The Capacity Bar Group recently announced its first annual What the Firk? Firkin Festival to be held at Headquarters Beercade on March 30th to celebrate Chicago’s craft beer community. This exclusive sampling event will feature firkins – cask-conditioned ales – filled with exclusive beers from renowned local and regional breweries.
A firkin is considered a “Real Ale” and has not been cold-filtered, pasteurized, or carbonated by outside equipment. The cask barrels preserve the taste in its most wholesome state, while the interior beer harbors active yeast, meaning the flavor profile will evolve over time. The festival invites all beer enthusiasts and brew aficionados to come experience and savor several varieties that have never been sipped before – and might never be relished again!
Prior to the start of Firkin Fest, Capacity Bar Group will crown an Industry Choice and Blogger’s Choice firkin, chosen by a select panel of industry and media experts.
Where: Headquarters Beercade, 2833 N. Sheffield, located at the intersection of Sheffield and Wolfram
When: Sunday, March 30, beginning at 12:00pm for VIPs, 1:00pm for general admission
How: Tickets can be purchase here.
VIP tickets are $60 and include 25 firkin samplings, a souvenir sampling glass and catered food by DMK Burger Bar. General admission tickets are $40 and include 20 firkin samplings and a souvenir sampling glass.
Participating breweries include:
· 5 Rabbit Brewery (Bedford Park, IL)
· Ale Syndicate (Chicago, IL)
· Arcadia Ales (Battle Creek, MI)
· Bell’s Brewery, Inc. (Kalamazoo, MI)
· Brickstone Brewery (Bourbonnais, IL)
· Brooklyn Brewery (New York, NY)
· Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, MI)
· Great Divide Brewing Company (Denver, CO)
· Great Lakes Brewing Company (Cleveland, OH)
· Half Acre Beer Company (Chicago, IL)
· Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales (Dexter, MI)
· Lagunitas Brewing Company (Chicago, IL)
· Lakefront Brewery (Milwaukee, WI)
· Left Hand Brewing (Longmont, CO)
· Local Option (Chicago, IL)
· Metropolitan Brewing (Chicago, IL)
· Oskar Blues (Lyons, CO)
· Revolution Brewing (Chicago, IL)
· Solemn Oath Brewery (Naperville, IL)
· Surly Brewing Co. (Brooklyn Center, MN)
· Tallgrass (Manhattan, KS)
· Two Brothers Brewery & Taphouse (Warrenville, IL)
· Vandermill (Spring Lake, MI)
· Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, PA)