I’m off to Chicago for a week with fellow AC Golden brewer and friend Troy Casey. More accurately we’re flying into Chicago, immediately picking up our rental car and driving out to New Glarus, Wisconsin to meet with Dan Carey. We’ll be returning to Chicago just in time to judge for the Festival of Barrel-aged Beer and then taste the plethora of beers produced from the wood! This festival looks to be amazing and we look forward to entering Crooked Stave beer in the coming years. After the festival we are again taking off, this time to visit Ron Jefferies at Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales in Dexter Michigan. On our way back through Michigan to Chicago, we’re stopping off in Kalamazoo to visit with friends at Bell’s Brewery which will conclude our little Midwest brewery adventure.