Thanks to Teresa Albert and the rest of the crew at Millstream Brewing for hosting yesterday's 4th Annual Iowa Festival of Beers. Yes, it's a small festival (don't worry, Oregon; it's not gonna topple you from the throne anytime soon), but fun. The state only has a handful of breweries (even that's overstating the case), and most of the people pouring beer were from the many homebrewing clubs around the state. If I have my choice between something I can drink anytime and something from a homebrewer, the homebrewer wins every time. These people know how to make beer!
I was there because Teresa had invited me to sign copies of Ambitious Brew, so I spent most of my time standing next to a stack of books. I was amazed at how many people came by to tell me they'd already read the book or read my blog (who knew???), and I thank them. And, of course, I thank the people who snapped up every copy of the book Millstream had on sale.
I don't get out and about much (because the only way to write a book is to sit at a desk and not talk to anyone...), so this was a welcome break from my usual routine. The weather was perfect: hot, low humidity, and a steady breeze. We drove home on backroads so we could enjoy the Iowa countryside in all its late summer glory. I ought to be used to it by now, having lived here my whole life, but the land still inspires and reassures me.
In short, a perfect day. Again, thanks to everyone who took time to say hello and ask about my work. I am grateful for your support, your kindness, and your encouragement.