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Tastings near Peoria/Bloomington

Discussion in 'US - Great Lakes' started by BobSmooth, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. match1112

    match1112 Initiate (0) Illinois Mar 2, 2011

    anybody from bloomington want to car pool over on the 16th?
  2. Pretty much officially moved in, and I have some beers with me that you want to drink. Not prepared to set a date yet, but who all is down for a tasting at Kellehers and what day of the week works for people?
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  3. match1112

    match1112 Initiate (0) Illinois Mar 2, 2011

    I think in the past that Kellehers let us know which days we could do something on. They don't want us in there on their busy nights taking up table space. Clark W. Griswold would have a better grasp of things for scheduling I think. Mondays and Wednesdays are bad for me.
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  4. tstigz

    tstigz Savant (290) Illinois Dec 6, 2010

    Kellehers is so hit or miss. The Hopslam release was good, but I'm so over that place.
  5. ....And you'd recommend?

    I can agree they dont ALWAYS have the biggest, baddest, most sought after beers, but they do have a wide variety of craft options that changes constantly. Being a craft beer lover from Peoria and going to Kellehers for many years it would be hard to say they are "hit or miss" and worthy of "being over them."

    Also, if you are from Peoria Kellehers is the biggest, and arguably best place in town for craft beer. Their selection has grown over the years and they are putting on more events with breweries and harder to find brews. They are improving their craft beer selection and related events.

    So, you're "over" one of the few bright spots in Peoria to offer anything close to a craft beer experience. Sorry if I come off a little defensive, but I'd love to hear why you feel this way as you don't give any reasoning.

    ***EDIT*** The waitresses at Kelleher's suck. They are typically rude and almost always (with the exception of Angela and one or two others) know absolutely nothing about beer. I'll show up three hours into a big release (aka Hopslam) and ask for details and the waitress will look pissed off I want to order anything other than Blue Moon.
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  6. tstigz

    tstigz Savant (290) Illinois Dec 6, 2010

    Yeah, you are plenty defensive. I've been going there for years too and my biggest complaint is how poor of a job they do updating their tap list. Whether its online or on the beer menu or bottle list on the table, they do a terrible job of deleting or crossing off beers that they are out of. They were once out of four beers in a row that I asked for. I've been to plenty of comparable bars. It's not hard to pencil a line through a beer you are sold out of. It's almost every time. They forget appetizers and forget to bring beer. They even forgot my meat and cheese at the Goose Island tap takeover. The waitresses are just bad man. They really effect the experience. There is one really good one, but I dont know her name. There are plenty of things I like about the place, and yeah I really do respect what they are doing for craft beer in the area. They need to educate their wait staff and stop getting my hopes up that Sculpin is still on tap.
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  7. I'd have to agree with all of your complaints. After replying to your post earlier it actually inspired me to email the business with pretty much all the complaints you just listed. I really enjoy Kelleher's, and they have a number of things to improve on (some they REALLY need to improve on), but darn it if they dont have the largest (best?) variety of beer in town. And, man, the waitresses really are TERRIBLE. Also, I've suggested a chalk board for years and a more active Twitter/Facebook to address the outdated beer lists, all to no avail.

    Cheers to you and sorry for the defensive stance. All your complaints are more than warranted, but I'm not ready to thrown in the towel yet.
  8. tstigz

    tstigz Savant (290) Illinois Dec 6, 2010

    It's cool. And yeah, it's not like I'm not gonna go there anymore. They do have the best selection around. Ill put up with a bad waitress for some of the stuff that will be there at the barrel aged night. I just may be spending a little more time at The Fox instead. It's closer to me anyway. I hate getting my hopes up and then driving 15 minutes to find out they don't have what I went there for. Or my second option either. They are getting better at it, but their social media updates are seriously lacking. It's like that all over Peoria, though. Compare the online marketing and updates from the Bloomington Friar Tuck to Peoria. Hell, the Publik House website has said they have Celebration on tap for the past six months. I called and the guy had no clue what I was talking about. Who is in charge of marketing at these places?
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  9. clarkw42

    clarkw42 Aficionado (180) Illinois May 10, 2009


    Unfortunatly, many of the days available end up being Mon or Wed. Tues is a very busy trivia night (alot of fun btw) and Thurs night will work from time to time. We would have to give plenty of notice to reserve an area. Should probably do it before the middle of March due to high school basketball finals, St PAttys, and such. I don't mind setting it up guys. Shoot me a couple possible dates and I'll see what I can do.
  10. Yeah, I've never understood why it is so hard for Peoria places to keep their online lists updated. Rhodell actually does the best job, it is updated weekly, but I hardly go there because I don't really enjoy their beer. And it is very frustrating to pick out a few things from the draft list sitting on the table at Kelleher's only to be told your #1 and #2 choices have kicked. CHALKBOARD! And I love The Fox, but they are also pretty poor at their media updates.
  11. Mondays are impossible for me. Sounds like Thursdays might be the best bet. If you can find us a Thursday that would be nice.
  12. My work schedule is rotating between days and nights (including weekends), but I'll try and make whatever I can.
  13. bharlan51

    bharlan51 Disciple (65) Illinois Jan 22, 2010

    I'm actually curious as to what all your favorite beers are.....are they rare beers, stouts, porters, ipa's....seriously just curious.
  14. bharlan51

    bharlan51 Disciple (65) Illinois Jan 22, 2010

    Also, I do beer samplings all the time around the Peoria area. I've done them at Kelleher's, Fox Pub, Hofbrau, Black Rabbit, the Locker Room, Jimmy's, Joe's of Peoria, Bernardi's North, Sully's, River Beach Pub, etc... I LOVE places like Kelleher's because they do have a very good selection of brews and allow you to sample the brew before you decide to buy one.

    I do samplings around town because I understand that a majority of the people in the area aren't as educated on beer as some of us are. I don't try to push a certain brew on people, merely explain the brews, how they're made, what they're made of and what it may compare to. Sure, I have my favorites, but deep down, I'm just a beer lover. I don't think that just because a beer is "rare", that it's any better than a beer like Smithwick's. That's just me though.
  15. I'd have to say I love to try one-offs, sours, barrel-aged beers, etc., but really I just want to try anything I havent had before. Then I like to keep a supply of some of my favorites on hand at all times (which I have found from trying as many as I can). I'm sure this logic goes for many people though. There's just something special about trying someone "rare" or "limited."

    And I think I've met you at the Fox and elsewhere before if you are the guy who does the tastings. I'm the redhead who is always there with his girlfriend (young couple).
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  16. My favorite beers are lambics, most notable 3 Fonteinen, Girardin, Cantillon, and Tilquin.

    Since lambics are generally too expensive for daily drinking, I would generally go with a classic German beer as a replacement like Aventinus or Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen.

    I used to always hunt for rare beers but after a couple years of consistent disappointments I prefer now to drink at local breweries and pubs and also homebrews (not mine, my friends')
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  17. tstigz

    tstigz Savant (290) Illinois Dec 6, 2010

    Mostly IPA's and Stouts. Big flavored beers. I'm also known to enjoy a gueuze after breakfast on the weekend.
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  18. match1112

    match1112 Initiate (0) Illinois Mar 2, 2011

    i like my beer like my women. thick, black, and full of booze.

    sours give me heartburn.
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  19. bharlan51

    bharlan51 Disciple (65) Illinois Jan 22, 2010

    Yea, I remember who you are.....I'm the one doing the tastings the last tuesday of the month.
  20. tstigz

    tstigz Savant (290) Illinois Dec 6, 2010

    Who went to Kellehers on Saturday? I got all four flights and the cherry Bourbon County. I went home and fell asleep at 830.
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  21. match1112

    match1112 Initiate (0) Illinois Mar 2, 2011

    Im here now enjoying black note for lunch
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  22. clarkw42

    clarkw42 Aficionado (180) Illinois May 10, 2009

    Nice man. I was also there. And I also fell asleep well before midnight. Great lineup overall. Good crowd too. Black Note, Blue Sunday, and all the Bourbon County selections were my winners. Cheers to those BAs that made the trip.
  23. Well if it was still on tap yesterday, I guess I will head down here in a bit when work ends and see if I can get a glass
  24. match1112

    match1112 Initiate (0) Illinois Mar 2, 2011


    black note, deliverance and bcbs were still on yesterday.
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  25. tstigz

    tstigz Savant (290) Illinois Dec 6, 2010

    Anybody know when Double Crooked Tree is hitting the area?
  26. I had all four flights (plus Cherry Rye) then we made the poor decision to attend a hockey game AND Big Als.....Cherry Rye was everything I dreamed it would be though.
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  27. Here are some bottles Ive stocked up on (only 1x of each bottle) that I could bare to part with for a tasting:

    Logsdon Seizoen Bretta
    2009 Boon Geuze Mariage Parfait
    Bruery Oude Tart
    Bruery Sour in the Rye
    Bruery 5 Golden Rings
    Night stalker
    Castelain Grand Cru
    Brooklyn Local 1
    Blue Mountain Barrel House Dark Hollow
    Brux
    Cisco Reaserve Saison
    Hoptimus Prime
    Jack d'or
    La Gold
  28. match1112

    match1112 Initiate (0) Illinois Mar 2, 2011

    http://www.cellarhq.com/cellar/match1112

    this is a link to my cellar, damn near everything on there is good to go for a tasting. a couple of bottles are set aside for trades and bifs. if a tasting is set up all you got to do is name the bottles and i will bring them.
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  29. Browsed from my phone and saw so much "I WANT THAT!" :) ill reply tomorrow from a desktop with some of my top "oh please bring these...please" picks. *russian river* cough
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  30. match1112

    match1112 Initiate (0) Illinois Mar 2, 2011

    I have made some awesome connections with a couple of Cali BA's thru trades!
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  31. I guess my most desired would be:

    Black Ops
    Brau Brothers (either/or)
    Box of Chocolate
    Dissident
    DFH Miles Davis or Pearl Jam
    HOTD Doggie Claws
    Black Metal
    New England Brewing (either/or)
    Russian River
    Darkness
    Marron Acidiffe
    Melange #3
    White Chocolate
    White Oak

    Again, just my two cents, not my expectation. Also, in my five years of being into craft beer I have yet to participate in a tasting like this, so I'm not 100% of etiquette, etc. But I'm down for whatever.
  32. match1112

    match1112 Initiate (0) Illinois Mar 2, 2011

    if there is enough people i will bring everything on the list. first bottle share on me, just need a place nailed down.
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  33. When I say I will bring lambic, I really mean it. I literally have nothing else. I dont buy beer anymore and all of my leftover remnants from my cellaring days are lambics. I either gave everything else to friends or traded it for lambic.

    I could offer my apartment the week of March 22nd. My wife will be out of town. I don't have a ton of space, but could potentially host 4-8

    I live in Dunlap so it is a bit of a drive. I love cooking and preparing food as well. I am not great at it but I have a thing for qourmet ingredients and like to "try" to make tasty things.

    I would have an extra bed, loveseat, recliner, and air mattress if anyone needed sleeping arrangements. Wouldn't be much floor space for another air matress, my apartment isn't that big.
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  34. match1112

    match1112 Initiate (0) Illinois Mar 2, 2011





    Really hope you have a sense of humor
  35. I am confused. You don't buy beer anymore?! Haha, explain... I'm not complaining, as I'll gladly drink those dusty old lambics you have tucked away :)
  36. I just mean I don't buy beer at the store. I have beers at pubs and I drink friends homebrews and bottle beers who have overstocked cellars

    I haven't bought a beer at a store in 2013
  37. clarkw42

    clarkw42 Aficionado (180) Illinois May 10, 2009

    I'm in for the 22nd if everyone else is. We should probably start a private conversation as to not annoy the general audience. Looking forward to this.
  38. I sent out a group message. If anyone reads this that isn't on the message please post in this thread if you are interested. I don't have a ton of space and can't promise any more people can be invited, but I also highly doubt that everyone I already included in my message will be able to attend so more spots will probably open.
  39. Ruger44

    Ruger44 Aficionado (100) Illinois Jul 15, 2011

    I live in the area and would like to attend if there is room. I am a big stout fan and have some I can bring. I will get a list of what I can share. bobsmooth would also be a good invite as he has a really good collection.
    I was also at the barrel night at Kehellers. I could only try flight 2 since I had to drive home.I wanted to stay for the cherry rye, but decided against it since Ii have two bottlesin the celler.
  40. tstigz

    tstigz Savant (290) Illinois Dec 6, 2010

    Not looking for anything in particular, but I have two cases of Zombie Dust if anybody is looking to trade.

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