Archive for November, 2009

Wednesday American Craft Beer Day

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

I know I say this almost every time about Wednesday, but checking out the new American craft beers each week at the beer store is more intoxicating than the beer itself. This week there was an outstanding amount of new American craft beer that the excitement is rightly placed.

free run 5.0 femmes I was under strict instructions from the boss (aka wife) not to purchase beer since I bought 18 bombers on Saturday through my cousin in California). I scrambled and looked in my wallet, by some act unbeknownest to me, I actually had cash.

The lineup:

A couple of the beers are being held off to the side for me by Matt, the beer buyer at the store. He is a great help each week in finding the new items, even the ones not on the shelf. 😉

Several months ago when I was on a Wednesday visit a man ask if I had any suggestions for beer and that he liked hoppy beers. Modus Hoperandi by Ska was what I pointed him to. He was actually back at the store yesterday and asked for my help in getting some beers again. I hope he will be satisfied with the selection and it sort of nice for someone to seek out my opinion on beer. Enjoy!

American Craft Beer Goodness At TNBC

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009
Stone, Ken Schmidt, Maui Macadamia, Coffee, Coconut Porter

Stone, Ken Schmidt, Maui Macadamia, Coffee, Coconut Porter

My first appearance at the Tuesday Night Beer Club was well worth the wait. Ed, Mark, Shawn, Mace, Mike, and myself were the participants. It was held at Mark’s house but Mike, his brother, was the official host as he doesn’t have the room at his place to hold everyone.

Dinner, as long as it is under $20, is provided by the host any additional costs is shared by the other attendees. Last night we had some good beef sandwiches with macaroni and cheese, and some fried mushrooms from Browns. Never have gone there but I will have to try them in the future.

Beer reviews, consumption, and opening begins with the host deciding on a beer from the 25 or so 12 oz. and 22 oz. bombers that were sitting on the table. free run 6 femmes I didn’t keep track of all the beers we drank, but here goes some thoughts on each that I did.

More important than all the beer was the good time talking to everyone about beer, the Bears, and anything that popped into our heads. I look forward to the next round at my house. Enjoy!

Backwoods Bastard Welcome Beginning

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

founders brewing company backwoods bastard

After nearly going a week without a beer and doing a beer review, Backwoods Bastard by Founders Brewing Company was a welcome back that made me extremely happy. I had actually brought the beer out of the fridge the night before but water sounded much better to my recovering palate than liquid goodness of an American craft beer.

This is my eighth beer from Founders and, to this point, found Backwoods Bastard to be the best. Maybe it is the bourbon oak aging (I have an affinity for anything aged free run 6 v2 femmes this way) as this seems to always turn my taste buds into overdrive.

Whatever it is Backwoods Bastard has a great bourbon, oak, and vanilla aroma that carries over into the taste that must come from the aging. Also caramel and toffee sweetness tantalize the senses as a bit of hops finishes off the taste with some bitterness. A careful blend that I sure can only get better with aging. 10/10

Tonight is TNBC and I am sure will will be partaking in some interesting brews. Enjoy!

TNBC

Monday, November 16th, 2009
What happens at TNBC stays at TNBC!

What happens at TNBC stays at TNBC!

It has been postponed but Tuesday Night Beer Club is tomorrow night over at Mark’s house. This round has been postponed a couple of times but it seems like all the players will be there: Ed, Shawn, Mike, Mark, and myself. This is my first official visit and I wonder if they have some type of pledge duties for me? 😉

The theme of the night, which is Mark’s call since he is hosting, is anything goes. match supreme prem So each of us can bring whatever beers we so choose to share with the group. Each beer is voted on beer by beer to decide which will be the next one opened, drank, and talked about.

I plan on a whole host of American craft beer that I have not had in the past as these guys make my beer enthusiasm seemed second rate. I am getting over being sick so I don’t how long I will last but I should be up for two or four tastings. 🙂

One other reason for excitement: Ed is a graphic designer and he has promised me at least two different designs for a two beer dudes logo. I am stoked. Enjoy!

Bottling Day Is Here

Sunday, November 15th, 2009
The bottles that are back in action with my first home brew.

The bottles that are back in action with my first home brew.

Two weeks after brewing my first home brew (robust porter) I was messing up the kitchen again sanitizing all the items I would need in order to bottle. You could easily say that I am a little anal when it comes to my sanitation but overkill in this department isn’t going to hurt anything.

I placed all the bottles that I might use (all 22 ounce bombers) into my dishwasher and ran a cycle. According to the guys in my homebrew club this should be enough to sanitize the bottles. match supreme txt femmes While they were going I sanitized the racking cane, tubing, bottling bucket, spoon, and various other items I thought I might need.

Once the bottling bucket was clean, I dumped in the corn sugar solution and, on top if it, I racked the beer on top. I lightly stirred the solution not trying to get air in but trying to get the bottling sugar mixed evenly. My beer filled 26 bombers.

Of course I had a taste. The beer tasted dead on for the style just without any carbonation. As long as my sanitation is on, then my beer should turn out drinkable, lol. In two weeks I will give it a test but I will assume that in three or four it should taste better. Either way I am excited. Enjoy!

First Homebrew Bottling Day Tomorrow

Saturday, November 14th, 2009
Not quite my bottling line but it will soon be mine. :)

Not quite my bottling line but it will soon be mine. 🙂

It seems like the waiting for my first homebrew to get ready is lasting forever. The first few nights after the brew, I couldn’t wait to get home and check the fermentation progress. How many bubbles, how big the yeast cake, how long the fermentation visually lasting, etc? Silly, but on your first homebrew it is exciting times. After I racked to a bright tank, I went down each day to see if things changed: color, bubbling, temperature, etc. It has been the off to the side high light of each day as this process has matured.

I am sure as the newness of the activity wears off, I will be looking to try and find time to fit bottling, racking, or similar into my weekend schedule. There is no way I can do this stuff during the week.

Now I only have to wait another two weeks for it to bottle condition and let the tasting begin. Enjoy!

Wednesday Is Here Again!

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Another week and another beer store visit. Finding out the new American craft beer arrivals is strangely enough something that I look forward to. Like a small child awaits the trip to Target to check out the toys.

The beer store was loaded yesterday, the amount of new American craft beers seemed at a high, even without the leadership of Matt, the stores beer buyer. It isn’t often that I go up and down the aisle and lose track of the world around me as the new American craft beers on the shelves sparkle and fill my head with wonderment and thoughts of new jordan what they would taste like. Oh the possibilities.

New beer list:

Quite the stunning group. I pruchased a four pack of Backwoods Bastard, a bomber each of the following: Juliet, La Parcela, and Bourbon County Stout (2009) by Goose Island Brewery. Once I get over my cold, happy days for my beer tasting senses. Enjoy!

Bavarian Lodge and Surly: Great Combo

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

If the fast food joints could have a vast offer of beer like The Bavarian Lodge and quality like Surly Brewing I would probably be there everyday for a combo platter.

the bavarian lodge sign

But as it is, nike cortez I can’t think of a better place to enjoy American craft beer than The Bavarian Lodge. The Lodge has everything a true American craft beer lover could ever imagine: great selection, great German food, and a great ambiance to enjoy. This place should be visited by anyone who is in the area or passing through. It is awesome.

Enough patting them on the back, now the beers. The Lodge was tapping a keg Surly Darkness at 6pm. I heard horror stories that they ran out last year and the earliest I would be arriving was 6:20pm or so after work.

Luck was on my side as I had no problem getting two glasses of Darkness, one for Rich and I. It is such a great beer but whey can’t bars learn to serve this stuff at the right temperature. They are doing these craft beers and injustice. Anywho, we quickly enjoyed and had one more beer before calling it a short night (I am under the weather). 10/10

My second beer was Wet another beer from Surly, this one an American IPA. Again, another outstanding beer from Surly. The hop blend makes for a great beer, something they seem to be pros at. 9/10

Even though the taste buds weren’t working that great last night, I had them kick into high gear for a short time. I am sure they weren’t disappointed with the two offerings that I would highly recommend to anyone. Enjoy!

Surly Darkness Tapping At Bavarian Lodge

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009
Surly Brewing Co. Darkness 2009 label.

Surly Brewing Co. Darkness 2009 label.

Surly Darkness will be served on tap today at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL. The keg will be tapped at 6pm but prior Wet, Hell, and Furious will be tapped starting at 4pm.

air jordan 12 I had a bottle of 2008 Darkness a couple of months ago and thought it to be the best Russian Imperial Stout that I have ever had. Round two will come in a matter of four hours; anticipation is brewing.

I have also had a can of Furious and Bender with a can of Hell still sitting in the beer cellar awaiting its day in my glass. It will soon come.

Surly makes some fine beers and I plan on having Wet as long as my cold will allow me to taste and smell. Enjoy!

Rye Stout and Out Of Bounds Stout Reviewed

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

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Out Of Bounds Stout by Avery Brewing and Rye Stout by Bell’s Brewery, Inc. although both stouts had their own distinguishable take on the style.

Out Of Bounds Stout was first up on the night. Poured into my pint glass with a beautiful brown foam. air jordan 13 The aroma was your usual stout but with a milk or lactate scent mixed. It was very pleasing. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and some bitterness take their place both on the nose and in the mouth. A really drinkable stout that had a nice blend to the senses. I can understand how Avery keeps this as a year round beer. Session able. 9/10

Rye Stout finished off a short night of quality stouts. A nice one-inch, brown foam covered the very dark brown beer to create an inviting start. Roasted malt and coffee are the two aromas present. I could say rye, in either the aroma or mouth, and I would be stretching it a bit. The taste is finished off with a little bit of hop bitterness to help balance the large amount of malt. Lighter end of body for a stout that makes it very drinkable. 8/10

The bigger beer season is here and I can’t wait to continue to taste and review more stouts. Some bourbon oaked ones will only enhance the experience. Enjoy!

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