Craft Beer Adventure Fest comes to Richardson Farm

The Craft Beer Adventure Festival is coming June 24, open to the 21-and-over crowd only.

"It's a special community event that brings in people from all over," said event chairman Tim Molitor, a member of the co-hosting Richmond-Spring Grove Rotary Club.

"We'll have samples on-site from more than a dozen Lake and McHenry County craft brewers. Plus food trucks, and everything that the farm has to offer, all in a great atmosphere with live music."

The fun will run from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at Richardson Adventure Farm, 909 English Prairie Road, Spring Grove.

Tickets are $45 for general admission, including a 5-ounce sampling mug good for unlimited tastings, while supplies last; or $15 for designated drivers, a ticket that comes with a special wristband and two free soft drinks.

Those who purchase VIP tickets at $65 each may arrive an hour earlier, at 2 p.m., and will receive preferred parking, a sampling mug and a voucher good for $10 off an event T-shirt.

Live music by the Steve Gritman Band begins at 3 p.m. Attendees can take it all in while playing giant Jenga, racing around the pedal kart track, tossing some bags, leaping on a huge jumping pillow, climbing a 50-foot tower or whooshing down a 150-foot slide.

Food trucks will serve up hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken strips, tacos, burritos and more. In addition, the Richardson Farm crew will be cooking up their signature fresh, hot, apple cider-cinnamon sugar doughnuts from 2:30 to 6 p.m.

Breweries lined up to offer their wares at the Craft Beer Adventure Fest this year include 9th Hour, Black Lung, Crystal Lake, Harbor, Kishwaukee, Ravinia, Tighthead, Unbeaten Path, Holzlager, Shortfuse and Two Brothers Brewing.

Samuel Adams, Perfect Brewing Supply, Rush Creek Distilling and Sew Hop'd Brewery; The Finnish Long Drink will be represented as well.

For those who prefer wine, Prairie State wines will be on hand. Domestic beers and hard seltzers will also be available, as well as soft drinks.

Richmond-Spring Grove Rotary president and event co-host George Richardson said he and others on the event committee have been working to come up with a fun, out-of-the-ordinary fest to help raise money for the many causes that the Rotary club supports.

These include food pantries in Richmond, Spring Grove and Hebron; Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County; Home of the Sparrow; and more.

Richardson noted that the fest's timing might present a great gift option.

"It's just after Father's Day," he said. "People can buy their dads a ticket and give them a treat to look forward to the week after."

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