Tonight I’m having a cider from Eris Brewery & Cider House called Pedestrian. Pedestrian is their flagship cider and it’s a good one. This is made with Michigan apples and I’m assuming they use some Granny Smith in the mix because that is one of the main flavors I’m getting from this one. Pedestrian has a crisp and dry finish to it. I could see having more than one of these, it is very refreshing. Pedestrian is listed at 5.6% ABV and is available on tap or in growlers at their Irving Park location, or you can pick it up in cans at most places now.
Eris has been around since early 2018 and are located at 4240 W Irving Park Rd in Chicago a few blocks from the Irving Park Blue Line or right off the Kennedy. Their location is very cool, and they have a nice vibe in there with a combination of beer/cider people and folks from the neighborhood. I haven’t eaten there in a while, but I do remember the food being good there. The beers they brew there are solid as well, they won a GABF Bronze medal in 2018 with their Foiken Haze in the NE style IPA. I’m not going to rate this like I would beer, because the criteria is different, I’ll just say that Pedestrian is winner in my book, and is worth checking out.
Tonight I’m so excited to have Hoppin’ Frog’s Re-Re-Pete. This is an Imperial Brown Ale brewed with Pete Slosberg from Pete’s Wicked Ale. This is a kicked up version of Pete’s Wicked checking in at 15.6% ABV and put out in an 8.45 oz can.
I was a huge fan of Pete’s Wicked back in the day, I even had a varsity jacket from them. Gambrinus, the company stopped making Pete’s Wicked back in 2011, so it’s been at least for me 20+ years since I’ve had something from Pete Slosberg.
Hoppin’ Frog’s Re-Re-Pete uses the same malts and Brewers Gold Hops that was used in Wicked Ale and a lot more of them! This is still a Brown Ale, so the color is nice medium brown color. For me, the aroma is all malt with the sinus clearing alcohol burn. This is boozy! The taste is at first the sweetness from the malt followed by a WOW, I better call a cab hit of alcohol followed by more of the malt sweetness at the end.
This is by all means a sipping beer and would go well sitting outside next to a fire with a cigar. Re-Re-Pete is good beer if you can find it, Hoppin’ Frog is based out of Akron, Ohio and they ship to Kentucky and Washington DC.
Tonight I’m having the coffee version of Liquid Spiritual Delight (LSD) from 2nd Shift Brewing out of St Louis. Wow! I’m a big fan of this one. LSD has a terrific color and a great tan head on it, the coffee hits me in the aroma and makes me glad I’m not going to wake up at 3:30 AM tomorrow for work. The taste on this is killer! I really get the coffee and malt from this with a little chocolate in there for good measure. I’m getting a little tang at the end, and not astronauts drink this tang or Pootie Tang, but a little tang at the end that seems to dissipate as the beer warms up. This is one I highly recommend!
LSD is an Imperial Stout brewed with Blueprint Coffee, it clocks in at 11.5% ABV and is really a beer you should check out.
If I lived in St Louis, I’d be sitting at 2nd Shift all the time. Everything I’ve had from them has been great, the people who own it are great and if it wasn’t for the whole Blues/Cardinals thing and the way they eat bagels in STL, my fat Chicago ass would move there in a minute to support them!
Earlier tonight I had a hazy Pale Ale from Pipeworks called Renewed Fate. This is a 5.0% ABV Pale that’s loaded with Amarillo, Idaho 7, Mosaic, and Cryo Amarillo hops. Renewed Fate has a nice tropical & Pineapple aroma and flavor. The finish leaves you with a little bitterness at the end. Overall this is a good beer, for my tastebuds, I think the style works better with a higher ABV IPA than a Pale Ale. Your mileage may vary.
I grabbed this at Binny’s and it was canned 12 days prior to consuming so it is fresh. Don’t get me wrong, Renewed Fate is a good beer, it was just missing something for me that would have put it over the top.
What do you do on a day where it’s pushing 90 degrees and humid? Bust open a barrel aged! Tonight I’m having the 2020 Imperial Pajamas from Begyle Brewing. This is an oatmeal stout that’s barrel aged in Sagamore Spirit Rye Whiskey barrels and has maple and cinnamon added to it. This one does not disappoint. Begyle won a 2019 GABF Gold Medal for Imperial Pajamas in the coveted Wood and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout category so they know how to knock out a world class stout.
This is a 13.2% ABV stout that has a nice color, the aroma hits you with the rye whiskey and the maple. For me, the combination was almost biscotti like which I enjoyed a lot. The taste though was a plethora of flavors highlighted by the cinnamon. That hit me up front followed by the maple which really was a nice combination. As it warmed a bit, I picked up some chocolate notes as well. For me, and what do I know, but the carbonation could have been a tick higher but that’s just me. The bottle says that is has an extra layer of coziness and I’m gonna kick up the AC tonight and sleep well with my Flannel Pajamas. I love this beer and am a Jagoff for not buying more than one bottle!
Begyle is located at 1800 W. Cuyler Ave in Chicago on the famed Malt Row and is a must stop for those who love beer!
Today I’m having the classic Chicago Pale Ale from Half Acre, Daisy Cutter. Daisy Cutter has been around since 2009 and no doubt belongs on every top Chicago beer there is.
Daisy Cutter has the (for me) the perfect golden color to it. I didn’t get a lot of aroma here, it was very subtle. The taste is terrific though with a little biscuit from the malt along with a pine/citrus flavor from the hops. This has a good mouthfeel to it with nice carbonation and a good dry finish. You show up somewhere and bring Daisy Cutter, you’re getting the nod of approval from everyone. You’ll look taller, appear smarter and make the most interesting person in the world from other ads seem dull. I picked up this can at my local Jewel and surprisingly was canned only 8 days prior so this was fresh. You can grab Daisy Cutter all over Chicagoland!
With my hiatus from doing the podcast, I’m focusing on some of the beers that I had on the early shows (that have been deleted for quality) today I’m having the first beer I had on the podcast which is Samuel Adams Boston Lager. Boston Lager was the first non-macro beer I ever drank and I can honestly say, started me on this long road of loving craft beer. Back in 1989 I believe, I went to Boston for the day and decided to try a local beer. Despite what you may think of Boston Lager, if all you had up to that point was Old Style and Miller Lite, everything about this was a revelation! The color, the aroma, the taste! What the hell is this sweet malt taste, what is this spicy bitterness? This is only 30 IBU, but compared to maybe 10 that the macros have, this was like drinking an IPA now. I’ve been a huge fan of Boston Lager from the first sip, and having on tap is a lot better than the bottle. Still, I could knock off Boston Lager any day.
Boston Lager has a wonderful color to it, the aroma from this was lacking but still decent. The flavor was nice, it has sweetness up front with the Hallertau Mittelfrüh hops adding some spice and bitterness at the end. It has good carbonation and a nice aftertaste. I would prefer this on tap and would rate it higher if I had this out and about. Samuel Adams Boston Lager is a Vienna Style Lager that has a 5.0% ABV and 30 IBU’s, you can find it everywhere and it’s still a nice solid beer!
Having the classic Sierra Nevada Pale Ale tonight, it’s been a while but has always been a go-to when it comes to the American version of the style.
SNPA has a great color that is darker than many pales out there. The aroma was lacking at first, however about halfway through started to pick up. The same goes for the taste which is odd because it was not ice cold when I poured it. I really picked up the grapefruit notes from the Cascade hops as I was drinking it. This isn’t an overly hoppy beer, but I did get some bitterness at the end. There is a good reason Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale has been around since 1980, it is still a great beer!
On my scale of 1-10, I scored it a 8.06. I use appearance, aroma, taste, mouthfeel, and overall impression with the score weighted more towards taste.
Wonderful show this week where I talked with Toni and April from Blaq & Soul about their organization and had the awesome 2nd Shift Brewing version of Reign or Shine. Brian from Three One Pour was kind enough to bring that one, so a big shout out to him!
This week I’m going for the gusto and having a Schlitz as the Beer In Front. Schlitz was my favorite amongst the macros I’ve had and it’s worth trying out! I’ll talk about upcoming projects with the great E14 Podcast, I Like Beer Podcast, and Da Beer Bros Podcast as well!