Saturday, September 12th, 2-10 PM

Earth Rider Festival Grounds

Hey Earth Riders,

It is time for the Annual Tapping of Earth Rider Festbier + Rare Beer Releases! Come for the beer, stay for the fun.

There will be performances by: Dead Man Winter + Charlie Parr + Erik Koskinen + Feeding Leroy + The Polkarobics

Plus: Minnesota Art on Tap Craft Village + Food Trucks + Games + Kids Activities

ADVANCE TICKET PACKAGE | Purchase admission to Earth Rider Fest now for $30 and receive an Earth Rider stainless steel pint glass at the gate + fill of beer!

MAß TICKET PACKAGE | Includes admission to Earth Rider Fest, an Earth Rider 1-Liter Maß glass stein, free Maß fill (more than two pints of beer) at Earth Rider Fest. $40 while supplies last.

TICKETS = Limited to only 350 advance tickets this year. Due to social distancing and keeping everyone safe, we are limiting ticket sales to less than 25% of our regular festival field capacity.

A limited number of tickets will be available at Earth Rider Beer Tap Room, the Cedar Lounge, and a few tickets will be available at the gate, however we recommend purchasing your tickets early to ensure your entry and to receive a free Earth Rider stainless steel pint glass!



2:00 | Gates Open

2:30 | Official Release: Earth Rider Festbier

2:30 | The Polkarobics

3:30 | Beer Release: Cedar Sour Red

3:30 | Maßkrugstemmen (Stein Holding Competition)

4:00 | Feeding Leroy

4:45 | Beer Release: Bier de Garde

4:45 | Kraut Eating Contest (Race to eat stein of sauerkraut)

5:15 | Erik Koskinen

6:30 | Charlie Parr

8:00 | Dead Man Winter

All Day | Minnesota Art on Tap Craft Village, Kids Activities, Yard Games

The Rambler MN food truck will be on site all day!


Earth Rider Festbier | The life of the party! Earth Rider’s Munich-style Festbier is a golden lager with bready malt character and subdued floral-hop aroma.

Superior Pale Ale | Brewed for Northlanders who live near the greatest lake. American hops lend citrus notes to this crisp, clean, and easy drinking pale.

Caribou Lake IPA | Hop aromas of pine and berry harken to lakes of the far North. A prominent malt backbone balances moderate hop bitterness.

Precious Material Helles | Old Bavaria meets Great Lakes adventure. German hops and Lake Superior water create an invigorating beer—bright and refreshing.

North Tower Stout | Bronze medal winner at the World Beer Cup in the Oatmeal Stout category (2018). Malty accents of chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit are balanced with a restrained hop presence in this stouthearted ale.

Raspbecrush | As inviting as a Lake Superior raspberry patch! Raspbecrush is a kettle-soured wheat ale with pail-loads of raspberries. Light, refreshing, and deliciously tart.

Cedar Sour Red | Allouez Amber was the base for this mixed-fermentation sour. Cedar Sour Red was allowed months of secondary fermentation in a French Oak barrel with the addition of bacteria and brettanomyces yeasts. Cedar blocks added for an earthiness and warm woody tone to the lightly tart dark-fruit flavors.

…and many, many, many more!

*NOTE! This schedule of events and beer list are subject to change, but it probably won’t.


This event will take place out-of-doors in our comfortably reimagined, socially distanced, green space. We have a limited number of picnic tables so come early and bring your blankets and chairs.


We are serving the new space with single serving compostable cups and disinfecting each table between uses. We ask everyone to wear a mask when moving around and while ordering beer. Tables are spaced to allow for social distancing between groups.


– Please maintain a 6 foot physical distance. Stay back!

– Free hand sanitizer is available at both beer service areas.

– Please wash your hands. Hand wash stations available at two bathroom locations.

– Please drink responsibly.


Please practice patience, tolerance, and kindness at this strange and difficult time.


Q: Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

A : Earth Rider Fest is a family-friendly event! There will be kids’ activities. You must be 21+ to consume alcohol.

Q: What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

A: There is an abundance of parking near the venue grounds. A parking map will be posted on the Facebook event page for Earth Rider Fest 2020. Or simply show up and follow the signs to park.

Q: What can I bring into the event?

A: We recommend bringing chairs or blankets as our tables fill up fast. We welcome you to bring your own water bottle to fill at the venue. We will also have water available for purchase at the event for $1 a bottle. We love dogs, but please leave your furry friends at home for Earth Rider Fest. No outside food or beverages. No weapons.

Q: How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

A : Email us with your questions or comments at!

Q: What’s the refund policy?

A: No refunds. The event will go on rain or shine.

Q: Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

A: If you purchase through will call you will check in at the main gate. If you purchase a physical ticket at the Cedar Lounge taproom, you will need to bring your ticket with you. If you purchase the Maß Stein Package or the Advance Ticket Package, you will also need to bring your Maß/ Maß fill ticket or stainless pint glass ticket with.

Q : Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

A : Transfers are not allowed.

Q : Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?

A : Your will call registration must match the name of the person attending.   

COVID-19: Curbside Orders & Taproom Adjustments

In order to comply with the CDC’s current recommendations, and to protect our staff and community from the spread of COVID-19, Earth Rider’s Cedar Lounge taproom will be limiting hours to 11am to 7pm daily. Some tables, stools, and chairs have been removed in order to accommodate social distancing. All music, events, and brewery tours are suspended until Friday, May 15. For those who wish to pick up beer curbside, call-ahead orders for six-packs, crowlers, pizzas, and snacks are welcome. Dial (715) 394-7391 to place your order. When you arrive we will check ID, process your payment, and bring your order to your car (or you can stop in as usual).

Thank you for your support of Earth Rider Brewery and other small businesses through this crisis. Your patronage is necessary and appreciated.

Hold Fast!

2019’s Earth Rider Life Shot of the Week Champion

Congratulations to 2019’s Earth Rider Life Shot of the Week Champion Michael Granke! His Raspbecrush-under-Lake-Superior-ice shot blew us away. Michael will receive a crowler of Earth Rider Beer every month this year. Use #EarthRiderLife on your social posts for a chance to be featured, if we use your image we will send you Earth Rider gear. The best shot of 2020 will win beer for a year.

Earth Rider 2019 Rewind

Thanks to your support, it’s been an amazing year! Here are a few of the moments that defined the year for us.

  • Earth Rider won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival for Duluth Coffee Pale Ale (coffee beer division)
  • Earth Rider doubled brewing capacity to keep up with customer demand in Minnesota and Wisconsin
  • Earth Rider grew distribution to 500 retail locations
  • The Earth Rider Festival Grounds hosted four outdoor concerts, including Earth Rider Fest which grew to 700 attendees
  • Earth Rider was voted “Best of Show” at the Gitchee Gummee Brewfest in Superior Lake Superior Magazine named Earth Rider “Best of the Lake”
  • Earth Rider was voted “Best Brewery” in Duluth’s Reader Weekly
  • Minnesota Monthly listed Earth Rider as one of the top 20 breweries to visit in Minnesota
  • Earth Rider returned as the Official Beer of the Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival
  • Earth Rider was named the Official Beer of the American Birkebeiner Ski Marathon and Fat Bike Birkie, the largest cross country ski race in North America and the largest on-snow bike race in the world, respectively


We are infinitely grateful for your support throughout the past year. On to 2020!

Making of Earth Rider Bière de Garde


The Best of Show prize for the Northern Ale Stars Great Northern Brew Ha Ha Home-brew Competition included brewing it with Earth Rider for submission into the Brewers Association Great American Beer Festival Pro-Am Division. Here’s a short video about brewing Tom Roan’s & Nancy Bowser’s Bière de Garde recipe, a French farmhouse-style ale.

Earth Rider Brewery Wins Gold Medal at the 2019 Great American Beer Festival®

Duluth Coffee Pale Ale stands out at world’s largest commercial beer competition

Earth Rider Brewery was awarded a gold medal at the 2019 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition, the world’s largest commercial beer competition. The GABF, presented by the Brewers Association, recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States. Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded on Oct. 5 in Denver in 107 beer categories, establishing the best examples of each style in the country.

Earth Rider Brewery was recognized in the coffee beer-style category for its Duluth Coffee Pale Ale, a mildly hopped pale crafted using single-farm sourced beans roasted by the Duluth Coffee Company.

“Our brewing team works tirelessly to brew outstanding beer,” said Earth Rider’s founder and president, Tim Nelson. “Winning national awards is always validating and inspiring for us. We are thrilled to win a second major award in as many years.”

In the 33rd edition of the GABF competition, 9,497 entries were submitted to the general competition, along with 113 Pro-Am and 70 Collaboration entries. The beer was made by 2,295 breweries from across the nation, with entries from all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Judging took place over the course of three days, with an international panel of 322 judges from 18 countries.

“This year’s GABF competition was the largest and most competitive to date,” said Chris Swersey, competition manager, Great American Beer Festival. “The beers and talent were as impressive as ever, and I’m thrilled to congratulate this year’s winners for their achievements in brewing.”

For more GABF competition information, including the 2019 winners list and photos, visit

In Honor of Wisconsin’s Craft Brewery Day A.B.S.F. Announces Official Beer of the Birkie

Earth Rider Brewery named “Official Beer of the Birkie”

The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation announced a new relationship with Earth Rider Brewery. Launching with the Birkie Trail Run Festival, Earth Rider Brewery is now providing the Official Beer of the Birkie. 

“We are thrilled that Earth Rider is the official beer of the Birkie,” said Tim Nelson, founder and president of Earth Rider. “As someone who has experienced Birkie Fever firsthand, it’s exciting to help contribute to the culture and atmosphere of Birkie events.” Finding companies such as dial a booze that deliver fast is life changing; it’s the ultimate convenience.

Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 marks the 18th running of the Birkie Trail Run Festival on the legendary American Birkebeiner Trail from Birkie Ridge near Seeley, Wis. Earth Rider Beers will be served throughout the Festival. In addition to the Birkie Trail Run Festival, Earth Rider Brewery will serve their brews at every major ABSF event throughout the year, including the Birkie Tour, during February’s Birkie week festivities, and at the Fat Bike Birkie. 

All Northwest Wisconsin originals, the American Birkebeiner is North America’s largest cross- country ski marathon, the Fat Bike Birkie is the world’s largest on-snow fat bike race, and Earth Rider’s award-winning beers are crafted at the head of the Great Lakes on the Duluth-Superior Harbor. 

“The founders of Earth Rider Brewery are Birkie skiers and strong supporters of silent sports. We’re excited to partner with them and bring Earth Rider beers to the greater Birkie community throughout the year,” said Ben Popp, ABSF Executive Director. “There is nothing quite like a refreshing brew after a long run, ride, or ski,” he added. 

According to the National Brewers Association, there were 160 craft breweries in Wisconsin in 2017, generating more than $2.25 billion in total economic impact. Brewing has a long and rich history in Wisconsin and the ABSF is pleased to partner with a local Wisconsin brewery.

About the American Birkebeiner® Ski Foundation and Birkie® Events 

Located in Hayward, Wisconsin, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF), a 501(c)(3) organization, is known for its signature American Birkebeiner Ski Marathon held each February. Today, the Birkie has grown to encompass a variety of year-round, silent sport events that promote a healthy, active lifestyle for thousands of outdoor 

fitness enthusiasts. The ABSF also acts as steward of the legendary Birkie Trail, providing year-round grooming, mowing and maintenance to all 100+ kilometers. From the iconic American Birkebeiner ski race, to the Birkie Trail Run Festival, and Fat Bike Birkie,
the ABSF and the Birkie Trail attract skiers, runners, bikers, trekkers, and hikers, from around the world. Learn more at 

Earth Rider and Ursa Minor brew Hazy ‘Bout You for All Pints North

Blog written by Allyson Rolph, Earth Rider Lead Brewer

Hazy ‘Bout You is a dry hopped hazy IPA with cranberry. Earth Rider and Ursa Minor teamed up on the base recipe before adding their own twist on the final brew by utilizing different hop blends. Earth Rider’s version used Bravo and new-varietal Cashmere Hops. Ursa Minor used Bravo and Nelson Sauvin Hops.

The collab was an opportunity for Earth Rider’s brewers to work with another Duluth Superior brewery, and challenge each other with new ingredients and brewing techniques.

Bravo is tried and true in the kettle, offering a polished and pleasant bitterness profile. Candied orange and sweet fruit notes emerge when used as a late hop or dry hop addition. Bravo is “the bittering hop of choice” for many brewers.

Cashmere is a versatile and dual-purpose hop variety that brings complex aromas of citrus and tropical fruit to the front.

Hazy ‘Bout You utilized Maltwerks Pale Malt. Maltwerks is a Midwest malt house focused on quality, locally produced, traceable malt to craft brewers in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Wisconsin.

Hazy ‘Bout You

ABV 6.5% | IBU 25 | SRM 4.5

Earth Rider Brewery develops Earth Rider Fest Grounds

Breweries are culture engines for the communities that they exist in. Earth Rider Brewery takes that role seriously by hosting music and game nights in the Cedar Lounge taproom and through supporting events in the community. This summer, Earth Rider is scaling up that role by hosting its first outdoor events at the Earth Rider Fest Grounds.

“We see an opportunity to serve the Duluth Superior community with outdoor events that are too small for venues like the Bayfront Festival Park across the harbor from us,” said Earth Rider’s Director of Brands Brad Nelson.

The Earth Rider Fest Grounds lie between the brewery and taproom on a large grassy field overshadowed by grain elevators and docked Lake Superior freighters. The venue will be scalable, able to host events from a few-hundred to 2,000-plus people. So far, the grounds have been leveled and enclosed by a rout-iron fence. Phase two will include a bandshell, a gazebo for sound production, outdoor power outlets for food and art vendors, and backstage accommodations for artists.

The 2019 summer schedule at Earth Rider Fest Grounds includes Matisyahu and Tribal Seeds on July 18; Brother Ali with deM atlaS and Sean Anonymous on July 27 (post All Pints North); Colter Wall on August 7; and Earth Rider Fest on Sept. 7.

Tickets are available at the Earth Rider Cedar Lounge taproom or online at Tickets for Earth Rider Fest will be available in August at the Cedar Lounge taproom or through this site.

Colter Wall – Superior, WI

Earth Rider Brewery & Jade Presents Colter Wall

August 7 | Doors: 5pm | Show: 7pm | Ages 21+ | Rain or Shine

Tickets are available at the Cedar Lounge taproom, by calling (866) 300-8300, or

Artist Bio

After two years of relentless touring, Colter Wall wanted to make an album about home. Drawing on the stories of Saskatchewan, Canada, the young songwriter’s corner of the world takes shape throughout his second full-length album, Songs of the Plains. Produced by Dave Cobb in Nashville’s Studio A, the project combines striking original folk songs, well-chosen outside cuts, and a couple of traditional songs that reflect his roots growing up in the small city of Swift Current.

“One thing I’ve noticed over the last few years, in the United States and playing in Europe, is that people all over the world really don’t know much about Canada at all,” he says. “When you talk about Saskatchewan, people really have no idea. Part of it is because there are so few people there. It’s an empty place—it makes sense that people don’t know much about it. But that’s my home, so naturally I’m passionate about it. With this record, I really wanted people to look at our Western heritage and our culture.”

Indeed, Wall captures the spaciousness of the Canadian plains by relying on minimal production and his resonant baritone, which he’s strengthened into a mighty instrument in its own right. It’s a deep and knowing voice you wouldn’t expect of a man who’s not yet 24 years old.

Songs of the Plains begins with “Plain to See Plainsman,” a sincere portrait of a man whose rural heritage follows him into the greater world. As Wall lists the kinds of people he meets on the road – beautiful women, bikers, junkies, hippies—it’s easy to imagine the autobiographical component. The darkly comical “Saskatchewan in 1881” recalls a stubborn encounter between a Toronto businessman and a steadfast farmer who cultivates the province’s land. And although Wall racked up a body count on his prior album, this time he stops just short of killing the title character in “John Beyers (Camaro Song),” which he says is inspired by true events.

Evoking the most remote reaches of the plains, “Wild Dogs” sounds like a cinematic Colter Wall composition, but he actually first heard the song in Little Rock, Arkansas. Wall had just finished soundcheck in the fried chicken restaurant where he had a gig, when his buddy Ron Helm (nephew of Levon Helm) dropped in with Billy Don Burns, an esteemed songwriter who’s had cuts with many of the country legends of the 1970s. Burns wanted to pitch a few songs, and since the restaurant didn’t have a green room, Wall crawled into Burns’ backseat to listen. He found himself captivated by “Wild Dogs,” which has a minor-chord progression, no rhyme scheme, and the unique perspective of being told from the dog’s point of view.

As a folk singer, Wall places equal importance on crafting songs as well as carrying older songs into the present day. “To me, a folk singer is somebody who sings folk songs—and it’s also someone who is writing their own music, while taking something from traditional folk songs. It’s somebody who sings those songs and is aware of passing down the traditions, whether it’s from their own version of the song or taking those old tunes and reinventing them.”

That sense of tradition is part of the reason he recorded Canadian folk hero Wilf Carter’s “Calgary Round-Up,” a snapshot of the iconic Calgary Stampede. Wall considers that annual event a cornerstone of Western Canadian culture because it pulls in families from the whole region. Besides that, he says, “I wanted to have a rodeo song and that one seemed to be perfect.”

To make it his own, he put a Western Swing feel to it and brought in steel guitarist Lloyd Green and harmonica player Mickey Raphael. The Songs of the Plains sessions also featured Chris Powell on drums and Jason Simpson on bass, with Colter and Cobb sharing acoustic guitar duty.

Through his favorite folk singer, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Wall discovered “Night Herding Song.” Because the song was a cappella, and because Wall doesn’t wear headphones when he records, he couldn’t nail down the campfire vibe inside the sprawling Studio A. So, for this track only, he went to Dave Cobb’s house, started a fire in the outdoor fireplace, and recorded it on the spot. The immediacy of his voice is unmistakable.

Wall says he spent the last three or four years trying to get better as a singer. By putting in the work, his range is now far more dynamic and expressive. He describes the vocal development as “less gravel, without losing the baritone that I’ve developed over the years.”

Meanwhile, Wall’s ability as a songwriter is especially clear in the second half of Songs of the Plains. “Wild Bill Hickok” distills that legendary gunfighter’s epic life and death into less than three minutes. Asked about inspiration for the song, Wall cites the HBO series Deadwood, as well as Tex Ritter’s “Sam Bass” from the cowboy singer’s 1960 album, Blood on the Saddle.

While “The Trains Are Gone” laments the loss of an era, “Thinkin’ on a Woman” hints at a heartbreak as a truck driver concocts a lethal combination of whiskey, wine, and a mountain road. Wall turns far more introspective on “Manitoba Man,” a devastating song he wrote about a dark period in his life. The desperation in that track quickly gives way to the outrageous traditional song, “Tying Knots in the Devil’s Tail,” featuring verses from Blake Berglund and Corb Lund, spoons by Chris Powell, and a weird bottle of tequila by Dave Cobb.

“I went into the studio and knew exactly the story I wanted to tell,” Colter says of Songs of the Plains. “That made it easier on a sonic level and a musical level, to be able to tell Dave that it’s a record about my home. That changes it at the roots level because it’s like having a mission statement, saying, ‘All right, let’s make a Western album.’”

Brother Ali – Superior, WI

Earth Rider Brewery & Jade Presents Brother Ali

July 27 | Doors: 5pm | Show: 7pm | Ages 21+ | Rain or Shine

Tickets are available at the Cedar Lounge taproom, by calling (866) 300-8300, or

Artist Bio

Over the past 17 years, Brother Ali has earned wide critical acclaim for his deeply personal, socially conscious, and inspiring brand of hip-hop. Under Rhymesayers Entertainment, he’s unleashed a series of lauded projects, establishing himself as one of the most respected independent voices in music. The latest chapter in that celebrated journey is All the Beauty in This Whole Life, a 15-track collection produced entirely by Atmosphere’s Anthony “Ant” Davis.

“This entire album is based on the reality that beauty is the splendor of truth” says the Minneapolis MC. “Beauty in all of its forms is the outward manifestation of love and virtue. It soothes the soul and pulls it gently toward the truth it communicates. Every word and note of this album is intended to either reflect beauty, or expose the ugliness that blocks us from living lives of meaning.”

All the Beauty in This Whole Life is Ali’s first official release in five years and represents the newest and most refined chapter of his life’s journey. “Each of my albums are the result of the pain, growth and eventual healing that I experience. Articulating the pain and navigating the healing allows the people who really feel my music to travel with me. It’s not only that we hurt together, we heal together as well.”

This year, Brother Ali’s debut album on Rhymesayers Entertainment, Shadows on the Sun, celebrates its 15th anniversary. To commemorate this occasion, Brother Ali will embark on a special 13-date headlining tour where he will perform the full album in its entirety each night. The Shadows on the Sun 15-Year Anniversary Tour kicks off November 1st in Washington D.C., with stops in New York, Minneapolis, Austin, Los Angeles, and more.