Yesterday, Beer Geek and I got to attend the Great Taste of the Midwest for the first time. We’ve wanted to go for years, but getting tickets involves a lottery, camping out overnight or having connections. Finally, we found a connection. ;o) (You didn’t think I actually camped out overnight, did you? I’m way too old for that. LOL)
This was one of the best (if not THE best) beer festivals I’ve ever been to and I’ve been to quite a few. They obviously have it down to a science and, despite a huge crowd, we got into the festival quickly and never stood for more than a minute or two while waiting for a beer. Of course, it helps that Beer Geek and I would rather try beers from smaller, lesser known breweries than the big guys.
We ran into some old friends…
Barnaby used to brew in VA and is now with 3 Floyds
My “beer boyfriend” from New Holland
A well-known beer writer and a fellow fan of Mad Fox
We had an awesome time. I got to taste a lot of different beers and had a brat and deep fried cheese curds for lunch. I even got to drink three different versions of Dragon’s Milk – 2008, 2010, and a cask version. I loved them so much, I decided to declare it publicly.
Halfway through the fest, we decided to take a break from the heat by going back to the hotel. We decided to take the scenic route…
I learned quickly that I will never run a trail race. Muddy path + tree root + a few beers=
Thankfully, I had a change of clothes back in the room. We headed back to the event, drank some more beers, and managed to make it to last call. We then headed back to the hotel for a dip in the pool and some hot tub time with some guys who work for Founders Brewery.
And file under “Things you’d only see at a beer festival in the midwest”
A bowling alley
A pretzel necklace, complete with gold painted large pretzel
yellow beer band festival across the street