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Oktoberfest Haul from Star Liquor

Monday, September 7th, 2009
Huge haul of Oktoberfest/Marzen and Pumpkin beers from Star Liquor in Madison, WI

Huge haul of Oktoberfest/Marzen and Pumpkin beers from Star Liquor in Madison, WI

The Inagural Two Beer Dudes Oktoberfest is still over a month away but today marked a great chance to cruise up to Madison, WI, visit Star Liquor, and pick up some Oktoberfest and Marzen brews that we don’t get in Illinois.

I had been in contact a couple of times during the week with Adam, match supreme prem the stores general manager, to make sure they would be open and that this weekend would be a good time to pick up some beers. I didn’t want to leave anything to chance and my wife would shoot me if we made the 140 minute drive up to Madison for “nothing.”

Not only did I pick up eight different Oktoberfest and Pumpkin beers but some bigger breweries that I can’t get, namely Stone Brewing Company and Oskar Blues Grill & Brew. I really enjoyed Gordon and Dales Pale Ale from Oskar Blues earlier this summer, so I went for a refill on both. As for Stone, I have never had their beers but have heard some really good things, so I grabbed Arrogant Bastard Ale and Ruination IPA.

At this point, with my eight other beers, I decided it was time to clear the tab. Headed out to the car where my wife met me and asked if I had also purchased some New Glarus Brewing Company Spotted Cow. Back into the store for a few different brands for the wife and another one or two for myself. Sometimes it really helps to have a wife that enjoys American craft beer too.

Here is a list of the beers that I picked up for Oktoberfest:

After picking up this haul of beer from Star Liquor I am even more stoked for Oktoberfest Two Beer Dudes style. 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!

Day of the Beer Can

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009
Modus Hoperandi by Ska Brewing Company one of the four canned beers I plan on enjoying during my next tasting.

Modus Hoperandi by Ska Brewing Company one of the four canned beers I plan on enjoying during my next tasting.

If you are anything like me, you spend most of the day (or previous days) thinking about the beers that you wish to put together for you next tasting, review, and ratings. I had my first American craft beer out of a can recently at Ed’s house (beer drinking friend). I guess I was fortunate as he shared his last Furious by Surly Brewing Company. What a fantastic beer!

Ed shared with me his knowledge of why putting beer in a can is more beneficial to storing beer than in a bottle. adidas neo After tasting Furious, I guess I couldn’t agree more! 🙂

He also told me about Oskar Blues Grill & Brew: how they were the first American craft brewery to start using cans.

So Ed gave me a Bender from Surly Brewing Company and hasn’t stopped asking if I have tried it. 😉 Beer can number 1. I purchased a four-pack of Gordon and a six-pack of Dale’s Pale Ale both from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew while on my brewery hop to Wisconsin. Beer cans number 2 and 3. My final can via the Ed route also: Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Company. He gave this to me for picking him up some beer while on the brewery hop in Wisconsin. The final and beer can number 4.

So my next tasting of beer will have the beer can theme. I know that all of these beers are really good (snuck a Dale’s already) and I can’t wait to give them all a taste tonight. Enjoy!

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