Expanding its Earth Day celebration into a weekendlong event, Scorched Earth Brewing Company in Algonquin is offering up live music featuring national talent, food trucks and, of course, craft beer.
The third annual Scorched Earth Day Festival will be from 3 to 10 p.m. April 20-21 at the Brewing Company, 203 Berg St., Algonquin. Admission is $15 a person cash only for those ages 18 and older. Discounted pre-sale tickets are available before the event in the Scorched Earth tap room. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Big Brothers, Big Sisters of McHenry County and Gavers Community Cancer Foundation.
The past two festivals each have drawn at least 1,000 people, said Jennifer Dallas, co-founder of the brewing company.
“We’ve been fortunate in the past to have a couple of really nice days of weather,” she said, adding she’s hoping for a repeat this weekend. “The last two years have been a lot of fun for families to get out and enjoy the start of the spring season.”
The event will include a full beer lineup with specialty beers and sour releases. A highly anticipated craft beer to be released at the festival, Dallas said, is Exiled Angel, a seasonal Belgian beer.
As for the music, “It’s a variety,” she said. “It’s everything from cover stuff to original music. We tried to get a blend of everything for all different ages.”
Among the bands performing April 20 will be headliner Stache, with everything from pop hits to anthems from the 1980s, and Cheryl Rodey and Fox and Bones. On April 21, headliner And More will perform along with Arbor Creek, Ludlow and the Geneva School of Rock.
“We pretty much went with what we know are crowd favorites,” Dallas said.
Among the food vendors at the festival will be Toasty Cheese Mobile Eatery, Your Sister’s Tomato Wood Fired Pizza, Duke’s BBQ and Toasty Taco.