Beverages from around the world accompanied by fine food and music highlight this year’s edition of EAA’s popular “Hops & Props” tasting fundraiser on Saturday, March 5, from 7-10 p.m. at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh. This is one of Wisconsin’s premier events for beer connoisseurs. Proceeds support EAA’s education programs.
More than 300 extraordinary beverages are available from micro-breweries and distributors from around the world, along with delicious food and desserts. This year’s food offerings include local Wisconsin favorites from The Machine Shed in Appleton.
Hops & Props tickets include entrance to the museum, tasting guide, commemorative tasting glass, hors d’oeuvres, and live music throughout the evening.
Mary Ann Dilling is the EAA’s Director of Events.
“Hops & Props has become an extremely popular event for attendees,” Dilling said “and the food and drink exhibitors alike, with the fun festivities all supporting EAA’s efforts to supply free community programs through the year. EAA can reach more people in the Fox Valley with museum programs and activities through the support of those who join us on this one-of-a-kind evening. It is definitely a fun night, with a greater purpose.”
Hops & Props offers a chance to meet master brewers and understand the distinguishing characteristics of ales, lagers, and hybrid or mixed styles of beers. Attendees can learn about the brewing process and history, and become discerning beverage tasters.
In addition, the VIP Dining Experience offers an in-depth, more intimate food and drink sampling experience. This added gala begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner starting at 6.
This year’s event is hosted by Avery Brewing of Boulder, Colorado, and Becket’s Restaurant of Oshkosh. Guests will be educated on the brewing process of Avery’s specialty microbrew beers matched by Becket’s culinary specialties.
Hops & Props general admission tickets are $75 each ($65 for EAA members). Limited tickets remain for the VIP Dining Experience at $125 each ($115 for EAA members). Tickets can be purchased online at eaa.org or at the EAA AirVenture Museum. Attendees must be 21 or older. There are also special hotel rates available that include shuttle transportation.
The EAA AirVenture Museum is located just off Interstate 41 at the Highway 44 exit in Oshkosh. The presenting sponsor for EAA’s Hops & Props is Festival Foods.
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