Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild 2018 Winterfest brewery and restaurant pairings announced

Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild 17th annual Winterfest is coming on February 16, 2018 // Photos via Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild's Facebook

Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild 17th annual Winterfest is coming on February 16, 2018 // Photos via Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild’s Facebook

For 16 years, Winterfest has been filled to the brim with beer lovers, breweries, and brewpubs. In year 17 though organizers are kicking it up a notch, not just showcasing 100 Minnesota craft breweries, but also some of the region’s best restaurants and chefs.

In a new format, a local restaurant or chef will be paired with four Minnesota breweries, with the restaurant creating one standout, high-class dish, and the partnered breweries each serving two beers—one that is to dazzle alongside the accompanying bite and the other as a Winterfest specialty pour.

Ten of the state’s brewpubs and breweries that have their own kitchens, will be bringing their own chefs to celebrate the occasion, such as Birch’s on the Lake and Town Hall.

Brewery + Restaurant Pairings:

Bluestem Bar and Table at French Meadow: LynLake, Three Twenty, Eastlake, Sisyphus
Brasa Rotisserie: Able, 612Brew, Fair State, Bauhaus Brew Labs
Cara Irish Pubs/Kieran’s: FINNEGANS, Badger Hill, Summit, Pryes
Curious Goat: Modist, Steel Toe, Bad Weather, InBound
Gohan: 56 Brewing, Cosmos, u4ic, Lake Monster
Kramarczuk’s: Schell’s, Sociable, Insight, HeadFlyer
Lowry Hill Meats: ENKI, Lupine, 12welve Eyes, Clockwerks
Minnesota BBQ Company: HammerHeart, Klockow, Big Wood, Jack Pine
Natedogs: Lift Bridge, Bent Brewstillery, Mankato, Brau Brothers
New Scenic Café: Bent Paddle, Hoops, Castle Danger, Blacklist
Nosh Restaurant and Bar: Forager, Barrel Theory, F-Town, Red Wing
Red Stag Supper Club: NorthGate, Broken Clock, LTD, OMNI
Spoon and Stable: Lakes & Legends, Shakopee, St. Paul’s Flat Earth, Urban Growler
Stewart’s: 10K, Alloy, Foxhole, Spilled Grain
StomKing Barbecue: Portage, Gun Flint Tavern, Kinney Creek, Nutmeg
Travail Kitchen & Amusements: Dangerous Man, Indeed, Wicked Wort, Wild Mind
Union Kitchen: Utepils, Canal Park, Cuyuna, Beaver Island
Zen Box Izakya: LTS, Take 16, Boom Island, Goat Ridge
Pajarito: Tin Whiskers, Lupulin, Waldmann, Wabasha
Chromatic Catering: Imminent, Bald Man, Bank, Talking Waters
Lola’s Lakehouse: Unmapped, Wayzata Brew Works, Excelsior, Waconia
Terzo: Back Channel, Big Axe, The Herkimer, Day Block

Pints & Plates (Dishes from Minnesota Brew Spots):

Barley John’s Brew Pub
Birch’s on the Lake
Fulton Taproom & Kitchen
Great Waters Brewing Company
Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub
Rock Bottom Brewery
Surly Brewing Company Beer Hall
Tanzenwald Brewing Company
The Freehouse
Town Hall Brewery

Winterfest tickets includes an unlimited tastings of specialty and seasonal beers, sampling of curated bites from the 20-plus chefs and restaurants, craft beer education, and music. Tickets are on sale now. Visit mncraftbrew.org for more details.