Summer might be over, but there’s still plenty of time to enjoy the great outdoors this fall before winter’s icy grip returns. For one afternoon, craft beer connoisseurs can enjoy their brew with a side of fall foliage during the Oswego Brew at the Bridge craft beer festival.
Hosted by the Oswegoland Park District in coordination with the Oswegoland Park Foundation, this eighth annual festival will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. With construction taking place near the festival’s usual home at Hudson Crossing Park, Brew at the Bridge will be moving to a new location this year at Prairie Point Community Park, 4120 Plainfield Road in Oswego.
All breweries participating in Brew at the Bridge are based in Illinois and have earned honors as top craft brewers. Old favorites like Half Day Brewing Company and Noon Whistle Brewing will be returning to this year’s festival along with emerging breweries in Illinois, including Dry City Brew Works and 25 West Brewing Company.
Other breweries on tap include Emancipation Brewing Company, Kingfisher’s Instant Beer and Tangled Roots Brewing Company. Staff from participating breweries will be on hand to answer attendees’ questions about their craft beer selections.
While mom and dad are sampling brews, youngsters can check out Prairie Point Community Park’s amenities including its large playground, skateboard park and the grassy sledding hill where kids can burn some energy running up and down. Don’t forget to pack the kids’ swimsuits, towels and a change of clothes so they can cool off if it’s a warm autumn day in the splash pad. Even the family dog can attend the festivities provided it’s on a leash and the owners cleans up after their furry friend.
A variety of food vendors will be on hand offering tasty treats festivalgoers can wash down with their samples while enjoying live music in the background. Organizers request people leave their alcohol, coolers and tents at home.
For $20, the starter tasting package includes a souvenir tasting glass and five 2-ounce brewery tastes. The fee also includes three home brew tastes from area home brews from noon to 4 p.m. while supplies last. For an additional $10 fee ($30), attendees can beat the crowds and arrive at noon for an extra hour of tasting. All tasting packages will be available at the door. Want to sample more craft beers? Additional tasting tickets can be purchased at a cost of $1 each.
During Brew at the Bridge, attendees will have the opportunity to make a donation to the Oswegoland Park Foundation’s People’s Choice Award. Funds raised from the People’s Choice Award will support the Veteran’s Serenity Park at Hudson Crossing Park in downtown Oswego. Located along the Fox River, the new park will serve as an area of reflection and meditation for veterans and will recognize each branch of the armed forces.