Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau: 5th annual Madison Craft Beer Week coming May 1-10, 2015

MEDIA CONTACT:

Erica Rykal, Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 608.255.2537 x2626

Ten-day, two weekend long festival highlights craft beer culture in Dane County

(MADISON) –Wisconsin’s largest craft beer week returns May 1-10, 2015 to celebrate its 5th anniversary! Over 100 different Greater Madison area restaurants, pubs and breweries will host more than 380 events as part of this year’s Madison Craft Beer Week (MCBW). This year’s “Common Thread” collaboration beer, an annual tradition for MCBW, was made exclusively by female brewers in Wisconsin. The first tapping of Common Thread will take place at Wisconsin Brewing Company on April 30 from 5-9pm. Craft beer enthusiasts can meet the team of brewers that made the 2015 Common Thread at this event.

“We are excited to highlight Wisconsin’s female brewers in this year’s Common Thread beer,” said Robyn Klinge, co-founder of Madison Craft Beer Week. “The craft beer industry is male-dominated, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t talented female brewers out there. Our goal is to bring this group together, shake up the image of what a craft brewer looks like and show off our brewing skills,” added Klinge.

Since its inception in 2010, Madison Craft Beer Week has promoted Madison’s thriving craft beer culture by sponsoring a ten-day (two weekend) festival that highlights Wisconsin’s regional brewing heritage and serves as a showcase for the Madison area’s breweries, restaurants, pubs, caterers, retailers, entertainers, and other businesses with ties to the craft beer community. The 2015 Platinum sponsor is Sprecher Brewing Co. Watch the events pour in at http://www.madbeerweek.com.

The GMCVB is honored to play a key role in supporting the more than 19,000 Dane County jobs supported by tourism. Promoting tourism in Madison since 1972, the GMCVB continues to work tirelessly to expand upon the more than $1.7 billion dollars generated by visitor spending in Dane County every year.