Milwaukee Firkin Fest is a celebration of Milwaukee beer, past, present and future. We know our beer is great now but the future looks pretty firkin bright from where we are sitting. After all, we’re from Milwaukee and we ought to know…yah der hey!

Firkin Fest Highlights

  • Sample from Over 150 Brews
  • More than 40 Firkins on Site
  • Breweriana Tent (Beer Memorabilia)
  • Commemorative Pint Glass to all Attendees
  • Live Entertainment – The MilBillies
  • Vote for your favorite brewery to win the Big Firkin Award

Festival Hours

VIPs 3-7:30 pm
General Admission 4-7:30 pm

Firkin Facts

What’s a Firkin you ask?

A firkin, derived from the Dutch word vierdekijn (meaning fourth), is actually a small barrel of beer that is one-fourth the size of a stand full barrel of beer; as opposed to a standard beer barrel, which contains 30.96 gallons, a firkin full of cask ale will contain a volume of 10.79 gallons.

It’s a delicious cask ale. Not filtered, clarified, pasteurized, or force carbonated; so it leaves all that goodness in the beer. Firkins are one time, one-off creations that are impossible to replicate due to the secondary fermentation that takes place inside of the cask.

Breweries from throughout the Midwest gather to share a cask of something special made to be poured from a traditional Firkin Cask.

Word Origin & History

“fourth part of a barrel,” 1391, from M.Du. *vierdekijn, dim. of vierde, lit. “fourth, fourth part”

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

fir·kin   (fûr’kĭn)n.
A small wooden barrel or covered vessel.
Any of several British units of capacity, usually equal to about 1/4 of a barrel or 9 gallons (34 liters).

[Middle English ferken, ferdekin, probably from Middle Dutch *verdelkijn, diminutive of veerdel, one-fourth : veerde, fourth; see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots + deel, part; see dail- in Indo-European roots.]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition

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The MilBillies – high-energy bluegrass

Chicagoans – take Amtrack to the MKE Firkin Craft Beer Fest!

Amtrak Depart 1:05 pm Chicago,  Arrives in MKE 2:34

Departs for Chicago 7:35


Lyft is the official ride share service of the Milwaukee Firkin Beer Fest