Always Innovating – Roar off the Shore Brewfest
Before craft beer festivals and pin tappings dotted our social calendars on the regular, the Kewaunee Lion’s club had the insight to corral emerging microbreweries into an event that served to both expand the palates of local beer drinks and raise funds for the club. Now in its 12th year, the Kewaunee and Dyckesville Lions have withstood the test of change to create one of the best represented brewfests in the area.
When the event first began, it was held in the fall and had to compete with other beer tasting events in September and October. After the third year, organizers moved it to the last Saturday in March where the event remains, often leading to humor quips about March coming “in like a lion and out like….lion”. Rapidly growing attendance also forced change upon the festival, first outgrowing the Agricultural Heritage Farm followed by Lakehaven Hall. Early attendees will recall braving the elements to use outdoor bathrooms before Roar off the Shore settled on the centrally located Kewaunee County Fair Grounds Exhibition Building.
One major insistence that separates this festival from others like it is changes lineup of beers over time. Brew Master and Co-Chairman Jeff Kohnle documents the lineup of the beers and watches over the vendors to ensure new and different brews each year. The Wine Vintner Lion Chris Schroeder does the same with the wine list. This year’s festival will feature regional craft beers from over 40 breweries and wineries. Local favorites participating in the event will be Titletown Brewing, and Hinterland Brewing, both of Green Bay, Courthouse Pub and Lakeshore Tech, both of Manitowoc, Ahnapee Brewing of Algoma, Thumb Knuckle from Luxemburg and numerous others.c
Some of the wineries on hand will be Parallel 44, Cold Country, Von Stiehl, Duck Creek, Door Peninsula, Captain’s Walk, and Forgotten Fire. Attendees will also get to vote for their favorite brewery, winery or food. Eight or nine food vendors will be on hand to satisfy guests’ appetites. In Kewaunee, buses will be provided at the Port O’ Call. In Algoma, a bus will run from Ahnapee Brewing. All buses will return guests back to their original pick up point at the end of the event. There is no charge for the bus if you have a Brewfest ticket.
Doors for the event will open at 2:00 pm and the festival ends at 6:00 pm. Ticket sales are limited to 850 attendees. Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door. Ticket price for beer/ wine drinkers includes a commemorative glass and Beer 4 a Year tickets. Designated driver tickets are available for $10 and include free soda and water. Visit roarofftheshore.com to purchase advance tickets or stop at the Bank of Luxemburg (all locations), Premier Travel, Van’s Lumber, Port O Call, BlueWater Services, or Ahnapee Brewery.