The Holy Grail is in Chicago?

Hi Folks!
Sorry for the week long positing delay. Took the family on a driving trip to Northern Wisconsin by way of Chicago. We left on Saturday the 10th, and returned on Saturday the 17th.
Luckily, my wife and I both have family in Chicago.

We stopped over for a couple of days and one high point of the vacation was visiting a chain Mega-Wine-Beer-Spirits-Mart in Chicago named Binny’s. They are huge stores and have aisles upon aisles of alcoholic beverages. They also have gourmet food, glassware and a cigar humidor. Pretty fantastic! I was envious that we don’t have anything like that here in PA. Pennsylvania’s liquor laws are so archaic- like the Dark Ages. But that’s a post for another day.

So, courtesy of Steve, I was able to steal a couple of hours for a shopping spree to try to locate Craft Beer that is unavailable in Pennsylvania. Needless to say, I was very successful. Equally successful was a recommended (thanks, Marge!) second trip to another Binny’s location to fill in the gaps left from the first store. Apparently, some products are so popular; it’s difficult to keep them on the shelves.

Many bottles were purchased, and I’m not sure how they made their way back to my house in Pennsylvania. They just appeared there when I returned… *wink*.

The two “Holy Grail” breweries were Three Floyds and Goose Island. I hit the mother-load, and between the two locations, was able to pick up almost everything they currently have available. Not counting, their rarities, which are… rare.

In addition to Three Floyds and Goose Island, there were other things that I had heard of but never seen, as well as items that were priced so low, I couldn’t leave without them. Much success was had.

As you look at the following “graphic photo”, please be aware that it’s not all for my personal consumption. Some people had offered to chip-in for some items, other bottles will be gifts and some will go into my Beer Cellar. Whatever is left… is Mine!

While not for the faint-of-heart, here is the photo of the results of the spree. There is also a list.

You have been warned:

Trappist Rochefort 8 (2x) and 10 (2x)
New Holland Brewery:
-Pilgrim’s Dole
-Imperial Hatter
-el Mole Ocho
-Dragon’s Milk
-Night Tripper
Three Floyds:
-Gorch Fock (3x)
-Apocalypse Cow
-Robert the Bruce (6x)
-Pride and Joy (6x)
-Alpha King (6x)
-Gumball head (6x)
-The Czar
-The Reverend
-The Beast
He’Brew: Jewbilation
Goose Island:
-Fleur (2x)
-Bourbon County (3x)
-Night Stalker (2x)
-Belgian Box Set (2x) -includes Sofie, Matilda and Pere Jacques
Dogfish Head: Sah’Tea

Again, a special thanks to Steve and Marge for their indispensable contributions, without which none of this would have been possible. I’d also like to thank…

Anyway, having returned, please look for upcoming reviews. Next up is Dogfish Head’s Sah’Tea, which was enjoyed in Wisconsin by a lake at sunset. Very appropriate.

Until next time, Thanks and see you soon!

Published in: on July 20, 2010 at 9:37 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. Beer Tasting Friday at 4PM: Phillips Wine Store, Stockton NJ:

    Chatoe Rogue First Growth OREgasmic Ale: From Oregon this orange-amber colored ale has malty aromas, spicy fruit hop flavor and a solid malt background with a lingering finish!

    Southern Tier Farmer’s Tan Pale Lager: From New York State, our tribute to all who must work outdoors under the hot sun on these long summer days!

    Harpoon 100 Barrel Series Pott’s Landbier: From Boston comes a collaboration with their friends at Pott’s Braueri in Oelde, Germany a amber-hued lager with a smooth body and spicy hop character.

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