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Thursday Night American Craft Beer Tastings

Friday, March 9th, 2012
pretty things beer and ale project babayaga

Pretty Things Babayaga

Our Thursday night get together was light one participant, Chuck, but the rest of us picked up his slack. We plowed our way through five beers with a focus on stouts. It wasn’t planned that way, it is just the way that it came together.

The list (in the order the beers participated):

A mighty fine lineup of beers. Hopslam is starting to use the luster of the hops while the malt backbone is coming forward. Babayaga is interesting to say the least. Complex aromas and flavors that aren’t typically together in one beer. Ursa Minor is damn easy to drink and my first try at a weizen stout. B.O.R.I.S. was probably a bit young (date: 2011-12-29), making it a touch hot. I think aging would make this beer round out nicer. Founders was served way to cold. Letting it warm a bit brought the level of the drink up a bit but it wasn’t that beer that I remembered in the past.

Hopefully next week we can have the full group on hand. Enjoy!

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Bell’s Hopslam (365 Day 45)

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

Bell's Hopslam Ale

Hops are in the air in the midwest: Hopslam by Bell’s is released every year in January. Not only is it American craft beer goodness, it is hop goodness to the nth level.

For anyone that has been a beer geek for any amount of time, they have heard of Hopslam. It is one of those beers that everyone talks about, that everyone tries to get, even if they have had it before, is only around for a short period of time, and, most importantly, being a DIPA, it cannot be cellared: drink it now or give it to someone who will.

Hopslam is brewed with honey, that makes the beer finish a bit dry. The hop aroma is huge, pleasant, and full of pine and citrus. The sweetness to the taste mixed with the honey and hops is a does of pure beer nirvana.

Yes, I went and did it: I rated a beer a ten. I did have a chance the other evening to have this along side Pliny and most of us picked the Hopslam over the Pliny. Enjoy!

Aroma: 10, Taste: 10, Look: 10, Drinkability: 10, Overall: 10.0

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Bell’s Tapping And Larry Bell

Friday, April 2nd, 2010


Last night at the Binny’s in Chicago’s South Loop, Larry Bell made an appearance to kick off the release of Oberon. Tickets were five bucks which got you a pint of Oberon. Also on tap were Hopslam and Batch 9000. Of course I had to have both on tap. Batch 9000 was really good but, for me, Hopslam on tap stole the evening. The aroma of the hops was so unbelievable while the flavor was robust and full.

What made the evening such a great event of me: Rich, his wife Kathy, and my wife Sue went as a group. Each couple has three kids, so having an evening for adult fun, especially in the middle of week, is almost non-existant. A friend of mine, Dave, who lives in Chicago, also met up with us and joined the group. We had some good conversations and laughs with the guys talking beer and women talking, hmm, who knows what.

Larry Bell stopped by the table for a few minutes to chat before he had to go pour beers. We talked about the history of Oberon which dates back to 1991 and was called Solsta. The named changed to Oberon about 1998 after a claim that the original was trademarked. Rich, being a native of Michigan, talked about his first experience with Oberon.

On a side note, in spite of Batch 9000 only coming out a few months ago, Oberon has a batch number of 9603. They brew a ton of beer. I read where they are making 80,000 barrels of Oberon this year. A big amount for a craft brewer when you think a lot of local places are lucky to make 1,000 barrels total in a year. Enjoy!