**I want to note, though - because that sounds kind of bad - that I don't really drink that often (vs. the college years, anyways) and when I do, it's usually not much.
So, yesterday I went with some friends to the Summit Brewery in St. Paul for a tour. If you get a chance, it's neat. Our tour started at 10:30 a.m. and we were sampling by 11:30 a.m. Summit mostly sells locally, and particularly in the midwest, although they do sell in a few states outside of the area. I guess you have to reserve it really early, though, if you want to go on a Saturday - I was taking an extra slot my friends had, but they had booked it in May.
The people who volunteered for the tours were all really nice and knowledgeable - and it started of with a very pleasant PowerPoint presentation. Our tour guide, in particular, was pretty witty - near the end of the tour when no one seemed to have any questions for him he gave everyone a final chance for questions: "Any questions? About the tour? About my personal life? Anything?" - that made me chuckle. And because noone had any questions (on topic or personal) for him, we headed out to the bar for our samples.
Here's some pictures from the day:
|These giant canisters are used in the beer making process -- on one side, they are one-deep. On the other side, they are three-deep to the wall. That's quite a bit of brewsky. P.S. This is Brian & Beth.|
|This is where they do the bottling and packaging. It's a pretty neat system and interesting to learn about their quality assurance process during this phase.|
|This is a close-up of part of the bottling process - I thought it would make a neat picture. :)|
|As I mentioned, you get samples after the tour - I liked their wrist bands because they had your drink tickets attached, making it very difficult to lose them. As you can see, you get 3 samples.|
|And because I am told I don't post enough pictures of me, here's one. This is my friend Emily (left) and me (right) in front of the brewery.|
Think Globally, Drink Locally.
And, thanks to E, B, B, A, and A for letting me join you for the tour. :)