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Flossmoor Station Resturant & Brewery Hop

Friday, October 30th, 2009

flossmoor station resturant brewry

Flossmoor Station Resturant & Brewery was our destination today as Two Beer Dudes set out on our first personalized tour of an American craft brewery. Before I go any further, I would like to thank Sandi (GM), Bryan (brew master), and Richard (brew assistant) for opening up the invitation for Rich and I to come visit. Also, their hospitality while we were there was above and beyond.

The cosy atmosphere of the quaint brewpub and Bryan and Richard’s friendliness made us feel comfortable quickly after we arrived. We were fortunate to come on a day that they were brewing (they brew twice a week) as we were able to see from the mash, to the boil kettle, and even clean up.

Bryan took us down to the cellar to check out their refrigeration area for feeding their tap lines. They have ideas of expansion to four more. We also saw the bourbon barrels they use to age some of their specials. air jordan 12 femmes Fate was on our side as Bryan tapped a keg of Bourbon Barrel Aged Pullman Brown and shared a taste with Rich and I. Outstanding!

flossmoor station resturant & brewery

They are very limited on space but in cramped conditions they are able to produce some great beers despite a 700 barrel capacity. They are a diamond in the rough with their location to Chicago and ease of transportation (they back to the Metra train). Anyone in the Chicagoland area is not much more than an hour train ride away from this gem.

Once again, thank you for opening your brewery to us and making us feel welcome. We look forward to coming out again and tasting some of your ever changing small batch seasonals. If you are in the area (if you go to Three Floyds you are 30 minutes away) make sure to drop in and try some of the beers on tap and/or take some home with you to partake with friends. Make sure to check out the brewery hop. Enjoy!

Central Waters Octoberfest and Capital Oktoberfest

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

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Central Waters Octoberfest by Central Waters Brewing Company and Capital Oktoberfest by Capital Brewing Company were reviewed last night and marked the first time that I tasted two Oktoberfests during the same sitting. Was a nice way to compare/contrast two beers.

Into my pint glass I poured the first offering of the evening: Central Waters Octoberfest. A handsome beer in the glass, especially as the foam diminished and became a little frothy. Much more so than the usual Oktoberfest. Grain malt and some grassy hops fill the nose and the mouth. air jordan 13 femmes The hops are a pleasant addition. Unfortunately overall a little light making it just another Oktoberfest.

Capital Oktoberfest finished off the evening of double Oktoberfests. Another nice looking beer with a similar frothy ending to the foam. Bread malt and a touch of sweet along side some minor grassy hops. Beer has a hearty mouth feel giving it a nice body. A little more meat on its bones than Central Waters. A quality Oktoberfest beer that, if you like the style, you would most certainly appreciate.

My wife really enjoyed both offerings, due to both not being completely overwhelming to the nose or palate. Enjoy!

Next Hop: Flossmoor Station Restaurant and Brewery

Thursday, October 29th, 2009
Flossmoor Station Brewery beers that they bottle and sell locally througout the Chicagoland area.

Flossmoor Station Brewery beers that they bottle and sell locally througout the Chicagoland area.

Tomorrow, Friday, Rich and I will be heading out to Flossmoor Station Restaurant and Brewery in Flossmoor, IL to hang out with the brewer, Bryan. Sandi, who I contacted via email air jordan spizike was awesome enough to set up this entire get together and we plan on being there around 10:00am to see what the day will bring.

Flossmoor is actually my old stomping grounds while growing up as I lived my entire pre-married life in Homewood. So it will be a sort of home coming of sorts for me. I have been to the station before for a few drinks but never to check out the brewery.

We will be taking some pictures, asking lots of questions, and, hopefully, tasting a few beers. Realistically I don’t know what the day will bring but I know that we will be able to get the inside scoop on a quality brewery from the south suburbs of Chicago. Enjoy!

Finally, Brewing Beer on Sunday

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

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After a lot of hemming and hawing I have finally set a brewing date: Sunday, November 01, 2009. Yes, that is an official announcement and it can go on the news. Many delays, many articles read, many questions, etc about home brewing have brought me at least a month past my original plans. Supposedly good things comes to those who wait.

What am I going to be brewing? I am just going to go with a robust porter kit by Brewer’s Best that I picked up Wednesday from the local home brew shop. Nothing like being ready early. 🙂

Mike, a member of the local brewing club I joined, is going to stop by to give me a watch over, make comments, and make sure I don’t burn off my thin head of hair. Needless to say I am excited, looking forward to enjoying the brewing process, and learning from the experience. Enjoy!

Post Road Pumpkin Ale and Leinenkugel Oktoberfest

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Post Road Pumpkin Ale by Brooklyn Brewery and Leinenkugel Oktoberfest by Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company were on the docket for last evening.

brooklyn brewery post road pumpkin ale

Post Road Pumpkin Ale is Brooklyn Brewery pumpkin offering. It has a fair amount of cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin in the aroma while the cinnamon takes the fore front for the taste. Actually too much cinnamon for me. adidas neo It is an average pumpkin beer that would be better without the blast of cinnamon. I will pass on this one in the future unless I hear they change it.

Leinenkugel Oktoberfest by Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company is close to being a macro beer but they usually make drinkable beers. Oktoberfest has a bready quality that is good for the beer. In hindsight, I think I like it more than first realized. It is a beer that would be great while playing early fall bags with friends.

Looking forward to a couple of beers that I have left and haven’t tasted. Sort of been holding them off to the side to save the best for last. The next few days of tasting should be awesome, at least for me. Enjoy!

Bell’s Octoberfest and Founders Harvest Ale

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Last night the two lucky guest stars were Bell’s Octoberfest by Bell’s Brewery, Inc. and Founders Harvest Ale by Founders Brewing Company. I am a little better than half way through the beers from Two Beer Dudes Oktoberfest gig.

founders brewing harves tale

Bell’s Octoberfest by Bell’s Brewery, Inc. was first as I believed I would be in for a treat. I can’t say that I was completely dissatisfied by this beer but it didn’t live up to what I have come to expect from Bell’s Octoberfest by Bell’s. air max 90 Aroma and taste are of an average lager, nothing spectacular. I would have it again but wouldn’t be my first choice for Oktoberfest.

Founders Harvest Ale by Founders Brewing Company is an outstanding beer that can be easily enjoyed this time of the year. A large amount of hops is blended splendidly with malt as not to create much bitterness or after taste. Another beer that will makes it onto my annual purchase list.

Maybe ten more beers to review. I have to say my palate will be looking forward to a change of pace away from all the spice and malt. Enjoy!

Two Oktoberfests, Two Pumpkins, and One Curmudgeon

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

Had to make up for taking last night off with an array of four seasonal beers and a Curmudgeon to keep me honest. 🙂 I am about half way through the beers from Two Beer Dudes Oktoberfest festival.

founders brewing company curmudgeon

Curmudgeon by Founders Brewing Company is an Old Ale that has been aged in oak barrels. I had six of these before I could pull myself away from the glass long enough to review it. Molasses, grain, vanilla, and dark fruit are part of the complex aroma and taste of this beer that blend together nicely to make one fine drinking beer. Slight dryness and warmth that compliment this beer perfectly. I hope I can still get some more of this.

Ichabod by New Holland Brewing Company is a pumpkin beer. Ichabod is a quality offering that didn’t live up to the aroma in the taste. I thought the aroma was spot on and had me preparing for a great taste but I was let down when the beer was a little light and watery. If you prefer your pumpkins not as spiced up in the mouth, then this would be a really good beer. air max 90 femmes In spite of what I said, I would have this beer again.

new glarus brewing company staghorn octoberfest

Staghorn Oktoberfest by New Glarus Brewing Company was next. I cant’ hide the fact that I am a fan of Glarus beers as I have been there twice this summer and tasted/reviewed at least 18 different styles. Staghorn delivers with spot on interpretation of the style. Great combination of malts and drinkability make it a winner in my book.

Punkin Ale by Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales found its way into my glass next. I felt the aroma was similar to Ichabod but where it left off, Punkin Ale delivers by carrying over the pleasant aroma into the taste. A well rounded and crisp offering.

The last beer of the day was Gemuetlichkeit Oktoberfest by Tyranena Brewing Company. To this point I have been a fan of Tyranena’s beers but this one just seemed a little lackluster and couldn’t find the style.

Order of preferences: Curmudgeon, Staghorn Oktoberfest, Punkin Ale. Ichabod, Gemuetlichkeit Oktoberfest. Enjoy!

Goose Island Harvest Ale and Great Lakes Oktoberfest

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

Another evening of American craft beer reviews of Oktoberfest beers completed with Harvest Ale by Goose Island Beer Co. and Great Lakes Oktoberfest by Great Lakes Brewing Company. Both beers were good with Harvest Ale being outstanding.

Harvest Ale by Goose Island is a great mix of hop aroma into the ESB.

Harvest Ale by Goose Island is a great mix of hop aroma into the ESB.

The first beer of the night was Harvest Ale by Goose Island Beer Co.. I knew the beer was an ESB and, I have to be honest, I didn’t know what to expect from that style being a “harvest” beer. From the time I took off the cap until the sip entered my mouth, I could smell the pleasant aroma of floral and pine hops. Awesome. The beer has a pleasant malt backbone of caramel and bread. The taste doesn’t have the robust hop aroma but it is present while the malt backbone shines. A nice transition from nose to mouth – as you drink you get the hop aroma but as you taste you get the malt. I enjoyed this beer from the start to the finish. Another fall beer that will make my annual list.

I followed with a bottle of Great Lakes Oktoberfest by Great Lakes Brewing Company. The amount of foam and retention on this beer was outstanding for an Oktoberfest. air max thea femmes The aroma of malt, dried fruit, and grassy hop seems to be a little more complex than most beers of the style I have had. Similar, your taste buds are coated with the same sensations including some sweetness. I rated this one a seven but in hind site should have went with an eight. It is a really good interpretation of the style.

It was Friday night so I couldn’t stop there, as I was forced to watch 17 again and have popcorn, I enjoyed my last can of Gordon by Oskar Blues Bar & Grill. It is time for another beer run to Wisconsin so I can pick up another four pack of this aqueous excellence. I think I am addicted to Curmudgeon by Founders Brewing Company as I had another. No, I still didn’t rate this beer. I will do so tonight after I have a couple more Oktoberfest brews. Enjoy!

Point Oktoberfest and Victory Moonglow Weizenbock

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Continuing my quest to have the beers from Two Beer Dudes Oktoberfest, last night I had Point Oktoberfest by Stevens Point Brewery and Moonglow Weizenbock by Victory Brewing Company.

victory moonglow weizenbock

I started the evening off with Point Oktoberfest as I didn’t know what to expect from Moonglow Weizenbock. Point Oktoberfest had the most foam of the Oktoberfest beers I have tried so far but, like the others, that foam doesn’t like to hang out. Aroma of grain, toasty, and sweet malt pleasantly great the nose. The taste followed but was a little on the light side, similar to the body. A clean, crisp, easy drinking beer that would be easy to session. I would recommend this beer to Oktoberfest enthusiasts.

My first Weizenbock, Moonglow, lived up to the standard guidelines of what the style should be. Poured dark amber, cloudy with lots of little floaties and a foam reminiscent of soda pop foam. Aroma and taste are both complex with banana esters, phenols, malt, wheat, and dark fruit. Interesting. air yeezy 2 More foam than any beer I have ever had just add to over complexity and ability to enjoy the beer. I have to admit the style isn’t my favorite but if you are going to try a Weizenbock then Moonglow Weizenbock is a fine place to start.

Half way through the Weizenbock I decided that I needed to have an IPA since I hadn’t had one in almost a week. My last can of Gordon was staring me in the face. I couldn’t do it, I felt sorry for the little bugger. Instead I grabbed a bottle of Curmudgeon by Founders Brewing. I haven’t officially reviewed that beer and I have had four. Time to crack the second four pack and comment on how damn good that beer is. Enjoy!

Wednesday Beer Store Time

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009
Not the sign outside the store I visit but I enjoy retro style signs.

Not the sign outside the store I visit but I enjoy retro style signs.

I will be heading over to the beer store today around 2:00pm like usual. Supposedly the official papers were signed on Monday and my favorite beer store is now owned by a family owned chain in the area. I don’t know if they will continue to run the same specials for members and if my coupons will still hold merit. Also, the chain that purchased this store has slowly but surely buying up the competition. I don’t want all my stores in the area to be the same owner, there won’t be a any type of selection difference. Which, at the current time, is the main reason I go to different stores.

I guess time will tell what the transition will be and the plans for the store. air yeezy 2 femmes Unless something changes drastically, I will be going over there every Wednesday. If Travis isn’t there I will have to befriend the new beer guy and find out the new American craft beer scoop each week.

— continued after visit —

Travis is now working for a local distributor, so he will no longer be my beer guy, lol. The first person I ran into once inside the door happened to be the new beer buyer: Matt. Coincidence, I think not. Matt and I talked for about 10 minutes and he let me know that new shipments of beers will be coming in on Wednesday and Thursday. Maybe I have to make two trips a week? 🙂

In spite of all of the beer I have left over from the Oktoberfest festival, I purchased a sixer of Bell’s Rye Stout. I guess the distributors are already out and there isn’t much left. Will be tasting soon. Enjoy!

Enjoy!

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