Old Chicago World Beer Tour – 12.30.09

Posted on January 16, 2010 by

The end of the year is one of my favorite times of year. Still living in my hometown I get the pleasure of seeing everyone that has left come home to visit their family and loved ones, this includes my best friend who is living down in AZ now. On a cold night in Fargo, we decided to head out to grab some drinks. I immediately began to think that I hadn’t worked on my Old Chicago World Beer Tour in a while, so it was time to continue the journey.

Sam Adams Winter Ale Leinenkugels Creamy Dark Breckenridge Agave Wheat

Brew #28

Brew #29

Brew #30

#28 Sam Adams Winter Ale

Another seasonal. I like this one and it seems Sam Adams can consistently put out a great Winter Ale. This one in particular really reminds me a brown ale or something similar to a Newcastle. It is caramelly, a hint of hoppiness, and has a medium bodied mouth feel. I had a 6 pack of this not to long ago and really enjoyed it as a night cap. I don’t think I could make a night out of it.

#29 Leinenkugel Creamy Dark

I haven’t had one of these in a while, in particular, probably 8 years. Back then I wasn’t a huge dark beer fan but as I’ve gotten older those tastes buds have awaken. When they mention “creamy” they aren’t kidding, but its also not that impressive. The head sticks to the side a little bit, but not like some of the other beers I’ve seen. What I love most about this one is the roasted flavor, its like drinking a good cup of coffee. Subtle hop aroma and bitter characteristic.

#30 Breckenridge Agave Wheats

The more I drink Breckenridge beer the more I respect the brewer. This beer is a classic wheat beer in my book, but has a very fluffy head that isn’t always there in other beers. It is unfiltered, which I really like, I think it gives the beer more flavor. There is definitely a wheat sweetness to this beer accompanied by a floral hop aroma. This one I think I could make a night out of. It isn’t to heavy and strong. If you are looking for a flavorful beer, this one comes up short, but that isn’t always a bad thing.

#31 Unknown…

Working on my beer tour has taught me a couple of things…I’ve been learning more about flavors, styles, smells, but not only that I’ve learned that keeping track of this thing is not something the waiting staff is very good at. This has to have been the third time that they have screwed up keeping track of my tab. I have an unknown 31st beer on my ticket now. Number is 1301 and I can’t find it anywhere, plus I only drank 3 beers that night. So, whatever, I’m a purist, but there are things I am just not going to figure out. So here’s to you Mr.Unknown 31. Hopefully I find you someday!

This was one of those nights that I really wish everyone at the table hadn’t had to go to work the next day. We were ready to take on the town. One of my friends who always makes me laugh was quoting “Tommy Boy” scenes to the waitress. Do you remember the “Helen, let me tell you why I suck as a sales man” scene? She was pretty clueless and took offense to it. Oh well.

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  • guest

    I don’t know if you’ve figured this out yet since the post is old, but I just found it. I go to Old Chicago all the time, and I can explain that. 1301 is a rotator beer, usually in the front of the drink menu. These are beers you can get credit for multiple times in one tour, and it’s also how most of us avoid drinking domestics on every tour. The rotators are usually seasonals, or a local selection that the manager chose. In my experience, depending on the location, sometimes the server will give you credit for 4 beers even if you only drank 3. I know that won’t quite sit well with your purist ideas, and that’s a good thing. If you notice it happening more frequently with the same server, just politely ask them not to add extra beers because you’re trying to be “scientific” about it or something, so they don’t think you’re complaining… Cheers!

  • mike

    Yea, it took me a while to figure it out. They still mess things up and I probably shouldn’t care as much as I do. I really wanted to chronicle my way through their beer selections. Unfortunately I ended up moving to Portland, OR. So needless to say, I won’t be finishing my world tour any time soon. However, I feel like I’m in a whole new world now out here! So many beers to try and at least 50% of extremely fresh!

    Thanks for the comment and heads up man. I appreciate it!

    Where do you hail from?

    Mike

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