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:
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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James Fallows is a staff writer for The Atlantic and has written for the magazine since the late 1970s. He has reported extensively from outside the United States and once worked as President Carter's chief speechwriter. He and his wife, Deborah Fallows, are the authors of the new book Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey Into the Heart of America, which has been a New York Times best seller and is the basis of a forthcoming HBO documentary.