Suds: May 18

There’s an old Groucho Marx joke about expectations. In fact, there are an awful lot of Groucho Marx jokes about pretty much anything. But what made Marx so funny? According to Roger Ebert, who’s right pretty much all of the time, it’s that they had the uncanny ability to get away with pretty much everything.

You're a swine. But what I'm really trying to say is I love you, and I want to marry you.

I’m no film buff and the furthest thing from a film critic, but like Ebert, my Dad and I have watched plenty of Marx Brothers movies together. I remember the jokes of course, but I remember my Dad’s laughter as he points out just how stupid the Marx Brothers can be. But there it is, the joy of watching someone get away with something completely improbable, all with a wink and a smile highlighted in a greasy mustache.

Ebert describes the Marx Brothers’ humor as distinctly “surreal,” and I couldn’t agree more. Random associations, hyperbole, outrageous self-image, the Marx Brothers had the wacky side of the surreal cornered (complete with Harpo’s silent schtick and Chico’s just outrageous enough to believe stereotype).

So what to drink on such a surreal Wednesday? Why, a surreal beer of course! Grab a Bridge Burner from Lakefront, and let’s get to Suds.

-Chicago Craft Beer week is upon us! Broad Shoulder’s drinkers unite!

-Some quick highlights: CCBW Kickoff at Small Bar on Fullerton and 3 Floyd’s Collaboration.

-Let’s throw in some more great beer coverage from the Tribune. First, an ode to the reliable brown ale (oh, how I love thee). Second, who needs a beer? Seriously, I do.

-MN drinkers, don’t forget about MN Craft Beer Week! Get on that bike and get ready for some awesomeness.

-A Badger-Gopher crossover: Rush River Cask Dinner at Senor Wong’s. That headlines doesn’t make a lot of sense, but I didn’t plan it.

-Beer Here: Imperial Weizen from New Glarus Brewing.

-Finally, a nice review of a non-Midwest beer from a Midwesterner.

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