Old Chicago World Beer Tour – Why Join?

Posted on November 26, 2009 by

Living in Fargo, ND I do not have many choices for places to try fun and exciting brews. The closest thing I have is an Old Chicago, which a few months ago I finally decided to join the Old Chicago World Beer Tour. I have to say I am enjoying it thoroughly and look forward to completing one full, 110 beer World Beer Tour.

It goes without saying that in my quest to become a smarter beer drinker that a place like Old Chicago and its World Beer Tour were going to cross my path. I know some of you are probably thinking, “Pfff, try doing a pub crawl in the Pearl District of Portland.” But knowing I live in Fargo, ND is key here. We have 2 or 3 options for drinking anything other than main stream Miller Lite, Guinness, and Labatt’s Blue. The occasional sports bar, a newly opened beer pub called JL Beers, and Old Chicago, so for me to get a good start and good round of tastes and knowledge going into my brewing career, Old Chicago’s World Beer Tour is the place to start.

What is The Old Chicago World Beer Tour?

For anyone who doesn’t know Old Chicago’s World Beer Tour consists of 110 different beers from around the world. Made up of about 30 drafts that continually get changed out during the different seasons. This can be a lot of fun as well because they do a lot of “mini beer tours” that consist of these seasonal brews. Some of the mini tours consist of brews that are always on the World Beer Tour so if you are into these little “mini tours” you can essentially have your beer count towards two goals. One being the overall World Beer Tour and two, the current mini beer tour that you are engaged in. Not to bad for added value.

Benefits of the Old Chicago World Beer Tour

The major benefits as I see it are, I get to try a wide variety of beers from all over the world. Trying different flavors and mouth feels will really help me in distinguishing flavors later on in my brewing career. One thing I have learned as well is that if you go on a Tuesday or Wednesday you get the most for your money. This is important because at some point you have to move off the cheap drafts and get into $6-$10 bottles. So if you go on Tuesday you can hit up your drafts for a $1.95 here in Fargo, and Wednesday you can do a buy two get one free, which off the top of my head could mean like 37 free beers on your tour. I have found though, that it is really fun keeping track of all the beers, so it has a certain, novelty to it.

“One thing I have learned as well is that if you go on a Tuesday or Wednesday you get the most for your money.”

I highly recommend doing something like this at an Old Chicago, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, Gordon Biersch Brewing, Yard House, Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, or The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium.

My Old Chicago World Beer Tour Progress

There are 4 that I didn’t get jotted down during their season. Hopefully I can fill them in next summer.

  1. Lienenkugel’s Honeyweiss
  2. Miller Lite
  3. Labatt Blue Lager
  4. 1302 Manager’s Picks*
  5. 1304 Manager’s Picks*
  6. Stella Artois
  7. Newcastle Brown Ale
  8. Finnegan’s Irish Amber Ale
  9. 9465 Mini Tour**
  10. 9466 Mini Tour**
  11. Guinness Irish Stout
  12. Black and Tan (Guinness and Bass)
  13. Eclipse (Guinness and Blue Moon)
  14. Half and Half (Guinness and Harp)
  15. Belgian Brunette (Stella and Guinness)
  16. Rogue Dead Guy Maibock
  17. Bare Knuckle Stout
  18. Big Sky Moose Drool Brown Ale
  19. Killian’s Irish Red Lager
  20. Boulder Pass Time Pale Ale
  21. Waitress screwed up and counted my Blue Moon as a Bud Light Wheat (OK w/ me)
  22. Harp
  23. Blue Moon Full Moon Seasonal
  24. Smithwick Irish Ale
  25. Flying Dog Red Dog Scottish Ale
  26. Michelob Golden Draft Light – with added hops I brought from home
  27. Carlsberg Lager
  28. Sam Adam’s Winter Ale
  29. Lienenkugel’s Creamy Dark
  30. Breckenridge Agave Wheat
  31. Unknown-Waitress screwed up my order
  32. Widmer’s Drop Top Amber Ale
  33. Budweiser American Ale

*Every now and again there are a select 5 brews that I believe are picked out by the local management staff. Usually, I can tell that these beers have something to do with marketing and promotion. They are usually of the big corporate bottling companies, Miller, Bud, Coors, etc.

**Mini Tours are a fun way to try new brews and get little awards along the way. For example, there is a winter one going on and once you finish you get a t-shirt and a mark on your tour that you completed a mini tour. I have yet to do one, but I imagine I will.

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