What a year it’s been. We’ve had to deal with political madness, various ongoing marches and protests across the nation, mask mandates and lockdowns that have hurt and even destroyed so many businesses and forced so many onto unemployment, sports teams playing without any fans in the stands, and more. Thank God for beer, right? It provides at least a bit of joy in these dark and uncertain times.
As I’m sure most of you know, during this latest lockdown, I encourage all of my readers to do their part in supporting our local craft breweries, craft bottle shops and craft beer bars (at least those who are able to still serve right now because they have outdoor seating). They need our help to survive and we want them to still be around when things finally get back to normal – or whatever the new normal will be. Just be sure to always wear your mask and practice proper social distancing when picking up your beverages from your favorite places.
Since I was a kid, I’ve always thought of Wisconsin as a beer state. Not a craft beer state, mind you, but the place were many of the mass produced American lagers my Dad drank as I was growing up came from. Of course, growing up in the era of Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley (both set in Milwaukee) helped nurture that view, especially when Laverne and Shirley worked at the fictional Shotz Brewery (based on the actual Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company in Milwaukee).
As noted below, Wisconsin is the sixth state (including Washington) to carry Seattle Cider Company ciders in just over a year as they continue their amazing growth. Now, Wisconsinites will have the opportunity to taste how we do cider out here on the West coast.