Hosted by the Madison Homebrewers and Tasters Guild, the Great Taste of the Midwest is a mere two months away. I’ve heard lots of great things about this festival, and have had it on my to-do list for many moons.
But there’s the worry: it’s limited to 5,000 attendees. Some of the tickets are sold in Madison, and some are lotteried off. To get into the lotto, one must mail their cash on May 1. Not postmarked on or before May 1. Postmarked on May 1. So with serious intent, I had that day highlighted on my calendar for months. I had a week before that day highlighted. I had two days before that day highlighted. I couldn’t forget, couldn’t screw this up. On top of all that hardcore remembering and reminding of myself, I had to face the facts: I might not get drawn. Some have tried for multiple years with no luck.
Worry, worry, worry.
I got picked! My wife and I are headed to Madison in August. Our tickets arrived over the weekend. I’ve booked into a B&B, and have meals, beers, bars and brewery visits planned. So many new beers to try! I’ve never attended a festival in this part of the country. A whole new world of local beer is about to reveal itself.
So much to look forward to. New beers. New breweries to visit. And beer friends. If you’re going to be around, give me a shout, I’d love to say hello to a brewvana reader or two. I’m already planning on meeting Matt, from Flossmoor, and hope to get up with some of the beermapping crew, as well.