Last year I attended Lollapalooza for the second year in a row and wrote about it here on TGBOAT. My biggest disappointment from last year was the zero selection of Craft Beer available at the festival. You can read about it here.
As I’ve stated in the past, I love music. It is just as an important aspect of my life as my love of Craft Beer. I have a very broad and eclectic taste in music which is why I love attending Lollapalooza. Being a 37 year old, my finger isn’t always quit accurately placed on the pulse of the plethora of new music out there. What’s been nice is that I have attended all three years with my cousin Katie, who is 22, and acts as my guide through some of the bands we, should see. Second, I have been able to attend with my hetero life mate Wes, who is 30, and also has helped play an important role in opening my eyes to bands I would have otherwise never heard. For me, this has been a perfect combination to fully experience and enjoy all that Lollapalooza has to offer musically.
This year my sights were set on four bands that I just couldn’t miss. A Perfect Circle, Eminem, Flogging Molly and one of my favorites, the Foo Fighters. A Perfect Circle was great musically but lacked any type of show or crowd interaction which I found disappointing. Eminem was brilliant. Flogging Molly was amazing and proved that Lollapalooza is the perfect setting for them to shine. Foo Fighters, I can officially scratch off another band on my music bucket list. By far one of the best bands to come out of the 90’s and despite the torrential downpour they kicked major ass and sounded as good live as they do on CD. The Foo Fighters are a must see for any music lover!!
What’s strange is that it’s usually the bands I didn’t know about or expect to see that end up being just as if not more enjoyable than the ones I did. One of my favorites of the weekend was a band by the name of Chico Trujillo. This Chilean based band absolutely blew me away with their Latin infused Ska sound that just plain kicked ass. If you are a fan of Ska, you will surely love this band. A few more notable performances of the weekend were, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Muse, Fitz & The Tantrums and one of my favorite performers from 09’, Manchester Orchestra.
However, like last year, NO Craft Beer. Their list of “Craft Beer” included Becks, Stella, Hoegaarden, Shock Top, Bud Light and Landshark. Really? You’re going to insult our intelligence and pass this piss water off as Craft Beer, how freaking dare you. To make a comparison of a similar music festival, Bonnaroo, had a designated section of the festival this year called Broo’ers Festival in which they had 18 different Craft Breweries represented. 18!!! Their selection included Highland Brewing Company, Lazy Magnolia, Sierra Nevada and Starr Hill just to name a few. Hell, I’d attend Bonnaroo just for the Craft Beer selection alone. Despite there being NO Craft Beer selection I decided to take matters into my own hands and do something about it.
As with most festival, there is security where they check everything you bring into the park. Lucky for me, they probably didn’t check as close as they should have. Because the backpack I bring is rather small, I decided to pack a couple of ice packs and two Craft Beers each day so that I could share in the two things that I enjoy most in life. Saturday it was Butternuts Beer & Ales’ Snapperhead IPA and Oskar Blues’ Dale’s Pale Ale. I enjoyed the Snapperhead IPA while at Fitz & The Tantrums and Dale’s Pale Ale was enjoyed during the Deftones.
Sunday I was able to sneak in a Mother Earth Brewing’s Second Wind Pale Ale which I enjoyed during Flogging Molly and an Anderson Valley Boont Amber Ale which was consumed during Manchester Orchestra and on our way to Foo Fighters.
Wes also pulled an assist and brought a couple of cans of Half Acre’s Daisy Cutter which he kindly shared a little with me. The best thing, all were canned brews and stayed cold. Thankfully, I did get to partake in some true Craft Beer consumption during Lollapalooza.
I will be firing off a carefully suggestive letter to the folks at Lollapalooza and encourage them to get with the times and offer us attendees and alternative to the mass produced fizzy yellow water. I know that Lollapalooza is in bed with InBev, as they are a major sponsor, but Bonnaroo is sponsored by Miller and yet they had a spectacular selection in spite of this sponsorship. It’s time for Perry to take a stand and take us back to the good ole’ days where supporting independent entities (Music or Beer) was not just a slogan, it was a way of life.