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Entries from March 2009

National Corn Dog Day

March 20th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Almost forgot to remind everybody to get out and celebrate National Corn Dog Day Saturday, March 21st. I’m probably celebrating locally at Weiner & Still Champion, who’s running a dippin’ dog special.

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Lager Session

March 6th, 2009 · Comments Off

Some of the beer blogs have been doing a Beer Blogging Friday ‘Session’. This week’s Session focuses on lagers. Beer Nut sugests “…consider this a return to our roots as beer drinkers. Don’t even think about cheating the system: leave your doppelbocks and schwarzbiers out of this one: I want pilsners, light lagers, helleses and those ones that just say “beer” because, well, what else would it be?”

While I dont usually do blogging events, the idea of good, sessionable beer being important is one that gets forgotten is these days of high ABV, over hopped, behemoths.

Okay, I kind of broke Beer Nuts suggestion, I found Köstritzer Schwarzbier, a German black lager on tap at the Paramount Room last night. At least it’s a lager. It’s deep black, but the taste is definitely lager. Clean and crisp, but roasty with a sharp, almost rye, bitterness balanced in. Nicely drinkable because of the lightness that you don’t expect from it’s appearance.

I’ll try another to fit better into the rules of the session: Prairie Moon has Metropolitan Dynamo Copper Lager on tap. Locally brewed in Ravenswood, it’s a nice clean, slightly sweet malty, good drinking beer. Nothing outstanding, but a good basic beer. Definitely sessionable, or satisfying when trying to come down off of some 10% punch-you-in-the-palate beer. Metropolitan has a blog so you can find out what they’re doing.

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Tags: Beers on tap

365 beer

March 2nd, 2009 · 2 Comments

Unbeknownst to the readers of this blog (until now), I’ve been reattempting 356 beers. The site which tracked the attempt a few years ago is dormant, so I’ve been using Twitter to document the feat.

As a long time blogger, I’ve been trying to find a reason to use Twitter, and this is as good a reason as any.

For those of you not familiar with what Twitter is – it’s where all your favorite bloggers went off too. Simply put, it’s blogging in 140 characters or less. But more than that, it’s also an aggregator to follow the updates of people you select. Part popularity contest, part important tool for the future, etc, etc, [insert rehash of everything we talked about in 1999 when discussing blogging as an important tool for the future]. Many are using it very effectively, many are just letting us know each and every time their cat does something silly.

It’s a good excersize to describe a beer in 140 characters, as it really hones ones’ writing – as long as u dont strt typng lk ths. Unlike many, I don’t update in real time – usually taking the time to get the beer name and notes right the next day.

But back to the attempt – 365 different beers within a year, mostly on tap, is quite a feat, and I’m on track at this point, but financing a beer a day might be difficult after tax time. Unless my accountant figures out how to write off least year’s drinking.

The on tap angle will be a challenge, although having some great beer bars close to work and home that rotate taps often will make things easier. Twisted Spoke is the best at this for me – they’ve got what seems to be 4-5 different taps each time I go in (once a week at most). Prairie Moon is another closer to home that will help me along, although there’s only one or two taps changing every couple of weeks. Dozens of other good beer bars around town will need visits for the cause.

At a count of 61 already, I’ve hit the most common taps you’ll find around town, with the exception of most of the AB products and some stuff I usually don’t go for (Wit’s, beers that come with fruit, etc).

I’ll be reposting my beer tweets here from now on, but you can see the whole list so far at kiplog.com/beer and follow tweet by tweet at twitter.com/kiplog.

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Tags: Beers on tap · Drink

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