24 May 2011

Road Trip / Beer Diary: Scenes from the Illiana Mayfest

This year marked the second annual Illiana Mayfest, put on by Crown Brewing, and located at the Lake County fairgrounds. The festival was a fantastic closer to American Craft Beer Week and it was awesome to see many local faces as well as new faces and breweries from Northern Illinois for a crowd of over 1000 beer-loving folks.

Crown Brewing’s table serving up a variety of beers including their Alkoholica.

Awesome GNR shirt at the Upland table.

Shoreline Brewing serving up samples; Baby Strupeck was nowhere to be found.

Chris from People's showing off some new bottles!

Sun King showing off their house lineup to a future market.

Cask of 85 - nice!

Flossmoor Station brought some outstanding sour brews.

Limestone Brewery from Plainfield, IL served up an India Brown Ale and a Pale Ale.

Back Road – Front and Center

Mike Hess, relaxing behind the Barley Island taps.

Rock Bottom Orland Park – proving once again that the number one commodity at Rock Bottom locations are the brewers and their unique brews, not a standardized corporate menu.

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Brickstone had a really nice Cherry Ale, looking forward to more from this brewery.

Harrison’s apricot beer was enjoyable

Flat 12 brought a big crew and a lot of beer.

The lager from Argus Brewery was clean yet malty.

No photos of Brugge or Brewpub as they didn't make it up despite seeing them on the lineup list. They would have been a great addition to the rest of the Indiana crew. Hopefully we'll see them and many other Indiana brewers up there next year.

Chris, from Crown Brewing, put on a great show this year and we thank him for inviting us up to Crown Point to enjoy the festival. We look forward to next year!

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