This is a part of a series of articles written by a correspondent from outside of Wisconsin. I thought this might be of interest, so I solicited the article. Of course, the articles deal with my own hometown of Cleveland, Ohio - I know, you're shocked - but there are two reasons for my commission of these articles.
The first reason is obvious - this was a great opportunity for a first look at a big beer event in another Midwestern city - within easy travel distance for those inclined to make the trip or for some ungodly reason find themselves in Cleveland, Ohio. First year festivals can be a mixed bag and a first-year festival on the scale attempted in Cleveland (the I-X Center is over 1 million square feet and includes an indoor ferris wheel) doesn't happen frequently. For the record, I'm happy to review/edit/publish any articles that a reader may want to submit about events going on in the Midwest or around the world.
The second reason is to present some non-Wisconsin views about beer, and the second article in this series, coming on Friday, will look specifically at how a fledgling craft beer state like Ohio can or should use the more-developed beer scene in Wisconsin as a model.
Finally, the contributor himself, Jeff Walcoff, is a well-respected writer in his own right. He is, as it also turns out, singly responsible for converting me to craft beer with a well-timed pour of Dogfish Head's 120 Minute IPA. He knows more about the diversity of styles and flavor nuances than almost anyone else I know. Oh, I should probably disclose that he is also my step-brother. So, look for his articles this coming Wednesday and Friday; let him know what you think about the event and about Wisconsin's brewing scene.