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An invitation to Kells Brewery

31 Oct

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On Monday, Miranda and I were invited to the media event at Kells Irish Pub and Brewery inside their NW 21st location.  What first caught my attention about the invitation was Dave Fleming had found himself and new brewing gig and I wanted to see what he was up to since leaving Lompoc.  Then there was the chance to try new beers from a brewery I didn’t know existed.  With 40+ breweries in town, eventually one or two will pop up under our radar. Continue reading

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accidental hiatus

13 Oct
catch you here sometime

catch you here sometime

Do you ever just wonder where the hell all your time went?  I have generally kept up a good schedule here on Taphandle, but man…did the last couple of weeks get away from me, or what?  Total accident, people.  I clearly owe some posts.  Luckily there is plenty of beer to be reviewed.  Now that we’re officially into Fall in the Pacific NW, I want to get around to seasonally appropriate brews (yes, that means a Pumpkin beer will be consumed and reviewed soon). Continue reading

back to basics

12 May
My Mother's Day gift to myself.

My Mother’s Day gift to myself.

It’s been a while since I have just reviewed a beer.  Probably a bit too long.  I’ve been contemplating this or that, waxing stupid about stuff, going to festivals, and generally ignoring the idea of a simple beer review.  Time to get back to basics. Continue reading

Revolution brewing….still waiting

16 Apr

Monday evening 7pm at Revolution brewing, one would think there would be an open table, right? One would be wrong, the wait was 45 minutes. Like in Portland with our 40+ breweries, here in Chicago, and their 10+ breweries, one brewer I talked to said in creating something new they run into the doubters that push this idea the city is near saturation. One more brewery is just too much. I say this is a big bag of shit. The time I have had to wait for a good beer at a brewery, on a Monday no less, clearly show otherwise.

So, at Revolution, we waited. Luckily we found space at the bar next to a local, Brian, who was willing to share his favorite places for beer and food around the city. His special beer mug was enough to give weight to his suggest, a mug from Revolution, as he has been bellying up to the bar since the very day they opened. Talking with Chicago Brian, the time pasted quickly and we got our table. We said goodbye, hungry we went straight for the food menu.

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In public with Cameltoe

14 Apr

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When we travel, Miranda and I rarely rent a car, so we explore all the place we can walk to or we make a quick study of the transit system. Tonight was an exception, Miranda’s friend Damir lives in Chicago and together we drove out to A Piece, brewery and pizzeria. A Piece is still very much in Chicago but a little beyond walking.

First the pizza was very tasty but continuing the theme from last night there was an hour and a half wait for a table. But hey, there was standing room, a nice beer list (both their own and guest taps) and for such a hip part of town barkeeps with hustle.

My first ale of the night was the Disfuctionale. The beer started the night off right. A medium to full bodied pale that stood well with hops that came on strong and crisp finishing with a hint of citrus grapefruitiness. I liked this beer and thought I would have a few but there were more beers to try and an hour and fifteen wait left.

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