Deals: Beer-bar happy hours

MICHAEL RIETMULDER | Updated 9/26/2013

Missed the big beer fest? Check out these specials at quality beer bars instead.

The Pig & Fiddle specializes in Belgian brews and Euro country-style food.

Once again, the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild’s annual Autumn Brew Review sold out faster than Goose Island did to Budweiser (aw, we’re just playin’). But there’s no reason for those without tickets to Saturday’s coveted brew fest to sit around crying over beers that could have been. Find solace for the sipping during beer-bar happy hours.

Blue Door Pub

1811 Selby Av., St. Paul • 651-493-1865 • www.the​bluedoorpubmn.com

It’s continually baffling that major world conflicts aren’t resolved via red meat and craft beer (drafts, not drones!). But they can help cure the ABR blues. This week the St. Paul burger bar is hosting an Indeed tap takeover and its daily 2-5 p.m. happy hour means $2 pints. If we’re lucky, some Sweet Yamma Jamma is still lingering.

Blue Nile

2027 E. Franklin Av., Mpls. • 612-338-3000 • www.bluenilempls.com

It doesn’t take a trillion tap lines to have a legit beer program. This Ethiopian restaurant in Seward skewed craft with its sensible 12 handles before it became the new standard. We know it’s not the same as ABR, but survey its drafts (or have most any drink, for that matter) at a two-for-one clip from 4-6 p.m. and 8-10 p.m. daily.

Pig & Fiddle

3812 W. 50th St. Mpls. • 952-955-8385 • www.pignfiddle.com

This southwest Minneapolis gastropub’s 36 different taps might only be a fraction of what the big beer party offers. But local-favoring hop heads can take comfort in $2 Minnesota beers between 3 and 6 p.m. (and again from 10 p.m.-1 a.m.) daily. Hey, it’s cheaper than StubHub.