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  • Jun 05, 2013

ASI Announces Cocktails at the Castle: Hot Shop Herring Glass Blow Out July 25

The American Swedish Institute (ASI) announces its newest Cocktails at the Castle event — “Hot Shop Herring Glass Blowout” — on Thursday, July 25. This second fest celebrates the ASI’s new glasswork exhibit, Pull Twist Blow: Transforming the Kingdom of Crystal, opening June 15.

Nearly 1,200 people attended the first Cocktails at the Castle event, “Birchwood, Bonfires and Decoupage Revisited.” Like that celebration, “Hot Shop Herring Glass Blowout” will be an innovative celebration where custom meets cutting edge — with hip local bands, local beer and wine and imaginative street food from the Fika kitchen.

“Hot Shop Herring Glass Blowout” puts an American Swedish Institute spin on the Swedish tradition of hyttsill — where people gather to watch glass artists create beautiful pieces while sharing a meal and some drinks. In fact, hyttsill literally translates to “hot shop herring.” Get it?

In Hyttsill spirit, the evening will feature glass-blowing demonstrations by Swedish artist Fredrik Nielsen — known as Sweden’s post-punk, nonconformist master glass blower. Partiers will be able to partake in DIY glass art while enjoying live local music by bands Southside Desire and The Golden Bubbles, and performances by Theater Coup d’Etat. The Minnesota Kubb team will also be hosting a Kubb competition. That’s a traditional Swedish lawn game that, take our word for it, is the next big thing.

Of course, there will be food and drink. Herring and sausage street food creations by Fika, unique cocktails, beer by Indeed Brewing,  and inventive ice cream flavors from Minneapolis’s own Pumphouse Creamery will accompany the entertainment throughout the evening, all in and around the enchanting and historic ASI castle and courtyard.

“Our castle, our modern Nelson Cultural Center addition and our outdoor courtyard look fantastic — especially on long summer nights — and there’s nowhere better for anyone to be than at the ASI for Hot Shop Herring on July 25,” says Bruce Karstadt, CEO, American Swedish Institute. “Our first Cocktails at the Castle event was such a hit, with six times as many people as we anticipated — so we can’t wait for the sequel. Not only will we have more bars, but you can bet there will be elements of the unexpected, and a creative surprise or three.”

The 21+ event is sponsored by 89.3 The Current, Yelp!, Icelandic Glacial Water, and Indeed Brewing, and is $10 in advance/ $12 at the door. ASI members and bikers that check in their helmets get $1 off drinks all night. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

The American Swedish Institute (ASI) is a vibrant arts and cultural organization, museum, and historic home located at 2600 Park Avenue near downtown Minneapolis. ASI attracts more than 65,000 people each year for tours of the landmark 1908 Turnblad Mansion, exhibits, classes and events that connect the community to contemporary Nordic culture and cultural heritage. Founded in 1929 by Swedish immigrant newspaper publisher Swan J. Turnblad, ASI serves as a gathering place for people to share stories and experiences around universal themes of tradition, migration, craft and the arts, all informed by enduring ties to Sweden. Museum hours: Tue., Thu., Fri., Sun. 12–5 p.m., Wed. 12–8 p.m., and Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Museum admission: $7, $6 ages 62+, $4 ages 6-18 and students with ID. For directions or more information, visit


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