I’ve got beer on the brain today. Yep, it’s Friday.
We’re fortunate in Minnesota to have so many local micro-brewers to choose from. As a gift for my Chicago friends that I visited earlier this week, I brought along a sampler of 3 Minnesota beers: Lake Superior Kayak Kolsch, Brau Brothers Sheep Head Ale and the newly released Lift Bridge Farm Girl Saison.
I also planned to bring some BT McElrath chocolate bars made in my own ‘hood of Northeast Minneapolis, but in the rush to the airport, I forgot them in the fridge. Blast! I’ll just have to eat them myself. What a hardship.
It looked like touch and go getting the beer there in one piece; I wasn’t allowed to carry it on and had to check it instead. But it did make it there without breaking, and that’s how I found myself drinking a Minnesota micro-brew in Chicago, instead of the city’s own Goose Island.
Now, I’d heading to my sister’s outside of Milwaukee tomorrow and we’re going to the Audacious Beer Celebration in the afternoon (imagine that, a beer festival in Wisconsin…hmm, I’ll refrain from going into any more ruminations on stereotypes I have about Midwestern neighboring states [see earlier Chicago example]).
There will be 177 beers for tasting, along with cheeses. Hmm, beer and cheese, can it be more Wisconsin??? Okay, I couldn’t resist that one. Lucky that this event is within walking distance of my sister’s house.
So, the question is, which beers to try at the festival. I’m not really into stout, porter, or brown ales; I’m more of a pale ale, Belgian beer, wheat beer, lager kind of girl.
Beer lovers, help me figure this one out.