Sunday, June 11, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Late to the craft beer scene, Milwaukee's small brewers are a big hit" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Late to the craft beer scene, Milwaukee's small brewers are a big hit" from the Chicago Tribune

It took only a couple of hours to hear the inevitable.

"What do you have that tastes like Miller Lite?"

In a city made famous by pale and mostly bland beer, I was surprised it took so long.

The question arrived early on a Saturday evening at Good City Brewing, which opened less than a year ago near Milwaukee's handsome, weathered downtown. During a wave of brewery openings in a city most familiar with the classic brands made there — Miller, Schlitz and Pabst — Good City has been particularly popular. But the sudden diversity of beer choice can leave some drinkers befuddled.

The bartender was surprisingly thrown by the question. He briefly wore a pained expression while calculating the options. Ten beers were on tap, five of which were bitter-meets-fruity pale ales, IPAs and double IPA. Those wouldn't work. The most obvious choice, a Pilsner, was probably too robust, he said.

The woman said she wanted something "light" and "smooth."

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/brewstraveler/ct-milwaukee-craft-breweries-travel-0611-20170526-story.html

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "This summer's solar eclipse is Southern Illinois' chance to shine" from The Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "This summer's solar eclipse is Southern Illinois' chance to shine" from The Chicago Tribune

Southern Illinois is about to have its moment in the sun — and out of it — Aug. 21.

That's when a total solar eclipse will make its way over the U.S. mainland, coast to coast, for the first time in nearly a century.

Tens of thousands of people, including a small army of NASA scientists who will be broadcasting the cosmic spectacle from Carbondale, are expected to pour into a diagonal swath at the bottom tip of the state.

Astronomers, serious eclipse-chasers, regular Joes with FOMO — they're all looking to snag a coveted spot in the "path of totality," a 70-mile-wide sweet spot in which the moon will completely block the sun as the eclipse makes its cross-country trek from Oregon to South Carolina.

While the rest of the continental U.S. will have to make due with a partial eclipse, those in the path of totality will be treated to what promises to be an unforgettable natural wonder, provided the weather cooperates and the clouds stay away.

What can they expect? Well, that glowing ball of hot gas we call the sun will take on the appearance of a black hole surrounded by a pearly white wreath, the sun's rarely visible corona.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-southern-illinois-total-solar-eclipse-travel-0613-20170531-story.html