Kenosha Welcomes the Border War Beer Fest

I've attended a number of Brewfest Partners events and they're always a good time. I love that they continue to expand and set-up in new venues for beer aficionados to get a taste of some of the best craft brews in the Midwest. 

A new event debuts this weekend at one of my favorite venues that is just over the Illinois border into Wisconsin. The Border War Fest will take place at HarborPark in Kenosha, Wisconsin, a beautiful space right on the shore of Lake Michigan. With the Kenosha Public Museum and Civil War Museum in one direction and a sparkling blue horizon in the other, it's a great spot to enjoy the outdoors and sip on saisons, IPAs, stouts, ciders and more while you gaze out at sailboats and marvel at the beaches and lighthouses. For several years we've made a trip up to HarborPark for the annual Taste of Wisconsin (another awesome event you should mark on your calendar!) More than 100 varieties from 28 breweries will be available for sampling at the beer fest.

The Border War Beer Fest runs from 3 - 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 at Celebration Place in HarborPark (5501 Ring Road.) The event will include unlimited 3 oz. pours from Wisconsin and Illinois brewers and live music. Food vendors will offer a variety of foods, including Wisconsin specialties, such as cheese curds and sausage. Tickets are $45 for general admission or $79 for VIP, which allows entry at 2 p.m. Get tickets at
Attendees will also vote on which state has the best brews and the winner will take ownership of a traveling trophy.

If you're traveling from the Chicago area, make a weekend of it. Use that extra time to chill on one of the beaches that have free admission and free parking, visit one of the museums, do some shopping at the outlet mall, take a ride on the electric street car system or plan a day at the Bristol Renaissance Faire. Go to for more info.