Wow. Just, wow! Whirlygig knocked our socks off.
The music? First Avenue nailed it. The food? So tasty. The beer? Let's just say it was hard to pick a crowd favorite, but L.S.D. and the new Dandy Lager topped the list outdoors, while Wooden Soul #2 and Arnie Palmer-infused Shenanigans got some serious play in the taproom.
We had some fun with new additions to the party, including a 5K run from MN Brewery Running Series, a neat DIY whirlygig station created by our crafty friends at GetKnit Events, and Blue Goose Photo Booth capturing the Whirlygig shenanigans from inside their vintage VW van.
You know we have to shout out our staff, who worked their magic behind the scenes from every corner of the brewery. If you don't mind us getting a little sappy, the teamwork was really something else. And if you didn't notice how much work it takes to put on a party like this, good! We did it right.
Above all, Whirlygig was a hit thanks to you. You came out in droves and spent some of your Art-a-Whirl with us, between gallery tours, performance pieces, maker fairs, and everything else this incredible Northeast weekend has to offer.
Stepping back from the chaos and looking out over the packed parking lot as Saturday night headliner Mark Mallman played to a rain-soaked crowd of smiling, dancing people with Indeed beer in hand -- for us, it doesn't get much better than that.
Let's do it again next year, yeah?
Photos by Stephen Maturen