Brew fest

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

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