I mentioned recently that the excellence of Three Floyds beers is making me consider becoming a Hoosier. But I didn't mean to slight other excellent beers of the Midwest that I've gotten to know and love in recent weeks in Chicago. For instance, a group portrait of favorites, with a sliver of Lake Michigan in the background:

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From left: Goose Island IPA (Chicago); Great Lakes Eliot Ness Amber Ale (Cleveland); New Holland Brewing Mad Hatter IPA (Holland, MI); Bell's Brewery Pale Ale (Kalamazoo); Barley Island Barfly IPA (Noblesville, IN). I can attest for all of these personally.
Compare with this similar group portrait of beers in Shanghai, here, with a sliver of People's Square in the background.

Speaking of Shanghai, I'll spend the rest of the week there, among other reasons to see how Expo looks. The only reason I regret the timing of the trip is missing this wonderful event on Thursday, May 13 at the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago, a celebration of local craft brews. Life involves tough choices. But go if you can.

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