Cock-A-Doodle Brew Fest

Downtown Aurora

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In a Nutshell

Imbibe local, national, and regional beers; dance to live music; and indulge in savory foods

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Promotional value expires Oct 10, 2015. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. All goods or services must be used by the same person. Must be 21 or older with valid ID. Merchant is solely responsible for all sales and delivery of alcohol. Must provide 21+ ID to receive alcoholic beverages. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose from Four Options

$10 for one general-admission Designated Driver ticket ($15 value)

  • Complimentary pop and water
  • Designated drivers will not be permitted to sample any beer

$20 for one VIP Designated Driver ticket ($30 value)

  • Complimentary pop and water
  • Designated drivers will not be permitted to sample any beer
  • Exclusive access to the VIP tent
  • VIP food voucher

$30 for one general-admission ticket ($45 value)

  • 15 samples of a wide variety of national, regional, and local brews
  • Commemorative festival sampling glass

  • $50 for one VIP ticket ($75 value)

  • Complimentary pop and water
  • Exclusive access to the VIP tent with reserved seating by the stage
  • VIP food voucher
  • 18 samples of a wide variety of national, regional, and local brews
  • VIP commemorative festival sampling glass
  • One-hour early entry to ensure the best selection
  • Access to select brews only available in the VIP tent

The Cock-a-Doodle Brew Fest is held on Saturday, October 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Beer Kegs: Inside the Stainless-Steel Party Staple

American, German, and English beers all have different tappers. Learn why with Groupon’s examination of how beer kegs work.

When we go to a restaurant and order a draft beer, we take it for granted that we’ll get a cold drink that doesn’t have too much foam or taste flat. But a lot of science goes into making sure a customer gets the perfect pour from a keg. Stainless-steel kegs are airtight, which keeps the beer from becoming flatter than a pancake stretched over Kansas. Inside a keg, a long metal tube called a spear reaches from the top of the keg almost to the bottom. Beer travels up from the bottom of the keg through the spear and out through the tap at the top.

The beer defies gravity and flows out of the tap with the help of pressure. The average party keg uses the aptly named party pump to pump air into the keg and create pressure. When this tap is pumped a few times, it builds up enough air pressure to force the beer up and out of the tap. This air pumped into the keg kills the beer’s flavors and aromas over time, and the beer goes flat in a day or two. So though a party tap works for frat parties and jury meetings, it is not an option for a restaurant, which might take several weeks or months to go through a single keg.

Restaurants feed pressurized CO2 or nitrogen, depending on the beer, into the keg at a constant rate to maintain the pressure inside. A specialized tap called a coupler, designed for kegs pressurized with gas, pumps the beer out of the keg. There are different types of taps for American beers, German beers, and English beers, because different beers need different amounts of pressure thanks to differences in aroma and flavor. More aromatic and flavorful beers are less carbonated, so they need less pressure to maintain their low carbonation level—hence, the different tap systems.

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    Downtown Aurora

    1 West New York Street

    Aurora, IL 60506

    +16302199452

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