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Naperville to host inaugural craft beer festival July 20

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Jane Donahue

Beer enthusiasts will have hundreds of reasons to celebrate this summer when Naperville hosts its inaugural craft beer festival.

Lou Dog Events, a Naperville festival production and management company, will host the 2013 Naperville Ale Fest, Saturday, July 20, on the grounds of Naper Settlement. The one-day event will feature food, live music and more than 180 different beers from some of America's finest craft breweries.

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"The goal of the Naperville Ale Fest is to showcase American craft beer while supporting the Naperville community," said Josh Seago, who co-founded the festival along with local entrepreneurs Mike Peters and Judy Phillip.

More than 75 breweries will showcase a variety of craft beers. From a pale ale to a stout -- and everything in between -- there will be something for the novice and craft beer aficionado.

"It's going to be an opportunity to sample a wide variety of craft beers and really find out what styles and what breweries you like," Seago said.

John Barley, president of Solemn Oath Brewery, said Naperville's first beer festival is a must-do summer event.

"Naperville's craft beer following grows every single day, and it is about time an awesome group of people sought to establish a premier regional festival right here in our community," Barley said. "We can't wait, which should mean neither can you."

Tickets go on sale March 6 and are $45 (general admission) and $75 (VIP admission). Designated driver tickets are available for $15 (general admission) and $25 (VIP admission).

Along with serving up amazing craft beer, the festival coordinators plan to serve the community as well.

"I really believe in social entrepreneurship, which is doing good through business," Seago said. "We wanted to give back to the community that we work and live in and support a nonprofit organization."

A portion of festival proceeds will be donated to Naper Settlement.

For a complete list of breweries, restaurants and music lineup, visit www.NapervilleAleFest.com.

It's time to tap into a good time.

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