Beer Dabbler heads to Pride

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June 18, 2012 // UPDATED 5:48 pm - December 27, 2012
By: Jeremy Zoss and Sarah McKenzie
Jeremy Zoss and Sarah McKenzie

The Pride festival technically begins on Saturday, June 23, 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, June 22, 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. 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 complement 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




Twin Cities Pride Rainbow Run has wedding costume theme


Runners are encouraged to wear wedding costumes for the Rainbow Run for Marriage Equality on June 24.


The 5K run starts at 10 a.m. and follows the Pride Parade route from Father Hennepin Park to Loring Park.


There will be a costume contest, too, sponsored by The Grand Hotel Minneapolis and presented by TLC. The best bride and best groom get a two-night weekend stay in a luxury suite with champagne and strawberries at the Grand Hotel. There will also be prizes for best wedding party, boutonniere and garter belt.


The run entry fee is $25 online and $30 the day of the event. You can register online at Registration the day of the event will take place at Father Hennepin Park, Main Street SE & 6th Avenue SE. 




‘Secret Struggle’ art exhibit at Circa Gallery 


The Bridge for Youth, a nonprofit based in Uptown serving homeless and runaway youth, will showcase a new art installation, “Secret Struggle,” at the CIRCA Gallery, 210 N. 1st St., June 20–24.


The art project was created by 17 young people served by the Bridge. It draws on their experiences being homeless, coming out as LGBTQ, dealing with addiction and other problems.


Youth homelessness is on the rise, according to statistics from the Bridge — increasing 46 percent between 2006 and 2009. Minneapolis and St. Paul public schools counted 8,4000 homeless or unaccompanied youth between June 2010 and July 2011.




Plymouth Church holding special Pride services


Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave., is holding two services Sunday, June 24, in honor of Pride.


Senior Minister James Gertmenian will lead a 45-minute service at 9 a.m. before the Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade on Hennepin starts at 11 a.m. Then at 5 p.m. Temple Israel’s Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman will speak at the church’s Healing Minnesota service. For more details, go to