Fall is prime beer festival season, thanks to crisp weekend afternoons and idealized dreams of Oktoberfest. Head to Egg Harbor’s Harbor View Park to celebrate the start of the fall season and everything beer at Egg Harbor AleFest on Sept. 20, 1 – 5 pm.
In 2011, a passionate group of beer lovers and Egg Harbor Business Association members banded together to create the Egg Harbor AleFest. From amber ales and hard cider to oatmeal stouts and Belgian pale ales, the Egg Harbor AleFest tapped in to the craft beer craze with their first event in 2012. It just took off immediately.
“It is a popular way to beat the heat, celebrate fall, and taste test a number of unique beers by raising a glass of ice-cold beer with friends and neighbors,” says Jeff Larson, Egg Harbor Business Association president and event organizer. “For the die-hard beer fan, the third annual AleFest on Saturday, Sept. 20, is the best time to visit. You’re invited to enliven and tantalize the taste buds.”
Once again this year there will be more than 35 brewers and 100 different crafts beers represented. It draws many of the small and independent Wisconsin brewers, like Pearl Street Brewery, Stone Cellar, Hinterland, Stillmank Brewing, Appleton Beer Factory, MobCraft, and Lake Louie Brewing. And there are a fair number of brews from the Midwest and beyond. Number of samples included: unlimited.
Beer lovers may roll their eyes at what seems like more mainline offerings from Leinenkugel’s, Tenth & Blake, New Glarus, and Sierra Nevada, but the lineup has enough breweries you don’t see in every local bar – to keep things interesting for festival newbies and veterans alike.
The festival is not just about beer. The One 2 Many Band will perform from 12 – 5 pm, there will have a variety of grilled offerings to eat, promotional items such as their “Drink Wisconsinably” t-shirts for sale, free trolly shuttle service in Egg Harbor from 11 am – 7 pm, and representatives from The Beer Connoisseur magazine will be on premise for the event.
General admission tickets start at $40 online, and are $45 at the event. There is a VIP option, and this ticket gives unlimited food to accompany the unlimited tasting and early entry. For complete information visit EggHarborAleFest.com.