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Your 2015 Beer Vacation


The WDIO Eyewitness News Team is ready for Hopped Up!

We just came down from the Hopped Up Caribou Beer Festival, and it was a blast. Several hundred people came out to enjoy beer from 15 Minnesota brewers including Schell’s, Summit, Third Street, and up-north favorites like Castle Danger and Carmody.

The Full Barrel package, which includes a special private reception with the brewers and appetizers like stout-drenched oysters and chocolate covered bacon, a Bloody Mary breakfast, and two nights of lodging in our beautiful resort, sold out early this year. But we like to reward those who plan ahead. If you book for 2015 by the end of July, we’ll give you this year’s rates. Check out this year’s offerings for prices.

Then, call to reserve at (218) 663-7241. We’ll see you soon!

Everyone Wants to Get Hopped Up

It’s less than two weeks from the northernmost beer festival in Minnesota, and everyone wants a piece of it.

Dave Hoops, the head brewer for Fitger’s Brewhouse in Duluth, has travelled to a lot of beer events including the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. But is it true that our little Hopped Up is one of his all-time favorites? Here’s what he texted back:

“Yes, for a number of reasons, the amazing treatment of the brewers, the high quality food, the intimate setting to really talk to people, and the beauty of Lutsen it is one of my faves for sure.”

Jason Baumgarth, head brewer for Carmody, said:

“I’m looking forward to spending the whole weekend up there this year. The smaller crowd is nice, it allows the brewers more chances to talk with attendees and other brewers.”

The press has been equally positive. Growler Magazine had this to say:

“Join homegrown brewing Heroes—handpicked for their mastery of the craft and bravery in the face of homogenization- on the mountain above Lake Superior. Share Stories. Sample new recipes. And save humanity from itself, one glass at a time.

This unique festival is the northernmost beer festival in the state (92 miles up the shore from All Pints North in Duluth). With very affordable one day and weekend packages (that can include lodging) this event is more than a beer fest; It’s a beer retreat.

An opening reception will feature an impressive array of snacks and appetizers including but not limited to: Stout Drenched Oysters, Rosemary-Kölsch Shrimp Skewers, and Hefeweizen Banana Bread. The brewer’s breakfast is impressive as well: Duck Sausage Frittata, and a Brewer’s Bloody Mary bar. Plus, ANTLER HATS!”

And here’s weighing in:

“Would you like to get away this summer? If you’re like me, I’m ready to shake loose of the city and head north for some great beer with fun people in a super-relaxed environment. Here’s one option – the Hopped Up Caribou Beer Festival at Caribou Highlands in Lutsen, July 11-13th. Minnesota’s northernmost beer festival (92 miles north of Duluth) is almost more of a retreat than your regular festival, complete with time at a nice resort, plenty of facetime with brewers and some awesome food.”

Thanks for the kind words, everyone. We couldn’t agree more, and we’re looking forward to the festival!

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