Directed, Shot, & Edited by: Mark Skala/Skalawag Productions. Produced by: Kent Weber & Nik White. Audio Recording, Editing, & Mixing by: Kurtis Garza-Rupp. ?2nd Camera & additional Audio Recording by: Stephen Poon.
FOBAB began on April 1, 2003 at the Downtown Chicago Rock Bottom location. Coming out of the gates with twenty-some barrel aged beers ten years ago was quite the milestone for that time. FOBAB was at the forefront of barrel-aged beers from its humble beginnings. Over the years the festival has grown exponentially. Has moved to bigger locations over the years from Rock Bottom to the back garage of Goose Island Wrigleyville to the Plumbers Union Hall of Chicago featuring the best flushing toilets around to this past year’s new venue of Bridgeport Art Center just down the street from the home of the Chicago White Sox. Now always held during the month of November, FOBAB should be on any beer aficionado’s schedule. I’ve been to 9 of the 10 festivals with many more in me.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.