The Dubuque Main Street Board of Directors has exciting plans for the city's first-ever Key City Beer Festival, set to take place this Saturday, August 5th, beneath Dubuque's iconic Town Clock on Main Street's 700 block.

The festival's primary objective is to unite craft beer enthusiasts from diverse backgrounds, providing them a unique opportunity to support and promote regional breweries and businesses, while also contributing to downtown development and enhancing Dubuque's overall quality of life. Yup, a pint can go a long way.

Credit: Key City Beer Fest 2023
Credit: Key City Beer Fest 2023

Event attendees can indulge in the rich flavors of local and regional craft beers, with an impressive lineup of 21 participating breweries producing over 50 tantalizing flavors to taste. General Admission tickets grant festival-goers entry into the event, along with unlimited tastings and a souvenir 4oz tasting glass. For a more exclusive experience, VIP tickets offer additional perks, including a 2-hour early entry, a swag bag, a t-shirt, complimentary food, and a special seating area. General admission tickets are $35, with VIPs coming in at $85, a designated diver ticket is available for 10 bucks and includes unlimited water and 2 N/A Drink Tickets.

Credit: Key City Beer Fest 2023 / Google Maps
Credit: Key City Beer Fest 2023 / Google Maps

What Breweries are on-site?

  • 7 Hills Brewing Company
  • Backpocket Brewing
  • Beer In The Barn Brewery
  • Bell’s Brewery
  • Big Grove Brewery
  • Big Sky Brewing
  • Dimensional Brewing Company
  • Exile Brewing Company
  • Founders Brewing Company
  • Front Street Brewery
  • Generations Brewing Company
  • Green Tree Brewery
  • Hop the Butcher
  • Humble Forager
  • Jubeck New World Brewing
  • Peace Tree Brewing Company
  • Pecatonica Beer Company
  • Potosi Brewing Company
  • ReUnion Brewery
  • Shiner Beer
  • Star Brewery
  • TLC Brew Works
  • Toppling Goliath Brewing Co.
  • Untitled Art Brewery
Credit: Key City Beer Fest 2023
Credit: Key City Beer Fest 2023

In addition to lots of fun, the festival's organizers are actively seeking volunteers to assist with the event as well. Volunteers would provide beer pouring, in the hopes of fostering a sense of community participation and engagement. Those interested in volunteering can reach out to Executive Director Danielle Jacobs at the DMS office for more details.

Credit: Dubuque Main Street
Credit: Dubuque Main Street

Beyond celebrating the craftsmanship of local brewers, the Key City Beer Festival also serves a greater purpose by raising funds for downtown development initiatives. The event aims to create a safe and enjoyable environment, leaving a lasting positive impact on the city and its residents both now and into the future.

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Tickets are available for purchase through the Dubuque Main Street website, ensuring an opportunity for all beer enthusiasts to enjoy. By bringing together beer lovers from all walks of life, the Key City Beer Festival promises to be a memorable and unifying experience that showcases the vibrant spirit of Dubuque's community and its dedication to supporting local businesses and fostering a thriving downtown culture. The event is rain or shine.

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Photos: 7 Hills Brewing Company in Dubuque

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