Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I use a credit card for tickets at the gate?

A: Gate tickets are cash only. However, there are several cash machines within a five-minute walk; volunteers at the gate can direct you. If you wish to purchase food or additional drink tickets, you should bring cash for that as well.

Q: How do I sample?

A: To comply with Illinois liquor law and Village of Barrington regulations, Barrington Brew Fest will be a ticketed event. At the gate, fest attendees will receive one Brew Fest program, on which are printed icons for 20 3-ounce drink samples. Brewers will mark the program when they provide a sample. Additional sample tickets are available for 50 cents each; cash sales only. Do not lose your program – additional ones will not be available!

Q: Can I bring the kids?

A: Beer is for adults and so is Brew Fest. No one under 21 can be admitted; this includes young ones in strollers. A valid state-issued ID will be required at check-in.

Q: Can I bring my own beer stein?

A: Samples will be served only in the official Brew Fest tasting glass that you receive as you enter.

Q: Can I bring my own food?

A: Pretzel necklaces, sure. Anything else, please no. We have six fantastic food vendors with a wide variety of offerings.

Q: If I like what I’ve tried, can I buy it to take home?

A: The brewers aren’t set up for beer sales, but if you talk to the pourers, you can find out where they sell their brews.

Q: Is smoking allowed?

A: Smoking is not allowed inside the gated Brew Fest site; it is allowed outside the Brew Fest enclosure. The smoking area is clearly marked, and your wristband will permit you back in.

Q: Can I bring in other beverages?

A: What???? We don’t have enough? Besides the dizzying array of craft beers being poured, we will have water and soft drinks available. So no outside beverages, please. 

Q: What if it rains?

A: The event will be held rain or shine. All ticket sales are final.

Q: Will I get one of those great Brew Fest t-shirts?

A: You are guaranteed to get a t-shirt:

  • If you purchase your ticket in advance at McGonigal’s Pub (In fact, you can pick up your shirt at the time of purchase)
  • If you purchase a VIP ticket

Remaining t-shirts will be distributed at the gate on a first-come, first-served basis.

Q: How can I tell if I have had too much to drink? 

A: Brew Fest Intoxication Test: If you start swaying backwards inexplicably singing Piano Man, let us call you a cab.

Keep Brew Fest safe and fun for everyone — please drink responsibly!