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Wisconsin IPA Fest, Pride Month cocktails and more things to know in Milwaukee food and drink news this week

Wisconsin IPA Fest, Pride Month cocktails and more things to know in Milwaukee food and drink news this week

Wisconsin IPA Fest will have beer from 50 breweries

Tickets are on sale for the Wisconsin IPA Fest Aug. 20 at Third Space Brewing, 1505 W. St. Paul Ave., where a beer garden will showcase dozens of Wisconsin made IPAs.

Fifty breweries from across Wisconsin choose one IPA to vie for the “Best IPA in Wisconsin” trophy. The competition is peer-judged, and each brewery sends its own brewer-judges. Past winners include Sheboygan Beer Co., Third Space and Lakefront. Attendees will also get to vote on the People’s Choice Winner. In addition to those IPAs submitted, Third Space will brew a collaboration IPA with Waukesha’s Raised Grain Brewing, the winner of last year’s event.

The 2022 Wisconsin IPA Fest event ticket is $65 and includes unlimited beer sampling from 2 to 5 p.m. and a Wisconsin IPA Fest Glass to take home. An Early Bird ticket ($55) will be available for a limited time. But for those wanting early access to the event, the VIP ticket ($99) will get you into the event at 1 p.m., and includes access to a VIP lounge, a food truck meal voucher, and a private VIP bar with VIP-only IPAs on tap. Each VIP ticket-holder will also take home a four-pack of the 2022 Collaboration IPA. For tickets visit:

Pride month cocktails offered for June

The Newsroom Pub, 137 E. Wells St., is offering Pride Potions, a colorful flight of vodka cocktails, through June. The flight is priced at $15, with all the proceeds donated to the MKE LGBT Community Center. The set of four rainbow cocktails includes the Milwaukee Sunset featuring pineapple vodka, the Cream City made with pineapple-mango vodka, the Greenwich Village with a blue curaçao float, and Stonewall Spirit featuring strawberry-cranberry vodka.

Saint Kate-The Arts Hotel, 139 E. Kilbourn Ave., features a Pridetini at both the Bar and Giggly during June. The drink is a fruity martini with cotton candy and edible sparkling glitter, priced at $12, with all the proceeds going to Vivent Health.

Out in the Kitchen food tasting

The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce invites the public to attend “Out in the Kitchen” from 6 to 8 p.m. July 19 at Discovery World, 500 N. Harbor Drive.

The food sampling event will be held in The Pavilion and outdoor patios, and guests will be able to vote for their favorite food items. Among the food dishes will be the Vietnamese Banh Mi chicken slider, mac & cheese cavatappi, charred tomato bisque with grilled bread cheese, and a black chocolate salted caramel with bacon cake from Cowboy Joe’s Bakery. Fifteen to 20 vendors are expected, including Antigua Latin Inspired Kitchen, Moxie Food and Drink, The Lowlands Group, The Pasta Tree, and Slide Gourmet Potato Chips.

Early Bird tickets are available until July 8 for $25. After that, tickets are $35. Each ticket gives you one drink ticket and all the food samples you care to eat. For tickets and more information:

Harbor House plans fireworks dinner

Reservations are available for the Fireworks Dinner on July 3 at Harbor House, 550 N. Harbor Drive. The event offers a front row view of the city’s fireworks show on Lake Michigan from inside the restaurant or outside on the private lakeside patio.

The event ticket includes a glass of sparkling wine, a cash bar, dinner, valet parking and seating to watch the fireworks show. Food stations will include a raw bar featuring oysters, cured salmon, shrimp and snow crab, a meat station with prime rib, lamb chops, chicken and mini sliders, and additional stations with beer battered cod and chips, salads and potatoes, and desserts.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Space is limited. Tickets are $225 per person and can be purchased at

The Bazaar cocktail club at Bittercube

Bittercube Bazaar, 4828 W. Lisbon Ave., is offering a cocktail subscription featuring whiskeys distilled and bottled by small American distilleries.

Each month from June through December, subscribers will receive a rotating selection of two 2 ounce samples of the featured whiskeys, as well as two 12-ounce bottled cocktails, including garnish. Cocktail tasting notes will highlight the featured spirits. The cost of a club membership is $64 a month, with local pickup at the Bittercube Bazaar. Sign up for the cocktail subscription at

Vote in Purple Door’s flavor contest

The public can influence which of eight new-flavor finalists from 300 entries will make it onto the Purple Door Ice Cream rotating menu.

The 2022 Battle of the New Flavors Contest is June 12 through June 19 at the scoop shops at 205 S. Second St. and 6300 W. Mequon Road, Mequon.

Customers vote for their favorite after trying the flavors in a mini flight for $10. The winner will be announced the week of June 20.

Georgia peaches in Milwaukee

Tree-Ripe Fruit Co. will begin peach deliveries in Milwaukee on June 15, with additional delivery dates and locations in the Milwaukee area through August.

The first stops in Milwaukee June 15 are two pop-up events at SmallPie from 10 a.m. to noon at 2504 E. Oklahoma Ave., followed by a stand at the Milwaukee Night Market from 5 to 10 p.m. on Wisconsin Ave., between 2nd St. and Phillips Ave. The stops offer Georgia peaches, Georgia pecans and New Mexico pistachios, with Michigan blueberries available in July. The prices for 2022 are: 4 lb. bag of Georgia peaches ($10); 1 lb bag of Georgia pecans ($13); 1 lb. bag of New Mexico pistachios ($13); and 5 lb case of Michigan blueberries ($21).

This is the company’s 28th consecutive year of bringing Georgia peaches directly to farmer’s markets, pop-up events, and parking lots, within days of the fruit being picked. For the full Peach Stop schedule, visit

Wisconsin Farm to Table dinner

Tickets are now on sale for the Farm to Table dinner on Aug. 5 at Mighty Grand Dairy in Union Grove.

The event begins at 5 p.m. with farm tours and a cheese reception with Wisconsin wines and beers, followed by a five-course dinner showcasing Wisconsin cheeses, meats and vegetables. A limited number of tickets will be sold for $150 per plate. Money raised from the annual event is donated to a local non-for-profit of the host farm’s choosing, and Mighty Grand Dairy has chosen the Kansasville Volunteer Fire Department as its charity recipient for 2022. For tickets visit

Deer District Margarita Fest

Milwaukee’s margarita-makers will mix it up on June 26 at the Deer District Beer Garden, 1133 N. Old World 3rd St., to earn the “Best Margarita” title.

The public is invited to sample the cocktails and vote for their favorite margarita. Local taco trucks will be parked onsite to provide south of the border eats. The $33 general admission ticket gives entry into either the 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. sampling session, or the 2 to 5 p.m. session. A $45 VIP ticket offers entry to both sessions from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To purchase tickets: