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Beer, Bratwursts and Bed Races

Authentic food, traditional music and hearty imbibing are expected at any German festival, but the Saint Paul Oktoberfest offers its own twist on the traditions you love.

Pay homage to the original Oktoberfest by re-enacting the 1810 wedding feast of Princess Therese and the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig with one lucky bridal party from the Landmark Center. Emulate the horse races of the old country by racing beds down the street to earn money for charity. And new this year are German dance lessons, featuring the waltz and the polka. Read more about Beer, Bratwursts and Bed Races


Capital Brewing

Phil Platt is a walking Rolodex of Minnesota breweries. Over a pint of Urban Growler’s rye IPA, the executive director of the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild rattles them off like he’s cruising along a mental map of the state’s brewing concentrations in Northeast Minneapolis, Duluth and Saint Paul. He’ll tell you all about the outliers, too—Lupulin in Big Lake, Spilled Grain in Annandale, Take 16 in Luverne.

“What we’re returning to is the 1800s when every town had their own brewery,” Platt says. “Before refrigeration, they had to.” Read more about Capital Brewing

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