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Do This: Goose Island Clybourn Belgian Fest

By Chuck Sudo in Food on Aug 26, 2010 6:40PM

2010_08_belgian_fest.jpg Goose Island Clybourn is hosting a ginormous festival Saturday focusing on Belgian ales. In addition to some of the many fine Belgians pub brewer Jared Rouben has crafted like his Golden Jet collaboration with Paul Kahan, Chicago Saison with C-House's Nicole Pederson and (if you're lucky) a certain saison spiced with lemon tea.

Joining in on the fun with their own Belgian ales will Revolution Brewing; Piece Pizzeria and Brewing; Half Acre Beer Co.; Three Floyds; Rock Bottom Brewery's Chicago, Yorktown and Warrenville Locations; the Lucky Monk in South Barrington; New Belgium and Desthil Brew Works. With the exception of New Belgium, that's a very good sampling of local breweries and brewpubs. And New Belgium isn't a slouch with the Belgian ales, either. Their "Lips of Faith" series has effectively restored my confidence in that brewery.

The festival runs from noon to 5 p.m., but Goose Island MBAs ("Masters of Beer Appreciation") members will get in an hour early. The cost is $25; RSVP to 312-915-0071.