There's few better ways to celebrate fall in Wisconsin than by spending the day outside, a craft beer in hand, surrounded by friends and a kaleidoscope of colorful trees. And in a state that’s always down for a good celebration, you’ll never have to travel far to find a place to do just that! This autumn, raise a glass to good times at one of these eight great beer and wine festivals.
No, that’s not the beer talking—that really is a troll strolling around this beer festival that features 30 brewers and over 100 craft microbrews and ciders. Jorgen the Troll is Mount Horeb’s mascot and he’ll make a special appearance here, along with live music acts, food carts and beer.
Ready for a mind-boggling amount of beers to sample? This fun event held at the Racine Zoological Gardens on the shores of Lake Michigan features nearly 100 brewers and more than 450 craft beers to sip. Local restaurants will sling food, and the world-renowned Kilties Drum & Bugle Corps will perform.
There’s nothing better than taking in gorgeous views of Lake Michigan on an early fall day—unless it’s with a craft beer in your hand. At Egg Harbor’s Ale Fest held in Harbor View Park, sample more than 120 different craft brews from 40 brewers to enjoy the, er, grains of their labors.
Fete fall and its bounty at this fun, family-friendly celebration. Not only are Cedarburg-based Cedar Creek Winery’s wines the centerpiece of this fest, but great food awaits in the festival’s food court in barbecue, gyros, seafood, noodles and good old American cuisine—like brats and cheese curds. Plus, peruse the farmers’ market or listen to tunes and sip a beer at the mobile party bar from Cedarburg’s own Fermentorium, a brewery and tasting room.
Do you like rarer beers, or ciders? Check out this festival that celebrates very small breweries (that typically produce beers on a four-barrel system or less) and the popular fermented beverage. Over 70 beers, ciders and cider cocktails are available to taste in 3 oz. samples, and guests will enjoy live music and the University of Wisconsin–Madison football game on a big screen.
Sample more than 200 beers from 50 breweries at this fall fest that in the past has featured many Wisconsin breweries, like Madison’s One Barrel Brewing Company, Green Bay’s Badger State Brewing and Oshkosh’s Fox River Brewing Company.
A Madison-area tradition, this beer party celebrates at the historic Quivey’s Grove and Stable Grill property. Sample over 100 beers from 37 brewers and listen to great tunes, too. But the best part are the tasty food offerings—nibble on a Bavarian bratwurst, pulled pork sandwich, hot soft pretzel or yes, even cheese curds.
This festival is running nine years strong, and this year the festivities will be held at the sleek and modern The Ridge Hotel. Sample from 35 Midwest craft breweries and distilleries, and raise a toast to autumn!