Craft Beer Adventure Festival on tap June 25 at Richardson Farm

  • Jim Valsa, left, and Dave Auston of 9th Hour Brewing greet Wendy Richardson of Richardson Farm during a spring visit to the Lake Villa brewery, one of several offering samplings at the Craft Beer Adventure Festival at the farm June 25.

    Jim Valsa, left, and Dave Auston of 9th Hour Brewing greet Wendy Richardson of Richardson Farm during a spring visit to the Lake Villa brewery, one of several offering samplings at the Craft Beer Adventure Festival at the farm June 25. Courtesy of George Richardson, Richardson Farm

 
Submitted by Cynthia Wolf
Updated 6/14/2022 2:07 PM

Tickets are available for the inaugural Craft Beer Adventure Festival from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at Richardson Adventure Farm, 909 English Prairie Road, Spring Grove.

Dozens of craft beers from northeastern Illinois breweries will be on hand, plus award-winning Prairie State wines and even a locally handcrafted spirit or two.

 

There also will be food truck fare, live music, a giant Jenga game, pedal kart tracks, cornhole games, a giant jumping pillow, a 50-foot climbing tower and a 150-foot slide.

Attendees must be 21 or older. Tickets range from $15 for designated drivers to $65 for VIPs. The latter will receive a $10 voucher toward an event T-shirt, a sampling mug and preferred parking, as well as 2 p.m. admission.

Those purchasing the $45 general admission ticket, of which only 2,000 will be sold, will also receive a sampling mug.

The Steve Gritman Band will perform from 3-6 p.m. All but the designated drivers may sample from a list of more than 40 craft brews from at least 10 local breweries and one national craft beer maker, or try wine from Genoa-based Prairie State Winery or a spirited citrus seltzer from The Finnish Long Drink.

Half of the profits will go to the Richmond-Spring Grove Area Rotary Club, said George and Wendy Richardson, who operate the farm along with George's brother, Robert; Robert's wife, Carol; George's son, Ryan; and Ryan's wife, Kristen.

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"Numerous people have asked in the past about an adults-only day at the farm," said George Richardson, who also is president-elect of the Richmond-Spring Grove Rotary. "This seemed like a great way to have some fun, highlight the amazing offerings of our local breweries and raise money for the club."

A successful event will mean more money to put toward academic and vocational scholarships, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Home of the Sparrow, Operation Warm, area food pantries, ShelterBox International and other nonprofits and causes the club supports, said Wendy Richardson, also a Rotarian.

Fellow Rotarian Tim Molitor, a member of the event committee, said he hopes the adventure fest is a hit.

"It should be a great time -- a nice, casual afternoon listening to some live music, enjoying some craft beers and hopefully enjoying some beautiful June weather," Molitor said.

Richardson Adventure Farm features a gift shop, which will be open, indoor restrooms and free parking. Brewery representatives will occupy spots throughout two hard-shell pavilions and a 40-by-60-foot tent for the rain-or-shine event.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Breweries confirmed as of early June to be offering samplings at the event include: 9th Hour Brewing of Lake Villa; Black Lung Brewing Co. of Round Lake Beach; Crystal Lake Brewing; Harbor Brewing Co., Winthrop Harbor; Ravinia Brewing Co., Highland Park; Sew Hop'd Brewery, Huntley; Tighthead Brewing Co., Mundelein; Kishwaukee Brewing Co., Woodstock; Spirit Water Brewery, Cary; Sam Adams; and the Finnish Long Drink.

More are likely to be added, the Richardsons said.

Tickets and up-to-date details are available at rsgarotaryevents.com.

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