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Leighton Events will be kicking off the 2021 Craft Beer Tours with the Fergus Falls Craft Beer Tour, in May. The St. Cloud Craft Beer Tour will be moving from its traditional date in January, to October 2021 for an epic Halloween-themed Craft Beer Tasting Event!  The tour will also include a number of other cities including Alexandria!

“We are hopeful that by May 2021, events will go back to the original ‘normal’ template where our VIP attendee gets an extra hour of sampling and access to the specialty beers. Otherwise, as demonstrated in 2020, we have an event template that adheres to MDH guidelines. If necessary we will implement this event template, in the markets that it works for us to do so.” – Stephanie Theisen, VP Sales and Marketing

As in previous years, there will be a Brewers Cup competition going on during the first hour of the event. This competition allows attendees to sample the specialty beers and ciders that were made specifically for each event, and vote on their favorite. Voting for the Brewers Cup stops after the first hour of the event. During General Admission, attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite beer, brewery, and cidery.

“The goal of our events are to strengthen the Craft Beer and Hard Cider market in Central MN and I would say we are doing just that! Typically, over half the brands at any event are Minnesota Breweries & Cideries!” - Cole Erie, Beverage Events Director

Craft Beer Tours also had a very successful Brew Bus event, in March of 2020, before restrictions went into place, and plans to host brew busses again, as restrictions ease.

2021 Craft Beer Tours Tentative Lineup:

  • Fergus Falls Craft Beer Tour, Fergus Falls, MN – May 22nd, 2021
  • Winona Craft Beer Tour, Winona, MN – June 26th, 2021
  • Alexandria Craft Beer Tour, Alexandria, MN – July 2021
  • Detroit Lakes Craft Beer Tour, Detroit Lakes, MN – August 21st, 2021
  • St. Cloud Craft Beer & CiderFest, St. Cloud, MN – September 11th, 2021
  • Grand Craft Beer Tour, East Grand Forks, MN – September 25th, 2021
  • St. Cloud Craft Beer Tour, St. Cloud, MN – October 30th, 2021