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Officials ready to crack open inaugural Top of the Hops Beer Festival


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The Green Bay area is preparing to host a major event for beer lovers. 

The inaugural Top of the Hops Beer Festival is Saturday at Shopko Hall.

"We will have three distinct beer gardens under one roof," says PMI Entertainment Group COO Cora Haltaufderheid. "We will have over 100 world-class beers to sample, including cask beers."

It's a way for craft beer enthusiasts to learn about and taste a wide range of beers. Top of the Hops also features an educational area, where folks can learn in seminars about beer and food pairings, how to brew your own beer and beer 101.

It'll also be the site of the Wisconsin finalists of the Samuel Adams Stein Hoisting competitions. The finalists from more than 175 other competitions will be invited for the Green Bay championship, with the winners in both women's and men's divisions will win a trip to Boston.

With over 2,000 visitors expected for this inaugural event, security may be an issue, but Haltaufderheid says they're prepared.

"We will make sure it's a responsible event, we have enough safety and security people on staff," Haltaufderheid says. "We've set up a designated driver area, we also have cabs that are readily available."

For the first time ever, Hinterland and Titletown will collaborate to mark the special occasion by brewing a special beer. Hinterland Beer Company owner Bill Tressler says it'll be a white India Pale Ale.

"It's a cross between a Belgian wit beer and a very popular IPA," says Tressler. "So it'll be both nice hop bitterness, hop aroma, mixed in with traditional Belgian spices."

Tickets are still available for the event, which runs Saturday from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.

For more information, click here.