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  1. Had a Rochefort Trappistes 10 yesterday, here's the review... http://thehopry.com/2009/12/03/rochefort-trappistes-10/
  3. I think I'm going to go with the Founders Cerise with Turkey and stuffing this year. Seems like it would go well.
  4. And I forgot to add that I paired it with some quiche made with caramelized onions, bacon, and spinach. Great combination.
  5. My favorite size bottles are the 11.2 ounce bottles. I know it's not a great deal smaller than the 12oz, but I find it's the perfect amount of beer to fit in one glass. And some beers are so extreme that you really only need that much anyway. For example, I always opt for the small four packs of Duchess de Bourgogne instead of the large 750ml bottle. And I think it's easier to keep the beer fresher when you're drinking alone.
  6. Today I celebrated Boulevard Brewing Company and their 20 year of brewing by drinking their newest beer Harvest Dance - a very good Belgian-style wheatwine.
  7. Drank a Pliny the Elder last night from Russian River. Video review should be up on YouTube by tonight. http://www.youtube.com/user/TheGrandOleHopry1
  8. Here's what I've been drinking lately. http://www.youtube.com/user/TheGrandOleHopry1
  9. Made a couple delicious little numbers last night: 1 oz. Beefeater 1 oz. Aperol 1 oz. St. Germain Big Fat Orange Twist Stirred and served on the rocks. Followed by a similar (almost Negroni) drink. 1 oz. Beefeater 1 oz. Carpano Antica 1 oz. Aperol Big Fat Orange Twist Stirred and served over ice.
  10. I just recently got back from Chicago and I can tell you the best pizza I had was Giordano's. That's because I'm a huge fan of cheese and they do it right there. Gino's East was also very good if you like really good sauce. Both will make you happy as can be.
  11. I finally made it to The Violet Hour last Saturday night after arriving in Chicago. I called Toby to let him know I’d made it to town and he graciously called in a reservation for me at the bar. I didn’t want to sit anywhere else – otherwise I wouldn’t get to see one of my favorite crafts done right in front of me. After eating the mushroom pasta at Francesca’s Forno (which Toby highly recommended), I arrived just moments before the doors opened. Making my way through the inconspicuous entry, I was led right to the bar where I was introduced to Troy, who would be my bartender for the eveni
  12. I'll be there in exactly one week. I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to my visit here, Toby. If I had to guess now what I'll be ordering off this menu, I'd say: Juliet & Romeo Beefeater, Mint, Cucumber, Rose Water Eyes Wide Bulleit Bourbon , Grapefruit, House Made Raspberry Syrup, Hibiscus Syrup La Goutte d’Or Scarlett Ibis, Punt e Mes, Yellow Chartreuse, Spring Bitters
  13. avant-garde

    Oberon is out

    I was at Lukas today and still not on the shelves.
  14. Anyone know (roughly) how long it takes to drive from Chicago (say...Lakeshore Drive middle of the city) to the Three Floyds Brewery in Munster, IN?
  15. Thank you everyone for the feedback - I'll hit Binny's and Sam's while I'm up there. I think ultimately I'm headed to Chicago looking for Three Floyds, Dogfish Head, and Allagash. I can get quite a bit of other great beers here in KC so I feel pretty fortunate. The only other strong brewery I'd like to find more of is Russian River, but I'll have to go to Colorado (I think) or (obviously) California. Does anyone know if you can find Lost Abbey in Chicago?
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