FoBAB 2017 Volunteer Signups Now Open

I’ve attended FoBAB (Festival of Barrel Aged Beers) a few times now. Each year it seems to get bigger, better and even more fun. Wood & beer make a great couple. There are also ciders, meads and a few surprises on-deck each year.


View from the stage during a session last year. 

I was introduced to Off Color Brewing’s “Dino Smores” a few years ago at FoBAB. Goose Island’s Proprietors Stout is usually there and I sampled a Samuel Adams Utopia once. Here is a video I shot at last year’s event to give you an idea of the scale and level of activity that goes on during one of the FoBAB sessions.

The 15th Annual FoBAB happens this Nov. 10 & 11. That is a 4-hour drinking session on Friday afternoon, on Saturday afternoon and on Saturday evening. It is one of many events put on by the IL Craft Brewers Guild. FoBAB 2017 will involve over 150 breweries. Nearly 350 individual beers will be pouring at tables within the expanded 24,000 square foot space at the UIC Forum this year. Tickets are $85 each, but you can get yours for free if you’re willing to volunteer.

The National Wood Aged Beer Competition also happens during FoBAB. Wood and barrel-aged beers are submitted from around the world and are professionally judged by industry leaders and certified judges. If you can’t attend the awards ceremony you can totally watch the live stream. Here is last year’s feed (audio starts around minute 9).

Volunteer slots are open for the entire weekend.

Interested? Pick your preferred volunteer slot and corresponding session attendance time. Make sure you can make it to the required training date(s) before the festival. Submit! Then cross your fingers for acceptance.

Just like it said in the volunteer email that went out this week: “All slots are on a first come, first serve basis so do not delay in signing up.”

Cheers! And see you there?