The wait for Door County’s first beer festival is over.
Over 1,000 people are expected to hit the grounds of the Baileys Harbor Town Hall on June 16 to celebrate the finest in craft beers from around the world.
Over 135 craft beers will be available for tastings, as will incredible locally sourced food from Door County producers and restaurants. But the festival, organized in conjunction with the Ride for Nature to benefit The Ridges Sanctuary, will feature much more than food and beer.
Kyle Cherek, the host of the PBS television show Wisconsin Foodie, and his producer Arthur Ircink will give a special presentation about his show and the burgeoning Wisconsin culinary scene.
“I love beer,” Cherek said, “but this festival seems like it is going to be about so much more than that. I’m really excited that it’s showcasing local food and the Wisconsin products that match up with those being produced anywhere in the country.”
VIP ticket-holders will take in an exclusive presentation from Robin Shepard, author of Wisconsin’s Best Breweries and Brewpubs: Searching for the Perfect Pint, while all ticketholders will see presentations from O’so, Hinterland, Founder’s, Rush River and Capital breweries. There will also be seminars about artisan cheese, beer and food pairing as well as local food sourcing.
The festival will also feature the first Door County Homebrewing Championships and a full day of great live music, headlined by the Brooklyn bluegrass band Tumbling Bones.
Tickets will be available on site for $40 ($25 for Ride for Nature participants) and include unlimited three-ounce beer samples, live music, and seminars.
A complete list of beers, music, and seminars can be found at http://www.doorcountybeerfestival.com.