Some good, cold beer and Kickaboo Road

A few notes from a weekend with friends and family in Madison and very close to it:

You missed opening night at the Capital Brewery Bier Garten in Middleton last Friday. Mrs. Smith, son Brady, his Charming and Very Significant Other and I did not miss it. Great beer (the seasonal Fest is a winner), tasty bratwurst and great music.

We had the pleasant opportunity to meet the generous Steve Nicks in person – the very same Steve Nicks who loans bicycles to UW international students. The world truly is smaller when you ride a bicycle.

If you leave the Fairfield Inn in Middleton by bicycle and find your way to the trail that parallels Highway 12 north toward Sauk City and Baraboo, after about six miles you will come across Kickaboo Road. A few miles farther on, the trail ends, so that’s where you might want to turn around and ride the rolling hills back to Kickaboo Road and stop in for a couple of cold beers at the Missouri Tavern, right there on your left by the big elm tree.

Why a “Missouri Tavern” right there in the heart of Badger country? Because it was built by Missouri Al Mefford and his wife, Mae, of course. No doubt there’s a great story behind the “Missouri Al” name.

Speaking of interesting names, I have to say Kickaboo one more time: Kickaboo.

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1 Response to “Some good, cold beer and Kickaboo Road”


  1. 1 art3 June 1, 2010 at 8:51 am

    enjoyed this tale…and it helped me make a decision about taking my bicycle to Chattanooga in July…yes, I’m going to take it and try to find a “Missouri Tavern” equivalent while I’m there…


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