Microbreweries come to Art of Wine tent
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[August 23, 2013]
According to Bill Hoagland of
Main Street Lincoln, the tent sponsored by Main Street Lincoln for
The Art of Wine during the art and balloon fest weekend will be a
bit different this year. Located on Kickapoo Street across from the
county courthouse, the tent will host two microbreweries from
Springfield, joining the wineries that have drawn large crowds in
Obed & Isaacs and Rolling Meadows Brewery will be new this year,
selling their signature microbrews in the newly renamed Art of Wine
& Brew tent.
"With the explosion of microbreweries in the U.S., we
thought it would be a fun addition to the wineries," Hoagland said.
Obed & Isaacs is a microbrewery and brew bar in downtown
Springfield, just a few blocks south of the Old State Capitol. The
historic building where the brewery is located also has a popular
restaurant with a varied menu. Obed & Isaacs will be bringing some
of their signature brews to the Lincoln for The Art of Wine & Brew.
Rolling Meadows Brewery will also be selling their products in
the big tent on Kickapoo Street. Rolling Meadows is known for
producing all of their beer ingredients on their own farm north of
Springfield. Their 22-ounce bottles of Abe's Ale and Lincoln Lager
are available throughout the area at restaurants and bars. One of
their newest brews is blood orange ale. They also sell their
products at the Illinois Products Farmers' Market every Thursday
evening at the state fairgrounds.
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The layout of The Art of Wine & Brew tent will be a bit different
this year. Four barbecue vendors will sell their smoked fare at the
Pulaski Street intersection with Kickapoo. At the Pulaski Street end
of the tent will be a guest service space for people to bring their
food, sit and order a drink to enjoy with their meal.
Rolling Meadows Brewery, Fox Creek Winery, Hill Prairie Winery
and Lasata Winery will each provide one of their products for the
guest service area. Service will be provided by volunteers with Main
Street Lincoln. Each drink will be $4 and this will go entirely to
the winery or brewery.
The main entrance for the wine- and beer-tasting area of the tent
-- where patrons will receive a wristband, tasting tickets, and a
wine or beer glass -- has been moved this year to Kickapoo Street,
toward the Pulaski Street end of the tent. The old entrance at the
corner of Kickapoo and Broadway has been given over to a large stage
for the musical groups that will be performing.