Archive for September, 2009

Darkness Falls On Darkness

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009
Surly Brewing Fest Poster - I know it doesn't go along with the aritcle, but it is from Surly and it is pretty darn tootin' cool.

Surly Brewing Fest Poster - I know it doesn't go along with the aritcle, but it is from Surly and it is pretty darn tootin' cool.

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to go with a friend of mine up to Darkness Days at Surly Brewing Company in Brooklyn Center, MN. I was super excited as that night we also enjoyed a wonderful bottle of Darkness. It was impossible not to be excited: I would have the chance to pick up six bottles for myself (yes, I would share) air jordan 7 and enjoy in the festivities of Darkness Days.

As is life, I was thrown a curve ball the other day that will completely abolish my plans to attend. I am a little upset as I always get worked up to go to cool happenings but I know it if for the best and my presence elsewhere will be greatly appreciated.

I just hope Mark shares another bottle and takes a few pictures so I can get an idea of what I will be in for in 2010. Enjoy!

Two Beer Dudes Home Page

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Two Beer Dudes home page is just about done being marked up. The navigation design is still to be decided on, the footer is about 90% finished, while the seasonal indicator is about 50% figured. Otherwise the rest is what it will probably be when the site goes officially live in October (hopefully).

Check out the design: http://www.twobeerdudes.com/page/index2 and provide your feedback, we welcome it. Enjoy!

The Liquor Store Stop

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

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Anytime we take a trip more than an hour from home, I try to find a beer store or brewery that we can stop off at. Today we were headed to my cousin’s house in Dyer, IN to go apple picking. I have already been to Three Floyds this summer but I can’t pass up a chance for another stop. Also, I have heard about a beer store nearby that has Stone and a few others not available in Illinois.

We put in the address for the Liquor Store in Highland, IN first. After an hour or so of driving, Michael, my two year old, air jordan 9 and I headed into the store while everyone else was sound asleep.

From the information I have read on the net about the store I knew the American craft beer section would be just inside the door. Anticipation. The staff at the store isn’t that helpful. The beer selection for Stone is outstanding and they have a fair amount of Three Floyds to boot. They have various other regional beers too. A nice selection but not great.

My purchase list is full of Stone and FFF with a thrown in from Michigan Brewing Company.

  • Rabbid Rabbit by Three Floyds
  • Broo Doo by Three Floyds
  • Smoked Porter by Stone
  • Imperial Russian Stout by Stone
  • Old Guardian by Stone
  • Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale by Stone
  • Screamin’ Pumpkin by Michigan Brewing Company – for Two Beer Dudes Oktoberfest coming up in three weeks.

Not a bad haul and at a fair price. air jordan 10 At the front register they did have a big table or two with at least one six pack of every Oktoberfest beer they had on hand. A nice touch for someone looking for a season brew. I plan on visiting this store in the future.

Next, off to Three Floyds in Munster, IN, only a 10 minute drive away. By the time we arrived, my oldest, had to use the bathroom so her and I headed into beer pub.

The beer pub was full but not bursting. The bathroom is very close to the end of the bar so I asked one of the bar staff what they had on tap I couldn’t get any where else and if they had any bombers I couldn’t get outside of the brewery. He quickly replied they had Arctic Panzer Wolf on tap, which is an American Double IPA. I had one of those, darn tasty. He also said they had Jinx Proof in bombers. I grabbed one of those.

A successful beer trip to Indiana. Thank you to my wife for always allowing me to tack on these beer expeditions to our trips. Enjoy!

First Beer In Five Days

Friday, September 25th, 2009

By the title you can tell that I have been slacking on my beer enjoyment this week. To be honest after attending the Great Lakes Brew Fest up in Racine, WI this past Saturday, I really didn’t feel like throwing any back on Sunday or Monday. I guess old age is forcing my recovery times through the roof.

What about Tuesday or Wednesday? Wednesday I can vouch for easily: that is basketball night and I don’t get home until 9:00pm or so. Why not a beer afterwards? I need water and/or gatorade to rehydrate. Besides I get up around 5:30am to do some yoga. Yes, yoga. Never done until recently but I have knee and ankle problems that seem to completely disappear when I do yoga. I don’t even remember Tuesday, so I could I have drank anything. Tuesday I will just chalk up to a lost day.

Thursday had a hunters target on it for a few beverages. Anticipation started sometime on Wednesday (when I woke up) for work to end on Thursday and head home for some good American craft beer. air jordan 11 I had the following liquid goodness:

Three outstanding beers. I think I had all three down the hatch within 60 minutes. I couldn’t wait for the next one. Were the beers that good? Had it been that long since a beer touched my lips? Was it a combination? I think, possibly, it was a combination of both. No matter, I will try again tonight and see if I can have as pleasant an experience as last night. Enjoy!

Break Up My Week: Beer Store Wednesday

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009
Some good old cows by the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Some good old cows by the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Oh yeah, it is Wednesday, time for another beer store visit. Even thought I promised my wife I wouldn’t be purchasing any new beers (unless life-or-death), I still brought my wallet. If she asks, it was out of habit

I don’t know if I have ever mentioned this in roshe run flywire the past but I thought it was a safe assumption: since the site is based on American craft beer, my purchases and questions center around that idea. When I go to the beer store, there are many other foreign and macro beers that they get in each week, just not that interested.

This week was a little slow with the following new faces:

The Torpedo Extra IPA was just a refill as they haven’t had it in stock for a while. It is a year round beer. Anniversary Ale is one that is made around this time every year by Sierra Nevada. Hoptober I purchased up in Wisconsin recently, strange that it took another 2 – 3 weeks longer to get here. Best Brown is a really good beer and I almost pulled the trigger but it has hard to hide a five liter in your pocket. 🙂

Travis and I did get a few minutes to chat about beer and brewing. Always two topics on the top of my list. We both have been curtailing our drinking as of late, so we could only talk about beers of days gone past. Enjoy!

Updated Site Design/Layout

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009
Two Beer Dudes homepage.

Two Beer Dudes homepage.

Two Beer Dudes is getting closer to having a “real” site. The design is about 85% done and Chris has passed it off to me so that I can start implementing the backend code that I have written into the frontend design. It has been a battle to say the least.

I have written about 95% of the backend code for the site, it is just in search of linking and styling. I am sure there will be some new code that comes up as I start actually putting the pieces together. I organized everything mentally and I am surprised that I have this much done. The old noodle is humming along on high octane.

Not that anyone’s hopes are up but I don’t believe the site will be completely ready for an October, 2009 release. It will be close though.

In the meantime I am working on the design on the new frontpage: http://www.twobeerdudes.com/page/index2. Enjoy!

Great Lakes Brew Fest Recap

Monday, September 21st, 2009
Two Beer Dudes: Scot and Rich enjoying a beer.

Two Beer Dudes: Scot and Rich enjoying a beer.

Great Lakes Brew Fest was ran without a hitch and ran smoothly as far as I could tell. I was impressed with how well oiled the machine seemed to be.

The park that the Fest was held at is situated right on Lake Michigan, the day was perfect in terms of weather: 70 degrees, sunny, minimum wind.

We arrived about an hour early (2:00pm) and went to the Fest to pre-register. We scored our glasses and decided it was time to get some grub. We ended up getting some Mexican food a little over three blocks away. Back to the Fest. We walked right through the long line and received praise from Rich and Sue for the early sign-up idea. roshe run femmes By the time we made it through the roofed area, the clock struck 3:00pm, the doors flew open, and we were off.

A couple of people Sue stopped to talk with at Great Lakes Brew Fest.

A couple of people Sue stopped to talk with at Great Lakes Brew Fest.

Rich wanted to check out the Michigan tent first. We had some Bell's Brewery, Dark Horse, Founders Brewing, and Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales. All breweries we are familiar with but ones that we definitely wanted to visit. A good quick start to the day. While at Founders Brewing they had a sign up stating they would be tapping a keg of Curmudgeon that had been oak aged for a year at 4:15pm. Everyone was cool with the idea of coming back for that special tapping.

Now we just decided to go somewhat counter-clockwise through the rest of the Fest. Next was a tent with Colorado and California beers, mainly. We had some Lost Coast Brewery, Fort Collins Brewery, Oskar Blues Grill & Brew, and Avery Brewing. My wife really enjoyed the Tangerine Wheat from Lost Coast Brewery and requested that I find her some locally. It’s good to have a wife that enjoys drinking almost as much as I do. 🙂

Left Hand Brewery found it's why every where.

Left Hand Brewery found it's why every where. (wife liked this one)

Next we headed back to Founders Brewing for our 4:15pm date with Curmudgeon. My full 12 ounce serving of this beer was damn tasty. I finished it within the same amount of time Rich and Sue had their three ounces.

We headed towards the central councourse that had a middle, north, and south ends. We started with middle. First stop: Metropolitan Brewing a local brewery from Chicago, IL. Doug and Tracy are husband and wife that team together to make, currently, three good brews: Krank Shaft, Flywheel, and Dynamo. They have a new release coming out in November named Generator Dopplebock. Tracy follows us on Twitter and is familar with us and we received an invite to check out the brewery. Should be a fun time. I wish them luck as they work hard at their craft to make some good brews. Check them out if you are ever in the Chicagoland area.

We moved onto the northern portion of the central concourse which was heavy in California beers. North Coast Brewing Company, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Anchor, Stone, Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ale, Magic Hat Brewing Company, Rogue, and Three Floyds Brewing Company. Some really good beer all around. Was like being in beer land.

Some ladies enjoying the Fest.

Some ladies enjoying the Fest.

The last area we headed to was the south portion of the central concourse. Mainly Wisconsin breweries. As could be expected there was a lot of breweries in this section, big and small. We had a long stay here: Lakefront Brewery, Capital Brewery, Tyranena Brewing Company, Buffalo Water, Water Street, Furthermore Beer, and Ale Asylum.

As the night winded down we ended up at the only brewery that was still serving and serving large: Left Hand Brewing Company. They were serving up MooToo which was a mixture of Sawtooth Ale and Milk Stout. Unique and darn tasty.

There was a brew club area in which at least a handful of brew clubs were represented. I would have liked to spend some time there but Rich and Sue wanted the “normal” breweries. Maybe next year.

List of the beers we tried

  • Hop Slam by Bells
  • Reserve Special Black by Dark Horse
  • Dirty Bastard by Founders
  • Old Curmudgeon Barrel (1 year aged) by Founders – this was a special tapping and I received a full glass since I asked for 37 ounces. 🙂 Outstanding!
  • La Roja by Jolly Pumpkin
  • Tangerine Wheat by Lost Coast
  • Chocolate Stout by Fort Collins Brewery
  • Yella Pils by Oskar Blues
  • Old Chub by Oskar Blues – can’t get this in IL, first time, liked it a lot.
  • The Kaiser by Avery
  • Krank Shaft by Metropolitan – could have drank this one all day (had two servings), really good people.
  • Rasputin by North Coast
  • Dogtown Pale Ale by Lagunitas – do they make anything I don’t like?
  • Foghorn Barleywine by Anchor Steam
  • Russian Imperial Stout by Stone
  • Indian Brown Ale by Dogfish Head
  • Odd Notion Sake by Magic Hat
  • Black and Blue by Dogfish Head – Rich
  • Forti by Magic Hat – Sue
  • Rare Vosz Belgium Style Amber
  • Munsterfest by Three Floyds
  • Pride and Joy by Three Floyds – really smooth, really good
  • Gordon Foch by Three Floyds – Sue
  • Maierfest Lager by Rogue
  • Edmund Fitzgerald by Great Lakes
  • Pumpkin by Lakefront
  • Steinbeir by Lakefront – Sue
  • Supperclub by Capital – Rich
  • Painted Ladies Pumpkin Spice Ale by Tyranena
  • Bison Blonde by Buffalo Water
  • Dunkle Weiss by Water Street – nice beer, had several
  • Raspberry Weiss by Water Street – Sue
  • Proper by Furthermore
  • Contorter by Ale Asylum
  • MooToo by Left Hand – a blend of Sawtooth and Milk Stout – unique and fun, was the only brewery, that I knew of, pouring after 7pm.
  • Milk Stout by Left Hand

Tons of good beer that I didn’t have also but I would have needed another eight hours to get it all. Overall everyone had a great time and I hope to make another trip up there next year. Enjoy!

Need to Celebrate: Old Rasputin XII

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

north coast brewing old rasputin xii

Old Rasputin XII is a Russian Imperial Stout brewed by North Coast Brewing Company to commemorate the breweries anniversary. This was a beer that I anticipated for quite some time and grab a total of four bottles (two for friends and, it ended up, being two for me).

I have wanted to taste Old Rasputin XII since the day I purchased but drinking at work that day didn’t sound like a grand idea. I wanted it to be for a good occasion and cellar the other for a couple of years. At full price this is some roshe run costly liquid paradise, I wanted to make sure it was worth it.

My neighbor across street, Miles, is an American craft beer lover. I use that term here loosely as he gulps his beer like a large mouth bass would inhale a crayfish, but he always drinks good stuff. His wife has been pregnant with their second child, so I thought him and I could split the bottle to celebrate.

We did this past Tuesday as his wife gave birth to a bouncing baby girl on Monday afternoon. Yeah. I served at cellar temperature. Of course Miles eight ounce edition was down in two “small” sips. Mine, I savored. Some damn good stuff. So complex. So impressive to the senses. Now I really enjoy Russian Imperial Stouts but this is the best I have had to this point.

I know that I talk about cost of beers a lot but I think in these economic times it is something on most of our minds. I think the world of this beer, even received the go ahead from the wife to purchase another bottle or two from my favorite beer store, but I couldn’t pull the trigger. There is a ton of beer I want to try out there and I purchased two six packs and a bomber for $5 more than the price of one 16oz of Old Rasputin XII. I think I made a good decision.

Look for Two Beer Dudes at Great Lakes Beer Fest later today in Racine, WI. Enjoy!

Brewing Club First Meeting

Friday, September 18th, 2009

home brewing equipment

The time has finally arrived: brew club first meeting. No, this isn’t the first meeting for the club, just my first one that I will be attending. I am trying to learn to brew. I have my equipment (hand-me-downs), been reading lots of information both online and in books, been listening to podcasts, and have been watching videos. powerlins ii femmes Even with all that I just want some hands on Q&A time with some real people, face to face.

home brewing equipment

Headhunters Brewing Club will be meeting starting at 7pm today. I have no idea how long the meeting will last. Based on the initial email flurry I had, they seem to be knowledgeable, friendly, and willing to help: the exact kind of home brewers I want to associate with.

I will pack up my home brew equipment and bring it along with me to work and then straight to the meeting on my way home. Yes, I am excited. Enjoy!

Great Lakes Brew Fest

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

great lakes brew fest

Only two days until Great Lakes Brew Fest. The excitement is building. Similar to when I played basketball at any level, the butterflies are starting to fly around in my stomach. Yeah, I get a little worked up, not too much, just enough to get my edge. 😀

Rich and I have been going over which breweries we want to try and visit and have enough time to get to each one. I would also like to talk to some breweries, if possible. I have made a question sheet so that I am prepared in case I get the opportunity. Since this will be my one and only beer festival this year, I really want to enjoy the beer. powerlins ii If the interviews fall by the wayside, so be it.

The Great Lakes Brew Fest will also mark the Two Beer Dudes brewery hop for the month. Yeah, I know it isn’t a brewery but, hey, we both have jobs and lives to live. Unfortunately, we can’t meet our own desires for a brewery hop each month. I am sure we will have some good stories, pictures, and beers to share afterwards. Enjoy!

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