|This weird Elvis fish creature was at the fest.|
This weekend I attended the Dairy State Beer & Cheese Fest, a beer and cheese tasting at the Brat Stop in Kenosha. There are both commercial and home-brewed beers, as well as a variety of cheese cubes, cheese curds, and spreadable cheese. It is glorious.
This year there were a lot of amber beers, as well as some truly unfortunate farmhouse-style beers offered by commercial brewers. Sorry, but making a beer that tastes like orange pop is not going to get you into competition with Spotted Cow.
The home brews, however, are always innovating. There was a spicy habanero apple ale, and my very favorite beer of the entire fest: chocolate graham cracker porter. It was the tastiest beer I have had in recent memory. I got the recipe from the brewer, and hopefully it turns out as good as his did.
Speaking of which, Dave and I brewed a tripel this weekend, which is happily fermenting in the basement as I type these words. Fingers crossed that it turns out as well as our last few beers have!