Kohler Festival of Beer

The annual Kohler Festival of Beer celebrates one of Wisconsin’s top industries with the country’s premiere craft brewers and beer fans from around the nation. The Village of Kohler comes alive with music, food pairing events, cooking demonstrations, and flowing taps that highlight the weekend.

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Friday, May 29

Lobster Boil

5:30-9pm - The Wisconsin Room
Presenter: Ballast Point Brewery
The Wisconsin Room takes the time-honored fish fry tradition up a notch with its Seafood Buffet. A special pairing menu offers the perfect opportunity to explore two Wisconsin favorites: beer and fish.  Featuring pairings from Ballast Point Brewery.
$55 per person

Kohler Beer Run Race Registration and Packet Pick Up

6-8pm - The Shops at Woodlake Kohler
Pick up your race registration and packet.

Hops at the Shops

8-10:30pm - Lakeside Patio at The Shops at Woodlake Kohler
Presenter: Kitchens of Kohler
Watch the sun go down as the tunes crank up. This outdoor concert features a selection of great craft brews and amazing food!
Musical Guest: The Mark Croft Band 
With roots in Pop & Americana song styling, Mark Croft is the classic 'triple threat; a skilled guitar player, a powerful and dynamic vocalist, and a talented songwriter.
$42 per person
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Saturday, May 30

Beer and Bloodies Tasting Event

9-10am - Beer Garden
Waiting for that crazy runner to come to the finish line? Want to get a head start on the day? Visit the build-your-own Bloody Mary bar at the Shock Top Beer Garden.
À la carte pricing

3rd Annual Kohler Beer Run

9am start time - Start and finish lines at The Shops at Woodlake
Presented by Shock Top

Earn your Kohler Festival of Beer brews at the 3rd-annual Kohler Beer Run, featuring a beer at every mile. Chip timing will be available.
$49.40 per person

Beer Garden

10am-8pm - Baker Plaza at The Shops at Woodlake Kohler
Beer and brats served all day long. Special music from beer run conclusion until 1pm.
Musical Guests: Pat McCurdy 10:30am–12pm
Hailing from Milwaukee, with a small but growing cult following across the country, Pat McCurdy is known for writing music in a variety of styles that has been described as "good drinking music".
Joel Kuether 12–2pm
Joel’s creative guitar and musical styling was developed by learning and copying the looping techniques of street musicians in New York City. Since the age of 18 Joel has been performing professionally on his own, and with nationally known bands like the Spencer Davis Group. 
À la carte pricing

Beer & Chocolate Pairing

1-2pm - Craverie Chocolatier Café
Presenter: Anette Righi DeFendi, Chocolatier, KOHLER Original Recipe Chocolates

Discover a match made in heaven as Chocolatier Anette Righi-DeFendi pairs KOHLER Original Recipe Chocolates with tasty brews.
$26 per person

Shorts & Chefs

2-4pm - Lakeside Patio at The Shops at Woodlake Kohler
Put on your shorts and enjoy live entertainment, fantastic fare and unique brews at the 6th-Annual Shorts & Chefs event. Some of the best local and regional chefs will kick off the summer by firing up grills and creating their favorite dishes. Collaborating with the chefs, brewery representatives will serve complementary beers.
Musical Guest: Strawberry Jam Band
The Strawberry Jam Band is a group of five young guys who have an appreciation for the good old classic rock music with a mix of the new stuff.
$45 per person

Home Brew Competition

5-7pm - Lakeside Patio at The Shops at Woodlake Kohler
Presenter: Brewmasters Brewing Supplies

The next great craft brew just might be featured at this event as local home-brewing enthusiasts show off their best. Sample the entries while the judges pick the top brew.
Musical Guest: L’il Rev
With his heroes including Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Josh White, Sonny Terry, Cisco Houston and Leadbelly. It’s no wonder Li’l Rev is known for his funky folk styling. 
$28 per person
Competition submissions no longer accepted (full)

Cheers to Beers

8-10pm - Kohler Design Center
Taste a variety of beers served by breweries from across the country along with cuisine samplings from the Kitchens of Kohler. Then, vote for your favorite beer. You’ll receive a commemorative beer glass with the Kohler Festival of Beer logo just for attending.
Musical Guest: Peter D'Amore
Peter D'Amore is an energetic "acoustic - loop guitarist". Peter’s style makes his guitar playing limitless, with a unique layering aspect. People say he sounds like Dave Matthews, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney and Yes all in one act.
$75 per person
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NEW! Add-On Event: VIP Beers & Cheese
Join us before Cheers to Beers kicks off with this special tasting designed for those who truly love beer. Join this early access tasting for a chance to sample some high-end and limited-availability brews.
$99 per person (Includes Cheers to Beers event)

Sunday, May 31

Beer Lovers Brunch

9am-2pm - The Wisconsin Room
Finish your weekend right with a hot breakfast buffet featuring all of your traditional favorites and a delicious sampling of brews.
$36 per person
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Event Sponsors

Thank you to all of our sponsors. Shock Top Beer, Leinenkugel’s, Jones Dairy and Pepsi.

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