8th annual Screw City Beer Fest attracts thousands.


Thousands of beer lovers gathered to the river front to try a sip of craft beers at the 8th annual Screw City Beer Fest.
This year the fest was moved to a new location, next to the rock river near the Rockford Ice House.  The location was a hit with festival goers, like Julie Cooter.

” I like the change this year i think it’s more spread out and i think it just kinda gives more of an area so you’re not as, you know it’s more spread out.” Said Cooter.

Over 50 breweries were in attendance, and co founder of the Screw city Beer Fest Chris Wachowiak says the people who work the stands know their craft well.  

“This festival is different than most of the rest because we require breweries to have representatives here. So every brewery is represented by either the owner, the head brewer or someone who is highly involved in the operations.”

Daniel Psaltis traveled all the way from Iowa to attend the beer fest. He’s born and raised in Rockford and say’s if he had to choose, he prefers the small town feel.
“You have more of an opportunity to try your favorite beers here, as opposed to a big city brewery festival.

Craft beer enthusiast Adam Morrison said he first found out about the festival through Facebook and hasn’t missed the fest since.

“It’s always fun to do it with you know you can come with a group of people. see friends that you haven’t seen in a while. You know it’s a really nice event.

Morrison adds that event’s like this help put Rockford in a positive spot light.

” I think it’s just great for Rockford in general everyone for some reason has a bad opinion about Rockford for the most part. Then there’s stuff like this and it’s like, hey this is great place to live. It’s awesome.”

Festival organizers say this year the 2,300 general admission tickets sold out in twenty minutes.

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