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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!

First Beer In Five Days

Friday, September 25th, 2009

By the title you can tell that I have been slacking on my beer enjoyment this week. To be honest after attending the Great Lakes Brew Fest up in Racine, WI this past Saturday, I really didn’t feel like throwing any back on Sunday or Monday. I guess old age is forcing my recovery times through the roof.

What about Tuesday or Wednesday? Wednesday I can vouch for easily: that is basketball night and I don’t get home until 9:00pm or so. Why not a beer afterwards? I need water and/or gatorade to rehydrate. Besides I get up around 5:30am to do some yoga. Yes, yoga. Never done until recently but I have knee and ankle problems that seem to completely disappear when I do yoga. I don’t even remember Tuesday, so I could I have drank anything. Tuesday I will just chalk up to a lost day.

Thursday had a hunters target on it for a few beverages. Anticipation started sometime on Wednesday (when I woke up) for work to end on Thursday and head home for some good American craft beer. air jordan 11 I had the following liquid goodness:

Three outstanding beers. I think I had all three down the hatch within 60 minutes. I couldn’t wait for the next one. Were the beers that good? Had it been that long since a beer touched my lips? Was it a combination? I think, possibly, it was a combination of both. No matter, I will try again tonight and see if I can have as pleasant an experience as last night. Enjoy!

Great Lakes Brew Fest Recap

Monday, September 21st, 2009
Two Beer Dudes: Scot and Rich enjoying a beer.

Two Beer Dudes: Scot and Rich enjoying a beer.

Great Lakes Brew Fest was ran without a hitch and ran smoothly as far as I could tell. I was impressed with how well oiled the machine seemed to be.

The park that the Fest was held at is situated right on Lake Michigan, the day was perfect in terms of weather: 70 degrees, sunny, minimum wind.

We arrived about an hour early (2:00pm) and went to the Fest to pre-register. We scored our glasses and decided it was time to get some grub. We ended up getting some Mexican food a little over three blocks away. Back to the Fest. We walked right through the long line and received praise from Rich and Sue for the early sign-up idea. roshe run femmes By the time we made it through the roofed area, the clock struck 3:00pm, the doors flew open, and we were off.

A couple of people Sue stopped to talk with at Great Lakes Brew Fest.

A couple of people Sue stopped to talk with at Great Lakes Brew Fest.

Rich wanted to check out the Michigan tent first. We had some Bell's Brewery, Dark Horse, Founders Brewing, and Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales. All breweries we are familiar with but ones that we definitely wanted to visit. A good quick start to the day. While at Founders Brewing they had a sign up stating they would be tapping a keg of Curmudgeon that had been oak aged for a year at 4:15pm. Everyone was cool with the idea of coming back for that special tapping.

Now we just decided to go somewhat counter-clockwise through the rest of the Fest. Next was a tent with Colorado and California beers, mainly. We had some Lost Coast Brewery, Fort Collins Brewery, Oskar Blues Grill & Brew, and Avery Brewing. My wife really enjoyed the Tangerine Wheat from Lost Coast Brewery and requested that I find her some locally. It’s good to have a wife that enjoys drinking almost as much as I do. 🙂

Left Hand Brewery found it's why every where.

Left Hand Brewery found it's why every where. (wife liked this one)

Next we headed back to Founders Brewing for our 4:15pm date with Curmudgeon. My full 12 ounce serving of this beer was damn tasty. I finished it within the same amount of time Rich and Sue had their three ounces.

We headed towards the central councourse that had a middle, north, and south ends. We started with middle. First stop: Metropolitan Brewing a local brewery from Chicago, IL. Doug and Tracy are husband and wife that team together to make, currently, three good brews: Krank Shaft, Flywheel, and Dynamo. They have a new release coming out in November named Generator Dopplebock. Tracy follows us on Twitter and is familar with us and we received an invite to check out the brewery. Should be a fun time. I wish them luck as they work hard at their craft to make some good brews. Check them out if you are ever in the Chicagoland area.

We moved onto the northern portion of the central concourse which was heavy in California beers. North Coast Brewing Company, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Anchor, Stone, Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ale, Magic Hat Brewing Company, Rogue, and Three Floyds Brewing Company. Some really good beer all around. Was like being in beer land.

Some ladies enjoying the Fest.

Some ladies enjoying the Fest.

The last area we headed to was the south portion of the central concourse. Mainly Wisconsin breweries. As could be expected there was a lot of breweries in this section, big and small. We had a long stay here: Lakefront Brewery, Capital Brewery, Tyranena Brewing Company, Buffalo Water, Water Street, Furthermore Beer, and Ale Asylum.

As the night winded down we ended up at the only brewery that was still serving and serving large: Left Hand Brewing Company. They were serving up MooToo which was a mixture of Sawtooth Ale and Milk Stout. Unique and darn tasty.

There was a brew club area in which at least a handful of brew clubs were represented. I would have liked to spend some time there but Rich and Sue wanted the “normal” breweries. Maybe next year.

List of the beers we tried

  • Hop Slam by Bells
  • Reserve Special Black by Dark Horse
  • Dirty Bastard by Founders
  • Old Curmudgeon Barrel (1 year aged) by Founders – this was a special tapping and I received a full glass since I asked for 37 ounces. 🙂 Outstanding!
  • La Roja by Jolly Pumpkin
  • Tangerine Wheat by Lost Coast
  • Chocolate Stout by Fort Collins Brewery
  • Yella Pils by Oskar Blues
  • Old Chub by Oskar Blues – can’t get this in IL, first time, liked it a lot.
  • The Kaiser by Avery
  • Krank Shaft by Metropolitan – could have drank this one all day (had two servings), really good people.
  • Rasputin by North Coast
  • Dogtown Pale Ale by Lagunitas – do they make anything I don’t like?
  • Foghorn Barleywine by Anchor Steam
  • Russian Imperial Stout by Stone
  • Indian Brown Ale by Dogfish Head
  • Odd Notion Sake by Magic Hat
  • Black and Blue by Dogfish Head – Rich
  • Forti by Magic Hat – Sue
  • Rare Vosz Belgium Style Amber
  • Munsterfest by Three Floyds
  • Pride and Joy by Three Floyds – really smooth, really good
  • Gordon Foch by Three Floyds – Sue
  • Maierfest Lager by Rogue
  • Edmund Fitzgerald by Great Lakes
  • Pumpkin by Lakefront
  • Steinbeir by Lakefront – Sue
  • Supperclub by Capital – Rich
  • Painted Ladies Pumpkin Spice Ale by Tyranena
  • Bison Blonde by Buffalo Water
  • Dunkle Weiss by Water Street – nice beer, had several
  • Raspberry Weiss by Water Street – Sue
  • Proper by Furthermore
  • Contorter by Ale Asylum
  • MooToo by Left Hand – a blend of Sawtooth and Milk Stout – unique and fun, was the only brewery, that I knew of, pouring after 7pm.
  • Milk Stout by Left Hand

Tons of good beer that I didn’t have also but I would have needed another eight hours to get it all. Overall everyone had a great time and I hope to make another trip up there next year. Enjoy!

Need to Celebrate: Old Rasputin XII

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

north coast brewing old rasputin xii

Old Rasputin XII is a Russian Imperial Stout brewed by North Coast Brewing Company to commemorate the breweries anniversary. This was a beer that I anticipated for quite some time and grab a total of four bottles (two for friends and, it ended up, being two for me).

I have wanted to taste Old Rasputin XII since the day I purchased but drinking at work that day didn’t sound like a grand idea. I wanted it to be for a good occasion and cellar the other for a couple of years. At full price this is some roshe run costly liquid paradise, I wanted to make sure it was worth it.

My neighbor across street, Miles, is an American craft beer lover. I use that term here loosely as he gulps his beer like a large mouth bass would inhale a crayfish, but he always drinks good stuff. His wife has been pregnant with their second child, so I thought him and I could split the bottle to celebrate.

We did this past Tuesday as his wife gave birth to a bouncing baby girl on Monday afternoon. Yeah. I served at cellar temperature. Of course Miles eight ounce edition was down in two “small” sips. Mine, I savored. Some damn good stuff. So complex. So impressive to the senses. Now I really enjoy Russian Imperial Stouts but this is the best I have had to this point.

I know that I talk about cost of beers a lot but I think in these economic times it is something on most of our minds. I think the world of this beer, even received the go ahead from the wife to purchase another bottle or two from my favorite beer store, but I couldn’t pull the trigger. There is a ton of beer I want to try out there and I purchased two six packs and a bomber for $5 more than the price of one 16oz of Old Rasputin XII. I think I made a good decision.

Look for Two Beer Dudes at Great Lakes Beer Fest later today in Racine, WI. Enjoy!

Saturday Get Together Ends In Darkness

Monday, September 14th, 2009
American craft beer lovers: Ed, me, Shawn, Mark, and Jon

American craft beer lovers: Ed, me, Shawn, Mark, and Jon

Saturday’s get together was a really good time for all: beer drinkers, spouses, and kids alike. The burgers, hot dogs, brats, and chicken on the grill hit the entire gambit of what anyone would like. The edible waffle bowls filled with ice cream was a perfect after dinner touch that kids and adults both enjoyed. The games of bags were fun, especially if you won. Thank you Mark and Carmen for opening your house to us all.

Each of the guys brought their own touch to the party in terms of beverages. West Coast IPA by Green Flash Brewing Company, Hop Whore by Tyranena Brewing Company, Marsala Mama by Townhall Brewing, and Collaborative Evil by Flossmoor Station Brewing Co. were all beers that everyone tried. There was nike kobe 9 even some Pabst Blue Ribbon. 🙂 My favorite of these beers was Hop Whore. It is a mighty good Imperial IPA that finishes smooth with no alcohol presence. Both Marsala Mama and Collaborative Evil were in bombers that had been shipped from Minnesota and sat for a good 7 to 10 days. I don’t know if this had anything to do with my experience, but neither lived up to the hype. We all agreed.

Yeah, Darkness by Surly Brewing Company is that damn good!

Yeah, Darkness by Surly Brewing Company is that damn good!

During the evening Ed went around to each of us and let us know that his wife is pregnant with their first child. A very special occasion. Congratulations! I am excited for him and his wife as he will make a great father and loves kids. In honor of the news, Mark went down into the cellar and and broke out a bottle of Darkness by Surly Brewing Company.

Darkness, oh sweet Darkness. That is one fine beer. We had 2008 at cellar temperature. So smooth, so fine, so damn wonderful to all of the senses. This beer is the best Stout I have had to date. I will be making the trek up to Minnesota in a month with Mark to get some for myself.

Mark's ginormous and awesome craft beer collection.

Mark's ginormous and awesome craft beer collection.

Speaking of Mark’s cellar: what a wonderful site for any American craft beer lover. It is truly a great collection. There easily had to be 125 bottles (mainly bombers) nike kobe 9 elite gs of hard to get and highly sought after beers. I thought I was in a beer museum or beer heaven; maybe both. He has beers that are numbered and one really rare one in which only 30 or so bottles were every created. You could easily say it was a celebrity list of beers. Next time I am over I will take my shoes off before entering the sacred cellar and never look a beer straight in the eye. The best thing about all these beers: Mark wants to share and enjoy with the group. That is awesome and greatly appreciated.

I even got an invite to the Tuesday Night Beer Club (TNBC) a once a month get together by Ed, Mark, Shawn for sharing good American craft beer. From what I understand the group is growing too. More to come as I find out the details. Enjoy!

Lazy Late Summer Days Good For Beer

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

lazy summer day

I am the first to admit that rating and reviewing beer can be fun but I sometimes cringe at the fact of drinking a new beer, knowing that I just can’t enjoy it. Sometimes it is just good fun to pull a beer out of the fridge, stare it in the face and know that you are going to enjoy it soon, no strings attached.

Today, happens to be one of those days for me. I have been reviewing beer all weekend and it is time to take a break. The wife is gone with the kids, they will be home for a friendly get together later, free run 6 v2 femmes so why not session a few beers, catch a smooth buzz, and get ready for cookout in my own way? 🙂

Five beers into my preparation my feet are midly starting to tingle (really enjoy that feeling). I have five didn’t bombers of Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales in the fridge to enjoy with one of the invitees that enjoys American craft beer. My only apprehension: he doesn’t like “funky” beers. If you have ever had a beer from Jolly Pumpkin you know that they brew with wild yeast strains and usually age everything in some type of oak barrel.

I personally don’t know if Jolly Pumpkin is a great brewery, I just know they make some interesting brews that ignite my interest. How will someone that doesn’t like IPAs enjoy a funky beer? I can only guess. I hope that he goes along with the ride and doesn’t ruin the cool buzz I have to this point. Enjoy!

Friday Night Beer Reviews

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009
Sierra Nevada Kellerweis one of three beers reviewed last night that all made my palate dance for joy.

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis one of three beers reviewed last night that all made my palate dance for joy.

Friday night beer reviews are fun. Actually any day of the week is a good night to review beers and, if you really want to get into it, any day, any time is a good time to review beer. The lineup for last night was mainly of beers I had laying around the house as I am actually getting to a point where I don’t have much to try. free run 3.0 v4 femmes Time for re-drinking.

Friday’s lineup:

Riverwest Stein Beer was in third place, not by much but Kellerweis and 90 minute IPA were both outstanding. Kellerweis was my first beer of the night and lasted a total of six sips. It is a really good Hefeweizen while 90 minute IPA was a really good American Imperial IPA.

I really couldn’t decide between the two as they are both so different but both so damn tasty. My thoughts: depending on the mood you are in, get them both. Enjoy!

New Glarus Unplugged Trifecta Beer Tastings

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009
New Glarus Brewing Co. unplugged trio of beers: Berliner Weiss, Bohemian Lager, and Imperial Saison

New Glarus Brewing Co. unplugged trio of beers: Berliner Weiss, Bohemian Lager, and Imperial Saison

New Glarus Brewing Company is one of my favorite breweries. So it was with great anticipation that I decided to go unplugged last night. Going with Unplugged Berliner Weiss, Unplugged Bohemian Lager, and Unplugged Imperial Saison.

The Berliner Weiss and Imperial Saison were outstanding. I thought both did a great job of sticking to the style. They also were just damn fine tasting and eye appealing beers.

I don’t want to say much about the Bohemian Lager since I believe I had a bad bottle. air yeezy 2 I read what the site said about the beer and the bottle, but couldn’t find the aromas or flavors that should be associated. I actually didn’t finish the beer but would enjoy trying another.

I have tried 11 styles of New Glarus Brewing Company beers and have enjoyed them all. I have another six to be reviewed and I can’t wait. Enjoy!

Hot Busy Weekend End With Founder’s Devil Dancer

Monday, August 10th, 2009
Founders Brewing Company Devil Dancer - 12% ABV and 112 IBUs

Founders Brewing Company Devil Dancer - 12% ABV and 112 IBUs

I enjoyed and rated Founders Brewing Devil Dancer a few weeks back. Enjoyed the beer thoroughly!

So the weekend wasn’t all that pretty. I spent around 25 hours doing server updates and moves that took a huge bite out of my enjoyment and beer consumption time. The only time I had was Saturday night when I attended the Jimmy Buffett concert. Good time but I never recommend drinking any of the mix drinks there, they are horrible! air max thea femmes To add insult to injury, they are $10 a pop. Luckily I found a $20 bill on the ground that fell out of some drunk and staggering imbeciles pocket. I still cringe that I spent that money on those brutal drinks.

Sunday night rolled around, the server work had take its toll – I was tired and I had had a huge weekend. I needed something to put an exclamation point on the weekend. I needed something that would refresh in a big way. Down went my last Devil Dancer and I fell fast asleep with a smile on my face. 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!