Downtown Rockford ready to get ‘Screwed’ again

• Tickets for Third Annual Screw City Beer Festival go on sale June 1

Staff Report

Tickets for the Third Annual Screw City Beer Festival (SCBF), to be held Sept. 7 in downtown Rockford, will go on sale at 3 p.m., Saturday, June 1.

A June 1 “Screw Drive” at Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St., will serve as the official kick-off of the festival. Screw Drive will begin promptly at 3 p.m. and include VIP ticket sales and exclusive tasting celebration.

A meet-and-greet and special tapping at the Screw Drive will include Spiteful Brewing Co. and 18th Street Brewery, along with select offerings from Pipeworks Brewing Co. and Goose Island Beer Co. (all Chicago breweries). Also featured will be the first tapping ever in the Rockford area of Spiteful, 18th St. and Pipeworks beer. Attendees will have the chance to meet Drew Fox, brewer/founder of of 18th Street Brewery, and Brad Shaffer and Jason Klein, brewers/co-founders of Spiteful Brewing Co.

The Third Annual SCBF will be from 1 to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7, in the heart of downtown Rockford. Located at the intersection of State and Main streets, SCBF will host dozens of American craft breweries and pour more than 130 different beers to 2,000 craft beer enthusiasts.

For 2013, the festival will add a small Belgian beer section with a selection of sours, farmhouse ales and strong ales. Live music will provided by Empty Pockets and The Stragglers.

VIP tickets are $60 and limited to 200, available only at Kryptonite. They are expected to sell out at the Screw Drive and include 20 drink tickets, an extra exclusive hour (noon-1 p.m.), T-shirt, festival glass and special release. Maximum quantity of four tickets per person.

General admission tickets will only be available online this year, starting at 3 p.m., June 1, at General admission ($25 advance price) is limited to 1,800 and includes 15 drink tickets, a 5-ounce taster and a program.

The 2012 event sold out, with only 300 tickets remaining for purchase the day of the event. Hundreds were turned away at the gate as they did not purchase tickets soon enough. The 2013 festival attendance will not increase.

SCBF has selected The March of Dimes Illinois as their charity partner in hopes to raise awareness to their cause and impact in our community. March of Dimes will provide festival volunteers this year.

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 and the River District Association’s Heart of Rockford Award for Best Festival/Special Event in 2012.

From the May 29-June 4, 2013, issue

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