Thursday: To be honest the weekend seemed to give me a preview of things to come when I received my Maker's Mark "newborn" notification. I became a Maker's Mark Ambassador back in October of 2011. This is simply a neat program they have where you can learn quite a bit about the Maker's Mark process, get some cool promotional items, your name on a barrel of whiskey, AND purchasing rights to said barrel. Well, more than half a year later, I finally received notice that my name is on a barrel and aging as we speak. You also get rights to purchase your barrel plate with your name on it. To check out more about the program (or to sign up) you can go here.
|They even throw in business cards!|
|Look at that monstrous TV!|
|Stolen from chicagoblogger.com|
|Sweet, sweet, Hop Juice Black.|
While I was sitting in the Map Room, I happened to get a message from the Twitterverse saying that I should come to the Haymarket Brew Pub. My first experience with Haymarket was at the 2011 Midwest Brewers Fest in Plainfield, IL. They rocked my socks off at that time, so I figured this was as good of an excuse as any to venture over there. I picked up some friends en route and we got ready to sip some brews. We had gotten our first drink when I finally met @ChicagoCousin from the Twitterverse. His name is Gary and not only was Gary a pretty cool guy, he's also enough of a regular that he proceeds to give me a full tour of the place! I even got to meet Brewer Pete Crowley. Very cool! We had to leave all too soon, but I bought a hat, had some brews, and know that I'll be back there again. Thanks Gary!
|Sort of a back room area. To get to this separate room, you must pass|
through a corridor which shows off all their brewing equipment and tanks.
Sunday: Fortunately, that is not the end of my weekend of craft beer related fun. When I arrive home Sunday afternoon, inside I find a monster 26.4 lb package that has been awaiting my arrival home since Friday. This is the first half of a tremendous beer trade from trading buddy Eric. I'll just let the picture do the talking.
|L to R: Baudelaire Beer, E.S. Bam, Bam Biere, Weizen Bam,|
Fuego del Otoño, Calabaza Blanca, Maracaibo Especial, &
Note: After I was packing up all these beer post-photo, I discovered an ADDITIONAL beer tucked away amongst all the bubble wrap and packing peanuts! I've been wanted to try this and will be reviewing it very soon.
In Chicago & its surrounding burbs, there is a huge beer scene waiting to be discovered, place by place. Don't pass that up! Especially if you live there! You never know what new cool thing lurks through the next doorway: unusual taps, cool bartenders, raucous customers, knowledgable acquaintances, different ambiances, and maybe even some new friends. There's still lots of places I need to see (Finch's, Publican, Metropolitan, Hopleaf, Rock Bottom, Wild Onion, etc), but this was a darn good start. My kind of town....