Next month, the historic Butler Building in Aitkin will return with its Fourth Annual Harvest Moon Brew Fest on Sept. 9, 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.

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, fax to (732) 946-8032, 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 brews from more than 60 local Minnesota breweries, 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, Sociable Cider Works and Cuyuna Brewing, many returning for their fourth year in a row!

There will be food available from The Beanery and Paulbeck’s County Market, who will be featuring their special bratwursts.  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 such as the French Hillbillies and acoustic artist Larry Fontaine.

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.

Tickets are on sale now at the Aitkin Independent Age, The Beanery, Security State Bank and online at

Sponsors for the festival include Security State Bank, the Aitkin Independent Age, Culligan Water, Brandl Motors, Allen Consulting and Paulbeck’s County Market.

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