Bach & Brews                                         


J.S. Bach wrote most of his 1100+ compositions to be performed within church services, but he and some of his contemporaries also wrote comical secular music for concerts at cafes and house parties. Bach & Brews presents virtuosic instrumental music and semi-staged witty works for vocal soloists and chamber orchestra. Come experience light-hearted music, exceptional artistry, good beer, and great company. Perhaps you'll even be invited to join us in singing a few Baroque drinking songs!



Scene of the Drunken Poet from The Fairy Queen

J.S. Bach      

The Peasant Cantata, BWV 212

J.S. Bach      

Orchestral Suite No. 2: Bourrée I & II


Sunday, Aug. 15   7:00pm

Utepils Brewing Beergarden, Mpls

Monday, Aug. 16  7:00pm

Como Lakeside Pavillion, St. Paul

Online tickets sales have ended, but tickets may be purchased at the door starting at 6:30pm for ($20)

Sunday, August 22   2:30pm

Island City Brewery Patio, Winona

Safety & Health Protocol


Our board of directors, in consultation with epidemiologists, will continue to monitor the evolution of the COVID pandemic as the festival nears.


All Bach & Brews concerts will be held outdoors at spacious venues. Depending on the state of the pandemic as our festival nears, masks may be required or strongly encouraged. Ticket holders will be notified of up-to-date safety guidelines as the concert dates near.


Our musicians are required to either show proof of Covid vaccination, or wear personal protective equipment during all rehearsals and concerts while receiving negative covid tests the week of the festival. Many of our vaccinated musicians may also choose to wear masks during rehearsals and performances.


For many, audience participation in drinking songs is a favorite aspect of Bach & Brews. As our festival nears, we will make a decision in consultation with epidemiologists whether or not to enjoy sing-a-longs at this year's concerts.

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Do I have to be 21 + to attend? 

No! Young adults and little people of all ages are welcome. The brewery venues are family-friendly gathering spaces.


Will there be non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase?

Absolutely. The breweries have a selection of n/a beverages.


Are the venues handicap accessible?



Is parking convenient and free?


What if my eyesight is impaired?

Braille programs will be available at all performances.