Destination Kohler celebrates summer with Festival of Beer

Last updated on July 2nd, 2019 at 09:34 am

Kohler, Wis., will usher in summer with the 7th annual Kohler Festival of Beer on Friday, May 29, through Sunday, May 31.

The event, a tradition propelled forward by Destination Kohler, will feature a variety of bands, food pairing sessions and tastings throughout the weekend. A beer run and home brew competition are also scheduled in the festival lineup.

Along with Milwaukee Brewing Company, Milwaukee-area participants in this year’s festival include Grant Robydek of Milwaukee Ale House, Jess Brandser of Movida, and Scott Shully of Shully’s.

New beer brews featured at the 2015 fest include Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits Company of San Diego, Calif.; Deschutes Brewery of Portland, Ore.; Seattle Cider Company of Seattle, Wash.; Une Annee Brewery of Chicago, Ill.; and UINTA Brewery of Salt Lake City, Utah.

Staple brews that will make a festival appearance include those of presenting sponsor Shock Top of St. Louis, Mo.; Goose Island of Chicago, Ill.; Hinterland of Green Bay; Leinenkugel’s of Chippewa Falls; New Glarus Brewing Co. of New Glarus; and 3 Sheeps Brewing Co. of Sheboygan.

“This combination of new breweries alongside time-honored favorites with a long-history of brewing, paired with amazing food creates a beer event unlike any other in the Midwest,” Judd Adelman, Wirtz Beverage Wisconsin district manager, said in a press release. “This festival is the perfect way to commence the outdoor beer festival season.”

The festival will launch with a lobster boil on Friday evening. Additional highlights throughout the weekend will include tastings with beer and Bloody Mary’s, pairings between beer and chocolate, and a beer-themed brunch.

The signature beer run is schedule for Saturday morning, and the home brew competition will anchor festivities on Saturday evening.

Ticket prices vary among festival events, with prices starting at $26. Ticket packages with hotel accommodations are also available. For more information, visit

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