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Craft beer fills St. Cloud cups — 3,000 of them

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Craft beer fills St. Cloud cups — 3,000 of them

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Craft beer fills St. Cloud cups — 3,000 of them

(Photo: Dave Schwarz, dschwarz@stcloudtimes.com)

Small cups quenched the thirst of thousands of beer lovers Saturday at the St. Cloud Craft Beer Tour.

Organizers say they prepared more than 3,000 mini plastic mugs for the annual event, which was held at the River’s Edge Convention Center. Less than an hour after the doors opened for general admission, the promotional cups were gone.

The festivities kicked off at 2 p.m., but Don Knoll and Michelle Wright of St. Cloud got in an hour early after winning a VIP pass through a drawing at a local restaurant. Draining his mug of a habanero porter from Northwoods Brewing Co., Knoll said selection is what makes the event so popular.

"You just get a sample — a couple ounces of each, but to try more than a hundred beers lets you see what you like and don’t like," he said.

Nearly 60 breweries were represented at the event — including 23 Minnesota breweries — with more than 175 beers available to sample.Many of the breweries offered experimental specialties this year. That includes St. Cloud-based Lupine Brewing Co., which debuted a vanilla cranberry oatmeal stout at the event."It’s an opportunity to see what customers like so we can bring more […]

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