Little did I know, it was Madison Craft Beer Week. What perfect timing! Dale (my brother in-law) had a connection with a local brewery, and got us a short private tour. The House of Brews http://houseofbrewsmadison.com is a small Co-op style brewery. Paige, the owner and brewer, is working very hard, and producing high quality brews. I highly recommend the Bungalow Rye ESB.
We also checked out a cask ale festival, and had 2 very interesting beers there, went to a few local markets/liquor stores, and also hit a local distillery, Old Sugar Distillery. http://www.madisondistillery.com Their rum and ouzo were very tasty. Spending time with family, and enjoying great local brews is my idea of a great weekend.
Above and to the right is the haul of Wisconsin beer that made the trip back to Iowa.
Above and to the left is a Maibock from Capital Brewery.
Below is an IPA from Ale Asylum.