Several years ago, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reporter Matthew Daneman and I decided to go on a "beercation" -- a weeklong driving vacation to visit various breweries. Looking back, it was a journey that should have been planned much better. The trip started in Rochester, N.Y., and took us to -- in this odd order -- Niagara Falls Brewing in Canada; Ellicotville Brewing in Ellicotville, N.Y.; Erie Brewing in Erie, Pa.; Great Lakes Brewing in Cleveland; Yard's Brewing in Philadelphia; Manayunk Brewing in Philadelphia; Tun Tavern in Atlantic City; Cooperstown Brewing in Cooperstown, N.Y.; Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown; and F.X. Matt Brewing in Utica, N.Y. We were so exhausted toward the end of the trip because of the driving that we skipped a couple of breweries on our list just to go home. So what prompted this reflection? Chicago Sun-Times writer Lori Rackl has penned a travel story highlighting three Midwest cities to visit if you want to take a beer-themed trip. Her suggestions are: St. Louis; Kohler, Wisc.; and Milwaukee. To read her story, click here.