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Ninth Step Double-Oktoberfest Almost-Century


Ninth Step Double-Oktoberfest Almost-Century

Time: September 29, 2018 from 7:30am to 9:30pm
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 30, 2018

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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 where so they can look for you.

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 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 (they're still one of the top 100 brewers in the world, and the food, like the beer, is unapologetically in your face with flavor, 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 30, 2018 at 11:43am

i had a great time thank you all for coming out!

Comment by bobweiser on September 29, 2018 at 8:12am

Alina leaving clock tower hope you’re at Fullerton or even further south mm

Comment by bobweiser on September 28, 2018 at 11:23pm

after all that uncertainly, we might have a great day!

Saturday 09/29 0%
Sunny, along with a few afternoon clouds. High 61F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.
Comment by bobweiser on September 28, 2018 at 10:14pm

and @ Oktoberfest i wonder if i'll have room for:

  • Clan Campbell
    Scottish-Style Ale
    This Scottish Ale is a big malty brew that’s perfect for Fall. A beautiful mahogany color is complemented by flavors of caramel and pecan. Grab a pint, cue the bagpipes, and fly your family tartan. Cruachan!
  • Coffee Eugene
    Coffee Porter
    Our Robust Porter was sent to a bright tank and aged for an additional week with whole bean coffee from Dark Matter Coffee. The cold-aging allows us to extract the aromatic oils from the coffee without extracting any additional bitterness that it may impart if we were to have added it to the near boiling wort in the kettle.
    6.8% - 28 IBUs
  • Citra-Hero
    India Pale Ale
    Citra-Hero is an elegant American IPA designed to showcase the Citra Hop variety. This IPA is exploding with citrusy flavors and aromas.
    We utilized 2-row, Pale Ale, Red Wheat and Belgian Aromatic malts to provide a deep golden color and clean malt profile for this hoppy ale. Multiple additions of Citra in the brew kettle infuse this beer with deep layers of citrus aroma and flavor and a clean, crisp yet intense bitterness. After primary fermentation with our English Ale Yeast we dry-hopped with one pound per barrel of Citra once again to really load this ale up with a burst of fresh citrus fruit.
    Weighing in at 7.5% ABV this ale is sturdy enough to hold up to the higher bitterness level but is still quite sessionable and exploding with fresh hop character!
    7.5% - 65 IBUs
  • Batch 2000
    Imperial Stout with Lactose
    We finally reached the 2,000th batch at Kedzie, and the resulting beer is a big, roasty Imperial Stout with lactose and rye malt for body. We took characteristics we like from Deth’s Tar and Ryeway to create this beer. The recipe was a collaborative effort from the brewers that included European and U.S. caramel malts, coffee malt, and debittered roasted malt to accentuate the toasted marshmallow and roasted flavors without acrid or burnt notes. 20% Canadian Rye Malt helps give it a velvety texture.
    10.5% - 35 IBUs
  • Deth's Tar
    Barrel-Aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout
    Witness the firepower of this fully operational Barrel-Aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout. Brewed with English specialty malts and the addition of flaked and malted oats to create a rich, chocolaty profile and silky mouthfeel that cloaks its considerable strength. The American oak barrels continue to build layers of complexity, reminiscent of vanilla, toasted coconut and caramel candy after aging this dark menace a full 12 months.
    14.8% - 35 IBUs
Comment by bobweiser on September 28, 2018 at 9:55pm

the one @ flossmoor station i feel most drawn to is:

  • 2018 B.A. Wooden Hell Barleywine
    10% ABV
    Aged for 9 months in Woodford Reserve barrels, this barleywine offers flavors of oak, bourbon and caramel.

they always have new and crazy creations at Oak-toberfest like, this year:

  • Berry Melon Hype
    Strawberry/Watermelon NEIPA
  • Das Nuts
    Pecan/Almond Oktoberfest (2 kegs only)
  • Udderly PB & J
    Peanut Butter and Jelly Milk Stout (1 keg only)
  • Honey We Can’t Eloupe
    Cantaloupe Honey Ale (1 keg only)
  • Barrel Aged Spiced Almond Sinister Minister
    Brandy BA Quad with Cinnamon and toasted Almonds
  • Quiet Giant Coco/Vanilla
    Bourbon BA Imperial Stout with Coco Nibs and Vanilla beans (1 sixtel only)
  • Spice Lord
    Vanilla/Cinnamon Barleywine (1 keg only)
  • Spicy Lady
    Port BA Wheat Wine with mulling spices (1 keg only)
Comment by bobweiser on September 28, 2018 at 9:42pm

3f will have a bunch of my favorites on tap:

  • Thicc Bois
    7% ABV 81 IBU $6 Snifter / 5oz pour $3

    Double dry hopped lactose IPA. A FULL bodied massively dry hopped and appropriately bitter IPA brewed and inspired by the thiccest of the Thicc Bois. Dry hopped with 100% experimental hops from the Yakima Valley.

  • CheerTeam
    7.2% ABV 62 IBU $7 Imperial Pint / 5oz pour $3

    The new combination of American hops in this enigmatic IPA is an instant classic. The very fruity and may we say juicy hop character in this IPA is unrelentingly delicious.

  • Battle of Charro II
    10.8% ABV 51 IBU $5 7oz Pour

    An Imperial Brett IPA with cherry juice and cherry flavor. Aroma is reminiscent of candied cherries, dried fruit and a little funk. Taste is sweet and tart at first with a bitter kick that lingers on the palate.

  • Necron 99
    7.3% ABV 61 IBU $5 Imperial Pint / 5oz pour $2

    An interplanetary IPA

  • Moloko
    8% ABV 30 IBU $5 Snifter/5oz pour $3

    This delicious Milk Stout is brewed with a portion of golden naked oats and lactose milk sugar to give it a rounded and full-bodied mouth feel, deep-roasted and slightly sweet maltiness.

  • Alpha Klaus
    38 IBU 6% ABV $5 Snifter/ 5oz pour $3

    Alpha King's festive cousin. A big American Xmas Porter brewed with English chocolate malt, Mexican sugar and, of course, tons of strange American hops.

  • Zombie Dust
    50 IBU 6.2% ABV $5 Imperial Pint / 5oz pour $2

    This intensely hopped and gushing undead Pale Ale will be one's only respite after the zombie apocalypse. Created with our marvelous friends in the comic industry.

  • Alpha King
    68 IBU 6.66% ABV $5 Imperial Pint / 5oz pour $2

    A bold yet balanced American Pale Ale with slight caramel sweetness and aggressive citrus hoppiness. This is our flagship beer.

Comment by bobweiser on September 28, 2018 at 9:30pm

brad, i estimate 8:32.

steve, no plan, i don't know where or even if it'll be torn up this weekend. last weekend the torn-up trail was rideable (and more so than the "off-road option" by 3f). or we can check google maps for roads.

Comment by Steve A on September 28, 2018 at 7:53pm

Clock Tower at 8 for me then.  Is there a plan for by-passing the trail in Hyde Park?

Comment by Brad Field on September 28, 2018 at 7:31pm

I would let to join you at Buckingham fountain. What time do you think you'll be rolling by there?

Comment by bobweiser on September 28, 2018 at 6:26pm

the few showers (32%) now not due until 10 pm  :-)

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