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The Alchemist Pub & Brewery Heady Topper (365 Day 303)

Friday, September 30th, 2011

The Alchemist Heady Topper

It has been a while that the Tuesday Night Beer Club (TNBC) crew has had a chance to get together. It was also nice to have Mark in from his east coast digs.

I didn’t have a bunch of time to hang out because of a promise to my kids to tuck them in as I have been working some long hours. I can never ignore requests like that as I know it won’t be long before my kids won’t want me to be at their bed side each evening. I have to appreciate each and every one of them.

Back to beer…

I brought over a fresh can of Heady Topper (thank you Matt) by The Alchemist Pub & Brewery. Before my early exit, I coxed everyone into trying this fine American craft beer. It was a bit warm from being in my car all day in spite of being in Ed’s mini fridge for 15 minutes. The aroma of the pine and hop resin hit the nose and doesn’t apologize. Darn tasty with a hook of bitterness in the finish. Light body for an American Double IPA. Three more cans to go. Now that’s a good thing. Enjoy!

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TNBC Highlighted by California and Oregon!

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

Tuesday Night Beer Club (TNBC) was held at Rich’s house this past round. California and Oregon American craft beer was the theme. Rich served some steak tacos, salsa, and chips; the perfect lead into some big hoppy west coast beers.

The Bruery Two Turtle Doves was an unanimous best beer of the evening. It seems that the year of aging has suited the beer well. Will another 10?

Note: a ranking of one is the best, so the higher the number the lower in the pecking order the beer was. Also, this is a number that compares them to the others that were tasted that evening and in no way is indicative of how the beer would actually be reviewed solo.
  Shawn Ed Mike Scot Rich Joe Average
The Bruery Two Turtle Doves 1 1 1 1 1 1 1.0
Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye 7 6 3 5 8 7 6.0
Russian River Damnation (Batch #047) 3 2 2 2 2 3 2.7
Lagunitas Maximus IPA 5 5 5 4 7 2 4.7
Odonata Saison 4 4 4 3 4 5 4.0
Rogue Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout 8 7 7 6 9 6 7.2
Moylan’s Hopsickle Imperial Ale 6 9 6 5 4 6.0
Lost Abbey The Angel’s Share Grand Cru (2009) 2 3 3 2.7
Hair of the Dog Adam 9 8 6 7.7

Another solid showing for TNBC. Whose next? Just as long as it isn’t all lager or sours, it should be fun. Enjoy!

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TNBC Highlighted by Quality Barleywines!

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011
pelican pub and brewery perfect storm

Pelican Perfect Storm

Tuesday Night Beer Club (TNBC) was held at Mark’s house this month. Since the climate in Chicagoland this time of year isn’t too inviting for evenings on the patio, we were stuck inside with a theme of Barleywine and Old Ale. Dinner, per the “club” rules, was provided by Mark; actually his wife. Some quality baked pasta and a salad. Good grub to start off the evening.

Typically we try and start the evening around 7pm or so but there is always that one person that seems to show up late and push back the night’s festivities. Yeah, it was Ed again 😉 Where’s my LOGO???? He was there by 740, we headed towards the basement, with Mark choosing the first beer.

The beer and ratings:

Note: a ranking of one is the best, so the higher the number the lower in the pecking order the beer was. Also, this is a number that compares them to the others that were tasted that evening and in no way is indicative of how the beer would actually be reviewed solo.
  Ed Mike Shawn Rich Mark Scot Average
Kuhnhenn Barley Wine 2010 4 5 4 4 3 4 4.0
New Holland Pilgrim’s Dole 3 2 3 3 4 3 3.0
Bell’s Batch 10000 7 7 7 7 7 7 7.0
Sierra Nevada Jack and Ken’s Barleywine 6 6 5 5 6 6 5.7
Real Ale Sisyphus 2009 5 4 6 6 5 5 5.2
Midnight Sun Arctic Devil Barleywine 1 3 1 2 2 2 1.8
Pelican Pub and Brewery Perfect Storm 2 1 2 1 1 1 1.3

I will have to say that I was very impressed with the selection of beers, it gave me a new opinion and outlook on barleywines. They will no longer be the outcast of my cellar. Just remember that when having a beer with Ruby Wang, “All bad beers suck.” Enjoy!

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Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Tuesday Night Beer Club (TNBC) this month was over at Rich’s house. Yes, he has officially been included in the group after pledging for six months 😉 As per the rules of the evening Rich provided dinner: homemade sloppy joe, some sweet potato fries, and cole slaw. The sloppy joe, my second or third taste of his homemade concoction, is probably some of the best I have ever had. The only other rule of the evening is that Rich also gets to choose the theme of the evening, if so desired. He chose IPAs and any iterations that are somewhat close.

Imperial IPAs, dry hopped IPAs, harvest ales, Belgian IPAs, wet hopped IPAs, cellared IPAs, like I said any type of IPA that you could think of made its way over to Rich’s last night.

Apart from Ed having to tickle our fancies with gibberish from this past summer, we had one of the largest tastings we have had in quite some time: nine beers.

The ratings:

Note: a ranking of one is the best, so the higher the number the lower in the pecking order the beer was. Also, this is a number that compares them to the others that were drank that evening and in no one is indicative of how the beer would actually be reviewed solo.
  Mark Shawn Ed Mike Scot Rich Average
Port 4th Anniversary 5 5 2 5 5 4.4
Surly Furious 8 3 4 5 2 2 4.0
Surly Wet 4 7 8 7 4 6 6.0
Russian River Pliny The Elder 2 1 1 8 1 1 2.3
Hoppin’ Frog Fresh Frog Raw Hop I.P.A. 9 9 7 9 9 7 8.3
Three Floyd’s BrooDoo 7 4 5 6 7 3 5.3
Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree I.P.A. 1 2 2 1 3 4 2.2
Russian River Blind Pig 3 6 3 4 6 8 5.0
Ballast Point Sculpin 6 8 6 3 8 9 6.7

Each beer was good to a point with no duds among the selected. The peanuts, that Ed brought, were probably the best thing on the table in terms of cleaning the palate for the evening. Next up: December at my house. Enjoy!

TNBC One Year Anniversary

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Last night marked the one year anniversary of Tuesday Night Beer Club (TNBC). Shawn, Mark, Ed, Rich, and myself were the players for the evening. Since it was a big evening we all decided to bring out the big guns to help celebrate.

Ed was the host for the evening, so he supplied us with dinner, which included burgers, brawts, potato salad, and chips. Darn tasty. As usual, each of us brought at least three beers. Shit, Mark brought a vertical of 10, 11, and 12 of Firestone Walker anniversary beers but we all agreed to have that at the next TNBC when we can do the vertical justice.

Below is the list of beers, in the order that I liked them.

I am almost never negative about American craft beer but I have had several Cigar City beers now (so have the others in the group) and none of us have been impressed. Maybe i have had the wrong beers. Enough said.

The next TNBC is in another four to six weeks, can’t wait for the Firestone vertical. Enjoy!

TNBC Highlighted By Wooden Hell

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Tuesday Night Beer Club (TNBC) met for the first time in almost three months last night at my house. Yes, I know it was Thursday but Shawn found his way to captain a softball team that plays on Tuesday nights. There were five of us, with the fifth being Rich filling in for two others that couldn’t make it.

I always anticipate TNBC and last night a little more than usual. Since I was the host I get to call the theme for the evening. Nothing struck me so I opened it up wide for any and everything.

Mark and Rich arrived first. Opening his box full of liquid goodies I quickly noticed the bottle of Flossmoor Wooden Hell that was center stage. He had been talking about sharing this beast lately but I couldn’t believe that he was serious. He said that he wanted to share and that he wanted to drink it before it was past its prime. Of course I was able and willing to help but in the back of my mind I just wondered if this was going to be another over hyped rare beer that is only popular for its rarity.

Shawn quickly followed while, as usually, Ed was about 15 minutes or so later than everyone else. His car has a hard time adapting to the roads out in the “country.”

We ate dinner: backed Rigatoni that my wife made for us with salad and bread. The perfect dinner to coat and prepare for the onslaught of fine beverages to come next.

Towards the end of dinner we had Shawn’s home brew that was a Furious clone. Really good, especially for a guy who has only brewed a few times.

Since I hosted, I was first up. Below is the order in which the beers were chosen, by whom, and how I rated them. The rating is compared to each other with one being the best beer.

More to come…

Tuesday Night Beer Club

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010
three floyds dark lord 2009

Mark's bottle of '09 FFF Dark Lord he brought to share.

The tenth monthly meeting of Tuesday Night Beer Club (TNBC) met last night. Mace was the host and invoked a summer beer theme for the evening. This meant we all had to try and bring beers that would help break us out of our cold Chicago state of mind. The pizza was good, quickly coating our stomachs getting us ready for our tastings.

Mark has been bringing some nice beers from his cellar each month. This month he brought a 2009 Three Floyds Dark Lord. Since almost all of us will be attending Dark Lord Days, he thought it would be appropriate to bust out a bottle for all to share. It was my first chance to taste. I found it to be very good, but I liked the ’08 Surly Darkness Mark shared with us over the summer better. Don’t let that think that it isn’t good, it is outstanding.

The official beer list, which was drank in the order listed, has my ranking at the end:

Ed and I both brought our most recent home brew; it was Ed’s first and I think it was better than mine. The June TNBC will be held at my house and will be the official first year anniversary get together. Enjoy!

TNBC Was Sour

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Tuesday Night Beer Club (TNBC) is hosted at one of the “members” houses on a rotation each month with the host getting to select the theme of the evening. Shawn’s house, Shawn’s theme: sours. I don’t mind sours but I am not a huge fan of drinking one right after another, similar to IPAs, but I really enjoy IPAs. Each person attending had to bring at least sour. There was six of and plenty of sour and brett to go around.

The rules of the evening are simple: host has dinner for everyone (Shawn’s wife made great pasta and salad), the host gets to choose the first beer, we share each beer, and we choose beers clockwise from there.

The lineup was pretty solid and below is the order we drank them and the order in which rated them in parenthesis comes after:

  • Vieille Provision Saison DuPont (6)
  • Saint Somewhere Lectio Divina (5)
  • Jolly Pumpkin La Roja, Blend 5, 2009 (4)
  • Russian River Beatification, Batch 003 (3)
  • Ithaca Brute, Batch# E!018 (7)
  • Boulevard Smokestack Series Saison-Brett No.05809/11950 (8)
  • Midnight Sun Oak Aged Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter (2)
  • Hoppin’ Frog Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout (1)

Some of the beers I know are sought after but I guess I am not a big enough fan of the style to appreciate them fully. Nevertheless it was a good experience to

Another TNBC in the books. Too bad we couldn’t have them more often. 😉 Enjoy!

Tuesday Night Beer Club Ends With Bang

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

alesmith speedway stout bourbon

Tuesday Night Beer Club (TNBC) was another Tuesday of good beer, roshe run flywire finished off with two really great beers. Mark was the host and provided some really good pizza for dinner.

The first beer of the evening was Troegs Nugget Nectar, a 22 ounce bomber brought by Shawn. A really nice hop aroma with an easy drinking style. It quickly becomes apparent why this beer is so sought after. I have a 12 ounce beer of my own that doesn’t have much of a chance surviving past the next few days.

Mike brought the next beer: Mischief by The Bruery. It is a Belgian Golden Ale that is infused with a hop profile. A subtle combination of the Golden Ale and American IPA. Nothing was really wrong with this beer, there was just nothing that stood out and made this beer above average. I have a bottle at home myself and I no longer really looking forward to it all by myself. I will have to have at least Rich help drink it down.

founders nemisis

Cigar City is a brewery that I have heard some really good things about. They are small and it is difficult to get a hold of their beers, especially up in Chicagoland. Luckily my boss brought me back two bottles of Warmer Winter Winter Warmer. I had to share with the group. I think we all agreed that this was a very spicy beer that none of us were fond of. Also, several mentioned they had other Cigar City beers and none have lived up to the hype yet. Testing a few more would be good as it couldn’t hurt.

Founders Nemesis made a special guest star appearance. Ed brought it only because he lost a coin flip with Shawn on who would have to bring one of the two bottles they were each able to score. The beer was good but I wouldn’t say great, especially with everyone tripping over each other to get it. Yes, I am glad I had a chance to taste but I wouldn’t make it something I had to have each time they brew a new one.

portsmouth kate the great

The end of the evening was the best. Mark broke out to special bottles and let us do a blind taste test. The first we quickly realized was a Russian imperial stout, that was a little sweet, some cherry, but easy to drink for such a big beer. The second was another big stout that was aged in bourbon barrels. roshe run flywire femmes It seemed to show more age than the first as the bourbon mellowed, the carbonation was almost negligible, and some sherry flavors crept in.

We all liked the two and gave them a rating of B then A (except for Shawn but he couldn’t smell a thing). B was AleSmith Speedway Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels from 2007, numbered 424 out of 447. A was Portsmouth Kate the Great. Two awesome beers and a big thank you to Mark for sharing.

Now that was some good drinking. Enjoy!

January Tuesday Night Beer Club

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

This month’s TNBC had a little twist: Ed, the host, wanted to do a blind taste test. I have to admit that I wasn’t completely thrilled with the idea when Ed mentioned that he wanted to go this route a couple of weeks before the event. Ed, I am sorry. I stand corrected.

As customary, Ed had to provide dinner. air jordan 11 Pizza, fried chicken, and fries were washed down by Hair of the Dog Blue Dot Double IPA, fall ’08. I didn’t rate any beers from the evening but I can say I wonder how hoppy this beer was when it was fresh. One of a few DIPAs that I have had that still had some hop to it after aging. I have a feeling I will be wondering for a long time what it would taste like fresh.

The first blind taste started shortly after dinner and was of three Quads.

  • Baby Tree by Pretty Things
  • Trappist Westvleteren 12
  • Judgement Day by The Lost Abbey

I rated these in the order of Baby Tree, Judgement Day, and then Westvleteren 12.

The second and final taste taste was of three Barley Wines.

All five of us rated these beers in the same order: Mirror Mirror, Behemoth, and then Barleywine by Green Flash.

Unfortuantely that was the end of the night as it was already getting late with us all havig to work the next day. Besides we were watching Beer Wars. Enjoy!