We have tons of breweries in Minnesota and my husband and I love to go and check them out. If you're also a bit of a craft beer fiend, this week is just for you! It's Craft Beer Week!

Craft Beer Week goes on all across the country. There are plenty of ways to celebrate here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes and around Rochester, MN specifically.

Craft Beer Week in Minnesota

If you want to explore a new brewery somewhere in Minnesota, the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild has a map where you can 'Find a Brewery'. See which breweries you haven't visited and check them out this week.

Like the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild said on Facebook, there are tons of breweries and brewpubs hosting events and offering deals all week in celebration.

Group of young friends in bar drinking beer toasting the camera

Craft Beer Week in Rochester, MN

As for here in our neck of the woods of southeast Minnesota, we have lots of breweries we can support!

Just in Rochester, we've got Little Thistle, LTS, Thesis, Kinney Creek, and Forager.

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Outside Rochester but still staying in southeast Minnesota, we've got SxSE in Pine Island, Chaotic Good Brewing in Kasson, Karst Brewing in Fountain, Trout City Brewing in Preston, Sylvan Brewing in Lanseboro, Angry Hog Brewery and Gravity Storm Brewery in Austin, Tanzenwald Brewing and Imminent Brewing in Northfield, Chapel Brewing in Dundas, Tilion Brewing in Cannon Falls, Red Wing Brewery in Red Wing, Reads Landing Brewing in Reads Landing, and Island City Brewing in Winona.

Man, hopefully I didn't miss any!

Craft Beer Week Events in Rochester, MN

We've got quite a few events happening at our breweries here in Rochester to celebrate Craft Beer Week. Here's what going on:

Monday, May 15th

Beer Release - Little Thistle

Small Batch Release - Cabernet Barrel Aged Rock (Golden Sour) - LTS

Trivia - 7 PM - Forager


Free Darts and Puzzle Night at 7 PM - LTS

Refreshing Cold Craft Beer Assortment of IPA Lager and Stout

Tuesday, May 16th

Rochester Pride Beer Release - Little Thistle

Sour Beer Release - Thesis

Small Batch Release - Cabernet Barrel Aged Paper (Red Sour) - LTS

Medical Trivia - 7 PM - LTS

Beers for Queers - 7-9 PM - Little Thistle

Live Music - Dan Rumsey (soulful blues/folk) - 7-10 PM - Forager

Karaoke - 8-10 PM - Thesis


Wednesday, May 17th

THC Setlzer Release - Thesis

Small Batch Release - Bourbon Barrel Aged Scissors (Dark Sour) - LTS

Trivia (with special Beer Week prizes) - 6:30 PM - Little Thistle

Trivia - 7 PM - Kinney Creek

Live Music - Jeremy Jewell and the Codependents - 7-10 PM - Thesis

Live Music - Luke Hendrickson (country/Americana/folk) - 7-10 PM - Forager

Two couples having beer together

Thursday, May 18th

Small Batch Release - Blackberry Scissors (Dark Sour) - LTS

Craft Beer Tasting Event - Little Thistle

Pup Meetup at 6 PM, Disc Golf, and Public Brewery Tour - LTS

Trivia - 7-10 PM - Thesis

Live Music - Mary Cutrufello (country/Americana) - 7-10 PM - Forager


Friday, May 19th

No-Filter Hefeweizen Release Party - Little Thistle

Small Batch Release - Bourbon Barrel Aged Bock - LTS

Specialty Seltzer Slushy Releases - Thesis

Beer Dinner (tickets required) - Forager

Bonfire Beers w/ live music - 6 PM - LTS

Live Music - The Double Down Daredevils (bluegrass/Americana) - 7-10 PM - Forager

Live Music - Carnage the Executioner - 8-11 PM - Thesis


Saturday, May 20th

Barrel-Aged Beer Release - Forager

Rochester Pride After-Party - Little Thistle

4 Sour Beer Releases - Thesis

Small Batch Release - Cherry DeLarge (Imperial Milk Stout) - LTS

Live Music - Murder Turtle Firing Squad (rock/pop/reggae) - 2-5 PM - Forager

LTS Swag Bag Drawing - 6 PM - LTS

Live Music - Thomas and the Shakes (rock/pop/reggae) - 7-10 PM - Forager

A group of young men clinking glasses with a beer in the sunny pub.

Sunday, May 21st

Small Batch Release - Pastry Hazy IPA - LTS

Burly Bluffs Pride Burlesque Show (tickets required) - 6 PM - Thesis

Live Music - Jazz Jam (all are welcome to join on stage) - 6:30-9:30 PM - Forager

Delicious Beers Await at These 22 Breweries Within an Hour of Rochester

Craft breweries are incredibly popular right now and it doesn't seem like they'll be going anywhere. Right here in southeast Minnesota, there are 22 breweries all within an hour for Rochester and more are being added!