The Farms: Experience the Hops

Connect with beer experts and enthusiasts from across the region at Experience the Hops from 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 in the Mansion. Participants will have the opportunity to attend seminars, eat a multi-course dinner with its own beer pairings, and taste plenty of distinctive beers. Participating local and regional breweries will include Brick River Cider Co., Triptych Brewing, Schlafly Beer, Hand of Fate Brewing and others.

From 1 to 5 p.m., enjoy talks*, beer and company with fellow brew enthusiasts. After a 5 p.m. cocktail hour, enjoy a five-course dinner from 6 to 8 p.m., prepared by Weird Meat Boyz. View the menu here. A cash bar will be available until 10 p.m.

$90/person (21+ only). Register here by NOON TUESDAY, FEB. 20. All sales are final.

*Talks from brewers will include:
— Non-Alcoholic Stop Fermentation Brewing (Schlafly Beer)
— History of Cream Ales (Hand of Fate Brewing)
— Hops and You, A Field Guide for Your Palate (Triptych Brewing)
— A Journey Through Cider Making (Brick River Cider Co.)

If you will need disability-related accommodations to participate, please email Jordan Zech at

Event participants can also stay overnight in the Mansion or other guesthouses for a discounted rate of $100/night. View rooms here and call 217-333-3287 to make a reservation.


About The Farms

The Farms: An Allerton Folk School, offers classes, workshops, and gatherings focusing on art, health & wellness, history, nature & outdoor education, or scienceAll experiences value hands-on, experiential teaching and learning, and are facilitated by and for the members of the community.

See the complete winter class schedule here.


Feb 24 2024


1:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Feb 24 2024
  • Time: 2:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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