The Great Northeast Make Merry @ Sociable Cider Werks

make merry
old fashioned English

: enjoy oneself with others, especially by dancing, eating, and drinking.
synonyms: have fun, have a good time, enjoy oneself, have a party, celebrate, carouse, feast, ‘eat, drink, and be merry’, revel, roister;
informal: party, have a ball

Minneapolis Craft Market and Frank & Ernest Markets & Events return to Sociable Cider Werks for a series of festive holiday markets in their Northeast taproom this winter season. We’ll be at Sociable Cider Werks from 5–9pm on Thursdays, November 29, December 6, 13, and 20.

Join us to shop handcrafted goods and foods by local makers, because holiday shopping is a lot more fun with a cider in hand!

Find more details and makers list at the Facebook event page.

The Great Northeast Make Merry @ Sociable Cider Werks

make merry
old fashioned English

: enjoy oneself with others, especially by dancing, eating, and drinking.
synonyms: have fun, have a good time, enjoy oneself, have a party, celebrate, carouse, feast, ‘eat, drink, and be merry’, revel, roister;
informal: party, have a ball

Minneapolis Craft Market and Frank & Ernest Markets & Events return to Sociable Cider Werks for a series of festive holiday markets in their Northeast taproom this winter season. We’ll be at Sociable Cider Werks from 5–9pm on Thursdays, November 29, December 6, 13, and 20.

Join us to shop handcrafted goods and foods by local makers, because holiday shopping is a lot more fun with a cider in hand!

Find more details and makers list at the Facebook event page.

The Great Northeast Make Merry @ Sociable Cider Werks

make merry
old fashioned English

: enjoy oneself with others, especially by dancing, eating, and drinking.
synonyms: have fun, have a good time, enjoy oneself, have a party, celebrate, carouse, feast, ‘eat, drink, and be merry’, revel, roister;
informal: party, have a ball

Minneapolis Craft Market and Frank & Ernest Markets & Events return to Sociable Cider Werks for a series of festive holiday markets in their Northeast taproom this winter season. We’ll be at Sociable Cider Werks from 5–9pm on Thursdays, November 29, December 6, 13, and 20.

Join us to shop handcrafted goods and foods by local makers, because holiday shopping is a lot more fun with a cider in hand!

Find more details and makers list at the Facebook event page.

The Great Northeast Make Merry @ Sociable Cider Werks

make merry
old fashioned English

: enjoy oneself with others, especially by dancing, eating, and drinking.
synonyms: have fun, have a good time, enjoy oneself, have a party, celebrate, carouse, feast, ‘eat, drink, and be merry’, revel, roister;
informal: party, have a ball

Minneapolis Craft Market and Frank & Ernest Markets & Events return to Sociable Cider Werks for a series of festive holiday markets in their Northeast taproom this winter season. We’ll be at Sociable Cider Werks from 5–9pm on Thursdays, November 29, December 6, 13, and 20.

Join us to shop handcrafted goods and foods by local makers, because holiday shopping is a lot more fun with a cider in hand!

Find more details and makers list at the Facebook event page.

The Great Northeast Make Merry @ Sociable Cider Werks

make merry
old fashioned English

: enjoy oneself with others, especially by dancing, eating, and drinking.
synonyms: have fun, have a good time, enjoy oneself, have a party, celebrate, carouse, feast, ‘eat, drink, and be merry’, revel, roister;
informal: party, have a ball

Minneapolis Craft Market and Frank & Ernest Markets & Events return to Sociable Cider Werks for a series of festive holiday markets in their Northeast taproom this winter season. We’ll be at Sociable Cider Werks from 5–9pm on Thursdays, November 29, December 6, 13, and 20.

Join us to shop handcrafted goods and foods by local makers, because holiday shopping is a lot more fun with a cider in hand!

Find more details and makers list at the Facebook event page.

The nonprofit teaching Minnesotans about ranked choice voting one beer festival at a time

Attendees of the Best of the Wurst Festival look over the ranked voting choices // Photo courtesy FairVote Minnesota

Attendees of the Best of the Wurst Festival look over the ranked voting choices // Photo courtesy FairVote Minnesota

Voting your favorite brewery to best of the fest recognition has long been a standard practice at beer festivals. But for some events, it’s the ballot itself—not the beers on it—that are the focus. Check the ballot at your next event, and chances are it’s powered by FairVote Minnesota, a non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting ranked choice voting (RCV).

“There’s no better way in a very competitive, multi-competitor field than to use ranked choice voting,” says Jeanne Massey, executive director of FairVote Minnesota. Hosting food and drink competitions to educate citizens about RCV has long been a foundation of the organization’s strategy. But for a long time this was largely limited to dessert contests hosted in private residences—until restaurateur Kim Bartmann connected with Massey in 2013.

“She’s a reformer,” Massey says. “She reformed the food industry in Minneapolis. And I saw her one day in her restaurant and she said, food reform and election reform, they go together. We need to do more partnerships.”

The conversation resulted in instituting a ranked choice ballot at Bartmann’s collaboration competition In Cahoots!—a partnership that has persisted for the last five years. FairVote Minnesota also rolls out RCV ballots at its own annual fundraiser Best of the Wurst, where locally made sausages crowd the ballot. This year, volunteers in bright blue and orange shirts mingled with brat-feasting attendees, offering information and advice—not on who to vote for, but how. The goal: demonstrate the power and simplicity of ranked choice voting.

Ranked choice voting has been used in Minneapolis municipal elections since 2009, and in St. Paul since 2011. It operates by counting voters’ second-choice picks in the event that their first choice does not receive enough votes to continue on to the next round of voting. (For a detailed explanation, Minneapolis.gov offers an explanation visualized with Post-It Notes, and FairVote Minnesota explains it on their website.)

The 2018 In Cahoots Festival in NE Minneapolis, Minnesota // Photo by Eric Melzer

The 2018 In Cahoots Festival in NE Minneapolis, Minnesota // Photo by Eric Melzer

Advocates of RCV assert it dismantles the power of the two-party system by allowing voters to prioritize an outlying candidate without worrying they are pulling support from a more popular candidate. Dissenters counter it is a confusing process and prolongs the delivery of election results.

FairVote Minnesota partnered with Sociable Cider Werks to host Best of the Wurst. Sociable co-founder Jim Watkins sits on the FairVote Minnesota board and said the ranked choice voting process has natural appeal to fest-goers. “Beer geeks like to argue about the best beer,” Watkins says. “This is an opportunity to solve that in a very mathematical, rigorous way.”

Watkins was introduced to FairVote Minnesota and invited to join the board at a 2012 mayoral election after-party hosted at Pat’s Tap (one of Bartmann’s properties). His involvement—he also serves on the Minnesota Brewers Guild board—provides FairVote Minnesota with a direct line to the brewery community. Once brewers and restaurants understand the issue is non-partisan, Watkins says, more often than not they’re game to participate.

“A brewery owner is by definition a conundrum: We’re a bunch of bearded hippies who run businesses,” Watkins says. “Small breweries are disruptors in our industry. […] Budweiser owns upwards of 80 percent of the total volume. So it’s our job to unseat these established power structures, if you will.”

Ranked choice voting, according to Watkins, encourages consensus-building campaign styles that mirror the collaborative nature of the brewery industry. “We understand the value of cross promotion and co-branding,” he says. “And two-party politics doesn’t allow you to do that. It’s very adversarial. Ranked choice voting—by definition, you have to be a coalition builder.”

According to Massey, the impact of these events isn’t measured in specific numbers. Anecdotal evidence, along with email list growth, indicates effectiveness as an awareness strategy. She estimated that two-thirds of Best of the Wurst attendees submitted ballots, with most coming in during the final few minutes of the event via a newly introduced online system.

“Our success will be measured when all of the ‘best of’ are doing ranked voting,” Massey says. But she acknowledged this goal is ambitious—and poses some technical challenges. The Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild has expressed interest in more partnerships, but larger beer fests don’t operate like regular elections given their unpredictable field (brewers sometimes don’t nail down what they’re bringing to a festival until the night before) and vastly larger pool of candidates (regular elections don’t contain hundreds of options).

But there have been successes, including St. Louis Park’s vote to adopt ranked choice voting in 2018. To assist with the campaign, FairVote Minnesota helped liquor stores and breweries organize ranked choice events. Massey says the contests simultaneously help FairVote Minnesota reach more people while helping businesses reach more potential customers.

“Most of our tickets were sold to people who would have come to a sausage festival [Best of the Wurst] no matter who sponsored it. And that’s good,” Massey says. “We’re not here to preach at these events. We really want people to have fun and hopefully go away and know that, well, if ranked choice voting means I can have this much fun, then I’m all in.”

‘Chef Incubator’ food trailer coming to Sociable Cider Werks

The Curious Goat food truck parked outside of Sociable Cider Werks in Northeast Minneapolis // Photo by Aaron Davidson

The Curious Goat food truck parked outside of Sociable Cider Werks in Northeast Minneapolis // Photo by Aaron Davidson

One of the trickiest angles in the world of taprooms and cocktail rooms is the integration of food. The right eats can entice guests to come back for a second, or third, or fourth beverage as a quick nip unfolds into a pleasant meal. The contrary is also true: Working with food trucks that serve forgettable fare or don’t reliably show up can depress business inside.

Sociable Cider Werks in Northeast Minneapolis pioneered one of the area’s longest standing and best known food-and-drink relationships by teaming up with chef Ian Gray’s Curious Goat truck, an arrangement that ended when the Goat moved to Modist Brewing in March 2017 (the food truck closed its window for good last month). A similar partnership with Red River Kitchen ended recently as the latter rebalanced the food truck aspect of their business.

Sociable’s newest answer to the food problem? An on-site, insulated (and air conditioned), trailer-based kitchen that will be opened up to a new up-and-coming chef every six months. The first chef tenant will be Yia Vang, who has made a name for himself with his innovative Hmong-inspired fare served up at his Union Kitchen pop-up events.

Yia Vang // Photo courtesy Union Kitchen

Yia Vang // Photo courtesy Union Kitchen

The new plan at Sociable combines some of the advantages of a built-in kitchen (predictable hours, a permanent on-site location) with the advantages of food trucks (innovative chefs, rotating fare, separate but supportive social media and other marketing). Other breweries have taken similar tacks, including Fulton Brewing, which purchased their own permanent food trailer in 2017, and Pryes Brewing, which operates a rotating guest kitchen inside their taproom.

“One of the issues we have had is a lack of consistency in food trucks,” says Jim Watkins, Sociable’s co-founder and managing director. “We want a place where people can come and meet friends. We don’t have TVs, so building that kind of a space is really important to our business and our brand; food [ended up being] a lot more important than what we expected it to be.”

Vang’s Hmong fare will be adapted to complement the usual brutality of Minnesota’s cold winters, emphasizing grilled yakitori skewers and noodle dishes including pho, khao poon (a spicy rice-noodle soup pronounced kah-PONE), and khao soi (with wheat-based noodles).

“When we started doing our food tent outside of [Sociable], we didn’t intend to match their food, we just did what we did: rice bowls, noodle bowls, and different kinds of grilled meat,” recalls Vang, who has done several pop-ups at the taproom. “But we found out that just really worked; a lot of Hmong food goes really well with light beer, and with Sociable, a lot of their [grafs] are crisp and light and go well with spicier food. People would come out for some Hmong sausage and sticky rice with hot sauce, and then they’d find themselves going back inside for more [grafs].”

Vang says he’d like to give his Sociable residency a new brand identity, but that decision won’t be made for a couple of weeks. Watkins is hoping for a late November/early December opening, but that’s dependent on receiving and commissioning the insulated trailer.

Applepalooza

Applepalooza is a week-long celebration of all-things apples. Every day from June 4-10, Sociable Cider Werks will be hosting special events in honor of Cider Week. One-time-only firkins, homebrew how-tos, a cider cooking expo, a cider cocktail class, and Funk Fest: come for one or all!

DETAILS:

June 4, 7-9pm: Bingo with specialty prizes

June 5, 6-10pm: Firkinpalooza
– 10 Speciality Sociable Cider Werks casks
– 2 guest casks from Number 12 Cider House and Milk & Honey Ciders

June 6, 5:30-7:30pm: Free Homebrew & Cider Panel featuring:
– Jim Watkins, Co-Owner, Sociable Cider Werks
– Peter Gillitzer, Co-Owner, Milk & Honey Ciders
– Michael Jones, Winemaker, Scott Laboratories Inc.

June 7, 5:30-8pm: Cooking with Cider
– Learn to cook with cider with renowned chef JD Fratzke, Culinary Director for Bar Brigade, Delicata, Spring Cafe, Red River Kitchen, and Republic and WCCO news anchor and Minnesota Monthly food critic Jason DeRusha
– Samples of and instruction on a 3-course menu using your favorite ciders

June 8, 6-8pm: Cocktails with Cider
– With special guests Tattersall Distilling
– Samples of and instruction on making 3 cider cocktails

June 9: Specialty Firkins All Day

June 10, 2-8pm: Sociable Summer Presents Funk Fest. Music by Nooky Jones, Astralblak, New Sound Underground and Alex Rossi, plus food trucks, games, specialty ciders, and vendors from Minneapolis Craft Market.

The Ultimate Guide to Cider Week 2018

Photo by Kevin Kramer

Photo by Kevin Kramer

Celebrating all-things cider, the annual Minnesota Cider Week is back and ready for sipping action. Running June 2–9, this week-long celebration, organized by the Minnesota Cider Guild, highlights our state’s locally crafted cider, as well as many of the establishments that embrace and support the fast-growing industry.

The week is full of events, from special tappings to cider dinners (and brunch!), all building up to the Guild’s grand soiree: the MN Craft Cider Festival, taking place Saturday, June 9 from 1–5pm at the Como Lakeside Pavilion. More than 100 ciders from 43 local, national, and international cideries will be on site for sampling–a great way to see what’s going on in the world of cider.

Tap Features and Happy Hours

The taps of Milk & Honey Ciders // Photo Aaron Job

Milk & Honey Ciders is one of the many Minnesota cideries participating in Cider Week // Photo Aaron Job

Nothing beats a good happy hour. Value paired with delicious drinks, snacks, perhaps even a patio or rooftop: what could be better? Taplines filled with cider, that’s what. All week long, the following establishments will be loading their bars with Minnesota ciders and highlighting them with tap features, flights, menu pairings, and more.

Black Sheep Pizza – Eat Street – Tap Features
Black Sheep Pizza – North Loop – Tap Features
Bulldog – Uptown – Tap Features
Fielder’s Choice Tap & Table – Tap Features
Grumpy’s – Downtown – $4.75 Minnesota ciders all day; Tuesday, June 5
Grumpy’s – Northeast – Tap Features
Happy Gnome – Tap Features, Flights, Cheese Pairing
New Bohemia – Uptown – Tap Features, Flights
Red Cow – 50th & France – Tap Features, Flights
Red Cow – North Loop – Tap Features, Flights
Red Cow – St. Paul – Tap Features, Flights
Red Cow – Uptown – Tap Features, Flights
Red Wagon Pizza – Flights, Short Pours, Menu Pairings
Republic – Tap Features, Flights, Happy Hour Specials
Town Hall Brewery – Tap Features
Town Hall Lanes – Tap Features
Town Hall Tap – Tap Features

Cider Brunches and Dinners

A bright, acidic white wine and flaky fish. A robust stout paired with rich beef stew. Some foods have already found life-long partners in their liquid libation counterpart. This week, discover cider’s perfect match at one of the following cider dinners and brunches.

St. Genevieve Brittany Brunch Pop-Up • June 2 and 3 • 9:30am–2pm each day • St. Genevieve • Brunch items are priced a la carte
Brunch makes everything better. Kick off Minnesota Cider Week with brunch inspired by France’s renowned cider region, Brittany. Sip on local and imported ciders while savoring dishes like buckwheat galette with ham, gruyere, egg, and preserved tomato; escargot; clams steamed in Calvados; pastries; and oysters.

Town Hall Cider Dinner • June 5 • Starts at 7pm • Town Hall Brewery • $75
Town Hall Brewery has long been a cider supporter, and they’re going all out this year with a four-course meal prepared by Town Hall Brewery chef Michael Hanson paired with ciders from Angry Orchard, Uncle John’s Cider Mill, Maiden Rock, and Milk & Honey Ciders, all of whom will have cidery representatives on hand to discuss their ciders. Bonus: This year’s menu is entirely gluten-free.

The Hasty Tasty Showcase Craft Cider Dinner • June 6 • 6–8pm • The Hasty Tasty • $65
Minneapolis’ Hasty Tasty has teamed up with the MN Cider Guild for a five-course meal paired with craft ciders from Keepsake, Shacksbury, and Sweetland Orchard.

Special Events

A goblet of cider at Urban Forage Winery & Cider House. Gita Zietler, an owner of Urban Forage, is in the background // Photo via Urban Forage Winery & Cider House Facebook

A goblet of cider and co-owner Gita Zietler at Urban Forage Winery & Cider House // Photo via Urban Forage Winery & Cider House Facebook

Amp up your apple game at one of these cider-centric events, from educational talks with cidermakers to a cider-themed trivia night.

MN Cider Week Kick-Off Party • June 2 • 12pm–2am • New Bohemia Uptown • Free
New Bohemia in Uptown will be party central on Saturday. Thirteen cideries will be on tap, including Wyndfall Cyder, Carlos Creek, Number 12 Cider House, and Thor’s Hard Cider.

Firkin Fun • June 5 • Starts at 2pm • Black Sheep PizzaSt. Paul • Free
Wet your whistle with a one-time-only specialty firkin from Milk & Honey Ciders. This extra-special sipper features cherry, citrus, and bitter herb—the perfect antidote for the summertime heat.

Meet Your Maker: Presented by The Happy Gnome • June 7 • 6–8pm • The Happy Gnome • $35
As the name implies, this unique event at The Happy Gnome allows you to meet local cider makers while drinking their products, all while learning about the cider-making process. Cidermakers from Milk & Honey Ciders, Keepsake, Sweetland, and Wyndfall Cyder will be on hand; chef Scott Brink will provide hors d’oeuvres.

Cider Trivia Night • June 7 • 7–8:30pm • Urban Forage Winery & Cider House • Free
Do you really know cider? Do you know the history of hard cider apples, the unique characteristics of Basque ciders, any other apple-related tidbits of knowledge? Test your smarts at Urban Forage’s all-cider trivia night.

One Ukulele Show + Barrel-Aged Cider Release • June 8 • Starts at 7pm • Urban Forage Winery & Cider House • Free
Americana band One Ukulele will rock Urban Forage with deep, folksy tunes during this Friday night performance. Urban Forage will also be releasing their barrel-aged cider.

Sociable Cider Werks’ Applepalooza

Coinciding with MN Cider Week, Applepalooza is Sociable’s week-long celebration of all-things apples. Every day from June 4-10, the newly expanded Northeast Minneapolis establishment will be hosting special events, from a cider cooking expo to a cider cocktail class.

Bingo with specialty prizes • June 4 • 7–9pm

Firkinpalooza • June 5 • 6–10pm  • $25
For one night only, you can have the taproom all to yourself (and a few dozen of your closest fellow cider-lovers) to sample 10 speciality Sociable Cider Werks casks, plus guest casks from Milk & Honey Ciders and Number 12 Cider House.

Homebrew Panel • June 6 • 5:30–7:30pm • Free
Some of Minnesota’s top cider and wine makers are coming together to share a few of the tricks they’ve learned over the years. The panel includes Jim Watkins, co-owner of Sociable Cider Werks, Peter Gillitzer, co-owner of Milk & Honey Ciders, and Michael Jones, winemaker at Scott Laboratories.

Cooking with Cider • June 7 • 5:30–8pm • $50
Learn to cook with cider with chef JD Fratzke (culinary director for Bar Brigade, Delicata, Spring Cafe, Red River Kitchen, and Republic, and WCCO news anchor and Minnesota Monthly food critic Jason DeRusha. Enjoy samples and hands-on instructions on making a three-course menu.

Cocktails with Cider • June 8 • 6–8pm • $35
Boost your cocktail game with this special collaboration night with Tattersall Distilling. Tattersall’s mixologists will demonstrate three different cider cocktail recipes and offer tips for replicating them at home. Plus, you’ll get to drink what you make. Win.

Specialty Firkins All Day • June 9 • All day

Sociable Summer Funk Fest June 10 • 2-8pm Free to attend, $5 drinking wristband, $60 VIP package
Even though it’s technically a day after MN Cider Week concludes, Sociable Cider Werks will keep the party going with the first installation of the Sociable Summer series: Funk Fest. Things are going to get groovy thanks to local musical groups Nooky Jones, Astralblak fka ZULUZULUU, New Sound Underground, and Alex Rossi. There will also be yard games, food trucks, art vendors, signature cider cocktails from Tattersall, some super funky ciders, and the debut of Sociable’s newly expanded taproom space.

MN Craft Cider Festival

Glasses of cider // Photo by Kevin Kramer

Glasses of cider from the 2017 Craft Cider Fair // Photo by Kevin Kramer

Tappings and happy hours. Check. Brunches and dinners. Check. Specialty events. Check. But it wouldn’t be MN Cider Week without the MN Craft Cider Festival.

MN Craft Cider Festival  • June 9 •  2-5pm, VIP entry at 1pm • Como Lakeside Pavilion •  $55 VIP, $40 GA, $5 DD
Sweet summertime—with ciders to boot! Take in picturesque Como Lake while sipping unlimited samples of 100-plus ciders from local, national, and international cideries. There will also be food to purchase from the new Spring Cafe, Red River Kitchen food truck, and Chowgirls Killer Catering.

The Growler’s guide to Art-A-Whirl 2018

Indeed Whirlygig // Photo courtesy Indeed Brewing Company

Indeed Whirlygig // Photo courtesy Indeed Brewing Company

Spring has sprung (finally), and Northeast Minneapolis is springing into a whirlwind of a weekend—it’s the 23rd annual Art-A-Whirl. From May 18–20, thousands of people will descend on the area to browse art, tour studios and galleries, and watch artists’ creative techniques. But people need to eat, drink, and take a load-off, too, so many area restaurants, bars, and breweries not only acknowledge this artsy time of year, they embrace it to the full celebratory degree.

Here’s what you need to know about The Art, The Music, and The Parties of Art-A-Whirl.

The Art

Photo via Northeast Minneapolis Art Association Facebook

From pottery to printmaking, watercolors to woodworkings, artwork from more than 650 artists at 50-plus locations will be on display throughout Northeast. From the large studio buildings to individual artists’ studios and breweries in between, there’ll be no shortage of art on display. Artists’ open studio tours may also include demos, mini workshops, and the chance to ask questions and experience art first-hand with the creators.

As the largest open-studio tour in the country, we can’t list every studio, but here are some of the major ones if you have limited time or want some stellar starting points:

Casket Arts Building, 681 17th Avenue Northeast, Minneapolis

California Building, 2205 California Street Northeast, Minneapolis

Historic Thorp Building, 1620 Central Avenue Northeast, Minneapolis

Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson Street Northeast, Minneapolis

Solar Arts Building, 711 15th Avenue Northeast, Minneapolis

With artful venues abound, you’re in for a jam-packed weekend. Use the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA) downloadable app map to help you plan a route, navigate the weekend-long event, find artists, plan your trip, and more.

 

The Music

Art-A-Whirl 2013 at Grumpy’s Bar NE // Photo via Grumpy’s Northeast Facebook

Move and groove, shake and shimmy, and listen up—there’s a ton of live music at this year’s Art-A-Whirl. And it doesn’t get more comprehensive than the music schedule our friends over at 89.3 The Current put together. Check out the music schedule to see which bands are playing, when, and where throughout the entire weekend.

Some highlights for include Mark Mallman and Charlie Parr at the 331 Club and The Sheridan Room. Bauhaus’ beer/art/music extravaganza, Liquid Zoo, will have the likes of Viva Knievel, Nooky Jones, Lady Lark, and Har Mar Superstar. And Grumpy’s Northeast is gearing up for a smashing Saturday, as The Cactus Blossoms and Superchunk will be on-site.

 

The Parties

Bauhaus Brew Labs // Photo courtesy of Bauhaus Brew Labs

Beyond the amazing art on display, Art-A-Whirl has grown into a full-on neighborhood block party, with many breweries, bars, and restaurants hosting events. Here are some of the places where you can grab a drink (or two, maybe three), get a bite to eat, take in some killer live music, or just sit back and enjoy the people watching.

Strange Girls Art-A-Whirl Market • Twin Spirits Distillery • Fri: 12pm–8pm • Free

Part creative collective, part arts organization, A Conspiracy of Strange Girls is a women-trans-femme+ group open to cis women, trans women, femmes, non-binary, and genderqueer folks. Head out to female-owned Twin Spirits Distillery for this one-day-only craft market, featuring artwork from 11 members of A Conspiracy of Strange Girls. Ten percent of art and distillery sales will be donated to SWOP Minneapolis.

612Brew at Art-A-Whirl • 612Brew • Fri: 2:30pm–12am; Sat: 12pm–12am; Sun: 12pm–8pm • Free

612Brew is amped and ready for its sixth annual Art-A-Whirl party with a live music lineup headlined by The Big Wu (Saturday). A total of 16 bands will be showcased during the weekend event at the brewery’s outdoor amphitheater. Expect lots of art, too, with a creative showcase from NEMAA members, as well as a pop-up tattoo shop. As for the beer, enjoy more than 10 of 612’s most popular taps and two new year-round beers.

The Liquid Zoo  • Bauhaus Brew Labs • Fri: 3pm–11pm; Sat: 12pm–11pm; Sun: 12pm–6pm • Free

The Liquid Zoo is back, Hauslers! For three days, Bauhaus Brew Labs will host a family-friendly celebration where top-notch musicians, artists, and food and beverage purveyors collide. Friday kicks it off with a dance party, while Saturday is an all-day concert featuring the likes of Nooky Jones and Har Mar Superstar. Sunday holds a Made By Hands Arts & Crafts Extra-Vaganza, featuring paintings, jewelry, woodworkings, sweets, knits, as well as an artist-designed mini golf hole from Can Can Wonderland.

Art-A-Whirl at Broken Clock • Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative • Fri: 4pm–10pm, Sat: 12pm–10pm, Sun: 12pm–6pm • Free

Join Broken Clock all weekend to view and purchase art from local and greater Minnesota artists. Take advantage of the stellar lineup of live music and food trucks on site, too. And if you’re a member of the cooperative brewery, there’s a special members-only event on Thursday from 6pm–8pm, where Broken Clock will be releasing two new summer shandies.

Whirlygig • Indeed Brewing • Fri: 5pm–11pm, Sat: 12pm–11pm, Sun: 12pm–8pm • Entry is $1 if you’re looking to buy a beer, and free for those not drinking.

Get down and get whirly during Indeed’s three-day extravaganza of art, beer, eats, and music. You’ll find some Indeed beers on tap, including LSD, Mexican Honey, Strawberry Fields, and selections from Wooden Soul. There will also be selections from Blue Door Pub, Natedogs, Dogwood Coffee Company, and Milkjam Creamery, and killer local music.

Artefacts: Art, Bikes, Chalk • Fri: 5pm–9pm, Sat: 12pm–5pm, Sun: 12pm–5pm • Free

Sociable Cider Werks will be a haven of art to celebrate this year’s Art-A-Whirl. There will be live chalk art murals created on the spot, a Minnesota Mobile Market (featuring products from Sota Clothing, Paddle North, and many other local vendors) on Saturday, family-friendly activities, and even a special performance from the St. Paul Ballet, showcasing the bike spectacle of “Bella Luna. And of course, a bounty of cider and beer will be on hand.

Chowgirls Lounge // Art-A-Whirl 2018 • Solar Arts Building • Fri: 5pm-10pm, Sat: 12pm-8pm, Sun: 12pm-5pm

The third floor of the Solar Arts Building will be hoppin’ with curated goods—art, jewelry, clothing, homeware—plus a full cocktail bar, a lounge area, and TV dinners. Yes, you read that right. Chowgirls will have hearty daily specials—local-and-organic twists on the retro TV dinner.

Casket Arts at Art-A-Whirl • Casket Arts • Fri: 5pm–10pm, Sat: 12pm–8pm, Sun: 12pm–5pm • Free

As we mentioned above, Casket Arts will be a hubbub of all things artsy. Besides the 100+ artists opening their studio doors to show off their work, there will also be a Friday night parade, an iron pour, food trucks, live folk and Americana music on the fourth floor, beer from 612Brew, and a basement speakeasy bar thanks to Vikre.

Art-A-Whirl at 331 Club and The Sheridan Room • 331 Club and The Sheridan Room • Fri outdoors: 5pm–10pm, Fri inside: 10pm–2am, Sat outdoors: 12pm–10pm, Sat inside: 10pm–2am, Sun outdoors: 1pm–9pm • Free
If you’re prepped for a party, head over to the 331 Club and The Sheridan Room for three days of indoor and outdoor performances as Rad Owl, Charlie Parr, Mark Mallman, All Tomorrow’s Petty, and many others take the stage(s).

Art-A-Whirl Weekend at Studio Six • Studio Six • Fri: 5pm–10pm, Sat: 12pm–8pm; Sun: 12pm–5pm • Free

For the first time, the community television network and film collective, Studio Six, will be opening their doors to the public for attendees to take in numerous forms of creative output and artistic mediums. Throughout the weekend, there will be extra-special events, including a “Profession Confession” comedy party and a retrospective fashion show and performance art piece.

Art-A-Whirl at Tattersall • Tattersall Distilling • Sat: 12pm–11pm • Free

Drink cocktails and support local art at Tattersall, for more than 20 artists will be displaying their artworks at the distillery. Plus, hang out for an evening of music, live T-shirt screen printings, and more.

Grumpy’s Art-A-Whirl •  Grumpy’s Northeast • Sat: 12pm–2am • $5 with valid 21+ ID for admittance/drinking

The 23rd Anniversary Art-A-Whirl festivities start at noon, so get ready for a local and national music lineup, including Babes In Toyland drummer Lori Barbero as the host, roots duo The Cactus Blossoms, and indie rock headliner Superchunk. Plus, this party will be packed with food and spirits abound.

Hai Hai Parking Lot Party at Art-A-Whirl • Hai Hai • Sat: 1pm–9pm • Free

Stop by and say “Hai” to Grumpy’s next door neighbors, Hai Hai, for they’re hosting a parking lot event. Local artist Jennifer Davis will be painting a jungle-themed patio mural (think sloths, lemurs, and tropical flora) for the Northeast establishment from 1pm–5pm. Plus, the Hola Arepa food truck will be on site, as well as a Hai Hai grill tent, Fulton beers, and the vibrant turquoise “Cocktail Truck.”

Art-A-Whirl with The Anchor Fish & Chips • The Anchor Fish & Chips • Hours of operation, music starts at 3pm on Sat and Sun • $1 admission

The Anchor Fish & Chips is ready to set sail for their Art-A-Whirl party. Meander into the beer tent starting at noon, peruse through the artwork of Kim Whittemore, and check out the rad lineup of music, including headliners Monica LaPlante on Saturday and Romantica on Sunday.

Art-thou-Luau • Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge • Sat: 1:30pm–2am • Free, $3 for puppy pageant registration

Aloha, Art-A-Whirl! Things will be getting crazy at Psycho Suzi’s Art-thou-Luau, so get ready for a full day’s worth of live music, a build-your-own bloody mary bar, the sixth annual puppy pageant, tiki drinks and tons of food, photo ops with cuddly puppies, and an after party with Indeed Brewing in the Shangri-La Lounge.

Sociable Speed Bingo

SPEED BINGO, [noun]: A “coverall” game where the numbers are called as quickly as possible.

Think you can keep up? DJ Hazy Harold and JMO will be calling numbers faster than you can drink a pint every Monday from 6:30pm- 8:30pm.

**PRIZES include a mix of taproom gift cards, can koozies, sweatshirts, t-shirts, glassware, hats, barrel aged releases, Crowlers, and growlers

**Free to play

**Please note that at this time we do NOT have a food truck on Monday nights. We will occasionally have one as scheduling allows, but for now we recommend grabbing something to-go or ordering delivery from one of the local restaurants around Northeast Minneapolis.

Sociable Speed Bingo

SPEED BINGO, [noun]: A “coverall” game where the numbers are called as quickly as possible.

Think you can keep up? DJ Hazy Harold and JMO will be calling numbers faster than you can drink a pint every Monday from 6:30pm- 8:30pm.

**PRIZES include a mix of taproom gift cards, can koozies, sweatshirts, t-shirts, glassware, hats, barrel aged releases, Crowlers, and growlers

**Free to play

**Please note that at this time we do NOT have a food truck on Monday nights. We will occasionally have one as scheduling allows, but for now we recommend grabbing something to-go or ordering delivery from one of the local restaurants around Northeast Minneapolis.

Sociable Speed Bingo

SPEED BINGO, [noun]: A “coverall” game where the numbers are called as quickly as possible.

Think you can keep up? DJ Hazy Harold and JMO will be calling numbers faster than you can drink a pint every Monday from 6:30pm- 8:30pm.

**PRIZES include a mix of taproom gift cards, can koozies, sweatshirts, t-shirts, glassware, hats, barrel aged releases, Crowlers, and growlers

**Free to play

**Please note that at this time we do NOT have a food truck on Monday nights. We will occasionally have one as scheduling allows, but for now we recommend grabbing something to-go or ordering delivery from one of the local restaurants around Northeast Minneapolis.

Sociable Date Night + Music Series

Stop into the Sociable Cider Werks taproom for date night specials with the Red River Kitchen, and an intimate music series every Wednesday night from 7:30PM to 8:30PM.

Featured Band: Boxstore Bird (10/11 through 11/29)

Boxstore Bird is heritage Americana, a delightful mix of americana, bluegrass, and storytelling that will hook you with a rare kind of songwriting. This lyrically driven project was born out of a desire to create a different kind of musical experience–one in which the audience and artist can connect through a song and a story. Frontman Drew Peterson has been writing songs for over 20 years, and his lyrics have the power to pull you in and hold you there in anticipation of the story’s conclusion. He will be accompanied by Mandy Fassett, an incredibly talented musician who will blow you away with her fiddle, cello, and mandolin solos.

Sociable Speed Bingo

SPEED BINGO, [noun]: A “coverall” game where the numbers are called as quickly as possible.

Think you can keep up? DJ Hazy Harold and JMO will be calling numbers faster than you can drink a pint every Monday from 6:30pm- 8:30pm.

**PRIZES include a mix of taproom gift cards, can koozies, sweatshirts, t-shirts, glassware, hats, barrel aged releases, Crowlers, and growlers

**Free to play

**Please note that at this time we do NOT have a food truck on Monday nights. We will occasionally have one as scheduling allows, but for now we recommend grabbing something to-go or ordering delivery from one of the local restaurants around Northeast Minneapolis.