Steeler Nation, here I come, Lord willing! Have to love how serious Pittsburgh takes its football.
I enjoy watching the Eagles but it is hardly possibly to even speak of an Eagles Nation. Maybe a Duchy?
I have been committed since the beginning of the 40/40 Brew Tour to explore microbreweries across the entire state of Pennsylvania (with a few days of respite for a wedding in Minneapolis where we were able to go to two microbreweries!). To get to 40 microbreweries I pretty much had to do this on the whole. But, there have been several times where I could have avoided a visitation and still hit my 40. Erie is one of such places. It is as far as any spot in my 40/40 travels but I think it important to get there, to drink beer, and to blog about the experience.
A Pittsburgh newspaper has picked up the 40/40 story and I will be meeting up with the reporter out there on Thursday night. As usual, I am going to leave my computer behind and blog when I return.The balance between drinking and writing are always in tension. I tend to write one blog a day as to give that microbrewery its day in the sun, so to speak. Maybe some of the places feel a little sunburned as I am hardly one to avoid critique if I think it is called for. Yet, I do try to be positive. No one ultimately loves a critic. We all know it is easier to find flaws than to find the good. I try to write about more than just beer, since I am hardly a beer Zymurgist: n/; a scientist who studies the chemical process of fermentation in brewing and distilling; also, by extension, a brewer.
I have several visits that I still need to write about but I do have all of the Philly Beer Week pieces finished and that feels good.
I will hopefully be back in Lancaster on Saturday. Going to a German-American Day in Warminster on Sunday.
And then we resume microbrewery visitations next week and finish up in Philly on July 4th. A lot of the breweries down in Philly only have tours on Saturdays. Still trying to get in a visit up to the Poconos next week.
So, what are my plans after 40/40? Return to work and to reality. Thanks to my wife for all of her support of this endeavor. I plan to try my hand at homebrewing at the conclusion of 40/40 and possibly consider opening my own microbrewery down the road. Pursuing good beer is never a bad thing to do.
See you sometime Saturday!