By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published May 23, 2018 at 10:01 AM

The fifth-annual Blue Harbor Craft Beer Festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Blue Harbor Resort and Conference Center, 725 Blue Harbor Dr. in Sheboygan.

Attendees of the festival, which is co-hosted by Blue Harbor Resort and Sheboygan brewery 3 Sheeps Brewing Company, can indulge in over 100 beer and cider samples from more than 30 breweries while enjoying an early autumn view of Lake Michigan.

According to James Owen, 3 Sheeps co-founder, the event will feature not only an impressive list of top craft breweries but also the opportunity to try a variety of rare beers, including barrel aged selections and a selection of seasonal and special edition brews.

"As the number of breweries has grown tremendously in this country, the main goal of this festival has been to allow folks to try great examples of beer styles they otherwise wouldn't have a chance to try," notes Owen. "We also love featuring one of the most beautiful parts of our city."

Ticket information

Saturday, Sept. 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
VIP Event Experience
Guests have exclusive access to meet the brewers and sample rare beers. Attendees will be treated to cuisine designed by paired with the VIP beer offerings. This ticket option includes early entry to the Craft Beer Tasting. Tickets are $60 through June 30 and $75 thereafter and include admission to both the VIP Experience and the Grand Craft Beer Tasting.

Saturday, Sept. 22 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Grand Craft Beer Tasting
Attendees can sample more than 100 beers and ciders from over 30 breweries while enjoying live music by local bluegrass favorite, The Honeygoats. Concessions and retail items will also be available for purchase. Tickets are $30 through June 30 and $39 thereafter.

Tickets to the Blue Harbor Craft Beer Festival can be purchased at

Blue Harbor Resort is also offering special accommodation packages. If booked before Aug. 22, guests can receive overnight accommodations and Craft Beer Tasting tickets for each adult in the room. Rates start at $199 per person, plus tax and resort fee. Package booking code is: 7AW0Y9 and the VIP Experience Package booking code is: 7AW0Y8.

For reservations, guests can call (866) 701-BLUE or book online at

Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.