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Brewpubs in 4 different states: now that's a pub crawl

potosi-beer-canMike and I were on vacation last week, and as we often do, we checked out brewpubs. A couple of years ago we hit 13 in one week, and while we didn't break that record..we set a new geographic personal best, hitting brewpubs in four different states--Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois. This time we added a couple of new ones, including Old Man River Brewing Company in Marquette, Iowa. It's really a charming tiny little town on the Mississippi River with a great old downtown. That's where you'll find the brewpub--in a beautifully restored old building. The beer was quite delicious..the bartender cordial and friendly, and we also met a nice couple who'd recently moved to Wisconsin from Missouri. (And from the way they tell it, Missouri has a lot of great breweries we need to check out sometime!) We also finally made it to the Potosi Brewery, way down in the southwest corner of the state. The original Potosi Brewery closed in 1972, and has now been restored, and is part of the National Breweriana Museum. Tiny little Potosi beat out St. Louis (think Budweiser), and Milwaukee (think Miller and all those other great breweries of the past.) If you're a beer fan or a  history fan, you'd definitely be fascinated with all the memorabilia from all over the country, but with an emphasis on Wisconsin breweries. Back around the turn of the century, almost every little town had its own brewery. I think Galena,Illinois had three or four! Many of them survived until the 60's or 70's when they just couldn't keep up with the big boys. We got to Potosi on the last leg of our journey on the Great River Road, along the Mississippi River. The views were gorgeous, and yes, the beer was tasty. I can't wait to go back..and think a fall excursion is definitely in order.

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