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If you want a Brewfest this summer, you are going to have to host your own in your backyard biergarten. (PHOTO: Milwaukee Brewfest Facebook)

Milwaukee Brewfest 2020 is canceled

Milwaukee Brewfest 2020 has been canceled.

You knew it was coming, right?

In an emailed statement, organizers of the lakefront festival, which typically hosts more than 100 breweries and celebrated its 10th year in 2019, wrote:

"We have worked tirelessly over the past two months to reconfigure the grounds for increased social distancing and to put in place policies that would increase the safety of all attendees, brewery representatives, volunteers, and staff. We were hopeful that we would be able to hold the event safely, and that it would still be enjoyable for all who attend.

"We found out today that ALL Special Event permits in the City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County Parks have been suspended through September.

"Unfortunately, the current health crisis in the county makes this a tough but necessary decision. We will miss the familiar faces of the guests and breweries who have joined us for the last 10 years and we are sad for any new guest who will not be able to enjoy the best craft beer event in the area. All tickets purchased for 2020 will be valid for Milwaukee Brewfest 2021.

"We look forward to seeing you next year. Mark your calendar for July 31, 2021. Until then, cheers to next year and the love for craft beer!"

The 2020 festival was slated for July 25.

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