LOGAN SQUARE — Logan Square’s own Beer Fest is back for a second run, with more beers and breweries on tap for 2014.
The second annual Logan Square Beer Fest will be held Sept. 20 at the Logan Square Auditorium.
As with last year, organizers Dave Watts and Marcus Osacky expect around 20 breweries featuring more than 50 beers to headline the event. Many of the offerings will be rare and specialty beers, including cask-conditioned, barrel-aged and collaboration brews.
People "come out to sample all the good craft beers,” Watts said. “We do a good job of making sure all the brewers bring their best ... beers that you can't just go out to the liquor store to get.”
Neither of the beer fest organizers live in the neighborhood, and neither is a bartender or brewer, but the two are serious beer fans with a love for Logan Square — Osacky’s family owns the auditorium, making it the logical venue choice.
While many of the essentials haven’t changed since last year, Watts said this year’s fest will be broken into two sessions — the first from 1-4 p.m. and the second from 5-8 p.m.
Eight breweries are already signed up for the fest, including Ale Syndicate, Bells, Metropolitan, Off Color, Revolution, Solemn Oath and Sprecher.
The beer fest opened its doors to breweries from far and wide last year, but, according to Watts, “this year, because the Chicago beer scene is so diverse, we’re just doing all local breweries" from Chicago and the Midwest region.
In addition to live music and food from an unnamed Logan Square restaurant, commemorative Logan Square Beer Fest glass mugs will be given out to each participant and guests can take part in a “Brewery Swag Raffle” to win hats, T-shirts, mugs and, of course, beer.
“We’re looking at different bands and a few different surprises,” Watts said.
Tickets for the fest go on sale May 15 at $45 for either session.