Minnesota State Fair Primer

It’s that time of the year again – the Minnesota State Fair is back! For the first time in two years, we are finally able to go drink beer, eat fried food, and hop on some exciting (but sketchy) Midway rides.

To prepare you for the daunting Fair day ahead, we’ve got the ultimate Schell’s Beer Primer so you always know where you can get a refreshing beer.

To start, we’ve got some Fair-Exclusive Beer that’s sure to make the trip worth it.


This Marzen-style Imperial Oktoberfest beer is aged in oak for more than 2 months, imparting a woody, nutty compliment to the toasty malt finish. 7.2% ABV, 20 IBUs.

Schell’s Schandy

Weiss beer combined with lemonade has zesty lemon on the nose and a slightly sweet flavor. Also available as a frozen topper to any beer! 3.7% ABV.

Choc’d Up Frozen Chocolate Porter

Choc-up your beer choice with this exclusive Frozen Topper! Add to any beer of your choice for a hint of cacao and toffee. Think “Frozen Hot-Chocolate Meets Beer” kind of mashup. 5.3% ABV.

Cherry Go Round

Dusty crimson in color, this brew is made with 6,600 pounds of Montmorency cherries for a lingering sour-yet-sweet cherry zest over a toasty malt backbone. 6.4% ABV, 5 IBUs

So now that you’ve seen our delicious beer – the next step is where to get them. Luckily for you, we have a full list AND map! If you see something on the map, but not in the list, its got some Grain Belt beer as well. Head over to for the whole list of Grain Belt Beers!

  • Chicago Dogs: LoCal Twist
  • Coasters: Oktoberfest
  • Dino’s Gyros: Sangria
  • Grandstand: LoCal Twist
  • The Hangar: Sangria
  • Schell’s Pavilion at Lulu’s Public House: Sangria, Oktoberfest, LoCal Twist, Moondrift, Cream Ale, Schandy, Oaktoberfest, Cherry-Go-Round
  • Mancini’s: Sangria
  • Midway Men’s Club: Sangria
  • O’Gara’s at the Fair: Oktoberfest

Lastly, the Fair isn’t complete without some good food. Check out a few of our favorite choices to try this year!

Kerala Fried Chicken Kati Roll

These marinated, battered and fried chicken tenders wrapped in paratha with chutneys and slaw are bound to be a home run – pick them up in the Food Building at Hot Indian.

Schell’s Pairings: IPA, Moondrift IPA, Oaktoberfest

The Naughty Biscuit

This sandwich includes smoked pork belly topped with beer cheese sauce, arugula, pickled red onions and candied jalapeños while being served on a buttermilk biscuit.

Schell’s Pairings: LoCal Twist, Sangria, Cream Ale

Pizza Lucy

This Juicy Lucy-themed calzone is a sausage patty topped with pizza sauce, pepperoni and mozzarella cheese, stuffed in homemade Green Mill pizza dough, and topped with Italian seasonings, cheese and crumbled pepperoni.

Schell’s Pairings: Schandy, Oaktoberfest, IPA, Moondrift IPA