Elgin Hosts Sept. 12 Illinois Brews Virtual Event

Elgin Hosts Sept. 12 Illinois Brews Virtual Event

(Editor’s Note: All photos are screenshots from participants’ websites and may or may not represent brews featured in the virtual event.)

Without the ability to host the annual, face-to-face brew fest outside the clubhouse at Bowes Creek Country Club this year, the Elgin Parks and Recreation Foundation will host a live, virtual tasting event at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12.

Each ticket includes a six-pack of assorted craft beers from local breweries and participants will drink together during he virtual event, broadcast live on YouTube and Facebook.

Participants will hear from the creative craftsman of the beers provided, receive insight as to the type of beer it is, how it was brewed and its best pairings. All craft beer aficionados are encouraged to share opinions of each beer and join the online discussion.

Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased online at cityofelgin.org/ILbrews. Details about beer pick-up will come via email after tickets are purchased. Kick back, relax and open a cold one (or six!) from the comfort of your own home while supporting a good cause — no designated driver needed.

Every dollar raised from ticket sales and donations will go directly to providing recreational opportunities for at-risk children in Elgin.

Featuring brews by:

Thank you to this year’s sponsors:

  • ALE Sponsors:
    • Farm and Fleet
    • F. H. Pachen
    • Five-Star Concrete
    • Shales McNutt
  • LAGER:
    • Blue 22, LLC
    • Elgin State Bank
    • First Federal Savings
    • Sikich LLP
    • Trout Park Baseball
  • PILSNER:
    • Fox Vally Ophthalmology
    • Bill and Janet Jones

Frequently Asked Questions


Q. Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

A. You must be 21 years or older to purchase a ticket. Please verify your age in the ticket order form and be prepared to show your ID when picking up your 6-pack of craft beer at the designated pickup location.

Q. What beers will be featured?

A. We are working with various local breweries and the Silverado Home Brew Club. We’ll feature beers from Riverlands Brewing Company, D and G Brewing Company, Sew Hop’d, Obscurity Brewing and Craft Mead, and the Silverado Home Brew Club.

Q. How will I get my beer?

A. Beer will be available for pick-up from a central location in Elgin, IL, approximately one week before the event. Details will be sent via email after your tickets are purchased. ***Shipping is not available!***

Q. Will there be food at this event?

A. Only if you provide it!

Q. Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

A. You can contact Randy Reopelle at 847-833-7433.

Q. What cause am I supporting?

A. All proceeds will be used to provide recreation programs to at-risk youth within the Elgin community. All donations are given to the Elgin Parks and Recreation Foundation, which is a 501c3 organization, making your gift tax-deductible. If you can’t make the event and would like to still donate to this cause, click here and securely donate online.

Q. Can I be a sponsor?

A.Yes! If you, or your company, would like to sponsor this event, contact Randy Reopelle at rlreopelle@gmail.com.

All guests must be 21 and older.

SOURCE: city of Elgin news release