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Fresh Oysters, More Beer Fests, and an Icon Comes to Town This Weekend

Adria Ferran, Oysterfest and Fall's favorite beverage

Photo courtesy LynLake Brewery

Thursday, October 8

Happy birthday LynLake Brewery

LynLake Brewery has been celebrating their birthday this week the way every one year old should: with Beer Pong, new brew releases and donuts. Play trivia on Thursday, sample a bunch of firkins on Firkin’ Friday, peruse a local purveyor pop up shop on Saturday, and pair growlers of Sideburns Milk Stout with Glam Doll Donuts on Sunday. Now that’s a perfect weekend.

Docktober Fest

The play on the word October continues, this time with a reference to the time of year when the docks are sadly reeled back to shore. Say goodbye to summer at Excelsior Brewing’s Docktober Fest, a four-day celebration with live music, brews and food, including Apple Strudel and pretzels with cheese and mustard sauces from Patisserie Margo.

Harvest Gala

The Northeast Minneapolis Farmers Market will hold its fourth annual Harvest Gala, celebrating our robust local food movement. The gala will feature local fare along with chefs and farmer teams creating appetizers utilizing ingredients sourced from the Northeast Farmers Market.  The event takes place at Chowgirl’s Solar Arts Building.

Funky Espanol

GYST Fermentation will be celebrating all things Spanish this weekend in honor of Ferran Adriá’s visit to our humble cities. They will also be releasing Cuvée Speciale GYST, a sulphur free wine from La Mancha. Live Spanish guitar music and an array of Spanish cheeses, meats and tapas will set the festive Bodega atmosphere. You can also register for a Spanish focused class, A Basque Experience: The preserved food, wine & cider of Basque Spain/France, which will focus on the rich cultural and culinary traditions of Basque Country.

Friday, October 9

Farran Adrià is in the house

Ferran Adrià, one of the best-known chefs in the world will be in town on Friday to discuss culinary innovation and creativity, along with award-winning chef José Andrès, and our own Andrew Zimmern. Adria’s special exhibition, Notes on Creativity, is on view at Mia until January 3. The talk is full, but there are still tickets available for the star-filled dinner that follows. Local chefs like Tim McKee, Steven Brown, Russell Klein and  Isaac Becker and Diane Yang among many others will present an Adria inspired menu along with craft cocktails by Bradstreet Crafthouse and wine selections curated by Bill Summerville.

Bad Weather Opening

Bad Weather Brewing, which has been producing their craft beer out of Lucid Brewing’s facility, will celebrate the grand opening of their new taproom and brewery in St. Paul this weekend. In addition to their flagship brew Windvane and seasonal favorites, four new beers will be featured during opening day festivities.

Saturday, October 10

Hullabaloo in Northeast

Indeed Brewing is throwing its 4th Annual Hullabaloo, a two day filled with brews, bands, and burgers from Blue Door Pub. The weekend will see the return of Yamma Jamma Harvest Ale, Hullabaloo cask wagon, and the release of 2015 Rum King.

Herkimer Oktoberfest

The Herkimer Oktoberfest will include flights of schnapps, German food specials, and the release their Oktoberfest Lager. There will also be live polka music and a Bean Bags Tourney, just like in the old country.


Sunday, October 11

Minneapolis Oyster Appreciation

Oceanaire will host is 3rd annual Oyster Bash with fresh shucked oysters, wine, beer and live music.

A variety of oysters will be served fresh on the half shell, fried or Rockefeller-style. The Oceanaire will also have its full menu of seafood dishes including fresh lobster, a variety of shrimp dishes and much more.

The all-inclusive $75 ticket includes unlimited food and drinks.

St. Paul for Oyster Lovers

Not to be outdone, Meritage will celebrate what they call "beautiful, pure, nutrient loaded, calorie neutral, aphrodisiac of a pearl in a shell" from Noon to dusk on Sunday. They offer three levels of passes, depending on just how much you love those briny little bivalves. Summit will feature an exclusive brew, Summit Oyster Stout, at the event while celebrity chefs duke it out in an Oyster Shucking Showdown.