Brew Expo

The UW-Whitewater Brew Expo showcases craft brewing while providing a taste of some of Wisconsin's finest beers and connecting brew lovers to experts on the craft. Meet brew masters from local breweries, sample a selection of their beers, attend presentations on this history of beer and brewing, and more!

Date: February 23, 2019



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Registrations accepted online until noon on 2/22/19. We do accept walk up registrations at event check-in.

Fee: $20

Fees Includes

  • Admission to the Brew Expo
  • Beer samples from all participating local breweries
  • Souvenir tasting glass
  • Presentations on a wide range of brew-related topics from experts, including historians, authors, and more

Full-sized craft brews and menu of a variety of beer-complimentary food will be available for purchase.


Event tickets are non-refundable, but are transferable.  Please contact prior to the event if you will be transferring your ticket to another person.

We reserve the right to cancel any event due to low enrollment; in such as case, all fees paid will be refunded.

Expo Hours

The expo hours are 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.  No paper tickets will be provided.  Please check in at the Rock County Campus Atrium to receive your wristband any time during expo hours.   


  • You must provide a valid Photo ID for admission.  Proper identification is the responsibility of the attendee.  Failure to present proper, valid photo identification will result in denial of entry without refund.
  • This is an educational, sampling event for participants 21+ only.  Sample sizes are the discretion of the brewer using responsible alcohol service practices.  Full size servings will be available to purchase.
  • All alcohol must be consumed onsite, and no alcohol may be taken off the expo floor.  We do not allow outside alcohol to be brought in to the expo.
  • We reserve the right, at our discretion to remove any individual(s) from the expo.  Consuming alcohol can be dangerous to your health and will impair your ability to perform certain activities, including, but not limited to, your ability to operate a motor vehicle.
  • By registering to attend, you knowingly and voluntarily assume all risk of injury or loss that my result from your consumption of alcohol at the Brew Expo.

Driving Directions

Directions to Rock County campus can be found online by clicking here.  Address is 2909 Kellogg Ave Janesville WI, 53546.


Free parking is available in campus lots except in areas reserved for faculty and staff as well as on the streets near the campus. Parking on campus is regulated by the Rock County Sheriff’s Department.

Brew Expo Schedule

1:30 - 2:00 p.m. Check in Rock County Campus Atrium
2:15 -  3:15 p.m. Workshop TBA
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Workshop TBA
4:45 - 5:45 p.m. Workshop TBA

*All times are subject to change.


Gray Brewing Co.

Gray's Brewing

2424 W. Court St. Janesville, WI 53548




Robert Bier

Born and raised in Janesville, Rob began researching Janesville’s beer brewing history after stumbling across the ruins of the North Side Brewery in 2014. Starting with William Hodson’s “Janesville Brewery” in the 1840’s to the closing of Esser’s in 1940, Rob has identified 16 different breweries using a variety of first- and second-hand sources. Rob will provide two short presentations: an overview of Janesville's 16 breweries and a summary of the efforts to document and restore the remnants of the North Side brewery with the Rock County Chapter of the Ice Age Trail and UW-W's Karl Brown and Pete Killoran. Rob is retired from the U.S. Air Force, served as an instructor with American Military University's Undergraduate, Intelligence Studies program and currently works in Washington D.C. for the Department of Homeland Security.

Karl Brown

Karl Brown is an assistant professor in the Department of History at UW-Whitewater. He received his PhD and MA from the University of Texas at Austin, and his BA from Lawrence University in Appleton. His research focuses on society in postwar Eastern Europe, particularly Communist Hungary in the late 1940s through mid-1950s. In addition to his teaching and research work at several institutions in the U.S., Dr. Brown has worked as the lead brewer at breweries in Japan and the director of brewing operations at Greek brewery in Athens.

Michael Rehberg

Michael Rehberg is a year round Lake Como resident and has been coming to the area for over 50 years. Recently retired from a career in the newspaper industry, Rehberg is now the Lead Interpreter at Black Point Estate and Gardens for the Wisconsin Historical Society. Michael also holds a certificate in Not for Profit Leadership from UW-Parkside.

The Love of Beer

The Love of Beer is a feature length documentary by Alison Grayson, celebrating women in the Pacific Northwest Craft Beer Industry. From farm to consumption, women are fighting their way to become some of the most influential people in the craft beer world. Released in 2011, this documentary follows these inspirational women as they struggle to end stereotypes, handle their rising fame, and raise families in a 21 and over lifestyle. They’re not doing it for feminism or equality—they’re doing it for the love of beer.

If you’re interesting in being an exhibitor, vendor or presenter at Brew Expo, contact Kari Borne at or Amanda Aegerter at

Special Notice

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to equal opportunity in its educational programs, activities and employment policies, for all persons, regardless of race, color, gender, creed, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, Vietnam-era veteran status, parental status and pregnancy.

If you have any disabling condition that requires special accommodations or attention, please advise us well in advance. We will make every effort to accommodate your special needs.

Registering for this event you understand that the University may take photographs and or videos of event participants and activities. You will  be required to agree at the time of registration that the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater shall be the owner of and may use such photographs and or videos relating to the promotion of future events.  You will relinquish all rights that you may claim in relation to use of said photographs and/or videos.