Friends is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act with Brews and Canoes! 

Tickets are now on sale for the September 10th event

We are pleased to announce that Chowgirls Killer Catering will be providing the food, and The Boomchucks and The Roe Family Singers will be providing the music for the event!

There are nine breweries from across Minnesota participating in Brews and Canoes – a craft beer competition celebrating Minnesota’s outdoors and the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. The competing breweries ready to battle for the coveted L’Etoile du Nord (Best in Show) trophy are:Brews and Canoes Final

“We are thrilled to have some of Minnesota’s finest breweries stepping up to the challenge of the Brews and Canoes competition, and we wish them the best of luck in capturing the quintessential ‘taste’ of the state’s great outdoors,” said Paul Danicic, executive director, FBWW. “For years the Wilderness Act has helped preserve the Boundary Waters so generations of families and friends can enjoy its tranquil surroundings and make memories that last a lifetime. The Brews and Canoes program is a unique way for Minnesotans to pay tribute to this historic anniversary and learn more about how we all can continue to keep the Boundary Waters protected.”

FBWW and its brewery partners will cap off Brews and Canoes at a ticketed tasting event at Aria in Minneapolis on Wednesday, September 10. The event will feature samples of the commemorative collection, live music and the announcement of champion beers in categories including Best Northern Lights (light-bodied, light-colored beers including but not limited to lagers and pilsners); Best Night Skies (heavy-bodied, dark-colored beers including but not limited to ales and stouts); Fish Fry’s Finest (best beer pairing with a shore lunch); Best Campfire Companion (best beer to drink around a campfire with friends); and Call of the Wild (most pioneering brew or experimental beer).

Craft brewers are encouraged to draw inspiration for their entries from the wilderness themes reflected in the Wilderness Act: untrammeled, nature, tranquil, rugged adventure and camaraderie. A panel of judges will conduct a tasting in late August, and FBWW will unveil the winners of the first-ever Brews and Canoes competition at its culmination event in September. The Wilderness Act protects one of our state’s natural treasures, the Boundary Waters, which was one of the first protected under its legislation. Minnesotan Sigurd Olson, a leading conservationist and author, played a major role in defining the landmark bill before it was signed into law in September 1964.

Tickets to attend the tasting event and live concert go on sale at EventBrite beginning August 1. Admission will include beer samples, food and a signature take-home Brews and Canoes tasting glass. For more event information, ticket prices and updates on the tasting event, continue to visit the Brews and Canoes page on the FBWW website throughout the summer.

Minnesotans can also celebrate the Wilderness Act, support Minnesota’s craft brew culture and get the latest beer competition and conservation news by following FBWW on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #BrewsandCanoes. They also can support participating breweries by taking brewery tours and looking for Brews and Canoes signature selections in tap rooms and stores.