The festival will be split into two sections for the first time, with beer releases the focal point of the first session and music the focus of the second.
From 6-9 p.m., a new IPA release will roll out on draft and in 16-ounce cans to-go. Mile Wide collaborated with three St. Louis breweries on the beer, which is called Hazy Midwest Clouds. The beer is a double dry-hopped Northeast-style IPA with mango and pink guava, brewed in collaboration with Schlafly Beer, Rockwell Beer Co. and Narrow Gauge Brewing Co.
In addition, $1 from every draft pour of the collaboration brew will be donated to the Kentucky Humane Society.
Last year, Hops on the Hill featured collaborations with breweries from Tennessee.
Pizza will be available via Mac’s at Mile Wide, and there will be music by DJ Clay Baker. In addition to Mile Wide’s beers, a variety of beers from all three St. Louis breweries will be on tap as well.
In fact, the event will mark the first time Rockwell Beer Narrow Gauge beers will ever be tapped in Louisville. And while the festival traditionally focuses on IPAs, options also will include a raspberry wheat beer from Schlafly and a mixed fermentation saison from Rockwell.
The second half of the event, from 9 p.m.-midnight, will feature a dance party on the front patio of the brewery, hosted by Louisville Silent Disco. The centerpiece of the outdoor part of the festival also will feature the world’s largest disco ball.
Mile Wide co-owner Scott Shreffler says the festival will be something of a trip down memory lane.
“My business partner Kyle Tavares and I both worked at Schlafly Beer for a number of years,” he said in a news release, “and in that time we got to know the good folks at both Rockwell and Narrow Gauge. So, Hops on the Hill is really just an excuse for us to party with some great friends. We’re super excited to welcome all of them to Mile Wide for this year’s festival.”