As my alarm went off at 5:45 this morning, the husband called in to me, “Sorry, babe, but it’s pouring again outside.” Ugh, pouring again?! To which I replied, “that’s OK…it’s not pouring under my hat and plastic baggie!”
And so I set out on my 5 mile run, hat and plastic bag in tote. The hat was for me, the bag for my electronics (iPod, Garmin, iPhone.) Fortunately, the rain had slowed to a sprinkle, and I returned from my run only half wet from the rain (the other half, from sweat.)
I took it easy since I ran a fairly difficult 4 mile tempo run less than 13 hours prior and ran the 5 miles with an average pace of 9:27 (wedding date!)
Bloomington/Normal isn’t what I’d call a big city. Especially when being compared to a weekend spent in Chicago, Bloomington/Normal is nothing to write home about. Now, compare it to my hometown of 35,000 and we have a different story.
That said, whenever there’s any time of ‘fest or festival in town, I’m there.
This past weekend Shane and I went to Bruegala – Bloomington/Normal’s annual Beer Fest.
sidenote: The woman holding that beer is on the news show Shane and I watch every morning! I didn’t even realize it until after taking the picture LOL
I was pretty impressed! There had to have been more than 30 different breweries featuring their brews
We didn’t even try half.
They were big pours!
And there were many more local and home breweries than I anticipated!
Abnormal (a brewery from Normal, IL) heh
I had some favorites…
And some that got dumped out… 😉
And even some wine!
However, we bought FAR too many tickets. We ended up leaving a stack on a table for some lucky
drunk fest-goer 🙂
There was also a concert going on out back for people to jam out to after sampling some brew-ha-has
We didn’t stick around to see if those hookahs were used…
I think I found my pumpkin beer!!
There were actually two that I liked – one tasted like pumpkin, and one like pumpkin spice. Completely different tastes, but definitely both pumpkin.
We had a great time…but I actually wished they didn’t fill up the glasses as much! I wanted to sample many more beers, but I also wanted to walk back to the car, not crawl. By the end, it occurred to me that I could, in fact, just ask for half a glass 😉
Afterward, we soaked up the beer with some Mexican from our favorite Mexican restaurant.
Chips n salsa!
And the usual – veggie fajitas. So good! So good!
A great late summer festival:D
What’s your favorite beer? I love me some Sam Adam’s Cherry Wheat, but I also tried a Sam Adam’s Blackberry beer at the fest that was fantastic. I’m a big Blue Moon fan too. I guess I like fruity beers? But I also love Amstel Light.