About the Rochester Craft Beer Expo

The 6th annual Rochester Craft Beer Expo will be held at the Mayo Civic Center on Saturday May 6th, 2017 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.

Download the official 2016 event program


Saturday May 6th, 2017
3-6pm (Early admission 2-6pm)


Mayo Civic Center
30 Civic Center Drive SE
Rochester, MN 55904-3701

Tickets - Day of tickets sales are $10 more

Early Admission ($45 / 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 ($35 / 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.


Driving directions below

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



Parking is available in the public parking ramp and street parking is FREE on weekends.


We are happy to announce the Holiday Inn - Downtown Rochester is our 2015 official attendee hotel.

Holiday Inn

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

Parking is attached to the ramp and is Free after 5pm Friday and weekend parking is FREE.


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. 

Education (2016)

Educational Seminars are open to all attendees of the craft beer expo. No need to sign up. Seating is first come, first served.

4pm- 4:30pm - Pairing Cheese and Beer
Jake Huffman, Cheesemaker at Caves of Faribault in Faribault, MN
5pm-5:30pm - Brewers Panel - New  SE MN Brewers 
Austin Jevne, Head Brewer at Forager Brewery in Rochester MN.
Brandon Schulz, Head Brewer at LTS Brewing Company in Rochester, MN.
Chris Voegele, Head Brewer at F-Town Brewing Company in Faribault, MN

Music (2016 line-up)

Alex Rossi Trio

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!

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



Event Sponsors

 Andys Liquor

Brother's Bar and Grill

Rochester Motor Cars

Tap House Rochester


Northern Sun Productions

MN Beercast