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2020 Entertainment (this gets updated, so check back!)

Piano Fondue Dueling Pianos

We’re excited to announce that Piano Fondue Dueling Pianos will be returning for Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest 2020! They will be taking your requests throughout the entire fest. ACDC sing-along anyone?

Beer & Cheese School

Thanks to Metcalfe’s Market and One Barrel Brewing Company, we’re bringing back the Beer & Cheese School to the fest. These beer and cheese pairing classes will be led by chefs and experts, educating you in a hands-on (and delicious) atmosphere. Chef Dan Fox of Heritage Tavern will be in this area from noon- 2pm for VID ticket holders. Cheese partners for this area include Roth, Sartori and Hook’s.

Burger, Beer & Bourbon 101

A collaboration between the Wisconsin Beef Council and Bulleit Bourbon, we’re bringing in Pasqual’s Cantina chef and owner Benjamin Roberts and Melted chef and owner David Rodriguez – and other experts – to guide you through a unique pairing experience. Come hungry. Thanks to New Belgium Brewing Co., we’ll also have American Haze and Fat Tire available in this area.

Live Cheese Carving

Presented by Metcalfe’s Market, Madison-based cheese carver Troy Landwehr will be on-site making cheese into art. The pieces will then be displayed at Metcalfe’s.

Hops Exploration

Learn more about popular hop varieties and what flavors and aromas they contribute to your beer with FEMs (Females Enjoying Microbrews). This session will provide an in-depth exploration of a select variety of hops (Centennial, Citra, Saaz and Cascade). FEMs will dose pitchers of light lager with different varieties of hops, allowing you to compare the different aromas and flavors each hop variety imparts using the same base beer. FEMs will also have single-hopped beers made with each of the hops you’ll be sampling to provide additional comparison and aroma/flavor profiles.
Three free sessions, maximum of 20 people in each:
12:30 pm (VIP)
2:30 pm
4 pm

Silent Disco

Get ready to dance and rock like everyone is watching – Silent Disco returns to Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest! Throw on a pair of headphones and let the music take over. We don’t judge (well, only a little). Thanks to Chiro One Wellness Center for being the official sponsor of Silent Disco!


We’re excited to bring back Hammerschlagen to Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest! Ian’s Pizza is this year’s sponsor of this fest tradition. Are you up to the challenge?

Hobrau Biergarten

Come check out the Hobrau Biergarten at the fest. We’ll have delicious lagers from Hofbrau Munchen for you to sample. Join the fun and participate in the stein-hoisting competition and Hammerschlagen game. Prizes will be awarded. Prost!

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