Touring the many microbreweries along the Mississippi River…
American makes terrible beer. At least, that’s what the rest of the world says behind America’s back. But what the rest of the world probably doesn’t yet realise is that microbreweries in the United States are now outselling the
watered down urine big name beers, with almost two thousand four hundred craft breweries scattered around the country. Thirty percent of Costco’s beer sales are now craft.
One of the great joys of touring this country by car is encountering these artisan beer makers at every turn. They generally offer a free or cheap tour, along with never-ending glasses of overflowing tastings. It’s sensible to pre-prepare with a bottle of water, some painkillers and the address of your hotel written on your forehead with indelible ink.
Every brewery offers its own unique experience. Some have museums, some have restaurants, and all of them invariably have bearded hipsters pouring the pints. The beers vary too: the Potosi Snake Hollow IPA was, among others, a delightful find, but other beers I sipped were like being punched in the mouth with a decomposing reptile. That’s all part of the adventure of tasting new brews, of course.
Sip… OH GOD, SOMETHING JUST DIED IN MY MOUTH!
On one brewery tour, I learned that yeast—a microscopic fungus—eats the sugar in the grain, which then gets digested and turned into alcohol. So, ummm, that means we’re drinking the urine of fungus. Cheers!
And with that, here are some pictures from some brewery tours:
Do you have any craft beer favourites? Is there anything in particular I should try while I’m here?
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