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Beer Festival Round-Up

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The Circus Is In Town

What better way to celebrate the end of summer than with music and a brew? There are three upcoming Chicago craft beer festivals, each with its own unique vibe.

Dancing in the Streets celebrates three things: beer, Chicago’s brewing district, and The Grateful Dead. Their dedication to The Dead only seems to extend to the name of the festival and limited-edition beers, which share their names with songs. That said, you should probably expect to see a lot of tie-dye in the crowd. Organized by On Tour Brewery, the menu includes local brews by Goose Island, All Rise, Finch Brewing, and Great Central, all of whom brew in the neighborhood. August 3rd–4th.

The Big North is the annual birthday party for Half Acre beer. Held at their brewery, indie darlings The Allah-Las head a solid line-up of indie-rock bands playing the event. Half Acre will have barrel-aged and “wyld” beers available on a first-come-first-serve basis, all manner of Belgian-style fruit beers, and variations of all the other porters, ambers, and IPAs you might want. August 17th.

Lastly, the Lagunitas Beer Circus comes to town on August 24th with over 100 performers in tow. With aerialists, knife throwers, clowns, burlesque and sideshow acts, this is the kookiest beer festival around.