Milwaukee Firkin Beer Festival


A Celebration of Milwaukee Brewing: Past, Present & Future

Saturday, July 23, 2016
4-7:30pm (3-7:30pm for VIP’s)
Tickets will be available soon


firkin-funPlease join us for the Milwaukee Firkin Craft Beer Festival on July 23rd at Cathedral Square Park, in the heart of Downtown Milwaukee. Firkin Fest is Milwaukee’s preeminent beer tasting event and features over 100 craft beers to sample from Milwaukee breweries as well as guest beers from around the country! This year Firkin Fest will feature 40+ all cask conditioned barrels, or firkins, where you’ll have the chance to taste beer as it was produced 100 years ago. Also, enjoy live music from some of Milwaukee’s finest musicians!


firkin-5Beer Tasting- Firkin Fest is Milwaukee’s preeminent beer tasting event.  There will be local Milwaukee craft breweries on hand sampling their best and newest creations in addition to guest breweries from around the state and county on hand sampling some of their tastiest brews. In total, guests will have 100+ craft beers to choose from.

We’ve Got Firkins! One of the things that make Firkin Fest different than the rest is the fact that we’ve got firkins (yes we do!)  This year expect to sample ales from upwards of 40 firkins! A firkin is a cask ale or cask-conditioned beer. It’s the term for unfiltered and unpasteurised beer which is conditioned and served from a cask without additional nitrogen or carbon dioxide pressure.

Breweriana– Firkin Fest will feature an extensive breweriana exhibit. Breweriana commonly refers to any article containing a brewery name or brand name. Examples include beer cans, bottles, openers, tin signs, coasters, beer trays, wooden cases and neon signs, etc..


beer-artHome Brew All-Stars– Are you a home brewer?  There will be many home brewers on hand talking beer with fellow beer enthusiasts and sharing stories and secrets with fellow home brewers and the public in general.

Big Firkin Award- Congrats to the past and present Big Firkin Award Winners!

2015: Tallgrass Brewing –  Ginger Peach Saison
2014: Crispin Cider Spot
– Crispin Cider
2013: Hinterland Brewery– Oak Bacon Bourbon Maple Bock!
2012: Brenner Brewing CoBacon Bomb
2011: Big Bay BrewingWavehopper Kolsch
2010: Stonefly Brewery4 Wolves English Ale

The Big Firkin Award will be given to the best firkin on site, as voted on by the people in attendance. Each attending brewery will have the opportunity to submit their firkin to be considered for the Big Firkin Award. Each guest of Firkin Fest will be given a b ballot and will have the chance to vote on their favorite firkin.


Music– The Squeezettes

For More info on the band, please visit their website – here

Food- There will be a number of food options available and will be provided by local restaurants and businesses.

Tickets will sell out, so don’t delay.

firkin-4VIP Ticket Info –  Sponsored by Whole Foods Market, Flannery’s, and Catch 22

VIP Ticket Includes:
* Early entry at 3 pm
* Unlimited Sampling
* Complimentary food & beer pairings provided by Whole Foods Market, Flannery’s Bar & Restaraunt, and Catch22
* Complimentary Fest T-shirt
* Firkin Souvenir Pint Glass
* Hob nob with some of the brewers (beer brewers not baseball brewers)

General Admission
General Admission Ticket Includes:
* Unlimited Sampling
* Firkin Souvenir Pint Glass

Designated Driver Tickets
Designated Driver Ticket Includes:
* Firkin Souvenir Pint Glass
* Complimentary Fest T-shirt
* Complimentary soda and bottled water (at The DD Booth)
* Complimentary pretzels



For all of our Chicago area friends, there is a Amtrak train that can bring you into Milwaukee, a short walking distance from Cathedral Square Park –  Amtrak Depart 1:05 pm Chic,  Arrives in MKE 2:34,  Departs for Chicago 7:35

Big Thanks to our wonderful sponsors!


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*** Special events, schedules, bands and pricing are subject to change at anytime!