Quality, not quantity, reigns at the Beer Barons’ World of Beer Festival. Nearly 40 breweries and 600 imbibers gather at the Schwabenhof Pavilion for some seriously good beer. VIB (Very Interesting Beers) tickets grant access to some impressive rarities. Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout, Firestone Walker Sucaba and Samuel Adams Utopias might not mean much to the average beer drinker, but the chance to taste hard-to-find beers like these makes beer geeks more excited than a kid at Christmas. Even general admission ticket holders get access to beauties like Goose Island Bourbon County Stout and Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine.
Dan Murphy has been reviewing bars for Milwaukee Magazine for roughly 15 years. He’s been doing his own independent research in them for close to 25.