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Drink out of town: summer beer fests

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Wisconsin Beer Lovers Festival 100 craft beers from Wisconsin breweries are paired with local cuisine. Sat 6/18, 1-5 PM, Bayshore Town Center, 5800 N. Bayshore Drive, Glendale, Wisconsin, wisconsinbeerloversfest.com, $45, $35-$40 advance, $20 designated driver.

Summer Beer Festival More than 300 beers from 50-plus Michigan breweries, along with food and live music. 7/22-7/23, Fri 5-9 PM, Sat 1-6 PM, Riverside Park, 515 E. Cross, Ypsilanti, Michigan, michiganbrewersguild.businesscatalyst.com, $30-$40.

Milwaukee Brewfest This second annual get-together on the Wisconsin lakefront taps more than 100 beers and hosts live music to boot. Sat 7/30, 3-7 PM, Coast Guard Pavilion Park, 1600 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr., Milwaukee, Wisconsin, milwaukeebrewfest.com, $40-$45, $55-$60 VIP, $10 designated driver.

Wheaton Ale Fest Of the more than 100 craft beers from Illinois on offer, one Prairie State variety will win the Illinois All-Star Ale Award. Sat 8/6, 1-5 PM, Front Street, Wheaton, wheatonalefest.com, $40, $65 VIP, $15 designated driver.

Oak Park Micro Brew Review A zero-waste beer festival showcasing 90 craft beers from 30 midwest breweries, with proceeds going to the green nonprofit Seven Generations Ahead. Sat 8/20, 3-7 PM, 1100 Lake, Oak Park, 708-660-9909, sevengenerationsahead.org/index.php/events/oak_park_micro_brew_review, $35-$75.

Midwest Brewer's Fest 200 beers are expected at this inaugural festival, which also features kayaking and fishing on the DuPage River. Sat 8/27, 11 AM-midnight, Plainfield Riverfront Park, 24401 W. Lockport, Plainfield, midwestbrewersfest.com, $50, $40 in advance, $100 VIP.

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