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Baconfest Chicago is proud to welcome aboard our new friends from sunny California, Lagunitas Brewing Company.  We’re hoping this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship with them that will transcend state borders as we expand out west.  If you have not tried their beer yet, you should!

They’ll be with us on April 20th pouring a variety of seasonal flavors for you thirsty bacon-chomping masses.  To all you beer drinkers out there, “you’re welcome!”

About Lagunitas Brewing Company:

From points distant and beyond we all converged on Petaluma in 1993 and ’94 with an unenunciated desire to be more than we were before. The core of Lagunitas came from Chicago, St Louis, Memphis, Walker Creek, and the highlands of Quincy.

The Chicago contingent initiated the brewing and the gravitational effect of its suchness did the rest. We all loved the beer but the mission was larger than the ordinary joy of a hoppy-sweet quaff. It was driven unseen by an urge to communicate with people, to find our diasporidic tribe, and to connect with other souls adrift on a culture that had lost its center and spun its inhabitants to the four winds to wander lost and bereft with a longing to re-enter the light. Beer, we have learned, has always been a good lubricant for social intercourse!

The Lagunitas Brewing Co. was not so much an act of ordinary ‘foundling’ as it was willed into being by the unspoken desire of supportive beer-lovers in Northern California after which they continued to nurture their creation and urged us forward to fulfill the unifying needs of that same beer-loving diaspora from coast to coast and beyond. It is good to have friends!

Learn more about the beers here:

About Baconfest Chicago:

On April 20, 2013, 3000 ticketed guests will come together at the UIC Forum to celebrate bacon at the fifth annual Baconfest Chicago.  Over 120 celebrated chef-sponsors will provide tasting portions of creative bacon-inspired dishes.  An assortment of liquor sponsors will provide bacon-themed beverages to compliment these dishes.  Over twenty bacontrepreneurs will sample and sell bacon merchandise in the Baconfest Vendor Expo.  The event will feature the presentation of the Golden Rasher awards, the “Oscars” of bacon.  The Greater Chicago Food Depository will run a non-perishable food-drive at the event and will receive a portion of the ticket proceeds.  More information about the event and the organization can be found at  And follow us on Facebook and Twitter.