BEERBOCON 2014: It happened!
Aw shit. It's almost here. You thought I forgot, didn't you? I didn't! Here's the tentative schedule for Beerbocon 2014. Some of these events are subject to change times, based on availability, as I'll need to know exactly how many people are for sure coming to confirm reservations. So...
If you are definitely attending, post "OHFUCKYES" in here NO LATER than by 6:00PM CST, Tuesday, May 27th
Every brewery reservation is different. Some I can only set the week of, and others have to be bought more in advance (aka, if you are for sure going, you'll be responsible for purchasing certain tickets right away so our group can be confirmed, which I will link you to accordingly.)
So here's what we've got so far. (I'll be adding more adventures as the date draws closer.)
FRIDAY, JUNE 6th
5:30PM: Friday Fish Fry at Lakefront Brewery Beer Hall - Because you can't come to Wisconsin on a Friday without attending a Fish Fry. And how convenient that we can end our meal and head right to a tour...
7:30PM-8:00: Lakefront Brewery Tour - PRICE = $7
includes four draft servings of Lakefront Brewery beer, and a Souvenir Pint Glass. Tickets can be purchased in advance HERE. I would strongly suggest buying these right away. 30 tickets are available to purchase online, and 30 spots are allocated for walk-ins. So if you don't get your ticket, you'll have to take a chance at being a walk-in.
8:00PM-PASSOUT: MOAR DRINKING. We'll close off the night with some good ol' fashioned bar hopping on the East Side near Brady St., making sure our last stop includes closing historic Wolski's. (And hey, you get a free beer there too for taking the Lakefront tour! MOAR BEER, right?!)
SATURDAY, JUNE 7th
2:00PM-3:30PM: Sprecher Brewery Reserve Tour - PRICE = $20
(NOTE: THERE IS A LIMIT OF 18 PEOPLE FOR THIS TOUR)
This isn't your grandma's tour. Unless your grandma is awesome. Then I apologize for insulting her. I'll just pull the description from the website. "Reserve tastings are done in smaller groups than the regular tour/tastings and feature the company's premier and limited edition products. Each guest will receive 10 samples of Sprecher beers, each paired with a different artisan cheese." Beer and cheese pairings? Well shit on my face, that sounds delightful!
4:00PM-4:30PM: Clock Shadow Creamery Cheese Factory Tour - PRICE = $3
5:00PM-7:00PM: Milwaukee Brewing Company Open House Tour - PRICE = $15
Milwaukee's only cheese factory tour, located right across the street from MKE Brewing Co.!
"The Saturday 5pm Open House is a casual two-hour opportunity to sample flavors, ask questions, socialize, and see the brewery on “mini-tours”. This format is ideal for those that have taken the technical tour, and are interested in sampling our new or seasonally released flavors."
It is wise to purchase these tix in advance as well. (Make sure you select OPEN HOUSE tickets)
7:00PM - PASSOUT: Dinner ar Palamino followed by Bay View bar hoppin.
SUNDAY, JUNE 8th
OPEN SCHEDULE. We'll see how this day pans out, because Sunday hours are tough to work around. So, I'll just list the places and hours we should visit:
- Milwaukee Art Museum - Hours 10:00am-5:00pm. PRICE = $17
The Milwaukee Art Museum is a must see if you've never been. If you need a chance to sober up from the previous evening. A morning museum visit, is a great way to kick off the day.
- Milwaukee Public Market - Local vendors, chefs, food, drank, treats. The Public Market has it all. And if you feel like going on a shopping spree, you can explore all those trendy ass stores in the Third Ward. (And pssst... you can go check out my art hanging at HotPop.)
- Great Lakes Distillery - Tours at 1, 3, and 5:00pm. PRICE =$7
Wait. You still want to drink? Sure, we can do that if time allows it. And who said we only need to drink beer? Great Lakes makes some fine vodka, gin, whiskey and more which is all to be sampled on this get drunk instantly tour.
Getting from here to there: Though I'm trying to arrange the schedule in a way that's mostly walkable, there will be times we'll need to use wheels. And with the days consisting of nothing but drinking, it's best not to have to worry about driving. Milwaukee doesn't have the best public transportation, but we did recently acquire Lyft which, although I haven't used it personally, have heard good things. I know you Chicago folk dig it. So download that app, if you haven't. Or make your friend do it.
HOTELS: Some of you may be in need of a sleeping establishment. I just may get a room myself, because being a tourist in my own town is fun (and I don't live as close to things as I used to). I recommend staying away from hotels in the heart of downtown, because it's dumb there. I'll just leave it at that. Here are some hotels to look into that are all in the same vicinity, all SUPER close to our planned Friday activities and reasonably priced. Did I mention Milwaukee is a super cheap place to visit?
Park East Hotel
The Knickerbocker on the Lake
SO OKAY. That's what I've got for now. There's more to be had, but I needed to get you excited. So I'll continue to update here as we get closer.
The OHFUCKYES List:
crystal friend 1
crystal friend 2