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McHenry County Conservation District to host craft beer tasting event in Cary

CARY – Participants at The Great Outdoors Beer Trail will be able to sample craft beer while spending time outdoors.

The inaugural event, sponsored by the McHenry County Conservation District and the McHenry County Conservation Foundation, will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Fel-Pro RRR Conservation Area, 1520 Crystal Lake Road, Cary.

Eighteen craft beers will be available at stations along a mile-long partially wooded and paved path, according to a news release from the district. Local breweries participating include Chain O’ Lakes Brewing Co., Crystal Lake Brewing Co., Scorched Earth Brewing Co. and Wild Onion Brewery.

The event also will include games of bags, sand volleyball and basketball, and live music from the bluegrass band River Valley Rangers. Toasty Cheese and The Crave Bar food trucks will be on-site, according to the release.

The event was set up to introduce new audiences to the county’s conservation areas and open spaces in McHenry County, according to the release.

Tickets cost $45 and include a souvenir glass and 4-ounce tastes from each brewer. A designated driver ticket – which includes a souvenir glass, free water and soda – costs $15. Participants must be 21 years and older.

Tickets can be bought at bit.ly/GOBTTickets. For information, call 815-479-5779 or visit www.mccdistrict.org or find The Great Outdoors Beer Trail on Facebook.

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