148. Barrington Brew Fest Introduces VIP Tickets

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Barrington Brew Fest - 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2013

For the first time ever, the organizers of Barrington Brew Fest are offering 100 early-admission VIP tickets for exclusive access to this weekend’s 10th annual event.

VIP ticket holders will be allowed special access to a separate serving area at the event where they’ll receive a passport to sample ten premium brews that are not part of the regular fest.  They’ll also be treated to a list of food & other perks, including early admission at 2:30, to avoid long lines at the entry.

If you’d rather not splurge on the VIP ticket option, you can’t go wrong with a general admission ticket.  This year’s Barrington Brew Fest promises all the ingredients for an afternoon of brews, food and fun!

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Barrington Brew Fest – 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2013

McGonigal’s Pub is Brew Fest’s signature “Grand Brewmaster” sponsor and will be selling food at the fest.  Pub owner, Bryan McGonigal, says Brew Fest is a great way to discover new favorite craft beers and one of his favorite events of the year.  “I love beer.  And Brew Fest is a lot of like minded individuals coming together, trying different beers, talking about them and just having a wonderful day.”

Barrington Brew Fest
Barrington Brew Fest

When & Where

July 13, 2013 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Downtown Barrington at Metra’s North Commuter Parking Lot in downtown Barrington.


This year, they have 47 brewers and nearly 90 different beers lined up. Check out the beer list and follow Brew Fest on Facebook for up-to-the-minute additions


Burgers, brats or barbeque – the featured food includes selections from McGonigal’s, Big Iron Horse BBQ, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, and Gilbert’s Craft Sausages.


They’re bringing back the classic rock of Brew Fest favorites Second Time Around. They’ll also feature the fest’s ever-popular bags tournament. There’s a 50/50 raffle. And this year, for the first time, they’re offering that special early-admission VIP ticket.

Best of all…

It’s all for a good cause! All proceeds from the Barrington Brew Fest benefit the Barrington Area Council on Aging. BACOA is the primary organization in the Barrington area that assists seniors and caregivers as they deal with issues related to aging. It provides activities, resources and programs and services that keep seniors safe, healthy and independent.

* BACOA’s Executive Director, Joyce Palmquist, says proceeds from Brew Fest account for a large portion of their annual budget which helps area seniors in so many ways. *

“We have our senior lunch program, we offer Meals with Wheels, we help people age 65 and older decide what Medicare program is best for them, we partner with AARP and we help seniors in our community who don’t have family nearby either stay in their homes or make decisions about alternative living situations to meet their needs and desires.

We also help caregivers of seniors or others living with a chronic illness.  You can call us and say, ‘My spouse just had a stroke and I need some help in the home’ or ‘My spouse or parent was just diagnosed with Alzheimers, what can I do?’

Together, Barrington Brew Fest and BACOA’s “Aged to Perfection” wine tasting event in September raise about $90,000 that goes into our operating budget.”

General Admission

$40 in advance – Advance tickets are available online until 5 p.m., July 12
$50 day of event – Tickets purchased at the gate are cash only

To comply with Illinois liquor law and Village of Barrington regulation, Barrington Brew Fest will be a ticketed event. Fest attendees will receive 20 drink tickets each at the gate. Each drink ticket can be exchanged for a 3-ounce sample. Additional samples are available for 50 cents per ticket; cash sales only.

$20 – Designated Driver Ticket

Includes unlimited soft drinks, tasting glass and Brew Fest t-shirt

VIP Tickets

$80 per ticket – ONLINE SALES ONLY or purchase at McGonigal’s Pub

Only 100 VIP tickets available.

VIP’s will be treated to ten premium beers not available to general admission ticket holders.  Plus they’ll have access to a special VIP serving area offering cheeses, breads and antipasto from Whole Foods Market, a tasting glass & t-shirt and a coupon for one meal at one of the Brew Fest’s food vendors. They’ll also be able to avoid lines by being allowed into the fest at 2:30, a half our early.

CLICK HERE to purchase your Brew Fest tickets online and, for more information about festival food, entertainment and featured beers, visit BarringtonBrewFest.com.

Barrington Brew Fest
Barrington Brew Fest

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