Scorched Earth Brewing Company intends to celebrate the Earth the best way it knows how – with beer.
The Algonquin brewing company is hosting an inaugural Scorched Earth Day outdoor festival from 3 to 10 p.m. April 23. Along with a full beer lineup, including new sour releases, several featured firkins and a new release of Exiled Angel Belgian golden strong ale, the event will include local food vendors and live music.
The goal is to host the event annually, said Jennifer Dallas, who co-owns Scorched Earth Brewing Company with her husband, Michael.
“We just wanted to have a fun festival where we could showcase our beer and some local food vendors and live music,” she said. “I think everybody needs to get outside and enjoy the nice weather and kick off spring.”
Held under large tents in the parking lot of the brewing company at 203 Berg St. in Algonquin, the festival will cost $10 to enter and includes a commemorative cup. With the event geared toward families, Dallas said, those ages 18 and younger are free. For more on the event, visit www.scorchedearthbrewing.com or www.facebook.com/scorchedearthbrewing.
The featured bands range from indie alternative to funk to folk and rock, Dallas said.
Among them are the Mississippi Stranglers, a McHenry band known for its folk and progressive rock, and Tara Terra, an alternative band from Champaign. Also performing, Church Booty is a soul-funk group from Champaign, while The Moose is an indie alternative band from Chicago.
“We put a lot of work into picking the music we thought people would enjoy,” Dallas said.
She expects to draw 750 to 1,000 people to the event, which also will feature food vendors from Duke’s Alehouse, Buddyz Pizzeria, BBQ King Smokehouse and Cary Ale House & Brewing Co.
Those who attend can take part in additional activities, such as Beer Trivia, ping pong and more.
A portion of the money raised at the festival will go to Girls on the Run and the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Food Pantry.