1. itsjustjared:

I just received some sorrowing news from one of my closest friends from London about the passing of a friend of ours, Jeff Cunningham. While neither of us were extremely close with Jeff, his passing still hits home because of the great memories we shared together in Amsterdam (where he boarded us in the amazing beer shop he owned and is pictured in above, The Cracked Kettle) and the unsettling tragedy of another life cut short by cancer.
As many of you know beer has become a great passion of mine and were it not for Jeff, that passion may never have blossomed so wonderfully. Believe it or not, before taking this trip to Europe (which was also my first truly independent adult vacation) in 2005, beer was as foreign to me as Amsterdam was. Spending that weekend on makeshift mattresses on the backroom floor of a beer shop with a seemingly unending supply of world class brews changed it all. I went to Amsterdam as green a beer drinker as a teenager and came back with a love for the stuff that I know will never depart and the person I have to thank for that is Jeff. His passion for beer was in full bloom years before the craft beer revolution we’re in the midst of now came to fruition. At that time in my life, I honestly didn’t even know how to wrap my head around how an American could pick up and move his life to a foreign place simply because of his love for beer. Looking back now, I actually wish I had asked for job in his shop!
Six years ago Jeff opened his doors (and floorboards) to a couple American kids he didn’t even know on the recommendation of a mutual friend. Not only that, he selflessly set aside his weekend to show us an Amsterdam we would have never seen on our own while at the same time planting the beautiful seed of beer appreciation into my life.
While I didn’t know him as well as many of the friends I’ve had the pleasure of knowing throughout my 30 years of life, I will never forget Jeff Cunningham and will always attribute my love for beer to my time spent with him at The Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam.
— May you always rest in peace, Jeff.

may the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.

    itsjustjared:

    I just received some sorrowing news from one of my closest friends from London about the passing of a friend of ours, Jeff Cunningham. While neither of us were extremely close with Jeff, his passing still hits home because of the great memories we shared together in Amsterdam (where he boarded us in the amazing beer shop he owned and is pictured in above, The Cracked Kettle) and the unsettling tragedy of another life cut short by cancer.

    As many of you know beer has become a great passion of mine and were it not for Jeff, that passion may never have blossomed so wonderfully. Believe it or not, before taking this trip to Europe (which was also my first truly independent adult vacation) in 2005, beer was as foreign to me as Amsterdam was. Spending that weekend on makeshift mattresses on the backroom floor of a beer shop with a seemingly unending supply of world class brews changed it all. I went to Amsterdam as green a beer drinker as a teenager and came back with a love for the stuff that I know will never depart and the person I have to thank for that is Jeff. His passion for beer was in full bloom years before the craft beer revolution we’re in the midst of now came to fruition. At that time in my life, I honestly didn’t even know how to wrap my head around how an American could pick up and move his life to a foreign place simply because of his love for beer. Looking back now, I actually wish I had asked for job in his shop!

    Six years ago Jeff opened his doors (and floorboards) to a couple American kids he didn’t even know on the recommendation of a mutual friend. Not only that, he selflessly set aside his weekend to show us an Amsterdam we would have never seen on our own while at the same time planting the beautiful seed of beer appreciation into my life.

    While I didn’t know him as well as many of the friends I’ve had the pleasure of knowing throughout my 30 years of life, I will never forget Jeff Cunningham and will always attribute my love for beer to my time spent with him at The Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam.

    — May you always rest in peace, Jeff.

    may the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.

     
  2. itsjustjared:

HAPPY DARK LORD DAY EVE!!!!
tomorrow is the best day of the year for beer nerds across the world (well, for about 6000 of them) and yours truly will be manning the tap handles ALL day long! you could say i’m fairly excited about it.
if you’re coming, shoot me a message and let me know! it’s gonna be a party!

all hail the Dark Lord!!!!!

    itsjustjared:

    HAPPY DARK LORD DAY EVE!!!!

    tomorrow is the best day of the year for beer nerds across the world (well, for about 6000 of them) and yours truly will be manning the tap handles ALL day long! you could say i’m fairly excited about it.

    if you’re coming, shoot me a message and let me know! it’s gonna be a party!

    all hail the Dark Lord!!!!!

     
  3. beerperday:

Allies Win the War - a strong ale made with dates by 21st Amendment & Ninkasi Brewing
This collaboration between 21st Amendment & Ninkasi Brewing is pretty dang wonderful. 
At 8.5% alcohol, it is much more of a sneak attack than a blitzkrieg thanks to these bold date and dark fruity grain flavors. Super delicious. Drinking a tad closer to candy and is definitely something I would drink many times over if I didn’t mix it up for the blog. The hoppy flavors were great addition and balanced that sweetness quite well. 
I really enjoyed a lot of these 21st Amendment beers, but this may easily be my favorite of the beers I’ve had. The cans themselves are awesomely decorated and this one is no exception.
Sadly, the beer is pretty limited in it’s distribution - but thankfully to Sacramento Beer Week - it was a meer $3 a can at the Shady Lady Saloon. Definitely worth trying to find this beer.

    beerperday:

    Allies Win the War - a strong ale made with dates by 21st Amendment & Ninkasi Brewing

    This collaboration between 21st Amendment & Ninkasi Brewing is pretty dang wonderful. 

    At 8.5% alcohol, it is much more of a sneak attack than a blitzkrieg thanks to these bold date and dark fruity grain flavors. Super delicious. Drinking a tad closer to candy and is definitely something I would drink many times over if I didn’t mix it up for the blog. The hoppy flavors were great addition and balanced that sweetness quite well. 

    I really enjoyed a lot of these 21st Amendment beers, but this may easily be my favorite of the beers I’ve had. The cans themselves are awesomely decorated and this one is no exception.

    Sadly, the beer is pretty limited in it’s distribution - but thankfully to Sacramento Beer Week - it was a meer $3 a can at the Shady Lady Saloon. Definitely worth trying to find this beer.

    (Source: beerperday)

     
  4. alisekimberly:

    Day 1 of Dogfish Head’s Weekend of Compelling Ales and Whatnot was spent at the Brewpub in Rehoboth. We turned the list of beers on tap into a checklist, obviously. The more we drank, the less… constructive our notes became.

    (Source: alisekimberly)

     
  5. fuckyeahbeer:

FuckYeahBeer!

    fuckyeahbeer:

    FuckYeahBeer!

    (Source: sweetdelisa)

     
  6. itsjustjared:

as many of you may know, i’m a bit of a beer nerd. i just freakin’ love the stuff. what you may not know that i’m a huge supporter (see also: regular?) of the Local Option here in Chicago. in fact, i’d even consider some of the gents that put in time there on a weekly basis my friends. Tony has assembled quite the knowledgeable crew and over the past couple years they’ve began brewing some pretty amazing beer themselves.
up until recently, they had only regularly produced 2 brews (their Dampf Loc & La Petit Mort). now, they’re up to 5. everything they’ve been doing as far as brewing goes has been superb. in fact one of their newer offerings, American Muscle, is probably in my top ten favorite beers right now. if you know me, that’s saying a great deal about the quality they’re pumping out… which is continued in this, their newest brew… ANTHONY OF BOURDAINIA.
all of this is to say that, if you reside in Chicago or are ever visiting our fair city… do yourself a favor and stop into the Option!

“Developed and brewed by Local Option at Against The Grain Brewery in  Louisville, KY, this Vienna style lager was inspired by and pays homage  to world-renown chef, author, and television personality Anthony  Bourdain. This premium red lager was brewed with the highest quality  German Pilsner, Melanoidin and Amber malts; perfectly balanced with the  German hop triumvirate of Magnum, Perle and Tettnang; and fermented with  a crisp, clean, lager yeast. Anthony of Bourdainia is a formidable beer to be enjoyed with or without food.”

WARNING!! be prepared to be shunned and possibly even laughed at if you go in and ask for a ‘light’ beer, a Blue Moon, or any other mass produced bullshit!

Local Option… Crook County Original!!!!

    itsjustjared:

    as many of you may know, i’m a bit of a beer nerd. i just freakin’ love the stuff. what you may not know that i’m a huge supporter (see also: regular?) of the Local Option here in Chicago. in fact, i’d even consider some of the gents that put in time there on a weekly basis my friends. Tony has assembled quite the knowledgeable crew and over the past couple years they’ve began brewing some pretty amazing beer themselves.

    up until recently, they had only regularly produced 2 brews (their Dampf Loc & La Petit Mort). now, they’re up to 5. everything they’ve been doing as far as brewing goes has been superb. in fact one of their newer offerings, American Muscle, is probably in my top ten favorite beers right now. if you know me, that’s saying a great deal about the quality they’re pumping out… which is continued in this, their newest brew… ANTHONY OF BOURDAINIA.

    all of this is to say that, if you reside in Chicago or are ever visiting our fair city… do yourself a favor and stop into the Option!

    “Developed and brewed by Local Option at Against The Grain Brewery in Louisville, KY, this Vienna style lager was inspired by and pays homage to world-renown chef, author, and television personality Anthony Bourdain. This premium red lager was brewed with the highest quality German Pilsner, Melanoidin and Amber malts; perfectly balanced with the German hop triumvirate of Magnum, Perle and Tettnang; and fermented with a crisp, clean, lager yeast. Anthony of Bourdainia is a formidable beer to be enjoyed with or without food.”

    WARNING!! be prepared to be shunned and possibly even laughed at if you go in and ask for a ‘light’ beer, a Blue Moon, or any other mass produced bullshit!

    Local Option… Crook County Original!!!!

     
  7. drinkipa:

Bell’s Hopslam
I scored 12 of these on a recent trip to Cleveland! I couldn’t help myself.
Hopslam is quite good, a tad sweet, but the powerful bitterness comes through to counterbalance the malts.  This is truly a well made beer. Even though it was $18 for six beers, I still think its worth it.  The 10% ABV is somewhat unnoticeable, so i recommend to sip this slow, and savor it.
Bottom Line: Drink It!

"let the boys be boys… and just SLAM!" - Onyx

    drinkipa:

    Bell’s Hopslam

    I scored 12 of these on a recent trip to Cleveland! I couldn’t help myself.

    Hopslam is quite good, a tad sweet, but the powerful bitterness comes through to counterbalance the malts. This is truly a well made beer. Even though it was $18 for six beers, I still think its worth it.
    The 10% ABV is somewhat unnoticeable, so i recommend to sip this slow, and savor it.

    Bottom Line: Drink It!

    "let the boys be boys… and just SLAM!" - Onyx

     
  8. itsjustjared:

    VOTE FOR JASON BECKER: NOT DEAD YET!!!!!!!!!

    Hey guys!

      Most of you don’t know my good friend, Jesse, but you (sorta) know me… so I’m asking you to help me out by helping him out and take 2 seconds to follow the link below and vote for Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet.

    - VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!

      I’ve also included a link to an article & interview with my friend about the film he’s been working so hard on. On that page, you will also find the trailer for the doc.

    - http://www.decibelmagazine.com/featured/not-dead-yet/

      So please, please, please help out an amazing friend and an extremely talented guy as he tries to tell the unbelievable story of Jason Becker… and if you feel so inclined, it would be amazing if you could reblog/forward this on to any of your friends/contacts who would be willing to help out as well.

    Thanks in advance for the votes!

    Cheers - J

     
  9. drinkipa:


    I scored this bottle back when I visited Cleveland in November. I pretty much never pass up an opportunity to buy and drink a Three Floyd’s beer since we don’t have access to it here in NYC.

    This beer is described as “dry and spontaneously hopped… with lots of American hops. Aromas of…

     
  10. nickgerber:

Wait just one goddamn second. NAPERVILLE IS NOT CHICAGO. Naperville is Naperville. Also Edison Park is like… near Park Ridge. How you gonna put both of those in there, but there’s no West Loop or River North. Also, I’m suspect of Evanston’s placement on this map. Also, Millennium Park isn’t a neighborhood. I take issue, designer. You’ve been warned. Helvetica can’t fix everything. Where’s Uptown? Andersonville? Roscoe Village? Albany Park? Ravenswood? Humboldt Park? UK Village? 
tallgirltales:

Want.Chicago Collection Classic by Going Underground | Fab.com


wow…. “Chicago” art/print/poster/design/life FAIL! they really dropped the ball on that one!

    nickgerber:

    Wait just one goddamn second. NAPERVILLE IS NOT CHICAGO. Naperville is Naperville. Also Edison Park is like… near Park Ridge. How you gonna put both of those in there, but there’s no West Loop or River North. Also, I’m suspect of Evanston’s placement on this map. Also, Millennium Park isn’t a neighborhood. I take issue, designer. You’ve been warned. Helvetica can’t fix everything. Where’s Uptown? Andersonville? Roscoe Village? Albany Park? Ravenswood? Humboldt Park? UK Village? 

    tallgirltales:

    Want.Chicago Collection Classic by Going Underground | Fab.com

    wow…. “Chicago” art/print/poster/design/life FAIL! they really dropped the ball on that one!

     
  11. emergentpattern:

Holy fucking shit. It smells like freshly baked brownies.

liquid brownies

    emergentpattern:

    Holy fucking shit. It smells like freshly baked brownies.

    liquid brownies

     
  12. thegreatbeerquest:

WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM US LOCK NESS MONSTER!…. I NEED ABOUT TEN FIDY. 
Review: Oskar Blues Ten FIDY (Can)
By Niko I (FF) 
Wow I’m so used to writing bottle or tap after the name of the beer that I almost forgot this liquid greatness comes in a can. By the way on an unrelated note the title is a South Park reference for any fans out there. Regardless, so yeah cans seem to be sparking up a new little movement in the craft beer, and I’ve even seen rumors (anyone know if it’s confirmed yet?) that Sierra Nevada is going to come out with a release of their pale ale in cans. Even though it’s difficult to add a can to my bottle collection, I’m all for the idea. It’s something new and cool to see, especially with cans that look as cool as Ten FIDY, a 10.5% ABV Imperial Stout. 
This beer has quite a reputation and deservedly so, because it’s fricken awesome. Pouring pitch black from the can, big notes of coffee, toasted nut, and chocolate steam out from the glass through the aroma. Roasted dark coffee beans explode onto the tongue, followed by a creamy nuttiness, solid vanilla, a touch of caramel, and dark chocolate. At 98 IBUs this guy is quite bitter, but in the form of delicious coffee flavors. This is what a coffee stout is meant to taste like, and I’d be curious to see what some barrel aging would do to this guy. Amazing stout.
Niko I (FF) Score = 9.75/10
Samuel G (FF) Score = 10/10
OVERALL = 9.9/10

9.9 is pretty high… and pretty accurate if you ask me!

    thegreatbeerquest:

    WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM US LOCK NESS MONSTER!…. I NEED ABOUT TEN FIDY. 

    Review: Oskar Blues Ten FIDY (Can)

    By Niko I (FF) 

    Wow I’m so used to writing bottle or tap after the name of the beer that I almost forgot this liquid greatness comes in a can. By the way on an unrelated note the title is a South Park reference for any fans out there. Regardless, so yeah cans seem to be sparking up a new little movement in the craft beer, and I’ve even seen rumors (anyone know if it’s confirmed yet?) that Sierra Nevada is going to come out with a release of their pale ale in cans. Even though it’s difficult to add a can to my bottle collection, I’m all for the idea. It’s something new and cool to see, especially with cans that look as cool as Ten FIDY, a 10.5% ABV Imperial Stout. 

    This beer has quite a reputation and deservedly so, because it’s fricken awesome. Pouring pitch black from the can, big notes of coffee, toasted nut, and chocolate steam out from the glass through the aroma. Roasted dark coffee beans explode onto the tongue, followed by a creamy nuttiness, solid vanilla, a touch of caramel, and dark chocolate. At 98 IBUs this guy is quite bitter, but in the form of delicious coffee flavors. This is what a coffee stout is meant to taste like, and I’d be curious to see what some barrel aging would do to this guy. Amazing stout.

    Niko I (FF) Score = 9.75/10

    Samuel G (FF) Score = 10/10

    OVERALL = 9.9/10

    9.9 is pretty high… and pretty accurate if you ask me!

     
  13. Goose Island ‘Bourbon County’
one of the best barrel aged stouts out!

    Goose Island ‘Bourbon County’

    one of the best barrel aged stouts out!

    (Source: jrdz)

     
  14. jodes0405:

9.0%. Yummmm.

sounds like it!

    jodes0405:

    9.0%. Yummmm.

    sounds like it!

    (Source: lookattheprincess)

     
  15. itsjustjared:

currently: lunching at the Local Option… nothing like a crab cake sandwich and some Ska Hoperation Ivy.

    itsjustjared:

    currently: lunching at the Local Option… nothing like a crab cake sandwich and some Ska Hoperation Ivy.