A paddle dips into the water, stroke after stroke, you make your way across the wilderness lake. When you reach land you unload pack after pack and then flip the canoe onto your shoulders. Into the forest with a canoe and a pack on your back, your shoulders and legs begin to burn as you step over boulders and duck beneath a fallen tree. You wonder how the Voyageurs did it and then you remember the story of how they made beer out of wild rice to enjoy along the trail. Just when you think you can’t go any farther you see blue, it’s the next lake, your portage is almost over and your campsite is just ahead. The day is over and as you celebrate your accomplishments and enjoy a Boundary Waters Brunette you may taste the flavor of wild rice and find yourself feeling a bit like those Voyageurs did after a long portage.