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Second Highwood Craft Beer Festival to take place Aug. 2

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After an extremely successful kickoff year, the Highwood Craft Beer Festival is back.

Highwood's Craft Beer Festival, in collaboration with Chicago's Finch's Beer Co. and Two Brothers Brewing Co., will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, in Everts Park, 130 Highwood Ave., Highwood.

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A celebration of craft beer on Chicago's North Shore, ticket holders will experience over 40 breweries including local breweries: 18th Street Brewery, Ale Syndicate, Break Room Brewery, Begyle Brewing Co., Big Shoulders Beer, Bucket List Brewing, Buckle Down Brewing, Lagunitas, Lake Effect, Lake Bluff Brewing Co., Mickey Finn's, Pipeworks Brewing Company, Revolution Brewing, Smylie, Slapshot Brewing Company, Tighthead Brewing Company, Transient Artisan Ales, Wild Onion Brewing Co. and Chicagos' Finch's Beer Co.

Breweries will offer over 80 different types of local, Midwest, and American craft beers. This includes many seasonal and year-round brews from small, local and independent breweries to some of the best-known regional microbreweries.

Local vendors will provide food and live music along with Irish dance performances to entertain the masses. Nonalcoholic beverages will also be available.

"Craft Beer Fest 2013 was such a success, there was no question we were going to make this an annual event in the great city of Highwood," Craft Beer Fest Founder Ted Widen said. "Last year, we brought in 1,100 people and are certain we'll double that number in 2014."

Highwood's Craft Beer Festival will donate a portion of its proceeds to Arts of Life, a Chicago-area nonprofit arts studio for adults with and without disabilities. Arts of Life will be showcasing and selling art on-site throughout the day.

Advanced tickets can be purchased at www.highwoodcraftbeerfest.com/tickets.

General admission is $55 in advance and $60 at the door. This includes 20 three-ounce beer sample tickets, a souvenir glass, wristband, brewer's list card and map of the fest.

VIP tickets are $90 in advance and $100 at the door if available. VIP guests will be admitted one hour earlier than the general admission ticket holders to meet brewers and representatives. VIP tickets include 25 three-ounce beer sample tickets, a souvenir glass, wristband, brewer's list card and map of the fest.

Extra drink tickets will be available for purchase, at seven three-ounce samples for an additional $10. Designated driver tickets are also available for $20, which includes a souvenir glass as well.

This event is strictly for those 21 years of age and older. Highwood advocates responsible drinking, and is aligned with Parents. The Anti-Drug to combat underage drinking in the community. Attendees are encouraged to designate a driver or take the Metra train to the Highwood Metra stop located a half-block from Everts Park. For more information, visit www.HighwoodCraftBeerFest.com.

The Highwood Craft Beer Festival is being produced in conjunction with the Highwood Chamber of Commerce's Celebrate Highwood Series of Festivals and Events. Visit www.CelebrateHighwood.com.

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