Kwaktoberfest & Friends 2018

Join us on September 29th, 2018 from 4 to 10 pm for Café Hollander on Downer’s second annual Kwaktoberfest – this time with a twist.  

We’ve invited our Lowlands Locals collaboration series partners from Raised Grain Brewing Co., Good City Brewing, Third Space Brewing, Black Husky Brewing, and Fermentorium to join in the festivities. Over 200 years of Belgian brewing tradition, represented by Brouwerij Bosteel, meets local craft brewers for a very special bier festival: Kwaktoberfest & Friends 2018.

In addition to pouring our local craft favorites, we’ll have an internationally revered Belgian bier legend, and longtime friend of Lowlands, Jack Van Antwerpen of Brouwerij Bosteels with his classic Belgian biers.

Witness the sabering of DeuS Bottles by the hour (which, if you’ve never seen anyone open a magnificent bottle of carbonated booze with the graceful sweep of a sword, you haven’t lived). From 5 – 7 listen to Milwaukee Hot Club and from 8 – 10 check out Detour on our performance stage. Challenge your friends or family to yard and drinking games. Cozy up to the harvest bonfire and snap some Insta-worthy images. All while sipping on nearly a dozen varieties of Belgium and Brew City’s finest. We can’t wait to see you there!   

$5 for 1 token
$20 for 5 tokens  ($5 Savings!)
$50 All-You-Care-To-Drink Wristband +  2 bonus tokens
$75 VIP Package: includes All-You-Care-To-Drink Wristband, Kwak t-shirt, and a bottle of DeuS ($120 Value!)

Individual Tokens can be purchased for $5 and all tokens can be purchased on-site the day of the event, except for the VIP package, which can be purchased online. 

What to Eat and Drink:
Tripel Karmeliet
Lowlands Locals
DeuS (2 tokens)
Frites Cone
Pretzel Bites w/ Mustard
Sauerkraut Fritters

About the Biers: 

Kwak8.4%A Belgian strong pale ale with a rich, amber color and sweet, malty aroma. Kwak is named after Pauwel Kwak, a Belgian Innkeeper and tavern owner from the late 18th century whose inn was frequented by mail coaches. Napoleonic Code forbade these coach drivers from abandoning their horse and post to enjoy a bier in his bar, so he had a special glass blown that would hang from their coaches so he could take the bier to them! Today, Kwak is still served in that same glass, complete with a monogrammed wooden stand custom designed by Pauwel Kwak. 

Tripel Karmeliet8.4 %A Belgian tripel-threat of delicate wheat, creamy oats, and wholesome barley combined with spicy citrus flavors and aromas of vanilla that are as elegant as the glass in which it’s served! Tripel Karmeliet is still brewed to an authentic bier recipe from 1679 originating in the former Carmelite monastery in Dendermonde. 

DeuS 11.5%Clean and effervescent. A floral nose with whispers of lemon meringue and ginger from its distinct yeast strain enhance its soft, biscuity malt backbone. The true Champagne of bier, DeuS Brut des Flandres is the crown, sparkling jewel of the Brouwerij Bosteels’ portfolio. It begins like all hand-crafted biers do, as a beverage comprised of just water, malt, hops, and a special, carefully- cultivated yeast strain. But from there, it is shipped off to the Champagne region of France, where it undergoes another fermentation and maturation in the méthode champenoise used to produce sparkling wine. Truly a bier worth celebrating. 

Good City Brewing – Good City Sehr Gut Helles 4.8%
A laid-back brew inspired by Milwaukee’s proud German Heritage and its historic East Side. A shared belief in the power of good bier, good food, and good company to transform neighborhoods emanates from this bright, crisp Helles Lager.

Third Space Brewing – Happy Place Citra 5.3%
This refreshing ale represents two companies who share a common goal: to give our guests a cozy space in which to enjoy great bier and great company. For this brew, our friends took their signature Midwest Pale Ale and added floral, juicy Citra hops.

Raised Grain Brewing Co. – Oranje Juicy IIPA 7.8%
Citra, Amarillo, and Mosaic hops add big, juicy bursts of fruit flavor to this irresistible, triple dry-hopped “biermosa but without the O.J.” from our friends in Waukesha. Finally, an IPA that’s not bitter about everything.

The Fermentorium – Blushing Aura English Mild Ale 4.2%
A sessionable, fruity homage to the “British Mild,” which is Brit-speak for “not aged.” This young, fresh buck of a bier is packed with intense flavor and brewed with rooibos, hibiscus, currants, rose hips, elderberries, and cranberries!

Black Husky Brewing – Tripel Dog Elite 8.2%
This all-American take on a Belgian staple is spicy to some, and fruity to others—a subjective interpretation that showcases the “Craft”-y differences between Old World and New. This “husky” tripel is light-bodied and deceptively drinkable!