So I am little behind on posts but I didn’t want to let this one slip through the cracks! A few weeks ago I was twittering away when I got a tweet from @PalmenKia offering me some tickets to the Kenosha Beer Fest. I am a true Wisconsin girl so there is no way that I could possibly pass up a beer fest and after all of the fun we had at the Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest in Madison (IB&C) I figured that I couldn’t possibly think of a better way to spend a few hours on a Saturday. So we called a few fellow dairy farmer friends and made plans to check it out.
Of course before we went I had to check out the details and I was truly impressed. First, when I got the tickets I thought I was going to a beer fest but after checking out the fest’s website I realized it was a Beer & CHEESE fest. Then I found out the the proceeds from the beer fest go towards the Kenosha County Boys and Girls Club. So a Saturday afternoon spent tasting beers and eating cheese all for a good cause? It just keeps getting better. Oh and music! Live music… Sweet! Oh and did I mention it was held at the Brat Stop so really it was a Beer, Cheese and Brat fest?
So the Kenosha Beer & Cheese fest was very different than the Isthmus Fest. In Kenosha the beer was from everywhere, not necessarily just the local breweries. While I love my state and our beer it was nice to try some different beers than those I had at IB&C. Loved getting some Bell’s Oberon, one of my favorite Spring brews. The Hard Ciders from Angry Orchard were very tasty. I’ve been on a big apple kick since I ran out of New Glarus Brewing’s Apple Ale, but many apple beers and ciders are way to sweet. The cider from Angry Orchard is sweet but not as syrupy sweet as some of the others out there. I was also excited to try some more beers from Alaskan Brewing Co. Early this spring I tried their Winter Witt and really liked it. I was also impressed with the beers that were showcased here. Blue Moon, my default beer when I am outside of the cheese curtain and can’t get my beloved Spotted Cow had a few seasonal varieties that were tasty and very easy to drink. I really enjoyed Avalanche from Breckenridge Brewery and look forward to finding a store where I can pick some up.
I will admit that while one of my favorite cheese makers, Sartori, was well represented at the fest, overall the cheese seemed to be an afterthought. While you could could get a beer in less than a minute, the cheese was only served at three spots and the lines could be long. I also wish that there were more cheese varieties and companies available. That being said I loved introducing the friends that were with us to the MontAmore from Sartori and it seemed like the cheese curds were very popular.
The booths were manned by volunteers from different local companies. So they could give you the base info on the beer but if you had an in depth question you were kind of out of luck. I was disappointed about that at first until I found out that all of the beer was donated to the cause and that changed my perspective pretty quick. I also give them huge props for offering a special discounted ticket for the Designated Drivers. They also had a special room full of home brews but we didn’t find it until the end of the day so we missed out. All in all we had a great time and really enjoyed ourselves. If you’re in the area you should add this day to your 2013 calendar for sure.