Winter Beer Dabbler2022-10-03T13:09:19-05:00

Winter Beer Dabbler

Saturday, Feb 25, 2023
Minnesota State Fair

3–6:30 pm (Early Access at 2 pm)


Winter Beer Dabbler 2023

Saturday, February 25, 2023
Minnesota State Fair
3–6:30 pm (Early Access at 2 pm)

The biggest and best winter beer festival in Minnesota will make its triumphant return to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on February 25, 2023!

We’re beyond excited to welcome you all back to the Mighty Midway to sample great beer from breweries all over the United States while enjoying music, food trucks, and other thrilling attractions.


Brewery & Cidery List

More breweries and cideries to be announced! List is subject to change. Download the Beer Dabbler App to plan your day of dabblin’!

Find the right drink for you:
2 Towns Ciderhouse2 Towns Ciderhouse22 Northmen Brewing Company22 Northmen Brewing Company3 Floyds Brewing Co.3 Floyds Brewing Co.56 Brewing56 Brewing608 Brewing Company608 Brewing CompanyAble Seedhouse + BreweryAble Seedhouse + BreweryAlesmithAlesmithAlloy Brewing CompanyAlloy Brewing CompanyAngry Orchard CiderAngry Orchard CiderArbeiter Brewing CompanyArbeiter Brewing CompanyAugust Schell Brewing CompanyAugust Schell Brewing CompanyBack Channel BrewingBack Channel BrewingBad Weather Brewing CompanyBad Weather Brewing CompanyBadger Hill BrewingBadger Hill BrewingBauhaus Brew LabsBauhaus Brew LabsBeaver Island Brewing Co.Beaver Island Brewing Co.Belching Beaver Brewing CompanyBelching Beaver Brewing CompanyBent Paddle Brewing Co.Bent Paddle Brewing Co.Big Drop Brewing Co.Big Drop Brewing Co.Blacklist Brewing CompanyBlacklist Brewing CompanyBlackStack BrewingBlackStack BrewingBlake’s Hard CiderBlake’s Hard CiderBoathouse Brothers Brewing Co.Boathouse Brothers Brewing Co.Boom Island Brewing CompanyBoom Island Brewing CompanyBoulevard Brewing Co.Boulevard Brewing Co.Brew d’ÉtatBrew d’ÉtatBrewery OmmegangBrewery OmmegangBroken Clock Brewing CooperativeBroken Clock Brewing CooperativeCarlos Creek WineryCarlos Creek WineryCastle Danger BreweryCastle Danger BreweryClown Shoes Brewing CompanyClown Shoes Brewing CompanyClutch Brewing CompanyClutch Brewing CompanyCoCo Hard Coconut WaterCoCo Hard Coconut WaterCopper Trail Brewing CoCopper Trail Brewing CoCoronado Brewing CompanyCoronado Brewing CompanyDCR Brewing Co.DCR Brewing Co.Deschutes BreweryDeschutes BreweryDogfish HeadDogfish HeadDrekker Brewing CompanyDrekker Brewing CompanyDual Citizen Brewing Co.Dual Citizen Brewing Co.Duluth CiderDuluth CiderEagle Park Brewing & Distilling CompanyEagle Park Brewing & Distilling CompanyEarth Rider BreweryEarth Rider BreweryEastlake Craft BreweryEastlake Craft BreweryElm Creek Brewing Co.Elm Creek Brewing Co.Excelsior BrewingExcelsior BrewingFalling Knife Brewing CompanyFalling Knife Brewing CompanyFat Pants Brewing Co.Fat Pants Brewing Co.Fergus Brewing CompanyFergus Brewing CompanyFulton BrewingFulton BrewingGarphish Brewing CompanyGarphish Brewing CompanyGiesenbräu Bier Co.Giesenbräu Bier Co.GlutenbergGlutenbergGoat Ridge BrewingGoat Ridge BrewingGranite City Food and BreweryGranite City Food and BreweryGrüviGrüviHeadFlyer BrewingHeadFlyer BrewingHop & Barrel Brewing CompanyHop & Barrel Brewing CompanyInbound BrewCoInbound BrewCoInsight BrewingInsight BrewingInver Grove Brewing CompanyInver Grove Brewing CompanyInvictus Brewing CompanyInvictus Brewing CompanyIsland City Brewing CompanyIsland City Brewing CompanyJunkyard BrewingJunkyard BrewingLake Monster BrewingLake Monster BrewingLakes & Legends Brewing CompanyLakes & Legends Brewing CompanyLakeville Brewing CompanyLakeville Brewing CompanyLift Bridge BreweryLift Bridge BreweryLittle Thistle BrewingLittle Thistle BrewingLuce Line BrewingLuce Line BrewingLupulin Brewing CompanyLupulin Brewing CompanyMankato BreweryMankato BreweryMillstream Brewing CompanyMillstream Brewing CompanyMinneapolis Cider CompanyMinneapolis Cider CompanyModist Brewing CompanyModist Brewing CompanyNouvelle BrewingNouvelle BrewingNumber 12 CiderNumber 12 CiderO’so Brewing CompanyO’so Brewing CompanyOliphant BrewingOliphant BrewingOMNI BrewingOMNI BrewingPipeworks Brewing CompanyPipeworks Brewing CompanyPortage Brewing CompanyPortage Brewing CompanyPrairie Artisan AlesPrairie Artisan AlesPress Hard SeltzerPress Hard SeltzerPryes Brewing CompanyPryes Brewing CompanyRemedy Brewing CompanyRemedy Brewing CompanyRevelation Ale WorksRevelation Ale WorksSamuel AdamsSamuel AdamsSapsucker Yellowbelly CiderSapsucker Yellowbelly CiderSchilling CiderSchilling CiderSchram Haus BrewerySchram Haus BreweryShakopee BrewhallShakopee BrewhallSix One Two BrewSix One Two BrewSixpoint BrewerySixpoint BrewerySka Brewing CompanySka Brewing CompanySkeleton Crew BrewSkeleton Crew BrewSociable Cider WerksSociable Cider WerksSpiral BrewerySpiral BrewerySummit Brewing CompanySummit Brewing CompanySurly Brewing Co.Surly Brewing Co.SweetWater Brewing CompanySweetWater Brewing CompanyThe Brewing ProjektThe Brewing ProjektThe Lab Pilot Facility & TaproomThe Lab Pilot Facility & TaproomThesis Beer ProjectThesis Beer ProjectThree Twenty Brewing Co.Three Twenty Brewing Co.Truly Hard SeltzerTruly Hard SeltzerTwo Roads Brewing CompanyTwo Roads Brewing Companyu4ic Brewing, Inc.u4ic Brewing, Inc.Uncommon Loon Brewing CompanyUncommon Loon Brewing CompanyUnion 32 Craft HouseUnion 32 Craft HouseUnmapped Brewing Co.Unmapped Brewing Co.Urban Forage Winery & Cider HouseUrban Forage Winery & Cider HouseUrban Growler Brewing CompanyUrban Growler Brewing CompanyUrsa Minor BrewingUrsa Minor BrewingUtepils BrewingUtepils BrewingWabasha Brewing Co.Wabasha Brewing Co.Waconia Brewing Co.Waconia Brewing Co.WarPigs Brewing USAWarPigs Brewing USAWeldWerks BrewingWeldWerks BrewingWhite Bear MeaderyWhite Bear MeaderyWild Mind AlesWild Mind AlesWild State CiderWild State CiderWild Terra CiderWild Terra CiderYoerg Brewing CompanyYoerg Brewing CompanyYoung Blood Beer Co.Young Blood Beer Co.

Entertainment & Activities

When it comes to beer festivals, variety is the spice of life. Luckily, the entertainment and activities at the 2022 Winter Beer Dabbler are as exciting and different as the beers being sampled.

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Human Bubble Hockey
in the Wonderdome

We KNOW you’ve never seen anything like this at a beer festival before. We’re incredibly excited to announce that Winter Beer Dabbler 2022 will be home to the United States’s largest bubble hockey game–Human Bubble Hockey in The WonderDome, brought to you by Can Can Wonderland and Beer Dabbler!

Two teams of four will go head-to-head inside our mega-sized bubble hockey inflatable for six-minute rounds of pulse-pounding, puck-slapping action. No pads necessary, and we’ll provide the gear.

Games will be scheduled at the festival on a first-come, first-serve basis, so assemble your team and be ready to play!

Giant Beer Pong

Two teams face off against each other in this supersized version of the college classic game. Hurl giant rubber balls into six oversized “cups” and claim victory before your opponents. Rerack!

American Brewer Warrior

Sponsored by Minnesota Lottery

Watch as brewers race through the ultimate brewery-themed obstacle course in hopes of taking home the American Brewer Warrior championship belts in a timed competition like none other.


Enjoy watching the eclectic team of artists from House of Thune as they chisel and shape piles of snow into whimsical sculptures of snow art.

Chainsaw Carving

Watch the sawdust fly as the chainsaw carver Jason Soderlund of Soderlund’s Wood Mill transforms a block of wood into an artistic sculpture.


DJ Shannon Blowtorch

Specialties: Pop, Rock, R&B, Hip-Hop

DJ Shannon Blowtorch is a fan favorite for longtime Beer Dabbler attendees who is known for her eclectic music collections and her incredible ability to read a crowd and keep the party bumping. Shannon has been named “Best Club DJ in the Twin Cities” countless times by local publications, and is guaranteed to bring the party to Winter Beer Dabbler 2022.

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Hold Your Lady Tight Night

Specialties: Country, Americana

Hold Your Lady Tight Night aims to provide dance floor anthems for anyone who is looking to enjoy themselves at the honky tonk. Their country dance nights have delighted two steppers at venues all over the Twin Cities, including First Avenue, the Turf Club, and Uptown VFW. Hold Your Lady Tight Night features everything from classic Outlaw Country legends to bangers from the ’90s–’00s, along with plenty of today’s hits (but probably not Bro-Country)!

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DJ B-Rock

Specialties: Hip-Hop, R&B 

B-Rock has been DJing in the Twin Cities for 15 years with a technical foundation as a hip-hop DJ and a repertoire as broad as the Mississippi is long. His resume includes the extremely popular 2 On Tuesdays nights at Nomad, plus featured appearances with First Avenue, Fine Line, Rhymesayers, and Fifth Element. His style combines turntable wizardry with classic hip-hop and R&B sounds.

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DJ Chime + Back Channel Brewing

Specialties: Hip-Hop, R&B

DJ Chime is the resident DJ for Back Channel Brewing Company in Spring Park, Minnesota. You can find him spinning at the taproom for the Ultimate Vikings Gameday Experience on Sundays during the football season, during special taproom events, and as Back Channel’s regular trivia host on Wednesday nights during the fall/winter/spring. DJ Chime’s stage will be integrated with Back Channel’s booth at Winter Beer Dabbler so you can enjoy his awesome mix while sampling some of your favorite Back Channel beers!

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Homebrew Contest

Presented by Minnesota Home Brewers Association

Thank you for your interest in the Winter Beer Dabbler 2022 Homebrew Contest organized by the Minnesota Home Brewers Association.

The goal of the contest is to provide quality feedback to home brewers of all abilities.

Entry Registration

Entries can be added through February 19, 2022, at 6:30 pm central time.

BEER entries can be registered here.

MEAD and CIDER entries can be registered here.

After you submit your entry, you will receive a contest label via email that should be printed and affixed to each bottle using a rubber band.

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Travel to the Winter Beer Dabbler

Winter Beer Dabbler is once again being held in the Mighty Midway at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Whether by bus, taxi, car or bike, the Beer Dabbler wants you to travel safely to and from the festival.

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Food & Drink Specials 11 am–3 pm
Wristbands Noon–3 pm

Head to one of our official Pre-Wristbanding Parties on Dabbler Day for food and drink specials starting at 11 am. Then be sure to get your wristband from noon–3 pm and save time when you get to the event.

Dual Citizen Brewing Company
Gabe’s Neighborhood Bar & Kitchen
Stout’s Pub
Tipsy Steer, Roseville


Catch a ride to Winter Beer Dabbler at one of our amazing shuttle partner locations. Contact individual locations for details on time and availability.

Dual Citizen Brewing Company
DoubleTree by Hilton, Roseville*
Gabe’s Neighborhood Bar & Kitchen
Stout’s Pub
Tipsy Steer, Roseville

*Shuttle reserved for hotel guests only

Safe transportation to and from the festival is important to us! So we are offering attendees options through our partners to make sure you can enjoy unlimited samples, and still get home safe and sound. If you’re going to drive, parking is free on the State Fairgrounds, but we recommend the Robin lot, or the West Como lot (just south of Como Ave), which can be located on the official Minnesota State Fair MAP.

Those will be the closest parking lots to the main gate (located at Liggett & Carnes). Accessible parking is located on West Dan Patch Ave with appropriate displayed credentials. You may leave your vehicle overnight in these lots, to be picked up the next day.

Food Vendors

Food will be available for purchase from the following food trucks:

El Burrito on Wheels

El Burrito Mercado offers a unique experience in a vibrant full service marketplace with Mexican/Latino groceries, fresh Mexican bakery, Restaurant, & full service deli & catering! El Burrito on Wheels offers those same great flavors in food truck form!

Habanero Tacos

We have proudly served authentic Mexican cuisine to the Longfellow, East Lake, and Powderhorn neighborhoods of Minneapolis since 2015. We prepare, cook, and serve all of our ancestral food by hand right here in the restaurant, from scratch. Follow us for specials, deals, and more!


We are determined to provide our customers with the most delicious Pierogi, Polish Sausage, Stuffed Cabbage (Golabki), Potato Pancakes and  Crepes (Nalesniki) on the market today.

KCM Eggrolls

KCM Eggrolls may be known for doling out Grandma’s homemade jumbo egg rolls on a stick, but they also specialize in mouthwatering cream cheese wonton and chicken dumplings, spicy garlic wings, teriyaki chicken meatball skewers, and gluten free spring rolls.

Lake State BBQ

Lake State BBQ is not only family owned, but also operated and in the business of serving delicious hand crafted down home southern Texas style slow smoked barbecue. ​We have been in business since 2016, but we’ve been BBQing for years.

MN Bratwerks

If you’re lucky enough to live in Minneapolis/St. Paul, look out for Gerhard’s Würstelstand—our new mobile bratwurst unit. In the true tradition of Vienna and its Würstelstand (corner sausage stand) culture, we’ll be bringing brats, pretzels, and more to meet you where the party is.

Northeast Pretzels

Guten Tag! As a native from Germany, the things that I have really missed since living here in the U.S. are the bread, rolls, pastries and baked goods that I grew up with. Since 2010, I’ve been working to bring back memories, the taste and the smell of the freshly baked goods of my home country. I hope you enjoy.

Pharaoh's Gyros

Pharaoh’s Gyros

My name is Thabt Osman owner of Pharaoh’s Gyros. I have explored many kinds of food venues and operations and at last as I am getting older and wiser, I have decided to take my knowledge of many types of food on the road with my newest business adventure, a food truck – Pharaoh’s Gyros. Pharaoh’s Gyros has great gyro’s, philly cheesesteak sandwiches, salads, burgers, homemade humus, and more!

Potter’s Pasties & Pies

Voted Best Food Truck in the Twin Cities eight times, Potter’s Pasties makes traditional and not so traditional British pasties, and other treats that would make mum proud. 

Qué Tal Street Eats

Qué Tal Street Eats are purveyors of Salvadoran cuisine, specializing in pupusas—thick corn tortilla stuffed with fillings of your choosing. Add a side of yuca frita or chips and salsa for a wholly satisfying experience.

Richie’s Cheese Curd Tacos

Richie’s Cheese Curd Tacos are dishing up a new way to enjoy a Fair favorite: deep fried cheese curds. The original cheese curd taco is a crispy flour tortilla filled with a Johnsonville brat, cheese curds, lettuce, and baja sauce.

Russell’s Traveling Kitchen

Many of our specials rotate on and off of our menu, but one thing will always be consistent: our Pho French Dip™! Other menu items include an Iron Range porketta sandwich, homemade egg rolls, garlic fries, and deep-fried “Russell Sprouts” named after our son and honorary founder, Russell.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any locations with hardstock tickets available?2022-06-03T10:58:28-05:00

Yes. If you live in the Twin Cities Metro Area and are looking for a way to save money on tickets, then you should pay a visit to one of our official liquor store partners!

Both Stinson Wine, Beer, and Spirits as well as The Wine Thief & Ale Jail will have hard stock General Admission and Designated Driver tickets available for CASH ONLY sale without the usual service fees incurred by our online ticketing platform.

Early Access tickets are ONLY available online.

What are festival rules regarding COVID-19?2021-11-04T12:24:42-05:00

Per CDC, state, and city guidance with regards to COVID-19, at this time we are not requiring masks to be worn at our outdoor festival. If you are not fully vaccinated and/or feel more comfortable wearing a mask, we encourage you to do so.

While we are not requiring attendees to be vaccinated, we highly encourage Dabblers to get their vaccinations to reduce the risk to themselves and the community from COVID-19. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and find a location near you to receive your vaccine.

We encourage attendees to take basic precautions such as social distancing, washing / sanitizing hands, and getting a negative test if they are experiencing symptoms prior to the event.

If you test positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of the event, contact

Should Winter Beer Dabbler 2022 not be able to be held on February 19, 2022, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival will be rescheduled to our backup date, Saturday, April 9, 2022. All tickets purchased will automatically be transferred to that date. No refunds or exchanges should the event be rescheduled to April 9, 2022.

What happens in the case of inclement weather?2022-06-06T13:15:05-05:00

Beer Dabbler festivals are outdoors and will take place rain, snow, or shine. No ticket refunds or exchanges.

I pre-ordered event merch with my tickets, where do I pick it up?2022-06-06T13:16:24-05:00

All event merchandise ordered at the same time with Beer Dabbler tickets is shipped to the customer who placed the order.

Having ticket issues? Can’t find your ticket confirmation?2021-11-04T12:24:43-05:00

If you have any questions about the event or your tickets, you can contact or our ticketing provider See Tickets Customer Support:

Email: (inquiries answered within 48-72 hours at this time)
Phone: 855-235-2867 (Toll free)
Hours: Mon–Fri from 10:00 am–7:00 pm CST

Can I bring my baby, my pet, or my children?2021-11-04T13:09:35-05:00

No pets or persons under 21 years of age can be admitted to the festival. No exceptions.

My name is on my ticket but I can no longer go to the festival. Can someone else use my ticket?2021-11-04T12:24:43-05:00

Yes, tickets are completely transferrable and the name on the ticket doesn’t matter. All ticketholders must be 21 years old or older to enter the festival. No refunds or exchanges.

I lost my ID. Can I still get into the festival?2021-11-04T13:09:42-05:00

You will need one of the following photo IDs to enter the festival: State Driver’s License, State ID, Valid Passport, Active Military ID, or Valid Tribal ID.

I’m a Designated Driver, are there options for me?2021-11-04T13:09:50-05:00

Yes, visit the Designated Driver Booth for non-alcoholic beverages (while supplies last), enjoy the live music, and purchase food from great local food trucks.

Can I bring a backpack or a bag?2021-11-04T13:09:56-05:00

Yes, but backpacks and bags are subject to search.

Can I bring a water bottle?2021-11-04T12:24:43-05:00

Only sealed bottles of water and empty bottles are allowed into the event.

Terms of Purchase

By attending a Beer Dabbler festival, you agree and understand that Beer Dabbler has the right to take photos of attendees and vendors in the festival grounds for use in marketing.

All tickets sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.

Sponsors & Vendors

Become an event sponsor or vendor

Sponsor a Beer Dabbler festival and spread the word about your brand in a unique, memorable way. Have a product you want to sample at an event? Staff a booth at our events.

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