The American Beer Classic Can’t be Real. Pinch Me.

What if I told you there was a massive beer fest that takes place at Soldier Field every year? Well there is… I think. I mean it has to be real right? Right?

If there are two things I love in life, they’re beer and football. If you aren’t able to convince your wife to let you go to the NFL Draft Town while it’s here, this is really the only other football(-ish) event for a while, so take advantage. Luckily, being able to stand on Soldier Field with nothing to do but drink beer is about as good as it gets. Here’s why you need to attend:



Let’s not kid ourselves; everyone is going here for one purpose and one purpose only, to drink beer. That’s the beauty of the fest. Gone are the days where you have to find the craft beer tent in the corner of a fest to find something halfway decent to drink. There are over 200 beers to taste at the American Beer Classic. Yeah, I said OVER TWO HUNDRED beers. Let that sink in for a moment…

Okay, moving on.


American Beer ClassicYou’ll Learn Something!

I’m not being sarcastic here. There are several educational sessions held by the brewers themselves. Ever wonder how the entire process works from beginning to end? I’d tell you more about it, but I have absolutely no idea what goes into creating the perfect brew.

I’m pretty great at tasting beer though, so if anyone needs help with that let me know.


Location. Location. Location.

Like I said, it’s held at Soldier Field. What’s so great about this? You’ll be on the lakefront with a ton of bars, restaurants, and views at your disposal when you leave. I lived in the area for quite some time, and I can tell you that I loved every second of it. And if nothing else, you can go up in the stands and take pictures of the skyline. Soldier Field is an amazing place to be on a beautiful day.

And the Bears won’t be there to disappoint you (sorry Bears, I love you).



What good would Soldier Field be if you couldn’t eat their classic stadium food? Hot dogs, burgers, pretzels, and nachos: all the food you’d ever want if you happened to become inebriated (we don’t judge).

The event begins on May 9th at 11 am. There are multiple sessions and prices vary. You can find more info here.


The American Beer Classic also offers discounted rates for designated drivers, so don’t even think about drinking and driving. Being placed in handcuffs would make the fest seem a lot more realistic right away.