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Octopi Brewing Co. in Waunakee to host 2-day craft and vendor bazaar

May 11, 2018

Octopi Brewing in Waunakee will be about more than beer when it hosts a craft and vendor bazaar May 18 and 19.

The free event in the brewery’s parking lot will feature about 20 vendors, many of them artisans that make cutlery, wood items and pottery. The event will include a large tent with food trucks, music and, of course, beer, including Untitled Art’s Juicy IPA, a collaboration between Octopi and Funk Factory Geuzeria in Madison.

Isaac Showaki, Octopi’s founder, said he is hoping to draw 700 to 1,000 people to the event to not only show off his brewery but bring people into Waunakee, a community with a growing downtown that includes Lone Girl Brewing Co. and other retail stores. Just to the north of the downtown, ground will be broken Monday on a 40,000-square-foot, nearly $15 million public library.

“This will just bring more people in Waunakee,” Showaki said of the bazaar. “It’s just a big party, basically. We love bringing our community together.”

In 2015, Octopi opened a $5 million facility at 1131 Uniek Drive, across from The Ice Pond indoor skating rink in the village’s industrial park. The brewery, which produces much of its beer on contract for other brewing companies, is on pace to produce more than 30,000 barrels this year and is eyeing future expansion that could push production to 50,000 barrels a year, Showaki said.