Summit Brewing Co.Summit Brewing Co.On Saturday, September 10th Summit Brewing Company celebrated turning 30 years old with the Backyard Bash.  This party included food trucks, wonderful live music, and an eye-popping, palate pleasing array of craft beers past and present.  Loads of people danced, drank, and basked in the glow emitting from the smile of Summit Founder Mark Stutrud.

The musical acts provided the perfect accent to the day with all of their unique and fun sounds.  I could not get enough of the funky and energetic sounds of Apollo Cobra.  I also really appreciated the raw and intensely gritty lSummit Brewing Co.Summit Brewing Co.yrics of Dem Atlas.  All the acts fantastically built up to the headliner, Bob Mould.  Revelers were treated to an intimate interaction with the musicians.  In turn, the musical acts definitely fed off the energy of the crowd.

The food truck lineup was eclectic and provided a cornucopia of choices for people.  There was something for everyone from Pizza Lucé, Bennett’s Chop and Railhouse, The Black Forest Inn, Signature on Wheels, Anchor Fish & Chips, World Street Kitchen, FrioFrio MN, and PoppedCorn.   It was a blessing in disguise for me that the Anchor Fish & Chips truck ran out of pasties because then I went with the Bangkok Burrito from the World Street Kitchen.  The Red Curry Chicken with the addition of beef may be one of the best things I have ever tasted.

I must say that from a craft beer perspective, you could not ask for more.   They had no lSummit Brewing Co.ines for beer due to several stations that were efficiently run by volunteers and employees.  In the brewery itself, they had a wonderful selection of casks and rare Summit Brewing Co.beers.  Between the Old Blaggard Barleywine, Keller Pils, Oktoberfest, special casks of Oatmeal Stout and West London-Style Ale, I was a happy man.

With all that was happening, I was able to get a picture with Summit’s Founder, Mark Stutrud.  He took a risk a long time ago when people told him that starting a craft brewery was a fool’s errand.  I know that I speak for many when I say that I am glad he had the cajones to take the risk he did.  Prost!

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