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April 24, 2020 – May 3, 2020
Madison Craft Beer Week promotes Madison’s thriving craft beer culture, enhancing beer knowledge and appreciation by sponsoring a ten-day countywide festival that attracts beer tourism, fosters knowledge of our regional brewing heritage, and serves as a showcase for the Madison area’s breweries, restaurants, pubs, caterers, retailers, entertainers, and other businesses with ties to the craft beer community.
Madison Craft Beer Week features a wide variety of events highlighting Dane County’s vibrant craft beer culture. MCBW features beer dinners, festivals, rare bottle tastings, cheese pairings, brewery tours, classes, movies, and more – there is truly something for everyone, from novices to connoisseurs. Craft beer week activities may include:
- Brewery parties/meet the brewer events
- Beer dinners
- Beer education/classes
- Cheese & beer/sausage & beer/chocolate & beer pairings
- Beer vs. wine night (e.g., beer vs. wine with cheese pairing)
- Real ale/Bourbon barrel aged/barleywine festivals
- Homebrewing demonstrations/education
- Pub crawls/beer crawls
- Bike tours
- Beer cook off
- Rare beer night
- Great Taste of the Midwest ticket sales
Check madcraftbeerweek.com for updates. This year, it runs April 24 – May 3, 2020!
January 18, 2020
The 11th annual Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest brings a ton of brewers and cheesemakers from around Wisconsin and adjoining states to Madison, where you can meet and mingle with them while sampling hundreds of varieties. This is quite the warm, happy, and fun celebration right in the midst of winter.
The Isthmus is celebrating 11 years of the Beer & Cheese Fest, and in true Spinal Tap salute, they’re “turning it up to 11” with more breweries and cheesemakers than ever! Piano Fondue Dueling Pianos will perform and take requests; Silent Disco will also be there providing entertainment.
General admission tickets ($50) grant festival entry from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. and include unlimited sampling and an Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest tasting glass. “Premium Tickets” ($85) allow for a more intimate atmosphere with early access to exclusive tappings & tastings from noon – 2 p.m. Premium Ticket purchases also include an official Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest t-shirt, a tasting glass, and a meal from their Food Court Cart inside the Alliant Energy Center. Either way, it’s a great afternoon experiencing some of Wisconsin’s best eats and drinks.
Tickets tend to sell out every year, so if you want to go, score them sooner rather than later. Of course, you must be 21 to attend. Shuttle rides are available from HopCat (222 W. Gorham Street), Great Dane’s Hilldale location (357 Price Place), and One Barrel Brewing Company (2001 Atwood Avenue.) Parking for the Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall is accessible through the Main Gate and costs $7. A coat check (it’ll be January, after all) will be available for $2. You can purchase tickets online here. starting October 3rd, 2019.
You’ll find the Alliant Energy Center on Madison’s south side, right off the Beltline (U.S. 12 & U.S. 18) near Rimrock Road and John Nolen Drive. U.S. 14, 51, and 151 and Highways 30 and 113 are all nearby.
Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest Address:
November 16, 2019
The 10th Annual Lake Geneva Beer & Spirits Festival takes place Saturday, November 16, 2019 at the Ridge Hotel right along Highway 50! Located just west of downtown Lake Geneva and open to the public, the Lake Geneva Beer & Spirits Festival will feature over 35 craft breweries and distilleries with over 120 different beers, spirits, ciders, and malt beverages for sampling. There will also be sample specialty liquors and foods that pair well with beer, plus music and a photo booth.
The 35+ brewers and distillers come from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Utah, Kentucky, Michigan, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Missouri, Ohio, and more.
$60 Early Admission (get in at noon instead of 1pm, commemorative souvenir, three exclusive beer tastings not available after 1pm)
$45 General Admission (commemorative tasting glass, unlimited sampling of craft brewery and distillery offerings)
$15 Designated Driver Ticket (unlimited soda, access to festival amenities)
Lake Geneva Beer & Spirits Festival Address:
The Ridge Hotel
W4240 Highway 50
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
September 26, 2019 – September 29, 2019
The delightful Swiss-esque (if that’s a word) enclave of New Glarus comes alive with New Glarus Oktoberfest September 26-29, 2019!
Sponsored by the New Glarus Brewery, there’s plenty of lederhosen, live music, and a ceremonial keg tapping of New Glarus Brewery’s Staghorn Oktoberfest beer. You can also enjoy chainsaw wood carving, an antique tractor pull, wagon rides, activities for the kids, food stands, plus a fondue demonstration and tasting on Sunday afternoon. Admission to New Glarus Oktoberfest is FREE!
New Glarus is reached via Highways 39 and 69, just 30 minutes south of Madison.
Get the full lineup and updates at Swisstown.com. Also see the schedule below:
New Glarus Oktoberfest Address:
Downtown New Glarus
418 Railroad Street
New Glarus, WI 53574
New Glarus Oktoberfest Schedule:
Thursday, Sept. 26
7pm – 11pm Polka music by the Steve Meisner Band (wear your lederhosen and dirndls!)
8;30 pm: King and Queen contest. You could be our Oktoberfest royalty for the weekend! Cash prizes, free beer and food for the King & Queen. Dress in your best Oktoberfest attire and let the people be the judges on best costumes.
Friday, Sept. 27
6pm Beer tent opens
6pm Food stands open
6pm Craft vendors and farmers market open
7:00pm Tap the Wooden Keg Annual Oktoberfest Event! New Glarus Brewing Company will be tapping a wooden keg of Staghorn Oktoberfest
8:00pm – Midnight Madison County Band. Hottest Country Band in Wisconsin!
Saturday, Sept. 28
11am Beer tent opens
11am Craft vendors and farmers market opens
11am Food stands open
Noon – 6pm Antique Tractor Pul
Noon – 3:00pm Mex Drexler Bavarian Brass Band
1pm – 4pm Chainsaw wood carver
4pm – 7pm Wheelhouse Band
7:00pm Tap the Wooden Keg Annual Oktoberfest Event! New Glarus Brewing Company will be tapping a wooden keg of Staghorn Oktoberfest
8pm – Midnight Music by Boogie & the Yo-Yo’z
Sunday, Sept. 29
7am Chili Cook-off starts
11am Beer tent opens
11am Food stands open
11am Craft vendors and farmers market opens
11am – 2pm DJ music
3pm – 6pm The Jimmys wrap up our Oktoberfest celebration!
September 26, 2019 – September 29, 2019
It’s one of the largest Oktoberfest celebrations in the country! La Crosse Oktoberfest hosts events in two locations in the city: Copeland Park right off U.S. 53 on the north side, and off 2nd & La Crosse Streets downtown – also right off U.S. 53. Get driving directions here. This time of year both Munich and La Crosse are filled with “merrymaking” and a carnival atmosphere known in both cities as Oktoberfest.
Oktoberfest, USA, is one of the few authentic Old World folk festivals held annually in the United States. You’ll find plenty of beer, music, fun, food, lederhosen, dirndls, and more complemented with a carnival featuring rides, parades featuring the annually-elected “Royal Family,” the 2018 Miss La Crosse/Oktoberfest Pageant, and enough accordions and Munich-style tents to make you feel like you’re in Deutschland.
The Torchlight Parade will take place opening day, Thursday, September 26th, with Craft Beer Night happening that evening. For $30 admission, the FestZelt tent will feature over 40 craft brewers and their products – and you can sample ’em all!
Friday night September 27th has the Festmaster Ball at the La Crosse Center’s South Hall, where the Festmaster and Frau will be introduced.
Other events include weiner dog races, live music, special German dinners, Lederhosen Games, and more. Get the latest events list here!
La Crosse Oktoberfest USA offers new, printed 4-day admission passes to the Oktoberfest Southside Grounds (the Northside Grounds have free admission.) The 2019 Advance Price for the 4-day pass is $10 and is good for admission all four days of Oktoberfest 2018 and for ticketed events as noted.
Single day admission tickets for Southside Grounds: (available day-of at Fest office only)
Thursday, Sept. 26 – $5 (starting at 4pm)
Friday, Sept. 27 – $10 (all day)
Saturday, Sept. 28 – $10 (all day)
Sunday, Sept. 29 – $5 (all day)
No button or admission ticket required for the Northside Grounds for Oktoberfest 2019
Children 12 and Under Admitted Free
All Southside Ground patrons will have ID’s checked. Those 21 and over will be wrist-banded. Some portions of the Southside Grounds are restricted to 21 and over.
The Oktoberfest Shelter on the Northside is 21 and over only. IDs will be checked. Balance of Northside Grounds (food vendors and carnival area) is open to all ages.
A number of Oktoberfest events require additional ticketed admission. Tickets for most events are available from the Oktoberfest Online Store or at the Oktoberfest office.
La Crosse Oktoberfest USA is a great time in a true beer town. La Crosse is easily reached via U.S. 14, 53, or 61; I-90; and Highways 16, 33, and 35. The drive to and from is gorgeous too, especially at this time of the year!
Check the La Crosse Oktoberfest USA website for additional details!
September 14, 2019
Hey, all roads lead to Tomah, take one of them (I-90, I-94, US 12, Highway 16, Highway 21, or Highway 131… we weren’t kidding about “all roads”) Saturday, September 14th and check out the Tomah Rotary Kegs Corks & Forks Festival! It was formerly the Tomah Beer & Sausage Festival, but with more food, wine, and more being added, a new name was created. We’re cool with that.
Kegs Corks & Forks takes place from 5-8pm at Tomah Recreational Park’s Ice Hockey Rink, although partying will continue well past that. There will be a Smoked Meat Competition where the competitors are the Tomah Police Department vs. the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, craft beer sampling, wine tasting, plenty of area food vendors offering samples and food for sale, along with prizes, raffles, drawings, and a post-event concert featuring Lassos and Lace followed by Jay Allen.
Tickets range from $40 for general admission, which starts at 6pm; $60 for VIP admission, which begins at 5pm; you can also get concert-only tickets for $20 ahead of time or $25 the day of the show. You can buy tickets ahead of time here.
Tomah is the seat of Monroe County and the place where all the major roads meet and split. I-90 & I-94 converge here, as do their pre-Interstate compatriots, U.S. 12 and Highway 16. Highway 21 skims Tomah to the north and Highway 131 comes in from the Driftless Area south.
This is the start of “Cranberry Country” too, so check out the nearby bogs, sample fresh cranberries and all kinds of tasty foods made with this remarkable little fruit, and explore the town while you’re there!
Tomah Kegs Corks & Forks Address:
Recreation Park (just off Highway 16)
1625 Butts Avenue
Tomah, WI 54660
You’ll find Recreation Park in Tomah just off Highway 16, once the main highway to La Crosse before I-90 was built. Best exit from I-90 to access Recreation Park is via Exit 41 (Highway 131), then west on Highway 16 to Butts Avenue and the Park.
Great Lakes Brew Fest takes place Saturday, September 14th in Racine. The 2019 Festival Theme is Woodstock’s 50 years! The Fest features unlimited sampling of more than 450 craft beers and sodas from over 100 brewers, plus many food trucks with a variety of food offerings, all on the beautiful shore of Lake Michigan at the Racine Zoological Gardens just north of downtown.
All paid attendees will receive a souvenir tasting glass, and local restaurants will have plenty of menu items available for purchase. Doors open at 3pm; VIP members begin at 2 (they get first crack at everything, you see.) The festival also features live music including performances by the world renowned Kilties Drum and Bugle Corps, the internationally-acclaimed group for whom the Great Lakes Brew Fest helps raise money for. There will be more music from Duosonic.
The Great Lakes Brew Fest also serves as the host of the Schooner Home Brew Championship. Home Brew Island will also welcome groups like the Beer Barons of Milwaukee, the Brain Roasters Guild of Pleasant Prairie, Central Wisconsin Vintners & Brewers from Fond du Lac, Society of Oshkosh Brewers, Chicago Home Brewers Group, Square Kegs Homebrewers from Chicago, Forest City Brewers from Rockford, North Shore Brewers Club from Milwaukee, Dells Unified Frequent Fermenters (D.U.F.F.) from Reedsburg, Racine’s own Belle City Home Brewers, and more.
You must be at least 21 to attend. This is an adult event and all attendees must be of legal drinking age to participate. Children, toddlers, babies or pets are not permitted. However, at other times they are welcome to enjoy the Racine Zoological Gardens, because it’s a terrific zoo!
General Admission tickets are $50; a Basic Designated Driver Fest Pass is $20, which includes admission, a fest pint glass, and complimentary soda and water. A VIP Fest Pass runs $90 and includes early admission (2pm instead of 3pm), a commemorative stein and a pint glass, sausage and cheese sampling, a VIP Lounge area, and secure article check-in, and a $10 voucher off “festival swag.” Get all the ticket details here!
To reach Great Lakes Brew Fest, access Racine via Highways 11, 20, 32, or 38. Downtown Racine is about 8 miles east of I-41/94 and about 4 miles east of Highway 31. The Racine Zoological Gardens is just north of downtown along Lake Michigan via Highway 32, just follow the signs.
Great Lakes Brew Fest Address:
200 Goold Street
Racine, WI 53402
August 24, 2019
The 11th Annual Potosi Brewfest takes place in “Beer’s Hometown” on Saturday, August 24th, 2019. The Brewfest includes samples from more than 60 vendors of craft beer, wine, specialty meat & cheeses – and of course, the local Potosi beers!
Try your hand at the Beer Stein Holding contest or enjoy music along with all those craft beers, wines, meats and cheese – all in the beautiful setting of the Holiday Gardens across from the historic Potosi Brewery. Check out the National Brewery Museum while you’re there and enjoy a trip down Highway 133 on the way to or fro! Highway 35 & U.S. 61 are close by for easy access.
Potosi Brewfest runs from 1-5pm Saturday, August 24th.
Tickets: General Admission tickets are $45 and VIP tickets are $55. Designated driver tickets are $10, but you don’t get any beer for obvious reasons.
Potosi Brewfest Address:
May 4, 2019 – May 11, 2019
Of course, Milwaukee is one of the beer capitals of the world, so you know Milwaukee Beer Week is epic. The city’s longest brewing tradition has risen to a whole new level with an explosion of craft breweries all over the city and suburbs. Participating breweries include Third Space Brewing, Good City Brewing, Milwaukee Brewing Company, New Glarus Brewing Company, 3 Sheeps Brewing from Sheboygan, Central Waters Brewing from Amherst, Founders Brewing, and even some out-of-state craft breweries like Sierra Nevada and Lagunitas.
Milwaukee Beer Week runs Saturday, May 4th – Saturday, May 11th with events at bars and breweries all over the area. A Schedule of Events is below, and you can find out more on their website and also their Facebook page for up-to-date additions and adjustments.
Milwaukee is a fun place to road trip to and around, but if you’re imbibing a lot in Craft Beer Week events remember there are plenty of taxis, Uber and Lyft options, and even some fun, easily rent-able Bublr Bikes you can use to go from event to event. Their hashtag is #MKEBeerWeek.
Milwaukee Craft Beer Week Schedule of Events
2nd Annual Brewers Brunch
May 4 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Stubby’s Gastrogrub and Beer Bar, 2060 N Humboldt Blvd #1 , Milwaukee
Enjoy a flight of coffee infused beer and brunch items including fresh house doughnuts. Local coffee vendors on site sampling and selling their products.
May 4 @ 11:00 am – May 11 @ 11:00 pm
Hooligan’s, 2017 E. North Ave. , Milwaukee
Come taste how IPAs have changed over the years with a flight of popular styles. $10.00 Flights and $5.00 Pints.
May 4 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Rumpus Room, 1030 N Water St., Milwaukee
Stop in and try a huge variety of the latest beer craze, Hazy IPAs. Every draft line will be dedicated to this popular beer style with multiple breweries being represented.
THE GIDDY UP
May 4 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Vanguard, 2659 S Kinnickinnic Avenue, Milwaukee
Vanguard & 3 Sheeps Brewing Co. Present… THE GIDDY UP. Tap Takeover & Patio Party. Beer * Classic Country * Food. Featuring ‘The Long Line Riders’ Performing Live, with ‘Hot Dog’ Classic Country Spin. Plus a whole stable of new and rare beers. FUN.
May the 4th Be With You
May 4 @ 11:00 am – May 5 @ 2:00 am
Oak & Shield Gaming Pub, 600 E Ogden Ave., Milwaukee
One year ago, in a galaxy not so far away…The Oak & Shield Gaming Pub was born. May 4th marks their one hundred and eleventh birthday! (Minus 110 years…) Join Oak & Shield and Milwaukee Brewing Company in celebration with an epic one-year anniversary party, and a kickoff to Craft Beer Week with rare timed trappings all night long, and a Star Wars cosplay contest! 11 AM: Jabba’s Social Game Day- Play big games out on the patio all day…
Water Street Brewery – Throw Back Brewery Tours
May 4 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Water Street Brewery, 1101 N. Water Street, Milwaukee
Visit Milwaukee’s First Brew Pub for tours between 11am-6pm beginning every half hour focusing on the history of the Water Street Brewery and its original three brews Oktoberfest, Victory Amber and Sporten Lager. Throw a few back while you can of the limited release Sporten Lager while on tap for Milwaukee Beer Week. Three Free Samples of WSB Beer included with tours! There will also be free Water Street Brewery swag, and every tour participant receives a free refillable WSB…
FOUNDERS KBS TAPPING
May 4 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Craft Beer Cellar, 1230 George Town Dr. E, Pewaukee
Come join Craft Beer Cellar and the team from Founders Brewing Company for a KBS tapping! Also available will be Blushing Monk, All Day IPA. ad Rubeaus.
Feeling Surly…Throw an Axe
May 4 @ 2:00 pm – May 11 @ 11:00 pm
AXE MKE, 1924 Kenilworth Ave., Milwaukee
Hold an Axe Man in one hand and an Axe in the other while you take out your frustration after a long day. Enjoy a bucket of Surly Brewing cans while you chuck a few axes. Enter for your chance to win a great Surly prize pack.
Tour of WI
May 4 @ 3:00 pm – May 11 @ 8:00 pm
Whos On Third, 1007 N. Old World Third Street, Milwaukee
Stop in all Beer Week long. $15.00 gets you a Usingers brat and a side of cheese curds, paired with pint of any local beer on tap.
MKE Brewing Feature at Groppis
May 4 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
G Groppi Food Market, 1441 E Russell Ave., Milwaukee
Join us for a Milwaukee Beer Week kick off sampling at Groppi Food Market. MKE Brewing will be featured on tap and pouring all their best sellers down in the heart of Bay View. Grab some beer before the Derby gets underway.
Beer Week Brunch
May 5 @ 8:00 am – May 11 @ 3:00 pm
Fuel Cafe: Walkers Point, 630 S 5th Street, Milwaukee
Brunch and Beer pairings will be available all week. Tuesday May 7th the Bell’s Rep will be in offering swag, prizes, and samples.
Crafty Cow Burger Pairing
May 5 @ 11:00 am – May 11 @ 10:00 pm
Crafty Cow Bay View, 2675 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., Milwaukee
For the second year in a row, Third Space and Crafty Cow partner up to bring you a brand new burger. This years creation… Morning in Denver. This burger has a beef patty, topped with Canadian bacon, fried egg, friend onions, and sauteed green peppers. This bad boy is paired up with That’s Gold Kolsch. They will also be creating a brand new poutine to be partied with Happy Place Pale Ale.
Half Way to Halloween
May 5 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Draft & Vessel, 4417 N. Oakland Ave., Milwaukee, WI
We’re half way to Halloween. Come celebrate with a special tapping of Third Space Haunted Barrel. This beer is released every Halloween at Third Space Brewing and is an Imperial Porter aged in Bourbon and Rum barrels with cinnamon, vanilla, coconut, and cocoa nibs. Its like trick or treat in a glass.
Drink Third Space Win Prizes
May 5 @ 12:00 pm – May 11 @ 10:00 pm
Cafe Lulu, 2265 S Howell Ave., Milwaukee
All beer week long, Cafe Lulu is partnering with Third Space Brewing. Three different beers will be on tap all week, and for every Third Space beer you buy, receive an extra raffle ticket to win some awesome prizes. Finish beer week strong with a Tap Takeover on Saturday, May 11 starting at 11am. No purchase necessary to enter to win prizes.
Crafts & Drafts – Spring Beer Fest – Sponsored by Discount Liquor
May 5 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Serb Hall, 5101 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee
This is the 7th Year of Crafts & Drafts and we can’t think of a better way to kick off Milwaukee Beer Week! At Crafts & Drafts, you’ll have a chance to try different beers from an amazing array of breweries, as well as being able to chat with brewery owners, brewmasters, and brewery representatives. Tickets are available for purchase on the Crafts & Drafts website. http://www.craftsanddrafts.org/tickets.html
Good City Tap Takeover
May 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:05 pm
Smoke Shack, 322 N. Milwaukee Street, Milwaukee
Join us Sunday, May 5th for brunch, lunch, or dinner as we showcase some fun beers brew by Good City Brewing Company. Meet the rep from 2pm to 4pm as she passes out samples and find your favorite beer.
HalfAcre AfterParty Burnhearts
May 5 @ 5:00 pm – May 6 @ 2:00 am
Burnhearts, 2599 S. Logan Ave., Milwaukee
Stop by for our annual Crafts & Drafts after party at Burnhearts featuring a killer line up from Half Acre Beer Co. All welcome, come grab some tasty suds.
Beat the Breweries
May 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Up Down, 615 E. Brady Street, Milwaukee
Challenge your favorite brewery to a variety of games, for your chance to win a prize package. $12 gets you a pint from any participating brewery, a slice of pizza and 40 tokens
Three Lions Beer Dinner
May 6 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Three Lions Pub, 4515 N Oakland Ave., Milwaukee
Join Three Lions Pub and Third Space Brewing for a one of a kind beer dinner. Specialties and rarities from Third Space Brewing will be paired with brand new creations from Three Lions. Call to reserve your spot today. 414-763-6992.
2nd Annual Wyeast Beer Dinner
May 7 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wy’east Pizza, 5601 W Vliet St., Milwaukee
For the second year in a row, Third Space Brewing and Wyeast Pizza are teaming up for Milwaukee Beer Week. The amazing kitchen staff at Wyeast will be creating brand new menu items utilizing finished beer, wort, and spent grain. Some rarities, seasonals, and core favorites will be on tap. Come early, and come hungry.
May 2, 2019 – May 5, 2019
It’s Milwaukee Maifest time! Join the Milwaukee County Park System and neighbors from Milwaukee, Shorewood, Whitefish Bay and other nearby communities for the Official Kick Off to Beer Garden Season with Milwaukee Maifest at Estabrook Park. Festivities get underway on Thursday, May 2 at 5:30pm with the 2019 Maibock Anstich – Followed by Free beer until 6:30pm!
The fun lasts the whole weekend through Sunday, May 5th and includes Live Music, Food, Dance, Contests and Beer! Check out the beautiful trails in the park and the nice views of the Milwaukee River, which flows right past – and below – the Estabook Beer Garden.
You can easily get to Estabrook Park and the Beer Garden via Estabrook River Parkway, just south of Hampton Avenue and about 3/4 mile north of Highway 190/Capitol Drive. Highway 32 goes along Lake Michigan less than two miles to the east, while Highway 57 and I-43 approach less than two miles to the west. Definitely easy to get to – just look for the huge radio towers in the park!
Scroll down for a Schedule of Events.
Milwaukee Maifest Schedule of Events at Estabrook Park Beer Garden
Thursday, May 2, 2019
4:30 PM: Austrian Express Live at Maifest
5:30 PM: 2019 Maibock Anstich – Opening Ceremony, Blessing of the Bock, Keg Tapping
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM: Free Beer with Friends of Estabrook Mug
6:30 PM: Masskrugstemmen Steinholding Contest
Friday, May 3, 2019
1:30 PM: Kenny Brandt Live in the Beer Garden
5:00 PM: King Solomon Reggae at Milwaukee Maifest
6:30 PM: Masskrugstemmen Steinholding Contest
Saturday, May 4, 2019
1:00 PM: Steve Meisner Band Live at Milwaukee Maifest
2:30 PM: D.A.N.K. German Dance Performance
4:30 PM: Spielmannszug Milwaukee Drum and Bugle Corps
5:00 PM: Blaskapelle Milwaukee Live at Milwaukee Maifest
6:30 PM: Masskrugstemmen Steinholding Contest
Sunday, May 5, 2019
1:00 PM: Squeezettes! Live at Milwaukee Maifest
2:00 PM: German Dance Performance
3:30 PM: Masskrugstemmen Steinholding Contest
April 26, 2019 – April 28, 2019
The annual Between the Bluffs Beer Wine & Cheese Festival is celebrating 17 years in 2019. Join them for a tasting of over 200 quality beers poured by over 35 breweries. Experience over 45 types of wine, sample and purchase gourmet cheeses, all while enjoying live music. Don’t forget to sign-up for the Coulee Region Cornhole Tournament and play some Hammer-Schlagen.
It all begins Friday evening, April 26th, with Friday Night: Taster’s Eve, where you can buy a wristband and ride the shuttles to various participating establishments for specials and tap take-overs by guest breweries attending the fest.
The main festival takes place at La Crosse’s Southside Oktoberfest Grounds on Saturday afternoon, April 28th, with general admission ($50) from 2-6pm. VIP tickets ($90) allow for a noon entry. Details on what you get with each are below!
But that’s not all…
Sunday, April 27th is the Bacon Bloody Brunch! Jump back on the horse or come out for a “Sunday Funday” at the Oktoberfest Grounds! Enjoy specialty breakfast drinks, yard games, live music, and of course BACON. Specialty drinks include beer bloodies, mimosas and breakfast beer served up by Del’s Bar, Pearl Street Brewery, and Surly Brewing Company. For eats, enjoy giant pancakes served up by Mindoro Lions Club, bacon provided by Bubba’s Meats and Premier Catering, cheesy potatoes, and eggs. Coffee will also be available.
For Sunday’s Bacon Bloody Brunch, tickets are available for $15, which are available online or at the gates. You must be 21 years or older and show ID at the gate.
Between the Bluffs Beer Wine and Cheese Festival Address:
Southside Oktoberfest Grounds
2nd & La Crosse Streets
La Crosse, WI 54601
(608) 782-2250 or (800) 658-9424
Between the Bluffs Ticket ($50) Details:
General Admission Tickets include:
Souvenir sampling glass
Sampling of Beer, Wine, and Cheese
Tasters Eve events on Friday, April 26th
Free shuttle for Tasters Eve events and on day of Fest from and to Host Hotels
Voucher for La Crosse County Tavern League “Safe Ride Home” upon request
VIP Tickets ($90) Include:
ALL GENERAL ADMISSION PERKS PLUS:
VIP and Brewers Reception Friday, April 26th
Private access from 12:00 – 2:00 PM before the general admission entry at 2:00pm
On-site VIP parking
VIP special gift
VIP tent to enjoy private sampling of specialty items offered by the beer, wine and cheese exhibitors as well as catered meal in VIP tent
April 13, 2019
The 12th Annual Dairy State Cheese & Beer Festival returns to the legendary Brat Stop in Kenosha on Saturday, April 13th! This fun-filled event features a variety of Wisconsin cheeses, some of the most sought after beers from Wisconsin and beyond and awesome live music!. This is a “don’t miss event” for anybody who likes beer, cheese and music!
Last time we checked over 50 different brewers will be there, with everything from Miller, Point, and Lakefront to Schell’s, Chimay, Bell’s, Estrella, Alaskan, and more – plus four local home brew societies. They’ll be pouring samples and providing info about their beers and brewing processes. Of course, great food – including brats – will be part of the sustenance and bands will be playing to serenade your eating, drinking, talking, and enjoying.
Proceeds benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Kenosha. Check the Dairy State Cheese & Beer Festival Website for tickets, continued updates, and other details!
You’ll find the Brat Stop right along Highway 50, just west of the I-41/94 interchange. It’s a Wisconsin staple, after all.
Dairy State Cheese & Beer Festival Address:
The Brat Stop
12304 75th Street (Highway 50)
Kenosha, WI 53140
March 9, 2019
They say beer tastes better in Oshkosh. Find out for yourself by spending an evening sampling beverages from over 75 breweries from around the world. Microbreweries are present to provide their personal brewing process and history, while entertainment from live bands provides a backdrop for this fun and exciting tasting event.
Go from being a Beer Lover to a Master of Brews by upgrading to VIP status, which includes early admission to a gourmet, five-course meal featuring delectable food and beer pairings including the VIP brewery. Dinner begins at 4:30 p.m.; tickets are close to being sold out!
Please note that you must be 21 years of age or older to attend this event. Admission price also includes museum entrance and commemorative beer glass. I mean, hey, drink for a cause! All funds will support museum activities offered by EAA – programs that engage families in educational opportunities and experiences that motivate and inspire participants of all ages.
Please note that no large bags will be allowed into the museum; all bags are subject to search.
Full details on everything are available on EAA’s Hops & Props website. You can reach the EAA AirVenture Museum via I-41 and Highways 26, 44, or 91; U.S. 45 and Highways 21 and 76 also bring you to Oshkosh. Enjoy – safely!
Feel free to check out the rest of Oshkosh while you’re there. Prime outlet shopping is just across I-41 and there are plenty of fun things to see and do in this college town, including the Paine Art Museum.
Don’t forget EAA’s AirVenture, happening July 22-28 this year, featuring the Blue Angels! Wittman Field will become one of the world’s busiest airports for a week and you’ll get to see and experience everything from historic to cutting-edge experimental aviation machines. There will be military fighters, classic airplanes, commercial jets, and creative inventions everywhere.
EAA Hops & Props Address:
EAA AirVenture Museum
3000 Poberezny Road
Oshkosh, WI 54902
Belle City Brewfest convenes in downtown Racine Saturday, March 9th! Over 90 varieties of craft brews from 40 breweries will descend on Festival Hall at the Civic Centre showcasing their brands for unlimited tastings of beer and cider, including newer local breweries like Racine Brewing Company just down the street, R’Noggin Brewing of Kenosha, and more! There will also be live entertainment and beer seminars; judge the Homebrew Competition, enjoy live music from Mean Jake, and all in all just have a great Saturday!
Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the gate. Tickets include a souvenir cup and live entertainment along with a complete festival guide. Designated drivers can get in for $8 and get free soda or water plus full access to all beer seminars and the live entertainment. You can go to the Belle City Brewfest website or buy them directly from Ticketmaster here. A portion of the proceeds benefit Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin.
Belle City Brewfest will take place inside Festival Hall at Racine Civic Centre, which is right downtown and close to other favorite venues like the Racine Art Museum, Reefpoint Marina, even the Kewpee for burgers. Stay updated with their Facebook page.
Belle City Brewfest Address:
Festival Hall, Racine Civic Centre
5 5th Street
Racine, WI 53403
Participating brewers include:
- Wisconsin Brewing Company, Verona
- Tyranena Brewing, Lake Mills
- Schell’s Brewing Company, New Ulm, MN
- Samuel Adams Brewing Company, Boston, MA
- Rustic Road Brewing Company, Kenosha
- Public Craft Brewing, Kenosha
- Point Brewery, Stevens Point
- Lakefront Brewery, Milwaukee
- Minhas Craft Brewery, Monroe
- Mershan’s Artisan Ciders, Stoughton
- Leinenkugel Brewing Company, Chippewa Falls
- Blue Moon Brewing, Denver, CO
- Lake Louie Brewing, Arena
- Ballast Point Brewery, San Diego, CA
- Great Lakes Brewing Company, Cleveland, OH
- Alaskan Brewing Company, Juneau, AK
- Bell’s Brewing, Kalamazoo, MI
- Angry Orchard Cider Company, Walden, NY
- Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico, CA
- Titletown Brewing Company, Green Bay
- R’Noggin Brewing Company, Kenosha
- Sprecher Brewing Company, Glendale
- City Lights Brewing Company, Milwaukee
- Toppling Goliath Brewing Company, Decorah, IA
- Gun Craft Brewery, Lake Barrington, IL
- White Claw Seltzer Company, Chicago, IL
- Summit Brewing Company, St. Paul, MN
- Terrapin Beer Company, Athens, GA
- Bare Bones Brewery, Oshkosh
- Finch’s Beer Company, Chicago, IL
- Racine Brewing Company, Racine
- Buffalo Creek Brewing, Long Grove, IL
- Kings & Convicts Brewing Company, Highwood, IL
- Off Kilter Brewing, South Beloit, IL
February 9, 2019
Minocqua will again beat as the heart and soul of the Wisconsin craft beer industry once again at the 21st Annual Ice Cold Beer Fest will be held in downtown Minocqua, Saturday, February 9, 2019. Beer, food and live music all available under a heated big top tent on the Island of Minocqua. Last year, fest goers were able to sample more than 250 different craft beers that included breweries from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and Illinois. All proceeds from the Ice Cold Beer Fest benefit their local Dr. Kate Hospice.
PREMIER TASTING — Only 200 Premier Tasting Tickets will be sold. This event delegates those ticket holders to a prime sampling from noon to 1 p.m., to include beers not-to-be released to the general admission crowd. Private bathrooms are also available to these ticket holders ONLY. Included in the price is an individually number commemorative tasting glass along with prime tasting of food to include shrimp, steak and desserts. Cost for premier tasting is $80 and includes the full five-hour festival.
GENERAL ADMISSION — A total of 600 General Admission tickets will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Tickets are available for $50. There will be NO ADDITIONAL TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE GATE.
INFORMATION — All persons must have a valid ID, and be 21-and-over to enter festival. This goes for designated drivers as well. No one under 21-years of age will be permitted on the grounds. The Ice Cold Beer Festival reserves the right to refuse entrance to anyone. No re-entry into tent without wristband.
Check their website for the full list and all the details.
Ice Cold Beer Fest Address:
Minocqua Brewing Company
238 Lakeshore Drive (just off U.S. 51)
Minocqua, WI 54548
October 6, 2018
Green Bay hosts the Northeast Wisconsin Craft Beer Festival in Shopko Hall Saturday, October 6th. So raise your stein, it’s drinking time! With more than 200 beers, 50 breweries and unlimited sampling, you’re bound to have fun. Beer lovers will receive a commemorative sampling glass and have access to unlimited two-ounce samples of beer and food.
Be ready for the Sam Adams Stein Hoisting Competition, live music from Noah John & Ringing Iron, a Beard Competition with Level-Up Beard Company where categories include mustache, partial beard and full beard, and all kinds of festive fun.
The Stein Hoisting Competition, presented by Samuel Adams, includes qualifying rounds for both men and women at 6:30, 7:15 and 8:00 with the final at 8:30. Prizes include $100-value Packer memorabilia, official Sam Adams ceramic mugs and gift cards to Festival Foods!
General admission opens at 6pm at Green Bay’s Shopko Hall. First Call ticket holders (think VIP here) get admission at 5pm, the opportunity to sample special edition selections before they run out, and a commemorative glass beer boot.
Northeast Wisconsin Craft Beer Festival Address:
1901 S. Oneida Street
Green Bay, WI 54304
You’ll find Shopko Hall in Green Bay’s Titletown District, a stone’s throw from Lambeau Field. I-41, I-43, U.S. 141, and Highways 29, 32, 54, 57, and 172 all bring you to Green Bay. Look for Lambeau towering in the air… Shopko is just across the way!
October 5, 2018 – October 6, 2018
Black River Falls and the Jackson County Fairgrounds get into the Gemütlichkeit spirit with Black River Area Oktoberfest! This 12th annual music, beer, food, and fun-filled event takes place Friday, October 5th and Saturday, October 6th.
The Kick-Off Party is Friday evening from 6-9 pm at Sand Creek Brewing in Black River Falls, with live music and plenty of food and locally-brewed craft beer to kick off Black River Falls Oktoberfest.
Saturday features tons of music and entertainment at the Jackson County Fairgrounds, from 10am – 10pm. Artists and bands include Dave Kiral, Gary’s Ridgeland Dutchmen, and evening headliner Copper Box. The “Tapping of the Golden Keg” will happen at 1pm. There will be plenty of food and drink vendors, a caricature artist, children’s inflatables, games and face painting, a photo booth, horse-drawn wagon rides, alpacas from Fevolden Farm, a giant pumpkin you can guess the weight of to win prizes, and of course plenty of German celebrations and bier specialties. Free shuttles will run from Sand Creek Brewing to the Jackson County Fairgrounds throughout the day Saturday from 10am – 5pm.
The “Things That Roll” Car Show also takes place on the Jackson County Fairgrounds Saturday, with cars, trucks, motorcycles, tractors, classic RVs, ATVs and more. Many are classics; some are sport; all are fun to explore. It’s a motor paradise as part of the Black River Falls Oktoberfest.
Black River Area Oktoberfest Address:
Jackson County Fairgrounds
388 Melrose Street
Black River Falls, WI 54615
October 5, 2018 – October 7, 2018
Milwaukee is one of the most Germanic cities in the U.S., so why wouldn’t it host one of the oldest Bavarian Oktoberfests in the Midwest? And this year, Milwaukee Oktoberfest is the FIRST event held on the Plaza of the new Fiserv Forum (or “fiserv.forum,” stylized) October 5-7, 2018!
The Milwaukee Oktoberfest has moved toward the new Fiserv Forum so you can experience the new plaza area. It’s still sponsored by Spaten. The fun includes traditional German brass bands, sing-alongs and spontaneous dancing for everyone. Delicious and authentic German food is available, from huge pretzels and brats to a variety of specialties from the Levy Restaurant Group. Of course there’s plenty of beer/bier on tap imported and domestic – as well as wine, soft drinks and, yes, even coffee.
Check out live music from the Mike Schneider Band, the Klaberheads, the Jeff Winard Band, Austrian Express, Polka Floyd, the Jay Fox Band, and Blaskapelle. Also check out the Wiener Dog Show, a Bags Tournament, the Miss Oktoberfest Competition, a Brat-Eating Contest, the Stein Hoisting Competition, and more.
The Milwaukee Brat House will host the Official After Party each night of the 9th annual Milwaukee Oktoberfest!
Don’t forget the “Das Boot Bar Tour” on Saturday, hosted on Old World Third Street from noon-6pm. Each bar will decorate with a German theme and participants will have the chance to try a different Oktoberfest Beer, essentially making it a bar tour and beer festival combined. Along with the Bar Tour, there will of course be liter size Das Boots for each person on the tour. These will allow you to receive drink specials during the tour and only during the tour. Attendees are more than welcome to bring their boots back to refill at the Main Event!
It’s all based in downtown Milwaukee, at the plaza in front of the new Fiserv Forum, near State Street (U.S. 18), 6th Street/McKinley Avenue (Highway 145) Old World 3rd Street and the Milwaukee River. I-43/94, I-794, and Highway 32 also bring you close. Prosit!
Milwaukee Oktoberfest Address:
The Plaza in front of the Fiserv Forum, as well as on adjacent blocks (Old World Third Street, State Street, Highland Avenue)
901 N. 4th Street (Vel Phillips Avenue)
Milwaukee, WI 53202
October 5, 2018 – October 6, 2018
Sheboygan is a pretty German city – and Al & Al’s Steinhaus is a pretty German restaurant. Together, the two put on a Sheboygan Oktoberfest celebration in the City of Brats & Beer that embodies the full spirit of Gemütlichkeit!
This year’s Oktoberfest takes place in Heritage Square downtown, Friday & Saturday October 5-6. A Bavarian style fish fry, plenty of beer and live music, a ceremonial tapping of a keg of Spaten, and weiner dog races (enter yours here) are all part of this celebration.
Sheboygan Oktoberfest at Al & Al’s Address:
Al & Al’s Steinhaus
1502 S. 12th Street
Sheboygan, WI 53081
February 13, 2018
It’s a Fat Tuesday celebration at the Milwaukee Public Market! Loosen your belts and head over for the 2nd Annual Milwaukee Public Market Chili & Beer Tasting on Tuesday, February 13th.
Explore 8 different chili creations from 8 different public market vendors, and follow them up with 8 regional craft beers. Enjoy a wide range of chili creations that are sure to please everyone from meat-free fans to meat-PLEASE fans. From mild to wild, from fair to fire – the “heat meter” will be covered on both ends with each homemade chili recipe.
Wash down these chili samples with samplings from some of the area’s top breweries, from within Milwaukee and just beyond. Net proceeds from the event will benefit COA Youth & Family Centers. It’s a win-win-win!
Featuring Chili from:
- The Soup & Stock Market
- West Allis Cheese & Sausage
- Margarita Paradise
- On The Bus (vegan)
- Foltz Family Market
- The Spice House
- St. Paul Fish Company
- and featuring corn bread from C. Adams’ Bakery
With Beer from:
- City Lights
- Titletown Brewery
- Lakefront Brewery
- Good City Brewing
- Raised Grain Brewing
- Third Space Brewery, and
- Company Brewing
The Milwaukee Public Market features a fantastic variety of food and beverage vendors, market items for recipes and take-home, wearables at Brew City Beer Gear, and during warmer weather an outdoor farmers market that stretches along Broadway and St. Paul. St. Paul Fish Company also offers a seasonal outdoor bar with a tiki-Florida feel in the summer and, conditions permitting, an ice bar in the winter. With the way the weather’s been looking, the ice bar will be open during the Milwaukee Public Market Chili & Beer Tasting, too!
You can get to the Milwaukee Public Market via Water Street or Broadway (Highway 32), two blocks south of U.S. 18 and about one mile north of Highway 59/National Avenue. Highways 38 and 145 bring you close, and I-794 literally hovers above it!
Milwaukee Public Market Chili & Beer Tasting Address:
400 N. Water Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202