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Special Minnesota State Fair Beer and Food Pairings

Alice Seuffert, creator of Dining with Alice, is a State Fair junkie.  She comes every year, enters contests, and checks out all the new stuff.  There are quite a few things that you’ll find only at the State Fair.  That includes some wild and wacky beers!  Alice shares her picks for fair beer and food pairings!

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Beer:   Sweet Corn Summer Ale
Freshly picked sweet corn directly from Untiedt’s Vegetable Farm in Monticello, Minn. is the highlight of this light summer beer. A hint of sweetness and noticeable corn flavor bring to mind fair food favorites, farm freshness and family fun. 5.1% ABV. 31 IBUs. Brewed in Minneapolis, Minn. by Lakes & Legends Brewing Company. O’Gara’s at the Fair, located on the southwest corner of Dan Patch Avenue and Cosgrove Street

Food Pairing: Mouth Trap Cheese Curds, Food Building


Beer:   Bent Paddle Hopmosa

This summer sipper puts a new spin on an old brunch favorite. Combining the Bent Hop Golden IPA with a huge burst of orange aroma and flavor, the citrus infusion highlights a number of hops in the IPA with effervescence akin to champagne. Not just for brunch anymore, this “Hopmosa” can be enjoyed all day long. 6.2% ABV. 68 IBUs. Brewed in Duluth, Minn. by Bent Paddle Brewing Co. Ball Park Cafe, on the east side of Underwood Street between Dan Patch and Carnes avenues, outside The Garden

Food Pairing: Boozy Blueberry Lemon Pie from Sara’s Tipsy Pies, Food Building
Baked with wild blueberries, lemon zest, cream, and a beautiful Rosé wine from Chateau Saint Croix


Beer:   Chocolate Chip Cookie Beer
Honoring two State Fair traditions — chocolate chip cookies and craft beer — this sweet sipper with a malty backbone is golden tan in color and features hints of chocolate and vanilla. Each glass is served rimmed with semi-sweet chocolate. 5.2% ABV. 25 IBUs. Brewed in White Bear Lake, Minn. by Big Wood Brewery. Andy’s Grille, located on the south side of Carnes Avenue between Liggett and Nelson streets

Food Pairing: Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae, Bridgeman's Ice Cream
Northeast corner of Judson Ave. & Liggett St. ($2.50 off one hot fudge brownie sundae in the Blue Ribbon Book) Chocolate brownie, vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream and a cherry.


Beer:   Red Citrus Sangria Beer & Frozen Red Citrus Sangria Beer*
Light and refreshing, this citrus lager epitomizes a carefree summer day and can be served as a standalone or as a frozen foam floated atop any of the beers served at the Schell’s Pavilion. 4.8% ABV. Brewed in New Ulm, Minn. by August Schell Brewing Co., proud sponsor of the Schell’s Stage at Schilling Amphitheater. Schell’s Pavilion & LuLu’s Public House, located at West End Market, south of Schilling Amphitheater

Food Pairing: Blue Cheese Corn Fritz The Blue Barn, West End Market, south of the History & Heritage Center
Deep fried Blue Cheese corn fritters with a sweet chimichurri sauce