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Events and Festivals Ravenswood

This Memorial Day weekend, neighborhood breweries, Dovetail Brewery and Begyle Brewing are celebrating spring, the neighborhood, food, music, and beer during the third annual Mayfestiversary. This Ravenswood block party also marks Dovetail's third birthday and the fourth anniversary of Begyle’s taproom

This two-day festival will boast more than a dozen locally brewed beers, varied cuisine from Chicago food trucks, live music and activities for adults, children, and dogs of all ages. Live music will be the center of the festival. In addition to outdoor seating and beer options, both taprooms will be open and serving beer to festival-goers.

Special Beer Releases:

Begyle and Dovetail will both have special tappings exclusively for the festival and there will be multiple locations throughout the festival to grab a brew, including the taprooms, an outdoor beer trailer, and Begyle’s garage.  

·         At 1:30 p.m. each day, a traditional gravity keg will be tapped while the Prost Modern brass band plays “Roll out the Barrel”

o   Saturday, Dovetail will tap its Maibock, brewed to be celebrated at Maifest. This honey-toned beer was brewed in January and then hibernated for 4 months.

o   Sunday, Begyle will tap its Boat Shoes Kölsch-style beer

New this year, Dovetail will host a series of short talks and guided tastings in the Barrel Loft lead by co-owners and Master Brewers Hagen Dost and Bill Wesselink, and Advanced Cicerones Jenny Pfafflin and Shana Solarte. Talks are free and open to the public, and are open on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Music Lineup:  Saturday, May 25

12 p.m. CHIRP Radio 107.1FM

1 p.m. Prost Modern

2 p.m. Daughter Nikki

3 p.m. Robert Rolfe Feddersen

4 p.m. Jack Butler’s Jones and The Cut Kings

5 p.m. Salt Sweat Sugar

6:15 p.m. The King of Mars

7:45 p.m. The Funk Crusaders

Sunday, May 26

12 p.m. CHIRP Radio 107.1FM

1 p.m. School of Rock Arlington Heights House Band

2 p.m. The Box Band

3 p.m. Working Mother

4 p.m. Them Guilty Aces

5 p.m. Weener

6:15 p.m. Collin Nordine and The Love Supreme

7:45 p.m. Uncle Jesse and The Rippers

Food Trucks include:  Saturday:    

Doner Men

Mac Dynamite


Chicago Pizza Boss

Three Legged Tacos

Paulina Market

The Empanada Bike



Chicago Pizza Boss

Three Legged Tacos

Happy Lobster

Paulina Market

The Empanada Bike

Dovetail Talks:  Topic, Presenter, Location Saturday:    

11:30 a.m. 1st Maibock tapping, Hagen & Bill, Taproom

12 p.m. Water, Shana & JP, Barrel Loft

1:30 p.m. Maibock Tapping Hagen, Bill and Kevin, Stage

2 p.m. Maibock and Lagers, Hagen & Bill, Barrel Loft

4 p.m. Malt, Shana & JP, Barrel Loft

Topic, Presenter, Location


12 p.m. Hops, Shana & JP, Barrel Loft

1:30 p.m. Boat Shoes Tapping, Hagen, Bill and Kevin, Stage

2 p.m. Lambic-style tasting, Hagen & Bill, Barrel Loft

4 p.m. Yeast, Shana & JP, Barrel Loft

Kids’ Activities: 

Begyle will feature family activities in its upstairs event space, including a kid’s coloring activity art wall, cornhole, and skee-ball. There will also be a roaming balloon artist creating balloon art on both days.

In addition to the activities, live music, food trucks, and beer, festival goers will also get to peruse vendors like Amy’s Candy Bar. Waste Not will be collecting compostable items and the festival will have compostable cups.

The fest is located right off the Irving Park Brown Line and will be held in the Ravenswood corridor between West Belle Plaine and West Cuyler Ave. The fest is free, with a $5 suggested donation to benefit The Friendship Center.


Saturday, May 25, 2019

Sunday, May 26, 2019

From 12-10 p.m.

Ravenswood between West Belle Plaine and West Cuyler Ave.


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