Founder’s Day Suds: February 6

praise to thee our alma matter

U rah rah Wisconsin

Happy Founder’s Day, fellow Badgers! We celebrate the first day of classes held in 1849 and the promotion of the Wisconsin Idea. Don’t know what it is? Well here’s the exhaustive resource on it, but a nice summation from a smart man:

But the Wisconsin tradition meant more than a simple belief in the people. It also meant a faith in the application of intelligence and reason to the problems of society. It meant a deep conviction that the role of government was not to stumble along like a drunkard in the dark, but to light its way by the best torches of knowledge and un- derstanding it could find.

Adlai Stevenson said that in 1952, and it still holds true today. We believe in each other and we get things done, for the good of the people and the good of society. I miss the warmth of Wisconsin, and I miss the cold that makes you huddle together with fellow Wisconsinites to make it through the winter.

So here’s to the Wisconsin Idea. Grab a some Ballistic IPA—the beer equivalent of fearless sifting and winnowing—and let’s get to Suds.

-Find out about Founder’s Day events at a city near you.

-City of Broad Shoulders drinkers, apparently there will be 20 new breweries in Chicago? And so begins the craft brew market squeeze, if it hasn’t already begun.

-For the record, I have a beer that’s fermenting so loudly it sounds like an amplified digestive track.

-I just love the image of the bratwurst, don’t you?

Great stuff on what it means to be part of a blogging community and eating delicious food from our friend over at Good Beer Hunting. Click for the photos, stay for the prose.

Think locally and occupy locally too.

-Beer Here: Wild Buckwheat Red from Sweet Mullets Brewery and Pub.

A nice history of the bomber.

-Finally, On Wisconsin!

Again, a big happy birthday to UW from all of us alum here at MwBC. None of this would have been possible without you. Tweet (@midwestbeer), Facebook or send an email to


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