Friday, August 14, 2009

That Sure Was a Tasty Midwest

Bluegrass Brewing Company represented itself at the Great Taste of the Midwest this past weekend, sampling four of our specialty beers. The Great Taste of the Midwest, in its 23rd year, brings in about 6,000 people, eager to sample over 500 different beers from around the midwest. The event held in Madison, WI, separates itself from other festivals by requiring the brewers to pour their own beers, giving the public an opportunity to ask questions and interact with the ones who actually make the beers, not just a salesperson or brewery rep. We had a good time and learned a lot, below are some of the things we learned this year.

1. Heaven Hill is a far superior bourbon than either Woodford Reserve or Knob Creek (I know, it was news to me too)
2. It gets very hot and humid even in Wisconsin, which I thought was located in the arctic circle
3. If you smoke a cigar, the next day it feels like a monkey took a crap in your mouth.
4. Listen to the Garmin, not the person holding the Garmin
5. Chicago is the new Bermuda Triangle (don't even think about driving through it)
6. The streets in Wisconsin are not made out of Cheese, it's asphalt and concrete just like here
7. Don't take the shuttle after the festival (it is packed with sweat, beer and farts)
8. You can get a DUI on a bicycle
9. If you crap your pants in the mud, no one knows
10. Finally, the beer at BBC is pretty good stuff, of course you already knew that.

Here is some video of the festival:

Special Bonus Video from the BBC Documentary Corp.

never trust The Sober Brewer