One of Northern Minnesotas most talked about events, the Harvest Moon Brew Fest will once again return to Aitkins historic Butler Building with the opportunity to sample 65 beer selections this year.

This years rain-or-shine Harvest Moon Brew Fest, hosted by Glacial Lakes Home Brewers and produced by Allen Consulting, will take place in the Butler Building parking lot (301 Minnesota Avenue North, Aitkin) on Saturday, September 10 from 2 to 6 p.m., with a special 50 person only VIP Session from 2 to 3 p.m.

With eight brands this year, the Brew Fest will feature some of Minnesotas most popular local craft beer, cider and home brew companies.

These include Minneapolis Surly Brewing Co., back again with its superior craft brews, as well as Sociable Cider Werks, brewers of craft ciders. Other breweries include Jack Pine Brewery, Schells Brewery, Big Axe Brewing Company, Cuyuna Brewing Co., Roundhouse Brewing and Castle Danger Brewery.

Some of the brews available for tastings during the Brew Fest include the following: Surly Brewing will offer their Coffee Bender brown ale, their Furious aggressively hopped IPA/ESB and their Hell and Surlyfest Lagers, while Big Axe Brewing will feature two ales, Mosaic Pale Ale and Saison Ale, as well as a seasonal stout, Stonehouse Coffee Stout.

Castle Danger will feature a selection of ales Castle Cream Ale, Danger Ale and 17-7 Pale Ale, as well as Ode IPA. Cuyuna Brewing will offer Silver Dollar Lager and Ranger Strong ESP. Jack Pine will serve up a cream ale, nut brown ale, pale ale and Oktoberfest Style ale.

Round House Brewery will make available Golden Spike IPA, Angel Seat Amber Ale, Coal Train Porter, and Zug Oktoberfest Lager, while Schells Brewery will serve a Dark American Firebrick Vienna Style Amber Lager.

There will also be a number of homebrewers, including D.J. Thompson with Dusty Dog Summer Ale; and Mark Jacobs with Wise One Weizenbock, White Predator White IPA, Linden Wit Wotbier and Yellow Eyes Wheat Wine Ale.

Special VIP beers from the Glacial Lakes Home Brewers include Belgian Triple, Blueberry Blonde, Chocolate Milk Stout on Nitro, Cider fermented in a Whisky Barrel, and Wheatwine Ale.

Also featured will be tasty food offerings available for purchase, live entertainment and games.

The cost for the general public to attend from 3 to 6 p.m. is $20 in advance or $30 at the gate on the day of the event. Designated drivers can enter at no cost.

Tickets to the VIP Session are $40 in advance or $50 at the gate. All VIP tickets will include entry at no additional cost to the general admission portion of the festival from 3 to 6 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now through, or at the Beanery in Aitkin, the Aitkin Independent Age or Security State Bank.

Sponsors for the festival include Security State Bank, the Aitkin Independent Age, Culligan Water and Paulbecks Country Market.

All net proceeds from the event will go to the official beneficiary of the event, Sylvias Children, a 501(c)3 non-profit working to improve the lives of more than 1,000 children living in Uganda, Africa.

For more information on the Harvest Moon Brew Fest, contact Sylvia Allen at (218) 678-2441, or visit

Want to win a special VIP package for the Brew Fest?

Youre in luck! The organizers of the festival, in partnership with Minneapolis City Pages, is offering you the chance to win three days, and two nights in Aitkin to celebrate the Third Annual Harvest Moon Brew Fest. The VIP package includes a two night stay at the Forty Club Inn with breakfast, lunch at The Beanery, two VIP tickets to the Brew Fest from 2 to 6 p.m., dinner at the Forty Club Restaurant and a Sunday morning brunch at the Tuscany Room. The winner will be chosen at random and notified of their winning status via phone. Simply register by visiting