Thank you for a great craft beer fest 2024

See you next year

Thank You To Our 2024 Sponsors

T-shirts $1000

Stage $500

Home-Brewers Tent $500

Stage $500

Stage $500

Stage $500

Friends of the Festival $250

Thank You To Our 2024 Sponsors

T-shirts $1000

Stage $500

Home-Brewers Tent $500

Stage $500

Stage $500

Stage $500

Friends of the Festival $250

2024 Participating Breweries

2024 Food Vendors

Smokin BBQ on 45

Bill’s Pizza & Pub

Hitz Pizza

Tony Cannoli

The first Mundelein Craft Beer Festival was held in June 2012 in the parking lot of Tighthead Brewery, Mundelein’s first craft brewery. Tighthead opened by local residents, Bruce and Molly Dir at 161 Archer Street, next to the Mundelein Metra Station in 2011. Bruce describes the brewpub as “neighborhood institution where friends and families can meet up and enjoy great music, wonderful company, and the best beer in town”.
After a year in business, Bruce approached the MCC Board of Directors about organizing a Craft Beer Festival as a fundraiser for MCC, promote the Brewery, and add a new event to Mundelein’s growing calendar of summer recreation options. Tighthead would be responsible for lining up the craft brewers, promoting the event in the brewing community, and be a participant. MCC would be responsible for the organizational details and permitting. A successful partnership was born!

From the beginning, the Mundelein Craft Beer Festival has been a hit with Brewers and the public, attracting 40 diverse brewers from throughout the Chicagoland area and between 1,200 to 1,000 visitors annually. Because of Tighthead’s great reputation and its organizational involvement, not to mention its award winning beers, the Mundelein BeerFest is generally considered to be a “brewer’s beer festival” and one of the best small beer festivals around.

After two years of growing success, the event was moved from the brewery parking lot to the Village Hall plaza, a more comfortable setting for visitors. Brewery participation is limited to 40 vendors and maximum visitor occupancy to 2,000. Two bands are featured each year, local restaurants and food trucks are on-hand, covered outdoor seating is provided, bags games are available.

MCC is proud to work with Bruce and the Staff of Tighthead and for the support we receive from the Village of Mundelein. The Mundelein craft beer festival is an example of business, local government, and a non-profit, volunteer-based organization working together to add value to our community.