American Beer Classic
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This spring, Soldier Field will welcome an estimated 10,000 beer lovers for the American Beer Classic. The new festival, one of the largest in the Midwest, will take place a mere five days before the start of Chicago Craft Beer Week. But the festival won't solely have a local or craft focus, though organizers do plan to spotlight Midwest beers. While craft brewers such as Dogfish Head, Perennial and Pyramid will be attend, breweries of all sizes will be represented, meaning that divisions of some major macrobreweries also will pour at the festival.

While some other events mete out tickets for small pours, ticket prices for this festival include unlimited two-ounce pours. Live music, concessions and beer-related vendors are also planned. Tickets go on sale March 12 at the event's forthcoming website. VIP tickets, which include the option to arrive an hour early to the festival, cost double ($80 advanced registration, $140 day-of).

Read more about American Beer Classic at RedEye.