Mile Wide Beer Co. will play host to the third annual Hops on the Hill festival on Saturday, Aug. 3. | Photo by Kevin Gibson

Mile Wide Beer Co. will bring back its Hops on the Hill festival for the third year on Saturday, Aug. 3.

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.”

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Kevin Gibson
Kevin Gibson tackles the 3Rs — retail, restaurants, real estate — plus, economic development. He loves bacon, loathes cucumbers and once interviewed Yoko Ono. Check out his books, “Louisville Beer: Derby City History on Draft” and “100 Things to do in Louisville Before You Die.” He has won numerous awards for his work but doesn’t know where most of them are now. In his spare time, he plays in a band called the Uncommon Houseflies.Email Kevin at [email protected]