Author: robert

I’ve Been Goosed! My Visit to Goose Island Brew Pub

‘Twas the night before Christmas in Chicago’s north side, not a creature was stirring except Goose Island’s brewery with pride….  the drinkers were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of Bourbon County Stouts danced in their heads… Christmas has come early for me this year!  As many of you know, I frequently travel for work to Chicago from the East Coast but stay in the northern suburbs in the middle of nowheresville en route to visit clients about topics far less interesting than craft beer.  Occasionally I make my way downtown for some good food (deep dish)...

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The 7 Degrees of Light Lager Usage

Let’s face it, we’ve all been there.  A hotel bar with the bare minimum available.  A buddy’s house with slim pickings.  A beach vacation suffering from frozen drink-itis.  In these rough situations, a light lager is often the fallback option, begrudgingly.  Well friends, I’m here to tell you that it’s time to cut some slack on our old friend the light lager.  I’m about to prove to you the impossible: that there is in fact a time and a place where the light lager is THE beer of choice.  Before you throw up in your mouth, please bear with me and hear me...

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Nothing like a Good BrewPub on a Business Trip: Iron Hill Brewery

Nothing like a good BrewPub on a Business Trip… especially on the Company Dime!  Iron Hill Brewery in Phoenixville, Pa. How many of you have experienced the following situation: you are scheduled to go on a multi-day business trip to a place you haven’t been before, your day ends at a reasonable time and you want to find a good place for beer and grub, however your colleagues are losers and you’re on your own.  You may think your choices are: a) hotel lobby cardboard pizza and Budweiser on tap; b) Combos/Pringles galore from the mini-bar and $9 Heineken,...

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How It All Began

Like many of you, it all started with Pops offering me a sip of Bud on a warm summer day after he finished some yard work.  Being all of nine years old, I surely felt grown up enough to kick back some booze with the elders.  Well, the first sip was akin to a combination of piss and gasoline (not that the taste of Bud has improved much), but damnit I sure wasn’t going to show my Pops I was weak.  There is no better feeling than the look of approval from your dad when you share in a...

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Good Beer Is Universal

Just got out of an awesome Belgium bar in Beijing China.  Gonna struggle at my 9 AM meeting but worth it, it is 3:15.  Some awesome beers were drank, this one ruled – it is brewed only once a year, tasted awesome, alcohol level or around 10 percent, and came in a huge bottle.  It cost around 35 bucks, but my company is picking up the tab so forget it! Just goes to show that good beer can be universally accepted no matter the race, ethnicity or...

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