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10 years and still crushing it

Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest will return to the Alliant Energy Center for the 10th year on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. Meet and mingle with brewers and cheesemakers from around the state (and beyond) and sample hundreds of delicious creations in the midst of your bleak Wisconsin winter. You must be 21 years old to attend.

Like Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest on Facebook here. RSVP to the Facebook event here.

VIP tickets have sold out and GA tickets are limited. Get yours while you can. This event sells out every year! Tickets to Isthmus events support local, independent journalism. Thank you for your support of Madison’s alt-weekly.

We had some visitors last year from Discover Wisconsin. Check out this special episode to learn a little more about Beer & Cheese Fest.

Best of Fest: Attendees vote every year on which beer and cheese is the Best of Fest. Congratulations to Rockhound Brewing Co. and Maple Leaf Cheesemakersthe 2018 Best of Fest beer winners!

Where should you stay? Madison Concourse Hotel is the official hotel of Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest.

Free shuttles will run to and from the fest from the following locations every 30 minutes between 10:45 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.:

  • HopCat:  222 W. Gorham Street
  • Great Dane (Hilldale location): 357 Price Place
  • One Barrel Brewing Company: 2001 Atwood Avenue

Local transportation

Two major bike paths connect to Alliant Energy Center: The Wingra Creek Bike Path follows Wingra Creek through Quann Park to the Park Street and Fish Hatchery Road area, and the Capital City Trail runs along Lake Monona adjacent to John Nolen Drive.

Madison Metro Transit has regular stops along John Nolen Drive, Olin Avenue and Rimrock Road. Visit www.mymetrobus.com to plan your trip.

Driving directions

  • From Chicago (South): I-90 West to Exit 142A, West on U.S. Highways 12 & 18, 5 miles to Rimrock Road, Exit 262
  • From Green Bay (North): I-90 East to Exit 142A, West on U.S. Highways 12 & 18, 5 miles to Rimrock Road, Exit 262
  • From Milwaukee (East): I-94 West, I-90 East to Exit 142A, West on U.S. Highways 12 & 18 to Rimrock Road, Exit 262
  • From Minneapolis (West): I-90 East to Exit 142A, West on U.S. Highways 12 & 18 to Rimrock Road, Exit 262
  • From Des Moines (South): I-80 East to I-380 North, North on Highway 151 to U.S. Highways 12 & 18 East, East to Rimrock Road, Exit 262

Parking for the Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall is through the Main Gate on Rimrock Road. Parking is $7.

Coat check will be available at the event. Alliant charges $2 for this service.

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