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Beer #

Brand

Date

Price

Comments

0001

Budweiser

03/05/99

2.50

King of Beers (price/draft pint). My first choice after I burn out my taste buds. Don't get me wrong. I like Bud. I just use it to mellow-out on after I do some international taste testing.

0002

Budweiser Light

11/24/99

2.50

Well, every brewer must sell a light beer to stay competitive (price/draft pint).

0005

Anchor Steam

01/19/00

3.95

Good-tasting Californian beer.

0007

Sam Adams Boston Lager

03/21/02

3.25

Good, rich-tasting craft beer.

0008

LaBatt’s Blue

03/27/01

3.25

I didn’t note the taste, but it probably tasted good.

0009

Molson Goldon

02/14/02

3.25

Canada.

0010

Harp Lager

03/04/02

3.95

A mild lager from Ireland.

0011

Heineken

05/13/99

3.50

A fine, full-bodied Dutch beer.

0012

O’Dell's 90 Shilling

08/22/01

2.97

Pint. Smooth, rich dark beer from Colorado.

0013

Miller Lite

1999

2.00

Half the calories, so you can drink twice as much!

0014

Staff's Choice

08/22/01

2.75

Mystery beer. May have been Pete's Summer Brew (#30) for $2.75. That's handwritten on the receipt, but isn't recorded in their database.

0015

Singletrack Copper Ale

04/22/99

2.95

Tasted strange, but not bad.

0019

Black and Tan

12/23/99

3.50

Tasteful beer from the United Kingdom

0021

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

06/20/01

2.75

From California. A rich pale ale flavor.

0023

Moosehead

03/27/01

3.50

Canada. 12 oz. I didn’t note the taste, but it probably tasted good.

0024

Coors Lite

1999

2.50

Coors isn't beer. It's yellow water.

0026

Paulaner Salvator

06/28/02

3.95

Dopple bock. 12 oz. A rich, good-tasting beer from Munich, Germany. They’ve been in business since 1634. You can’t say that for WorldCom.

0027

Pete's Wicked Ale

03/25/99

2.95

It is wicked ale. I later had to ask someone if I actually drank one because I couldn't remember.

0029

Pacifico Clara

11/29/01

3.25

Mexican beer. No other information in my notes. Probably tasted good.

0031

Dos Equis Amber Lager

01/12/01

3.25

Mexican beer. I can’t find my notes on how it tasts, but it probably tasted good.

0033

Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout

04/18/02

3.50

A semi-dry stout from Colorado. It’s balanced with oatmeal, roasted and chocolate malts. Or at least that’s what the label says. 12 oz.

0037

Red Hook ESB

02/14/02

3.50

A rich beer from the Washington state area. C.J.’s favorite. Don’t mess with C.J., she drives a Harley.

0038

Fosters

07/23/99

2.95

A great-tasting Australian beer. However, my Aussie friend Bucketmouth says that it's considered rather ordinary over there. Bah! What does he know?

0041

Paulaner Hefe-Weizen

11/07/02

3.50

German beer. Served with a slice of lemon for some reason. Maybe it tastes bad without it.

0042

Pilsner Urquell

11/09/99

4.25

A fine pilsner beer from the city of Plzen in the Czech Republic.

0051

Corona Extra

11/09/00

2.95

Not the first time I've drank this fine Mexican beer; but it's the first time with a slice of lime. Not bad, but I don't see the point to it. Maybe it's some kind of ritual like where you pour salt on your hand, eat the lime, drink the beer, and spit out the rind.

0053

Old Peculier

11/09/99

4.75

An English ale. Dark.

0055

McEwin’s Scotch Ale

06/05/01

4.95

Scotch ale. 12 oz 8% ale (whatever that means). Imported from Scotland. Tastes good. Doesn’t taste like scotch, though. Established 1856.

0056

Paulaner Octoberfest Marzen Amber

11/07/02

0

German beer. 12 oz. Amber flavored.

0058

Tsing Tao

01/12/01

3.95

From China. I don’t have much information on it. It probably tasted good, though.

0059

Sierra Nevada Porter

12/14/01

3.50

A beer from California with a dry, dusty flavor.

0061

Buffalo Gold Premium Ale

05/08/01

3.25

Not bad. 12 oz.

0062

Red Stripe

11/14/02

3.75

From Jamaica. Dry. Not bad.

0065

Beck's Oktoberfest

10/05/99

0

A dark German beer. Good.

0066

New Castle Brown Ale

07/18/01

3.95

Pint.

0067

Celebrator Dopplebock

10/25/01

5.25

Germany.

0071

Microbrew of the Month

06/27/01

0

Mystery beer.

0074

Negra Modelo

09/03/02

3.50

12 oz. Dark ale. Not bad.

0077

Asahi Dry

09/01/00

3.50

Another fine beer from Japan (12 oz). The Old Chicago people in the Old Market seems to have confused it with Kirin (#136), since the number for Asahi on their menu is also 136. (But maybe they're DBO's.)

0081

Sam Smith’s Nut Brown Ale

11/14/02

6.95

English beer. Tastes nutty, and brown. Pretty good, actually. This was the last and 110th beer I drank on the Old Chicago Beer Tour.

0086

Coors Original

01/16/02

2.50

It’s a 12 oz. Coors. Coors used to have this big following of counter-culture types who worshipped the beer but didn’t realize that the Coors family were arch conservatives that would just as soon shoot a counter-culture type as look at him. There was also this big myth that Coors somehow had a great flavor because the company wouldn’t sell it east of Colorado. In the ‘70s they finally introduced it to Nebraska. Big news media fanfare. I tried it while anticipating great things. Then I said to myself, "Self, this isn’t nothing but water with some beer flavoring added."

0092

Utenos Alus

03/30/00

3.50

A light beer from Utena, Lithuania. "People need beer just as they need bread." Served in a 17-ounce bottle. It's what I spent my Anchor Steam Beer Buck on.

0093

Grolsch

10/04/01

5.50

16 oz. beer from the Netherlands. Probably tasted good.

0103

(mystery beer)

Apr-Jun 2002

0

Unknown; but it’s listed. Might have tasted good, too.

0104

Michelob

07/18/01

0

This was Dad's favorite beer.

0107

Rolling Rock

12/23/99

2.50

Good beer from Pennsylvania, USA.

0112

Birra Moretti

06/05/01

3.75

A fine Pilsner from Italy.

0114

(non alcoholic; probably O’Douls Amber)

06/27/01

2.50

All non-alcoholic beers are listed under this number. Drinking an alcohol-free beer is like kissing your sister.

0120

Sierra Nevada Stout

06/06/02

3.50

California stout beer. 12 oz.

0122

Boulder Porter

06/28/02

3.25

A Porter beer from Colorado. 12 oz.

0134

Michelob Light

07/18/01

0

Michelob's obligatory light beer.

0136

Kirin

05/25/00

3.50

A fine beer from Japan.

0146

Fuller’s London Pride Pale Ale

08/01/02

4.50

12 oz bottle from England. Tastes dry, but good.

0147

Genny Cream Ale

10/22/02

2.95

12 oz bottle from New York. Hard to say; my taste buds were burnt out from eating a Black & Blue burger (black pepper and blue cheese).

0161

Old Style

12/14/01

2.25

Beer from Wisconsin that tastes slightly sweet. 12 oz.

0175

Dixie Blackened Voodoo Lager

01/19/00

3.95

I expected it to have a peppery taste, but it didn't. Still good, though.

0183

 

 

0

Record incomplete.

0214

Boulder Amber Ale

11/24/99

3.25

From Boulder, CO, USA. Tastes good.

0219

Sapporo

05/13/99

3.50

One of my three favorite beers from Japan.

0231

Leinenkogel Red Lager

11/29/01

2.95

Good beer from Wisconsin.

0239

Heileman’s Special Export Light

10/22/02

2.50

From Wisconsin. 12 oz. So so.

0243

Peroni

12/20/00

3.50

From Italy. Okay.

0250

Ice House

03/25/99

2.50

 Well, it's Ice House. Beer.

0259

Mamba

04/22/99

7.95

1 pt., 6.3 oz. bottle of malt liquor from Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Africa. Nothing unusual about the flavor.

0268

J.W. Dundee Honey Brown Lager

02/14/02

2.50

Good. Tasted like honey brown lager. I wouldn’t want to drink more than one, though.

0276

Mexican Bohemia

12/20/00

3.50

By Cemceria(sp?). Somewhat dry.

0283

Flying Dog Doggie Style Ale

05/08/01

3.50

From Colorado. Strange taste. Also strange label.

0294

Corona Light

09/03/02

3.25

12 oz. Same as Corona Heavy.

0363

New Belgium Blue Paddle Pilsner

04/18/02

3.95

A lager from Colorado. 12 oz. Good.

0366

Breckenridge IPA

04/18/02

3.50

An Indian Pale Ale from Colorado. 12 oz. Good.

0374

Boddingtons

07/11/02

4.75

A beer from Manchester, England. Has a slight creamy flavor. I understand that their advertisements are really annoying.

0381

Breckenridge Avalanche

09/01/00

3.50

From Colorado. Not bad, but a little sweet. (12 oz)

0383

Boulevard Pale Ale

11/24/99

2.50

1 pt. draft. Imported from Missouri. Good.

0389

 

 

0

 

0390

Boulevard Bully Porter

03/04/02

3.50

Black beer (real dark). Brown foam. Strong. Smooth.

0392

Breckenridge Mountain Wheat

01/19/00

3.50

I ordered Breckenridge Avalanche, but they were out. so I tried this. It was good.

0395

Molson Ice

07/11/02

0

Like regular Molson’s. Only on steroids.

0396

Sam Adams Boston Ale

06/30/99

3.25

Tastes good. When mixed with friends, it is a good way to break free from a grouchy day at work. (Worked for me.)

0418

Henry Weinhard’s Private Reserve

10/22/02

2.95

12 oz bottle from Oregon. Tastes okay. Fancy label on the bottle.

0423

Grolsch Amber

11/09/00

3.55

Nice taste. I forgot to consult my wetware database to see if there was any comparisons to be made between it and Heineken. More research is needed.

0425

Sam Adams Cherry Wheat

05/12/02

3.15

A beer from Massachusetts that tastes like cherries. Candy-flavored beer is for beginners.

0426

Pyramid Hefe-Weizen

06/12/02

3.15

A tangy ale with a lemon slice from Seattle, Washington.

0450

Murphy's Irish Cream Stout

03/25/99

4.95

Dark Beer. Stout.

0473

Dixie Crimson Voodoo

12/14/01

3.95

Rusty flavor. Hard water. 12 oz.

0500

New Belgium Trippel Ale

12/14/01

3.95

This stuff is awful. 12 oz.

0511

Erdinger Specialty

06/28/02

6.95

A fine German wheat beer. 16 oz.

0528

Emperian Third Stone Brown

08/01/02

3.00

Weird, slightly tangy, black beer. Drink only once. Price/draft.

0540

Shiner Blonde Ale

09/01/00

3.25

From Texas. 12 oz. Compared to Asahi and Avalanche, it was okay. But maybe my tastebuds were starting to burn out.

0568

Luna Sea

05/25/00

3.25

Empyrean Extra Special Beer (ESB) from Nebraska, USA. (The label on the bottle is kind of neat.)

0585

Empyrean Chaco Canyon Honey-Gold

04/18/02

3.25

Honey-flavored beer from Nebraska. 12 oz.

0590

Palisades Lager

06/08/00

4.25

From India. A nice, robust flavor.

0641

Fuller's IPA

02/15/01

0

India Pale Ale. NOT FROM INDIA (more research needed).

0680

Phil's Pils

06/08/00

3.25

From the Barley Boys Brewery. A German-style Pilsner. The small print on the label asks, "Did you buy this to read it or to drink it?"

0689

Pete’s Strawberry Blonde

10/22/02

3.25

12 oz from California. Strawberry flavor. Not bad. RB sounded disappointed because she’s just a standard-issue redhead.

0710

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel

03/21/02

4.95

Dark beer from Munich, Germany. 1 pt, 9 oz. According to their Web page, they’ve been in business since 1363.

0730

Kingfisher

04/22/99

4.95

Imported from India. Unique flavor, tastes good.

0742

Taj Maha

04/10/01

7.75

Sightly tangy. 22 oz. Good. First for E.

0753

Big Rock Warthog Ale

02/14/02

3.50

I ordered a New Belgium Fat Tire ale (#178), but they credited me with this instead for some reason.

0764

Shiner Bock

08/02/01

2.95

From Texas.

0796

 

 

0

 

0850

Zebra Lager

?/?/99

0

 (check)

0877

Nebraska's Own Brew

05/13/99

2.95

Never heard of it before. A dark beer. Tastes slightly sweet.

0912

 

 

0

 

0923

New Belgium Brussels Black Ale

02/14/02

3.50

From Colorado. Good standard black ale flavor.

0926

 

 

0

Record incomplete.

0938

Caffrey’s Irish Ale

03/04/02

3.95

A smooth dark beer from Ireland.

0951

Athenian

03/27/01

4.25

Greek Lager Beer. 11.2 oz. Brewed in Athens, Greece. I didn’t note the the taste, but it probably tasted good.

0962

Guinness and Cider

03/04/02

3.50

Guinness stout (black) on top of cider. There was a clear dividing line and the 50-50 ratio seemed to maintain itself all the way down.

1075

Smirnoff Ice

08/22/01

3.75

High-octane lemonade from Canada.

1554

Budweiser

07/11/02

2.50

It was renumbered for one of their Mini-Tours and somehow I got credit.

 

Total

 

$346.52

 

 

This beer tour is over. It began on 5 March 1999 and lasted until 14 November 2002. I got my share of freebies, but paid over $337.85 for 110 beers. I received and Old Chicago sweatshirt (extra large) and will get my name engraved on a plaque on the Hall of Foam. Woopie!

The first beer was Budweiser and the Inner Circle members who were present were B, D, and R (whose idea it was). The 110th beer was Sam Smith’s Nut Brown Ale and the Inner Circle Members present were B, D, D, and R.

The above database is not complete, but it’s time to move on. The next beer tour began on 14 November 2002 and can be viewed at ..\Beer2\BeerTable2-01.xml. (Note: Requires XML compatible browser. For some reason, however, it may not work with the Netscape browser (7.02, even). As much as I hate to say it, you'll probably have to use Internet Exploder 5.5 or above.)

Why is it that some of the cells blank? That's a deep, dark secret known only to the Inner Circle.

 

Birthday CardMy VERY FIRST birthday card from Old Chicago (1999)! The Other Side is an understatement about the amount of food enjoyed by the Inner Circle that evening.

Beer Buck 25Anchor Steam beer was the 25th beer I'd sampled, so I was given a $5 Beer Buck, which the Inner Circle quickly consumed.

My Second birthday card (2000)! The Other Side shows what the Inner Circle—along with Mary, Paul, and Siddharth—enjoyed in abundance. (The waitress was most generous.)

The logo on the front of the T-shirt they gave me for drinking 55 beers in the World Tour. Considering their prices, I figure I’d spent about $150 dollars for that shirt.

My Third birthday card (2001)! It’s exactly like the one in 2000--including the Other Side. Apparently, they had an excess inventory of birthday cards to use up. We ended up ordering two pizzas because I’d insisted upon a topping of mushrooms on mine and nobody else liked mushrooms. The waitress sang happy birthday.

Beer #528, Emperian Third Stone Brown, was the 100th Beer I’d sampled at Old Chicago. I almost missed it, because they first entered it as #877 Nebraska Brew (which I’d done previously). After grinding through the database, we (the Inner Circle) proved that we were correct and thus I received the $10 one-hundredth beer buck. Speaking of Inner Circle; on this date, E (Denver outpost) became the second (after me) to join the World Beer Tour. Congratulations, E!

My Fourth birthday card (2002)! The O.C. picture isn’t very flattering, however. Looks like a proto derelict beginning his down hill slide. The earlier cards showing a man somewhat remindful of Phileas Fogg in Vern’s Around the World in 80 Days was much more pleasing. Here is the Backside.


Definitions

(These are stolen from the Web. Use Google if you want more information.)
ABV: Alcohol By Volume. Expressed as a percentage.
Ale: A beer brewed from a top-fermenting technique that gives a beer a fruity taste (such as Pale Ale or India Pale Ale). Ales usually have a stronger, sharper taste than lager, with a more pronounced flavor of hops. Usually tastes better if served a little warmer than ice cold.
Bock: A lager that originated in Einbeck, Germany. It was originally "beck" but evolved to "bock," which translates to "goat." Thus, some Bock beer labels will show a picture of a goat. Rich, strong, sweet, malty, and with a low hop bite. Amber brown or golden. 6.7% ABV. (Intertran <URL: http://www.tranexp.com:2000/InterTran> shows that it can mean "buck," "ram," "trestle," or "support.")
Dopplebock: "Double-bock" isn’t actually double the alcohol content. About 7% ABV. I’ve personally noticed that they tend to be a very dark beer.
ESB: Extra Special Beer (Brew).
Hefe-Weizen: German for "yeast-wheat." A wheat beer containing yeast sediment and occasionally shows a natural cloudiness.
IPA: India Pale Ale. A beer brewed in Britain (6.7% ABV) and shipped to British colonists in India in the 19th century. Contained extra hops to survive the trip.
Lager: A type of beer that uses a bottom yeast fermentation technique rather than a top fermenting technique as is used in ales. Generally, a lager is crisp, clean, refreshing, and usually lower in character than an ale.
Pilsner: A type of lager that was named after the city of Plzen in the Czech Republic. It’s a light-colored crisp thirst-quenching beer, well-balanced, but noted for its hoppy finish.
Porter: First noted in London in the 1700’s. A blend of three ales: Old (stale or soured), new (brown or pale), and weak (mild ale). Popular with transportation workers in London, hence the name. To find out how this brew destroyed several houses and killed eight people, see http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/articles_read/305/.
 

This page was updated 2 November 2003 and is brought to you by the letters B, D, D, E, R, and W of the Inner Circle.

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