Monday, December 6, 2010

Brew-B-Q 2: Recap

left: everything on tap; right: Won and Adam's taco bar.

The smoke has cleared, the kegs cleaned, and the snow is now frozen, so it's time to recap our 2nd Brew-B-Q party from this past Saturday. First and foremost, we had a much better turnout than last time, which helped make this party as fun as it was. We regret not having enough beer at the end of the night, so to those that missed out, we truly are sorry. I think it's safe to say that those who drank our beers enjoyed them seeing that they all three cashed out much sooner than we anticipated. The first one to kick was our rye pale ale. We really just brewed this one on a whim around the time we brewed the Separated at Birth beers. The reason was because Sean and Tim harvested a ton of Nugget hops from their back yard, and when you yield as much as they did, you gotta brew a hoppy beer. And we did, and it was really tasty. Our guest tap was Stone's Oaked Arrogant Bastard. Frankly, it didn't take long for that to kick after our beers did. What that says to us is we brought out some beer lovers Saturday! The day started on a positive when we all saw snow covering everything in sight. The first major snowfall for Chicago this season in fact. It made for a fun day to be outside. But inside, Won and Adam setup a nifty taco bar for everyone's appetite with some of the best skirt steak ever, all while DJ Intel was heard spinning from the basement, West Town Recording's studio space. As the night went on, everyone began filling up the house, and bands began playing. It was an eventful day to say the least. We'd like to thank everyone that came out and supported the cause. We received a great response, and that makes it all worth it. We'd also like to recognize all those behind the scenes and helping throughout the day: Mike at West Town Recording (Happy Birthday!), Won, Adam, DJ Intel, Nuntida, and all the bands that played: Roger Panella Guitar Duo, Ramsey Judson, WTR ALL Stars and The Congregation.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

There's no Party Like a Snow Party!

Today's the day! And what better way to celebrate than with snow!

We all woke up to a couple inches already, and it's been steadily falling all morning. This was meant to be a holiday/birthday celeration, and we'd have to say, mother nature's on our side so far. It's gonna be a great time, so we hope to see you all there.


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Noir Matou Number 2

Back in May, we brewed our second batch of Noir Matou. This is an imperial stout brewed with molasses and cocoa. The first time it was brewed, we aged it with oak and Templeton rye whiskey. This time around, we aged it with oak and Old Rip Van Winkle bourbon for 6 months. Today, it was bottled, and based on what we tasted, we're very excited to see how this develops. Also, we bottled our Belgian-style quad, Beneficence. A 10% candy-of-a-quad. It was fun tasting it after fermentation, but we're all more excited now to taste it with some carbonation.

In addition to the Noir Matou and Beneficence, we kegged our three beers for this saturday's brew-b-q. A chocolate vanilla stout, a Belgian chocolate coffee stout and a Rye P.A. All three tasted great, and we're very excited to pour these for all our friends. Again, we encourage all our friends to stop by. Along with our 3 beers, we'll have a guest tap and liquor bar, lot's of food cooked by our friends Won and Adam, and DJ Intel spinning before more bands perform later in the night. All of this for the entire afternoon/evening at West Town Recording for $15. Stop by and enjoy!