Along with @stevendkrause, I attended the Michigan Beer Fest on Friday evening in Ypsi's Riverside Park. Sold out venue opened at 5 p.m. The line looked like this from the bridge over the Huron River, near Depot Town.
For thirty-five bucks, you get a five ounce cup and a plastic baggy with fifteen tokens, each good for a three ounce sample. They provide a map, but it's an ambling scene, more wandering than purposefully itinerant. The only factors affecting my thinking as we went in were 1) need to get some food, 2) want to stop by Original Gravity's booth, 3) prefer IPAs, and 4) venue closes at 9 p.m. I'm not so excited about the wildest experimental brews, but I sought to intermix the stuff I thought I would like with the stuff that was funky and offbeat. Here's the list:
Not much else to add, besides these photos:
08/01 05:31 PM/@derekmueller: After an afternoon-long skating rink birthday party, which one fades away first: the boom thump of bass-boosted pop hits or the lingering everywhere-skated sweatsmell of all ages and sizes sweatfeet? via Facebook
05/06 05:17 PM/@derekmueller: Among the highlights from today's advanced WAC institute at EMU, which I have a small part in leading: finally meeting a colleague from the College of Business who graduated in 1974 from the same mid Michigan rural high school I attended. Had to let her know that I remembered her dad well, especially because we went out of our way year after year to trick-or-treat at their house. I can't quite remember if the extra mile down Beal City Road was for full-sized candy bars or packs of gum, so I will choose to remember it as both. via Facebook
05/06 05:17 PM/@derekmueller: Thanks, everyone, for yesterday's birthday wishes. Means a lot to have friends as thick in these electrate surrounds as in the world. via Facebook