An Intimate Environment
According to festival co-creator Dave Watts, the focus of the festival is to create an intimate environment in which beer lovers can interact with brewers and beer creators to learn about and enjoy beer. Watts says brewers are asked to bring more than their flagship beers to pour at the festival.
“We ask each brewery to bring at least one rare beer,” Watts says. “We have all the breweries come and pour. It’s sort of an intimate feel.”
Beer lovers also will get the chance to talk to the people who actually make their favorite beers.
“We get a lot of the actual brewers to come to the fest,” Watts says.
Keeping It Local
Watts says he wants the festival to focus on Chicago beers. Though the event will be local-ish, there will be beers from out-of-town breweries as well. The breweries traveling the farthest include Bell’s Brewery from Kalamazoo, Michigan, and New Holland Brewing from Holland, Michigan.
Though Bells and New Holland may hail from Michigan, Watts says they are close enough to Chicago to be considered local.
Logan Square Beers Represented
Watts says Logan Square is the perfect location for a beer festival. “I think everyone in the area is embracing craft beer,” he says. “It’s just a great beer scene.”
- When: Saturday, Sept. 20
- Session times: The first session runs from 1 pm to 4 pm and the second from 5 pm to 8 pm. Festival co-creator Dave Watts says both sessions will be the same.
- Swag: Commemorative Logan Square Beer Festival glass mugs will be given out to each guest.
- Entertainment: Several bands will perform throughout the day.
- Buy: Get your tickets.