Beer Dabbler heads to Pride

The Pride festival technically begins on Saturday the 23rd, but there is a great event in Loring Park the night before. Twin Cities Pride asked outdoor beer festival organizers The Beer Dabbler to hold an event the evening of Friday the 22nd, and it joins two of Minneapolis’ hottest trends: craft beer and food trucks.

The Beer Dabbler at Twin Cities Pride will be held from 5:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. on June 22 and will feature 20 food trucks and 20 local craft breweries. Admission is $35 and includes unlimited samples from the breweries. Each truck was paired with a brewery and will offer a special $3 food item chosen specifically to compliment a beer from its partnered brewery.

The event features many of Minneapolis’ best-known food trucks and will also be an opportunity for Minneapolis residents to sample some of St. Paul’s trucks, such as Gastrotruck, Neato’s Burgers, Potter’s Pasties and Messy Giuseppe. Breweries include big names like Surly, Schell’s and Summit as well as upcoming brewers like Lucette, Lucid, Badger Hill and more.

According to The Beer Dabbler’s Joe Alton, his company had been brainstorming ways to work with food trucks since it launched. Past Beer Dabbler events have featured food trucks, but not in such a coordinated fashion. The pairings, said Alton, are a great metaphor for Twin Cities Pride’s work for marriage equality.  

“The pairings are an homage to the work that Twin Cities Pride is doing against the marriage amendment,” said Alton. “The union and craft beer and food.”

A portion of the proceeds from all tickets will go to benefit Twin Cities Pride. To purchase tickets, visit