Craft Beer & BBQ Days on Tap for Historic Downtown Long Grove, July 22-23

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Tickets now on sale for 2-day event dedicated to two of life’s greatest guilty pleasures, hand-crafted beer and chef-driven BBQ!

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Taste and learn about the world of Midwestern craft beer and BBQ.

Historic Downtown Long Grove will close off its streets on July 22 and 23 to make way for one big weekend toast to Chicago’s craft beer scene. Long Grove’s inaugural Craft Beer & BBQ Days features a marrying of local craft beer and chef-driven BBQ food, taking place on Robert Coffin Road in the heart of downtown Long Grove. Organizers are currently offering early bird pricing on general admission and VIP tickets, details follow below.

“Craft Beer & BBQ Days will give attendees an authentic gastropub experience outside under the summer sky with picturesque downtown Long Grove as a backdrop,” said Ryan Messner, President of Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association. “We’re thrilled to be able to accommodate beer and BBQ enthusiasts with opportunities to taste and learn about the world of Midwestern craft beer and BBQ.”

On Friday night, the focus will be more of an intimate BBQ showcase, with ticketholders receiving a curated chef-driven BBQ meal, BBQ demonstrations, and BBQ-craft beer pairing suggestions. Greg Gaardbo, BBQ grill master and owner of Rockin Rodizio, will host workshops where BBQ enthusiasts will be taken on a barbecue journey. They’ll learn traditional slow smoking techniques as well as Greg’s unique Texas-Brazilian hybrid hot and fast cooking style, where he “live orchestrates” the meats to dance while the food is cooking.

On Saturday, it’s more of a traditional craft beer fest, with local craft beer samplings, games, live music, brewing education and interactive stations about the art and science of beer. Over 15 local breweries and dozens of different beers, both hometown favorites and rare tappings, are expected to be represented in the first year event. Guests on Saturday can meet and hear first-hand from brewers about their unique varietals, learn how to taste and evaluate beer like a certified beer judge, and see what sorts of raw ingredients go into making a great craft brew. Freshly-cooked BBQ will be offered on Saturday as well, but as a traditional ala carte vendor option.

Participating breweries currently include: Goose Island, Noon Whistle, Central Waters, Anchor Brewing, TightHead Brewing, Kronenbourg Brewing, Wells Brewing, Finch Brewing, Penrose, Flying Dog, and 3 Sheeps Brewing.

Schedule and ticket information is as follows:

Friday – BBQ Focus (5pm to 8 pm)
$25 presale before 6/30
$30 presale before 7/15
$35 after 7/15 and at door (if available)

Friday Ticket Includes:

  • Curated chef-driven BBQ dinner (*select craft beer pairings sold separately)
  • Chef-driven BBQ demos

Saturday – Craft Beer Focus (11am to 5pm)
$35 GA / $60 VIP – presale before 6/30
$40 GA / $65 VIP – presale before 7/15
$45 GA / $70 VIP – after 7/15 and at door (if available)

Saturday General Admission Ticket Includes:

  • Commemorative Long Grove 5 oz. glass
  • Entry access from 12 pm-5pm
  • Eighteen (18) 3 oz. beer pour samples of beers from various breweries

Saturday VIP Access Ticket Includes:

  • Commemorative Long Grove Festival T-shirt /VIP lanyard
  • One (1) food ticket ($10 value)
  • Commemorative Long Grove 5 oz. glass
  • Early entry access from 11 am to 12 pm for meet and greet with brewers
  • Eighteen (18) 3 oz. beer pour samples of beers from various breweries

Tickets: Can be purchased on EventBrite, or by clicking here.

Location: Downtown Long Grove, 308 Old McHenry Rd, Long Grove, IL 60047

Hours of Operation: Friday, July 22, 5 pm to 8 pm; Saturday, July 23, 11 am to 5 pm

Admission: See breakdown above

Parking is FREE at all public lots:
Stempel Municipal Lot - 360 Historical Lane, Long Grove, IL 60047
Archer Lot - 343 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove, IL 60047

To stay in compliance with state and city regulations, Long Grove Craft Beer & BBQ Days is a ticketed event. Festival participants will receive a punch card to be redeemed for eighteen (18) 3 oz. samples. No Refunds. Brewers are subject to change without notice. This is a 21-year-old and older event.

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