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Minnesota State Fair & Summit Brewing Co. Pairings

As the Minnesota State Fair heads into its final weekend, many of us eagerly search for delicious and unique foods that can only be found at the fairgrounds. But what about the perfect Summit beer to pair with your favorite fair foods? Well, wonder, no more State Fair goers, we here at Summit Brewing Company have put together some perfect pairings to take your state fair experience to the next level. Get ready to indulge in some tasty treats and refreshing brews!

First up, and what should be everyone’s first stop as they enter the fair, is stopping by the Summit on a Stick booth and Shanghai Henri’s for a Crispy Lutefisk Steambun and a Twins Pils. The crisp bitterness of our Twins Pils pairs well with the salty and savory notes of the crispy lutefisk steam bun while cutting through the sweetness of the hoisin sauce. Lagers tend to have higher carbonation than ales and tend to refresh the palate, which is beneficial when pairing with complex dishes with strong umami notes like this State Fair specialty. Looking for some NA options? In that case, our Nialas Non-Alcholic IPA possesses enough crisp, refreshing dryness to cut through those sauces but enough malt complexity to hold up to the umami notes of the crispy lutefisk steam bun.

There’s nothing quite like biting into a crispy, juicy corn dog at the Minnesota State Fair. And when it comes to finding the perfect beverage to accompany this classic fair food, look no further than our Extra Pale Ale. The crisp, hoppy flavor of the beer perfectly complements the savory sweetness of the corn dog, creating a delicious and satisfying pairing that’s sure to please.

A Minnesota State Fair staple, the Pork Chop on a Stick, is a must for any meat-eating fair-goer. The savory and juicy pork chop on a stick is the perfect accompaniment to our Oktoberfest beer. The malty and slightly sweet flavor of the beer complements the rich and full-bodied taste of the pork chop, creating a delicious and unique food pairing. Whether you’re enjoying a meal at home or dining out, this combination is sure to satisfy your taste buds and leave you feeling satisfied.

Last year’s breakout new food star was no doubt the Pickle Pizza slice, and just like last year, we found that Twins Pils made this pair the perfect duo. The tangy and salty flavor of the pickles perfectly complements the rich and flavorful cheese on the pizza, creating a unique taste sensation. The crisp and refreshing taste of the Twins Pils cuts through the richness of the pizza and leaves a clean and refreshing finish. Together, they create a perfect balance of flavors that will leave your taste buds wanting more. Whether you’re a pizza lover or a beer aficionado, this pairing is a must-try.

Finally, for one of the newer items introduced this year at the fair and a pairing suggestion for our vegetarian friends, we’ve got the fried green tomato sandwich, which pairs perfectly with our Saga Hazy. The crispy and tangy flavor of the fried green tomato complements the hoppy and citrusy taste of our Saga Hazy, creating a refreshing and satisfying combination. The Saga Hazy beer’s light and refreshing character balances out the sandwich’s richness, making it an excellent choice, especially on a hot summer day.


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