Fargo’s Drekker Brewing Company is celebrating its 8th birthday the weekend of September 16th & 17th with DrekkerFest 8, a FREE, open-to-the-public party & carnival for the whole family!
If you’ve been to a DrekkerFest before then you’ll have an idea of what to expect. Friday is about fun beers and good food then Saturday is about throwing a giant FREE party for the community with more fun than you can shake a stick at!
Friday kicks off the festivities with a giant 15-beer release party including limited-release collaborations with, as Drekker describes, 8 of the other weirdest breweries in the country.
“We’ve been lucky enough to meet some really amazing, talented, and of course weird breweries over the years. It’s been a total blast rubbing our heads together and dreaming up these crazy beers with them,” shares Tom Knowlton, Drekker Lead Brewer, Owner, and self-declared Wing King of the Midwest having eaten his age in wings annually for his birthday. He is currently 31 years old and still a growing boy.
All 15 beers will be available Friday at noon along with this year’s commemorative glass set. But this isn’t some normie glass set. To celebrate 8 years Drekker has made custom magic 8 Balls to celebrate the anniversary and offer their clairvoyant assistance.
“We’ve built a Magic Factory out here, why wouldn’t we try and capture that and share the mystery,” explains Hailey Von Wald, Drekker Supreme Experience Conductor. “These Magic 8 Balls are so much fun and for the last couple of weeks, I’ve been relying on mine for all my major life decisions. I got engaged last week and I know I made the right call because the DrekkerFest 8 Magic 8 Ball said so.”
Now, what could make this party even better? How about a year’s worth of FREE beer!!!! That’s right, the first 50 people in line both Friday and Saturday will all win a special prize, and eight people over the two days will win FREE BEER FOR A YEAR!
The real party begins on Saturday, the 17th, at noon when doors open for an all-day, all-ages carnival with bouncy houses, play sets, carnival games, axe throwing, flash tattoos by Amarok Tattoo Studio, a puppy kissing booth to benefit 4 Luv of Dog Rescue, an art show & sale by Punchgut, FREE face painting & zombie caricatures, art experiences from several local artists, and a FREE concert headlined by New York City’s Rubblebucket!. Food and fun treats will be available from local favorites including Blackbird Woodfire, Luna, The Hotdog Peddler, Driftwood Grill, The Barge Food Truck, Treat Theater, and Windsor Waffles.
The FREE concert will begin around 7 pm and will feature Fargo’s own (but now Los Angeles-based) Jessica Vines, special performances by Fargo Flow Fire Dancers, Mae Simpson out of Minneapolis, and end with a bang with Rubblebucket taking the stage with their unique brand of indie dance-pop.
Mark Bjornstad, Drekker President and Co-Founder explains what makes DrekkerFest so special. “This is our favorite weekend of the year. For us it’s a chance to thank the community for all of their amazing support, throw the sickest party we could ever dream up, and just enjoy a beautiful time together.”
IF YOU GO
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH
15 Beer Release
A chance to win FREE beer for a year along with some crazy other prizes
Food from The Barge & Driftwood Grill
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH
Noon-Midnight (21+ after 7 pm)
Flash Tattoos from Amarok Studios • Inks and Oddities show by Punchgut
Carnival games, bouncy houses, rainbow playset, and axe throwing • FREE face painting & zombie caricatures
Food from Blackbird Pizza, Hotdog Peddler, Luna Fargo, The Barge and Driftwood Grill, Treat Theater, & Windsor Waffles
Art experiences from Olivia Bain and Not Hideuhs
Special performances from Fargo Flow Fire Dancers
Doggy Kissing Booth from 4 Luv of Dogs Rescue
FREE Concert by Rubblebucket with special guests Mae Simpson & Jessica Vines