Ninth Step Double-Oktoberfest Almost-Century


Ninth Step Double-Oktoberfest Almost-Century

Time: September 30, 2017 from 7:30am to 7:30pm
Location: The Clock Tower
Street: 3700 N. Recreation Drive
City/Town: Chicago
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Event Type: drunken
Organized By: bobweiser
Latest Activity: Sep 29, 2017

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No, this isn't about making direct amends to the people we've harmed whenever doing so is possible and won't injure them or others.

It's about riding to Three Floyds and boosting our cognitive function every month this year! There's a somewhat consistent schedule -- usually the 4th Saturday of the month -- and you can qualify for the F-12 Award.

September is National Century Month, so this step is a century -- if you ride a little extra before or after. The ride takes the lakefront trail south from the Clock Tower. You can join up anywhere along the trail. Just let the group know to make sure you get picked up.

35 miles to Three Floyds + 10 miles to Flossmoor Station = 45 miles. Take the Metra Electric home or ride another 25 miles to Imperial Oak's Oak-toberfest = 70 miles. Ride another 5 miles to Brookfield = 75 miles and take the BNSF home or another 25 miles to Revolution's Oktoberfest, the new Beer Temple, and back to the clock tower = 95 miles.15-18 mph. I like to get to Three Floyds before they open at 11:00 (it's still the eighth-best brewery in the world, so sometimes there's a line). Bring money, government-issued ID, a lock, lights since we're staying out late, water and snacks to have en route, and panniers for beer you can't get in Chicago.

Online resources: Google map, cue sheet, Metra Electric train schedules, BNSF train schedule, Bikes on the Metra, and, to save a minute at the start, the nifty online CCC waiver.

PS: I give these rides these names because I find them humorous in an ironic way. It's not my intent to make light of addictions, efforts to recover from addictions, or 12-step peer support groups like AA. If you're trying to drink in moderation, we'll support you. If you're trying to abstain, you may want to give this ride a pass.

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Comment by bobweiser on September 29, 2017 at 2:48am
Comment by bobweiser on September 28, 2017 at 12:28pm

and, finally, new and new-to-me (and not available in cans) @ revolution:

  • Ideology Esb
    Extra Special Bitter
    This British-inspired extra special bitter was named after a Billy Bragg song. The Englishman is one of the most notable political singer/songwriters of our time. The style is more full-bodied and flavorful than the ‘Best’ or ‘Special’ Bitters we have done in the recent past (Adams’ Best, Poetic Justice, etc). – and it is a bit higher in alcohol than traditional British version. It has a rich copper color with a malt-dominant aroma. Notes of toasted malt, caramel, and dates are present from the use of CaraAroma and Special B malts. Dry-hopping with Styrian Goldings gives a spicy background in the aroma and the palate. The medium bitterness helps to balance out the malty sweetness.
    Alc. by vol. – 5.2%
    Bitterness - 35 IBUs

  • Farm to Fist
    Wet Hop IPA
    Farm to Fist is a palate punching Wet IPA characterized by its bold, fresh hop flavors and aromas. A departure from our norm, this beer allows for a unique blend of herbal, citrus, and pine notes that can only be created by the hops' fleeting green resins and oils. Witness what happens when hops go from vine to beer in under four hours.
    The harvest IPA is brewed with hops grown over at Hop Head Farms located in Baroda, MI.
    Alc. by vol. – 7.5%
    Bitterness - 75 IBUs

  • No Pun Required
    German-style Gose
    This is another “Kettle Sour” beer, made with the addition of Lactobacillus in the wort ( we took advantage of the ‘Lacto’ cultures present in nonfat Greek yogurt). During a 24 hour period, the Lacto eats some of the sugars and produces the lactic acid, which is perceived on the palate as the tart acidity in the beer. After that, we boil the wort to kill all the Lacto- so that we don’t infect our brewery- and pitched a Kolsch yeast for the main fermentation of the beer… This is a Leipzig-style Gose, so it is brewed with 2row and wheat, and we added sea salt and coriander to the kettle, per tradition. Highly carbonated and refreshing!
    Alc. by vol. – 4.3%
    Bitterness - 10 IBUs

  • Working Mom
    Barrel-Aged Imperial Brown Ale
    Our Imperial Brown was aged in Heaven Hill & Woodford Reserve for 9 months. It is wonderfully complex - notes of bourbon come through, married with chocolate, toffee, fruit, and vanilla from the wood. These flavors follow along to the palate where you will get some lingering hop bitterness and the alcohol warmth that you would expect from a beer this big.
    Alc. by vol. – 13.5%
    Bitterness - 69 IBUs

  • VSOG
    Barrel-Aged Porter
    This archived beer no longer in production.
    Alc. by vol. – 11.5%

Comment by bobweiser on September 28, 2017 at 12:24pm

smoked and barrel-aged @ imperial oak:

  • Flaming Moe’s- Smoked Helles
  • S’more Moe’s- S’more Smoked Helles
  • Brandy Barrel Aged Sinister Minister- Belgian Quad
  • Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Gourd- Pumpkin Ale
  • Maple Bourbon BA Sugar Shack- Maple Brown Ale
  • Chocolate Coconut Mead Barrel Aged Admiral Ackbeer- Belgian Dubbel
  • Gin Barrel Aged Mai Way Or The Highway- Maibock
  • Gin Barrel Aged Saule de Blond- Beire de Garde
  • Bourbon Barrel Aged Saule de Ambre- Beire de Garde
  • Gin Barrel Aged Saule de Brune- Beire de Garde
Comment by bobweiser on September 28, 2017 at 8:10am

new since last time @ FFF:

  • 16 Ball

    6.7% ABV 79 IBU $5 Imperial Pint

    16 ball in the corner pocket? Damn! Scratched again. This IPA with help from a new Slovenian hop adding tropical fruit, berry, and citrus to the nose will help you set up your next shot.

  • Crown Brewing Grand Poobah

    10% ABV 50 IBU $5 Snifter

    One of their strongest offerings pouring inky black and viscous. Dark fruits meld with bakers chocolate and roasted malts. Medium heavy body with a tan head that lasts. This Russian Imperial Stout is offered only once a year

seasonal (and new since last time) @ flossmoor:

  • Lighten Up Hefe

    4.7% abv,  15 IBU

    A classic take on a German Hefeweizen with notes of banana, clove and lemon.

  • Midnight Traveller

    5.3% abv,  69 IBU

    A Black IPA with a roast forward taste and a light citrus and piney backbone.

  • Aurelian Sunrise Pale Ale

    5.0% abv,  57 IBU

    A light and refreshing Pale Ale with aromas and flavors of citrus, lemon and orange.

  • Glasgow Piper

    7.4% abv  20IBU

    A Scotch Ale with a malty backbone followed by a smooth finish from toasted oats.

  • Fields of Thunder IPA

    5.8% abv  61 IBU

    Brewed with Azacca hops, this IPA has a citrus nose with flavors of mango, pineapple and a hint of pine.

  • Sheol Barleywine

    9.1% ABV  81 IBU

    The base beer for the next Wooden Hell features flavors of malty sweet caramel, citrus and a slight bitter finish.

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