Archive for November, 2009

Posted on November 18th, 2009 by by Jesse

Monk’s Blood Dinner

One of the things I most admire about The Homebrew Chef is Sean’s insistance on continuing to innovate and experiment. I’ve attended more than a few of his dinners now, and I never see dishes repeated – quite the opposite really.  While Sean has a few favorite tropes (and who doesn’t, really?) he always pulls […]

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Posted on November 16th, 2009 by by Jesse

Bistro Barrel Aged Festival

Great times as usual at The Bistro‘s Barrel Aged Festival for 2009.  Favorite from the day were Lagunitas’ Crusin’ with Ruben & the Bretts on Cherries, Scotch Ale aged in a scotch barrel from Sierra Nevada, and Fifty Fifty’s Imperial Eclipse Stout 2008 on Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Barrel. For more tasting notes, be sure […]

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Posted on November 13th, 2009 by by Jesse


I feel like I’ve been saying I wanted to go to Aziza forever.  Between a busy travel and work schedule, it always seemed like trekking out into the Richmond was too far just for dinner.  Eventually, I finally made it, raising the question: what took me so long? Aziza is stellar.

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Posted on November 12th, 2009 by by Jesse

Hopleaf, Chicago

Our last stop in Chicago was Hopleaf.  Leaning more towards the “bar with a nice kitchen” vibe than The Publican, it was packed from when we arrived till when we left.  The menu highlights local purveyors, and looked like a nice spin on upscale bar food. We were excited to see what the kitchen produced.

Posted on November 9th, 2009 by by Jesse

Life & Limb Dinner

Let me start with this: Sierra Nevada and Dogfish Head are some of my favorite breweries.   They are two of the most successful, widely available success stories of the craft beer movement.  One is a bit conservative, one a wild child, coming together to brew a collaboration beer – Life & Limb.  The beer(s) […]

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Posted on November 5th, 2009 by by Jesse

Goose Island Brewing

While in Chicago, it seemed worthwhile to find out how they make beer in the Windy City.  Fortuitously,  when I happened to meet Goose Island brewer Tom Korder at GABF, I mentioned I was coming to town and would love to see the facilities.  He happily agreed, and met us with us on a chilly […]

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Posted on November 3rd, 2009 by by Jesse

The Publican, Chicago

Gastropub is the new catchphrase of the moment. It implies a lot – the congenial atmosphere of your neighborhood watering hole, combined with upscale (but not too upscale!) food, and an above average beer collection. Ideally, a place like this has a beer manager, or cicarone, who will guide you through the many, many options […]

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Posted on November 2nd, 2009 by by Jesse

Coronado Brewing

Pictures from a delightful lunch at Coronado Brewing Co, located on Coronado Island in San Diego.

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