The Worst Beer Hoptacular Coverage Possible

Over the weekend I went to Beer Hoptacular, which was a ton of fun.  I got sufficiently sauced while at the same time got to delve into a whole bunch of craft beers I’ve never heard of.  There’s a good chance I’d go back next year.  However, it was a journalistic failure on my part.  Not only did I completely forget to bring my camera, but I also drunkenly lost my booklet of sloppily written notes about all of the beers I drank, somewhere on the Blue Line after the event.  Since I got tipsy and can’t really remember every little detail of what happened or what beers I drank, that booklet was the last shred of memory I had on the specifics of things.

So while I can’t rank all the beers I drank like I planned to, I do at least (kinda) remember the best beer and the worst beer.

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Beer Hoptacular 2012!

 

If you live in the Chicago area, you should go to Beer Hoptacular.

What is Beer Hoptacular, you ask?  Well, that’s a good question.  Quite simply, it’s a vast showcase of many fine craft beers.  Beers you will drink the shit out of.  You can go there, have fun, and fall in love with many new brands of craft beer.  There’s also food pairing!  Think about that…  you can learn what beer to drink with certain foods for an OPTIMAL FLAVOR EXPERIENCE.  I was pretty much sold at beer and food.  But I’m a man of simple indulgences.

Not gonne lie…  One of the reasons I’m so excited to get you to come to Beer Hoptacular is that I edited the above video for them. BUT, this isn’t just some shameless self promotion of my freelance editing job…  I’m actually going to Beer Hoptacular myself, and will be covering it on this very blog [I’m going to Session 3, the Saturday night one].  But I don’t think reading about it the next day here will do it justice, really, as we lack the technology to be able to taste beer through our computer monitors.  So you’ll have to go and taste beer yourself.  I want YOU to go because I know it will be FUN.

It takes place November 9th and November 10th at Riverfront Theater in Chicago.  Tickets are on sale NOW.  They are $45.  It sold out several weeks in advance last year, so hurry up and get tickets!

I mean, you not coming means shorter beer lines for *me*, so it’s not like I’m doing myself a favor by telling you about this.  But I support fun, so I support Beer Hoptacular.

http://www.beerhoptacular.com

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The Interrupters on Frontline tonight

I know this is last minute, but if you are home tonight, do yourself a favor at watch the premier of The Interrupters on PBS.   The Interrupters is a documentary made by the same guy that made Hoop Dreams (which is also excellent), Steve James.  The movie basically follows for a year the lives of three violence interrupters in Englewood, which is a crime-ridden town outside Chicago.  There jobs are not to actually turn in gang members to the police, but to simply stop violence before it happens Continue reading