Winona’s Levee Park was the site of the second annual Big Muddy Brew N’ Que during Labor Day weekend. People from Winona and the surrounding area had the opportunity to experience live music, wine and beer tasting, a bean bag toss tournament, and barbeque tasting.
The Big Muddy Brew N’ Que had a new layout this year. Due to construction at west end of Levee Park, the location was moved to the east end or the park near Godfather’s Pizza. Another first, was expanding the event to a two-day event.
Ben Knuesel, 27, of Winona attended last year’s event, and was pleased with how the second year improved.
“It was fantastic,” Knuesel said, “Last year was the first time we had something like this on the levee, and utilizing the river, which is a big part of Winona.”
Co-founder of Insight Brewing from Minneapolis, Ilan Klages-Mundt, returned to his hometown to experience the event for the first time.
“It’s awesome to try local beer, so for people to hear that we’re from here,” Klages-Mundt said, “there’s a little bit of pride to bring the beer back to Winona.”
Klages-Mundt said he couldn’t attend last year’s event he said he was pleased with the professionalism and organization of the second year’s event.
Klages-Mundt said the venue made the experience seem busy, but not over-crowded.
“It felt like there was a really good energy the whole time,” Klages-Mundt added, “People came back to the booth multiple times, and I didn’t hear any complaints.”