The Scottish are coming—to Schram Vineyards, Winery and Brewery when it hosts the Highland Games from noon-4 p.m. on June 24. The heavy games (strongman competition in kilts) feature the caber toss and kettlebells. The day also includes the keg toss, bagpipers, dancers and traditional foods, including Scotch eggs and meat pies. A host of beer and wine will be on hand to complement the fare.
This year’s featured brew is a malt-forward Wee Heavy Beer, based on the historic 1800s Scottish beer style. Attendees will be able to sip on the brew and many other offerings from Schram Vineyards while listening to the traditional songs of the bagpipers and watching the Highland action.
Schram Vineyards took root in 2008 when Aaron and Ashley Schram purchased a piece of land in Waconia. Owning a vineyard had been a longtime dream for Aaron, and the couple was pleased to make the dream a reality.
“It took about five years to get the place transformed from a corn and soybean farm,” Ashley Schram says. It opened in 2013 with just an outdoor tasting area, and the following year a new building was established for indoor tastings and events, and the couple decided to add a brewery to the property.
Schram Vineyards’ beer and wine are available at local bars and restaurants, with 10-12 beers on tap in its own tasting room.
How did the Highland Games first come to the vineyard? “The first year that we were open, one of our customers came out, noticing the nice flat level land, and knew that we had already hosted a lot of unique events,” Schram says. With that, the Highland Games became one of the many vineyard events “This wasn’t initially a part of our business plan, but we have a unique space, and we’re happy to host people,” Schram says.