Outdoor festivals are a sure sign that summer is here, just like sunflowers in bloom or snowmen screaming in agony. Celebrate the eternal cycle with this GrouponLive deal to Border Battle Beer Fest at Somerset Amphitheater on Friday, July 13, at 6 p.m. and Saturday, July 14, at 3 p.m. Choose from the following options:
- For $38, you get a two-day general-admission pass (a $76.50 value, including all fees). General admission grants entrance to the Whiskey and Wings event on Friday and the Border Battle Beer Fest on Saturday with a tasting cup and drink samples plus a camping pass.
- For $17, you get a one-day general-admission pass to the Border Battle Beer Fest on Saturday, July 14 (a $34.25 value, including all fees).
- For $54, you get a two-day VIP pass (a $107.75 value, including all fees). VIP admission grants entrance to the Whiskey and Wings event Friday plus VIP access to the Border Battle Beer Fest on Saturday and VIP camping. VIP pass holders receive full-sized beers and other beverages in the VIP hospitality area.
The epic argument over which state has better brews—Minnesota or Wisconsin—will finally be decided during Border Battle Beer Fest. Leading up the battle itself is Friday evening’s Whiskey and Wings, a sampling event that showcases approximately 18 types of designer whiskies and scotches alongside piquant wings. On Saturday, celebrity judges and visitors swill sips from more than 100 beers hailing from breweries such as Summit Brewing in Saint Paul and New Glarus Brewing in New Glarus along with light appetizers before judges award the winning libation with a glass mug filled with the losing state’s tears.
Creating the soundtrack to the suds spectacular are regional bands such as Minneapolis rockers Bloodnstuff, a garage duo that sounds like a four-piece band thanks to their thunderous drums and distortion. Things get quieter with Farewell Milwaukee, a quintet who craft folk-pop gems in the vein of The Jayhawks and Jackson Browne. The Goondas, Better Bones, Walker Fields, Fort Wilson Riot, E.L.N.O., and more will also be performing, as each band’s signature sounds bounce off the gentle currents of nearby Apple River until 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. After spending the fest days sipping and swaying to live tunes, revelers can camp under the stars or a mobile made out of bottle caps.