The Tigers roll into Kansas City with the opportunity to stretch their division lead out to 8.5 games heading into the All-Star break. After a swoon that dragged through May and June, it seems as though the break is coming at a pretty good time. The team is playing well, but not so hot the time off will kill a rhythm; the players are in a good rhythm, but nobody is so hot that the break will kill a massive streak; and the team has a few deserving All-Stars, but not so many that fans need to worry about so many players getting tired. All in all, I am quite happy with the first half, and even if the team drops a game or two in the series, there's nothing to be ashamed of since the Royals are also a good team.
We've talked before about the slim pickings in the KC area as far as breweries go. However, there is a solid, award-winning brewery across the border in Free State Brewing Company. Since Kansas' asinine alcohol laws made beer brewing so difficult, it wasn't until 1989 that Free State could get up and running. In that time, they've become a great regional beacon for the area. This time, we'll talk about their Wheat State Golden Ale.
Every now and then, a nice crisp golden ale or pilsner is a good idea to cleanse the palate and refresh yourself on why you love beer in the first place. It's not nearly as flavorful or complex as the IPAs and Stouts we've come to love, but it still hits the spot and lets you appreciate the heartier beers. The Wheat State Golden is a smooth, refreshing ale that has a cereal grain nose and flavor profile, subtle hoppy notes, and a crisp finish that stands on its own. It's a perfect beer for a sunny, windswept day, and at only 5.1% ABV and 16 IBUs, you'll do well with a case over the long weekend before the next series.
Free State Brewing Company is located in Lawrence, KS.