Suds: June 3

One week until Clips of Faith here in Madison, this is going to be epic. My job has been pretty absurd this week, late hours, early hours, whatever it takes to get the job done. I’ve had a lot of time to think though, think about things like fallow seasons, stinging nettles and Einstein’s twin paradox.

I came to a conclusion late one night, a conclusion that I actually came across last summer but had buried and refused to revisit. I read a lot last summer, mostly contemporary stuff that I had missed over the past few years, and took a quick liking to Dave Eggers. An expatriate of the Chicago suburbs, like me, Eggers understood the point of the hedge row lifestyle. Perhaps in no more poignant passage than this:

“We have advantages. We have a cushion to fall back on. This is abundance. A luxury of place and time. Something rare and wonderful. It’s almost historically unprecedented. We must do extraordinary things. We have to. It would be absurd not to.” 

It comes from his novel A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, a book as alive as it is emaciated. I’ll leave you with that to think about, it’s Friday after all. Get out there and do something incredible.

Before you do though, grab a Kayak Kolsch from Lake Superior Brewing. Let’s get to Suds.

-Uh oh. Goose Island having some quality control issues. Hopefully no one complained of a “urine-like aftertaste.” Sorry, that one will never get old.

-Beer Here: Verrückte Stadt German Pils from the Great Dane Fitchburg.

-Awesome list of summer beer classes throughout the Minneapolis area.

-Want to age beer in casks at home? The guys at Summit Brewing show you how!

Lucky Bucket tastings throughout Minnesota. Sounds delicious.

Wise words from Northern Brewer.

-Finally, small brewers of the United States, unite!

What are you doing this weekend? Let us know on Twitter (@midwestbeer), Facebook or send us an email at mwbeercollective@gmail.com.

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