Drink out of town: summer beer fests | Summer Guide | Chicago Reader

Drink out of town: summer beer fests 

These bacchanals are just a car ride away.

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

Wisconsin Beer Lovers Festival 100 craft beers from Wisconsin breweries are paired with local cuisine. Sat 6/18, 1-5 PM, Bayshore Town Center, 5800 N. Bayshore Drive, Glendale, Wisconsin, wisconsinbeerloversfest.com, $45, $35-$40 advance, $20 designated driver.

Summer Beer Festival More than 300 beers from 50-plus Michigan breweries, along with food and live music. 7/22-7/23, Fri 5-9 PM, Sat 1-6 PM, Riverside Park, 515 E. Cross, Ypsilanti, Michigan, michiganbrewersguild.businesscatalyst.com, $30-$40.

Milwaukee Brewfest This second annual get-together on the Wisconsin lakefront taps more than 100 beers and hosts live music to boot. Sat 7/30, 3-7 PM, Coast Guard Pavilion Park, 1600 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr., Milwaukee, Wisconsin, milwaukeebrewfest.com, $40-$45, $55-$60 VIP, $10 designated driver.

Wheaton Ale Fest Of the more than 100 craft beers from Illinois on offer, one Prairie State variety will win the Illinois All-Star Ale Award. Sat 8/6, 1-5 PM, Front Street, Wheaton, wheatonalefest.com, $40, $65 VIP, $15 designated driver.

Oak Park Micro Brew Review A zero-waste beer festival showcasing 90 craft beers from 30 midwest breweries, with proceeds going to the green nonprofit Seven Generations Ahead. Sat 8/20, 3-7 PM, 1100 Lake, Oak Park, 708-660-9909, sevengenerationsahead.org/index.php/events/oak_park_micro_brew_review, $35-$75.

Midwest Brewer's Fest 200 beers are expected at this inaugural festival, which also features kayaking and fishing on the DuPage River. Sat 8/27, 11 AM-midnight, Plainfield Riverfront Park, 24401 W. Lockport, Plainfield, midwestbrewersfest.com, $50, $40 in advance, $100 VIP.

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Reader Revolutionary $35/month →  
  Rabble Rouser $25/month →  
  Reader Radical $15/month →  
  Reader Rebel  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  → 


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Agenda Teaser

Performing Arts
February 22
Performing Arts
February 08

Popular Stories