Suds: January 9

Optimist or pessimist? The answer to this question is one that can define beauty in your life. The optimist props life up on a pedestal like someone stretching to set a priceless vase on a shelf just out of reach in order to admire its beauty in a state grandeur. The pessimist sets the priceless vase on the ground by the fireplace, resigning themselves to the fact that sooner or later the dog or one of their four hapless kids is going to break it, but each day its still intact its more and more beautiful.

This is how Louis CK in his critically acclaimed show Louie views the world. His brand of beauty comes in brief glimpses, buried in the absurdity and downright depressing realities of day to day life, and is fundamentally different from an optimist’s beauty. It’s a beauty of relief rather than of an ever-present state of life. It’s a beauty that Chuck Klosterman brings to light in his Grantland article, one that asks us to see the good in being a pessimist.

To purchase your own print, visit paintingsontheside.blogspot.com.

– Minnesota’s latest brewery, Boom Island, releases its first two beers tonight at the Four Firkins.

– For the 5 best brewpubs in the Twin Cities the nominees are…

– Take a look at the Isthmus’ 2012 preview of the Wisconsin beer-scape.

Nice try, Colorado.

– Founder’s Brewing Co. to release new year-round brew in February.

Michigan’s Winter Beer Festival is SOLD OUT. Hope you got tickets.

– What Midwestern state has the reigning Beer Pong Tournament Champion?

Capital Brewing’s Bockfest is just around the corner.

And we’re back! Happy New Year to all our readers. Here’s to another great year full of beer, art and Midwestern culture. Cheers.

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