When it starts cooling off, ‘tis the season for barrel-aged beers! This is the country’s largest celebration of wood and barrel-aged beers. Brewers around the state craft beers that have been aged in a wooden barrel or in contact with wood to share at our annual #FoBaB event, resulting in a tasting of some of the rarest beers, which may or many not be available commercially from breweries across the country! The festival grew from one to two days after popular demand, so expect double the fun. #FoBaB also features “BarricAle,” which, much like “ReplicAle”, gives brewers to create barrel-aged beer with only slight variables. Except, unlike ReplicaAle, this time most of the variable comes from the barrel provided, creating amazing, one off, rare beers!
For the first time in our 12-year history, we will host multiple sessions over a two day period on November 14th and 15th.
Friday 6 – 10
***ImBIBE members receive early entry at 5:00PM***
Saturday 1 – 5
Saturday 6 – 10
This year’s event features over 90 breweries and 300 individual beers that will be pouring at tables spread within an expanded 23,000 square foot space.
The #ICBG will also introduce a very rare project for the first time ever. A project at this level has never been revealed in any wooden or barrel-aged beer event. Barricale features barrel-aged beers from more than 20 Illinois craft breweries. Wild Turkey barrels are the variable this year, as brewers filled empties with their craft beer of choice. Some beers have been sitting for 12 months, 6 months and even at 3 months. Come visit the ImBIBE Pouring Station at FoBAB this year and taste the different nuances of each Illinois hand-crafted barrel-aged beer. Talk to each brewer and find out exactly why they chose to work with the beers they did. This project is sponsored by Goose Island Brewing Co.
The National Wood Aged Beer Competition is judged by a panel of industry experts prior to the public sessions. Each beer is judged on the basis of how that underlying style reflects the expression of wood and/or barrel character. Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals are awarded in 11 categories as well as “Best of Show.”
Strong/Double/Imperial Pale Beer
Strong/Double/Imperial Dark Beer