A hearty thanks from us to you, for celebrating a year of October in December. It's been a great year, and that's all because of you.
You came and enjoyed all the great beers we had on tap. Beers from all over the country:
4 Hands — St Louis
Begyle — Chicago
Deschutes — Oregon
Odell — Colorado
Ommegang — New York
Boulevard — Kansas City
Forbidden Root — Chicago
Spiteful — Chicago
Collective Arts — Ontario
Seattle Cider — duh
2 Towns Ciderhouse — Oregon
Highlights abounded, especially when it came to barrel aged beauties. Deschutes' Black Butte Porter is one of the best readily available porters out there. Begyle's Imperial Barrel Aged Pajamas was the... cat's pajama's. Boulevard's Tough Kitty was suweeet, though 4 Hands' Chocolate Milk Stout might have been the sweetest if we're being literal. All of them were top notch.
On the pale side, Rupture's Fresh Grind Ale was a hit, and was also available for purchase later on – many partook. Spiteful's self-titled IPA, and Boulevard's The Calling were also great.
Collective Arts had a great pale – Ransack the Universe – and also brought their Guave Gose, which was a pick for an October Rookie of the Year. Along with the ciders brought by Seattle Cider and 2Towns, that Gose provided an opportunity to change it up and refresh the palate.
The people working the event had a great time.
Feedback included compliments for the attendees ("the crowd was perfect"), the whole event ("super positive expierience"), the opportunity to get their beer in front of new people ("met a bunch of people who hadn't heard"), and, of course, the music and comedy that came after the beer ("I had a great time!").
Speaking of the music, Cold Specks was perfect for staying warm in a theater on a chilly night. Her emotional, dark tunes helped the crowd settle in before Thundercat brought in his crazier, upbeat presence and eclectic sound. He brought elements from old soul, funk, and jazz – a sound he calls 'digging in the crates.'
And at the end, Hannibal Buress brought the house down with his exasperated take on current events, Chicago life, and of course, his own life.
it was a fitting way to end the year, laughing, among friends, with a beer in hand.