Days with temperatures in the 70s are yesterday’s news (literally). Shorter days are now here and colder days are ahead, which means that it’s almost dark beer’s time to shine! Yes, porters, stouts, and all things barrel-aged are starting to make their presence known on local store shelves and on area draft lines. It’s one of the only truly great things about wintertime in Wisconsin.
On Saturday, December 10, MobCraft Beer will bask in the darkness when its celebrates its 5th annual Stout Fest at its Walker’s Point brewery and taproom. From open until close, MobCraft will have more than 25 of its stouts and other “dark and malty” options available on draft. The event will also serve as the release of its annual Padishah Imperial Stout, as well as some Padishah variants that have been aged in Great Lakes Distillery barrels. There will also be beer and cheese pairings available for purchase. Oh, and if you need a break from the dark stuff (or you’re stout-averse for some weird reason!), MobCraft is making sure to keep a few draft lines open for decidedly lighter beer options.
In addition to the beer and cheese on hand, Stout Fest will also feature beer-related trivia, present wrapping contests, an ugly sweater contest, shuffleboard, ping pong, and even hammerschlagen out on its burn barrel-heated patio. You can read more information in the press release below.
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – MobCraft Beer is hosting their fifth annual Stout Fest on Saturday, December 10, 2022. Festivities will kick off in the taproom at noon, located at 505 S. 5th Street. The festival will celebrate dark and malty beer styles including Stouts, Porters and barrel-aged beers and also serve as the release party for MobCraft’s coveted annual release, Padishah Imperial Stout and its variants. Stout Fest is open to the public and free of charge to attend.
All 2022 varieties were aged for a minimum of 10 months and include Great Lakes Distillery Gin barrel, Tequila barrel, Great Lakes Distillery apple brandy barrel, Jamaican rum barrel and Central Standard bourbon barrel. Padishah loosely translates from Persian to “master king.” This “king” of barrel aged beer and its five variants clock in at 11% ABV.
Inside, the taproom will be dedicating almost all of the 31 lines to different dark beers including all 2022 Padishah variants, a few Padishah vintages from years past, heavy hitting favorites such at Kringle Monster, Grasshopper Mint Chocolate Stout, Moo-Waukee White Chocolate Milk Stout and the return of our special 9 Year Anniversary Stout that was only available to the public during Weird Fest earlier this year. Not a fan of dark beer? Don’t worry! A few draught lines will be dedicated to easy drinking beers. Flights will be available all day.
In addition to the festival, Michael Landis will be hosting a special beer and cheese pairing at 1pm-2pm on the brewery floor. Landis, a certified cheese professional, author and educator in beer and cheese, has hand selected the pairings which include:
• Sartori Espresso BellaVitano + Effie’s Homemade Pecan Biscuits + Bonnie’s Peach Ginger Jelly + Moowaukee White Chocolate Milk Stout.
• Carr Valley Cheese Co. Cocoa Cardona + Effie’s Homemade Cocoa Biscuit + Bonnie’s Red Pepper Jelly + Kringle Monster
• Widmer’s Cheese Cellar Matterhorn Alpine Cheddar + Effie’s Homemade Almond Biscuit + Bonnie’s Apricot Orange Jelly + Barrel Aged Belgian Quad
• Marieke Gouda Fenugreek Gouda + Effie’s Homemade Ginger Biscuits + Bonnie’s Black & Blue Jelly + Vanilla Wafer Porter.
The cheese + beer pairing is $35 each and can be purchased here. Spots are limited. After the cheese pairing, the brewery floor will host all contests throughout the day. Contests include the annual ugly sweater contest, stout trivia, beer tasting trivia ($5 per person) and a competition to see who can unwrap a present the most quickly while wearing mittens. Foosball, ping pong and shuffleboard will be available throughout the day. The patio will also be open with outdoor seating, burn barrels for heat, and hammerschlagen.