The Minnesota State Fair draws hundreds of food and beverage companies ever year, including many owned by St. Thomas alumni.
Below are six of those Tommie-owned bites and brews at the 2019 great Minnesota get-together, as well as where to find them at the fair. We also caught up with Matthew Schwandt ’09, owner of Bauhaus Brew Labs, about his favorite thing about being part of the fair – and how his St. Thomas School of Law education helps him own a burgeoning beer business.
- Milissa Dias ’94: El Burrito Mercado (at the International Bazaar)
- Pat ’92 and John ’88 Mancini: Mancini’s Char House and Lounge (north side of Carnes Avenue between Nelson and Underwood streets)
- Brad Ribar ’82: Corn Roast at the State Fair (southeast corner of Dan Patch Avenue and Nelson Street)
- Casey Holley ’02: Able Seedhouse and Brewery (Ball Park Cafe)
- Matthew Schwandt ’09: Bauhaus Brew Labs (Ball Park Cafe)
- Brian Berge ’96 and Kevin Hilliard ’96: Insight Brewing (LuLu’s Public House, Andy’s Grille, and Minnesota Craft Brewer’s Guild)
We caught up with Matt Schwandt to ask him a few questions about being part of the state fair with his burgeoning brew business.
What’s your favorite thing about being part of the State Fair as a business owner?
Our favorite thing about having Bauhaus beer at the State Fair is the opportunity to share what we do with so many different people from all walks of life. Our reach is ordinarily pretty focused on select markets in Minnesota and Wisconsin, so being able to get our beer in front of State Fair crowds is really awesome. Also, even though our brewery is now in its fifth year of operations, we still geek out about seeing our beer out in the wild. When I used to go to the Fair as a kid (I grew up in Golden Valley), I never could have imagined that I’d be involved with producing a product that would be a part of the Great Minnesota Get Together!