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Pitcher Perfect

Marisa Sobotka | July 24, 2017 | Feature Features National

Don't worry, “beer” happy at these hops-centric festivals and tasting events.
Join beer-loving locals at this year's ZooBrew event, held at the Brookfield Zoo.

Chicago Craft Beer Festival: Have barrels of fun at the sixth annual beer festival in Lincoln Park. Guests can sample from over 70 specialty brews, offered by more than 35 local and national breweries, and take home a commemorative glass. In-between tastings don’t forget to check out live music throughout the day as a part of the Sheffield Music Festival and Garden Walk happening at the same time. July 22-23, 12PM, tickets from $35

South Loop Beer and Cider Fest: Share a hard cider with pals and celebrate summer at this South Loop fest. With a superb selection, there’s no shortage of tasting opportunities. Attendees can also munch on local food-truck goodies while jamming out to live music from Zydeco Voodoo. VIP ticket holders will have access to the VIP Garden, which will offer guests appetizers and rare ciders. July 29, 4PM, VIP tickets from $79, Women’s Park, 1801 S. Indiana Ave.

AlphaBeer: This event takes learning the ABC’s—AVB’s and IBU’s too— to a new level with a three-hour tour of all things beer at AJ Hudson’s Public House. Guests also work with an expert to explore and sample craft brews for every letter of the alphabet. August 12, 3PM, tickets from $50, 3801 N. Ashland Ave.

Micro Brew Review: Waste not, want not at the largest zero-waste beer festival in the Midwest. This Oak Park event features small-batch offerings from local brewers, including Lunar Brewing Co. and Saint Errant Brewery. All proceeds from this hoppin’ get-together will go to Seven Generations Ahead, an organization that promotes ecologically sustainable communities. August 19, 3PM, tickets from $55, 100 N. Marion St., Oak Park

Chicago Beer Fest: Say cheers at this River North-based festival. Guests can sample over 25 beers from multiple breweries while socializing with other beer lovers. Along with the tastings, all guests will receive a souvenir glass, plenty of pretzels and chances to participate in various giveaways over the course of the day. August 26, tickets from $50, 149 W. Kinzie St.

ZooBrew: Hosted by Blue Moon Brewing Company, the fifth annual beer tasting event held at Brookfield Zoo, will be sure to quench guests’ thirst. Attendees can taste 80 types of ales, lagers, stouts, porters and malts from 35 breweries, all while strolling the zoo grounds. VIP’s will also be treated to a meet-and-greet with some of the zoo’s animal ambassadors. August 26-27, VIP tickets from $85, 8400 W. 31st St., Brookfield


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