Festivals

Festival Report: Drink Beer on the Beach, at the Zoo, and All Over the City

Photo by Doug McGoldrick/Courtesy of Lincoln Park Zoo

We’re into the days of dads and grads, so it’s the best time to just follow your beer brain to one of the many outdoor fests that fill up this season’s calendar.

Photo courtesy of Noon Whistle Brewing

Beer Fest on the Beach
Chicago in the summer is a time to seek out the sun for all its perceivably short-lived glory. If that search leads you to the popular North Avenue Beach, then you may be on the right track. Now if they just happen to be pouring some craft brews on a Friday night at the Shore Club, then I think you’ve found a seasonal treasure.
Details: June 14, 6–9 p.m., at Shore Club; $25

Craft Brews at Lincoln Park Zoo
Eat the night and drink the time at a fest they call Craft Brews at Lincoln Park Zoo. There will be the ever-present animal magnetism, DJs, lawn games, and more than 150 craft beers at tap stations around the zoo. Tons of local favorites will be there, like Maplewood, Dovetail, Half Acre, Revolution, Buckledown, Sketchbook, Corridor, Solemn Oath, and so many others.
Details: June 14–15, 6–10:30 p.m., at Lincoln Park Zoo; $49 for general admission, $79 for VIP

Short Fuse Brewing’s 2nd Anniversary 
It might be entering its terrible twos, but I have a feeling Short Fuse will be in high spirits for this anniversary blowout. To celebrate, it’s releasing bottles of its first packaged Wild Ale aged in oak foeders for one year. A variant of the Wild Ale available for purchase got a massive medley of mango, cherry, passion fruit, pineapple, and red grapes added to the fermenter before packaging. Short Fuse will be pouring 30-plus SF beers, and there will be live music performances from Microcosms, Glory Days, Modern Vices, and Marina City.
Details: June 15, 1-11 p.m., at Short Fuse Brewing; $15 at the door, $10 online, $70 VIP

Noon Whistle Summer Fest
Noon Whistle has been growing its following over the past few years by churning out top-notch hazy IPAs, as well as stouts, sours, and really enjoyable wheat ales. It is getting into the spirit of the season with a beer fest in both its taproom and a tented area in the parking lot of the large Lombard shopping center. To eat, look for food trucks from Toasty Cheese, Roaming Hog, Aylas Empanadas, and Twisted Classics. For entertainment, listen to live music from Axxidentals, Harlen Flo, and Funktastic. And for the main attraction, look for beer releases and special tappings throughout the day.
Details: June 15, noon–11 p.m., at Noon Whistle Brewing; $10

Beermiscuous Exclusive Beer Release
Beermiscuous is turning 5 this month! To celebrate the occasion, it headed over to the District Brew Yards to hook up with Around the Bend Beer Company and brew their first ever collaboration beer. The result is Star No. 5, a double dry hopped, hazy pale ale with Ekuanot and Amarillo hops, malted oats and Kentucky rye, 5.8% ABV. Available on draft and in four-packs of 16-ounce cans only at Beermiscuous (both Lakeview and Highwood) and at the District Brew Yards.
Details: June 15, noon, at District Brew Yards

Photo courtesy of Begyle Brewing Company

Ravenswood on Tap  
Ravenswood is home to Malt Row, a two-mile stretch where you’ll find glorious breweries like Half Acre, Spiteful, Empirical, Urban Renewal, Band of Bohemia, Dovetail, and Begyle, as well as Koval Distillery. This third annual outdoor festival will have beer and drinks from all of these places, plus Greenstar Brewing and the Northman cider bar. Check out the web page for a Spotify playlist of all the bands that will be performing so you can get psyched for the big day.
Details: June 22 and 23 at Ravenswood Avenue and Berteau Avenue; $5 donation or $35 online ticket includes five drink tickets, an ax-throwing ticket, and a steel tumbler

Everyday Edgebrook Craft Beer Tasting 
So the crowd-pleasing formula is in full effect here: Load up the roster with all of Chicago’s fantastic breweries, local acts, and food trucks. Works for me! Tickets to this event will get you unlimited tastings of 40-plus beers, live music, and street food from Sausage Konig, Tamales Express, and Villa Rosa Pizza.
Details: June 22, 4–8 p.m., 6400 Kinzue Avenue, Chicago; $45 before June 20, $50 after June 20

Homebrew Collab Show at District Brew Yards
They’re breaking in the Fourth Wall of tap handles at this self-serve taproom in West Town. Each host brewery—Burnt City, Around the Bend, and Bold Dog—has a wall of tap handles, and The Fourth Wall is reserved for unique specialty brews, collaborations, and cider. This official launch for the tap wall will feature collaborations from area home brew clubs. Swing by for HOPS Cream Ale, Square Kegs Brut IPA, and CHAOS Scottish Light Ale.
Details: June 27, 5 p.m., at District Brew Yards

The Hop Review’s Ultra Fresh IV 2019
With the insane amount of craft breweries in the Chicagoland area (and frankly everywhere), brewers must strive to deliver the best possible product. Freshness is a key component of a beer’s quality, considering many IPAs and other styles lose flavor characteristics after just a few months. This fest features beers from a plethora of Chicago breweries, all packaged within a week of the event to showcase optimal freshness. ICNC Make City, the large multibuilding business incubator on the Near West Side, will be saturated with fresh brews from Hop Butcher, Marz, Middle Brow, Maplewood, Roaring Table, and many more.
Details: June 29, 5–9 p.m., at ICNC Make City; $45