Today’s Reason To Drink

Don’t forget to send me your bestest beer poems to win two VIP tickets to the Top of the Hops beer fest on June 19. I’ve gotten one entry so far … the rest of ya need to pony up, bitches!

In case you’re confused, here’s what I wrote about it in this week’s Bar Belle:

Top of the Hops

Beer Fests are like Christmas to me, so this time of year I’m especially jolly. I’m still recovering from Keg Liquors’ Fest of Ale last weekend and am preparing for the Top of the Hops Fest, a traveling beer show that’s stopping at the Convention Center downtown on Saturday, June 19. I was a bit skeptical of an outside beer fest invading our fine city when we already have so many brewpubs of our own to enjoy, but I met with the dude putting it on, and he seems sincere and passionate about his love of beer. And he invited all of our brewpubs to the party.

Top of the Hops will feature more than 150 samples of craft brews, beer seminars and live music. Tickets are $40 in advance, or $45 at the door. And there are VIP tickets for $75 that get you in an hour early. For more info, go to

It just so happens that I have an extra pair of VIP tickets that I’m dying to give away. Write me a poem declaring your love of beer, and I’ll choose the one I like best. Send them to by dawn’s early light on Wednesday, June 16.

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