Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest is fast approaching! Join us Saturday, Jan. 18 as more than 100 of Wisconsin's finest brewers, cheesemakers, and other vendors will showcase the best samples they have to offer at the Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall.
Come sample exceptional samples of Wisconsin-made beer and cheese, and try out pairings of beer with chocolates and other tasty treats at this fifth annual festival. Even better, meet the brewers and cheesemakers behind these creations.
The fest's special guest brewer Keith Villa of Blue Moon Brewing Company will serve specialty beers they're developing in Colorado. Gail Ambrosius of Ambrosius Chocolatier hosts a delicious chocolate and beer pairing presentation with Vintage Brewing Company. Finally, we are presenting a home brewing competition, with premium ticket holders invited to vote for their favorites, with the top selections going on to a final round before a panel of 10 expert judges.
All of the pairing presentations are free to attend with regular or premium admission to the festival. Seating and sampling will be limited for these special sessions. Take a look at the schedule, and don't miss out on this opportunity to listen, learn, and enjoy:
- 1:00 p.m.: Doors open to premium ticket-holders.
- 1:00 p.m.: Home brewing competition begins, with all premium ticket-holders invited to cast a ballot for their favorite.
- 2:00 p.m.: Doors open to all ticket-holders.
- 2:30 p.m: Presentation with the 2014 special guest brewer Keith Villa, founder and head brewmaster of Blue Moon Brewing.
- 3:30 p.m.: Chocolate and beer pairing presentation with Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier and Vintage Brewing.
- 4:30 p.m.: Screening of Behind the Brew, a documentary by Roger Bindl about Wisconsin brewers and their secrets.
It all happens from 2-6 p.m on Saturday, January 18 at the Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall.
Buy your tickets today online or at the following ticket vendor locations: Isthmus Publishing Company, Star Liquor, or any Steve's location. Advance tickets are $40, and premium tickets are $75. And remember, as the fest sells out every year, tickets won't last much longer!
You must be 21 or older to attend.
Need a ride? Union Cab is offering free shuttle rides on the day of the fest from these locations: Great Dane-Downtown at 123 E. Doty St., One Barrel Brewing Company at 2001 Atwood Ave., and Vintage Brewing Company at 674 S. Whitney Way. Shuttles to the fest run in loops from 11:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m., and shuttles from the fest from 5:30-7:15 p.m. Union Cab is also offering $2 rides to the fest from anywhere in the city, and a discounted ride home.
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The 2014 Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest is sponsored by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Wisconsin Brewing Company, Brew & Grow, Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, Mad City Windows, Union Cab, MINI of Madison, Gorst Valley Hops, Rock Auto, Star Liquor, Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier, Great Dane Pub & Brewing, Willy Street Coop, Karben4 Brewing, Glass Nickel Pizza, Tipsy Cow, Conscious Carnivore, Wine & Hop Shop, and One Barrel Brewing Company.