Official Great Taste of the Midwest Thread

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by Tnudish, Jul 26, 2012.

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  1. jverdo1

    jverdo1 Apr 5, 2012 Illinois
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    Wouldn't expect to see anything until Wed, Thurs, or Fri...
    The program is typically available only a couple days (max) before the festival.
     
  2. EliteDigger

    EliteDigger May 9, 2006 Wisconsin
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    The program just shipped to the printer on Friday...the PDF version should be available in the next day or two. Kind of an odd Circus theme to the logo and program cover this year...
     
  3. xsists

    xsists Dec 31, 2007 Wisconsin
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    GI's list is incredible.
     
  4. FlssmrBrewAlum

    FlssmrBrewAlum Feb 25, 2009 Illinois
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    Not a single new beer.

    But some impressive stuff.

    Grape Sofie = Screw You Jeppe, fyi.
     
  5. Mjmoser

    Mjmoser May 6, 2012 Illinois

    You have had Bourbon County Manhattan Stout?
     
  6. FlssmrBrewAlum

    FlssmrBrewAlum Feb 25, 2009 Illinois
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    FoBAB 2011, sir.

    EDIT: Not saying it in a mean way. Moreso, giving heads up to everyone for database stuff here and at RB (and a heads up to Alex).
     
  7. Tnudish

    Tnudish Feb 16, 2012 Wisconsin

    It was at FOBAB last year
     
  8. FlssmrBrewAlum

    FlssmrBrewAlum Feb 25, 2009 Illinois
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    Going through the list once is exhausting, from both an excitement and database admin perspective.
     
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  9. Lansman

    Lansman Mar 19, 2011 Missouri
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    Goose Island had BCBS Cherry at Stout Fest this year. It was fantastic.

    What is this 'King Henry' that they have listed? That any good? ;)
     
  10. kawilliams81

    kawilliams81 Feb 27, 2009 Illinois
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    Laura is new, i think. Amara has 3 reviews, Blackberry Dominique has 2 reviews, BCBS Cherry has 2 reviews, and I don't even see BCBS Manhattan on BA. So yeah I guess there's nothing "new" from GI.
     
  11. jverdo1

    jverdo1 Apr 5, 2012 Illinois
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    I guess nothing is getting done at work today!
     
  12. FlssmrBrewAlum

    FlssmrBrewAlum Feb 25, 2009 Illinois
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    Laura was at the CCBW 2012 Media Presser thing at Haymarket.

    It probably isn't in the db over here.

    PS - No reason to be snarky. I wasn't trying to be. I look at everything from a database perspective when it comes to new beer from Illinois. I was just indicating that I didn't have to add anything to my database for Goose Island this year.. maybe an alt for Sofie w/ Concord Grapes..

    On a related note, I love when the GTMW Program comes out because you get a ton of official commercial descriptions from breweries that rarely if ever put them out the rest of the year **cough** Half Acre **cough**
     
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  13. Mjmoser

    Mjmoser May 6, 2012 Illinois

    What
    Is it worth waiting in line for? I am thinking so....
     
  14. FlssmrBrewAlum

    FlssmrBrewAlum Feb 25, 2009 Illinois
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    Definitely. :cool:
     
  15. Tnudish

    Tnudish Feb 16, 2012 Wisconsin

    As a guy that comes from a family that consumes Manhattan's by the gallon, I was pretty unimpressed by it. Has this been aged in the manhattan barrels longer or did they keg them at the same time?
     
  16. Beerness

    Beerness Mar 3, 2010 North Carolina
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    Ofcourse.....you can spend over 1/2 the festival in the Goose Island line if you're not careful.
    Along with Founders...those line are crazy long.

    I wish I could've tried Violet Hour's Barrel-aged Manhattan....bet that was ridiculously good.
     
  17. kawilliams81

    kawilliams81 Feb 27, 2009 Illinois
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    Was only being half snarky. Just trying to point out although not really "new" beers still many that almost nobody has gotten a chance to try. Unfortunately I had to sell my tix to a friend, because I will not be able to go.
     
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  18. MasterSki

    MasterSki Dec 25, 2006 Ontario (Canada)
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    Manhattan BCS is here - http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/1549/75324
    Concord Sofie (aka Screw You, Jeppe) is not, but I will add it before Friday.

    Adam wasn't trying to be negative here - he was just trying to give me a heads up so that I can address potential duplicate entries before the weekend.
     
  19. IPx

    IPx Mar 22, 2010 Illinois

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  20. FlssmrBrewAlum

    FlssmrBrewAlum Feb 25, 2009 Illinois
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    Because.. big sad face everyone.. Alex will not be there this weekend.

    :(

    ...he'll have plenty of fun where he is going though.
     
  21. MasterSki

    MasterSki Dec 25, 2006 Ontario (Canada)
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    I keep missing Barrel Aged Over Ale. Maybe someone will take pity on me and share a bottle in the future.
     
  22. mishuggah

    mishuggah Jul 14, 2009 Illinois
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    This was also at the Goose Island mini golf event. It was awesome.
     
  23. danimalarkey

    danimalarkey Mar 3, 2008 Illinois


    Per the update on facebook, it looks like they're also calling it Rusé Renard -- "Rusé Renard is a Saison with fresh concord grapes."
     
  24. FlssmrBrewAlum

    FlssmrBrewAlum Feb 25, 2009 Illinois
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    1 Beer with 3 names.. Who do they think they are? Rogue?
     
  25. jegross2

    jegross2 Jan 3, 2010 Illinois
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    What breweries are worth seeking out besides the ones listed below? (note, if i have listed the brewery and not a beer from them, I have either already had the beer or have no interest in it)


    Central Waters 2:00pm: 1414

    Dark Horse
    BBPt5
    S-C7 DEKOORC33RT (7 hop Crooked Tree)
    Artic DEKOORC EERT (Crooked Tree with citra)

    Fat Head
    Headhunter IPA

    Flossmoor Station
    Unknown

    Founders
    5:00pm: KBS

    Goose Island
    2:30pm: Bourbon County Brand Manhattan Stout
    3:30pm: Bourbon County Brand Cherry Stout
    4:30pm: King Henry
    5:00pm: Laura

    Great Lakes
    BA Blackout Stout

    Half Acre
    Shewold
    Unknown + BA Over Ale

    Haymarket
    1:00pm: Snaggletooth Bandana

    Kuhnhenn
    DRIPA
    TBA Specials

    Minnesota Town Hall
    Czar Jack
    Mango Mamma
    Nitro Java Porter
    1800 DH

    New Glarus
    1:00pm: BB Kriek

    Revolution
    BA Repo Man
    Institutionalized
    BA Cherry Black Power

    Schafly
    Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout
    Real Ale Tent: Galaxy IPA

    Surly
    Cacao Bender
    Syx
    Darkness 2011
    Smoke
    Five
    2:00pm: Two
    3:00pm: Three
    4:00pm: Four
    Real Ale Tent: Tea Bagged Furious
    Real Ale Tent: Oak Aged Cynic

    Three Floyds
    Cognac Dark Lord (2012)
    Molokold
    BA Ice Grille
    Dark Lord 2009
    Sez Sez Sez
    Plus special taps

    Tyranea
    2:00pm: BA Down n Dirty
    4:00pm: sPanK Me BaBy! With Wood

    Vintage
    4:15: BA Max Stout 2011
     
  26. immobilisme

    immobilisme Nov 8, 2005 Illinois

    Surly certainly is not being shy with their offerings.

    However, I know where I am running when I walk through the gates.
     
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  27. Tnudish

    Tnudish Feb 16, 2012 Wisconsin


    The Livery and Leinenkugel's/Tenth & Blake's.
     
  28. markrmoser

    markrmoser Jun 27, 2010 Illinois

    New to the Great Taste, how to lines work at say Surly? Do you wait in line, get to the front and then only get 1 sample? or can you stay there and try a couple things? Thanks in advance
     
  29. thewimperoo

    thewimperoo Oct 1, 2006 Illinois

    Get your sample and get out of the way
     
  30. Lansman

    Lansman Mar 19, 2011 Missouri
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    Having lived across the street from the tap room in downtown St. Louis and being disappointed every year since 2006, substitute the BB Imperial Stout for the Pumpkin Ale. Schlafly has some good stuff, but their IS is not one of them.
     
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  31. jegross2

    jegross2 Jan 3, 2010 Illinois
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    Will do! Thanks for tip!
     
  32. jegross2

    jegross2 Jan 3, 2010 Illinois
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    Sarcasm? The only thing I saw the BA Big Eddy with cherries. I liked BA Big Eddy (bourbon and rye whiskey), but not sure adding cherries would improve it
     
  33. Tnudish

    Tnudish Feb 16, 2012 Wisconsin

    No? I'm looking very forward to trying BA Big Eddy w/ cherries and Bubblelicious weisse
     
  34. jegross2

    jegross2 Jan 3, 2010 Illinois
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    I feel like I am mostly going to be stalking FFF and GI and Surly, with a splash of minnesota town hall primarily.
     
  35. castvic

    castvic Jul 13, 2010 Wisconsin

    I'm looking for 1 ticket at face or near face in the Madison area. I'm trying to convince a friend to fly up for the weekend, but don't want to do it if I can't guarantee he can't get in.

    I've been to the fest several years, but I've never much noticed, do they have like wheelchairs or anything like that available. I broke my foot and I'm on crutches and I'm optimistic I'll be able to ditch them for the weekend but I was wondering if anybody knew what that situation is.
     
  36. beereapolis

    beereapolis Dec 15, 2010 Minnesota

    2x or maybe 4x tickets available at face value, although I wouldn't turn down a beer. Only catch is they're in the twin cities with me. If you want all four I"d be willing to bring them to Hudson Friday am. Let me know
     
  37. nsmartell

    nsmartell Aug 17, 2007 Wisconsin

    The big eddy w/ cherries is pretty tasty.
     
  38. jverdo1

    jverdo1 Apr 5, 2012 Illinois
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    It would depend... Most will have two lines at least, one for the special tap and one for the general stuff. Get your sample and if no one else is around step to the side. If there is something else that you want to sample, get back in line and repeat until you are happy. For the most part - everyone is very understand (Line Buddies are typically okay) so if you are in line waiting for someone and happen to be w. someone you know, send them for another sample while you wait.

    Also - the number of people sampling will decrease as time passes...
     
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  39. MarkFy

    MarkFy Dec 18, 2009 Illinois
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    Agree with you there. However, if the lines get ridiculous for some of those, I will go to the Revolution tent to quench my thirst.

    Haven't had much of their stuff, but I was impressed that Shoreline is releasing a BA beer every hour. Also curious about some of the Nebraska special releases. My head will be spinning on where to go at 2 and 3pm.
     
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