Events

Craft Beer Festival

Join us on Saturday, June 25 for our annual Craft Beer Festival. Take a stroll around the Arboretum grounds as you enjoy 20, 3 oz samples of local beers, ciders, seltzers, and meads.

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WEATHER UPDATE: We have been monitoring the weather forecast and plan to delay our opening to 1:00 p.m. Should our breweries and event staff be ready to go earlier, we will try to open at 12:30. Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you soon! 

The Craft Beer Festival at The Morton Arboretum will feature beers, seltzers, ciders, and meads from more than 30 different local Illinois breweries. Featured at this year’s event is a Centennial beer created by Elmhurst Brewing Co. This small batch saison style beer features Arboretum honey and spicebush from our grounds. Tasting booths will be spread out along Meadow Lake, Frost Hill, and the Conifer Trail. Each ticket purchase includes 20, 3 oz. beer samples, with more than 60 different varieties to choose from. You can use the digital map and program of the festival to explore each brewery and beer.

Ticketing Information

Ticket purchasers must be 21+ and present a valid I.D. at check-in. All Craft Beer Festival tickets include admission into the Arboretum on Saturday, June 25, 2022.

There is no Designated Driver ticket for this event. Non-drinking and underage guests are able to join ticket holders along the tasting route, but are required to reserve a timed-entry pass before arriving at the Arboretum. General admission is limited due to capacity restrictions, reserve your passes before they are sold out.

Tickets are available every 15 minutes between 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Last call is at 3:45 p.m. and the last pour is at 4:00 p.m. Arboretum grounds will remain open until sunset for those that would like to remain onsite.

Ticket sales for this event cut off at 9:59 a.m. on Saturday, June 25. No tickets will be available for purchase after that time. 

The Craft Beer Festival takes place on a mile-long, paved walking path located near the Visitor Center and Parking Lot 1. This path is accessible for wheelchairs and walkers, but includes a few hills. The tasting tables will be stationed on the grass within ten feet of the path. View the Accessibility Guide for more detailed information.

Breweries and Featured Beers:

2 Fools Cider
Strawberry Lemonade – Cider
Tart Cherry / Rose – Cider

AfterThought Brewing Company
Petit Meer – Farmhouse Ale Saison
Eighth Continent #3 – Hoppy Saison

Aleman Brewing Company
EveryMan – Kolsch
LadiesMan – Farmhouse Wit

Around the Bend Beer Co.
Vera – Pistachio Cream Ale
Strawberry Pie A La Mode – Fruited Sour

Black Horizon Brewing Company
Horizon – IPA
Dune Shaper – Fruit Beer

Bubblehouse Brewing
Soaking Up Electricity – Oatmeal Stout feat. Gigawatt Coffee
California Voodoo – West Coast IPA

Church Street Brewing Company
Lil Luci – Session Hazy IPA
Blueberry Vanilla Sour – Fruit Beer

Cruz Blanca
Mexico Calling – Lager
La Floridita-Orange+Mango – Traditional Ale

Elmhurst Brewing Co.
Spicebush Saison – The Morton Arboretum Centennial Beer
Fools Gold – White Stout

Energy City Brewing
Bistro Cabana Pineapple & Watermelon – Fruited Berliner Weisse
Bistro Smoothie Pink Guava & Banana – Pastry Sour

First Forest Brewing
Dylan the Pilot – Wheat Beer
Bohemian Breakfast – Imperial Stout

Garage Band Brewing
Desperada – Mexican Lager
Cosmic Mango Pop – Milkshake IPA

Ike & Oak Brewing Co.
Alpine Delight Strawberry Cheesecake – Pastry Sour
Mt. Fansipan – Smoothie IPA

Illuminated Brew Works
Junior Astronaut Juice – Hazy IPA
Prickly Pear Saison – Farmhouse Ale

Liquid Love Brewing
Colors – Farmhouse Ale Saison w/ Meyer Lime
Acai Acai Baby – Fruited Sour
Pinky Promise – Fruited Sour
Zombie Island – Fruited Sour
Fictional Char-ac-ters – Pale Ale

Midwest Coast Brewing
English Sporting Beer – Extra Special Bitter
Tahuna Beach – Hazy IPA

Mikerphone Brewing
Sunshine In A Bag – Pale Ale
Raspberry Hooray – Wheat Ale
Hey Mambo, Mambo Italiano! – Italian Pilsner
Slim Hazy – Hazy Pale Ale

Misbeehavin Meads
Grita – Margarita-style Cider
With a Baseball Bat – PB&J Mead

Miskatonic Brewing
Vox Pilsner – Pilsner
DDH Vic Secret Wizard – IPA Imperial Stout

Noon Whistle Brewing 
Bruski – Traditional Lager
Jam Stand Guava Passion Orange – Fruited Sour

Oswego Brewing Co.
Pride – Fruit Beer
Hay’z for Horses – New England IPA

Overgrown Orchard
Tilt – Dry Cider
Jou Jou – Dry Cider

Peeled Cider
Hazy Apple – Sweet Cider
Blueberry – Cider

Phase Three Brewing Company
Raw: Passion Fruit // Peach – Wheat Beer
DDH House Plants – Double IPA

Pipeworks Brewing
Coconanajama – Fruit Beer
$ellray $our – Sour Beer
Cold Crispy Lime – American Lager

Pollyanna Brewing
Lexical Gap – IPA
Kiwi Allure – Fruited Berliner Weisse

Prima Cider 
Prima Most – Cider
Barrique – Cider

Ravinia Brewing
Four Shore – Belgian White Ale
Isle of Lost Hops – Hazy IPA

Short Fuse Brewing Company
Bear-ie White – Wheat Beer
Tropical Hurt Locker – Sour Beer

Standard Meadery
Cuda Core – Blood Orange, Passion Fruit & Pineapple Session Style Mead
Tangerine Pina Colada – Tangerine, Pineapple, Coconut & Lime Smoothie Style Mead

Woflden Brewing Company
Beer Garden Blonde – Blonde Ale
Jurassic Fog – Hazy IPA

Frequently Asked Questions

  • No, alcohol is not permitted in the Garden.

  • Each ticket purchase includes twenty 3-ounce samples. In some cases, higher ABV beverages such as meads may be less than 3-ounces. No additional samples will be available for purchase.

  • Yes, Arboretum admission is included with your Summer Beer Tasting ticket. Visitors are allowed to remain onsite for the duration of the day. The Arboretum will close at sunset.

  • Various beer related and art vendors will be dispersed throughout the event area so attendees can shop while they sip.

  • Ticket sales for this event cut off at 9:59 a.m. on Saturday, June 25. No tickets will be available for purchase after that time.

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