Last year at this time I was on the road visiting Wisconsin breweries on the Minnesota border for my book "Beer Lover's Wisconsin."
I spent every day off from weekends to vacation sampling beers at Wisconsin's breweries from the top of the state to the Iowa border (bottom of the state).
Are those tears for my liver?
This summer, as I wait for the book to publish, I'm still exploring beer on vacation. I'm headed to the last day of Summerfest, Milwaukee's 11-day music festival on the shores of Lake Michigan. It's worth the trip.
MillerCoors is a huge sponsor and their beers are available at every turn. Lakefront Brewery and Water Street Brewery are the only outliers on the grounds. But Lakefront makes it worth the trip from the main stage by offering a daily firkin and pairing that firkin with the festival headliner. Gose and Prickly Pair firkin for Paul Simon's show? Inspired.
I'm going to the headline show on Sunday. It's like a mini-festival within the festival and includes sets from Jason Isbell, Sheryl Crow, Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. The show starts at 2 p.m.
I've already declared a personal intermission. At 4 p.m., Lakefront taps the daily firkin brewed exclusively for this show. Watch me be first in line for a plastic glass of Eastside Dark with Black Barrel Jameson-soaked Oak Cubes.
I'm not thrilled about the plastic glass but I'm excited for the beer.
Keep up with Summerfest coverage at TapMilwaukee.com. That's my full-time gig. Look for "Beer Lover's Wisconsin." I'll let you know when it publishes.
For impatient ones, like me, who want to visit a brewery right now, see jsonline.com/beernear.