Have a question about Prairie Brewfest? We can help! See below, or contact the Eden Prairie Community Foundation’s executive director, Mark Weber, at [email protected] or (952) 949-8499.
What is Prairie Brewfest?
Prairie Brewfest is a fun, community-building, craft-beer sampling event that raises funds for the nonprofit Eden Prairie Community Foundation and its programs. It is held outdoors each September, typically 3-6 p.m. on the Saturday after Labor Day. The event started out on the top deck of the SouthWest Station parking ramp, but its most recent home has been Purgatory Creek Park, 13001 Technology Drive in Eden Prairie.
How much does it cost?
For 2019, tickets were $30 in advance and $35 at the door (same as previous years). About $15 of that was tax-deductible. A ticket gives you access to about 20 different craft-beer brewers, each of which will serve several varieties. Bottled water and samples of wine will also be served, and free pretzels will be available. Plus, there’s live music (the local band Wondercure appears every year) and games, and you can purchase popcorn, BBQ and pizza from several food trucks serving Brewfest. Brewfest apparel is also be sold at the event. The 2020 Brewfest was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Who can come to Prairie Brewfest?
Only persons 21 years or older with a valid ID can enter the Prairie Brewfest grounds. Please, no children.
How long does Prairie Brewfest last?
It starts at 3 p.m. and ends promptly at 6 p.m. Brewery representatives are not allowed to pour after 6 p.m. Please be prepared to leave Brewfest promptly at 6.
What should I bring to Prairie Brewfest?
Bring an open mind and an interest in learning about the wide world of craft beer. Please come well hydrated, and take advantage of the bottled-water station. Water will cleanse your palette, and you’ll enjoy the beer varieties that much more. Don’t rush through samples; take time to enjoy the aroma and flavor. Your servers love to answer questions about their beer! Drinking on an empty stomach is never a good idea, so have something to eat when you come to Brewfest. No outside drinks or foods may be brought to the event, but food will be sold from food trucks, and free bags of pretzels will be scattered about on tables.
What are the parking options?
Parking spots immediately adjacent to the pavilion at Purgatory Creek Park are reserved for vendors, food trucks, volunteers, and sponsors. But there is plenty of parking in the Flagship Office Building lot on the park’s south side, as well as in the SouthWest Station parking ramp across the street.
Do you have a designated-driver admission price?
No, everyone pays the same admission price, but designated drivers are welcome and there is free water and soda available. Remember, Prairie Brewfest is a fundraiser for the Eden Prairie Community Foundation, and proceeds support the Foundation’s work to make Eden Prairie better. Also keep in mind that $15 of each ticket price is tax-deductible.
Is there medical or security staff at Prairie Brewfest?
Yes, Prairie Brewfest will be staffed by an Eden Prairie police officer with medical training.
What happens if it rains?
Prairie Brewfest is a rain-or-shine event. Because weather forecasts for Saturday have improved, a commitment has been made to hold Prairie Brewfest outdoors at Purgatory Creek Park, as originally planned. A passing shower is possible; bring an umbrella or light jacket.
What’s new about Brewfest?
If you attended in 2019, you were asked to cast a vote on grants to fill unmet community needs. It was the debut of our Brewfest Choice Grants, and you played a direct role in helping others in Eden Prairie. Come to 2021 Brewfest prepared to learn about the latest community needs and to cast your vote on how to direct grant funding in a way that helps your Eden Prairie neighbors.