Suds: May 11

Hey all, happy Wednesday. Let’s celebrate my quick trip out of the Midwest this weekend by looking deep into our nations history for today’s Suds. Let’s first start with Thomas Jefferson, the great American hero who pushed the nation to be the best it could. He was a man of many things from fine wine, to Voltaire, to amateur paleontology, to farmer. To encourage growth in his daughter, he once told her “Determine never to be idle.” It’s in doing that we grow, and grow we did as a nation.

My fascination with Jefferson grew from this rather odd, yet delightful op-ed in the New York Times. Maira Kalman wrote a few op-eds under the title And the Pursuit of Happiness, but none of the ideas took quite like this one. Jefferson was a man who lent himself well to this sort of exploration, the mixed-media ideas flowing seamlessly with his own variegated interests. Kalman shows us Jefferson as a courageous man, a conflicted man, but above all, a monument.

So here’s to you, Thomas Jefferson, a conflicted nation turns its many hopes to you. There’s only one beer for America on a day like today, and that’s the Alpha King from 3 Floyds.

-Chicago Craft Beer Week is coming. Luckily, there’s a map for that. (sorry, I stole that joke)

-All fifty states are celebrating this year’s American Craft Beer Week!

-Beer Here: Dino’s Dark from Lake Louie. (May be a repost, but I really don’t want you to miss a Beer Here)

3 Floyds does some collaborating. A Belgian Double sounds great to me!

-Two words: Meat Wave. You better be ready for it.

-MN drinkers, craft beer bar crawl in St. Cloud. It’s time to celebrate the warmth.

-Also, win some sweet swag to celebrate MN Craft Beer Week!

-Finally, a little late on this, but here’s a beer recipe from George Washington himself. Consider it brewed.

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