Screw City Beer Festival Sept. 8

Staff Report

The Second Annual Screw City Beer Festival (SCBF) will be from 1 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8, at the intersection of State and Main streets in downtown Rockford.

SCBF will host dozens of American craft breweries and pour more than 130 different beers to nearly 2,000 craft beer enthusiasts.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the gate the day of the festival.

Advance tickets are available for purchase at Artale Wine Co., 6876 Spring Creek Road; Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St.; and The Olympic Tavern, 2327 N. Main St. Tickets purchased with a credit card will incur a $2 fee. Tickets can also be purchased online at through Aug. 30.

All tickets are non-refundable or exchangeable, and you must be 21 or older to order. ID is required for entrance to the festival.

General admission includes the 1-6 p.m. public session, branded tasting cup, event program, 25 drink tickets and access to hourly special releases.

Each SCBF ticket-holder must exchange a drink ticket per 2-ounce sample. This is a regulatory measure to keep in compliance with current Illinois liquor laws for this type of event.

This isn’t a Wisconsin event where the samples can be unlimited. Illinois has different laws. Additional drink tickets are available for 50 cents per ticket.

In addition to beer, everything from gourmet wood-fired pizzas to grilled bacon skewers from locally-owned and operated businesses will also be featured. All food sales are cash only, meaning drink tickets may not be exchanged for food.

The SCBF was founded in early 2011 by a group of local business owners and craft beer enthusiasts. A grassroots effort, SCBF was met with a virtually sold-out crowd, rave reviews and awarded the State of Illinois Governor’s Award for Best New Event/Festival of 2011.

Playing inside Kryptonite during the festival will be Empty Pockets at 2 p.m., followed by Vince Chiarelli Band from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

For more about the festival, visit

From the Aug. 29-Sept. 4, 2012, issue

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