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Fair Way To Quench Your Thirst

The Minnesota State Fair is August 22nd through September 2nd.  Checking out all 322 acres is a good way to work off that beer belly.  Thank goodness the fair offers new ways to put it back on.

Let’s start with a cold one from my hometown.

Cotton Candy Milkshake IPA

A pint of nostalgia, bold and refreshing, is rimmed with pink cotton candy sugar. This IPA combines your favorite childhood treat with your favorite adult pastime. 5.1% ABV. 15 IBUs. Brewed in White Bear Lake, Minn., by Big Wood Brewery. At The Hideaway Speakeasy, located in the Veranda, Grandstand upper level, northwest section.


Millennials might have trouble with this one.

The Great Minnesota Handshake

Step right up for a sessionable strawberry milkshake cream ale with big strawberry fruit flavor and a touch of vanilla. 5.2% ABV. 18 IBUs. Brewed in Minneapolis, Minn., by Indeed Brewing Company and The Freehouse. At The Blue Barn, located at West End Market, south of the History & Heritage Center.


He writes the song I can sing a lot better after I’ve had a couple, three, four.

Berry Manilow

This thirst-quenching elixir starts with a lightly hopped brew, blended with Utepils’ housemade lemonade and a splash of puréed raspberries. 4.1% ABV. Brewed in Minneapolis, Minn., by Utepils Brewing. At Dino’s Gyros, located on the north side of Carnes Avenue between Nelson and Underwood streets.


Oh no!  Rocco’s going to the bullpen!!

Four Seam Screamer

This West Coast-inspired IPA was brewed with the help of former Minnesota Twins All-Star pitcher, Glen Perkins. It delivers straight-down-the-middle hop flavor, with tropical notes of orange, mango and pineapple and a dry, crisp finish. 6.5% ABV. Brewed in Minneapolis, Minn., by Surly Brewing Company. At Ball Park Cafe, located on the east side of Underwood Street between Dan Patch and Carnes avenues, outside The Garden.


Tastes best in the southwest corner of your basement.

Funnel Cloud F2 Ale

With notes of lightly toasted bread, caramel and vanilla, this not-too-sweet copper-colored ale is inspired by classic State Fair funnel cakes. 5.2% ABV. 15 IBUs. Brewed in St. Paul, Minn., by Bad Weather Brewing Company. At Mancini’s al Fresco, located on the north side of Carnes Avenue between Nelson and Underwood streets.

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