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Things to Do: May 22

May 21, 2014

City's visitors bureau hosts beer festival

Glendale — Tickets are now on sale for the fifth annual Wisconsin Beer Lovers Festival, being held from 1 to 5 p.m. June 14 (Father's Day weekend) at Bayshore Town Center.

General tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door, and include admission, a souvenir beer sampling glass and unlimited samples of beer and food pairings. Festival tickets and hotel packages are available at WisconsinBeerLoversFest.com(cq). Patrons must be 21 years of age or older to attend the event. Photo identification will be required at the admission entrance. Designated drivers and patrons under 21 years of age can purchase a "Food Lovers and Designated Driver Ticket" for $25.

Hosted by Welcome to Glendale, the City of Glendale's Convention and Visitors Bureau, Bayshore Town Center, the Wisconsin Brewer's Guild and DRAFT Magazine, the Wisconsin Beer Lovers Festival is the premier all-Wisconsin craft beer and tasting festival, featuring more than 150 craft beer selections from more than 40 craft breweries throughout the state.

Each of the participating breweries will be paired with local chefs, Wisconsin cheese manufacturers, or one of several brewpubs and restaurants to create a unique tasting portion designed to complement a variety of unique beers available for sampling.

New to the festival this year, Kyle Cherek of Wisconsin Foodie hosts seminars for patrons to learn more about beer and food pairings.

Festivalgoers can also download the new 2014 Wisconsin Beer Lovers Festival application developed for smartphones and tablets that will allow patrons to access a map of the festival, as well as brewery and restaurant locations during the event.

Festivalgoers and die-hard craft beer fans will also be able to purchase the "Wisconsin Beer Experience VIP Ticket" for the first time this year. This VIP ticket is available for $80 and will include access to a special VIP tent by the Wisconsin Brewer's Guild that features at least 10 beers not available to the rest of attendees, a limited edition Wisconsin Beer Lovers Festival growler, a one-year subscription to DRAFT Magazine, early entry to the festival beginning at noon and a full meal voucher for food provided by a local restaurant in the VIP tent.

Only 300 VIP tickets are available.

Explore the outdoors

with activities at SANC

Bayside — The Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, 1111 E. Brown Deer Road, has activities for all ages. For information, call (414) 352-2880. Special activities include:

· Environmental Voices: Artificial Structures as a Cause of Shoreline Wave Erosion: from 1 to 4:30 p.m. May 22

Geologist Jim Rosenbaum discusses both the process of shoreline sediment transport, and how normal sediment distribution is modified by artificial structures, causing erosion and accretion. A field excursion to view the effects of shoreline structures at Doctors and Klode parks is planned. Fee: adult member, $20; nonmember adult, $23

· Lake Michigan Discovery Hike: from 1:30 to 3 p.m. May 23

Participants descend to the lower terrace and lakeshore, always with a focus on Lake Michigan. The entire program is taught on the trail. Fee: adult members, $5; adult nonmembers, $7

· Door County Getaway: from 8 a.m. May 27 to 8 p.m. May 30

The group stays in the comfort and luxury of Lawrence University's beautiful Bjorklunden lodge on the shore of Lake Michigan. Interested people can contact Don Quintenz for more information at (414) 352-2880, ext. 156.

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