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Official FOBAB Countdown Thread

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by Tnudish, Oct 17, 2012.

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  1. crossovert

    crossovert Mar 29, 2009 Illinois

    Did you try smaug's breath, imo that is what a chile stout shoudl be.
  2. ControlledBurn

    ControlledBurn May 5, 2008 Illinois

    Ha, saw that dude try for the women's head since the men's line was long and watched the bouncer chase him down and pull him out, didn't realize he got tossed for it.
  3. pmoney

    pmoney Apr 15, 2011 Illinois
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    That bouncer near the bathrooms and stairwell was a big dude.
  4. DrAwkward82

    DrAwkward82 Apr 16, 2005 California

    Yet another insane, amazing FOBAB. To get the negative out of the way first, as beautiful, classy and cool as the new venue was, I prefer the Plumbers Hall for the more basic advantages of location and breathing room - not to mention ease of finding a cab (it took our group well over a half hour, but we got lucky; it could easily have taken another hour).

    Favorites of the night included: Haymarket Claire's Thirsty, GI Clybourne Hansel & Gretel, GI Wrigleyville Mayan Chocolate, GI Buffalo Trace BCBS, Denali Louisville Sour and Bells Barrel Aged Batch 9000. It seems to be one of the more divisive beers, but I thought the Destihl Hawaii was fantastic too. Wine barrel BCBS was pretty interesting; I liked it more as a dark sour than as a BCBS variant, if that makes any sense.

    Oh, and not that there wasn't plenty of great stuff to drink, but it's always a bummer when breweries really phone it in. I'm looking at you Boulevard, Great Divide, Schlafly and Stone (Oaked Arrogant Bastard? Really?!).
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  5. otrejo

    otrejo Mar 8, 2011 Illinois
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    I was a fan of Stone's Suitable for Cave Aging.
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  6. jegross2

    jegross2 Jan 3, 2010 Illinois
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    I was really hoping to see BA speedway and BA decadence when I saw stone was gonna be there
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  7. Tnudish

    Tnudish Feb 16, 2012 Wisconsin

    Ugh, what?
  8. Mjmoser

    Mjmoser May 6, 2012 Illinois

    I hope you were drinking away your sorrows from the Bears loss when you posted this.....
  9. jegross2

    jegross2 Jan 3, 2010 Illinois
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  10. Tnudish

    Tnudish Feb 16, 2012 Wisconsin

  11. Mjmoser

    Mjmoser May 6, 2012 Illinois

    Funny?.... :-?
  12. jegross2

    jegross2 Jan 3, 2010 Illinois
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    Joke was i was hoping stone would leave the crap they brought at home and bring some REAL CA beer...oh well. #Fail
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  13. RC0032

    RC0032 Mar 10, 2009 Illinois
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    From CBS:

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  14. burica2020

    burica2020 Nov 17, 2009 Illinois

    Is anyone else pissed Firestone walker didn't bring beautification, salvation or any other -ations? (Was this joke beat to death already?)
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  15. Rempo

    Rempo Jan 18, 2010 Indiana

    I didn't understand the joke and I won't respond to it.
  16. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    In regards to Boulevard, I've been lucky enough to try most of their offerings, but the rest of my Michigan brethren, have never had any of them. So to them, Rye in Rye is a cool sample.
  17. Lansman

    Lansman Mar 19, 2011 Missouri
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    I understand that not all breweries have to go to every event, but does anyone know why Founders, The Livery, Greenbush, or Dark Horse didn't attend FoBAB (again)? Just curious seeing that these breweries attend near every other Midwest beer festival.
  18. marcgo2

    marcgo2 Nov 16, 2010 Illinois
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    Maybe Founders was spread too thin with the Bolt Cutter release.
  19. CMB2012

    CMB2012 Nov 26, 2008 Colorado

    Not to mention their Anniversary party was the same day, correct?
  20. immobilisme

    immobilisme Nov 8, 2005 Illinois

    Founders sent Bolt Cutter, but it was in the VIP lounge... and they did bring beer to 2010 FoBAB as well.

    For Dark Horse, it seems like they mostly stick to Michigan events (where they kill it) and Great Taste. Maybe they don't want to send their beer to IL for free.
  21. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    IBG is scurred of SW MI, boom.
  22. Lansman

    Lansman Mar 19, 2011 Missouri
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    I saw the untapped keg in the lounge throughout the first session - did that eventually get tapped? I left with about an hour to go in the first session.
  23. Bay01

    Bay01 Nov 19, 2008 Illinois

    Yup, had it during the second session.
  24. danimalarkey

    danimalarkey Mar 3, 2008 Illinois

    As mentioned before, breweries were obliged to bring twice as much beer this year than in the past. Maybe Dark Horse, or anyone else, just didn't have large enough batches of barrel-aged beers to be able to send some to Chicago.
  25. TapeDeck

    TapeDeck Mar 31, 2011 Illinois

    I just want to agree that BA Abraxas blew my skirt up more than Track 8 (which, on a normal day, would have been just unbelievable) and to add that I thought Claire's was more interesting than BCBS Cherry, though again...

    It's weird to me, what these kinds of focused tastings do to you, as compared to line bottle shares etc, where everything is a mish-mosh. Beers that I used to think were great (like Black Note) seemed downright ordinary... and beers that have far less name appeal buzz were often rock stars.

    Great times, awesome event, and good to bump into so many great BA's there!
  26. redsand22

    redsand22 Mar 17, 2010 Illinois

    how often does haymarket have Claire's on... thought that was one of the best beers there
  27. FlssmrBrewAlum

    FlssmrBrewAlum Feb 25, 2009 Illinois
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    Clare's has only appeared on tap 3 times I seem to recall (From Haymarket I'm referring to.. it's a beer he's long made during his time at RB:Chi - A beer I believe won Best of Show at FoBAB 2006).

    FoBAB 2011, Haymarket 1st Anni Party, FoBAB 2012.

    Never available in anything bigger than sampler pours.

    And I'm not completetly positive it was at the Anni Party.. I know Steve it to Bieber was (The Coffee treated version of Indignant as opposed to Raspberries).. but that didn't make it to this year's FoBAB..

    EDIT: Yep, 2 PM tapping was Steve It and 3 PM tapping was Clare's Thirsty at the Anniversary Party.
  28. Bay01

    Bay01 Nov 19, 2008 Illinois

    Haven't seen Claire's on but they have Nina's BA Quad and Angel's Envy BA (port) Stout on now. Thankfully they don't follow the ludicrous unwritten Chicago policy of not filling growlers of their BA beers, so you can take some home too.
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  29. immobilisme

    immobilisme Nov 8, 2005 Illinois

    Clare's was on tap at the Anniversary Party and you could get 4oz or 12oz pours of it.
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  30. Dontcounttoday

    Dontcounttoday Apr 23, 2010 Illinois
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    They do not, however, allow you to fill up growlers other than theirs, and they do not have swing-tops. Seriously, why do none of the amazing breweries in this area refuse to carry swing-top growlers? If I am getting a BA Stout I don't want to get it in a top filled, twist on growler that will go flat in 2 days.
  31. jegross2

    jegross2 Jan 3, 2010 Illinois
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    That is patently false. They routinely fill up my HF 750 ML growlers. Granted, I havent asked to have one filled since Mid-August of this year
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  32. Dontcounttoday

    Dontcounttoday Apr 23, 2010 Illinois
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    I thought they used to as well. I was just in this week and while I didn't have one to fill up I did ask (I wanted to bring a swing-top in to get an Indignant fill which they are incidentally not doing growler fills of at all). I was told only their growlers. It was a waitress though, so perhaps she didn't have much of a clue.
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