Next month, the historic Butler Building in Aitkin will again host the Fifth Annual Harvest Moon Brew Fest on Sept. 8, and the call is out for additional interested volunteers to join what has become a heavily popular beer festival for the community and the State of Minnesota.

In fact, according to a recent survey done by Minneapolis-St. Paul firm Sambatek, the Brew Fest has already become one of the top five events or destinations attracting visitors to Downtown Aitkin.  “It’s exciting to know that the event has attracted so many visitors to Aitkin” stated Sylvia Allen, owner of the Butler building.  “Last year we had people travel 200+ miles just to come to Brew Fest!  It’s just a fun day”.

Volunteer applications are now being accepted for a number of integral roles such as gate attendants, setup crew, runners, security staffers and tent assemblers.

Those interested in applying to become volunteers for the Brew Fest are asked to submit a volunteer application which they can get by calling Sylvia @ 218 678 2441 and then emailing to her  at  [email protected] or by snail mail to the following address: Sylvia Allen, The Butler Building, 301 Minnesota Avenue North, Aitkin, MN 56431.

With the chance to sample more than 65 brews from more Minnesota breweries and homebrewers, the Harvest Moon Brew Fest, presented by Glacial Lakes Brewers, will be held once again in the parking lot of Aitkin’s historic Butler Building from 3 to 6 p.m., with a special 50-person VIP session from 2 to 3 p.m.

Some of this year’s beer brands will include Surly Brewing Company, Castle Danger Brewery, Yellow Sapsucker Cider, Jack Pine Brewery, Big Axe, Roundhouse, and Cuyuna with two new breweries … Moose Lake Brewing and Klackow.

There will be food available from Paulbeck’s County Market, who will be featuring their special bratwursts as well as other items. Hammerschlagen, a German game reportedly dating from 1940, in which several contestants try to hammer a nail into a stump, returns with proceeds from the game going to Sylvia’s Children, a non-profit supporting a school in Uganda.

There will also be live performances from musical artists including Aitkin favorites, the French Hillbillies.

The cost to attend the rain-or-shine, 21-and-over event is $20 in advance or $30 on the day of the event.  VIP tickets are $40 in advance and $50 day of the event and $7.50 for designated drivers.  Designated drivers receive a Brandl coffee mug plus food and coffee/water from Paulbeck’s food stand.

Tickets are on sale now at the Aitkin Independent Age, Paulbeck’s County Market,

Security State Bank and the Butler building office and online through ticketing service EventBrite at

Sponsors for the festival include Security State Bank, the Aitkin Independent Age, Culligan Water, Brandl Motors, Allen Consulting and Paulbeck’s County Market with additional support from a grant from the Aitkin.County Tourism and Development Office.  (Thanks to them we have a billboard on Route 169 South, just north of The Joint!).

For more information on the Harvest Moon Brew Fest, contact Sylvia Allen at (218) 678-2441, or visit our Harvest Moon Brew Fest page.