About the Rochester Craft Beer Expo

The 8th annual Rochester Craft Beer Expo will be held at Graham Arena at Olmsted County Fairgrounds on Saturday September 28th, 2019 from 3-6pm (early admission at 2pm). The expo will showcase the offerings of craft breweries here in Minnesota, as well as from across the United States. Attendees at the expo will have the opportunity to sample beers from over 40 different craft breweries in a commemorative sampling glass. In addition, enjoy education seminars, live music, and food vendors. With brewery and distributor representatives on hand to answer questions, attendees will be able to have an enjoyable and educational experience learning about beer, its components, and flavors.

Date

Saturday September 28th, 2019
3-6pm (Early admission 2-6pm)

Location

Graham Arena Olmsted County Fairgrounds

Tickets - Day of tickets sales are $10 more

Early Admission ($50 / 2-6pm) permits an attendee access to the expo 1 hour before and through out General Admission, commemorative tasting glass, beer samples from craft breweries, and beer education opportunities.

General Admission ($40 / 3-6pm) permits an attendee access to the expo, commemorative tasting glass, beer samples from craft breweries, and beer education opportunities.

Designated Driver Admission ($10) permits an attendee access to the expo, commemorative tasting glass, water and soda samples from craft breweries, and beer education opportunities. Designated Drivers may not sample any beer.

Please remember to bring your photo ID to the expo. No exceptions!

See more on our tickets page.

Transportation

Taxi or having a sober cab is the best way to get to enjoy the fest.

Parking

FREE OVERNIGHT PARKING. PLEASE BE RESPONSIBLE, DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE.

Hotel

We are happy to announce the Holiday Inn - Downtown Rochester is our 2018 official attendee hotel.

Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn - Downtown Rochester
220 South Broadway Ave
Rochester, MN
Phone: +1-507-252-8200

Food

Food will be available for purchase within the facility. Cash and Credit Card accepted. Drinking on a empty stomach is never a good idea, so have something to eat when you get to the expo. No outside drinks or food may be allowed in the Rochester Craft Beer Expo grounds. 

Educational Seminars (2018) sponsored by RMS Roller Grinder

Educational Seminars are open to all attendees of the craft beer expo. No need to sign up. Seating is first come, first served.  Moderated by our friends at MN Beer Cast.

3:45pm- 4:15pm - How to Go Pro: Homebrewing to Commercial with AUSTIN JEVNE of FORAGER BREWING COMPANY

5pm-5:30pm - New Breweries to Minnesota with MEGAN PARKER - DOGFISH HEAD BREWING COMPANY, TBD - PRYES BREWING COMPANY, and JEN ZIMMERMAN - FIRESTONE WALKER BREWING COMPANY

Music (2018)

Black River Revue

Black River Review

People's Choice Award

Vote for your favorite beer of the expo!

Voting for the People's Choice Award will be open from 2pm until 5pm, winner announced at 5:45pm!

2018 - Co-winners - Fair State Brewing Coop for Mirror Universe & Forager Brewing Company for Gummies Make Us Likeable

2017 - Forager Brewing Company - Magnus

2016 - Forager Brewing Company - Twisted Zweig

2015 - Insight Brewing Co.: Door County Cherry Saison

2014 - Bad Weather Brewing Company: Windvane

2013 - Big Wood Brewery: Bad Axe Imperial IPA

2012 - Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company: Brynhildr's Gift

Event Charity

2019 Charity To Be Announced Soon!

Event Sponsors

 Andys Liquor

Brother's Bar and Grill

Rochester Motor Cars

RMS

Northern Sun Productions

MN Beercast

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