Trifecta Dos - Miller Brewery



In February of 2008 me, Joey Kanz, Paul and Jenny embarked on a journey that was as fantastic as it was ambitious - 3 breweries in one day. The resulting effect became to be known as The Trifecta. From what I remember, it was one of the greatest days of my entire life. Thankfully I documented the entire event. Which is why I just had to do it one more time. By the time I was sober enough to plan everything, it was March 13, 2010. In case you didn't know, the Trifecta consists of touring three breweries (Miller, Lakefront and Sprecher) in one day. This time around Joey Kanz one-upped my previous event by arranging a hard hat tour of Miller to start the day. I knew it was gonna be a good day.


















Joey Kanz has worked at Miller for a little while now so that's how we were able to get a hook up on this private hard hat tour. We were only allowed to bring a small group of 6, so I invited Fresno, Jenny Reck and Aaron and Melissa Spiering. I've been on the Miller Tour over a dozen times, but I knew this time would be different.











We had to wear hard hats, safety goggles and steel-toed clips over our shoes because we would be going right up next to the production lines and into restricted areas that the normal tour visitors aren't allowed to go. I felt privileged to be friends with Joey Kanz. It's the age old "it's not what you know, it's who you know" at work.





We also had to wear these wireless receivers with headphones so that we could hear what the tour guide was saying. Unfortunately the plant wasn't in operation today because it was a Saturday. So we got to hear about what these giant machines do but we weren't able to see them in action. It was quite a shame, but it was still pretty cool to get up close to the machines that bring liquid happiness to millions of people.










I thought that the foamy goodness on the ground was spilled beer, so I jokingly bent down to lick some of it up. But then the tour guide stopped me and told me that it was soap suds left over after the bottles are washed and sanitized. Needless to say I refrained from putting my mouth on the ground. Not that I would have if it was indeed beer. I'm not that desperate for free booze. If I want free booze I can just ask Joey Kanz. He gets a couple of free cases a month that I know he can't drink on his own. Even though he is a mighty beast of a man.