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Summit Brewing Co.’s 2019 MN State Fair Beer Name Is Officially Announced

Seth Brantner, of Rochester, MN, submitted the winning name Summit Mini-Sotan IPA for the 2019 Summit Brewing Co.’s Craft the Name contest.

“Summit Mini-Sotan IPA” Was Chosen As the Name of Summit’s Specialty Beer for the 2019 Minnesota State Fair

Summit Brewing Co. held a contest that ran May 31 through June 6, asking its social followers to help name the brewery’s specialty beer for the Minnesota State Fair — a full flavored, low cal, low carb, low ABV, American-Style IPA. This beer was chosen for its clean bitterness that will enhance its refreshing finish and thirst quenching nature, one meant for hot, sweaty days at the Great Minnesota Get-Together. This year’s winner, Summit Mini-Sotan IPA, will have all the aroma and flavor the craft beer lover expects from a standard IPA — like aromas of pineapple, grapefruit and apricot and flavors of biscuits, breadcrust and sweet citrus — but it will only have 99 calories, 3.5g carbs and a  low ABV of 4.0%. As our Head Brewer Damian McConn said, “it’s a beer people can enjoy while out at the Fair with friends and family, eating obscene amounts of delicious fried foods.” Frankly, the beer you drink at the Fair shouldn’t keep you from filling up on all the Fair foods, it should be the perfect complement to your indulging and it should be a thirst-quencher on those ridiculously hot MN summer days.

Head Brewer Damian McConn with Shanghaied Henri himself!

A total of 200+ names were submitted during the contest period, the list narrowed to 11 finalists and then a super-secret panel of voters ranked that list of finalist from their least favorite to most favorite. “Mini-Sotan IPA” came out on top as the most favorite name for 2019 and Seth Brantner of Rochester, Minnesota, submitted the winning entry.

As per the contest’s guidelines, the winning beer-namer will be invited to Summit Brewing Co. in St. Paul, MN, to be part of the brewing process at a later date with our Head Brewer Damian McConn. Seth will also have the opportunity to taste the beer before anyone else. Which is pretty dang cool.

Beginning August 22, 2019, Summit Mini-Sotan IPA will be served exclusively at the Summit on a Stick Booth and at Shanghaied Henri’s, located in the Minnesota State Fair’s International Bazaar. We can’t wait to see you there!

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