About the Mankato Craft Beer Expo

The 5th annual Mankato Craft Beer Expo will be held at the Verizon Wireless Center on January 14th, 2017 from 3-6pm (Early admission at 2pm). The expo will showcase the offerings of craft breweries here in Minnesota, as well as from across the United States. Attendees at the expo will have the opportunity to sample beers from over 40 different craft breweries in a commemorative sampling glass. In addition, enjoy education seminars, live music, and food vendors. With brewery and distributor representatives on hand to answer questions, attendees will be able to have an enjoyable and educational experience learning about beer, its components, and flavors.

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Date

January 14th, 2017
3-6pm (Early Admission 2-6pm)

Location

Verizon Wireless Center
1 Civic Center Plaza
Mankato, MN 56001

View the driving directions

Tickets - THE BEER EXPO IS COMPLETELY SOLD OUT!

Early Admission ($45 / 2-6pm) permits an attendee access to the expo 1 hour before and through out General Admission, commemorative tasting glass, beer samples from craft breweries, and beer education opportunities.

General Admission ($35 / 3-6pm) permits an attendee access to the expo, commemorative tasting glass, beer samples from craft breweries, and beer education opportunities.

Designated Driver Admission ($10) permits an attendee access to the expo, water and soda samples from craft breweries, and beer education opportunities. Designated Drivers may not sample any beer.

Please remember to bring your photo ID to the expo. No exceptions!

See more on our tickets page.

Transportation

Driving directions below

Taxi or having a sober cab is the best way to get to enjoy the fest.

Parking

FREE OVERNIGHT PARKING. PLEASE BE RESPONSIBLE, DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE.

There are two parking ramps attached to the Verizon Wireless Center building on Hickory Street and Walnut Street.  Handicapped parking is available in designated areas.

Hotel

We are happy to announce the Hilton Garden Inn Mankato is our official attendee hotel. Conveniently located adjacent to the Verizon Wireless Center, attendees must mention the Mankato Craft Beer Expo or use the link below when reserving rooms to receive the reduced rate. Discount will close on December 26th or when the block of rooms is sold out.

Hilton Garden Inn Mankato
20 Civic Center Plaza
Mankato, MN 56001
P: (507) 344-1111

BOOK A ROOM USING OUR GROUP RATE

Food

Food will be available for purchase within the facility. Cash and Credit Card accepted. Drinking on a empty stomach is never a good idea, so have something to eat when you get to the expo. No outside drinks or food may be allowed in the Mankato Craft Beer Expo grounds.

Food from Natedogs, Pub 500 and Tav on the Ave 

Education

2017 education seminars announced soon!

Music on the Radio Mankato Stage

Mark Joseph and the American Soul

Mark Joseph and the American Soul

People's Choice Award

2016 - Mankato Brewery - Mad Butcher IPA
2015 - Mankato Brewery - Duly Noted American Pale Ale
2014 - Tallgrass Brewing Co.
2013 - Tonka Brewing Co. - Preservation IPA

Driving Directions

Coming from the North, take HWY 169
(Minneapolis, St. Paul, Hudson, WI)
Follow this highway to HWY 14 East. Take the Riverfront Drive exit and follow Riverfront Drive south to the Riverfront Drive Parking Ramp. Or take HWY 22 (St. Peter, Kasota) continue following this highway, which turns into Riverfront Drive south and follow it to the Riverfront Drive Parking Ramp.

Coming from the South, take HWY 169
(Blue Earth, Algona, IA)
Take the Riverfront Drive exit, going north on Riverfront Drive to the Walnut Street Parking Ramp. Or take HWY 22 (Wells, Minnesota Lake, Mapleton). Follow to HWY 14 West and to Riverfront Drive exit turning left onto Riverfront Drive South. Follow Riverfront Drive to the Walnut Street Parking Ramp.

Coming from the East, take HWY 14
(Waseca, Owatonna, Rochester)
Take this highway west to Riverfront Drive exit, turning left onto Riverfront Drive South. Follow Riverfront Drive to the Walnut Street Parking Ramp. Or take HWY 83 (Waldorf, St. Clair) Turn right to HWY 14. Follow this highway west to the Riverfront Drive exit, turning left onto Riverfront Drive to the Walnut Street Parking Ramp. Or take HWY 60 (Elysian, Faribault). This highway will merge with HWY 14. Follow HWY 14 west to the Riverfront Drive exit, turning left onto Riverfront Drive to the Walnut Street Parking Ramp.

Coming from the West, take HWY 14
(New Ulm, Sleepy Eye, Marshall)
Follow east to the Riverfront Drive exit, turning right onto Riverfront Drive South to the Riverfront Drive Parking Ramp. Or take HWY 60 (Worthington, Windom). HWY 60 will merge with HWY 169 North. Follow this highway to the Riverfront Drive exit. Turn right onto Riverfront Drive going north to the Walnut Street Parking Ramp.

Event Charity

Mankato Curling Club

 

Event Sponsors

Tav on the Ave

Brew-N-Wine

RMS

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MN Beercast

 Radio Mankato

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