The following weekend, on September 3, I attended Milwauktoberfest, which was a part of the Made in Milwaukee festival at Cathedral Square Park. That was a really great time. The Milwauktoberfest showcased a dozen or so Wisconsin breweries. In case you are just tuning in, I'm a beer aficionado and any time I can sample some of Wisconsin's best beer, I'm there. Aside of Milwauktoberfest, the Made in Milwaukee festival showcased all kinds of art, crafts, and products that are made right here in Milwaukee. Several local bands played music throughout the day and night and the evening culminated in a fashion show. Never been to one of those before. It was quite interesting.
Fast forward just a little to September 17th and the Warrior Dash. This was a highly anticipated event. Described as a 3+ hellish mile run with about 12 obstacles, including fire, it was everything I had hoped it would be. Sure I have been nursing a stress fracture to my right foot for most of the year, but a bad foot wasn't going to keep me from running in this race. Oooh Rah!!! Attack!!! Even with a bad foot I was able to finish in 30 minutes. What may be an even better part of this day was the discovery that I am a pro at axe throwing. I split an axe handle with another axe. Check it out.
Sprinkle in rounds of golf throughout September and then I went to the WI Beer Expo. Yes, another beer tasting event. This one, however, was the worst one I have ever been to. First of all, all of the people behind the tables were volunteers and not from the breweries. So I couldn't really ask them about the beer. Second, for the price of admission, they could have done a lot better than hand-written signs. How about a few giveaways? Ehhhh. Disappointing.
On September 29, I went on a VIP tour of the old Pabst Brewery. This was a really great event. A few cold Wisconsin beers and a behind the scenes look at the historical Pabst Brewery. Very nice.
Friday, September 30, was Brew Madness, a fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. I went last year with a friend and we sampled pretty much everything there. Fortunately the event is held at the Zoo, which is within walking distance from home. The unfortunate part of last year was that there was a bar, Mo's Irish Pub, in between the Zoo and home. Probably shouldn't have stopped. This year, my friend couldn't go, so I attended solo. Hell, I made friends. ;) Since I had sampled most of the beer that was there, I concentrated on the ones that I had not had before. There were several really good brews. A couple of my favorites were Autumnal Fire from Capital Brewery and Orange & Black from Moylan's. I even showed a few people how good Buffalo Water's Bison Blonde tastes with vanilla ice cream. Yum. Check out the pics.
Now the weather is getting cooler. Opportunities for golf are getting slimmer. One thing about Milwaukee though, is that no matter the season, no matter the weather, there is always something fun to do.
Coming up (so far):
- 10/8 - Bush, Chevelle, and Filter
- 10/29 - Milwaukee Haunted Tour & Dinner
- 11/2 - The Southern Gentlemen Tour featuring Ed Roland of Collective Soul and Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra
- 11/4 - Five Finger Death Punch, All That Remains, Hatebreed, and Rains