Its fall, and the cooler days and the approaching fall colors make for an excellent opportunity for an adventure on the Hennepin Canal, whether biking, hiking, or fishing.
This blog is now debating whether the "official" beer should be Natural Ice (in honor of the hope of a skating marathon on the Hennepin) or "Hennepin" beer. Tough call--this editor likes ales, but then again, Natural Ice is an Anheuser Busch product from St. Louis. (Well, given the ownership of A-B by In-Bev, I guess it's a "Belgian" beer too, in a way.)
The beer, like the canal, and the county in Minnesota (where Minneapolis is located), is named after a Belgian explorer / missionary. As written on the back of the bottle: "Father Hennepin was the Belgian missionary who discovered Niagara Falls. Our Hennepin is a rare Saison Farmhouse Ale - pale, hoppy, crisp, and rustic, and like Tintin, Magritte, and Audrey Hepburn, Hennepin is famous, but not for being Belgian!"
I like this quote, also on the back of the bottle:
"And remember: 'The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.' Proust".
So even if you've been to the Hennepin Canal, fall makes an excellent time to visit the canal, and experience the changing colors of the trees lining the towpath and see the canal and its surroundings with new eyes. And maybe enjoy an ale or two afterwards!
Editor - Jim
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