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10 | February 16, 2017 | The Mokena Messenger NEWS New oyster stout headlines Oyster Fest lineup Tribes adds beer to popular event Amanda Stoll, Assistant Editor Oyster Fest isn’t a new thing for Tribes Alehouse and Grill, but its oyster stout is. The festival was held at the Mokena Tribes location this past Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9-11, and owner Niall Freyne said he wanted to try something new this year, since Tribes started brewing its own beers just 18 months ago. He said and oyser stout isn’t necessarily a new thing, but it is uncommon in the craft brew business, and certainly in the Midwest. The brewing process starts out the same as a typical dry Irish stout, but then he said the brewers add close to 150 pounds of shelled and shucked oyster to the boil. “It’s quite unique,” said James Galdikas, general manager of Tribes Alehouse and Grill in Mokena. “It’s very good, and I think it will go really well with the oysters that we’re serving.” “It’s not going to taste like oysters,” said Freyne, who noted that the addition gives it a crisp taste. Although the beer doesn’t taste exactly like oysters, Freyne said it’s still best for vegetarians and people will shellfish allergies to stay away. The brewers kegged the beer fresh on Thursday for people to enjoy during Oyster Fest that evening and throughout the weekend. Freyne said since starting the brewery at their Mokena location, Tribes has been very successful, and the company even sells its beers to about 100 other places in the Chicagoland area. “We hired a great brewer with a lot of experience,” Freyne said.“He came out “We hired a great brewer with a lot of experience. He came out of the gates rockin’ with good beer.” Niall Freyne — Tribes Alehouse & Beer Company owner, on why the company brewing its own beer, such as the oyster stout, has been successful of the gates rockin’ with good beer. “We like beer that tastes like beer; we want beer that people want to come back and drink a second one.” He said many of their beers have a “hop forward” flavor, as opposed to many other craft beers that are made with food ingredients. Now, they have more than a dozen beers on tap — all of which are brewed at Tribes in Mokena. Freyne has been doing Oyster Fest for almost 10 years, and he said people look forward to it every year. And every year, he said he sees new faces as well. For New Lenox residents Greg and Nancy Crossett and their son Chris, who lives in Frankfort, Oyster Fest is a yearly event that they put on their calendars as soon as they can. “It’s the freshest oysters, and they have a big selection,” Greg Crossett said. The couple and their son said they have been eating oysters for decades, and they definitely plan to return Attendees ( left to right) John Molchin, Sean Parsons, Jim Sleeman and Dick Schofield enjoy drinks during Oyster Fest on Thursday, Feb. 9, at Tribes Alehouse & Beer Company. Photos By Amanda Stoll/22nd Century Media Niall Freyne, owner of Tribes Alehouse & Beer Company, prepares orders of raw oysters during the annual Oyster Fest. next time to down some more oysters. The Crossetts were joined by their friends Jim and Cindy Clarke, for whom it was their first time trying oysters. “With the experts, I’m learning a lot I didn’t know before,” Jim Clarke said jokingly of the Crossetts. One of the things Galdikas said makes Oyster Fest at Tribes different is that people can buy one of something, instead of having to order a dozen or halfdozen like at many other places that serve oysters. “[Oyster Fest] is kind of unique in that it gives people the opportunity to get oysters in an area where they’re not readily available,” Galdikas said. He said it gives people the opportunity to try different oysters from the West Coast and East Coast and find out what they like. “The raw bar gives an extended dining experience,” Galdikas said. Freyne said they go through about 2,500 oysters every year during the threeday event. Of the eight to 10 varieties they serve each year, about half are brought in fresh from each coast. For Freyne, Oyster Fest is an extension of his roots. He was born in Ireland and moved to the United States when he was 5 years old. Galway, Ireland, is the home of the world-famous Galway International Oyster Festival, which is a huge affair with live music, dancing, food, competitions and, of course, Guinness. While he said he did attend the festival once as a young child, he doesn’t re- Please see OYSTER, 11 news the Mokena Messenger | February 16, 2017 | 11 Swimsuit cost at center of Lincoln-Way discrimination complaint Kirsten Onsgard Contributing Editor A federal complaint alleges that Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 treated female students unequally by charging them more for swimsuits. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights notified the district in a Jan. 23 letter that it is investigating whether “charging [female students] more than male students for required physical education swimsuits” violated Title IX regulations, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. The complaint also alleges that Lincoln-Way does not properly communicate nondiscrimination policies or how to contact the district’s Title IX coordinator. “The District does not widely disseminate a Notice of Nondiscrimination that meets the requirements of Title IX, including referring inquiries to the Title IX coordinator or to OCR, and notifying all of its students and employees of the contact information for the District’s ‘Title IX Coordinator,’” according to the complaint. Schools, colleges and universities that receive federal funding must comply with Title IX and similar policies — such as those prohibiting discrimination based on race, age, national origin and disability — and must notify students of their policies. The district requires all freshmen to take swimming for one quarter. While they are not required to purchase the swimsuits the district offers, boys suits are sold for $25 and girls suits for $40, lower than the retail prices of $38 and $65, respectively, according to Superintendent R. Scott Tingley. The price of girls swimsuits is higher because they cost the district more to purchase, he said. “The selling of swimsuits is not designed to generate profit for the district,” Tingley said in a statement through a district spokeswoman. In response to the second complaint, Tingley pointed to Title IX information published in the district’s parent-student handbook, policy manual and website. A search of the district’s website found at least a dozen nondiscrimination notices, including board meeting packets, employee applications and the 2016- 2017 handbook. The issue was initially brought to Title IX Coordinator Rob Schiffbauer on Sept. 10, 2016, Tingley said. The person “was agreeable to our response,” Tingley said, but filed a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights. District spokeswoman Taryn Atwell said Tingley had “no recollection” of other Title IX complaints brought against the district, and could not find any record of a complaint. An attorney and representatives from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights did not immediately return a request for comment. If the Office for Civil Rights finds the district discriminated against female students, it will attempt to find a resolution with the district to remedy the violation. Lincoln-Way was required to explain why it charges more for girls swimsuits and how it communicates nondiscrimination protocol in a response to the Office for Civil Rights. Atwell said the district believes it is in compliance with the law. “We are disappointed that it has come to this point, as we have addressed all concerns of the complaint, and this has never been an issue in the past,” Tingley said in a statement. OYSTER From Page 10 ally remember it and hopes to go back someday to fully enjoy it. As an adult, Fryne worked in the hotel and restaurant industry for many years before deciding to open his own restaurant and bar. “I think every restaurant guy, chef guy, male, female — doesn’t really matter — they want their own thing,” Freyne said. “It was time to stop working for other people and start working for myself.” He said owning his own business allows him room to to experiment and try new things — like producing an oyster stout — without someone telling him what to do. Many of the members of his staff have worked at Tribes since it opened in 2009, which is something Freyne said makes them more like family than coworkers. “My passion kind of gets contagious with these guys,” he said. Broker - Management Team Chris, Greg and Nancy Crossett and Cindy and Jim Clarke enjoy crab legs during Oyster Fest Tribes Alehouse & Beer Company. “10”