Having coffee right now, man that’s so good, especially after the night I had. I’m kicking myself for never visiting Milwaukee before. I’m always overwhelmed when venturing to a new city. It was hard driving down Water street and not focusing on where I was going. This city feels very European, and I’ve never been to Europe. Maybe because it has that old world charm and the aptly named Milwaukee River running through it.
My first order of business was the Cardinals v. Brewers game at 1:10. Thankfully I arrived an hour early because it darn near took that time to park. (Seriously, even the traffic cop stated there has to be a better way to do this.) This was the only minor flaw. Miller Park greeted me with it’s hunter green steel roof closed up as rain was inevitable that afternoon. I purchased a bleacher seat because honestly that is where you find the best types of people. I wasn’t disappointed. I met Paul, a family man with his wife and kids who made sure I don’t leave without filling my cooler with Usinger’s sausages. I also met Chris and his crew from Rockford, IL. A ragtag bunch of Cubby fans that reminded me of my friends back in Illinois. Truly a perfect way to start the day with like minded people and local brews from Wisconsin. Something I believe Busch Stadium needs to install yet I know the stranglehold and politics of AB-InBev so I’ll leave that be.
After a discouraging loss and a deluge of rain I checked into my Airbnb and refreshed for the evening. First up was Camino and Deschutes tap takeover. Personally I was excited because Deschutes is one of my all time favorite breweries with solid beers like Black Butte Porter and Inversion IPA along with their barrel program it’s hard to find a bad beer. Gina was on hand with fried cheese curds and news that when Deschutes builds out their new brewery in Virginia we can hopefully expect to see their beer in Oklahoma. Cheers to that! I sampled the Provisional Saison and Passion Fruit IPA. The saison had a bit of cider like aromas but quenched my thirst easily. The passion fruit was fairly prominent and lent a tropical flavor to a ridiculously balanced IPA. Two instant winners for me. Of course I had dessert with the Black Butte XXIX anniversary barrel aged porter.
I trekked over to the Rumpus Room over on Water street for the Stone tap takeover. A very chic place that I can only compare to perhaps The Brady in Tulsa as upscale and farm to table food. Us bloggers pretty much took over the bar with standing room only. I partook in most of the Stone rare beers like White Wine Barrel Aged Cali-Belgique, Stygian Descent (Black IPA in rye whiskey barrels), Winter Harvest (probably the best), a Belgian-style golden ale aged in white wine barrels w/ Stone Farms Merlot grapes and for dessert the infamous Farking Wheaton W00tStout. I also sampled a local beer from Untitled Art NE IPA that was juicy and damn tasty. Oh yeah, and 3Floyds Space Station for good measure.
So, at this point I had been meeting like minded beer geeks, brewery reps and the crew of Growler Chill. There are so many in home products to serve beer but this one is the only appliance I would consider buying. We chatted up over beers and bourbon and realized we needed food. A definite faux pas on our part so we ambled over to the Hofbrauhaus in the Third Ward and had a Wunderbar time with sausages, spaetzle and red cabbage. Also half price liters. Oy vey. All in all a very fun and exciting start to this Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference. But let’s be honest, it’s really it’s a beercation.
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