About Naperville Ale Fest

Saturday, February 24th, 2018
Frontier Park
12pm – 4pm

A time-honored tradition, Naperville Ale Fest is Illinois’ only outdoor beer fest crazy enough to take place during the winter. It will be cold, yes, but also filled with beer! We’ll feature more than 150 American craft beers – with a strong focus on beers only available in the winter. Since most beer fests happen during the summer months, it’s rare to get a chance to try this many stouts, porters, barrel aged beers, winter warmers, and giant double IPAs all in one place. Add to that our “Secret Bombers” booth featuring mystery bottles from each brewery’s personal cellar and guests will get an opportunity to try a ton of impossible-to-get beers.

 
 

150+ Beers (Including Impossible-to-Get Rarities)
Expect a lot of craft beer. We’ve pulled together over 150 of the best beers this country has to offer, with a focus on the types of beers you don’t typically get at a beer festival during the summer months -- stouts, porters, barrel aged beers, winter warmers, and giant double IPAs.

Infusion Tent
Four beers poured through infusion machines called Randalls filled with fresh fruit, chocolate, coffee and more to create one-time-only beers. The beers will be holiday dessert themed and include, Sound Growler, Tangled Roots, Boston Beer, and Two Brothers. Originally created by the craft beer innovators at Dogfish Head Brewery, a Randall is an organoleptic hop transducer module… which is a fancy way of saying it’s a device that infuses flavor into beer. The beer flows through the Randall on its way from the keg to the tap, pulling flavors out of the ingredients in its path. Randalls run beer through fresh hops, coffee, cinnamon, vanilla beans – anything really, making it a fantastic way to participate in one of our favorite parts of craft beer: the experimentation. It’s a way to take something great, and make it even better.

Cask Tent
We’ll be tapping four limited edition casks from some of Chicago’s best breweries.

Secret Bombers Beer Bike
A series of secret beers from brewer's personal cellars, poured at random for Naperville Ale Fest guests... straight from a "Paletas-Style” beer cart.

Food Trucks
Ten of Chicago’s best food trucks will be in attendance, including Best Truckin’ BBQ, Carinvale Food Truck, Grumpy Gaucho, Happy Lobster, Izakaya Yume Sushi, Mapleleaf Farms, Piko Street,Roaming Hog, Toasty Cheese, and Toasty Taco.

More Than Just Beer:  Hot Hard Cider
As if 150 beers weren’t enough, we’ll also be featuring hot hard cider to keep you warm and toasty.