13. We've got fests on fests on fests (on fests)
You're never more than a weekend away from a beer fest or highly beer-centric event in Chicago. For the hardcore aficionados there's the The Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beers with the most amazing collection of dark, heavy, strong, wild, funky, crazy, boozy beers being produced today. A festival pass is a like a Willy Wonka golden ticket to some of the most coveted beers around and some of the most amazing brews you may never have again.
Just a beer bus ride away in Munster, Indiana is Dark Lord Day, which for years has served as a trip to Mecca for Midwest beer fans. The fact that you can take home the cult-iest beer made by the cult-iest brewery in the country only adds to the allure.
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Karl Klockars and Ryan Hermes make up the GuysDrinkingBeer, which covers craft beer news including cellar reviews, vertical tastings, event coverage, Q&As with the people creating Chicago beer culture, and whatever else fits the beer beat. Oh, and they drink beer on occasion as well. Follow them @guysdrinkinbeer.