Cheers! 11 upcoming suburban brew fests for beer lovers

  • Cecilia Chan of Volo enjoys a beer at the seventh annual Grayslake Craft Beer Festival in downtown Grayslake.

    Cecilia Chan of Volo enjoys a beer at the seventh annual Grayslake Craft Beer Festival in downtown Grayslake. DAILY HERALD FILE PHOTO

 
 
Updated 7/23/2021 10:35 AM

There's not much better on a warm day than enjoying a cold beer.

Except maybe enjoying a whole event dedicated to beer.

 

And there are plenty of hoppy happenings coming soon to the suburbs this summer.

Here's a look at a few to enjoy -- before you start scoping out Oktoberfests:

Wheaton Brew Fest

When: 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7

Where: Memorial Park, 225 Karlskoga Ave., Wheaton

What you'll find: Wheaton's annual outdoor craft beer fest features more than 80 unique brews from local and national breweries plus food from local restaurants. General admission tickets cost $75 and include a commemorative pint glass and 32 two-ounce samples.

Website: wheatonparkdistrict.com/events/brewfest/

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Moosic & Brews

When: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13

Where: Primrose Farm, 5N726 Crane Road, St. Charles

What you'll find: Sponsored by Riverlands Brewing Company, the event features music by Terry Byrne and food from Legit Dog & Ice. While you're there, tour the farmyard and say hello to the friendly animal residents. Admission is $6, plus $6 per beer ticket. Advance registration is required.

Website: primrosefarm.org/moosic-brews/

The Oak Park Micro Brew Review is scheduled for Aug. 21 in downtown Oak Park.
The Oak Park Micro Brew Review is scheduled for Aug. 21 in downtown Oak Park. - COURTESY OF OAK PARK MICRO BREW REVIEW
Oak Park Micro Brew Review

When: 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21

Where: Downtown Oak Park

What you'll find: The 14th annual event is the largest zero-waste craft brew fest in the Midwest with beers from more than 45 brewers. Tickets cost $50 in advance with a limited number of tickets available at the gate for $60. Admission includes up to 40 samples in a six-ounce tasting glass and an informative program to guide you toward the brewers on site.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Website: sevengenerationsahead.org/oak-park-micro-brew-review/

Naperville Ale Fest

When: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28

Where: Naper Settlement, 523 S Webster St., Naperville

What you'll find: The eighth annual Naperville Ale Fest will feature over 100 unique craft beers and food from some of the area's favorite food trucks. General admission tickets cost $55 and include 18 drink tickets, each of which can be exchanged for a three-ounce sample.

Website: napervillealefest.com

ZooBrew

When: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28

Where: Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St., Brookfield

What you'll find: 3-ounce samples from a selection of more than 80 beers, lagers and ales at the 10th annual beer-tasting event. Prices range from $40-$95 for half-day, full-day or VIP sessions.

Website: CZS.org/ZooBrew2021

People sample brewers' latest creations during the seventh annual Grayslake Craft Beer Festival in downtown Grayslake.
People sample brewers' latest creations during the seventh annual Grayslake Craft Beer Festival in downtown Grayslake. - DAILY HERALD FILE PHOTO, 2019
Grayslake Craft Beer Festival

When: 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18

Where: Downtown Grayslake

What you'll find: Festival features over 40 different kinds of craft beers and specific food pairings from local restaurants. Tickets, which includes admission, unlimited samples and a commemorative glass, cost $35 in advance and $45 at the door.

Website: grayslakebeerfest.com

Elmhurst Craft Beer Fest

When: 1-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18

Where: Elmhurst History Museum Grounds, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst

What you'll find: The fest features beer, cider and seltzer from more than 50 craft and microbreweries, along with music by Moonshine Brothers and Petty Cash. General admission ticket prices range from $40-$50 depending on when you buy them and include a three-ounce commemorative tasting glass, snacks, a wrist band and 18 drink tickets.

Website: elmhurstcraftbeerfest.com

Craft Beer and Cocktail Experience

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18

Where: Everts Park, 111 North Ave., Highwood

What you'll find: This new event features local distilleries and craft breweries offering an educational experience as you sample products from about two dozen brands. Prices are to be determined for the ticketed event.

Website: celebratehighwood.org/craft-beer-and-signature-cocktail-fest/

The Great Outdoors Beer Trail is set for Sept. 25 in Cary.
The Great Outdoors Beer Trail is set for Sept. 25 in Cary. - Courtesy of McHenry County Conservation District
The Great Outdoors Beer Trail

When: 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25

Where: Fel-Pro RRR Conservation Area, 1520 Crystal Lake Road, Cary

What you'll find: Walk the one-mile partially wooded, paved trail while visiting various regional brewers along the way. Play a pickup game of bags, listen to music and enjoy some bites from local food trucks. Tickets range from $40-$45 depending on when you buy them and include three-ounce tastes from multiple brewers plus a souvenir tasting glass.

Website: MCCD.me/GOBeerTickets

Hoptoberfest

When: 2-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25

Where: Tighthead Brewing Company, 161 N. Archer Ave., Mundelein

What you'll find: Food and beer outdoors at the brewery.

Website: tightheadbrewing.com/hoptoberfest

Arts & Drafts

When: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25

Where: Orland Park Crossing, located on the northeast corner of 143rd Street and LaGrange Road in Orland Park

What you'll find: Craft beer from local breweries, unique art, live entertainment and plenty of eats. Admission is free; beer tasting tickets will be available for purchase.

Website: orlandparkchamber.org/arts-drafts/

Hop & Vine Fest

When: 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2

Where: Spring Valley Nature Center & Heritage Farm, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg

What you'll find: Enjoy a selection of wines, brews and food at the annual Schaumburg Park Foundation fundraiser. Tickets cost $60 and include 20 tasting tickets and a commemorative wine or beer glass.

Website: parkfun.com/event/hop-vine-fest-2021

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