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  • Post #1231 - January 15th, 2014, 7:58 pm
    Post #1231 - January 15th, 2014, 7:58 pm Post #1231 - January 15th, 2014, 7:58 pm
    spanky wrote:Did you get the HopSlam in Illinois or did you get it in Michigan?



    Cardinal Liquors in Palatine. I had stopped in at 2pm to just ask "when will you be getting the hopslam?" and as I was looking for the beer guy, the delivery guy showed up with the stuff! Pricey though, $19.99 a six pack. I suspect Binny's will be at least 2 to 3 dollars cheaper.
  • Post #1232 - January 15th, 2014, 9:27 pm
    Post #1232 - January 15th, 2014, 9:27 pm Post #1232 - January 15th, 2014, 9:27 pm
    Can't find it as of late but in the last few months was really enjoying Shiner's Prickly Pear. Its released in limited quantity so not being able to have it often makes it even more special to me.
  • Post #1233 - January 16th, 2014, 3:47 pm
    Post #1233 - January 16th, 2014, 3:47 pm Post #1233 - January 16th, 2014, 3:47 pm
    mhill95149 wrote:
    spanky wrote:Did you get the HopSlam in Illinois or did you get it in Michigan?



    Cardinal Liquors in Palatine. I had stopped in at 2pm to just ask "when will you be getting the hopslam?" and as I was looking for the beer guy, the delivery guy showed up with the stuff! Pricey though, $19.99 a six pack. I suspect Binny's will be at least 2 to 3 dollars cheaper.


    Binny's by me said it's 15.99. They have a limit of 1 six-pack per person. I'll be grabbing one from them tonight and then hitting a couple of other places to see if anyone else has it. Apparently some Meijer stores have had it for about 10 bucks a six-pack, which I assume is an error on their part. I'm going to look at the one by me tonight and see if they have any.

    I had a few beers at Three Floyds last night. Behemoth which is a barley wine and one of my favorite beers that they make. Very tasty. Space Station Middle Finger was sort of similar to Zombie Dust but not as citrusy. Very drinkable. Also had a pint of Ham on Rye which is the first beer I ever had at the brewery and it was as good as I remember it. I could drink that stuff all day if I didn't have to drive home. The aftertaste is like you took a bite out of a ham on rye sandwich.
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  • Post #1234 - January 16th, 2014, 3:54 pm
    Post #1234 - January 16th, 2014, 3:54 pm Post #1234 - January 16th, 2014, 3:54 pm
    The Cardinal Liquors in Palatine was asking $6.25 for each BCBS during the release in November. So, I figured they were going to be high for the Hopslam as well.... But, I did get a case so less driving for me!
  • Post #1235 - January 26th, 2014, 8:03 pm
    Post #1235 - January 26th, 2014, 8:03 pm Post #1235 - January 26th, 2014, 8:03 pm
    I have invented the Alberta Clipper cocktail. It consists of Lakeshore gin, a few drops of maple syrup, a big handful of snow, and bitters... lots and lots of bitters.
    “Assuredly it is a great accomplishment to be a novelist, but it is no mediocre glory to be a cook.” -- Alexandre Dumas

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  • Post #1236 - January 26th, 2014, 8:19 pm
    Post #1236 - January 26th, 2014, 8:19 pm Post #1236 - January 26th, 2014, 8:19 pm
    mamagotcha wrote:I have invented the Alberta Clipper cocktail. It consists of Lakeshore gin, a few drops of maple syrup, a big handful of snow, and bitters... lots and lots of bitters.

    Love it!

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  • Post #1237 - January 26th, 2014, 8:28 pm
    Post #1237 - January 26th, 2014, 8:28 pm Post #1237 - January 26th, 2014, 8:28 pm
    Half Acre Chocolate Camaro... I think their best version of this yet!
  • Post #1238 - January 26th, 2014, 9:09 pm
    Post #1238 - January 26th, 2014, 9:09 pm Post #1238 - January 26th, 2014, 9:09 pm
    mamagotcha wrote:I have invented the Alberta Clipper cocktail. It consists of Lakeshore gin, a few drops of maple syrup, a big handful of snow, and bitters... lots and lots of bitters.


    You're just missing the key ingredient--the salt of tears from a -20 degree wind chill.

    I'm sure it was delicious and the good news is you'll have plenty more opportunities to make them this week!
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #1239 - January 26th, 2014, 11:04 pm
    Post #1239 - January 26th, 2014, 11:04 pm Post #1239 - January 26th, 2014, 11:04 pm
    Bspar wrote:Half Acre Chocolate Camaro... I think their best version of this yet!

    I have been underwhelmed by this in the past but will give it another shot.

    Had my first Hop Slam(s) of the season tonight in honor of.........well, don't really need a reason for Hop Slam. Good as ever.
  • Post #1240 - November 26th, 2015, 1:33 am
    Post #1240 - November 26th, 2015, 1:33 am Post #1240 - November 26th, 2015, 1:33 am
    This thread may be slightly dormant, but it was what the search turned up for this information.
    Unless you've been hiding out for awhile, you should know that this Friday, the 27th, is when Goose Island will officially release the 2015 Bourbon County Stout, and its variants.
    I was not trying too hard to get this in 2014. I was not going to queue up overnight at Binny's in Lincoln Park. I will not do it this year, either. (Especially since Lev is no longer working there.) Part of the story was that with its increased production, bottles of the main beverage would turn up at locations like Walgreens, & Jewel-Osco. I'll just utter I didn't find it there. I did not get any bottles of 2014. I finally managed to taste the main beverage at World Of Beer in Evanston in February.
    Where I shall go this Friday will be Fatpour @ Division & Damen Sts. At 2:00 pm, Goose Island is having some sort of tasting event there. It might be upstairs at Fatpour.
    If that's too early for you, you may want to try for Timothy O'Toole's @ Fairbanks & Ontario at 5:00 pm. I will be on a one-day Ventra pass. (I also have the Central Electric Railfans' Association's monthly meeting @ State & Congress that evening.) I may try to hit both venues. Maybe not.
    If you enjoy Goose Island Bourbon County, be on the lookout for it starting Friday. :!:
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  • Post #1241 - November 26th, 2015, 12:07 pm
    Post #1241 - November 26th, 2015, 12:07 pm Post #1241 - November 26th, 2015, 12:07 pm
    pudgym29 wrote: This thread may be slightly dormant, but it was what the search turned up for this information.
    Unless you've been hiding out for awhile, you should know that this Friday, the 27th, is when Goose Island will officially release the 2015 Bourbon County Stout, and its variants.
    I was not trying too hard to get this in 2014. I was not going to queue up overnight at Binny's in Lincoln Park. I will not do it this year, either. (Especially since Lev is no longer working there.) Part of the story was that with its increased production, bottles of the main beverage would turn up at locations like Walgreens, & Jewel-Osco. I'll just utter I didn't find it there. I did not get any bottles of 2014. I finally managed to taste the main beverage at World Of Beer in Evanston in February.
    Where I shall go this Friday will be Fatpour @ Division & Damen Sts. At 2:00 pm, Goose Island is having some sort of tasting event there. It might be upstairs at Fatpour.
    If that's too early for you, you may want to try for Timothy O'Toole's @ Fairbanks & Ontario at 5:00 pm. I will be on a one-day Ventra pass. (I also have the Central Electric Railfans' Association's monthly meeting @ State & Congress that evening.) I may try to hit both venues. Maybe not.
    If you enjoy Goose Island Bourbon County, be on the lookout for it starting Friday. :!:


    If it's just the taste of BBCS you crave, and not the collector's halo, know that the bar at Binny's South Loop always has some variant of BBCS on tap pretty much year round. Now that the holiday season is starting so, too, does their silly season of unpredictable hours so best to call first.
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  • Post #1242 - December 23rd, 2015, 12:48 am
    Post #1242 - December 23rd, 2015, 12:48 am Post #1242 - December 23rd, 2015, 12:48 am
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    I got to try the full spectrum of this year's BCS over the weekend. I think any fans of BCS will be happy with this year's product. For my tastes, Coffee was the clear winner, followed by Rare and the regular. I enjoyed the other three as well, but there was a decent gap after the regular in my rankings.

    But the big winner of the night was the Backyard Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout from 2013. That concoction, which included mulberries, marionberries, and boysenberries, was unbelievably good. If you have a chance to try that one, don't hesitate.
  • Post #1243 - May 10th, 2019, 11:06 am
    Post #1243 - May 10th, 2019, 11:06 am Post #1243 - May 10th, 2019, 11:06 am
    On Wednesday, since I was heading to a sexpositive munch | slosh at Draft Picks in Naperville {but closer to Aurora}, and went to Chicago Union Station to catch an express train to the station, I encountered this free pop-up cocktail mixer bar with David Mor (Cindy's Rooftop) making the concoctions. Image Image Image
    I had the FT101 and Garden Party. They were nice, smooth, and refreshing. My preference was the FT101. :)
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  • Post #1244 - November 16th, 2020, 10:57 pm
    Post #1244 - November 16th, 2020, 10:57 pm Post #1244 - November 16th, 2020, 10:57 pm
    I enjoy replying to myself. But I caution other LTHF members if this continues, I may annex this thread. :twisted:
    I posted this to the Beer Advocate "Post a picture of your latest beer haul (2020)" thread. It is a solid read, if I say so myself {YMMV}, so I will redistribute it here. :D
    I had an intriguing day Monday, 9 November 2020.
    Gazing at the weather forecast, particularly for this week, either Monday or Tuesday was the day to go out shopping.
    This was additionally a day to operate the 1987 Chevrolet Sprint. It had not been started since 30 September. Allowing a vehicle to spend this much time in a non-operational state can present a problem. Regardless of its model year.
    At 2:15 pm, I went into the garage here at the abode. Opening and closing the overhead garage door is fraught with hazard. The automatic mechanical function of this failed years ago (My dad was still alive.). Manually raising the door involves a deal of weight-lifting, with the bonus poser of the lower edge of the door falling off. A finesse must be performed to temporarily hang the edge to an upper rafter. This is scheduled to be repaired | replaced in 2021.
    Door jerryrigged, got inside the Sprint, pressed the accelerator pedal for five seconds, fully depressed the clutch, and turned the ignition key. A number of lights illuminate on the dash, including that of the battery (very new), but the starter motor would not crank. :cry:
    I wait a minute. I try again. The same dash lights beam, but no response from the starter motor.
    I decide to check the engine's connections. Pop the inside release. Get out of the Sprint, press the hood opening button, raise the hood, implement the rod which keeps the hood up, and inspect cables.
    I pay particular attention to the cables connecting to the spark plugs (only three - the 1987 Sprint has principally an overgrown motorcycle engine ~ Have I mentioned despite the Chevrolet name, replete with the 'bow tie' logo on the hood, is actually a proxy for Suzuki?). When I lived in southern California, and owned a 1973 Volkswagen Beetle, a friend there told me the street savvy method to prevent it being stolen off the street was to remove the cable connecting the starter motor to the alternator. A would-be thief might be able to get inside the VW, might somehow defeat the European iron rod clamping the clutch pedal to the steering wheel, and would somehow manipulate the ignition to hot-wire it - but would finally be defeated by the engine not turning over despite cranking because that cable was missing (and he had not brought that). Go steal someone else's auto, you thug.
    I press the connections. They seem to be tight fitting. I get back inside the Sprint and try to start it again. Same dash lights glow. But no sound of engine cranking.
    Damn it. I will have to call Triple A again. This is most probably due to the Sprint not being operated since September. [Can you sense the double-edged sword being implied here? Perhaps now you understand why I prefer to ride transit to beer bazaars, supermarkets, dollar stores, and restaurants where I take out food?]
    I go back upstairs to the abode and call AAA. I do not deal with a human. The automatic software program leads me through the steps. There is a new rule which is quite significant: If my (or anybody's) auto needs a tow somewhere, I am not allowed to ride in the tow truck with that driver. I would have to find an alternate method to get there.
    The program tells me it will likely take up to 60 minutes for somebody to appear here. At 2:35 pm on a weekday afternoon on Chicago's northwest side. (If you have an incident at 11:45 pm on a weeknight on I-55 in Bolingbrook, I ponder if you would be perched on the shoulder for three hours?) It notes my telephone number. I suspect I would get a phone call when the responder was close.
    I remain in the abode for more minutes. I pull out the new copy of SHINDIG! magazine (#109) and read more articles and record reviews (Uriah Heep is going to have a 25-CD retrospective release?!). There is no call from AAA. There is a spam robocall from "Apple Support" informing me about a problem it has somehow remotely detected. Hang up on that. :evil:
    After more minutes elapse, I opt to go wait for the tow truck in the garage. I am faintly confident that after I get the jump start, the auto will be back in the groove; I won't have to worry about it starting at each of the merchants I shop.
    Back in the garage, back in the Sprint; I deduce the tow truck driver will ask me to indicate what is the snag. The hood is still propped open. I put the key back in the ignition. I step on the clutch. I turn the key.

    The starter motor engages. The battery sends its charge. It takes ten seconds of cranking. The Sprint turns over.
    What the heck?! :roll: I do not need to wait for AAA to show up now.
    I get out of the Sprint and close the hood.
    I pull the Sprint out of the garage. I have to be cautious closing the garage door from the outside. I close it.
    Let's get moving, Steve. Since it is also a poor move to shop on an empty stomach, my first stop will be a Burger King. I have a coupon for a $5 Whopper meal (small fries, small pop). Since I am motoring, none of my stops will be in the City of Chicago. All my stops will be along Touhy Ave. Pathetic Google™ insisted on putting me on I-94 to Touhy and then performing a run-around because you cannot make a left turn into the Burger King lot at Touhy and Carpenter. No, Google™, I'm going to remain northbound on Cicero to Elston, and go north on Central (| Carpenter) to get into this Burger King.
    The Burger King is open for take-out. (I have never trusted drive-throughs. To me, they will all perform a slick trick like giving you a small order of fries when you paid for a larger size. Which you would not detect until you were back at home.) I dine on its patio - what patio? It is el hood-o time. Something which can be done when it is dry and the temperature is in the 70s. Not when it is raining and in the 40s. Which is the forecast for Thursday.
    Let's get to it, people. The Sprint starts swiftly this time. The second stop is Binny's Beverage Mart in Lincolnwood. It is a right turn off Touhy just east of Lincoln Ave. I am unfamiliar with this Binny's.
    When I shop a Binny's via transit, it is usually the store on W. Irving Park Rd. in Portage Park. But there was one time when it was the Logan Square location at Diversey & Pulaski. (I was coupling it with Jimmy's Red Hots at Grand & Pulaski.) More noteworthy is I buy canned beer on these jaunts because they are smaller and less weighty. On this jaunt, I am looking for bottled beer and cases at that.
    I did pretty well here. It was out of one package I was seeking: The 15-pack of 12-oz cans of Genesee Cream Ale ($7.99). The items obtained were:
    • 4 Hands Chocolate Milk Stout 6-pack 12-oz cans $7.99*
    • Metropolitan Stromhaus Helles 6-pack 12-oz cans 8.99*
    • Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter 6-pack 12-oz bottles 8.99*
    • (2) Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Porter 12-pack 12-oz bottles 29.98*
    • Egan's Irish vintage grain whiskey 750-mL bottle 34.97#
    • Saugatuck Stout Pack 12-pack 12-oz cans 17.99
    • North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout 4-pack 12-oz bottles 8.99
    • Revolution Deth's Tar Stout 4-pack 12-oz cans 24.99
    • Maplewood Tiger Mount Helles 4-pack 16-oz cans 9.99
    • Alarmist Crispy Boy Pilsner 4-pack 16-oz cans 9.99
    • Bent River Jingle Java 6-pack 12-oz bottles 10.99
    • Point Special Lager 12-pack 12-oz bottles 8.99
    • Lakefront Variety Pack 12-pack 12-oz bottles 16.99
    • * = with Binny's card / # = somebody's Xmas gift
    Total = $232.87
    Think that was expensive? Well, the numbers of people in Illinois contracting COVID-19 are going in the wrong direction. There is going to be another complete shutdown with "Stay-At-Home" mandates most likely before the December holiday season, because it seems family groupings are where the infections are coming to pass. If you are intelligent {at least some of you must be}, you should be stocking up on beer lest even curbside pickups are embargoed. I hope this round does not close the Chicago Public Library, lest I go another 90 days without broadband internet access.
    The next stop for me was a department store where no beer was procured, so I will not provide you the details. The Sprint did again start swiftly.
    The final stop was Trader Joe's in Park Ridge. There are a couple of twisty turns from Touhy and Northwest Hwy. Figure it is two blocks north.
    You can likely deduce why the stop here. November should provide the annual arrival of Trader Joe's Vintage Spiced Ale by Unibroue. I scribed "should" because earnestly, any number of happenings which took place in 2019 might not in 2020, including the brewing of this ale.
    I entered the store. I did not see cases of this ale stocked up front by the checkout lanes. I rolled over to the beer aisle and saw a number of interesting beers; priced well as far as I thought. So they did get into my cart.
    I almost missed where the 750-mL bottles of this Ale were. Single bottles were on a lower shelf in the elbow of the beer aisle. I picked up one bottle and walked over to the customer service desk. “Do you have a case of this”?
    It had at least one case of this in the storage. Phew. These other beers being bought were fine. But wondering if the Ale was available at another Trader Joe's was encroaching on my brain. {If it does not have any more, does it have an idea of which other store might?}
    So here is the tally:
    • Trader Joe's Vintage 2020 Spiced Ale (Quebec) 12 750-mL bottles $71.88
    • Josephsbrau Winter Ride Dark Doppelbock (San Jose, CA.) 6-pack 12-oz bottles 6.49
    • Orangeboom Premium Lager (Germany) 6-pack 16-oz cans 6.99
    • Simpler Times Lager (Monroe, WI.) 12-pack 12-oz cans 7.49
    • Simpler Times Pilsner (Monroe, WI.) (2) 6-pack 12-oz cans 7.98
    Total = $114.94
    Total spent on beer {& one bottle of Irish Whiskey} = $347.81
    I did not haul out my camera though. So there are no images this time. I apologize.
    This should suffice until February 2021. If I have to begin consuming the 22-oz bottles in either the refrigerator (some have been in there since February 2020), or bringing them up from the beer cellar, I am grudgingly amenable to doing such. At this point in time, I think COVID-19 will still be threatening peoples' health in May 2021 - that Illinois Craft Beer Week will have to be again postponed.
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