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The Next Pint’s Beer & Food Tour at The Minnesota State Fair

It’s called “The Great Minnesota Get-Together” for a reason. The Minnesota State Fair returns August 23rd through Labor Day and over 2 million people are expected to attend one of the country’s largest state fairs. People will get-together to soak in the entertainment, indulge in food-on-a-stick and of course, wash it all down with a sudsy brew! The Minnesota State Fair will not be short on beer. The Next Pint’s Beer & Food Tour at the Minnesota State Fair will provide insight on popular food and beer pairings for fair goers to relish. Indulge!

Andy’s Grill
Located: Carnes Ave.
About: Known for “Everything Philly” and live entertainment on the hour, Andy’s Grill is an entertaining spot with the feel of the 1950’s.

The Next Pint’s Suggested Beer and Food Pairing
Andy’s Philly Cheese Steak paired with Deschutes Fresh Squeezed


The Andy’s Philly Cheese Steak is loaded with steak, mozzarella cheese and peppers. Paired with the citrusy grapefruit flavor of Deschutes Fresh Squeezed, the beer cleanses the palate leading to another fresh bite of the tender meat. A yin and yang pairing that goes together perfectly.

Ball Park Café
Located: Underwood St.
About: Voted the best place to have a beer at the Minnesota State Fair, “Come for the garlic fries, and stay for the Twins game” is the Ball Park Café way.

The Next Pint’s Suggested Beer and Food Pairing
Garlic Fries paired with Summit Brewing Extra Pale Ale


The Ball Park Cafe is known for their addicting and absolutely delicious garlic fries. It is a true Minnesota State Fair favorite. Along with another Minnesota Favorite Summit Brewing Extra Pale Ale, this makes for a great combination.

The Blue Barn
Located: West End
About: Serving a menu of everything from twists on Minnesota classics to State Fair adaptions of their best sellers from other restaurants.

The Next Pint’s Suggested Beer and Food Pairing
The Blue Cheese and Corn Fritz with Summit EPA


The Blue Cheese and Corn Fritz are light and prepared exceptionally. The corn adds a nice texture. Enjoy a Summit EPA when enjoying this dish. Summit EPA helps cut through the oil from the deep fry and the sweet, malty character of the beer is pronounced on the palate.

Café Caribe
Located: Carnes Ave
About: Throughout the 12 days of the Minnesota State Fair, Café Caribe features Caribbean fare, large beer selection, plus daily live music in an energetic and fun environment.

The Next Pint’s Suggested Beer and Food Pairing
Lobster Roll paired with Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy


The lobster taste extremely fresh with a hint of mayonnaise on a toasted bun. The lemon character of the Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy is the perfect complement to this dish, similar to squeezing a fresh cut lemon on top of a lobster dish.

Chicago Dogs
Located: The Garden
About: Offering “Windy City” flavors at the Minnesota State Fair within The Garden. Enjoy original Chicago style flavors and wash it down with a cold one.

The Next Pint’s Suggested Beer and Food Pairing
The Chicago Dog with Old Style


Two of Chicago’s icons. The crisp, clean finish of Old Style washes away the saltiness and complex flavors of the Chicago Dog leaving you desiring another bite.

Coasters
Located: Carnes and Liggett St.
About:A fitting name for a beer garden located directly across from The Midway entrance, Coaster’s is a hot spot for food, beer and live entertainment throughout the fair.

The Next Pint’s Suggested Beer and Food Pairing
Prime Rib To Go Cone paired with Lakefront Brewery Funnel Cake (Exclusively Available at Coasters at the Minnesota State Fair)


Lakefront Brewery Funnel Cake Cream Ale has a nice refreshing flavor that cleanses the palate of the many flavors in the Prime Rib To Go Cone. Funnel Cake Cream Ale offers a matchless and balanced pairing.

Dino’s Gyros
Located: Carnes Ave. and Underwood St.
About:Known for tremendous live entertainment every day at the Minnesota State Fair and Mediterranean food that strikes a chord with many fair goers.

The Next Pint’s Suggested Beer and Food Pairing
Spicy Gyro paired with Deschutes Fresh Squeezed


Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA pairs exceptionally well when chowing down a Spicy Gyro from Dino’s. The bitterness of the hops explode on the tongue with a lingering grapefruit flavor from the beer. The Spicy Gyro offers a nice and subtle spice that is a great topping for the tender lamb meat

Frontier Saloon
Located: Carnes Ave.
About: A taste of the old west in the Midwest, Frontier Saloon offers a country flare with southern eats, live country music a cold beer offerings.

The Next Pint’s Suggested Beer and Food Pairing
Yosemite Sam-wich paired with Shiner Bock


The Frontier Saloon is home of the famous Yosemite Sam-wich. This dish is packed with a variety of flavors bringing the taste of the old west to the Midwest. Paired with the beer of Texas, Shiner Bock, the sweet character shines in the beer and brings out the fresh ground beef in the sandwich.

Giggles’ Campfire Grill
Located: Lee Ave. and Cooper St.
About: A true north woods experience, Giggle’s reflects the atmosphere of Minnesota’s north woods with a log cabin main building and true game items to indulge with a cold beer.

The Next Pint’s Suggested Beer and Food Pairing
Walleye Cakes with Grain Belt Premium


Enjoy any of Giggle’s made from scratch game items all while washing it down with a cold beer. Grain Belt Premium is an exceptional session-able beer to wash down the light citrus flavors of the walleye cakes.

Leinie Lodge
Located: Cooper St. and Dan Patch Ave.
About: Jacob Leinenkugel built his lake house just north of Chippewa Falls where he was able to enjoy his refreshing brew surrounded by friends and family. Now the spirit of Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing lives on in Chippewa Falls year-round and at the Minnesota State Fair for 12 days a year.

The Next Pint’s Suggested Beer and Food Pairing
Leinenkugel’s Brewery paired with live entertainment at the Leinie Lodge Bandshell


While there may be no food at the Leinie Lodge, there is certainly plenty of cold beer to enjoy while enjoying the entertainment at the Leinie Lodge Bandshell. Try the latest shandy seasonal offerings, Leinekugel’s staples and more! You may even run into John Leinenkugel himself!

Lulu’s Public House
Located: West End Market
About: Lulu’s Public House is the first and only rooftop patio at the Minnesota State Fair overlooking the West End Market and Schell’s Music Stage.

The Next Pint’s Suggested Beer and Food Pairing
Breakfast Taco paired with Schell’s Two to Tango, Three to Mango Sour


The spiciness of the Breakfast Taco brings out the sweet character in Schell’s Two to Tango, Three to Mango Sour. A perfect complement to one another and a great way to start your day at the Minnesota State Fair.

Mancini’s al Fresco
Located: Carnes Ave. and Nelson St.
About:A St. Paul institution is now available at the Minnesota State Fair. Mancini’s has taken elements from their restaurant located on West 7thSt. in St. Paul to the State Fair. Enjoy live music, beer and of course food.

The Next Pint’s Suggested Beer and Food Pairing
Porketta Pig Wings paired with Peroni.


Where Iron Range meets Italy. The Peroni scrubs the palate getting you ready for the next bite of the pig wings. The light grain character of the Peroni creates a nice balance to the dish where the meat is tender and easily falls off the bone.

Midway Men’s Club
Located: Underwood St. and Nelson St.
About: The Midway Men’s Club has had a dining place at the Minnesota State Fair for 116 years donating proceeds to the city of St. Paul to be used for youth activities around the city.

The Next Pint’s Suggested Beer and Food Pairing
Cheeseburger paired with Miller Lite


A classic. An American favorite paired with another American favorite. Miller Lite is the perfect balance to washing down the flavors of the classic cheeseburger leaving you ready for another bite.

Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild Land of 10,000 Beers
Located: Agriculture Building
About: The Land of 10,000 Beers explores the craft beer, agriculture and the people who bring it all together from the state of Minnesota.

The Next Pint’s Suggested Beer and Food Pairing
We have to pair beer with beer for this one. Try a flight of four different beers from the exploding Minnesota craft beer scene.

O’Gara’s at The Minnesota State Fair
Located: Dan Patch Ave. and Cosgrove St.
About: Enjoy authentic Irish music every afternoon and live music at night while sipping one of may beer varieties and munching on a signature dish.

The Next Pint’s Suggested Beer and Food Pairing
Reuben Sandwich with Finnegans Brew Co. Green Beer


Embrace the culture of Ireland with Finnegans Brew Co. Green Beer paired with the wonderful flavors of O’Gara’s reuben sandwich.

Ragin’ Cajun
Located: The Garden
About: Bringing the Louisiana flare to the Minnesota State Fair, Ragin’ Cajun brings the low country boil with many tasty offerings.

The Next Pint’s Suggested Beer and Food Pairing
Cajun Shrimp on a Stick paired with New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA


The spicy sauce slathered on delicate shrimp on a stick brings a lingering heat leading to a desire the brand new offer from New Belgium Brewing Company Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA.

R.C BBQ
Located: W. Dan Patch
About: Located under the western part of the iconic Sky Ride, RC’s BBQ offers a Texas smoke taste in the food with many beer offerings to wash it all down.

The Next Pint’s Suggested Beer and Food Pairing
Burnt Butt Ends paired with New Belgium Brewing Fat Tire


It’s no surprise the malty backbone of New Belgium Fat Tire pairs perfectly with BBQ. Indulge in the burnt butt ends at R.C’s BBQ while washing it down with a Fat Tire.

Schell’s Stage
Located: West End Market
About: All day long you can hear the sound of indie rock, folk music and pop from the Schell’s Stage while sipping on exclusive beer for the Minnesota State Fair from the second-oldest family-owned brewery in the country.

The Next Pint’s Suggested Beer and Food Pairing
Schell’s Red Sangria  paired with Grain Belt Blueberry Beer


Grain Belt Blueberry returns this year to the Minnesota State Fair. Pair it with a fan favorite returning this year, the Schell’s Red Sangria Lager!

Shanghaid Henri’s
Located: International Bazaar
About: The cornerstone restaurant at the Minnesota State Fair’s International Bazaar, discover a world of flavors at Shanghaid Henri’s.

The Next Pint’s Suggested Beer and Food Pairing
Yucatan Tacos Paired With Red Stripe


You can’t go wrong with the wonderful spice flavors of the Yucatan tacos at Shanghaid Henri’s. Washed it down with a cold Red Stripe on tap.

Summit on a Stick Booth
Located: International Bazaar
About: A pioneer of the Minnesota craft beer scene established in 1986, enjoy the many quality offerings from Summit Brewing Company at the Summit on a Stick booth located in the International Bazaar.

The Next Pint’s Suggested Beer and Food Pairing
Summit on a Stick featuring the State Fair Exclusive Summit Helles Ya, You Betcha


There is no better pairing than beer paired with beer. Try a wide range of beer flavors from Summit Brewing with the Summit Beer on a Stick. Don’t forget to try the 2018 Minnesota State Fair exclusive noticeably named Summit Helles Ya, You Betcha

Tejas Express
Located: The Garden
About: Located in The Garden, Tejas Express offers a Mexican feel with a flash of the Midwest.

The Next Pint’s Suggested Beer and Food Pairing
Leinenkugel’s Honey Weiss Beergarita paired with the Wood-Grlled Elote


How can you go wrong the Leinekugel’s Honey Weiss Beergarita? Visit The Garden for the original award winning beergarita prepared with Leinienkugel’s Honey Weiss. A perfect mixture to cool down from the Minnesota heat along side the wood grilled elote or any other food offering.

The Grandstand
Located: North End of State Fair
About: Drawing national entertainment, The Grandstand at the Minnesota State Fair brings in thousands of fair goers each year to experience a show. See a complete list of shows here.


The Next Pint’s Suggested Beer and Food Pairing
Heading to a show at the Minnesota State Fair? With great entertainment throughout the fair, it is hard to go wrong with any beer in The Grand Stand. We suggest an exclusive beer from FINNEGANS Brew Co; Coffee Porter, only available inside the Grand Stand.

The Hangar
Located: North End of Fairgrounds
About: This brand-new destination is landing at the north end of the fairgrounds! Once home to the State Fair aircraft show in the early 1900s, the former Pet Center building is being repurposed into The Hangar, complete with aircraft-themed décor and other memorabilia paying homage to the building’s history.

The Next Pint’s Suggested Beer and Food Pairing
Smoked Turkey Leg paired with New Belgium Fat Tire


The smoked turkey leg from The Hangar is everything you would expect and more. The malty backbone of New Belgium Fat Tire is the perfect complement to to enhance the flavors of the turkey leg.

We hope you enjoyed The Next Pint’s Beer & Food Tour. Enjoy the Minnesota State Fair!

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