Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Oktoberfest v. Harvest Fest in Chicago

Much like an OMG Beer! tasting that occured a few weeks ago and will be written up tomorrow, fall and beer have become trapped in a complicated yet delicious seasonal dance. The hop harvest ends in September, and harvest ales and wet-hop ales are plentiful in this hop loving world of ours. But, traditions remain strong in the beer world. Oktoberfest starts at the end of September and ends of course, in October. Other harvests occur as well, and of course, pumpkin beers have been around for years. Thus, you get tastings like this one, with one bar full of Oktoberfest, and other full of harvest ales. Delicious! And you can get to both with a long walk or a short cab ride.

Where: The Fountainhead and Bar on Buena
When: Noon Saturday running til Sunday night or when they're out of the participating beers

Bar on Buena's Oktoberfest beers:
Ayinger Oktoberfest
Great Lakes Oktoberfest
Left Hand Octoberfest
Spaten Oktoberfest
Flying Dog Dogtoberfest
Hofbrau Oktoberfest
Victory Fest Beer
Avery The Kaiser
Monchshof Festbier

The Fountainhead's Hop Harvest related ales:
Founders Harvest
Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest
Sierra Nevada Estate
Left Hand Warrior
New Holland Hopivore
Port Brewing High-Tide
Three Floyd's Broo Doo
Two Brothers Heavy Handed Cascade
Two Brothers Heavy Handed Centennial
Two Brothers Heavy Handed Columbus
Two Brothers Heavy Handed Galena

Cask Conditioned:
Two Brothers Heavy Handed Columbus

As well as:
Southern Tier Imperial PumKing
The Bruery Autumn Maple
Jolly Pumpkin La Parcela
Half Acre Wake of the Flood
Victory Festbier
and a keg of:
Sierra Nevada Octoberfest

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