If you plan to be in the Milwaukee area on Saturday July 21st and enjoy sampling the many tastes of craft beer, then be sure to check out the third annual Milwaukee Firkin Craft Beer Festival. This yearly festival will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Cathedral Square Park (825 N. Jefferson Street) in downtown Milwaukee in celebration of the city’s rich brewing history.
While enjoying the festival you will be able to sample from 110 different beers, including over 20 cask-conditioned ales. Though Milwaukee breweries are the primary focus during the tasting, several guest beers from around the United States will also be available for sampling. While at the festival, you are encouraged to visit the onsite food vendors and listen to live music from Milwaukee’s own Upside Groove Coalition and The Squeezettes.
As for the type of tickets that are available, you have a choice of purchasing VIP tickets, General Admission tickets, and Designated Driver tickets. VIP tickets, which are available for $70, not only grant you early 3 p.m. access to the festival, but they also allow you to meet the brewers in person and enjoy unlimited sampling. Complementary food is provided for VIP guests, as well as a festival t-shirt and a souvenir pint glass.
If the VIP experience isn’t quite what you are looking for, then you can always opt for the General Admission tickets instead. These tickets, which are being sold for $40 each, include unlimited sampling and a complementary souvenir pint glass. Access to the festival is granted at 4 p.m. for anyone holding a General Admission ticket.
The final type of ticket being offered at the Milwaukee Firkin Craft Beer Festival is the Designated Driver ticket. These tickets, which only cost $15, include a souvenir pint glass, festival t-shirt, and complementary soda, bottled water, and pretzels from the Designated Driver booth. As the designated driver is to remain sober, this type of ticket does not include any sampling of the various beers.
Because a maximum of 2500 tickets will be sold for this event, it is recommended that you purchase tickets for the Milwaukee Firkin Craft Beer Festival beforehand. It is also worth noting that the advanced tickets are a little cheaper than the “at the gate” prices of $75 for VIP and $45 for General Admission. Keep in mind that tickets will only be available at the gate if the event isn’t already sold out.
So, if you think you’d enjoy the taste of craft beer and the outdoor atmosphere of a beer sampling festival, then why not head on over to Cathedral Square Park for the 2012 Milwaukee Firkin Craft Beer Festival on July 21st. With 110 different beers ready to sample and live music on the grounds to get you in a festive mood, the event will surely be one worth attending.