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The Ultimate Beer Run: This weekend's Hoptacular showcases craft brews

Amalie Drury

It's my job to write about Chicago and all of its people, places and things. If it's new and it's cool, I'm checking it out.

On The Chaser's agenda for tonight: a little something called the Beer Hoptacular, at Uptown's Aragon Ballroom. I plan to use this event to, um, soak up (ha! ha ha!) as much beer expertise as possible in an attempt to overcome my chronic beer-ordering anxiety, which often leaves me stammering or nearly speechless when confronted with the question: "You want a beer? What kind?"

The Beer Hoptacular (don't you love it when two words combine to such cheerful effect? Though in this instance, it's hard not to immediately picture the Easter Bunny) promises to celebrate the art of beer with demonstrations from craft and home brewers, food from local artisans, Q&A sessions with beer journalists and bloggers, and voting for the Beer Hoptacular Beer of the Year. 

Oh, and the best part: beer sampling. Serious beer sampling. Thoughtful beer sampling. With a free souvenir sampling glass! 

But people, let's all just keep in mind: this is an educational opportunity. Not a sloshfest. Mmmkay?   

Beer Hoptacular
Tickets $45 in advance; $55 on site
Friday, June 4, 6:30PM to 10:30PM (don't freak out, Hawks fans, the game will be shown on a 50-inch screen)
Saturday, June 5, 1PM to 5PM
Saturday, June 5, 6:30PM to 10:30PM



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