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Addison Craft Beer & Wine Tasting Event

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Addison Park District - Recreational Center

1776 West Centennial Place

Addison, IL 60101

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All things autumn will be celebrated in West Suburban Addison when the friendly DuPage County village hosts its 2nd Annual Craft Beer and Wine Festival Tasting event on Saturday afternoon, November 18th from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

More than 50 specialty and seasonal microbrews from scores of regional and national breweries along with 30 multiple styles of unique wines will be showcased at this Pre-Thanksgiving tasting event to be held inside the Addison Park District Centennial Recreation Center's festively decorated gym.

This indoor heated venue will offer of tasting options and will offer food for purchase by a variety of food trucks which are incorporated into the event and staged adjacent to the venue. This will compliment your tasting experience.

The event is part of the Chicago Craft Beer Series which features interesting choices of seasonal brews, small specialty batches and features some to the new releases from both seasoned brewers to the innovation of brewers entering the market.

The wines featured provide a range from light soft white wines, to Chardonnay's, medium reds to full body wines. At the end enjoy a tasting of desert wines.

The location is easily accessible by expressways and major streets..

Plenty of Free Parking adjacent to the venue.

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$30 for 15 tastings
Tasting includes...

  • 15 tastings of craft beers or wines or a combination of both (includes fall and winter favorites)

  • Souvenir tasting glass

  • Free Parking

What is Craft Beer?

Today is the best time in U.S. history to be a beer lover. The average American lives within 10 miles of a brewery, and the U.S. has more beer styles and brands to choose from than any other beer market in the world.

The definition of “craft beer” is difficult, as it means many different things to many different beer lovers. Thus, craft beer is not defined by CraftBeer.com. Craft brewer is a smaller producer (making less than six million barrels of beer a year) and is independently owned. This definition allows the Brewers Association to provide statistics on the growing craft brewery community, which accounts for 99 percent of America’s 5,300+ breweries.

Why Craft Beer?

Craft beer is enjoyed during everyday celebrations and is viewed by many as one of life’s special pleasures. Each glass displays the creativity and passion of its maker and the complexity of its ingredients. Craft beer is treasured by millions who see it as not merely a fermented beverage, but something to be shared, revered and enjoyed in moderation.

In the food arts world, craft beer is a versatile beverage that not only enhances food when expertly paired with a dish, but is also often brought into the kitchen as a cooking ingredient.

About Tasting Wine

A Wine tasting allows you to extend your experience in the adventure of expanding your scope of wine varietals. It offers you the freedom to expand your knowledge. The following are a few simple tasting tips:

1. Look

Check out the color, opacity and viscosity (wine legs). You don’t really need to spend more than 5 seconds on this step. A lot of clues about a wine are buried in its appearance, but unless you’re tasting blind, most of the answers that those clues provide will be found on the bottle (i.e. vintage, alcohol %, grape variety).

2. Smell

When you first start smelling wine, think big to small. Are there fruits? Think of broad categories first, i.e. citrus, orchard, or tropical fruits in whites or, when tasting reds, red fruits, blue fruits, or black fruits. Getting too specific or looking for one particular note can lead to frustration. Broadly, you can divide the nose of a wine into three primary categories:

  • Primary Aromas are grape-derivative and include fruit-driven, herbal, and floral notes.
  • Secondary Aromas come from winemaking practices. The most common aromas are yeast-derivative and are most easy to spot in white wines: cheese rind, nut husk (almond, peanut), or stale beer.
  • Tertiary Aromas come from aging, usually in bottle, or possibly in oak. These aromas are mostly savory: roasted nuts, baking spice, vanilla, autumn leaves, old tobacco, cured leather, or mushroom.

3. Taste

Taste is how we use our tongues to observe the wine, but also, once you swallow the wine, the aromas may change because you’re receiving them retro-nasally.

  • Taste: Our tongues can detect salty, sour, sweet, or bitter. All wines are going to have some sour, because grapes all inherently have some acid, but this varies with climate and grape type. Some varieties are known for their bitterness (i.e. Pinot Grigio), and it manifests as a sort of light, pleasant tonic-water-type flavor. Some white table wines have a small portion of their grape sugars retained, and this adds natural sweetness. You can’t ever smell sweetness though, since only your tongue can detect it. Lastly, very few wines have a salty quality, but in some rare instances salty reds and whites exist.
  • Texture: Your tongue can “touch” the wine and perceive its texture. Texture in wine is related to a few factors, but an increase in texture is almost always happens in a higher-alcohol, riper wine. Ethanol gives a wine texture because we perceive it as “richer” than water. We also can detect tannins with our tongue, which are that sand-paper or tongue-depressor drying sensation in red wines.
  • Length: The taste of wine is also time-based, there is a beginning, middle (mid-palate) and end (finish). How long does it take before the flavor of the wine isn’t with you anymore?

4. Conclusion

Did the wine taste balanced or out of balance (i.e. too acidic, too alcoholic, too tannic)? Did you like the wine? Was this wine unique or unmemorable? Were there any characteristics that shined through and impressed you?

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Addison Park District - Recreational Center

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