Ale is one of the oldest human-made beverages in history, spanning thousands of years and cultures all over the globe, each using unique methods to brew this fermented and beloved concoction. The midwest, and Chicago in particular, has offered many notable brews to the ale world and is the home of many beer enthusiasts and beer festivals. This August, Wheaton celebrates the rich heritage of beer with the fourth annual Brew Fest in Memorial Park.
The event, which takes place on Aug. 2, will feature over 100 local and national brews, live music, food vendors, and a lot of summer fun in Wheaton’s Memorial Park. Breweries offered at this year’s Brew Fest include Revolution, Destihl, Brickstone, 51st Ward, Boston Beer and many more.
Brian Whitkanack, restaurant director at Arrowhead Golf Club, says, “There are more and more beer festivals happening every year, but what makes ours unique is the setting; Memorial Park is the ideal location for this event. We at the Wheaton Park District have been given a great opportunity to bring the beer community together, from newbies to home brewers to brewmasters. I’m excited for people to come out and try some newer Illinois breweries like Penrose (Geneva), Destihl (Bloomington) and Tighthead (Mundelein), among many others.”
General admission, which is open from 1 to 4:30 p.m., is $45 and includes a commemorative pint glass and a lanyard with two 16 2-ounce taste passes (total 32 tastes). VIP tickets are $75 and include a commemorative pint glass, VIP lanyard with two 16 2-ounce taste passes (total 32 tastes), reserved VIP area with restrooms, access to limited edition craft beers (available only to VIP ticketholders), food buffet from 1 to 3 p.m. in VIP area, and a Wheaton Brew Fest shirt. VIP ticketholders will also be able to enter Memorial Park an hour early. Designated driver tickers are also available for a reduced fee.
Wheaton Brew Fest is sponsored by Haggerty Chevrolet, Dry City Brew Works, Euclid Beverage, Arrowhead Golf Club, and Binny’s Beverage Depot. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Court Appointed Special Advocates of DuPage County, a nonprofit organization that provides advocacy and support for abused and neglected children.
Bonnie McMaken is the marketing and events assistant for the Wheaton Park District.