LOMBARD – A new festival coming to Lombard later this month will appeal to those who appreciate the fine art of craft brewing.
The Inaugural Lombard American Craft Ale Fest will feature more than 80 beers from craft brewers across the county. The festival is scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. June 14 at Lilacia Park, 150 S. Park Ave.
"Craft beer is becoming more and more popular and people are excited about it," said Josh Seago, event coordinator for Lou Dog Events. "There will be everything from the light pilsners and pale ales to darker porters and stouts, and everything in-between."
The festival is being hosted by the Glenbard East Booster Club, with net proceeds going to the nonprofit to help fund the school's new football stadium, Seago said.
The club was looking to hold a fundraising concert when the group spoke with William and James O'Brien, owners of the Lombard-based Flesk Brewing Company. With craft beer on the rise, the brothers encouraged the boosters to host the festival, and put them in touch with Lou Dog Events.
The festival is perfect for craft beer aficionados, but also provides an opportunity for individuals unfamiliar with the industry to try a variety of beers without spending a fortune, Seago said.
"A fest like this is great for those new to craft beer to experience what it is all about," he said.
The lineup of brewers contains a mix of the "big guys," such as Bells, Abita, Lagunitas and Goose Island, as well as smaller, local brewers, such as Two Brothers, Finch's, Argus and Flesk, Seago said.
Denise Powell, general manager of Beer House, 322 Yorktown Shopping Center, said the business, one of the festival's main sponsors, is excited.
"We're really big supporters of the local craft beers," Powell said. "We want to do whatever we can to partner up with them."
Beer House opened July 2013 at Yorktown.
Hosting the festival in Lilacia Park, just steps from downtown Lombard and the Lombard Metra Station, is perfect for local businesses and fest-goers who live outside the village, Seago said, adding that a good percentage of the tickets sold are purchased by nonresidents.
"It makes it really convenient for people," Seago said.
Tickets are going fast and organizers encourage those who plan to attend to purchase theirs quickly.
"This is going to be a great festival and the people of Lombard should be excited to have it in their backyard," Seago said.
If you go
What: Inaugural Lombard American Craft Ale Fest
When: Noon to 5 p.m. June 14
Where: Lilacia Park, 150 S. Park Ave.
More information: www.lombardalefest.com