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Tickets on sale for Crown Beer Fest

Chris Fast, owner of Route 2 Brews brewery in Lowell, and Kellie Rauguth, bartender, serve attendees at the 2016 Crown Beer Fest. Tickets are now on sale for this year's fest.

Tickets are now on sale for the Eighth Annual Crown Beer Fest, which returns June 10 to the Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S. Court St. in Crown Point.

Organizer Crown Brewing said it's almost sold out of VIP tickets, which cost $75 and give attendees early access from 1:30 to 6 p.m.

Crown Beer Fest, one of the largest and longest-running craft beer festivals in the Region, will feature more than 200 beers from 50 breweries, including Wildrose Brewing, Ironwood Brewing, Three Floyds Brewing, Flossmoor Station Brewing Co., Zorn Brew Works, Scarlet Lane Brewing, Shoreline Brewing, and Burn’em Brewing.  

This year's roster include Michigan breweries like Tapistry Brewing, Greenbush Brewing, Shorts Brewing and Saugutuck Brewing, as well as breweries from across the country like 10 Barrel Brewing Co. from Bend, Oregon and Blue Point Brewing from New York state.

VIP tickets also include a "swag bag," a collector's glass, a food voucher and unlimited sampling. Regular tickets cost $35, and include the collector's glass, unlimited sampling and admission from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Designated drivers can get tickets for $20 and enjoy and unlimited amount of pop in one of the collector's cups.

“We are excited to host the Eighth Annual Crown Beer Fest, the largest craft beer festival in Northwest Indiana. With over 50 breweries in attendance, this event is a craft beer lover’s dream,” said Barb Smrecansky, of Crown Brewing.

To purchase tickets, visit For more information, call 219-663-4545.



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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.