By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Jul 26, 2023 at 2:40 PM

The seventh annual Wisconsin IPA Fest comes to Third Space Brewing, 1505 W. St. Paul Ave. in the Menomonee Valley on Saturday, Aug. 5.

The event runs from 2 until 5 p.m. and it’s a great way to try dozens of IPAs from 42 Wisconsin craft breweries. The participating brews also face a judging panel, which selects a winner each year.

Breweries can bring up to four beers for sampling but can only enter one in the competition.

Then, the winner makes a collab brew at Third Space for the following year’s event. Beloit’s G5 Brewing took the top prize and brewed with Third Space just a few days ago.

The beer they made is a hazy pale ale with the experimental new 17701 hop from Hopsteiner and with Briess malts.

You can buy the beer at the event (VIPs get a free four-pack with their ticket).

There will be food from Nadi Plates, Tots on the Street and Twisted Plants trucks, a DJ and lots of fun, plus the chance to meet fellow hopheads and rub elbows with brewers from breweries across the state.

Third Space says its expects about 600 beer lovers to attend.

General admission tickets are $20 and include a sampling glass and unlimited sampling. VIPs get that plus an hour of early sampling, a lunch ticket, a private bar with special VIP brews plus that four-pack for $85.

A designated driver ticket ($20) gets admission and free non-alcoholic beverages.

The judges’ pick and the winner of the People’s Choice award, as selected by you, will be announced at 4 p.m.

Here is the list of participating breweries:

  • 1840 Brewing
  • 3 Sheeps Brewing
  • Amorphic Beer
  • Badger State Brewing
  • Broken Bat Brewing
  • Central Waters Brewing
  • Company Brewing
  • Component Brewing
  • Eagle Park Brewing
  • Explorium Brewpub
  • Faklandia Brewing
  • Fox River Brewing
  • Full Mile Beer Co. & Kitchen
  • G5 Brewing
  • Gathering Place Brewing
  • Good City Brewing
  • Hacienda Beer
  • Hillsboro Brewing
  • Hinterland Brewery
  • Lakefront Brewery
  • Lion’s Tail Brewing Co.
  • Low Daily Beer
  • Mosinee Brewing
  • New Barons Brewing Co-op
  • Oliphant Brewing
  • One Barrel Brewing
  • Ope Brewing
  • Public Craft Brewing
  • Raised Grain Brewing
  • Rhinelander Brewing
  • Rocky Reef Brewing
  • Rookery Brewing
  • Second Salem Brewing
  • Starkweather Brewing
  • Sunshine Brewing
  • Third Space Brewing
  • Vennture Brew
  • Vintage Brewing
  • Water Street Brewery
  • Working Draft Beer
  • Young Blood Beer

Buy your tickets online here.

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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.