What do you get when you combine 14 local breweries, food trucks and a boxing gym in northeast Minneapolis? The Spring Ale Fest!
April 6th will mark the 2nd Annual Spring Ale Fest. This year the fest will be held indoors at the Uppercut Gym in Northeast Minneapolis (1324 Quincy St NE). Most other days of the year Uppercut is home to boxers and trainers, April 6th will see the space set up for drinking. The gym will be stripped down to one ring, and local music group, White Dad, will be providing the tunes.
The event is sponsored by and benefits Nice Ride Minnesota, the community bike sharing program you can find in just about every neighborhood in Minneapolis. The Spring Ale Fest also marks the kick-off to the 2013 Nice Ride season! (Someone tell Mother Nature.) There will be plenty of bike parking at Uppercut, and there are a few Nice Ride stations in close proximity to the event.
Last year eight breweries were showcased; this year ups the ante to 14. Local favorites such as Dangerous Man, Northgate, 612Brew and Indeed will be representing their turf, plus other local favorites, and even one or two that are coming from just across the Mississippi. Check out the entire list here.
While on the smaller side compared to some of the beer fests in the area, this festival limits the tickets to keep a favorable ratio of brewers to drinkers. Long lines won’t be an issue, and there will be great food from Rusty Taco and Stanley’s Bar Room to soak up the libations.
Last year the event sold out, and this year is on pace to sell out this week, so go over to brownpapertickets.com and grab some of the last ones! VIP tickets are $60 and get you into the fest an hour early, 1-5pm, as well as a special souvenir mug. Regular tickets are $40 and get you access from 2-5pm.
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