July 9, 2009 at 8:05 am

From a recent interview with ultimate beer geek, Randy Mosher: ”

“This Saturday is Alefest, down at Soldier Field. That’s a guy out of Cincinnati named Joe Waizmann, and he used to be the Midwest Merchant du Vin rep in the area. A really good guy, and he’s got this pretty tidy little beer festival he runs. He’s respectful of the beer, tries to treat the brewers well, and not have a real rowdy crowd. It’s a pretty nice event.

The Craft Brewers Guild will have their replic-ale there, which is a recipe they all brew together.

They brew the same recipe at the same time of the year. This year it’s a Belgian wit.”

From the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild website:
“Each year a dozen different Illinois craft brewers create their own version of one style of beer. The style for 2009 is a Belgian wit. To make it interesting, instead of everyone using traditional coriander and orange peel, the choice of spices used in each wit is the decision of the brewer.

All ReplicAles will be featured at AleFest, Saturday, July 11th, at Soldier Field in Chicago. The participating breweries this year are: America’s Brewing, Bent River Brewing, Brickstone Restaurant and Brewery, Carlyle Brewing, Crown Brewing, Destihl Restaurant and Brew Works, Emmett’s Tavern and Brewing, Granite City Food and Brewery, Goose Island brewpub, Lunar Brewing, Mickey Finn’s Brewery, Piece Brewing, Ram Restaurant and Brewery – Wheeling, and Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery – Warrenville.”

The 3rd annual AleFest Chicago is a charitable craft beer festival showcasing the finest beer styles of the world in an educational, repsonsible, & enjoyable fashion.

Over 200 craft beers from more than 80 world class breweries will be represented.

$40 admission includes 20 samples of craft beer, comemmorative tasting glass, tasting guide, & live entertainment by Eric Jerardi Band.

Designated driver/non-drinker (must be 21) admission of $10 includes a bottle of water as you enter and an AleFest sampling glass as you exit.