In Minnesota I decided to concentrate on the state's "World's Largest.."
The World's Largest Booming Prairie Chicken is in Rothsay. This 13-foot-tall creature is the closest thing to a bird-from-Mars that you're likely to see. Prairie chickens look strange on normal days, but when they "boom" -- puffing out two bright orange air sacs on their necks -- they look positively alien.
The World's Largest Pelican stands at the base of the Mill Pond dam on the Pelican River, right in downtown Pelican Rapids, Minnesota. It is 15 1/2 feet tall.
The World's Largest Loon resides in Vergas, Minnesota. This loon has for decades hooted down the claims of several newer, nearly-as-large rivals. 20 feet tall, it looks out over Long Lake, perhaps in search of a similarly over-sized mate.
The World's Largest Crow sits atop a 31-foot-long branch, itself atop a 25-foot-tall cement pedestal, in Belgrade, Minnesota. Eighteen feet tall -- in all, 43 feet high -- this biggest of all birds has an eerie, pagan idol quality, particularly since it's so massive, so well-done, and so out in the middle of nowhere.
Finally, the World's Largest Twine Ball is prominently displayed in Darwin, Minnesota. Do not confuse this with the World's Largest Ball of String (Not Twine) in Weston, Missouri. Maybe I will visit that one too.
My Minnesota beer is by the Surly Brewery in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota (It's never too early for a Surly). I selected their CynicAle.