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Crowds feed craft beer fix at Naperville fest

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  • Tim Dunphy pours a sample from the Dogfish Head Brewery, located in Milton, Delaware, during the third annual Naperville Winter Ale Fest at Frontier Park.

      Tim Dunphy pours a sample from the Dogfish Head Brewery, located in Milton, Delaware, during the third annual Naperville Winter Ale Fest at Frontier Park.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Matt Molitor of Bolingbrook prepares to enjoy a craft beer during the third annual Naperville Winter Ale Fest at Frontier Park.

      Matt Molitor of Bolingbrook prepares to enjoy a craft beer during the third annual Naperville Winter Ale Fest at Frontier Park.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Judy Schaller, left, and Kathy Fritz, right, both of Naperville, wait in line for a craft beer during the third annual Naperville Winter Ale Fest at Frontier Park.

      Judy Schaller, left, and Kathy Fritz, right, both of Naperville, wait in line for a craft beer during the third annual Naperville Winter Ale Fest at Frontier Park.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report

Fact: Craft beer attracts crowds.

Proof: The third annual Naperville Winter Ale Fest.

The popular event drew a few thousand brew enthusiasts to Frontier Park on a balmy February afternoon to enjoy samples of winter seasonals from 65 brewers.

Under tents and around fire pits, tasters tried more than 130 different beers as well as a new offering this year -- hard hot cider. Five food trucks kept crowds fed with grilled cheese, pizza and tacos, while many tasters donned a beer-fest staple, the pretzel necklace, to clear their taste buds between drinks.

Musicians and an ice sculptor kept everyone entertained at what organizers said is the state's only large-scale outdoor beer fest in the winter.

The festival benefited the district's fundraising arm of the Naperville Park District, the Naperville Parks Foundation.

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