Craft beer became “trendy” about ten years ago, but a decade later it’s safe to say it’s a trend that’s sticking around. From the city to the suburbs, it seems like a new brewery is popping up on every corner, Lake County is home to some of the best. With so many breweries and so little time, attending one–or maybe more–of the local craft beer fests is a great way to taste test many microbrews, from citrusy wheat beers to hoppy IPAs. We’ve rounded up the details of this year’s craft beer fests in Lake County, but be sure to pay attention to ticket sales — most sell out in advance of the event. These events are for adults ages 21 and older, so be sure to book a sitter in advance.
Craft Beer Festivals in Lake County
Festivals are in chronological order. Please click the link for full details and to purchase tickets. Little Lake County is not responsible for sold out events. Always have a designated driver, to make it easier we have a map with all the festivals at the end of the story so you can find train routes to ensure everyone’s safety while enjoying great beer.
September 18, 2021 – Downtown Grayslake
The Grayslake Craft Beer Festival features over 40 different kinds of craft beers and specific food pairings from local restaurants. Tickets go on sale in July. The ticket includes admission, unlimited samples, and a commemorative glass. Designated driver tickets are available for a reduced cost.
We’re watching the following festivals which have not announced plans as of publication for 2021.
Canceled Beer Fests for 2021
Due to the pandemic and the late date for restrictions being listed the following fests have confirmed they are cancelling for 2021:
Find more craft beer goodness at Craft Beer Festivals in McHenry County.
Did we miss your favorite festival? Tell us about it in the comments!