For one weekend each autumn, the Waterpark Capital of the World is transformed into a craft beer paradise as Dells On Tap takes over at the Wisconsin Dells Festivals Site, 200 La Crosse St. in the Dells.
This year’s event kicks off Friday, Oct. 14 with the Dells Craft Beer Walk that allows you to sample craft brews as you explore the downtown Dells, and maybe consider pairing some rich stouts with some classic Dells fudge or using banana salt water taffy to boost that Belgian-style brew.
Then, on Saturday, Oct. 15, Dells on Tap takes over the festival site with more than 65 artisan brewers not only from across Wisconsin, but also beyond.
Plus, there will be brewery representatives and brewmasters on hand to talk about what they do.
General admission ($50 / $65 on the day-of) gets you in from 1 to 5 p.m. and includes a tasting mug. For ($75 / $90) you can get the VIP experience with entry at noon, a commemorative VIP tasting mug, pretzel necklace and light snacks until 1 p.m. VIP tickets limited to 500.
Tickets are on sale now online.
To add to the fun, there are a number of competitions on draft, too, at the event. Get together with you friends to sign up for pre-event cornhole, giant beer pong and mini golf tournaments that take place at 10:30 a.m.
The top three teams will get awards.
There will also be a Beards & Brews mustache competition at the event. Register on site at the festival.
Find more information and a complete list of participating breweries here.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.