Sunday, February 23, 2014

Just A Taste, notes from the Rogue

Sunrise on Lake Michigan.  Loyola Beach, Chicago.                   photo courtesy Curtis Irby

   Not much doin' in the OC.  Cold.  Some snow.  Ocean in the upper 30's.  Ice everywhere.  Be like surfin' an ice tray.  Valentine's weekend... decided to head west and get a taste of Chicago. Met up with my Girl.  I'm tellin' ya, it's all about timing.  Got some snow, got some beer, got some chow.  Got some more snow, got some more beer, got some more chow.  Drinkin' an eatin'.  Great weekend.

The Beer Market. Bolingbrook, IL
  Get Stoked on the wings and beer! 2/14

The Market's offering...Not Your Father's Root
 Beer at 19.5%, Green Flash's Palate Wrecker
 at 9.5% and countless other choices.  Whew!
Layer after layer.  Aurora, IL 2/16

   Small Town Brewery puts forth a spiced Dark Amber Ale that will knock your socks off. Not Your Father's Root Beer is hard core on draft at 19.5% ABV.  You don't wanna drink more than one.  Last weekend, we did their latest bomber measuring 10% ABV and approximately 10 IBUs.  This ale taste is dead on root beer.  I mean they got it down.  In my mind, the 19.5'er is A+, but the 10%'r is still up there at an A.  Little less taste, but still nice.  Pours a dark brown with a very thin head.  Not a lot of carbonation or lace either.  Creamy, with hints of vanilla and sassafras with a light boozy finish. Next time, we're gettin' some ice cream!
"Beer, it's the best damn drink in
 the world!"             -Jack Nicholson

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