About the Northern Lights Rare Beer Fest

The Northern Lights Rare Beer Fest features rare, vintage and specialty one-off beers from 25 select craft breweries from across the United States, including 10 here from Minnesota. This one-of-a-kind event will showcase the creativity and skill of some of the the top craft brewers in the country. Held at the amazing MN History Center, this event is limited to 500 ticket holders.

Aurora Borealis Award Winners

• 2019 - Barrel Theory - "Barrel Aged Ice Cream Social" Imperial Stout w/ cacao, vanilla, strawberries, & marshmallow fluff.
• 2018 - Forager Brewery - "NillerZZZZZZ" Barrel Aged Stout on vanilla beans
• 2017 - Forager Brewery - "Magnus" Honey Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout
• 2016 - Fitger's Brewhouse - 1100 Wheat Wine aged in Pappy Van Winkle barrels
• 2015 - August Schell Brewing Co. - Starkeller Peach
• 2014 - Grand Teton Brewing Co. - Huckleberry Sour


September 12th, 2020


Minnesota History Center
345 W Kellogg Blvd
St Paul MN 55102

The official event hotel is the Holiday Inn St. Paul Downtown, just blocks from the fest.


$125 general admission includes admittance to event, a commemorative tasting glass, printed program, unlimited sampling of rare beers, catered food, and live music.

A portion of your ticket is donated directly to Pints For Prostates.

Tickets on-sale November 22nd, 2019


Be sure to eat the wonderful food prepared by D'Amico Catering.

Enjoy your trip through the food line, featuring a Pork Belly Slider with Pickled Red Cabbage, a Grilled Jerk Chicken Slider with Grilled Pineapple and Aged White Cheddar Cheese, a Black Bean Slider with Grilled Tomato Salsa, a Mini Philly Steak Sandwich with Herbed Beef, Swiss Cheese, Caramelized Onions and Peppers. All served on spent grain rolls.

In addition, at the beginning of the event there will be a variety of passed cheeses available courtesy of our friends at the Caves of Faribault. During the last hour there will be popcorn and soft pretzel bites available

Coffee, Hot Cider, and Buddy's Orange, Grape and Strawberry Sodas are also available. Water Stations will be located throughout the grounds. Please take advantage of them to stay well hydrated, cleanse your palate, and enjoy your sampling experience.


Live music provided by The Zacc Harris Trio

Parking & Transportation

Event parking is $5 at the MN History Center parking lot.

Bus routes that stop near the History Center include the 16, 21 and 94. Please visit the Metro Transit website for detailed information.

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Reaching Men Through The Universal Language of Beer

Pints for Prostates is a grassroots campaign that uses the universal language of beer to reach men with an important health message. Founded by beer writer and prostate cancer survivor Rick Lyke in 2008, the campaign raises awareness among men about the importance of regular health screenings and early detection.

Funds generated by the group go to fighting prostate cancer and assisting men with the disease. In addition to funding its education and awareness efforts, Pints for Prostates supports other 501(c)3 organizations involved in the fight against prostate cancer. Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network, which works to support, educate and advocate for men with prostate cancer and their families, and the Prostate Conditions Education Council, which organizes free men’s health screening clinics across the U.S., are recipients of Pints for Prostates financial support.

The Northern Lights Beer Fest is not only a one of a kind beer event but an awareness and fundraising campaign for Pints for Prostates.

A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales go directly to Pints for Prostates. 100% of the proceeds from the silent auction go directly to Pints for Prostates.

Please stop by the Pints for Prostates booth to learn more about early detection and this wonderful organization.

Event Sponsors

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