8th annual Woodstock Ale Fest offers good beer for a good cause

The 8th annual Woodstock Ale Fest will take place on Saturday, Oct. 2 at the corner of Clay and Newell streets in Woodstock from 1-5 p.m.

Net proceeds from Woodstock Ale Fest benefit Independence Health & Therapy, a local nonprofit that provides adult day services, behavioral health, memory care and respite services as well as physical, occupational, and speech therapies.

With two locations in Woodstock, Independence Health & Therapy is the county’s leading wellness center. IHT is dedicated to improving the lives of people in McHenry County through one-of-a-kind health and wellness services.

These services are available to people of all ages whether fully insured, underinsured, or uninsured. IHT envisions a community where everyone has the opportunity to enhance their quality of life.

Since there are so many great local breweries, this year the Fest is featuring only breweries within 100 miles of Woodstock. Crystal Lake Brewing, Sew Hop’d and Roaring Table Brewing will be participating in this year’s fest along with Cary Ale House, Holzlager Brewing Co., Kishwaukee Brewing Co., McHenry Brewing Co., Ortmann’s, Scorched Earth Brewing, ShadowView Brewing, Spirit Water, and many more.

Tickets can be purchased at www.woodstockalefest.org. General admission tickets provide access to the event along with 15, 3 oz. beer sample tickets and a commemorative Woodstock Ale Fest glass. Designated Driver tickets and VIP tables are also available. Direct contributions to the fundraising efforts can also be made through the website.

New to Woodstock Ale Fest this year, BrewHaha will be a separately ticketed night out Friday, October 1 beginning at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail hour followed by a night of comedy featuring Laugh out Loud of Schaumburg.

Independent Health & Therapy: 2028 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock, IL 60098, 815-338-3590, 815-338-3590, www.independencehealth.org