Minnesota’s First Annual Lager Fest a Go for June 2021

The second attempt at the first annual Lager Festival is on for Saturday, June 5 in Alexandria.

“Kick off your summer right!” says hosting brewery 22 Northmen Brewing Company on social media. “Join our lager-centric brewery and 19 other breweries for a day filled with craft beer, food trucks, and live music.”

This is 22 Northmen Brewing’s second attempt at hosting Lager Fest after the event originally scheduled for May 30, 2020 was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Why Lagers?

“There are two types of beer — Ales and Lagers,” explains 22 Northmen Brewing. “And what is the difference? Yeast! Because Ale Yeasts ferment warmer, they tend to provide more flavor like spicey and fruity notes. Where Lager Yeasts, on the other hand, tend to create clean, crisp flavors that showcase beer’s other main ingredients: grains and hops. This tends to make Lagers a harder to make beer, as you cannot hide beer faults with other flavors.”

Prone to misconceptions as light in alcohol content and color, Lager Fest will showcase all the different styles and colors of lagers.

Joining 22 Northmen Brewing Co. will be 19 other breweries from around Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and even Missouri! They are:

Lupulin Brewing (Big Lake, MN)
Revelation Ale Works (Hallock, MN)
Bent Paddle Brewing (Duluth, MN)
Talking Waters Brewing (Montevideo, MN)
Drastic Measures Brewing (Wadena, MN)
Disgruntled Brewing Co. (Perham, MN)
Spilled Grain Brewhouse (Annandale, MN)
Copper Trail Brewing (Alexandria, MN)
Thousand Lakes Brewing (Parker’s Prairie, MN)
Schell’s Brewery (New Ulm, MN)
Lake of the Woods (Warroad, MN)
Fergus Brewing Co. (Fergus Falls, MN)
Outstate Brewing Co. (Fergus Falls, MN)
Pantown Brewing Co. (St. Cloud, MN)
Unmapped Brewing (Minneapolis, MN)
Earth Rider Brewery (Superior, WI)
Fargo Brewing Co. (Fargo, ND)
Bismarck Brewing (Bismarck, ND)
Heavy Riff Brewing (St. Louis, MO)

There will also be other varieties of brews including IPAs, sours and more!

Lager Fest will be held at 22 Northmen Brewing Co. which is shared with Carlos Creek Winery in Alexandria, Minnesota. Only 1,000 tickets will be available. Ticket price includes unlimited samples from all 20 breweries from noon-4:00pm, a lager sampling glass and access to food trucks and live music on site. You can purchase tickets here.

This will be our first craft beer event in over a year, and we can’t wait! See you there?

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