I've convinced my Mom to check out the upcoming beer festival in her home town of Ludington, Michigan. This event will be going on in August and I can't get out there at this time. So I thought, what better way to get a unique take on a beer festival than by having someone unfamiliar with this kind of event but excited to learn a little more about beer, check it out and report back their findings in their own words.
Bless her heart, my Mom is not the heavy lifter when it comes to alcohol and except for when trying my homebrew, doesn't risk drinking anything more complicated than the familiar light American lagers (not that there's anything wrong with that). But she loves an adventure, and in fact has, at the age of 79 just learned to fly an airplane. When proposed as a challenge, she was more than willing to be part of this experiment. Attending in my place, she will be fresh eyes (just recovered from cataract surgery) into what for me has become a familiar event. She will also be helping me to gain insight and a new perspective of the festival from a lay(wo)man's approach to the craft beer movement, someone that isn't burdened by the compulsive/obsessive beer personality or 'beerality' like I am.
She will be armed with her camera and a provided (recommended) list of breweries to critique and report back about, including her personal experience of the day. The number of brewers listed on the website that will be in attendance is relatively short fortunately for my Mom, considering that she is probably only good for about six tasters before nap time disables her participation. I'll suggest she skip the A-B booth and concentrate on the micro brews.
I'm looking forward to hearing back from her about this adventure and will post the news right after the festival or when she regains consciousness. Which ever comes first.
If you go to this event which it happening on Sat. August 22nd., be on the lookout for Mom and if you see her, tell her I love her.