The 5th Annual Wisconsin IPA Fest welcomes breweries from across the state of Wisconsin to the beer garden at Third Space Brewing to crown the state’s best IPA.
Wisconsin IPA Fest is back! On August 28, Third Space Brewing will welcome 50 breweries and 850 ticketholders to its massive beer garden for a one-of-a-kind beer festival that celebrates the most popular beer style in the country, the IPA. Purchase your tickets here.
The event is limited to Wisconsin breweries and is more or less open to every brewery in the state who wants to make the trip to Milwaukee to show off their best IPAs. This year’s event will top out at 50 breweries but unlike past years each brewery is welcome to bring 3-4 different beers to share. Most of the beers will be IPAs but each brewery is allowed to bring one non-IPA to help cleanse people’s palates from all those hops.
“We created the Wisconsin IPA Fest to showcase the awesome hoppy beers brewers are making in Wisconsin” stated Third Space Co-Founder and President, Andy Gehl. “The coasts always get the love when it comes to IPAs but we are making great hoppy beers right here in the Midwest and we want to celebrate that in one giant festival” added Gehl.
The Wisconsin IPA Fest is also a friendly competition to crown the “Best IPA in Wisconsin”. Each brewery will choose one IPA to submit to the competition and send their own brewer-judges. The winner takes home the coveted WI IPA Fest Trophy, a replica of a fermentation tank made by local equipment supplier, Quality Tank Solutions. Attendees at Wisconsin IPA Fest also get to vote on the People’s Choice Winner.
“The competition is more about gathering the brewers of our state to have a little fun together than it is about winning” reported Third Space Co-Founder and Brewmaster, Kevin Wright. “In fact, this whole event is about bringing people together to enjoy locally brewed IPAs, something we’ve all been looking forward to for a long time” added Wright.
The 2021 Wisconsin IPA Fest runs from 2:00-5:00p.m. on August 28. This year’s event includes unlimited IPA sampling, a Wisconsin IPA Fest Pint Glass, and a 2021 Wisconsin IPA Fest Sticker for $59. Early Bird Tickets to the event are $49 but they are only available through July 9 (or until they sell out).
VIP Tickets grant early access to the event at 1:00 and access to a special VIP lounge with extra seating, extra shade, and a private VIP bar with special VIP-only IPAs on tap. VIPs also get to take home a 4-pack of the 2021 Collaboration IPA. Each year, Third Space brews a collaboration IPA for the event with the winner of the previous year’s event. This year, Third Space will collaborate with Waukesha’s Raised Grain Brewing, who won the People’s Choice in the 2020 Virtual IPA Fest.
The event will also feature a make your own T-shirt station and local food trucks with food for purchase.
More details and a link to purchase tickets can be found at HERE.