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Chicago gets new beer-focused festival

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February 13, 2012|By Katie Karpowicz, RedEye

It's not a stretch to say that Chicagoans love beer. Chicago is in the Midwest, after all. It's also not absurd to claim that Chicagoans are proud of our affinity for brew--proud enough to create an entire festival to celebrate it.

The inaugural Chicago Beer Festival goes down on March 31 at Union Station. The festival—organized by Eat Drink Play—has announced its lineup of the more than 40 beers makers that will be there—including a slew of local breweries like Goose Island.

"We invited every local brewery we knew about and have a great local showing," Dan Silberstein of Eat Drink Play told RedEye. "Some will be relatively new to the festival circuit in Chicago, including Pipeworks, Strange Pelican, Big Shoulder, Chicago Beer Co. and Milwaukee Brewing."

For $40 you can show up and drink all the beer you want during one of the festival"s two sessions on March 31—one from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the other from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Good luck getting sloshed for less than that in Wrigleyville. Tickets for both sessions are available on the festival's website. Tickets won't be sold at the door.

But Silberstein said that Chicago Beer Festival is about more than a binge for beer fans. Given the light distribution of some of these brews in Chicago, this could be where beer fans find their new favorite ale.

"People should attend if they want to explore their interest in beer,” he said. "With some 150 beers, there’ll be something for everyone and inevitably some beers people have never tried before." 

For more information, go to the event website.

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