The second Saturday in August has a standard booking for the Pearl Street Brewery that we all look forward to each summer. The Great Taste of the Midwest, hosted by the Madison Homebrewers’ Guild is work and play all rolled into one.
The Brewmaster, Tami, Nick, Dane, Dilly and Adele packed up our kegs of D.T.B, El Hefe, Pale Ale, That’s What I’m Talkin’ ‘Bout Stout, Dankenstein (awarded last years Best Over the Top Beer) and Smokin’ Hemp Porter for sampling and caravan’d East to Olin Turville Park in Madison. This year was a little bittersweet because our new addition, the junior brewmaster made her first Great Taste appearance at the tender age of two months.
It was by far the hottest weekend we’ve had so far. Thunderstorms and torrential downpours parted just in time to heat up the park to a scorching 94 degrees with what felt like 75% humidity. Oh well, all that sweat just made more room for more beer! The mood could not be dampened by something like the heat. Thousands of beer enthusiasts and fans meandered around, sampling beers from over 100 breweries and much of that traffic passed by the Pearl Street Brewery Booth. We almost got trampled by all the people waiting for the special tappings of the Dankenstein and the Smokin’ Hemp Porter – I guess word got out that it was pretty good!
Our guest server Robbie took his job as Sticker Applicator pretty seriously. All I can say is that everywhere you looked, there were people running around with PSB stickers on every body part and appendage.
Great Taste newbies Hunter, Katie, Carrie and Norm were wow’d by the many beers and I think they made it a mission to try them all! It’s a tough job but someone’s gotta do it!
And of course my GIRLS… always a hit. They specialize in rolling out the special tappings, slapping asses and providing beautiful aesthetics to our booth. Stay hot and sexy ladies… see you again next year.
All in all – it was another successful and fun Great Taste. We attended some awesome pre-parties, drank some dank beers and made it back to our air conditioned homes with most of our livers still in tact with feelings of beer comraderie still lingering in our hearts.
Cheers to great beer… great breweries… great beer lovers! See you next year!
If you want to participate in the fun next year check out www.mhtg.org