The annual Great Lakes Brew Fest takes place Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St.

Gregory Shaver, Journal Times file photo

RACINE — The annual Great Lakes Brew Fest will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St.

Since 2004, the GLBF has developed into one of the most iconic beer festivals in the region, drawing nearly 5,000 attendees from more than 25 states.

Returning to the festival is the ever-popular and growing Home Brew Island, featuring more than 16 Midwestern home brew clubs, offering sampling of beers, meads and ciders.

“The Home Brew Island is a crowd favorite because it represents the roots of where the craft beer movement was born,” said Curt Foreman, founder and co-chairman of the GLBF. “In addition, the Cider Cellar, which was a huge hit with attendees for the last three years, will return as well. Of course, the home brews and ciders that are available at this year’s fest will be in addition to the more than 450 commercially-available craft beers from more than 100 area brewers,” said Foreman.

In its 14th year, the Great Lakes Brew Fest has focused on being the Great Lakes region’s premier beer sampling event, benefiting the Racine Kilties Drum & Bugle Corps, a Racine institution and one of the oldest drum and bugle corps in the country.

The festival is open to persons ages 21 and older. Festival attendees will be provided with a souvenir tasting glass and unlimited samples of craft beer and cider. Local area restaurant food will be sold and live music will be performed by the Rock Daddies.

General Admission tickets cost $50 and the VIP Fest Pass is $89. Designated driver tickets cost $18 (general admission) and $29 (VIP). For more information, email or go to


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