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Chicago Ale Fest (Winter Edition) Returns with 150 Beers on January 20

January 20, 2018


The 2018 Chicago Ale Fest (Winter Edition) will take place on Saturday, January 20, in the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. This festival will 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 “Hidden Gems 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.

Festival Highlights

+ Hidden Gems Booth – Each brewery has been instructed to bring two bottles of something special from their personal cellars, which we’ll open at random for guests.

+ Infusion Tent – Four beers poured through infusion machines filled with fresh fruit, chocolate, coffee and more to create one-time-only beers.

+ Beer Bike – A “Paletas-Style” cart will roam the fest grounds delivering full cans of beer to thirsty guests

+ Food Trucks – Six of Chicago’s best food trucks will be in attendance

+ Live DJ – Dance party!

+ Craft Cocktails from CH Distilling – Two specialty cocktails by Chicago’s own CH Distilling


This event will take place in two separate sessions.

Session 1

11 a.m.-3 p.m. (Early Entry Ticket) or

12 p.m.-3 p.m. (General Admission)
Session 2

5-9 p.m. (Early Entry Ticket) or

6-9 p.m. (General Admission)

Early Bird Pricing ends January 13

Early Entry: $59, Yoga & Early Entry: $75, General Admission: $49

Tickets can be purchased here.