 6th, 2018 at Modist Brewing Company. Music 3-10pm. This event will be held in support of Save the Boundary Waters - you can register for free, and make a donation to the campaign through the "ticket" link above and here: https://www.savetheboundarywaters.org/Loonfest2018

Boom Island Brewing Beer Run

October 7th, 2018
11am
Boom Island Brewing Company

Join us at Boom Island Brewing on Sunday, October 7th  @ 11AM for a 5k-ish course that starts and ends at this tap room that pours the best Belgian style best brews in the State! Weave through the surrounding area at whatever pace you like, no matter what there’s a beer waiting for you at the finish line!

Four-Course Beer Dinner at Pinstripes

October 11th, 2018
7:00-9:00pm

Pinstripes Edina

We’re bringing craft beer lovers a taste of our Chef's culinary expertise with a special dinner inspired by and paired with selections from Lift Bridge Brewing Company. A Lift Bridge representative and Pinstripes Chef will lead guests through a deliciously fun four-course dinner. $60 tickets are inclusive of four-course dinner, beer pairings, tax, and service.

Flannel Roots Music & Beer Festival

October 13th, 2018
10am-11pm
Unmapped Brewing Co.

At 10am, HealthSource Chiropractic of Minnetonka will be leading us all on a 5K fun run. Then, at 11am, we will have a Chili Cookoff between some of our favorite local food trucks and restaurants including: DelSur Empanadas , FUSED Craft Brewed EatsLago Tacos ExcelsiorThe Suburban, and Tavern 4 & 5! Chili flights will be available for $10 from 11-2pm, and you can vote on who will be our inaugural Chili Cookoff Winner! Also, from 11-2, Tonkadale Greenhouse will be providing pumpkins for painting. The music starts at 2pm, and we have a fantastic lineup featuring: Farewell MilwaukeeThe ShackletonsSuperior SirenBarbaro, and The Common Ground Company! The Mn Art Truck will be here featuring great local artists throughout the day. Keep on the lookout for some special Unmapped beer releases, too. Plus, entry is free!

SurlyFest 2018, ft. The Hold Steady

October 13th, 2018
10:00am-10:00pm
Surly Brewing Co.

SurlyFest is back. As with every SurlyFest, 2018's is a little bit different. For example, this is the first time it's hosting a homecoming: Minneapolis' own The Hold Steady. That's correct. The Hold Steady's long-awaited return to the 612 area code falls on Saturday, October 13th, at Surly's Festival Field. They're the exclamation point on our annual off-kilter spin on a traditional German Oktoberfest. Tickets available now!

Modist Brewing Beer Run

October 13th, 2018
11am
Modist Brewing

Join us at Modist Brewing on Saturday, October 13th  @ 11AM for a 5k-ish course that starts and ends at this awesome North Loop brewery! Weave through the surrounding area at whatever pace you like, no matter what there’s a beer waiting for you at the finish line!

Nordeast Big River Brew Fest

October 20th, 2018
1:00-4:00pm
East Side Neighborhood Services, 1700 2nd St. NE

Sample beer from a free tasting mug, munch on mouth-watering food, enjoy live music and be a part of the craft brew community! What better way to spend a beautifully crisp fall afternoon? All proceeds of the Nordeast Big River Brew Fest benefit the East Side Neighborhood Services program. Tickets on sale now!

Beer & Cupcakes at Steel Toe Brewing

October 24th, 2018
5-9pm
Steel Toe Brewing

Bring everyone you know to Steel Toe Brewing to have amazing beer and cupcakes. We will create unique cupcake flavors to pair with each beer to give your taste buds a run for their money. Each tasting set will include 10 mini cupcakes and 5 tasting size brews. Everyone will get a tasting card to explain tasting notes in the beers, and also the flavors for each cupcake. Each beer will be matched with 2 mini cupcakes from Amy's Cupcake Shoppe, so you can be sure to have enough to start and finish each brew.

Fulton Brewery Spooktacular Beer Run

October 27th, 2018
11am-2pm
Fulton Taproom

Join us at Fulton Brewery on Saturday, Oct 27th @ 11AM for a SPOOKTACULAR 5k-ish course that starts and ends at this iconic North Loop brewery! Make it part of your Halloween Weekend festivities; come in costume and cheers-for-{craft}beers! Weave through the surrounding area at whatever pace you like, no matter what there’s a beer waiting for you at the finish line!

Lakes & Legends Beer Dinner

October 30th, 2018
6:30pm
Lakes & Legends

Come join us in your best Halloween attire the day before Halloween for a one-of-a-kind beer dinner with our friends at Lakes & Legends located in downtown Minneapolis. Come try some of the best beers that they have to offer with a couple limited relesase kegs.