For the past couple years, I’ve been a bigger fan of Leinenkugel’s summer offerings than their other year-round productions. For a long time, the only thing I could get other than M-B-C macros on draft while visiting family in Clare, Michigan was a lonely keg of Leinie’s Sunset Wheat. For a beer that tastes like Fruity Pebbles, it ain’t bad. Thus, it holds a sentimental place in my heart, tho I’ve moved on to other Leinie’s libations.
This changed when they introduced their Summer Shandy, which instantly took the place of the Sunset Wheat as semi-major-brewery fruit beer of choice when necessary. When I knew I was going to be hanging out in the out of doors drinking in the sun, I happily deferred to the Shandy as a quality session brew when I could find it. Continue reading
Goose Island Pepe Nero
Saison, 6% ABV
Sayeth the Guys:
Ryan: This is part of Goose Island’s Fulton & Wood series, reserved for their special, limited release beers. I had the Pepe Nero, a black Saison brewed with peppercorns, on tap at Sheffield’s. Continue reading
“Dark, rich and smoky…this classic porter is brewed with 63% German smoked malt and makes a perfect after dinner (or anytime) sipper for those who love a “bigger” beer.”
Porter, 6% ABV
Sayeth the Guys:
Ryan: I had this, from a bottle, the night my wife and I indulged in beer and bacon at Paddy Long’s. Even though the last paring included Stone’s Smoked Porter, I decided another smokey beer was in order. Remembering past O’Fallon beers I’ve enjoyed, 5 Day IPA and Wheach, I thought I would give their Smoke a try. Continue reading
From time to time, the staff of Guys Drinking Beer feel it necessary to answer the burning questions of the day. In this spirit we introduce the Faceoff – in a battle between two similar brews, which beer will win? What’s the favorite? What are the differences?
Today, we let two highly-hopped ales battle it out within our innards to determine which one will reign supreme. Bell’s Hopslam versus Troegs Nugget Nectar: Who will win? Read on:
Two beers enter. One beer leaves. (Both beers drank.)
Bell’s Hopslam VERSUS Troegs Nugget Nectar
American IPA VERSUS American Amber / Red Ale
10% ABV VERSUS 7.5% ABV
Sayeth the Guys:
Karl: I have a feeling I’m going to love these face-offs. So many eternal questions are ready to be answered. I’ve always enjoyed Hopslam, with the yearly release of it quite possibly set to surpass my excitement of it becoming Oberon season. But never having had the Nugget (or, at least, not having it stick out in my memory) I was looking forward to seeing how it stands up to one of my personal faves. Continue reading
Ryan: I had this beer on tap at Paddy Long’s in Chicago about two weeks ago. I lucked out, it was one of the last few pints remaining in the keg. This beer was specially brewed for the Craft Brewers Conference last month and is an off-shoot on the regular Domaine DuPage, a Biere De Garde. The coffee version is cold filtered through ground coffee. Continue reading
If this beer is a garden, the color is the soil. (Or something like that.)
Right Brain Brewery’s Honey Basil Ale
Fruit/vegetable beer, 5.3%ABV
Over the past couple days we’ve been heralding the brewing of Traverse City’s Right Brain, and it’s only fair that rather than just stick with the views of one Guy about the place, how about get everyone involved with one of the more curious brewing choices?
Karl brought back a growler of Right Brain’s Honey Basil Ale to bounce off the other gentlemen, and here’s what they thought (and then we’ll quit the adoration until the next trip): Continue reading
If you’ve been following the world according to twitter lately then you know that events for Chicago Craft BeerWeek have been absolutely crazy-pants. The opening night at Map Room had lines out the door, and Rare Beer Night at Small Bar looked equally as nuts. So it was nice to wander into Fizz last night with room to breathe, and even better to request a Metropolitan India Pale Lager and have them pass us pints on the house.
Now, before we stopped by Fizz we looked to see what went into this beer — you know — for market research.
Just for kicks, we hopped on the band wagon (ha! see what I did there?) and brewed a very small test batch of a single-hop beer using German Tradition Hallertau hops. By “single” we mean: a crapload of one kind of hops, added 3 different times during the boil. We call it an IPL. The *only* place you’ll get to try this beer… ever… is at Fizz on Wednesday night of Chicago Craft Beer Week.
Color us interested. Very interested. Continue reading
If you missed it, you can find the first part of our look at Right Brain posted here.
The other part of the pub, including the Mug Club wall - unfortunately not accepting any new additions right now.
Yesterday we ran through a couple choices from Traverse City’s Right Brain Brewery, and if you want more evidence of the wide range of beers they crank out you should check the brewery’s BeerAdvocate page for selections they’ve created. As I mentioned, if any of those look good, don’t get your heart too set on them – they occasionally revisit some recipes but otherwise it’s like one of their taglines say, “Beer today, Gone tomorrow.” Too true. Continue reading
I recently spent a couple days in Traverse City, Michigan. In a state that’s rich with excellent breweries, the Traverse area is particularly lucky to have not one but two restaurants with brewpubs (Mackinaw Brewing Company and North Peak Brewing, both with average to above-average beers) and a Jolly Pumpkin outfit up north on the Old Mission peninsula. In addition to all of these, Traverse also has one of the most interesting yet unknown breweries in the state – Right Brain Brewery hidden in the Warehouse district.
The lack of discussion about Right Brain Brewing is, I believe, by design. If you had someone who I heard repeatedly described as a “mad scientist” of brewing working his magic in your own backyard, would you tell people about it? Or would you keep it under your hat and drink it all yourself? Continue reading
“Of course beer and bacon go together,” I thought to myself as I headed over to Paddy Long’s with my wife on Saturday night. We were going to the bar, at 1028 W Diversey in Chicago, for their beer and bacon tasting.