What’s the best thing to do on a winter Saturday afternoon? Drink beer and watch football! That exactly what hundreds did this weekend at the annual Mankato Craft Beer Expo!  The 8th annual event at the Mankato Civic Center Saturday afternoon was a huge success.

The expo showcased craft brews from local and regional breweries including Schell’s and Mankato Brewery, as well as others from as far away as Alaska and California. A couple of my favorites brews from Colorado were there as well. Attendees sampled beers from over 40 different craft breweries in their little commemorative glass. On occasion, you’d hear a groan rise from the crowd as someone dropped and broke their cup. Along with the beers and hard ciders, there was live music, food, and the Vikings game on the big screen. Aside from the games result everyone attending had a great time.

Plans are already in the works and the date is set for next year’s event. So if you missed it, or like me and already looking forward to next year, mark your calendar for January 16th, 2021!