The fifth annual Valley Brew Fest is coming Aug. 17.
The event, which runs from 4 to 8 p.m. in the parking lot behind PY’s (109 Cascade Street) will feature tastings from at least 15 area breweries and blues and rock from the Twin-Cities-based Harrison Street Band.
All funds raised support local trails via Osceola’s Rivertown Trails Coalition. The volunteer group creates, improves and promotes area trails with a larger goal of enabling physical and mental wellness in all four seasons.
“We want trails available for everyone, close to their front door,” said Deb Kravik of the coalition. “There’s a lot more work to be done. … We want to work on biking trails, and we really want to connect the Safe Routes to School path from the industrial park to downtown.”
An upcoming project will use funds raised at previous brew fests to install a trailhead near the ArtBarn leading to trails in Schillberg Park. The group also hopes to work with a professional planner to improve multi-use trails and signage in Schilberg Park.
The event also includes two bike tours. A 33-mile “Growler starts at 1:30 p.m. The four-mile “Pint Route” starts at 2:30 p.m.
Kravik noted people could also opt to paddle the St. Croix before the brew fest. For those looking for a canoe or kayak rental, she suggested Riverwood Canoe and Kayak.
For more information visit myosceolachamber.org/valley-brew-fest.html.
Brew fest line up
The Valley Brew Fest will feature more than 50 beers, many from Wisconsin and St. Croix Valley.
Brickfield Brewing, Grantsburg
Trap Rock Brewing, St. Croix Falls
Pitchfork Brewing Company, Hudson
Hop & Barrel Brewing, Hudson
Swing Bridge Brewing Company, River Falls
Bent Brewstillery, Roseville
Indeed Brewing Company, Minneapolis
Barley John’s Brewing Company, New Richmond
St. Croix Brewing Company, Stillwater
Bobtown Brew House, Roberts
Thor’s Hard Cider, Stillwater
Sportsman’s Redneck Juice, Somerset
Maiden Rock Cider, Stockholm, Wis.
Northwoods Brewpub, Osseo