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Live a Rich Life (a Belgian-style double IPA from Three Floyds). Named for a former brewery employee who passed away.

Was shocked to find several cases of bombers at the Lincoln Park (Chicago) Whole Foods. This is outstanding stuff.

First purchased about two years ago when I visited the brewery in Munster, IN. At the time it was being sold at the brewery only, and I liked it then too. Good for sharing.

I'm seeing more and more Three Floyds available on Chicago shelves lately. Either the brewery expanded, they changed distribution patterns, or both.
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Bell's Hopslam (tap)- delicious IPA.

Wow, where did you find that on tap???

I also enjoyed a couple Hopslams today, from bottle.

Had Ommegang Hennepin last night.


Lillie's Q on North in Bucktown- great BBQ by the way if you haven't been.

Tried going there once...they didn't have a highchair so we couldn't eat there. Went to Piece instead. Maybe I'll get to Lillie's one day without the kids
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2 x Petrus Winter Ale on tap.


Not a fan personally.


They certainly aren't for everyone, and definitely not for warmer weather, IMO.

My other half is working Saturdays through tax time. I'm gonna have to hit you up for a mini beer offline soon!
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Dogfish Head 60 Minute (draft)


Thoughts, steve8? Although there is a bit of keg variation lately due to the increased production, when done right this is one of my top 10 IPAs. When blended 50/50 with their 90 to make a 75. Head shaking good...

PH


I think the 60 minute in bottle is one of the best beers in the world. This was the second time I've had it on draft and both times I had the impression that it wasn't as good as bottle. Perhaps the keg variation you mentioned? I need to try both side-by-side.

Tonight, some Bethlehem Brew Works beer

Cask Conditioned Billy D ESB
Hop Explosion IPA
Always Sunny IPA
Woofiedog Mead
There was a beer festival in our town last weekend. You could sample by third, half or full pints. We drank the following in various quantities:

Admans, Ghost ship, strong bitter
Bexar County, Café Pequeno, speciality
Bullmastiff, Welsh black, stout
Greenjack, Trawlerboys, best bitter
Dark Star, Art of Darkness, bitter (BOTN)
Lord Conrad's, Zulu, porter
Mile Tree, Strawberry blond, best bitter
Red Brewery, White duck IPA, golden ale
Wolf, Granny wouldn't like it, strong bitter
I think there might have been one or two others I didn't mark down.

We walked off in a happy mood, indeed, to a very good Turkish meal.
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Over the last few days, I have been enjoying cans of beer with the nitrogen widgets. Simple guy like me is amazed by the draft taste.

Specifically:
Guiness
Murphy's Stout
Boddington Ale


I also really like these cans with the nitrogen widget. Pop and pour into a glass and you have a very close approximation to a draft pour.
I've discussed it a bit in the Sour Beer thread, but even at beer geek bars if I have the same beer side-by-side, bottle vs draught I generally prefer bottle. Imports are hard though, you never know how old bottles are (most imported beers are pasteurized) and you never know if a keg was pasteurized or not (unpasteurized tastes better but spoils faster). At Russian River, I prefer Pliny the Elder, Blind Pig, etc. from bottle vs draught.

Also, most of the beers I enjoy are bottle conditioned, and that process never translates to keg. I've passed on Cantillon because it was on draught, my experience tells me that those kind of beers just show flat and boring from keg.
A Bell's Hopslam last night before going to Big Star for beer & tacos. While at Big Star:
Green Flash Double Stout Black Ale
Three Floyds Gumballhead
Lone Star
Anchor IPA
Revolution A Little Crazy

I got the Stout on accident (I was told they had an IPA by Green Flash), but enjoyed it and I'm trying to get more into stouts & porters lately. I have to say the Gumballhead was my favorite - I don't seem to tire of that beer.

I had to get the Lone Star since it was on True Detective so much, and I'd never had one.
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I had to get the Lone Star since it was on True Detective so much, and I'd never had one.

What did you think?

It didn't do much for me either way. I didn't dislike it, but it was just kind of "there". Although it was the last beer I had of the night, and my taste buds were a bit worn out.
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I had to get the Lone Star since it was on True Detective so much, and I'd never had one.

What did you think?

It didn't do much for me either way. I didn't dislike it, but it was just kind of "there". Although it was the last beer I had of the night, and my taste buds were a bit worn out.

Nah - you pretty much nailed it. Unfortunately the "National Beer of Texas" doesn't live up to the lofty title. Ack

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