Neighborhood festivals & beer choices

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Neighborhood festivals & beer choices

Postby narcoleptish » Fri Sep 04, 2015 7:07 pm

I love the summer festivals and the new Central Park concerts and the party after the Paddle & Portage. The people who put them on do an amazing job and should be commended. But come on, can't I just get a plain old beer?

It's summer, often quite warm, the sun is shining down on you and the sweat is leaving your body. You get very thirsty. Alcohol isn't going to hydrate you but it's a party and the idea of it sure sounds good. An ice cold, crisp, damn-near tasteless, macro-made, drink-a-six-pack-to-catch-a-buzz, 1985 high school football game parking lot beer. I'll take two!

But no, it's not to be.

I am not alone. There is a population out there that feels the same way. I meet a few at every festival.

A feeble attempt is usually made to offer a "regular" beer. It's often Labatt's Blue, served at about 48 degrees. No thanks. Fat Tire? I'd rather drink water out of an actual tire. Supper Club was fine, if it was cold, but I haven't seen that in awhile. (granted, I don't get to every festival)

Last night at Central Park they didn't even offer an alternative for my people.

We have no problem with 5 out of 6 choices catering to the wheaty, hoppy, bitter and sour, bread-in-a-glass crowd. We just want one.

We were here before most of you. Before the east side was cool. Before La Fete, Yahara, and AtwoodFest. We were here when OrtonFest was Sunday only and the highlight was a fucking cake walk.

Cannot we too, get just a little, of the High Life?

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Re: Neighborhood festivals & beer choices

Postby snoqueen » Fri Sep 04, 2015 7:13 pm

Apparently not. Our day has come and gone.

I'd forgotten about the cake walk. One time I was assigned to write things on the sidewalk squares for the cake walk. I can't remember how it worked, but still.

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Re: Neighborhood festivals & beer choices

Postby fennel » Fri Sep 04, 2015 9:50 pm

What? They didn't have Spotted Cow? That always reminds me of puddles in football-game parking lots.

"Casablanca's south," buddy! That's the only place you'll still find those 8-packs of Rhinelander long-necks*. (That is, I think …)

* $1.85 per, as I recall.

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Re: Neighborhood festivals & beer choices

Postby Igor » Fri Sep 04, 2015 10:55 pm

What your dad drank is swill. But what your grandpa drank is hip and retro, in an ironic way.

You may have better luck lobbying for a PBR or a Schlitz.

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Re: Neighborhood festivals & beer choices

Postby thebookpolice » Sat Sep 05, 2015 10:15 am

narcoleptish wrote:I meet a few at every festival.

A few people doth not a keg kill, especially not when poured next to area crowd pleasers (at events like these, anyway) like Fat Tire, Ranger, Yankee Buzzard, and Ol' Reliable -- and no vendor wants to eat the leftovers of a mediocre macro quarter-barrel.

Ol' Reliable, btw, is probably pretty damn close to exactly what you're looking for.

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Re: Neighborhood festivals & beer choices

Postby narcoleptish » Sat Sep 05, 2015 1:41 pm

Meeting a few people, usually in line for beer, doth not a full crowd survey make. There's a reason every liquor store on the isthmus and beyond still dedicates plenty of shelf space to macro beer. You tap one keg of something familiar (High Life, Leinies, and Schlitz for sure) and you'll need more. It may be Madison but it's still Wisconsin.

I'm not anti-micro by any means. I like me some stouts and porters, but in a tavern in January. I just have no taste for what's offered at the festivals.

I'll have to keep my eye out for Ol' Reliable. Thanks for the tip.

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Re: Neighborhood festivals & beer choices

Postby narcoleptish » Sat Sep 05, 2015 1:42 pm

narcoleptish wrote:I just have no taste


Thought I'd pick that fruit for ya.

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Re: Neighborhood festivals & beer choices

Postby gargantua » Sun Sep 06, 2015 5:00 pm

narcoleptish wrote:
narcoleptish wrote:I just have no taste


Thought I'd pick that fruit for ya.

Ironically, my take on most of the neighborhood festival offerings is that they're too pedestrian. But your point is taken. Macros do still have the lion's share of the market, and so I'm pretty sure that a macro offering would have plenty of takers.
My personal favorite in terms of beer choices is the WORT fest.

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Re: Neighborhood festivals & beer choices

Postby fennel » Sun Sep 06, 2015 6:06 pm

gargantua wrote:My personal favorite in terms of beer choices is the WORT fest.
Well, that's to be expected. From the mash comes the wort. Any brewer knows that.

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Re: Neighborhood festivals & beer choices

Postby rabble » Sun Sep 06, 2015 7:23 pm

They had a cider at the beer tent at one or two of the local festivals. I think one of them was Atwood Fest. Yeah, Atwood Fest. I liked it. I was hoping that would carry over to other festivals too.

Also, the cup cozies on the first day at Atwood were a nice touch.

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Re: Neighborhood festivals & beer choices

Postby narcoleptish » Sun Sep 06, 2015 8:08 pm

Just hit the Taste of Madison to see Cadillac 3. The beer offerings on a hot sunny day included a line of micros, Bud Light and Leinies Summer Shandy. Summer Shandy was sold out.

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Re: Neighborhood festivals & beer choices

Postby snoqueen » Sun Sep 06, 2015 8:19 pm

No wonder. It's perfect for a hot afternoon at a music (or food) festival. As soon as you started this topic, it was the beer I thought of.

Maybe "they" will get the idea.

Question: how did other people like the cider, and what kind?

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Re: Neighborhood festivals & beer choices

Postby rabble » Sun Sep 06, 2015 8:23 pm

snoqueen wrote:Question: how did other people like the cider, and what kind?

Ciderboys.


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