Wednesday, April 28, 2010

DLD Aftermath: Dark Lord Day

Shaun has already covered some of this ground, recapping our unforgettable Dark Lord Day experience.  I guess I should give you my take so you can get a complete picture of the mayhem.  What a day.  We got a late start.  My pal Josh was a late addition to our DLD crew.  I give him credit.  He had been at a whiskey tasting the night before with a bunch of whiskey imbibers in suits getting faced.  So, naturally, at 7:30 a.m., on DLD, he was having second thoughts about driving an hour to Indiana for even more drinking and tomfoolery.  He sucked it up though after some shaming and made his way down to my place.  Meanwhile, as I blasted some of Television's Marquee Moon on the stereo, Shaun was packing pastrami sandwiches from stuff in the fridge. I had no idea until later how much these would come in handy.

DLD Aftermath: Deschutes Brewery Mirror Mirror

So, on the eve of Dark Lord Day, my pre-festival pump priming continued with some indulgence in my first Deschutes Brewery beer, the Mirror Mirror 2009 Reserve.  Deschutes is an Oregon Brewery that hails from Bend, Oregon.  This is a beer Shaun sent me back in 2009, but one I was aging it a bit, saving for a special occasion.  After all, it is housed in a bomber and is an 11% brew: it's meant for sharing, not getting buzzed beyond belief at home alone and calling your ex.  I digress. 

DLD Aftermath: Jolly Pumpkin Maracaibo Especial Brown Ale

Hey, beer fans. Sorry it has taken me so long to post regarding Dark Lord Day and all the shenanigans before and after it.  I've been ill the last few days - I hope it's not beer-related.  Shaun has done a great job at hitting the highlights and calling attention to some of the masterful brews we drank last weekend.  As he pointed out, when he and I convene, great beers are going to be drunk, and nothing goes according to plan - usually, in a good way.  One such deviation from plan was the Jolly Pumpkin Brewery's Maracaibo Especial Brown Ale.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Dark Lord Day - or "Beertopia, what heaven must be like for beer drinkers."

Hey folks. I'm sure the five of you who actually read our blog are anxious to know if we actually made it to Three Floyd's, if we got our allotment, and if we made it home alive.

Before I relay the story I have to say this: The folks at Three Floyd's and the people of Munster are the most gracious best prepared hosts I've ever met. Never have I experienced an event that was so well run, so accommodating, had so many great people everywhere just sharing their beer and having a good time. If there is such a place as Beertopia I now know what it would be like.

Now on to the story and typical hijinx involved when Mark and I get together..

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Dark Lord Day Pre Party- Or lets take it "easy" the day before

Ugh. Taking it easy when Mark and I get together is an admirable goal but one more difficult to achieve then you would think. So last night when I got in we both had every intention of just taking it easy and preparing for the big event on Saturday.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout

My apologies for the late post on this.  It's nearing Dark Lord Day and I'm just now posting about the Founders KBS, the beer I ventured to Founders for over four weeks ago, the day of its release.  In my world, Dark Lord and KBS are forever linked.  It was on Dark Lord Day 2009 that I first tried the KBS.  Thanks to these beer fanatics who had a tent and let me sample KBS (thanks also for that tent and the kick ass brats).   Once they figured out that I was insane about beer, they asked me if I had ever tried Founders.  Embarrassingly, at that point, the answer was no.  They shook their heads.  

Countdown to Dark Lord Day - I've got my Golden Tickets. Do you?

This year Mark and I are meeting up to travel to Three Floyds for their fabled Dark Lord Day. We're finally going to participate in the festivities and get our hands on that special beer the old fashioned way. By showing up!

I am traveling out to Mark's place tomorrow and I already can't wait to both see him and head down together. Let the hijinx insue!

Look out for posts and updates throughout the weekend from both of us from the pre beer tasting Friday night to the aftermath on Sunday.

Get ready Mark I'm comin to Chicago!!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Juicy: Moylan's Hopsickle Imperial IPA

I recently tried this California behemoth - 9.2% - at the Long Room.  Amazingly enough, a friend of mine who also ordered one, immediately, upon sipping it, recognized its similarity to an IPA from Marin Brewery, which, as we found out, is a brewery affiliated with Moylan's. 

Friday, April 16, 2010

I Double Dog Dare You: Flying Dog's Double Dog

My brother never drinks. I mean to say that he'll sip on Riesling or a beer at Christmas or Thanksgiving and that's about it. That's him. If that proclivity ran in the family, I wouldn't partially own this blog.  I'll leave it at that.  So, to hear him say that the Flying Dog Double Dog Double Pale Ale that I gave him to go with the pizza we picked up, from the delicious Great Lake Pizza here in Chicago, was "one of the best beers I've ever tried", gave me pause.  It's hardly a brew for everybody, and to be lauded by an occasional drinker speaks to the beer's substantial quality.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Lost Abbey - Angels Share Meets Older Viscosity?

Oh yeah. This is one of those "everyone said get it because it's great." so I've had a bottle of this in the cabinet for a year but never even tasted it. I tried this with a buddy celebrating at the best kept secret for beer in the neighborhood and they happen to have Angels Share on tap. Why, because they're the best kept secret in the neighborhood. Point being as I looked at this beer and tasted it, smelled it, and took a sip... I recognize this...but took a minute. Hmm. I've got it! This is the same beer I had here last summer! The Older Viscosity! Granted it's a great high abv sipping beer I expected a little more separation between port brewing and lost abbey on their flagship. Great beer but If you want to see my review see my review of older viscosity last year to get the story. Enjoy!
(And yes if you're following the pictures I only have one drinking shirt)

Testin the beer blog y'all

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Beerthday Tour of Pour tland #3! - The Other Side of the River: Hopworks, Roots, and Amnesia brewing

So after Jen and I got up the next morning we headed to an amazing breakfast at Mother's cafe and then hung around soaking up the 70 degree weather down by the river. We just hung out, relaxed, read the paper. We had happened upon a perfect day for my Birthday. Thanks Jen for setting that up too. :)

So now down to the business you all are interested in. The reason we spent all this time hanging out NOT drinking beer is because, well, no one was open yet. something about drinking beer with breakfast I guess. So we crossed the river with Three stops in Mind. Hopworks, Roots, and Amnesia Brewing.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Hair Of The Dog Fred From The Wood: Alive and Wicked Good

Hair of the Dog Brewery's Fred From The Wood is a terrific beer. You won't find another like it. Not at your local grocer, not at the bar down the street on 10 cent wing night, not at the liquor store with the huge neon Corona sign. Forget it. If you want Fred, you can troll the beer trading websites, or you can show up in Portland, Oregon at some wee, small hour of the morning and stand in line for its release. Fortunately, I have a great friend like Shaun who was crazy - er - passionate enough to travel to Portland, get up in time to be at the brewery at 6 a.m., purchase some of this heavenly brew, then send me a bottle for my own sampling.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout: You Complete Me

How do you define perfection? Think about your favorite album, your favorite piece of art that you've spied, or perhaps your favorite meal you've ever had at a restaurant. What do they have in common? What makes them flawless?

Perfection seems to be the achievement of a harmony in which every element needed to create something is present in a superlative way, but each one blends in with such facility that none stands out. Each element services the whole with the highest level of precision.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Stone Age In Chicago: Stone Imperial Russian Stout

This beer is listed at 10.8% alcohol. That's high. Very high. That's "grab his keys, he just drank another one" high. Leave it to Stone to craft such a monster of an alcohol container as its Imperial Russian Stout. How could they not offer something so bold, that's what they do. This is the brewery that offers beers with names such as "Ruination" and "Arrogant Bastard'. Even the "Smoked" Porter is probably a reference to getting whacked like a mobster, offed, taken out.

Beerthday Tour of Pour tland #2! - Deschutes for dinner.

Excellent story from Founders Mark! That's right up their with the great guys at Cascade. One thing I love about being a beer head is no matter where you go the great brewers are always nice welcoming people who are happy to show you their work.

Let me continue with my Beerthday Journey in Portland.

After the wife and I were done relaxing at the hotel we went out to dinner at Deschutes Brewing's brewpub in downtown Portland. They have an excellent and very polished large space. Big pane windows everywhere, tall ceilings and huge carved beams with intricate carvings of Northwestern nature scenes. Big shiny fermenters in the background.

It's a very impressive establishment.