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Two Beer Dudes Oktoberfest

Monday, October 19th, 2009
Two Beer Dudes lineup of Oktoberfest and Pumpkin American craft beers

Two Beer Dudes lineup of American craft beer

The Inaugural Oktoberfest Two Beer Dudes style has come and gone. It seems like when this event was in the planning stages that it would never arrive; it seemed on the morning of the event there was no one I would be ready on time; thank the heavens for the earliest person arriving a half hour late. 🙂

Rich and I had many discussions: email, phone, face-to-face, roshe run hyp about Oktoberfest and I would have to say that it went off without a hitch and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves (which is most important to me).

The food for the evening was authentic German fare: sausage from the German meat market, green cabbage sour kraut from German restaurant, home made: red cabbage sweet kraut, German potato salad, squash casserole, with 5 or 6 different flavored mustards. There was other food but this was the main event and was enjoyed by all.

Now onto the serious stuff: the beer. I don’t know if I listed everything below but we had a total of 28 beers dress up in coat and tails for the event.

  • Oktoberfest
    • Oktoberfest by Point
    • Sam Adams Octoberfest by Boston Beer Company
    • Oktoberfest by Great Lakes Brewing Company
    • Gemuetlichkeit Oktoberfest by Tyranena Brewing Company
    • Munsterfest by Three Floyds
    • Dogtoberfest by Flying Dog
    • Oktoberfest by Central Waters
    • Oktoberfest by Leinenkugel’s
    • Oktoberfest by Sprecher
    • Oktoberfest by Capital
    • Oktoberfest by Harpoon
    • Oktoberfest by Bell’s
    • Staghorn by New Glarus
  • Pumpkin
  • Miscellaneous
    • Weizen Bock by Victory Brewing
    • Harvest Ale by Goose Island
    • Freaktoberfest by Coney Island
    • Harvest Ale by Founders
    • Nosferatua by Great Lakes
    • Hoptoberfest by New Belgium

We only happened to get through 15 of the beers throughout the course of the evening (spouses and children running around made it tough to concentrate and I had to fix the WII at least a half dozen times). I know, you could consider us lame. Most of the attendees didn’t’ care for the nutmeg and all-spice of the pumpkin beers and then, to top it off, we all thought the Oktoberfest beers to very similar. You could say that is good or bad. We leaned the negative way: the whole idea of American craft beer is for the individuality of their beers. We probably didn’t even try to consider the fact that we never cleansed our palates for another beer.

Because I was the only trying to actually do review, I eventually gave up and truly tried to enjoy the evening and the company. I was fortunate to have enough beer at the end of the night that I could keep one of each beer so that I can do my own tasting over the next two weeks or so. I play on trying to get two or three reviewed per evening, starting off with a pumpkin and Oktoberfest beer so that my palate doesn’t get overrun again.

The best Oktoberfest that we tried, in my opinion, was Bell’s Oktoberfest. Good, crisp beer that was an overall nice beer that everyone liked. In the future I don’t know if I would do another Oktoberfest tasting. I would want a style of beers that has more artistry behind the style. IPA, porters, and stouts quickly come to mind. Needless to say, I am busy planning the next festival in my head. Only time will tell what it will be but I think, at least at this time, I am leaning towards a more public type. Enjoy!

Oktoberfest Winding Down

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

beer maiden carrying a huge load of liter sized beers

Oktoberfest is on it’s last legs over in Germany. There is a little over two days of fun left during this 176th celebration that originally started out as a wedding celebration.

I hope that one day I get to go over there and experience this huge fest. Until I do I have to settle for the menial Oktoberfest and harvest festivals in the midwest that I can attend. The one thing that air jordan 5 really bothers me with this local affairs: most of them are serving your normal macro brews and their is no German heritage behind the food.

That’s where I hope this years Two Beer Dudes site kickoff and Oktoberfest get together will step it up a notch. Rich and I are planning to have authentic food: sausage from a local German meat market, sauerkraut, German potato salad, pretzels, German mustard, etc. We have the food down and we hope that the 20+ American craft beers that will be in attendance will help.

The beer is mainly from the midwest, imagine that, and Oktoberfest, pumpkin, and harvest beers. We hope that the 17th will be the kickoff of an annual event. Enjoy!

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!

Hodge Podge About Beer

Friday, September 4th, 2009

September in Illinois has brought on new higher taxes on liquor. Beer, believe it or not, got hit the lightest: four cents or so, while spirits got nailed with a ninety-seven cent tax increase. That is nuts. But when you live in crooked Illinois you have to cover all those past governor legal bills some how.

Oberon by Bell’s Brewery, Inc. has long been one of my favorite beers and easy my favorite summer wheat beer. I look forward to the warming sun of the springtime as I know the sun on the bottle will soon be on my favorite beer store’s shelves. free run 5.0 femmes Well, I just received a phone call that they are now selling to to the local supermarket and it is on sale for a $1.50 less per sixer than at aforementioned beer store. I don’t care about the money (who am I kidding, I am dirt cheap), but the fact that they are starting to commercialize this beer to the masses, ugh, just kills me. I know that the distributor brings the beer to wherever they want in Illinois, but Bell’s is making enough that it can be distributed to those outlets.

I guess this hits hard because of the two year or so hiatus Bell’s took from distributing to Illinois because of the liquor laws. I had to drive to Indiana or Michigan to get my fix. Shit, when they first stopped, you got a 10% bootleggers discount if you purchased a sixer at Bell’s and had an Illinois license. Oh, how I long for the days gone past.

Strangely enough, the last case of Oberon I purchased seemed to be a little off. Not the same zing of citrus. Did they change the recipe? Did they cheapen it? Needless to say I am not too happy about this predicament.

On a positive note, the invitations for Two Beer Dudes Inaugural Oktoberfest are finished and are being sent out. I will get out the final beer list over the extended weekend and show off the beautiful invitations. Enjoy!

Two Beer Dudes Oktoberfest Taster Glasses

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009
The 7oz glasses my wife picked up from Crate & Barrel for Two Beer Dudes Oktoberfest.

The 7oz glasses my wife picked up from Crate & Barrel for Two Beer Dudes Oktoberfest.

The Two Beer Dudes Oktoberfest get together is still over a month away but with excitement I have been hurriedly preparing.

I have asked a designer friend to put together something for a an invitation and he should have it in my hands by this Friday. He designed an invitation for me a few years back, coming up with a simple and fun idea. Of course I can’t wait to see it.

Rich has received numerous emails about Oktoberfest as I continue to ask questions, free run 4.0 v3 femmes refine the beer list, alter the “rules” for the night, and work on the invitee list. Needless to say Rich is learning that I am anal retentive when it comes to planning as it is part of my job and I don’t like to miss something and/or be surprised.

We are going with a tasting theme to the evening when it comes to the beers. Four ounces of beer so that it is a more sobering experience to get through all of the evenings flavors. To that end, my wife offered to go shopping at the Crate & Barrel outlet looking for glasses since she had a gift certificate and an unbelievable strong urge to shop! 🙂

So the other night she came home with about 30 seven ounce glasses that we can use for Oktoberfest, Two Beer Dudes style. She used the gift certificate and then some but we can return any glasses that we don’t use for a refund. So, being cheap, I have left most of them in the cardboard box cases they came in. Only the loose ones have been cleaned.

As things fall into place and time continues to march forward, the anticipation and excitement builds. I hope everything will go as expected. Enjoy!

Two Beer Dudes Oktoberfest and Site Launch

Monday, August 24th, 2009

oktoberfest-2008

The date is set, Two Beer Dudes Oktoberfest and Site Launch, will be held on Saturday, October 17th, 2009. Yes, we know that Oktoberfest is typically held in September but we won’t have the site up in September and we are both busy. 😀

So the inaugural get together will only be for beer drinking buddies to mainly be our QA department for the website. We will request each person to bring two six-packs of beer off a list, some easier to find than others. As you RSVP, you can have your choice, so there are benefits to committing early.

Our list of beers is currently about 24 beers in depth. So here goes:

  • Sam Adams Octoberfest – Sam Adams
  • Dogtoberfest – Flying Dog
  • Octoberfest – Bell’s
  • Left Hand Oktoberfest – Left Hand
  • Staghorn Octoberfest – New Glarus
  • Great Lakes Oktoberfest – Great Lakes
  • Oktoberfest – Goose Island
  • Oktoberfest – Sprecher
  • Oktoberfest – Capital
  • MunsterFest – Three Floyds
  • Oktoberfest – Lakefront
  • Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest – Sierra Nevada
  • Fest Bier – Victory
  • Bonfire – Two Brothers
  • Octoberfest – Harpoon
  • New Holland Icabod Ale – New Holland
  • Hoptober – New Belgian
  • Red Seal Ale – North Coast
  • Punkin Ale – Dogfish Head
  • Bam Noire – Jolly Pumpkin
  • Kaiser – Avery
  • Oktoberfest – Brooklyn
  • Oktoberfest – Leinenkugel
  • Oktoberfest Marzen – Summit
  • Double Pumpkin Ale – Hoppin Frog
  • Oktoberfest – Tyranena
  • Victory Wiesen – Victory
  • Pumking – Southern Tier
  • Big Black Pumpkin – Flossmoor Station
  • Post Road Pumpkin Ale – Brooklyn
  • Screamin Pumpkin Spiced – Michigan Brewing
  • Double Pumpkin Ale – Great Lakes

The idea of the night is that everyone will have an equal chance to try a beer. In order to accomplish our goal, we will be drinking from four ounce glasses and have dump pales. Since I am a computer nerd, free run 3.0 v5 femmes we will have about five computers throughout the house that are ready to take reviews.

One last tidbit, when a person arrives they will take two beers from each six pack and place in a community chest. When leaving, each person can take as many beers out of community chest that they added, giving them a chance to take a bottle of something they might have really enjoyed during the tastings. More to come as we pound out the details. Enjoy!

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