By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Jul 26, 2018 at 12:01 PM

Nearly 50 beer-makers will bring their IPAs to Milwaukee’s Third Space Brewing, 1505 W. St. Paul Ave. in the Menomonee Valley, on Saturday, Aug. 4 for the second annual Wisconsin IPA Fest.

Admission to the event, which runs from noon until 5 p.m. and is part of the 11-day Drink Brew City Week event organized by Milwaukee Craft Brewery League celebrating Milwaukee craft beer, is free. The public can sample 48 Wisconsin pale ales this year – 11 more than in 2017 – at $2 per 4-ounce pour in the brewery’s taproom and outdoor beer garden.

In addition to sending a beer, each participating brewery will send a judge. After a double-blind judging session, the judges will crown Wisconsin’s best IPA for 2018, earning the champ the right to display a trophy that resembles a fermentation tank – made by Oconomowoc-based Quality Tank Solutions – until next year’s competition.

Lakefront Brewery won last year’s debut competition.

"We wanted to create an event for the public to celebrate the great hoppy
beers being made right here in Wisconsin" said Third Space Co-Founder and
Brewmaster Kevin Wright. "We also wanted to create a friendly competition to crown the best IPA in the state each year."

Everyone who attends the event can vote for the the People’s Champion.

While you’re there you can also try some of Third Space’s non-IPA beers, which will be available in the taproom.

A special VIP Hour from 11 a.m. to noon costs $30 and includes 10 sample pours. It also cuts down on wait times for samples and ensures that you’ll taste everything you want before supplies are exhausted. Third Space will also tap some exclusive beers only during the VIP hour.

VIP tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite.

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Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

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 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 has be heard on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories, in that station's most popular podcast.