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Beer Travel / Re: Chicago beer spots
« on: July 23, 2010, 01:59:03 PM »
Someday I'm going put this on a blog or something


Clark Street Alehouse is my favorite. Clark and Chicago, just around the corner from the Red Line

Rock Bottom was pretty good but their brewer left to open his own place. Haven't had any of the new guy's beers yet. Right over the State and Grand Red Line.

Haymarket is the new place. It's supposed to be opening soon, but things always take longer in Chicago with permits and such

The Publican is also in that neighborhood. Pricey and I still haven't been

Out a little farther
Piece. They've won a ton of medals. Close to the Damen Blue Line. Total hipster area, if that makes a difference

Revolution. They've only been open a short time and they're next on my list of places to try. Close to the California Blue Line

The Map Room is also in that neighborhood, not as close to an El though

Farther still
Hopleaf. My all time favorite in the city, focuses on Belgian beer and usually has 10 or so on tap plus a ton of American craft beers. It's a $20 cab ride from downtown but the #22 bus stops right there and it's a reasonable walk from the Berwyn or Argyle Red Line

Due to me not updating my grains in Pro-Mash after my CPU crashed:
10 gallons of Porter in the fermenters
One with US-05 and one with 1968
Should be a nice "experiment" to see what one we prefer.

Imperial Black Ale on deck for Sunday

As to traffic, if you think the West coast has that all locked up........................ have you been to Boston?
I think 1968 makes a fantastic porter. I'll be curious which you prefer

I started with kits like most people. Now I mostly make my own recipes. I like to take a commercial beer as an inspiration, research it, and try to approximate it. I think this is different than cloning, as I don't necessarily want to recreate the beer exactly, just capture the flavors that interested me.. My favorite beers to brew this way are things I can't get locally, like some beers I had in the Lake District in England or American beers that  I can get while traveling but not at home.

Brewing an amber or IPA and something with elderflowers for the wife. I've got an interesting recipe but no idea how it will taste. She likes St Germain liqueur so I figured I'd give it a whirl. Only 3 gallons, in case it's gross.

The Pub / Re: Looking for unique bottles
« on: July 05, 2010, 07:14:55 PM »
They try to recapture market share... :D


Beer Recipes / Re: Bell's Two Hearted Ale clone
« on: July 03, 2010, 04:51:33 PM »
I think the Oberon strain might be different than the one Bell's uses for Two Hearted (but I can't remember where I heard this).  In any case, I cultured Two-Hearted yeast from a six-pack and have a nice culture of it in my fridge now.  Here's my recipe, which is based on a Zymurgy recipe from several years ago.  It tastes/looks remarkably similar.

Brewing With Wheat says Oberon uses the house strain, and that's from Larry Bell.

The Pub / Re: What does “craft beer” mean to you?
« on: June 30, 2010, 12:38:18 PM »
Craft beer is like the Justice Potter Stewart's definition of porn -- I know it when I see it  ;)

The Pub / Re: Anyone following any of the World Cup?
« on: June 25, 2010, 07:09:13 PM »
I'm at a conference this weekend and the only thing I absolutely have to attend coincides with the first half of the US - Ghana game >:(

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 6/25
« on: June 23, 2010, 07:24:34 PM »
I'll be at a conference in DC this weekend. Looking forward to checking out the Churchkey, a place with 5-6 cask ales on at all times.

The Pub / Re: what to do in downtown chicago?
« on: June 22, 2010, 08:17:38 PM »
My favorite spot for a beer downtown is Clark Street Ale House, which is a block or so from the Chicago and State Red Line station. It's walkable from the Financial District, maybe 25 minutes, but it's getting hot and humid here so the El is preferable. Rock Bottom is close by and is decent but I haven't been there since their brewer left to open his own place. That won't open for a few months. The Publican has gotten great reviews but I haven't made it there yet.

Goose Island's Brewpub is very good and is 20 minutes or so by El from downtown.

Hopleaf is my very favorite but it's a $20 cab ride north. They specialize in Belgians and have all the right glassware

Check out the Chicago Architecture Foundation for historical stuff. They do walking tours downtown and their river cruise is outstanding. You do need to buy in advance for that in summer.

The Pub / Re: Anyone following any of the World Cup?
« on: June 21, 2010, 10:36:23 AM »
I love the World Cup. There's nothing like it for spectacle and drama, as far as I am concerned. Soccer is just like any other sport as far as grasping nuance, I think. I think I enjoy the free flow of the game the most, especially missing all the commercials at halftime. So much of the game depends an being able to anticipate what your team mate is going to do.

I brewed up a couple of special beers for USA-England. I mixed English and American ingredients, with decent success. It was one wort, two boils. One was  ESBish with Wyeast 1272. It still lets the Fuggles and Goldings shine. The other was an APA with Wyeast 1318. In retrospect, a different yeast would have worked better but it still tastes good.

The Pub / Re: can someone explain
« on: June 12, 2010, 07:01:57 PM »

Here's an interesting blog post by a distributor on the proliferation of brands. I think he's full of it, but there is some food for thought there. Greg Koch of Stone weighs in in the comments
and it is where?
Ah, crap, forgot the link :-X

Here's an interesting blog post by a distributor on the proliferation of brands. I think he's full of it, but there is some food for thought there. Greg Koch of Stone weighs in in the comments

A friend of mine says there's a tiny new brewpub in Grand Haven. They're brewing five gallon batches  :o, IIRC. I can't remember the name.

It's Hatter Days at New Holland (downtown Holland) this weekend. They break out a bunch of variations on their Mad Hatter IPA

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