HISTORIC HOOVES: Famous animals are so much a part of the fabric of our pop culture, and general knowledge, that it can be a challenge not to immediately spout off a torrent of factoids and trivia tidbits upon hearing the name of a beloved giraffe or a movie star dog or a team that won the Iditarod in a particularly snowy year. The Budweiser Clydesdales have earned that cachet over the eight-plus decades they've trotted through our lives, in both commercials and public appearances. We're more likely to see the elegant equine grouping on television, but there are chances, every so often, to spy them in-person (or in-horse, if you prefer). One's coming up, in Fairfield, so if you need to brush up on those factoids and trivia tidbits, best start now, because they're Clydesdale-ing it for California.
FEB. 3 THROUGH FEB. 14: The celebrated team will be in the Golden State for Super Bowl 50, but the horses aren't staying in Santa Clara. Rather, they'll make camp, stable-wise, at the Anheuser-Busch Fairfield Brewery and Tour Center during their West Coast sojourn (they typically live, when not traveling, at the company's breweries in St. Louis, Missouri, Fort Collins in Colorado, and Merrimack, New Hampshire). There are several days of stable viewing, from Feb. 3 through 8, and a couple of Clydesdale Camera Days, on Feb. 9 and 10, when a professional shutterbug'll be snapping photos of the horses' fans. To round out the visit? Look for the full hitch parade each early afternoon from Feb. 11 through 14. Check the entire schedule before clip-clopping for Fairfield, to make sure you can see what you'd like.
OF COURSE, you'll discuss, on the way, all of the Clydesdale history you know with your co-horse buffs. Like? The famous team is celebrating its 83rd year in 2016, and they've appeared in over 25 commercials seen during the Super Bowl. The team once had six horses, but it moved to eight steeds in 1950. As for that well-known, long-ago beer delivery to the White House? It happened to fete the close of Prohibition. For all of your Clydesdale trivia, as well as photos of the iconic ponies, trot to their mane -- er, main -- HQ now.