Wednesday, August 18, 2010

It truly is a GREAT taste!

Remember when you were a kid, what it was like to wake up on your birthday? For the first couple seconds the day was just like any other. Then you would realize that it was a special day and all kinds of great fun and good stuff was coming your way. Well my friends, that is what it is like to wake up on the morning of the Great Taste of the Midwest.

After many years of attending this event there are a few things I have learned. First, a good breakfast is important and will help one prolong the enjoyment of their day. Second, applying sunscreen is a must. Even if the sun is not out when you leave the house it may come out later when you are in a less practical mindset. Finally, did I mention breakfast? Oh, yes I did.

Once you arrive at the park it is important to remember to have a plan of attack. Then once you have a wristband and glass you should take that plan and throw it away because there is way too much good beer and are way too many cool people for your silly plan to hold up. Seriously, nice try. Maybe next year it will work. With the number of really awesome and special brews available it is often just a matter of being in the right place at the right time. This year I had a good friend and brewer pour me half a glass of 3 Floyd’s Dark Lord 07 just because I missed it and he didn’t. Then you have all the people telling you about things you just have to try. I always try to heed this advice unless said beer is too far away. Then I just duck into the nearest tent and hope I make it around to their suggestion later. So it goes at the Great Taste.

One of the most amazing things about the Great Taste is how smoothly it runs considering how much people are drinking. People generally hold it together pretty well and have a pretty great time. There is always an idiot or two but out of 6000 people that is not too shabby. Just don’t be that person and your day will be awesome.

For as hard as it is to get tickets and as much as people build this up to be a fantastic time every single year it lives up to expectations. It usually even surpasses them.

Tickets go on sale Sunday May 1st, 2011 at noon. The first people got in line at Star this year at about 11pm. The fest itself is on Saturday August 13th, 2011. It will be awesome.

See you there.
(photos courtesy of Lyndsey Winchel)


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