Kohler Festival of Beer: The perfect weekend getaway for beer and food aficionados

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MILWAUKEE -- The Kohler Festival of Beer is a three-day celebration of craft beer! The weekend features cooking demonstrations and tastings. Chef Tom McGinty joins FOX6 WakeUp with the details.

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The perfect weekend getaway for beer and food aficionados, the annual Kohler Festival of Beer features premiere craft brewers from throughout the country. Enjoy a weekend brimming with refreshing brews, delicious food, cooking demonstrations, beer classes and live music by some of the region’s best bands (including the BoDeans’ former lead singer Sammy Llanas). Signature events include the Hops to the Shops party, 5k Beer Run, the Shorts & Chefs grilling event, the popular Cheers to Beers tasting gala and a Sunday beer-themed breakfast.

Stout coffee cake

1 cup Soft butter
2 cups Dark brown sugar
3 Whole eggs
3 cups All-purpose flour
2 teaspoons Baking powder
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
½ teaspoon Nutmeg
½ teaspoon Salt
2 cups Chopped dried cherries
1 cup Chopped pecans
1 ¾ cups Stout


  • Cream butter and sugar together
  • Add one egg at a time, scrape bowl between additions
  • Sift dry ingredients together
  • Add the dried cherries and pecans
  • Alternately add dry ingredients and beer, scraping down the sides of the bowl between additions
  • Mix until all ingredients are well combined
  • Divide into 2-8” cake pans, cover with baked streusel and bake in 325F oven for about 20 -25 minutes or until center springs back when lightly pressed.

Stout icing

  • Butter 2 tablespoons
  • Powdered sugar ¾ cup
  • Salt Pinch
  • Coffee stout 2 ½ tablespoons

• Melt butter in a small saucepan
• Remove from heat and whisk in the powdered sugar, and salt (mixture will get very thick)
• Add the Beer in 2 parts while whisking to a smooth consistency
• Use right away or store in an airtight container