n October 18th, many of the best craft beers in the country will be featured at the Big Blue Craft Beer Festival at Blue Harbor Resort on the shores of Lake Michigan in scenic Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
The Big Blue Craft Beer Festival will offer a wide variety of beer styles from top brewers in the Midwest, East, West and even overseas.
Among the brewers at the event will be: Ale Asylum, Alltech/Lex; Boulder Beer, Brewery Ommengang, Central Waters, Crispin Cider, Dark Horse Brewery, Deschutes Brewery, Destihl Brewery, Door County Brewing, Founders Brewing, Geneva Lake Brewing, The Lagunitas Brewing, Left Hand Brewing, Milwaukee Brewing Co., Mobcraft, Original Sin Hard Cider, Plymouth Brewing, Public Craft Brewing Co, Sand Creek Brewing, Solemn Oath, Southern Tier, St. Francis Brewing, St. Killian, Wurzburger, Tallgrass, Une Annee, Upland, Vermont Hard Cider Co, 3 Sheeps and 8th Street Ale Haus.
Flavors will range from traditional styles like IPAs, wheat beers, and stouts to those less widely known and available like saisons, barrel aged beers and tastes outside traditional beer styles.
According to James Owen, co-owner of Sheboygan-based 3 Sheeps Brewing, this impressive beer lineup will have something for everyone. “Craft beer has evolved dramatically in the past 10 years, and we’re hoping to expose and educate attendees about the many tastes and styles available,” said Owen.
Craft Beers and Fun Names at the Big Blue Beer Festival Will Include:
Bedlam! Belgium IPA
KY Barrelage Ale
KY Draft BA Pumpkin
Scythe and Sickle
Glacial Trail IPA
Mirror Pond Pale Ale
Black Butte Porter
Une Annee Enkel-Abbey Ale
Samhain Pumpkin Porter
All Day IPA
Imperial Cherry Stout
Milk Stout Nitro
Outboard Cream Ale
Sasquach Sweet Potato
Keg-Hop Gose The Grapefruit
Keg-Candy For Breakfast
Hard Apple Cider
Up All Night
Julis Echter Hefe Dunkel
8bit Pale Ale
Teddy Bear Kisses Imperial Stout
Really Cool Waterslides – IPA
Rebel Kent the First – Belgian Amber
Ewephoria Ginger Chocolate Stout
Blueberry Vanilla Porter
First Kiss Imperial IPA
Big Blue Craft Beer Festival October 18 Event Line-Up
VIP Event Experience * Noon – 1 p.m.
Guests can meet the brewers, preview exclusive beers with culinary pairings and small plates designed by the culinary teams at Johnsonville Sausage and Blue Harbor Resort. Included in the VIP experience is early entry into the Craft Beer Tasting and Food Fight. Early bird pricing is two tickets for $100. VIP tickets after and at the door are $55 each.
Grand Craft Beer Tasting * 1 – 4 pm
Big Blue Craft Beer Festival attendees can sample beers from more than 30 breweries. Music, fun and cheer are all included. Early bird tickets are only two for $50, or $35 each. ]
Thanks to the partnership with Johnsonville Sausage, also featured at the Festival will be fresh grilled Johnsonville Brats with all the fixings including the company’s specialty mustards, for only $1 each. Proceeds will go to The Boys and Girls Club.
Food Fight * 3:45 – 6 p.m.
Johnsonville vs. Sargento
Be entertained and enjoy appetizers while seeing how the area’s top culinary experts create prize dishes with secret ingredients. Sargento will be represented by Chef Adam Price; and Johnsonville’s top expert will be Culinary Scientist Jay Scroggins. Both of these leading food companies are based in Sheboygan County and have never faced off in a competition like this before.
Tickets to any or all of these events can be purchased at www.Xorbia.com.
Take the Elevator Home
In celebration of this event, Blue Harbor Resort is offering special accommodation packages, including a two bedroom villa and four beer festival tasting tickets for $299, plus tax and fees. It’s a perfect Fall getaway to the Lake. For reservations, guests can call 1.866.701.BLUE or book online at www.blueharborresort.com, using code BEER14.
Members of the craft beer industry have rallied to be part of this special event. Proud partners of the Big Blue Beer Festival include Johnsonville Sausage, Beechwood Distributors, 3 Sheeps Brewing and Visit Sheboygan.
About Blue Harbor Resort
With stunning Lake Michigan beachfront and water views, Blue Harbor features 180 suites, 64 villas, more than 17,000 square feet of meeting and event space, a 54,000 square-foot indoor waterpark entertainment area, a full service spa, three restaurants, and recreation amenities including watersports and access to the Bull golf course. This Classic Lakeside Resort and Victorian style landmark is a favorite for leisure travelers and groups because of its proximity to major Midwest gateway cities.
The resort is located in the Harbor Centre District in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, a city known as the “Malibu of the Midwest” for its scenic waterfront, sailing, boating and freshwater surfing. It has also received many accolades including Best Places to Raise a Family by Bloomberg and other national news organizations.