Chicago, IL US

Fri, 03 Nov 2023 - Sat, 04 Nov 2023

Event Overview

North America’s largest and most prestigious barrel-aged festival, competition, and fundraiser.


  • Address: 525 S. Racine Avenue.
  • City: Chicago
  • State: IL
  • Area Code: 60607
  • Country: US
  • Venue: Credit Union 1 Arena

Date & Time

  • Date: Fri, 03 Nov 2023 - Sat, 04 Nov 2023
  • Hours: 1:00 PM - 10:00 PM

About this Event

FOBAB, or the Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beer, is one of the premier events in the United States dedicated to showcasing beers that have been aged in wooden barrels. Held annually in Chicago, Illinois, FOBAB celebrates the complex flavors and characteristics that wood-aging imparts to beer, including those aged in barrels previously used for whiskey, bourbon, wine, or other spirits.

Highlights of FOBAB:

  • Wide Range of Beers: The festival features a diverse array of barrel-aged beers, including stouts, sours, ciders, and more, highlighting the creativity and craftsmanship of brewers in utilizing barrels for flavor enhancement
  • Awards Competition: FOBAB also hosts a prestigious competition where beers are judged across various categories, with winners awarded for their excellence in barrel-aging techniques. This competition is highly regarded in the craft beer community
  • Educational Sessions: Attendees can often participate in educational sessions or discussions led by brewers and industry experts, offering insights into the barrel-aging process and the subtleties of flavor development.
  • Exclusive Tastings: The event provides an opportunity to taste rare and limited-edition barrel-aged beers that are not widely available, making it a unique experience for beer aficionados.

Community and Innovation:

FOBAB not only serves as a gathering for the craft beer community but also pushes the boundaries of beer innovation, encouraging brewers to explore new methods and flavors in barrel aging. It's a celebration of both tradition and creativity in the craft beer industry.

Timing and Location:

FOBAB is typically held in the fall, with specific dates and venue details announced each year by the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, which organizes the event. Given its popularity and the limited availability of many featured beers, tickets often sell out quickly.

For the latest information on FOBAB, including event details, ticket sales, and competition winners, it's best to check the official website or follow the event's social media channels. Whether you're a seasoned enthusiast of barrel-aged beers or curious to explore this distinctive category, FOBAB offers a rich and educational experience.


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