Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Recap of the Midwest Brewers Brawl

You were probably not aware of this in advance, but back in July I served as a beer judge at the Northwest Indiana Leaders' Midwest Brewers Brawl.  I did an entire writeup on it that you should check out.   Following the event I've gained additional respect for beer judges.  It takes a special palate, or special stamina, to sample beer after beer of the same variety and to still be able to identify distinguishable flavors.  I would serve as a beer judge again but I much prefer the reviewing process. Reviewers get more opportunity to focus their thoughts, and, hey, a full beer as a data sample.  To me that seems like the better deal.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Chicago Craft Beer Week 2014

Greetings, beer advocates.   Here's a new post regarding Chicago Craft Beer Week, which is nearly upon us and looming large, like a gigantic hop monster that's ready to stuff us in its maw. Or maybe it's comparable to something a little less threatening.  But you get the idea: it's nearly here and will be great.   Stay tuned for updates on rare and outstanding tappings around town.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Half Acre Beer Co. Heyoka IPA - An Everyday West Coast IPA

Here is an entry I recently posted on Illinois' Half Acre Brewing Company's Heyoka IPA, in which I also ruminate on how hoppy beers have gotten out of control, sending prices to stratospheric levels.   Enjoy.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Founders KBS Tapping at Sheffield's

Greetings, folks.  It's your friendly beer writer, here to inform you that, as you will see in my linked post, Sheffield's, that bastion of great beer - and growers of a tree - is tapping 2013 and 2014 vintages of Founders KBS tomorrow night.  They'll also have 2-year-aged Founders Imperial Stout, itself a highly remarkable treat that's grossly underrated (it gets a 97 at BA but never any buzz).   Hope to see you there!