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About the Mankato Craft Beer Expo

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.

Location and Hours

Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center in downtown Mankato will host the event from 3-6pm. VIP & Early Admission ticket holders are allowed in one hour early at 2pm

Transportation and Parking

PLEASE BE RESPONSIBLE, DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE. There is ample drop off area for those taking ride share, taxi, or getting dropped off.

2023 Food

Purchase food from Pub 500, MSP Pretzel, and Taqueria Dona Tere. Cash or credit card accepted. No outside food or beverage is allowed into the event facility.

Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center

Mankato, MN

January 13, 2024

Tickets On Sale NOW!

40+ Breweries

Over 100 beers to try!


Also available for purchase at Cork and Key and Mankato Brewery

Early Access



Limited Tickets Available

  • Beer samples from 40+ Breweries
  • Tasting Glass
  • Early Entrance
  • Music and Education Opportunities
General Admission



Tickets Available

  • Beer samples from 40+ Breweries
  • Tasting Glass
  • Music and Education Opportunities
Designated Driver



Tickets Available

  • Access to the Expo facility
  • Free soda and water
  • Music and Education Opportunities

Designated Drivers may not sample any beer. Must be over 21.


Breweries (2023)

  • 10 Barrel Brewing Company
  • Alaskan Brewing Co.
  • Arbeiter Brewing Company
  • August Schell Brewing Company
  • Badger Hill Brewing
  • Bells Brewery
  • Blakes Hard Cider
  • Humble Forager
  • Breckenridge Brewing
  • Carbliss Vodka Cocktails
  • Castle Danger Brewery
  • Cutwater Spirits
  • Deschutes Brewery
  • Elysian Brewing
  • Excelsior Brewing
  • Giesenbräu Bier Co
  • Goose Island Beer Co
  • Humble Forager Brewery
  • Indeed Brewing
  • Kinney Creek Brewery
  • Kona
  • Loon Juice
  • Lost Sanity Brewing
  • Lupulin Brewing
  • Mankato Brewery
  • Montgomery Brewing
  • Nice'd Tea
  • NORTH Canna Co.
  • Odell Brewing Co.
  • Pryes Brewing Company
  • Sleepy Eye Brewing Co.
  • Stone Brewing
  • Summit Brewing Co
  • Surly Brewing Company
  • SweetWater Brewing Company
  • Take 16 Brewing
  • Tallgrass Cider
Download Official Program (PDF)


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Who can come to the Mankato Craft Beer Expo?
Only persons 21 years or older with a valid ID can enter the Mankato Craft Beer Expo grounds (including Designated Drivers). No children or pets (service dogs are accepted).
The Mankato Craft Beer Expo starts at 2pm for Early Admission ticketholders, 3pm for General Admission ticketholders, and ends at 6pm sharp. Brewery Representatives are not allowed to pour samples after 6pm. Please be prepared to leave the festival promptly at 6pm.

Bring an open mind to try the wonderful styles of craft beer available. Please come well hydrated and take advantage of water stations located throughout the grounds, water will also help cleanse your palette. Don't rush through samples, take time to enjoy the aroma and the flavor.

No outside drinks or food may be allowed in the Mankato Craft Beer Expo grounds. 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.

Parking is available in the public parking lot for FREE. There is FREE overnight parking, so be responsible and DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE!
Yes, basic medical staff will be present in addition to police during the Mankato Craft Beer Expo.
Can a Designated Driver Ticket holder still sample beer?
No, DD ticket holders will not be permitted to sample any beer. Any Designated Driver Ticket holder that is seen drinking at the Mankato Craft Beer Expo will be escorted out immediately. Designated Drivers Ticket holders must be 21+ and present valid photo ID for entry.
Water stations can be found throughout the Mankato Craft Beer Expo. A Designated Driver Table will have a selection of craft sodas and water. General Admission attendees can also visit the Designated Driver Table for soda and water.
There are a limited number of spots for the educational presentations. Cost is free on a first come first served basis.
The Mankato Craft Beer Expo People's Choice Award is given to the most voted beer of the Expo. Voting for the award will take place at a designated table on the grounds. Votes must be submitted by 5pm to count.
  • 2019 Little Thistle Brewing
  • 2018 Montgomery Brewing
  • 2017-2015 Mankato Brewery
  • 2014 Tallgrass Brewing Co.
  • 2013 Tonka Brewing Co.