2016 was the 7th Annual Springfield Oyster and Beer Festival, and it was the best to date! The 2017 event featured over 110 creative, local and nationally-recognized craft beers and ciders, fresh Blue Point oysters on the half-shell and fire-roasted, and delicious offerings from three distinctly different food trucks. The weather was practically perfect for a food and beer festival, and the 1300+ attendees certainly enjoyed it!

The crowd devoured 3000 Chesapeake Bay Blue Point oysters in under 3 hours!

Over 200 attendees used free parking just south of Obed & Isaac's Microbrewery, where the free shuttle transported them to and from the event.

Besides the dozens of brews and ciders available at the festival, 2016 was the third year for the GFS VIP Tent. Only 100 tickets were sold for this special area, and included the following amenities:

-Printed swag bags

-Food provided by GFS and prepared by the Inn at 835's Executive Chef

-Access to air-conditioned, indoor restrooms

-Access to extremely special, limited-availability brews


2016 Participating Brewers:

Big Muddy Brewing

Obed & Isaac's Microbrewery and Eatery

Schlafly Brewing Company

Square One Brewery

Tallgrass Brewing Company

Urban Chestnut

JT Walker's Restaurant & Brewery


Crown Valley Brewery

BrickStone Brewery

Rolling Meadows Brewery

Engrained Brewing Company

Rhodell Brewery

Triptych Brewing Company

Kirkwood Station Brewing Co

Triton Brewing

RJ Distributing Company

Robert "Chick" Fritz Distributing Company

Skeff Distributing

Food Trucks:


Twyford BBQ

Papa's Midwest Kettle Corn

Let's not forget to thank 2016's sponsors, many of which have been with the SOB Festival for multiple years:

Gordon Food Service

Midwest Family Broadcasting

Illinois Times

People's Bank and Trust

Cochlear Implant Awareness Foundation

Ruby Electric

MJ Kellner Food Service

Nicoud Insurance Services

Evan Lloyd Associates

RW Troxell

Eck, Schafer & Punke LLP

Illini Disposal

Watt's Copy Systems

St. Andrew's Society of Central Illinois


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