Posts Tagged ‘brewery hop’

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!

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!

Snifter Glass New Beer Pleasure

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

I have never used a snifter glass to drink a beer as the noob in me didn’t see the point. After all, drinking out of my favorite mason mug had become a trademark of mine. I also have enjoyed drinking from pint glasses that I purchase on my brewery hops.

Dogfish Head snifter glass that Ed gave to me.  A pure enjoyment for tasting good American craft beer.

Dogfish Head snifter glass that Ed gave to me. A pure enjoyment for tasting good American craft beer.

Besides my favorite glasses, I also had questions about switching glasses and trying to match glasses to a certain type. How could that make a beer taste better? How could my beer drinking experience be enhanced by a simple glassware change? air max 90 Would I actually be able to find different aromas and stronger aromas?

So I began looking for a snifter. The last set of brewery hops I sought one out at the four places we stopped, not a one had anything close (I would have evened settled for a tulip glass). A little dismayed and starting to doubt if a snifter was really going to make a difference, I searched Amazon. Nothing. Yes, they have glasses but I don’t want to part with an arm and a leg for crystal.

I was talking with Ed (beer drinking buddy) and he said he just got a package in the mail with four Dogfish Head snifter glasses. He said he would give me one for the trouble of picking him up some beer while in Wisconsin.

Jackpot. I now had my glass and the only thing left would be my first taste test using the snifter.

Last night I decided to give it the maiden voyage. I had a can each of Oskar Blues Grill & Brewery Gordon and Ska Brewing Company Modus Hoperandi. I don’t know if it was anticipation or truly the glass but I really enjoyed big, full aromas that I don’t seem to get from a pint glass or my mason mug.

I guess I am a convert and I will be trying this glass with more and more liquid goodness in the future. Enjoy!

Possible Rain: Indoor Beer Reviews

Saturday, August 1st, 2009
On tap for tonight: New Glarus Brewing Raspberry Tart - the one beer my wife made me pick up on the last trip.  I am expecting sweet and refreshment from this bottle of liquid goodness.

On tap for tonight: New Glarus Brewing Raspberry Tart - the one beer my wife made me pick up on the last trip. I am expecting sweet and refreshment from this bottle of liquid goodness.

It looks like old man weather is not going to cooperate today and we are in for some rain. air jordan spizike I don’t know if it will last into the evening (drinking) hours but it sure puts a cap on the fun for the weekend. I have already got the wife to agree to splitting beers with me so I can get more tastings in tonight: at least four and possibly six.

August is upon us and there is no better way to enjoy the first of the month than raising a few glasses of finely brewed American craft beer.

I have a good idea of what I plan on throwing down tonight, all of which are from the recent brewery hops to Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The New Glarus Brewing beers are all to keep my wife interested as she really enjoys their offerings. Enjoy!

Wednesday Beer Store Here Again

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Beer store visit seems to have come quickly this week. Maybe I wasn’t thinking that much about it because I am still overwhelmed by the amount of beer I purchased this past weekend on the brewery hop. My main goal of the day was to try and purchase some Lakefront Brewery beers since I passed while up in Wisconsin and because the wife asked (ordered) me to.

My loan pick up this Wednesday: Tyranena Brewing Company Scurvy

My loan pick up this Wednesday: Tyranena Brewing Company Scurvy

Of course I had to stop off and ask Travis what they got in new in case something really jarred the senses. They only got in two from Dog Fish Head that are both based on the “old” recipe idea. air jordan 11 femmes Neither really interested me since I still haven’t drank the Shai Tea I purchased almost a month ago. Besides they aren’t cheap.

So I asked about their selection of Lakefront which was only two in depth, neither of which my wife fancies. Going home empty handed from my Wednesday beer store visit? Oh, the thought makes my stomach upset.

So I did a quick scan of the aisle and noticed there were Tyranena Brewing Company choices on the shelf. While in Wisconsin I didn’t see the Scurvy IPA brewed with Orange Peel but there it was. I have heard good things, so we shall see. Enjoy!

Lots and Lots of Beer from Brewery Hop

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
Pile of beer that I picked up while on the brewery hop to south-central Wisconsin.

Pile of beer that I picked up while on the brewery hop to south-central Wisconsin.

My last brewery hop was an expedition that covered four breweries: New Glarus Brewing Company, Capital Brewery, Lakefront Brewery, and Tyranena Brewing Company. When you embark on such a large journey there is a large amount of beer that has to be both consumed and purchased, not only for myself but beer drinking friends. That is exactly what happened.

The New Glarus Brewing Company was the first stop and most of the beer purchased here was not for me. The wife, Ed, Mark, and Rich were the wantees. air jordan 6 femmes I was just the travelling madman. From there on out, at each of the breweries, I purchased less and less. I was starting to worry about space and how I would pack the van back up for trip home. I didn’t want another causality similar to the Three Floyds Brewing Company brewery hop.

Lakefront Brewery Laverne & Shirley ornament.

Lakefront Brewery Laverne & Shirley ornament.

The biggest haul of the brewery hop whirlwind tour came from Star Liquor in Madison, WI. Great selection of beer that I can’t touch in Illinois. I was also fortunate that they had a Tyranena Brewing Company taste test going on which was nice, even if I only caught the last ten minutes of it.

So here is the list of beer (drum roll please):

Weekend of Brewery Hops Tons of Fun!

Monday, July 27th, 2009
Capital Brewery painted sign on top of the building.  Had to pull off on the side of the highway to get this shot.

Capital Brewery painted sign on top of the building. Had to pull off on the side of the highway to get this shot.

The brewery hops started an hour later than expected at 9:00am but we really didn't have anywhere to be, so an hour late wasn't going to hurt. We followed the gps directions to New Glarus Brewing Co., which took us a much different way than the last time we went. I enjoyed the no traffic roads but there was 20 left and right turn along the way, as well as two bridges being completely out for construction, adding 20 miles to entire drive. I gave the gps a stern talking to and we are both now on the same page.

My middle child wanted to go (run) through the brewery again. Done. air jordan 4 femmes The wife and I had a quick taste test (10 minutes tops for all three) and we were down stairs picking up some delicious bottled liquid. Mixed six packs, some Unplugged, R&D Golden Ale, Raspberry Tart, Belgian Red; you start to get the picture we purchased the entire joint. Not that you will believe but most was for beer friends.

Star Liquor beer store in Madison, WI.  Cozy place with good staff and a good selection of beer.

Star Liquor beer store in Madison, WI. Cozy place with good staff and a good selection of beer.

I was looking for at least one snifter glass on these brewery hops but couldn't find one at any of the breweries I visited. My wife has a Crate & Barrel gift card, just wait until she goes to sleep and I will have new glasses. 😉

The next stop on the tour was Middleton, WI to take a 3:30pm tour of Capital Brewery. There was time in the itinerary (yes, I am anal and put together a two page spreadsheet itinerary) to visit Lake Louie Brewing in Arena, WI but after a phone call that went unanswered (which Tom, the owner, told me they might not be there), so we found a public park that had a nice picnic area, lake, play ground, and water park to eat lunch. Of course the anticipation of playing in the water led to light lunches for the three kids.

Unfortunately it started to rain and we decided to head over to the actual brewery. It was still only 2:30pm but it was time to enjoy a beverage. Once at the brewery we decided to drive over to the hotel instead of keeping the kids all cooped up with the rain, especially after they starting running in the rain and getting their clothes all wet.

Lakefront Brewing Company tour coin that allows you to get one of your four allotted eight ounce beers while on the tour.

Lakefront Brewing Company tour coin that allows you to get one of your four allotted eight ounce beers while on the tour.

Amazingly the hotel I booked in Madison, WI was a mere 1.5 miles away from Capital Brewery. We were in-and-out and back for a beer within 20 minutes.

I had the Wild Rice and my wife had their Wisconsin Amber. The kids had pop and water. Yes, pop, it was vacation time.

The tour led to one tidbit of information that surprised me: Capital Brewery does all of it's bottling at a remote brewery.

After the tour we found our way to Madison for dinner and a stop at Star Liqours. air jordan 4.5 femmes Star is a small store that from the outside sort of lead me to believe I was going to be disappointed. Umm, yeah, I am dumb. Adam, the manager, loves beer, loves to talk beer, and lent a hand in selection. Star has an awesome selection of beers from the area and from some breweries that I can't buy from in Illinois. Most notably: Oskar Blues.

Lakefront Brewing Company lineup of taps at the bar where you wait for the tour.

Lakefront Brewing Company lineup of taps at the bar where you wait for the tour.

Day two of the brewery hop tour started early, again: 10:00am. We had a 12:00pm tour reservation at Sprecher Brewing Company (the only way you can do tours there). The drive to the Milwaukee area is about 90 minutes and I wanted to be early, as usual.

After about ten minutes of driving I brought up to my wife that I would really like to try and do Lakefront and Tryanena since Sprecher is the easier of the three to visit in terms of the number of tours. So after a promise of not to rush too much, we changed courses for a 1:00pm brewery hop at Lakefront Brewery and a 3:30pm brewery hop at Tyranena Brewing.

Tyranena Brewing Company bottle cleaning, preparing the bottle to receive some beer.

Tyranena Brewing Company bottle cleaning, preparing the bottle to receive some beer.

What a complete stroke of luck: Lakefront actually started doing noon tours, because of demand, and by the time we were done with our tour they were sold out for the rest of the day. So, if we had gone to Sprecher there is no way we could have gone on a brewery hop at Lakefront.

The Lakefront Brewery tour is aimed at all ages and all interests of the brewing process by encouraging group participation and some light comedy. Entertaining. They also give you a lot for the $6 tour price: free 8 ounce glass, four 8 ounce testers, one pint glass, and the tour. There was also an air and water show going on in Milwaukee so the kids and myself thought it was cool when the F-16 buzzed overhead a couple of times. Damn hot rod of the skies! Very loud, very fast, very cool.

Tyranena Brewing Company malt grinder preparing the malt to go into the mash where it will mix with water starting the brewing process.

Tyranena Brewing Company malt grinder preparing the malt to go into the mash where it will mix with water starting the brewing process.

After some pizza for lunch and enjoying the sun on the river outside the brewery, it was time to pack it up and head back towards Lake Mills, WI and Tyranena Brewing Company. air jordan 5 femmes The 50 minute drive back was full of anticipation and I couldn't wait to hit my third brewery hop in a little over 24 hours.

Tyranena is a smaller brewery but they have some quality and tasty products. The tour was very education as it was led by the assistant brewer, Nevin. He shared a very thorough knowledge of the brewing process and how it is done at Tyranena with the group. They even have some hop plants growing out back.

A lot of driving, a lot of walking, a lot of questing, a lot of tasting equals a crap load of brewery hop fun. I don't know if this is true or not, but one bartender at Lakefront mentioned to me that kids in Wisconsin can drink as long as they are with their parents. Nice law. Each brewery hop had its own twist on what to share with the group of people but each always centered around the idea of making good American craft beer. I look forward to planning another big trip like this either in the fall or spring. Heck, maybe I can talk the wife into one in the fall and on in the spring! My next brewery hop will be to Two Brothers Brewing Company in Warrenville, IL. Hopefully I can get Rich out there with me too. Enjoy!

Old Rasputin XII Rare Beer on this Beer Store Weekly Visit!

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009
Quartet of Rasputin XII by North Coast Brewing Co. doing a great job of making me want a drink at 6:00am!

Quartet of Rasputin XII by North Coast Brewing Co. doing a great job of making me want a drink at 6:00am!

Beer store visits are the highlight of my week. Especially when I can score four bottles of Old Rasputin XII from North Coast Brewing Company! Albeit two of these bottles are for beer drinking buddies: Ed and Mark. That still leaves me with two. I will definitely have to share one with Rich and then cellar the second for a while.

The only drawback I can see to this beer: the price tag. air jordan 3 femmes At $21.99 per bottle it is a little steep and $100, with tax, for four is ludicrous! Of course I paid it but that doesn’t mean it isn’t on my mind especially with the brewery hop this weekend that will tack onto the tab.

I didn’t even go to the liquor store to pick up the Old Rasputin XII as they hadn’t called to tell me it was in yet but just for my normal weekly visit and a chance to talk beer with Travis, the beer buyer for the store. I was on strict rules from the “boss” not to purchase anything because of this weekends’ brewery hop. Of course I had to get something, I picked up a bomber of Bam Bière by Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales after enjoying a confusing Oro de Calabaza last Friday.

I look forward to trying both beers and sharing my thoughts in more beer reviews. Enjoy!

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