Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Sixth Annual Evanston Brewfest
Earlier this year organizers had decided to cancel the brewfest this summer and people weren't pleased. realizing it's popularity the organizers along with the Chamber of Commerce, have stepped up to keep the tradition alive.
The bad part of all of this is that there will be a much diminished showing of breweries. Getting a late start has reduced the participating breweries by two thirds. The good part is Suds Brothers Brewery - Prairie Fire Brewing - Snake River Brewing - Uinta Brewing - Bohemian Brewery - Grand Teton Brewing Co. - Shades of Pale Brewing - Goose Island Brewing - Shocktop Brewing and Kona Brewing will be pouring.
Tickets are $30 for unlimited pours and the event will run from 12pm-5pm.
I'm not sure what the setup will be like this year. In 2013 the brewfest was changed from a spacious street festival to a claustrophobic park venue. The food vendors were kept was a very inconvenient block and a half away from the beer tents and the small park space created a "mosh pit" environment.
I'm not sure if this was an experiment or something the city decided to screw with, but it made the experience less than appealing. As parents who brought their children in previous years quickly realized.
I'd recommend checking it out again this year, if it's a bust this year you may not have it at all next year. What was your experience like last year, was it the same as mine?
Photo: Stacey Fry Jaimez 2012