Dixon Beer Festival

28 Jun

Dixon is a relatively small town, so we (try to) go to almost any place, event or festival that has that big-city feel we crave since we moved here.

Christopher, my dad and I checked out the first-ever Dixon Beer Festival this past weekend.

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The festival, sponsored by The Crystal Cork wine shop, was held on the riverfront. Beer vendors from across the country poured samples and local restaurants served up eats under a tent, and festival-goers drank, ate and made merry at tables set up under the tent and outside on the riverfront plaza.

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We got our 12 tasting tickets (one beer sample was one ticket, and one food sample was either one or two tickets) and commemorative beer glasses and made the rounds.

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I tried:

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Christopher and Dad sampled:

We also got food from:

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  • Gilbert’s Craft Sausages: I tried “the Catalana,” a pork smoked sausage with chipotle, mozzarella and lime, as well as “the Shebeergan,” a beer bratwurst. Christopher had “the Ouisconsin,” a beef smoked sausage with bleu cheese and “the Froman,” a sirloin beef hot dog. Dad had the Catalana and Ouisconsin sausages.

Sausages

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My favorite beers were the Goose Island Pere Jacques, the Great River Redband Stout (which tasted like a strong latte) and the Shiner Blonde. And my favorite food was, hands down, the Gilbert’s sausages, which were juicy and flavorful. (I wish we could find these Wisconsin-made sausages around here!)

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We had a great time at the festival and were really impressed with the event for such a small town.

I hope the wine shop decides to put it on again next year and thinks about ways to grow it. I would suggest recruiting more Midwestern breweries (I can think of several in Wisconsin and Michigan that would be a perfect fit!) and a few more local restaurants to offer a wider variety of food (like tacos and burgers and fries).

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