Life’s Too Short (LTS) Brewing Company started Frühlingsfest as a way to celebrate head brewer and co-owners Brandon Schulz and Jeff Werning’s German heritage, as well as the coming of summer.
“People like to get outside in the spring and summer in Minnesota and that’s part of our ‘happy place’ here at LTS,” Schulz said. “There is a spring festival in Munich – similar to Oktoberfest but in the spring – and it’s called Frühlingsfest, which literally means ‘spring festival.’ Hence that name.”
What’s most interesting is the fest’s ties to cancer research. It has always benefited CureSearch, a group that raises money for children’s cancer research.
“At LTS, we support three main charities: CureSearch, Boys & Girls Club, and Paws & Claws,” Schulz explained. “This is the big festival that supports the CureSearch cause, with other festivals benefiting other causes. We all know someone affected by cancer and our children are the most heartfelt.
“LTS stands for ‘Life’s Too Short,’ that really resonates when children are not able to live out the lives they deserve.”
At the fest, Steve Dickes will be serving up German food – roast pork, potatoes, sausages, warm sauerkraut, German fruit salad, and a German dessert. All proceeds will go to CureSearch.
Dickes has an intimate connection to the research group – he’s been a volunteer since 2013, after his son passed away from cancer. He and two other dads were grieving over the loss of their sons when they found the organization’s Ultimate Hike fundraiser, a one-day, difficult hike.
“We needed a way to channel that grief,” Dickes recalled. “We discovered this thing. ... It’s on Superior Hiking Trail. We did it. It was moving, compelling, raised money for pediatric cancer research.”
He has been helping raise money and conduct fundraisers ever since.
Working with LTS was a no-brainer for Dickes. “It’s our favorite – it’s a great brewery in town,” he said.
Every summer since 2016 he has helped to put on a barbecue at LTS to raise money, and Werning has even hiked with Dickes.
“They know the cause, the cause is right, so they assist,” Dickes said.
At the fest itself, LTS will have two new seasonal beers on tap: Raspberry-Lemon Früchte, a sour berliner weisse, and Strawberry Wheat. It will also have a slew of other beers on tap.
There will be music, a covered tent, donation buckets, activities for children, and Dickes’ new local pop-up serving the German food – Leaving Minnesota.
“Guaranteed to be a good time and supporting a good cause,” Dickes said. “We’d love to see everybody out there. We’d love to run out of food.”