Well, it’s been awhile. Sorry about that. But coming up in one week is Beer Trip 5.5! This year, we are going to head up to Chicago, home of Goose Island Brewing Company, along with a host of newer breweries and brewpubs. We'll be leaving the morning of February 26, with scheduled stops at Des Moines’s Court Avenue Brewing Company and Rock Island’s Blue Cat Brewpub as we head into the Chicagoland area. Friday night, we will be hitting Two Brothers Brewing Company in Warrenville for dinner before finishing the day at Lunar Brewing Company in Villa Park. A couple of our friends from Wisconsin that we met on Beer Trip V will be meeting us at Two Brothers, and they'll be with us through all of the Chicagoland stops. We're looking forward to it.
Saturday will be a really busy day, starting with a brewery tour at Goose Island around 10 AM, followed by lunch at the Goose Island Clybourn brewpub. After that, the plan is to make stops at the new Revolution Brewing, Piece Brewpub, Half Acre Beer Company, and possibly Metropolitan Brewing. Chances are all of those stops won't happen, but we have them mapped out anyway. We'll leave Chicago that evening as we head west with our final stop in Moline, IL, where we will spend the night and visit Bent River Brewing Company.
Sunday will be a light day, as it’s basically a travel day back to Kansas. Our only scheduled stop is Olde Main Brewing Company, which was the first ever stop on the very first Beer Trip in 2005. So yeah, it’ll be historic. Plus we might have a tour with the brewer, which will be cool. And then, we head home.
That’s it. Just wanted to give you an update of what is going on. We’ll be posting while on the trip (and maybe even before), so check back.