Archive for August, 2009

Two Brothers Brewery, Brewery Hop

Sunday, August 30th, 2009
Rich excited that he has found an oak barrel in which to top off his beer!

Rich excited that he has found an oak barrel in which to top off his beer!

Rich and I had chance to make a brewery hop yesterday and Two Brothers Brewing was the target.

Two Brothers is located in an industrial park in Warrenville, IL. This is a short distance away for the Two Beer Dudes to enjoy a pint and a tour.

The tour was crowded, so was the brew pub. free run 4.0 v3 The nicest twist of the tour: three free four ounce tasters of beer, your choice. Yes, free tour and free beer. Is there anything in life better?

They also have a sister company for distributing due to Illinois liquor laws which gives them the ability to serve up a whole lot of American craft brews in their pub that are not their own.

Two Brothers has some good beer and is one of the few places in Chicagoland that you can go on a brewery tour. Enjoy!

Beer Store Visit Good Score

Thursday, August 27th, 2009
Commodore Perry an IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Company

Commodore Perry an IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Company

If you have been paying any attention, you would know by now that I make weekly visits, on Wednesday, to the beer store across the street from my place of employment. No, I don’t sauce on the job. The beer store gets their big weekly shipment in on Wednesday morning. I have got to know the head beer buyer for the store, he has a great deal of knowledge about beer, has tasted a ton of beers, an offers his experience when selecting.

So what did I buy this week? Well, let’s start off with the beers I purchased for an evening in which a work friend of my wife’s is coming over. free run 4.0 v2 femmes He supposedly enjoys IPAs. I don’t know if he enjoys “real” beer, but that’s what he will be getting when he comes over. I could I pass up a chance to buy some good IPAs without one word of gripe from my wife?! IPA list:

  • Un-Earthly from Southern Tier Brewing Company
  • Commodore Perry from Great Lakes Brewing Company
  • Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Company
  • With that out of the way, I figured I could pick up a beer or three for myself and disguise it within the confines of IPAs for her friend. Anything for a few good extra American craft beers! 🙂

    • Collaboration not Litigation by Avery Brewing and Russian River
    • Lips of Faith – La Folie from New Belgium Brewing

    It will be a few weeks before I drink the IPAs but I plan on enjoying the other two beverages in the short term. Enjoy!

Jolly Pumpkin or Firestone Beer Dilema

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009
Firestone Brewery Union Jack India Pale Ale

Firestone Brewery Union Jack India Pale Ale

I can’t seem to get the thought of beer out of my mind. I am constantly thinking of the next beer or the next drinking get together with Rich. In either case I think about what I should drink, the possibilities, the delight. I am not up for jjust some goofy grabbing of beer from the fridge, but a careful execution of beers that, in some way, fit together to make for a pleasant evening of enjoyment.

I should be enjoying a few with Rich later this week or early next week, so the planning has begun. I usually like to have bombers (22 oz. bottles) on hand when I am drinking with someone else. free run 4.0 v2 Very easy way to share a beer and not have any left if it wasn’t up to our standards. Win-win.

I have five different brands of Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales (Michigan) at home and two Firestone Brewery with one Ale Smith (California beer, thank you Russ).

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales seems to make all their beers in oak barrels and with wild yeast, giving each a unique and interesting flavor. Fun stuff. Firestone and Ale Smith are new to me as they are not distributed to the lovely state of Illinois.

Quite the conundrum, albeit a great one to be in. Currently I am leaning towards the Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales but we will need a weekend evening to polish off those five bombers. Enjoy!

Two Beer Dudes Oktoberfest and Site Launch

Monday, August 24th, 2009

oktoberfest-2008

The date is set, Two Beer Dudes Oktoberfest and Site Launch, will be held on Saturday, October 17th, 2009. Yes, we know that Oktoberfest is typically held in September but we won’t have the site up in September and we are both busy. 😀

So the inaugural get together will only be for beer drinking buddies to mainly be our QA department for the website. We will request each person to bring two six-packs of beer off a list, some easier to find than others. As you RSVP, you can have your choice, so there are benefits to committing early.

Our list of beers is currently about 24 beers in depth. So here goes:

  • Sam Adams Octoberfest – Sam Adams
  • Dogtoberfest – Flying Dog
  • Octoberfest – Bell’s
  • Left Hand Oktoberfest – Left Hand
  • Staghorn Octoberfest – New Glarus
  • Great Lakes Oktoberfest – Great Lakes
  • Oktoberfest – Goose Island
  • Oktoberfest – Sprecher
  • Oktoberfest – Capital
  • MunsterFest – Three Floyds
  • Oktoberfest – Lakefront
  • Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest – Sierra Nevada
  • Fest Bier – Victory
  • Bonfire – Two Brothers
  • Octoberfest – Harpoon
  • New Holland Icabod Ale – New Holland
  • Hoptober – New Belgian
  • Red Seal Ale – North Coast
  • Punkin Ale – Dogfish Head
  • Bam Noire – Jolly Pumpkin
  • Kaiser – Avery
  • Oktoberfest – Brooklyn
  • Oktoberfest – Leinenkugel
  • Oktoberfest Marzen – Summit
  • Double Pumpkin Ale – Hoppin Frog
  • Oktoberfest – Tyranena
  • Victory Wiesen – Victory
  • Pumking – Southern Tier
  • Big Black Pumpkin – Flossmoor Station
  • Post Road Pumpkin Ale – Brooklyn
  • Screamin Pumpkin Spiced – Michigan Brewing
  • Double Pumpkin Ale – Great Lakes

The idea of the night is that everyone will have an equal chance to try a beer. In order to accomplish our goal, we will be drinking from four ounce glasses and have dump pales. Since I am a computer nerd, free run 3.0 v5 femmes we will have about five computers throughout the house that are ready to take reviews.

One last tidbit, when a person arrives they will take two beers from each six pack and place in a community chest. When leaving, each person can take as many beers out of community chest that they added, giving them a chance to take a bottle of something they might have really enjoyed during the tastings. More to come as we pound out the details. Enjoy!

Friday Night Beer Reviews

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009
Sierra Nevada Kellerweis one of three beers reviewed last night that all made my palate dance for joy.

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis one of three beers reviewed last night that all made my palate dance for joy.

Friday night beer reviews are fun. Actually any day of the week is a good night to review beers and, if you really want to get into it, any day, any time is a good time to review beer. The lineup for last night was mainly of beers I had laying around the house as I am actually getting to a point where I don’t have much to try. free run 3.0 v4 femmes Time for re-drinking.

Friday’s lineup:

Riverwest Stein Beer was in third place, not by much but Kellerweis and 90 minute IPA were both outstanding. Kellerweis was my first beer of the night and lasted a total of six sips. It is a really good Hefeweizen while 90 minute IPA was a really good American Imperial IPA.

I really couldn’t decide between the two as they are both so different but both so damn tasty. My thoughts: depending on the mood you are in, get them both. Enjoy!

Two Beer Dudes Get Together with Belgian Theme

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Rich and I had a chance to get together last night but not much site discussion went on. We ate dinner then got down to business: tasting beer. Rich provided the drink and the three bombers that we had were all Belgians. The line-up consisted of (in drinking order):

If you look at the reviews you will notice that only one of us actually free run 3.0 v4 reviewed the beers but we both enjoyed them. I would rank them in the following order:

  1. Matilda (2009)
  2. Salvation
  3. The Lost Abbey – Avant Garde

Matilda (2009) really was a solid beer followed closely by Salvation while the style (Bière de Garde) of The Lost Abbey – Avant Garde might have been the biggest hindrance for me. I would easily suggest the first two to anyone interested in Belgians. Enjoy!

Weekly Beer Reviews

Monday, August 17th, 2009
Great Lakes Brew Fest in Racine, WI.  Four hours of fun in the sun, tasting beers, and meeting people.

Great Lakes Brew Fest in Racine, WI. Four hours of fun in the sun, tasting beers, and meeting people.

Each week Rich and I try to get together to enjoy a few quality American craft brews, shoot the shit, and discuss our progress on the website. Like any informal meeting between friends, life gets in the way and it is usually a bi-weekly meeting. This week will be no different.

Our wives free run 3.0 v3 femmes are good friends so many times we can get together spontaneously to enjoy a few as the wives always seem to have some type of gossip to catch up on. It is amazing how wives can turn a 30 second man story into a three hour event. Enough about the wives, they are good women that put up with both of us.

Rich and I will be attending the Great Lakes Brew Festival in Racine, Wisconsin. We hope to have a logo in time to get some shirts made up, pass them out, and meet some people that might be interested in playing a big part in the sites launch.

Hopefully this will all come together quickly and you can find us by our Two Beer Dudes shirts. Enjoy!

Cali Beer Score

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

There seems to be a ton of really good American craft breweries out in California. The only problem I face in Chicagoland is getting my hands on some of the liquid goodness. After thinking about possibilities, I quickly realized that my cousins lives near Los Angeles. A bright light went off inside my head (a rare occurrence).

Firestone Walker Brewing Company  - Union Jack

After a couple of emails and talking about beer and realizing, that Russ, was a beer enthusiast, it was time to see if he would help out. So I popped the questions and without hesitation, I had my California beer man.

Let’s just say I will be having a Cali beer night with Rich sometime over the next week with reviews to follow. I am stoked and I want to say thank you to Russ.

What did I have? free run 3.0 v2 femmes I have five bombers: three off my list and two the beer store guy thought I couldn’t get here in Illinios (he was wrong).

The first two beers are the ones I can get in Illinois. I have never purchased before because there has always been something else that stroked my fancy more.

  • Sierra Nevada – Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale
  • Beer Republic – Red Rocket Ale

Below are the three beers that I can’t get and look forward to enjoying.

  • Ale Smith – IPA
  • Firestone Walker – Pale 31
  • Firestone Walker – Union Jack

The reviews will be up as soon as I can get Rich over here. Enjoy!

Two Beer Dudes Design Night

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

Last night was a whirlwind of ideas, beer, modifications, beer, direction, and beer. Chris, the guy doing our design, stopped over for beer, pizza, and a hard core night of site design. The pizza was of the frozen variety and my wife was mad at me for not spending the dough on real pizza. 🙂

We nailed down the contents of the entire site, which pages will be live on launch, and even tossed around ideas of future updates. I have my coding work cut out for me. Rich will be busy working on content.

Rich and I had many a beer and the high alcohol had fun with our ability to make sound decisions until we, more or less, just stopped really making strides on the site. We capped the evening off with a Gordon by Oskar Blues. One damn yummy beer. Chris only had a couple of Miller Lites (makes me cringe to type that) as he had to work this morning.

Overall we accomplished more than in any meeting to this point and we definitely have a clear path for the October release. Now we just have to find time to get it all done. Enjoy!

Today’s Beer Store Visit

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009
My only purchase from this week's beer store run: New Holland Brewing Company Dragon's Milk

My only purchase from this week's beer store run: New Holland Brewing Company Dragon's Milk

Beer stores visits make Wednesday’s go by fast. Today has been no different but I guess it has slowed down since the anticipation is building for a chance to start tasting tonights addition: New Holland Brewing Company Dragon’s Milk – Ale Aged In Oak Barrels.

There was plenty to choose from as my favorite air yeezy 2 femmes liquor store had received not only their usual Wednesday shipment but beers from a closed store in the south Chicago Loop. Of course I had to inquire if this meant doom for their location but Travis quickly calmed my nervousness.

I had three other beers besides Dragon’s Milk in my hand while we talked about everything they received this week and Oktoberfest and Pumpkin beers. I finally caught of whiff of fiscal sobriety and put everything else back.

A successful trip on two accounts: got an outstanding beer and slowed drain on the pocket book. Look for the review coming soon. Enjoy!

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