Winter Beer Dabbler

Saturday, Feb 24, 2024
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, an amazing selection of cider and wine from renown producers, and the tastiest seltzers on the market—all while enjoying music, food trucks, and other thrilling attractions.

General Admission

$55Advance, $65 day of (if available) • $85 with Shirt
  • Unlimited samples of beer and cider (while supplies last) from 130+ vendors
  • Live music and entertainment
  • Access to local Food Trucks
  • Souvenir sampling glass

Early Access

$75Advance, $85 day of (if available) • $105 with Shirt
  • Exclusive access to brewery vendors 1 hour prior to general admission
  • Unlimited samples of beer and cider (while supplies last) from 130+ vendors
  • Live music and entertainment
  • Access to local Food Trucks
  • Souvenir sampling glass

Designated Driver

$20Advance, $30 day of (if available) • $50 with Shirt
  • Non-alcoholic refreshments at our DD booth
  • Live music and entertainment
  • Access to local Food Trucks
  • Must be 21 years or older to purchase

Want to save on fees? Hardstock tickets are available at the following retail partners. Note: All hardstock tickets are CASH ONLY.

Dabbler Depot, 1545 7th St W, St. Paul • EA/GA/DD Tickets

Ale Jail & Wine Thief, 1787 Saint Clair Ave, St. Paul • GA/DD Tickets only

Stinson Wine, Beer, and Spirits, 2315 18th Ave NE, Minneapolis • GA/DD Tickets only

Winter Beer Dabbler 2023
Limited-Edition Long-Sleeve Shirt

Shirts are shipped to the purchaser while supplies last. Any shirts back-ordered or purchased after Feb. 9 may not be shipped until 3–4 weeks after the event.

$75 EA Ticket + $30 T-Shirt Combo – $105

$55 GA Ticket + $30 T-Shirt Combo – $85

$20 DD Ticket + $30 T-Shirt Combo – $50

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.608 Brewing Company608 Brewing Company612Brew612Brew903 Brewers903 BrewersAlaskan Brewing Co.Alaskan Brewing Co.Ales and TrailsAles and TrailsAlesmithAlesmithAngry Orchard CiderAngry Orchard CiderArcher RooseArcher RooseBalsam Lake BreweryBalsam Lake BreweryBelching Beaver Brewing CompanyBelching Beaver Brewing CompanyBlack Brewers PodcastBlack Brewers PodcastBlacklist Brewing CompanyBlacklist Brewing CompanyBoathouse Brothers Brewing Co.Boathouse Brothers Brewing Co.Boulevard Brewing Co.Boulevard Brewing Co.Bourget ImportsBourget ImportsBrau Brothers Brewing CompanyBrau Brothers Brewing CompanyBrew d’ÉtatBrew d’ÉtatBrewery OmmegangBrewery OmmegangBrewing Change CollaborativeBrewing Change CollaborativeBŪCH Hard Kombucha SeltzerBŪCH Hard Kombucha SeltzerBurning Brothers BrewingBurning Brothers BrewingCanal Park Brewing CompanyCanal Park Brewing CompanyCantripCantripCERIA Brewing CompanyCERIA Brewing CompanyClown Shoes Brewing CompanyClown Shoes Brewing CompanyCoronado Brewing CompanyCoronado Brewing CompanyDabbler DepotDabbler DepotDeschutes BreweryDeschutes BreweryDogfish HeadDogfish HeadDrastic Measures BrewingDrastic Measures BrewingDual Citizen Brewing Co.Dual Citizen Brewing Co.Einstök Beer CompanyEinstök Beer CompanyEquilibrium BrewingEquilibrium BrewingExcelsior BrewingExcelsior BrewingFair State Brewing CooperativeFair State Brewing CooperativeFargo Brewing CompanyFargo Brewing CompanyFunny WaterFunny WaterG5 Brewing CompanyG5 Brewing CompanyGambit Brewing CompanyGambit Brewing CompanyGarphish Brewing CompanyGarphish Brewing CompanyGoat Ridge BrewingGoat Ridge BrewingGravity Storm BreweryGravity Storm BreweryGrüviGrüviGuinness 0Guinness 0HoplarkHoplarkJack Pine BreweryJack Pine BreweryJunkyard BrewingJunkyard BrewingKarben4 BrewingKarben4 BrewingLone River Ranch WaterLone River Ranch WaterLTD Brewing Co.LTD Brewing Co.Luce Line BrewingLuce Line BrewingMana Brewing CoMana Brewing CoMankato BreweryMankato BreweryMillstream Brewing CompanyMillstream Brewing CompanyMORE Brewing CompanyMORE Brewing CompanyNine Mile Brewing CompanyNine Mile Brewing CompanyNoon Whistle BrewingNoon Whistle BrewingNorth 20 BrewingNorth 20 BrewingNouvelle BrewingNouvelle BrewingPhase Three BrewingPhase Three BrewingPipeworks Brewing CompanyPipeworks Brewing CompanyPlant BotanicalPlant BotanicalPortage Brewing CompanyPortage Brewing CompanyPrairie Artisan AlesPrairie Artisan AlesPress Hard SeltzerPress Hard SeltzerRemedy Brewing CompanyRemedy Brewing CompanyRue 38Rue 38Samuel AdamsSamuel AdamsSapsucker Yellowbelly CiderSapsucker Yellowbelly CiderSchilling CiderSchilling CiderSchram Haus BrewerySchram Haus BrewerySix One Two BrewSix One Two BrewSixpoint BrewerySixpoint BrewerySka Brewing CompanySka Brewing CompanySkeleton Crew BrewSkeleton Crew BrewSmall Lot Wine & SpiritsSmall Lot Wine & SpiritsSociable Cider WerksSociable Cider WerksSteel Toe BrewingSteel Toe BrewingThe Brewing ProjektThe Brewing ProjektThe CurrentThe CurrentThesis Beer ProjectThesis Beer ProjectTradition Wine & SpiritsTradition Wine & SpiritsTruly Hard SeltzerTruly Hard SeltzerTwo Roads Brewing CompanyTwo Roads Brewing CompanyUllsperger BrewingUllsperger BrewingUntitled ArtUntitled ArtUrsa Minor BrewingUrsa Minor BrewingVeristVeristVibesVibesWarPigs Brewing USAWarPigs Brewing USAWeldWerks BrewingWeldWerks BrewingWhite Bear MeaderyWhite Bear Meadery

Entertainment & Activities

When it comes to beer festivals, variety is the spice of life. Luckily, the entertainment and activities at the 2023 Winter Beer Dabbler are as exciting and different as the beers being sampled.




We KNOW you’ve never seen anything like this at a beer festival before. We’re incredibly excited to announce that the recently crowned World Champion Snow Sculptor House of Thune will be returning to Winter Beer Dabbler with two new snow sculptures. Enjoy watching the eclectic team of artists as they chisel and shape piles of snow into whimsical sculptures.

Check out this year’s creations for the perfect selfie station or photo backdrop!


We’re also be welcoming back Soaring Sleds at our 2023 Winter Beer Dabbler with professional riders Chris Coosemans and Dave England showing off tricks and flips that will make you hold your breath until they safely land!

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!

bearded axe

New to Winter Beer Dabbler, The Bearded Axe will be offering axe throwing for attendees to test their aim and throwing prowess. Free beer and axe throwing? What could go wrong?

3rd LAIR

3rd Lair Skate Park, one of the longest operating skate parks in America, is creating a one-of-its-kind skate park show just for the Winter Beer Dabbler! Check them out in the Coliseum!


Catch The Current live streaming from Winter Beer Dabbler!


DJ Shannon Blowtorch, hosted by Purple Queen

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 2023.

DJ Chime with special guest DJ JD + Back Channel Brewing

Specialties: House, Dance

DJ Chime is the resident DJ for Back Channel Brewing Company in Spring Park, MN. 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. This year, DJ Chime has a special guest: DJ JD! DJ Chime and DJ JD will be performing at Back Channel Brewing’s Premium Booth, just Northwest of the Food Truck area. Their stage will be integrated with Back Channel’s booth at Winter Beer Dabbler so you can enjoy awesome mixes while sampling some of your favorite Back Channel beers!

DJ Sci-Fi

Specialties: Hip-Hop

DJ Sci-Fi is not only a DJ but also a part-time rapper, experimental hip-hop performer, and producer from Saint Paul, Minnesota. DJ Sci-Fi is also the founder of Space-Time MPLS, and hosts the dance parties “Adventures in Space-Time,” formerly run out of Acadia, and “FUNKTION” at the Uptown VFWs.

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.

Start planning your Dabbler experience now–the event map is LIVE in our app!

1312 Cosgrove Street, St. Paul is the address for the Admin Too Building, and where all ride share apps/pick-ups will be directed. We have worked with the Minnesota State Fair Police to create a pick-up loop near that location to expedite the process without blocking traffic on Snelling Avenue.


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!

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.

Kraz’d Foodnatik

Kraz’d Foodnatik fuses low-carb zoodles and lettuce wraps with flavors from Southeast Asia to create a fusion of delicious, healthy foods along with some standard fair favorites.

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.

Rollin Nolen’s BBQ

Rollin Nolen’s is a small, family owned and operated business whose roots go down generations. We followed in our family’s footsteps in 2016 and began selling food “tail gating style” with our huge smoker attached to the back of our open trailer. We have grown tremendously since then, in more ways than one — and now are operating from a fully equipped food truck!

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.

Sambusa Express

A Twin Cities food trailer serving Sambusa—a delicious, home-style, stuffed pastry with beef and veggie!


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.

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.

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