This weekend we plan to check out the 16th annual International Beer Festival at Expo Gardens in Peoria.
Proceeds from this event benefit local charities.
More than 300 beers will be available to sample via 4 ounce servings. Sampled a real stinker? Dump it in one of the plastic buckets and move on to the next contender.
The festival runs Friday, April 11 from 6-10 p.m. with admission set at $20 on that night and Saturday, April 12 from 1-9 p.m. with $12 advance admission, $15 at the door.
Once you get inside, each beer sample costs 50¢ with a few priced at $1. The first 4,500 guests receive a free commemorative sampling beer glass.
Friday night's sampling is billed as a "smaller, quieter, more relaxing beer sampling", with a limited number of tickets being sold.
The beer fest seems to get larger and crazier every year. It almost seems like they could use a larger venue.
Let's hope StfRon samples some beer this year and doesn't just park himself in front of a pilsener booth and drink the same thing the whole time.
To each his own, though. I'm sure he doesn't think much of my fruity beer sampling each year...