A year ago, I longingly watched the ABR come and go. Not having tickets and being newly pregnant, it wasn't really in the cards. This year, I made a point to buy tickets. Those of which sold out in less than 5 minutes. I have been wanting to go to beer festivals for years now and the few small sampling events I have been to have been so much fun. I love tasting different beers and talking about beer. I am far from an expert, but I am learning slowly. I do know what I like and what I don't like. There isn't much I won't drink, but in general I prefer a good hoppy beer.
The ABR is one of the largest beer festivals in the Midwest and definitely the largest in Minnesota. The list of breweries participating makes my head spin...Southern Tier, Deschutes, Epic...where to start?!?!
I have to admit I am also very excited to have a "date" with Mr. BKL. When we do get a chance to go out, we usually go for happy hour so this is quite fitting. Some co-workers who home brew and are much more scholarly when it comes to all things beer will also be there, so hopefully they can show me the ropes and of course how to properly wear a pretzel necklace. Another attendee I am excited about? None other than Kat! I hope we get to meet up - girl knows her beers. I will report back with all my new beer nerdery knowledge next week.
In totally unrelated news, we settled on a daycare center. Thanks to everyone who helped us search! I really hope it will be a good fit for us. Maybe, just maybe we will finally get a routine down. And when we do, I will find time to write about my thoughts on the whole ordeal we went through.