Friday, December 11, 2009

CU Beer Weekend Dec. 11

This week is going to be a pretty good one for beer. Champaign Urbana, prepare to get your drink on. If you follow my twitter feed (or facebook) you already know that Founders Backwoods Bastard has arrived in town (along with Founders Imperial Stout). Yesterday I went to Sunsinger and picked up a four pack, I believe it cost $12.99. I didn't see the imperial stout. The BB was in the cooler, and not on the shelf. Also, Capital Eisphyre is available there, and is on the shelf. All those beers should be stocked at Friar Tucks and Picadilly by the time you read this. Backwoods Bastard won't last long at the stores.

Hopefully, by next Friday, I'll have a list of the December 25 openings.

7 Saints

The two rotating taps are currently:

Southern Tier Oat
Southern Tier Old Man Winter (it's actually the one with the Bells Winter handle)

7S has (I believe) a case of both Backwoods Bastard and Imperial Stout. It hasn't been priced yet (as of Thursday night) but it should be for this weekend.

Wednesday: Whiskey Wednesday, this week, Bourbon + Rye
Thursday: Beer Class, 9:30 $10; holiday/ winter beers.

Radio Maria

Jacob is out of town driving through the United States, so the beer list hasn't been updated online since 11/29. Also there isn't an email about the specials, so I don't know what tonight's happy hour special is. We'll assume the rest of the weekly schedule stays the same.

Friday: Happy Hour 4:30 - 5:30. DJ at 10, $3 Smirnoff drinks
Saturday: $3 Bacardi and $6 Bacardi Mojitos, Salsa Night at 10.
Sunday: $2 wells, $1.25 beer (no PBR this week)
Monday: 25% off bottles of wine
Tuesday: 1/2 price wine by the glass
Wednesday: $1 off all beers on draft.
Thursday: $1 off house specialty cocktails

Jan 17, North Coast Brewing Company beer dinner, with brewery rep Brad Fuller.

Blind Pig

Left Hand Warrior IPA; Longmont, Colorado, India Pale Ale, 6.8% abv
Left Hand Fade To Black; Longmont, Colorado, Foreign Stout, 8% abv
Rouge Hazelnut Brown Nectar; Newport, Oregon, Brown Ale, 6.22% abv
Avery The Czar; Boulder, Colorado, Imperial Stout, 10.77% abv
Schlafly Kölsch; Maplewood, Missouri, Kölsch, 4.8% abv
Unibroue La Terrible; Canada, Belgian Strong Ale, 10.5%
Green Flash West Coast IPA; Vista, California, India Pale Ale, 7.3% abv
Mahrs Bräu Christmas Bock; Germany, Heller Bock, 6% abv
Fullers London Pride; England, Premium Bitter, 4.7% abv
Delirium Noël; Belgium, Belgian Strong Ale, 10% abv
Blue Moon; Golden, Colorado, Belgian White, 5.4% abv
Krusovice Imperial 12°; Bohemian Pilsener, Czech Republic, 5% abv
Stella Artois; Belgium, Pale Lager, 5.2% abv
Pabst Blue Ribbon; San Antonio, Texas, Pale Lager, 5% abv
Ridgeway Bad Elf; England, English Strong Ale, 6%
Two Brothers Red Eye Porter; Warrenville, Illinois, Imperial Porter, 9.2% abv
Summit Horizon Red Ale; St. Paul, Minnesota, Amber Ale, 5.7%
Lagunitas IPA; Petaluma, California, India Pale Ale, 5.7% abv
Gouden Carolus Noël; Belgium, Belgian Strong Ale, 10.5% abv
Tucher Helles Hefe Weizen; Germany, German Hefeweizen, 5.3% abv
Lindemans Framboise; Belgium, Lambic, 2.5% abv
De Ranke Père Noël; Belgium, Belgian Ale, 7% abv
Young’s Double Chocolate Stout; England, Stout, 5.2%
Guinness; Dublin, Ireland, Dry Stout, 4.1% abv

Arcadia Angler's Ale is on cask.

You could easily do a holiday beer sampler at the Pig with Mahrs Brau, Delirium Noel, Ridgeway Bad Elf, Gouden Carolus, De Ranke Pere Noel.

The Brewery (the Piglet)

Blind Pig Oatmeal Stout
Blind Pig Grisette
Goose Island Honkers Ale Chicago, Illinois, English Pale Ale, 5% abv
Veltins Pilsener Germany, Classic German Pilsener, 4.8% abv
Wild Goose Snow Goose Frederick, Maryland, English Strong Ale, 5.9% abv
Slaapmutske Christmas Belgium, Belgian Strong Ale, 7.4% abv
Victory Storm King Downington, Pennsylvania, Imperial Stout, 9.1% abv
Ayinger Bräu-Weiss Germany, German Hefeweizen, 5.1% abv
Heilemans Old Style Woodridge, Illinois, Pale Lager, 5% abv
Avery duganA Boulder, Colorado, Imperial IPA, 8.5% abv
Dark Horse Scotty Karate Marshall, Michigan, Scotch Ale, 9.75% abv
Guinness Ireland, Dry Stout, 4.1% abv

There isn't a list of the coming soon house beers. The Grisette should be a saison style / french farmhouse beer, if my guess is correct.

Sunday: 7-9 Trivia

Crane Alley

North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsener 4.4%
Big Sky Moose Drool Brown Ale 5.3%
Belhaven Wee Heavy Scottish Ale 6.5%
Lost Abbey Ten Commandments 9.0%
Three Floyds Robert The Bruce 7.0%
He'brew Origin Pomegranate Ale 8.0%
Avery The Czar Imperial Stout 11.7%
Schneider Weiss 5.6%
Guinness 4.2%
Rogue Double Dead Guy Ale 9.5%
Chimay Trappist Tripel 8.0%
Founder's Porter 6.5%
Pabst Blue Ribbon 4.7%
Left Hand Fade To Black Export Stout 8.5%
Flying Dog Raging Bitch Belgian IPA 8.2%
Great Divide Fresh Hop 6.1%

Coming Soon

Old Speckled Hen
Three Floyds Pride & Joy 5.0%
Founders Imperial Stout
Port Brewing Santa's Little Helper Imperial Stout
Mendocino Red Tail Ale
Green Flash IPA 7.0%
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA
Erdinger Octoberfest Weizen 5.6%
Gulden Draak 10.5%
Great Divide Hibernation
Anchor Christmas Ale
Moylans Christmas Ale
Ridgeway Santa's Butt Porter
Ridgeway Bad Elf Winter Ale 6.0%
Three Floyds Gumballhead Wheat Ale 5.0%

This weekend's food specials:

CHIMAY CHEESE PLATE - Chimay Classic, Chimay A La Bier, and Chimay Vieux served with apples, grapes, and baguette

CHUTNEY BURGER - Housemade 8oz burger with apple-jalapeno chutney, applewood smoked bacon, and fontina cheese

ROTINI PASTA - Rotini pasta with chicken, bacon, mushrooms, spinach, and maranara

Cowboy Monkey

Friday: Love Me Nots, $5 10pm
Saturday: Vanattica, $5, 9:30 (Withnail 10pm, Steeleater 11pm, Vanattica at midnight)
Tuesday: Open Mic, 10pm, $2.50 Magic Hat; $2.50 Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat; $2.50 Bacardi drinks
Wednesday: Salsa, 10pm
Thursday: Live Karaoke Band, $5 10pm
Friday: Delta Kings, $5 9pm


Friday: DJ Delayney $5, 10pm
Saturday: DJ $5, 10pm; $5 Long Island, $5 Vegas Bombs, $4 Captain Morgan drinks, $4 Jose Cuervo drinks
Monday: 80's night 10pm Free
Tuesday: Open Mic Session, 10pm $5
Wednesday: DJ A-Ron, $5, 10pm

Canopy Club

Friday: Fall Semester Showdown, $7, 8pm
Saturday: Desafinado, 6:30pm; Fall Semester Showdown, $7
Sunday: Pizza + Pitcher and Movie, 6 pm The Darjeeling Limited; 8 pm Rushmore; 10 pm The Hangover
Monday: Jobu, no cover, $1 beers and well
Tuesday: Trivia Diner: Live Game Show/The Piano Man
Wednesday: Physical Challenge: A Dance Party Getdown
Thursday: Bob and Pricilla and friends, $7
Friday: Metal Xmas Bash 2009, $7


On tap:
Michelob Winter's Bourbon Cask Ale
Sam Adams Winter Lager

Other events:

Champaign Urbana Beer Club

Wednesday; Dec 16, at Crane Alley, 6:30 pm. December theme is Anniversary or Holiday Beers.

My schedule for this week is rather full.

Friday: Radio Maria Happy Hour, possibly Blind Pig Brewery for the Grisette, Hooters for Calendar Signing.
Saturday: Hooters for Big Brad's Birthday and UFC 107, Penn vs Sanchez
Sunday: Hooters for football
Monday: free
Tuesday: free
Wednesday: pool, as we got wildcard and won last week, followed by Beer Club at Crane
Thursday: 7 Saints beer class. (it's not a cover, it's tuition and fees)

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