Suds: March 16

Whew. I didn’t think I was going to survive the Ides of March there for a second. Little known fact: Caesar’s famous last words in Shakespeare’s play were originally, “Et tu brew-te,” but Christopher Marlowe changed them to Brutus’ name because Bill was ale-drunk when he wrote it. Think I’m kidding? Look it up…Ok, you called my bluff. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for the spring thaw this week when it hits 50 degrees in the Twin Cities. It’s almost time to break out the shorts and flip-flops, but not quite yet. You don’t want to be that guy. You do, however, want to be the guy who cracks open a New Belgium Lips of Faith Series Dunkelweiss and sits back for a little Suds.

– Marc Antony spoke after Julius Caesar was murdered; Shakespeare wrote Antony and Cleopatra; Cleopatra is from Egypt; Egypt’s river is the Nile; the Blue Nile Restaurant is having an Imperial March starting tonight. Moral of the story, Shakespeare loves beer.

– If you’re looking for St. Patty’s Day plans in the Twin Cities, how about a Fulton beer dinner at The Sample Room in MN?

– If you’re lucky enough to be in Madison for St. Patrick’s Day, you should go early and get your beers at Brocach (Gaelic for Badger Den). And to eat, I recommend the bangers and mash.

– For any of you like me that cringe when they hear ‘green beer,’ Chicago has plenty of great beer alternatives for your Irish Day.

– Hoosier fans can wash their sorrows away for missing the big dance this year over at the Tomlinson Tap Room which features local craft beer.

Bell’s Pale Ale and cheddar cheese bread? Yes, please.

– More news from MN: Barley John’s Brewpub in New Brighton turns 11 today. 11 of making delicious beer and may there be many more, cheers!

– If you haven’t check it out yet, we’ve got a new addition to the blog. Midwest Beer Maps is the beginnings of the most comprehensive maps of your local breweries, brew pubs, and liquor stores.

– Catch up on the Iowa man, who is drinking beer for lent, on his blog.

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