Beer Fest Foodie Fare is Top-notch

The 2021 Door County Beer Fest will bring together 40-plus breweries and 900 beer-loving festivalgoers this weekend to sample the Midwest’s best brews. Great beer needs great food to go with it, and this year the festival will feature four foodie favorites serving up fair food that’s anything but.

This year’s beer festival is being held at Maxwelton Braes just south of Baileys Harbor to ensure ample space for attendees to spread out. But if you don’t have tickets, you’re too late! The event has sold out and tickets will NOT be available at the gate. If you do have tickets, you must take one of the free shuttles to the grounds. View the shuttle schedule here>>

Wally’s Weenie Wagon is known for its Chicago dogs, cherry BBQ dogs, gyros and more, and festival foodies will be happy to know that all of those items will be flying out of the wagon all day long. And if you haven’t done so already, look for Wally’s at its regular location next to Lakeshore Adventures, 8113 Hwy 57 in Baileys Harbor.

The cherry BBQ bacon dog. Photo by Aleah Kidd.

Cash Murphy, a songwriter and Steel Bridge Songfest participant, brought award-winning tacos to downtown Sturgeon Bay in 2019 with Lumberjack’s Taco Shack. Now he’s sharing those Sonoran-style tacos at the festival, because what pairs better with beer than tacos?

The Dog House will grill up two types of brats for the occasion, and, of course, it’ll have its fresh battered cheese curds for sale as well.

The Dog House’s fresh battered curds. Submitted.

Specially for the festival, Mike Holmes will break some staples such as oysters out of the Wickman House menu, and he’ll also be whipping up beer-cheese nachos and some choice barbecue sandwiches – all slow cooked and delicious. Although all 900 Beer Fest tickets have been snatched up by eager zythophiles, there’s still a way to enjoy all the festival has to offer: by filling a volunteer shift. Shifts run 11 am – 1:30 pm and 1:30-4 pm. When you fill a shift, you’ll get a pass to hang out and taste from more than 130 beers during a portion of the June 19 festival. To volunteer, email [email protected] or text 920.421.4680.

Wickman House’s oysters. Submitted.