Brewfest FAQ


What is Manitowoc Winter Brewfest?

Winter Brewfest is a long-standing Manitowoc event. Originally put on by the Manitowoc Jaycees, Manitowoc Noon Rotary took over the event in 2022 after a one-year hiatus. Money raised from this fundraiser benefits local organizations and community members through the programs and donations of the Manitowoc Noon Rotary Club.

Manitowoc Winter Brewfest is a 21+ event.


Yes, you must be 21 or older to attend. We card everyone!


Winter Brewfest features samples of beer, cider, gluten-free options, and special brews from nearly 40 breweries from around Wisconsin as well as other domestic and international favorites. We’ve even got a few NA selections. Show your ticket at the door as well as your ID (we card EVERYONE!) and you’ll receive a souvenir pint glass and a ticket for the Best of the Fest contest (see below).

The price of admission also includes charcuterie featuring local cheeses and sausage, the ever-popular pretzel necklaces, and Brewfest-exclusive Brew Dogs. You’ve got to see it to believe it. 

Music and entertainment is provided by Advanced Entertainment. Enjoy a 50/50 raffle and other raffle prizes donated by area businesses.


While we appreciate your dedication to the safety of your friends and our community, because this is our primary fundraiser of the year in support of area nonprofits, we do not offer a discounted ticket for designated drivers. 

New in 2024, included in the price of admission are charcuterie selections, pretzel necklaces, and Brew Dogs.

what forms of payment do you accept?

Winter Brewfest is a cash-only event. Be sure to bring cash if you plan to purchase a ticket at the door or raffle tickets. We do not accept credit cards or checks. There is NOT an ATM on site. 

Advance tickets are available before the day of the event at several locations in Manitowoc, Two Rivers, and Sheboygan. These tickets are also cash only. If you wish to purchase tickets using a credit or debit card, visit our event on Eventbrite

are there gluten-free options at brewfest?

Yes, some participating breweries offer gluten-free beverages to sample. Look for these selections in the event program. 

are there NONALCOHOLIC options at brewfest?

Yes, some participating breweries offer NA beverages to sample. Look for these selections in the event program. 

do you serve food at brewfest?

While in past years, we have offered concessions for purchase, in 2024 charcuterie selections, pretzel necklaces, and Brew Dogs are included in the price of admission. 

what the heck is a brew dog?

A Brew Dog—exclusive to Winter Brewfest—is a Chermake hot dog on a bun topped with cheese and pretzel crumbs. You don’t want to miss this! 

is it too late to sponsor the event?

This event would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. Area businesses are welcome to choose from a range of sponsorship levels (starting at $100), and it's not too late! The deadline to have your logo/business name on posters is Monday, January 15, 2024 (depending on sponsorship level). The deadline to be included on the website and in the event program is Thursday, February 1, 2024. Learn more about sponsorship here or email

who benefits from funds raised at brewfest?

Manitowoc Noon Rotary has served our community for more than 100 years. Through programs and direct donations to local nonprofit organizations, we are able to make a positive difference in the Manitowoc area. 

What is rotary international?

Rotary International is a global network of 1.2 million leaders and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting changes in communities, at home, and abroad. 

Rotary members believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world's most persistent issues. Our 35,000+ clubs work together to promote peace; fight disease; provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene; save mothers and children; support education; and grow local economies.

For more than 110 years, Rotary members have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects. From literacy and peace to water and health, we are always working to better our world and we stay committed to the end.