the great taste of the midwest

yesterday, brad and i joined a bunch of our friends at the great taste of the midwest, a huge beer festival put on by the madison homebrewers and tasting guild.

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over a hundred breweries come each year and over 500 beers are available to sample!

the beer fest runs from 1-6pm and costs $50 to attend. tickets sell out the day they go on sale, so you have to wait in line hours ahead of time to get them.

when you enter, you receive a tasting glass (i love this year’s glasses!)…

and then you just head to one of the 10+ beer tents, find an intriguing sounding brewery, and pick out a beer to try!

with so many beers, it’s impossible to try even close to all of them, so you just have to pick and choose!

there is a lot of other stuff to do besides drink beer though. lots of people bring instruments and play music, there are food tents, and brad and jeremy even found a foosball table!

seriously, wherever we are, if there is a foosball table, brad will find it and he will play at least a couple games! they found this table in the vintage brewing company tent. they played 3 or 4 games!

this was our second year attending the great taste, and we always have a great time!

the best thing about day drinking?! you recover from any hangover you might have during the night! i woke up feeling great this morning! 🙂


what’s your favorite kind of beer?

is surprised myself yesterday. i was all over the stouts, porters, and nut browns. usually i just stick to wheat beers!

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7 Responses to the great taste of the midwest

  1. Did you have a specific favorite?

    • Sarah says:

      hmm…I’d have to look up the names of the beers in the program. my normal favorites are ale asylum Hoppalicious & new Glarus spotted cow.

  2. Kelly says:

    Man, I wish I liked beer, i heard about that yesterday and it looked so fun!! Really the only “beer” that I like are of the hard apple cider variety.

  3. Too funny on foosball, I’m terrible at it. Looks like a fun day. I’m more of an ale fan, the heavier beers are a little too heavy for me.

  4. Chelsea says:

    I’m a big wheat beer fan, too. Looks like a fun time. Too bad Daniel doesn’t like beer at all.

  5. Bri says:

    That looks like it was a blast! I love beer festivals, always a good, laid back time! I really love wheat beers, but my favorite beer is a pumpkin ale from a brewery in Maine (Shipyard). It’s out now for the fall, so happy!

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