Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer
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Organized by the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild is arguably the most anticipated Chicago craft beer event of the year, offering the chance to sample dozens of wood- and barrel-aged stouts, porters, ciders, sour beers and other styles. FOBAB tickets sell out in mere minutes, so if you're planning to go, make sure to be near a computer on Aug. 25 when they're released (check illinoisbeer.com for ticketing link). There are three sessions over two days (one on Friday night; two on Saturday). This year also marks the debut of BarricAle, a project that challenged brewers to use a batch of Wild Turkey bourbon barrels—delivered to them in January—to age beers for presentation at FOBAB. Though a list of participating brewers won't be released until the end of the month, if you're a hardcore barrel-aged beer drinker, this is probably worth your dollars.