What's good in Chicago right now?

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  1. GameFreac

    GameFreac Disciple (343) Apr 8, 2011 Georgia
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    A coworker is going to Chicago this weekend and said he's going to the Beer Temple. What should I have him bring back for me if I just got 1 or 2 bottles?
     
  2. SeanBond

    SeanBond Meyvn (1,091) Jul 30, 2013 Illinois
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    Rev. just released Deth's Tar, if you're into BA stouts. Unessionable is also awesome, if you don't mind bigger DIPAs. If you want Pipeworks, I'd go off the latest stuff on this list:
    http://pdubs.net/batch/

    I'm very partial to Permanent Funeral from Three Floyds, so if that's hanging around BT, I'd pick that up, personally.


    Is there any type of beer you're looking for, in specific? Chicago is so stacked with good beer that "what's good in Chicago" is a really loaded question.
     
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  3. GameFreac

    GameFreac Disciple (343) Apr 8, 2011 Georgia
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    Not really...just anything that you guys are loving right now

    Is Pipeworks Royale an American or Belgian Blonde?
     
  4. Jordan3292

    Jordan3292 Initiate (139) May 26, 2015 Illinois
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    Instructions to your friend: walk in, awww in its glory, close eyes, pick up beer(s) and it's good
     
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  5. Roland7792

    Roland7792 Initiate (0) Aug 9, 2015 Illinois

    I love pdub but not interest in those too, so haven't tried them.

    I would highly recommend their cans of Ninja vs Unicorn and especially Lizard King. Availability of those two is pretty high right now. Abduction bombers and Mosaic Ninja are still around...both are pretty solid.

    FFF amber smashed face is damn tasty too. Heard their wig splitter coffee stout is worth a try as well.

    Might even be able to find Rev's unsessionable still (altho its not a favorite of mine). Fist City is a great pale ale as well.

    Brickstone's Pale Ale and Hop Skip are good too and little off the hype path.

    I would also add Half Acre's Gone Away.

    Good luck
     
  6. Roland7792

    Roland7792 Initiate (0) Aug 9, 2015 Illinois

    Sorry, didn't even realize you said 1-2 bombers.

    So that would nix the cans I mentioned but Abduction, Mosaic Ninja, Amber Smashedface and Wig Splitter are prolly worth the try.

    Oh, Alpine (brewed by Green Flash now) just hit Chicago recently. I don't think they are available in GA? I thought Nelson was outstanding...Green Flash brew or not.
     
  7. Hoos78

    Hoos78 Aspirant (279) Mar 3, 2015 Ohio

    I really like what Marz is doing. Double Jungle Boogie is tasty, and I'm partial to their Berlinner Weisse offerings. The Yuzu BW is especially good...
     
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  8. K_schrim

    K_schrim Initiate (0) Oct 25, 2015 Indiana

    If you're a coffee lover like myself, FFF Wig Splitter is worth having someone pick it up for you.
     
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  9. fredmugs

    fredmugs Meyvn (1,484) Aug 11, 2012 Indiana

    I was in Chicago last weekend and got some Pipeworks Mosaic and it was awesome.
     
  10. SeanBond

    SeanBond Meyvn (1,091) Jul 30, 2013 Illinois
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    One of the reviews on here mentions it tasting a little like a saison, so maybe it's got Belgian yeast?

    http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/28178/198318/

    Agreed on both points. Gone Away is great, and Lizard King is too, reminds me of a Mosaic Zombie Dust.
     
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  11. Acschoen

    Acschoen Initiate (64) Jan 22, 2015 Illinois

    Marz Citra! Citra! Citra! IIPA is fresh
     
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  12. GameFreac

    GameFreac Disciple (343) Apr 8, 2011 Georgia
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    Thanks everyone
     
  13. Papaloth

    Papaloth Initiate (158) Nov 9, 2013 Indiana
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    I also have a buddy hitting chicago today - Has FW XIX made an appearance there yet? Scanning the Binny's website and it appears not....Any other good recommendations for stouts/sours?
     
  14. SeanBond

    SeanBond Meyvn (1,091) Jul 30, 2013 Illinois
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    I'm pretty sure it has, I've seen a couple beer places post pics of it (Beer Temple among them). Haven't seen it at Binny's though.

    In terms of good stouts, Prarie has released a few stouts recently (Vanilla Noir, Bomb!), Stone just dropped Xocoveza, Revolution recently released Deth's Tar, etc. I'd probably start there. I don't drink enough sours to know who makes good ones in the area, although I hear that Alpine is good (although expensive).

    Tell your buddy to hold off a week and come next Friday, and pick you up some BCBS! :stuck_out_tongue:
     
  15. Papaloth

    Papaloth Initiate (158) Nov 9, 2013 Indiana
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    Thanks! Vanilla Noir was another one I was going to ask about...I have another buddy hitting LP Binny's next week so that will happen as well.
     
  16. robear

    robear Initiate (0) May 24, 2014 Wisconsin

    I've been digging Marz Brewing and I always love Half Acre.

    Deth's Tar might be sold out by now, was getting low a few weeks ago.
     
  17. croush

    croush Crusader (777) Mar 20, 2015 Illinois
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    Binny's in the city have already gone through FW XIX. I'm pretty sure most of the better bottle shops (Beer Temple, WLV Liquors, etc.) have gone through it as well. I managed to get mine at Whole Foods since I was out of town last week for the release.
     
  18. Schmizer

    Schmizer Initiate (0) Oct 15, 2015 Wisconsin

    Firestone XIX on tap right now in wicker park:wink:
     
  19. Raj

    Raj Disciple (310) Jun 25, 2014 Illinois
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    UM EVERYTHING. Well except for the murders and politics and snow. :flushed: Check out Penrose (belgian styles) and Spiteful (I like their IPAs) if you've never had them.
     
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  20. Jaycase

    Jaycase Meyvn (1,343) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois
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    My recommendation for OP is to give his buddy a list of styles he enjoys and then have Beer Temple recommend some bottles based on what they have in the store at the time. If primarily interested in local breweries mention that as well. You've already done well steering your buddy to BT and they will not likely disappoint with their recommendations.
     
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  21. TonyLuvsBeer

    TonyLuvsBeer Aspirant (225) Mar 28, 2015 Michigan
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    Just got back from the Windy City the other day. I picked up some Pipeworks and Revolution. I had a PW Lizard King - dang - that is an excellent Pale Ale - I mean - right up there (IMHO) with the best. I liked everything about it. The aroma could be a little better (not as good as say Psuedo Sue) but taste and everything else was outstanding. I will be seeking more of that next time I go there. I have 16 bombers of fresh Zombie Dust waiting to be consumed also :slight_smile:
     
  22. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (2,944) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    Yeah, I've got some co-workers heading to Chicago after Thanksgiving. I told them to find me some bottles/cans of Surly, Toppiling Goliath and 3 Floyds as those are what I'm looking for. They brought back some Pipeworks Sure Bet and Nelson and 3F Alpha King last year which were all great, but was hoping to find some of the others I listed this year. They are probably going to hit up Binny's on West Grand which is walking distance from their hotel. Do they have Surly/TG/3F (Permanent Funeral or Zombie Dust preferably)? Just wondering.
     
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  23. Raj

    Raj Disciple (310) Jun 25, 2014 Illinois
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    Surly and 3F yes, though zombie dust and perm funeral are still hard to come by unless you go the day Binny's gets it (call and ask). We don't get distro from TG.
     
  24. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (2,944) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    Thanks for the info. I'll tell them not to bother looking too hard for TG stuff then. I'd be happy with some more Pipeworks as well. Those beers were very good. Is Todd the Axman pretty easy to find?
     
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  25. Hoos78

    Hoos78 Aspirant (279) Mar 3, 2015 Ohio

    Todd the Axeman is loooong gone...unfortunately. Abrasive is possible, but I think we are in between shipments at the moment. No worries though...Chicago distro is phenomenal and the folks at BT will be able to set him up.
     
  26. kodt

    kodt Defender (613) Mar 6, 2013 Illinois

    Beer Temple should have some Transient bottles now.
     
  27. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (2,944) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    Thanks. I'm not in that area so I'm not really up to speed on the special release dates / small batches of the local area. And to read through the brewer's websites doesn't always help sort out bottle shop availability status.
     
  28. Hoos78

    Hoos78 Aspirant (279) Mar 3, 2015 Ohio


    Absolutely. I apologize if my response came off a bit snarky. That was not my intention at all. I wish Todd the Axeman was still around...it was my favorite beer of the year!

    Your co-workers should still be able to bring back some great stuff. There are so many local and national options in Chicago. For example, Alesmith recently started distributing locally...so they could grab a Speedway for you, and Alesmith IPA is fantastic.

    Most Binny's always have Pipeworks and a few 3F options available. Pipeworks' canning operation has really upped their availability. Ninja vs. Unicorn and Lizard King are certainly worth a look-see.
     
  29. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (2,944) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    Yes those Pipeworks options in cans would be great to bring a couple home. No worries, I didn't take it as snarky at all and appreciate the insights. It will help narrow down the expectations. I know how things go in the beer world.
     
  30. MosaicDrops

    MosaicDrops Initiate (159) Jun 4, 2014 New York
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    Any chance Goodbye Moon Men will be hanging around into next week?
     
  31. bosoroni

    bosoroni Initiate (94) Oct 31, 2007 Illinois

    Pretty good chance. I thought it was a high price point ($16.99) for a 6.2% milk stout. Needless to say.. I bought one and enjoyed it.
     
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  32. SeanBond

    SeanBond Meyvn (1,091) Jul 30, 2013 Illinois
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    I think this quote sums up Chicago beer culture, in general (not knocking you).
     
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  33. Hoos78

    Hoos78 Aspirant (279) Mar 3, 2015 Ohio

    :grinning:

    Yeah, we're all guilty at times. "Damn, that's expensive...I'll take two."
     
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  34. Raj

    Raj Disciple (310) Jun 25, 2014 Illinois
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    Had anyone had this and death by coconut? I'm curious about it but also not sure about the price, especially when DBC is in 4 pack cans. And since there is no FOMO about Marz, I can wait instead of impulsively buying 4.
     
  35. SeanBond

    SeanBond Meyvn (1,091) Jul 30, 2013 Illinois
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    "I mean, it's gotta be that expensive for a reason, right?"

    or my other favorite:

    "Limit one? Whatever that is, I should probably grab one. Maybe call my gf, have her grab one too."

    I'd prefer it were an RIS, but if you like coconut, I would highly recommend giving it a shot. I'm one of those people who is almost never satisfied by the amount of coconut in a beer (my all-time fave beer, Prop '13, didn't have enough for me), but it's very coconut-forward. It's not an amazing beer, but it's very solid if that's what you're in the mood for.
     
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  36. waratdenison

    waratdenison Initiate (73) Sep 18, 2013 Illinois
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    Picked up a bottle and had it this past weekend. Pretty good but coconut is subtle. Good stout overall. Worth $16, probably not.
     
  37. SeanBond

    SeanBond Meyvn (1,091) Jul 30, 2013 Illinois
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    Subtle? Weird. Then again, I thought Prop '13 was super subtle on the coconut and people claimed it was bursting with flavor, and I've had bottles of Prop '14 where there was no coconut at all (and others where it was a coconut bomb), so coconut's probably a tough flavor to consistently nail down.
     
  38. waratdenison

    waratdenison Initiate (73) Sep 18, 2013 Illinois
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    Might be I just don't pick coconut up well as I had prop 13 and thought it needed more coconut too.
     
  39. SeanBond

    SeanBond Meyvn (1,091) Jul 30, 2013 Illinois
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    I dunno, I've heard that the coconut (at least in Prop '13) sometimes settled at the bottom, so maybe that's your issue with the Death by Coconut cans? For what it's worth, I thought they were much more coconut-forward than Prop '13, but I might've gotten lucky. Taste is so incredibly subjective with this stuff, that it's always really hard to tell.
     
  40. Jaycase

    Jaycase Meyvn (1,343) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois
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    I think he was talking about the Marz beer in terms of the coconut subtlety, not DBC as he was mentioning picking up a bottle.
     
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