BrewFest Partners
Press Release

Milwaukee’s Firkin Beer Fest to bring fermented favorites to Cathedral Square Park

Saturday, July 21 festival featuring tasty brews and bites, detailed demos, beer memorabilia and more

By - Jul 6th, 2018 02:08 pm
Firkin Fest. Photo courtesy of BrewFest Partners.

Firkin Fest. Photo courtesy of BrewFest Partners.

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (July 3, 2018)—Milwaukee’s favorite beer fest, Firkin Fest, returns to Cathedral Square Park on Saturday, July 21 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Spend an afternoon in the sun sampling a variety of nearly 150 different craft beers and ciders, including more than 50 cask-conditioned ales created by nearly 50 local breweries.

So what is a firkin, exactly? Derived from the Dutch word vierdekjin (meaning fourth), a firkin is a small wooden barrel or covered vessel containing small batch brews—typically holding about nine gallons or a quarter of a traditional keg barrel. Not filtered, clarified, pasteurized or force carbonated, each brew’s batch has a flavor unique to every firkin keg.

Aside from over 150 brews to taste, Firkin Fest offers a Brewerina tent filled with beer memorabilia, live entertainment by Paradise Jazz Band, on-site food trucks and a commemorative pint glass. Attendees are encouraged to vote for their favorite brew at, where the winning brew will be presented the “Big Firkin Award” following the event. Plus, guests can download the My BrewFests app at the app store or Google Play store for additional event details and to vote for the Big Firkin Award.

This year’s brewers include: 1890 Brewing Co., 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Ace Premium Craft Ciders, Ale Asylum, Barley’s Angels Milwaukee, Beer Barons of Milwaukee, Blake’s Hard Cider Co., Bo’s Meadery, Broken Bat Brewing Co., Central Waters Brewing Co., Cider House of Wisconsin, Epic Brewing, Gathering Place Brewing Co., Good City Brewing, Hacienda Beer Co., Indeed Brewing Co., Lakefront Brewery, Life Bridge Brewery, Melms Brewing Company, Mershon’s Artisan Cider, Metropolitan Brewing, Miller Valley Brewery, Milwaukee and Chicago Area Brewers Group, Milwaukee Brewing Co., Mobcraft Beer, New Barons Brewing Cooperative, New Glarus Brewing Co., Next Door Brewing Co., North Shore Brew Club, One Barrel Brewing, Oso Brewing Co., Potosi Brewing Co., Raised Grain Brewing, Revolution Brewing, Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, R’Noggin Brewing Company, Sprecher Brewing Co., Surly Brewing Co., Tangent, The Explorium Brewpub, The Fermentorium, Third Space Brewing, Tighthead Brewing Company, Upland Brewing Co., Water Street Brewery and Waukesha Homebrew Club.

To join in the Firkin fun, purchase your Firkin Fest ticket at Multiple ticket packages are available at different price points, including VIP, VIP Designated Driver, Gold Pass and General Admission.

Firkin Fest is sponsored by Discount Liquor, Gruber Law Offices “One Call…That’s All”, Milwaukee Magazine, Pretzilla, Sip Around and SportClub.


Firkin Fest is organized by East Town Association and BrewFest Partners; a firm specializing in consulting, planning, hosting and managing beer festivals for organizations all over the U.S. For more information on BrewFest Partners, visit East Town Association, Inc., is a nonprofit downtown Milwaukee business organization that returns event profits back to the community through neighborhood improvement programs and civic events such as the Cathedral Square Market, Jazz in the Park and Bastille Days. For more information, visit or call 414.271.1416.

NOTE: This press release was submitted to Urban Milwaukee and was not written by an Urban Milwaukee writer. It has not been verified for its accuracy or completeness.

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