In no particular order yet. This will change over time, as I fail to keep up with one place versus falling in love with another. Or, as a brewery adds releases that I am not as in love with as their prior work. Or it’ll expand. What I’m saying is, this is based on the past week or two of drinking, things I’m excited to drink, and so on. Dear Friends on this list: Don’t make a big stink when you are off it for a month or two, or if aren’t on it yet. Relax, don’t worry, have a beer. Also, this is based on stuff I can get. I love Russian River, but I do not randomly run into it at a bottle shop and get to make a last minute decision to buy it at a bar when I should be going home. Readers, twitter followers, etc, feel free to suggest other favorites and I’ll just grow this more and turn it into a behemoth.
4. Off Color
5. The Bruery
6. New Glarus
7. North Coast
11. Perennial Artisan Ales
15. Central State
17. Forbidden Root
20. Firestone Walker
21. Maine Beer Co
Farm Bar’s first official event since opening a few months ago. This milk stout from Half Acre gets brewed with lactose sugar and cacao. Lactose sugar is unfermentable by beer yeast, giving you a rather luscious mouthfeel that compliments chocolate, and in turn both compliment earthy English hops (Fuggles) that balance the sweetness.
Chocolate Camaro will be on a regular tap line AS WELL as on a nitro line. Compare the two. Also on tap are Malibu Stout (featuring galaxy hops), Shrub Tundra (a coffee brown ale), and a Lychee fruit IPA collaboration. All pours only $6 dollars from 5-9 PM.
Here’s a fun link to the Reader’s review that also included musical suggestions from reviewer Philip Montaro.
Not the best picture of a holiday treat for myself. Groundswell Coffee Roasters made an exclusive Porter-influenced coffee blend for Fountainhead and the FH Market. Had to have some for myself. And there’s really no such thing as having too much scotch. 14 year old bottling by Gordon & McPhail from the Dailuaine distillery. 336 bottles, single sherry cask, bottled exclusively for Chicago-based BC Merchants. No chilled filtering or artificial coloring.
The Pearse Lyons malt whiskey really fits nicely with BroVo chocolate liqueur. Cocchi Americano rounds out the two.
Had the honor of representing Bar Deville at Meals on Wheels Celebrity Chef Ball. Our cocktail for the evening was the Army & Navy. We went for something simple yet elegant, a classic cocktail that could also pair with food (traceable back to a 40s cocktail book that corrected the recipe to lean more tart than this version). A rich mouthfeel from the Small Hands Orgeat lends almond and orange blossom notes to bright lemon and gin spices.
2 oz London dry gin (we used Hendricks because of event sponsorship)
1 oz Small Hands of orgeat
0.75 oz fresh lemon
Shake first three ingredients together with ice for 15 seconds. Strain into coop. Express lemon peel over the cocktail and discard.
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