Here’s the crazy part. I only tried one beer. That’s not to say that there wasn’t plenty to choose from. Quite the opposite.
I had my camera out the entire and was meeting plenty of new people.
I ran into old friends like JD Heinrich who owns The Forge in Sycamore. He had let me hang out and interview while he was in the middle of making a new batch of brew.
We talked for a few minutes about his opening a new brew pub in the summer and starting the process of opening a production facility in DeKalb.
The need for a second location comes as he has grown short on room in the current building. The current set-up utilizes four large tanks in the dining room and shares space with the beer bar.
“I’m excited. It’s still a long road, but we’re past most of the hurdles.”
Right next to the Forge’s table was Cademon Brewery. I had worked with owner Andrew Nordman on a previous video project and he let out a loud “Hello!”
He brought his IPA and another variation of the Eve’s Tuition porter. I gave it a sip and was not disappointed.
Like JD, he ran into room constraints at his current building and already opened a second location. Now he’s working on the menu with a taco recipe that he’s proud of and wants to use.
“Right now, I’m leaning towards tacos as the menu building block!”
A great turnout.
On top of old friends, I floated around to different tables who had people from the breweries. As I found out, it was volunteers doing the pouring for a majority of the breweries represented.
Overall, the festival was awesome and Alessandro was pleased with the turnout. Before I departed, he told me they were getting ready for the second of wave of ticket holders.
I burned through both camera batteries shortly after the VIP tasting and took my leave after.
I can’t wait for the next one!