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Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by Tnudish, Oct 17, 2012.
Did you try smaug's breath, imo that is what a chile stout shoudl be.
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.
That bouncer near the bathrooms and stairwell was a big dude.
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?!).
I was a fan of Stone's Suitable for Cave Aging.
I was really hoping to see BA speedway and BA decadence when I saw stone was gonna be there
I hope you were drinking away your sorrows from the Bears loss when you posted this.....
Sigh. IT WAS A JOKE PEOPLE.
Joke was i was hoping stone would leave the crap they brought at home and bring some REAL CA beer...oh well. #Fail
Is anyone else pissed Firestone walker didn't bring beautification, salvation or any other -ations? (Was this joke beat to death already?)
I didn't understand the joke and I won't respond to it.
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.
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.
Maybe Founders was spread too thin with the Bolt Cutter release.
Not to mention their Anniversary party was the same day, correct?
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.
IBG is scurred of SW MI, boom.
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.
Yup, had it during the second session.
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.
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!
how often does haymarket have Claire's on... thought that was one of the best beers there
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.
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.
Clare's was on tap at the Anniversary Party and you could get 4oz or 12oz pours of it.
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.
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
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.