One of my favorite aspects of the prep blog/apparel niche is the collaborative spirit of all those involved. Competitors are friends, friends are competitors and everyone is trying to help everyone else succeed. It’s that spirit that led me to create the Great Lakes Prep Locally Brewed Tour. What is the tour? It’s a chance to visit cities across the Midwest and bring together the people behind the brands and the blogs that make up this industry, share some drinks at a local brewery and give the public a chance to meet them and get a firsthand look at what they produce. We’ll give it a shot, see how it goes and consider taking it nationwide.
We’re kicking things off this Saturday, June 29 in Minneapolis. Local microbrewer Fulton Brewery has graciously partnered with us to host the inaugural event. Stop by the brewery, located at 414 6th Avenue North, anytime between 6:00 and 9:00 PM, grab a pint or two and meet several locals who are working hard to build the independent apparel industry in the Twin Cities. Tim from Fidelis Co. will be there with his assortment of goods built to last for the next generation. Ross and Dan of Northstar Neckwear will be showing off their Made in Minnesota bow ties. Local prep blogger Sarah of North Star Dixie will be on hand to talk about blogging in the North Star State. Mrs. GLP and I will be there representing both the blog and Flyover Press and it will be your first chance to get your hands on a couple new prints we’re rolling out this week. And of course the crew from Fulton Brewery will be keeping you sufficiently hydrated and giving you a chance to try some local flavor.
Stop by this Saturday, talk a bit, look around a bit, drink a bit and have a good time. I’m looking forward to seeing you there.