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Naperville Ale Fest 2021

The only outdoor winter and summer beer festival of Midwest


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Disclaimer: Due to COVID-19 concerns, many events might be canceled, postponed, or changed into limited versions, sometimes at very short notice. Please check with event organizers directly for the latest updates.

Naperville Ale Fest is the annual winter and summer outdoor beer-tasting festival that features the best local brews, a variety of food trucks, and live music. Held at Frontier Park in Naperville, Illinois, the festival provides an excellent opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and walking trails, skate park and picnicking. If you are not afraid of winter cold, you have to take part in a time-honoured Naperville tradition of celebrating the winter season with excellent beers and ales. The festival also has a summer edition in July, presenting about 150 craft beers.

Naperville Ale Fest features more than 150 American craft beers. Some of them are only available in the winter. Unlike summer beer fests. Naperville Ale Fest gives its attendees a rare chance to try many stronger brews: stouts, porters, and barrel-aged beers. There are plenty of winter warmers, and giant double IPAs to try. The festival features delicious food from some of Chicagoland’s best food trucks. Set near the historic Naper Settlement, close to downtown Naperville, this festival is a perfect idea for a weekend trip from Chicago. Naperville is an ideal wintertime setting to experience craft beer.

The VIP tickets are available for those who are looking for a premium experience. It guarantees early entry and a limited edition bottle of the Naperville Ale Fest / Solemn Oath collaboration beer. VIPs also get a food voucher and access to the VIP lounge with specialty beers.

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