Screw City returns to downtown Rockford

By Nate Johnson

This Saturday, 2000 beer fans will converge on Rockford’s Main Street District to celebrate the fifth annual Screw City Beer Festival. What has become one of Rockford’s most popular events will take over the State and Main area with plenty of beer, live music and local food vendors.

Unfortunately for those without tickets, the event sold out within hours of going on sale, but there are other opportunities to celebrate the festival.

The Olympic Tavern will be holding their SCBF pre-party on Friday from 11 a.m. on, with a pair of the much-desired VIP tickets being given away at 10:30 p.m. Besides a number of rarities being on draft for the day, there will be a 5 p.m. tapping of a special collaborative brew from Pig Minds (having teamed with Artale Wine, Kryptonite, Freeport’s Generations Brewing, Rockford Brewing Co. and the Olympic) called Hexhead, an oatmeal IPA.

For those who were not fortunate enough to get tickets during the original on-sale, the Olympic will be selling two pairs of general admission tickets Wednesday and Thursday nights. Two names will be drawn at 10 p.m. each evening, and the winners will have the opportunity to purchase at original face value.

At the festival site, Kryptonite will be holding their own pre-party on Friday starting at 5 p.m., featuring music from Too Deep and Swingbilly RFD. Needless to say, there will be plenty of special treats being tapped as well.

The festival itself will run from 1-5:30 p.m., with a 12-1 p.m. session with special tappings for VIP ticketholders. Visit SCBF on Facebook at SCBeerFest for the latest updates, or the most current listing of breweries, visit

You might also like

Enjoy The Rock River Times? Help spread the word!