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Chicago Beer Festival 2012: 60 Breweries, 200 Beers To Take Over Union Station

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Chicago-based Metropolitan Brewing Company's Krankshaft is just one of the dozens upon dozens of beers available at the fall edition of the 2012 Chicago Beer Festival Saturday.
Chicago-based Metropolitan Brewing Company's Krankshaft is just one of the dozens upon dozens of beers available at the fall edition of the 2012 Chicago Beer Festival Saturday.

Are you the kind of beer drinker who still feels limited by even the most diverse of brew menu offerings?

The Chicago Beer Festival is exactly the sort of thing you've been looking for. On Saturday, 60 breweries ranging from local favorites to nationally-recognized brands will take over Union Station downtown to serve up some 200 varieties running the gamut from pale ales and ciders to porters and seasonals.

Tickets to the festival run $40 and cover -- wait for it -- unlimited tastings at one of two three-hour event sessions, either 1-4 p.m. or 6-9 p.m. Saturday. Food is sold separately.

In addition to the tastings, Marty Nachel, author of "Beer For Dummies," will be leading free classes on the brewing process and beer evaluations.

Tickets to the inaugural edition of the festival this spring sold out, as Eater Chicago notes, so beer lovers might want to hop on the boozy opportunity.

Check out some of the participating breweries below and visit the full lineup here. All photos from Facebook unless otherwise noted.

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