What started as a way to give attendees of the upcoming FRED event something to do prior to an evening lecture by WTTW’s Geoffrey Baer has become a special event in its own right.
From 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, Riverside Foods and the Frederick Law Olmsted Society will host a Craft Beer Fest at the downtown train station, 90 Bloomingbank Road.
For $25, fest-goers can sample craft beers from five local breweries, including Buckle Down Brewery (Lyons), Goose Island Brewery (Chicago), Brickstone Brewing (Bourbonnais), Pollyanna Brewing (Lemont) and Revolution Brewing (Chicago), along with spirits crafted by Riverside’s Quincy Street Distillery.
The Beer Fest ticket also gives you free entrance to Baer’s lecture at 7 p.m. at Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road. The public television host, best known for his historic tours of Chicago and the surrounding area, will be focusing his talk on his upcoming film, “Ten Towns that Changed America.” Riverside is featured in the film.
Proceeds from the event will go to the Olmsted Society, which seeks to preserve the legacy in the village of Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed Riverside.
“When Geoffrey Baer came on board in the evening, and with [FRED’s] seminars concluding in the afternoon, we wanted a tie-in,” said Rob Dixon, president of the Olmsted Society.
Dixon contacted Riverside Foods’ Peter Boutsikakis, who has an interest in craft brewing and the idea of a Craft Beer Fest took off.
The beer fest’s tie-in to FRED has to do with locally raised produce, which is the overarching theme of FRED this year.
In addition to the beer tasting, Boutsikakis will preside over a home brewing demonstration — a five-gallon barley wine-based brew made using locally grown centennial hops and elderberries.
Boutsikakis, who has done home brewing with his two brothers for years, said the beer made at the Craft Beer Fest will be served as samples at this year’s Holiday Stroll in early December.
Live music will be provided on the train station’s west portico by the Riverside band Hopslager, followed by Leadfoot, described as “Chicago’s freshest post-bluegrass” band. An Evanston-based business, The Amazing Kale Burger, will be selling food at their kale burger bar, which will be located west of the train station.
FRED — Frederick Riverside Education Design — is a Frederick Law Olmsted-inspired event that started in 2012 as a way for landscape designers and enthusiasts to network. The first year also included a landscape design contest for the First/Forest gateway to the village.
This year, Dixon said he wanted FRED and the Olmsted Society to reach a broader audience, hence this year’s focus on trends in vegetable gardening. The all-day pass for FRED is $25. Admission to individual seminars is $10. Tickets to Baer’s lecture are $10 per person.
Among those presenting at FRED this year are pioneering edible plant expert Vicki Nowicki of the Land Office, Nate Fremont of the Peggy Notebaert Museum, landscape architect Jack Pizzo and the keynote speaker, Scott Mehaffey, whose free 1 p.m. lecture is titled “Landscape as Community: Riverside’s Legacy in the 21st Century.”
FRED will be held at Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road, on Sept. 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information and to purchase tickets to FRED 2015, visit online at www.FredofRiverside.org. Tickets for the Craft Beer Fest are available prior to the event only and can be purchased online at www.RiversideHopStop.com.
This story has been changed to correct ticket information. Tickets for the Craft Beer Fest include free admission to the Baer lecture, but all-day passes to FRED do not. Tickets for Geoffrey Baer’s lecture are sold separately for $10 each.