July is coming to a close and summer days grow shorter—all the more reason to get outdoors and enjoy each minute of daylight (and moonlight for that matter) left. This weekend, head north to Duluth for amazing summertime events. Be sure to make it back on Sunday for a new brewer’s block party in Nordeast. By the end of the weekend you are sure to be sporting a most excellent “farmer’s tan”—that slightly painful mark of living life in Minnesota to the fullest.
Friday, July 25
Endion Station’s Grand Opening in Duluth
200 Lake Place Drive, Duluth, MN 55802 // Open 11am–1am (kitchen closes at 11pm)
The minds behind Fitger’s Brewhouse, Tycoon’s Alehouse, Burrito Union, and the Red Star Lounge are opening the doors to their newest venture—Endion Station Public House. The turn of the century train depot was built in 1899 to serve the Endion community, which would eventually become part of Duluth. Service for passengers lasted until 1961 and freight ceased in 1978, and the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975 preserving the Richardsonian romanesque structure located in the heart of Canal Park.
In 2012, the owners of Fitger’s Brewhouse bought the building and brought it back to life as Endion Station Public House. Set down that sad desk lunch you’re eating, take a half day, and head north to the Zenith City for your first look and taste of Endion Station. Trust me, that’s just the tip of the events iceberg in Duluth.
Duluth Debut of Crafted to Last Documentary
Zinema 2, Duluth // Zeitgest Arts
While you’re in Duluth stop by Zinema 2, the place to enjoy the best in documentary, narrative, cult and repertory film, all while holding a beer or glass of wine in hand. Tonight is the Duluth debut of Crafted to Last: Minnesota Beer Blossoms, an independently produced documentary that captures the first two years under the Surly Law. People from two great Duluth brewpubs are in the film: Eddie and Elizabeth Gleeson, Mike Miley, Jason Baumgarth speak from Carmody Irish Pub. Dave Hoops and Tim Nelson talk about Fitger’s, law changes and Northshore style beer.
Saturday, July 26
All Pints North presented by the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild
Bayfront Park, Duluth // 3pm–7pm // $35 advance tickets, $45 day of event
Duluth has become a craft beer destination in the great state of Minnesota—so much so, that Duluth Mayor Don Ness declared it the Craft Beer Capital of Minnesota (How? He dibs it of course). It also hosts one of the year’s premiere craft beer festivals, All Pints North presented by the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild. The Third Annual All Pints North Summer Brew Fest will celebrate beer brewed in Minnesota by breweries and brew pubs in the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild, plus select national craft brands. Set in the beautiful Bayfront Park, right on the lake, you can meet the brewers and enjoy unlimited craft beer samples, local food vendors, beer-centered activities and educational components, live music and much more.
New Belgium Tour de Fat Twin Cities
Loring Park, Minneapolis // 10am–5pm
Stuck in the Twin Cities for the weekend? Oh darn… I guess you’ll just have to settle for Tour de Fat, New Belgium epic touring festival of bikes and beer. It’s a day dear to our hearts—a day to connect people with bikes, beer, and community. Picture a traveling sideshow of (family-friendly) bicycle madness that includes a bike parade, costumes, and other silliness. Music from Black Joe Lewis, a 1,000 Person Dance Contest, and more entertainment is set for your thorough enjoyment. This event supports the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota, Midtown Greenway Coalition and Minnesota Off Road.
Sunday, July 27
Northeast Brewer’s Block Party
Sociable Cider Werks, 1500 Fillmore St. NE, Minneapolis // 2pm–9pm // FREE admission
The Northeast Minneapolis cider house is throwing their first annual free block party Sunday, July 27th from 2:00pm–9:00pm outside of Sociable Cider Werks at 1500 Fillmore St. NE. Featuring entertainment by Enemy Planes, Whiskey Jeff and The Beer Back Band, Ft. Wilson Riot, Bernie King and the Guilty Pleasures, Black Diet, RP Hooks, and Bomba de Luz. Serving great eats from The Anchor Fish and Chips food truck, The Gastrotruck and Simply Steve’s food truck. Great beers and ciders available from your favorite NE brewers including Indeed, Fulton, 612, Northgate, Bent, Barley John’s, Fair State and Sociable Cider.