Vendors pour out craft brews for hundreds during Arlington on Tap Craft Beer Fest

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For beer-lovers like Cristina Caputo, 36, who lives in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood, the Arlington on Tap Craft

Many who attended the second annual Arlington on Tap Craft Beer Fest in on Saturday didn't mind drinking beer in the parking lot of a grocery store or the rumble of trains trundling across the Metra northwest line in the distance.

For beer-lovers like Cristina Caputo, 36, who lives in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood, the event was the perfect opportunity to head back to her hometown to visit her parents and sample a plethora of craft beers.

"I grew up in Arlington Heights and I love a craft beer festival in a local atmosphere," Caputo said.

She was one of the hundreds of visitors to the event, which was held in the parking lot of the Jewel-Osco Vail Street Market in downtown Arlington Heights.

"My dad bought our tickets and it's an easy walk from the train station, so I don't have to worry about driving home," said Caputo, who sampled a Lemonade IPA brewed by Evil Twin Brewing that she described as "very refreshing."

Sponsored by the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce, the event featured more than 40 craft beers served alongside live music and barbecue from the Rack House.

"Jewel-Osco was very accommodating by giving us a larger space, and we're excited to have another opportunity to showcase these craft beers that are sold at many of our local restaurants," said Jon Ridler, executive director for the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce.

While Arlington Heights Mayor Thomas Hayes refrained from sampling the featured brews, he dropped by the event to visit with residents.

"Fall is my favorite time of year, and it's great to get out to any event in town on such a beautiful day," Hayes said.

Robb Zbierski, of Lakeshore Beverage in Chicago, said the event allowed him to share his knowledge about craft beer with visitors who dropped by the vendor's tent for tastings.

"This Champagne Velvet tastes like brunch after a bachelor party," Zbierski explained. "Or you might want to try the Neapolitan Milk Stout. ... It's like having dessert on the beach in a wet swimsuit."

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