Archive for 2015

Top 10 Listens Of 2015 In No Order

Top 10 Listens Of 2015 In No Order
Hey Rosetta–Second Sight I literally listened to this record the most in 2015. In the CD player, on Spotify, on YouTube, and live in Chicago. Call it “Pop rock salvation!” A seven piece band,with a take-no-prisoners attitude, that brought the stage to life every night. A must see for the fan of live music. Surfer... Read more »

Bourbon County Stout Night Leaves Customers Frustrated

Bourbon County Stout Night Leaves Customers Frustrated
We were frustrated because we felt like we were lied to. The folks over at Pintley Events promoted a “Bourbon County Stout Night,” at Dark Horse Tap & Grille, promising all of the BCS variants, including the RARE. Which, turns out, was just that. As I arrived I was greeted by a couple, who were... Read more »

Kemp's Upper Tap Is A Destination For Craft Beer Lovers & Foodies Alike

Kemp's Upper Tap Is A Destination For Craft Beer Lovers & Foodies Alike
Just off of I-55 in the small town Lexington, Illinois, lies Kemp’s Upper Tap. A destination tap room for the craft beer lover, and haven for the foodie at heart. It has some of the most exciting beers on draft this side of Money Creek, and some of the best burgers you’ll set teeth into.... Read more »
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To Age Or Not To Age: Bells Cherry Stout Vintage 2010

To Age Or Not To Age: Bells Cherry Stout Vintage 2010
My 2010 Cherry Stout from Bell’s just didn’t hold up. In it’s defense, I waited just a bit too long to drink it. The color was a gorgeous dark chocolate, but there was little carbonation left in the bottle, as witnessed in the photo above. The murky medicine of sorts was like a boozy, cherry... Read more »

To Age Or Not To Age: Cleaning Out The Beer Cellar

To Age Or Not To Age: Cleaning Out The Beer Cellar
To age or not to age? That is the million dollar question. This week I’ve been trying to answer that question, in an honest manner, as I clean out my beer cellar. For the last few years my wife has been gifting me her own version of the 12 Beers Of Christmas. She hand picks... Read more »

Hey Rosetta Perform Their Album Of The Year In Chicago

November was a whirlwind month for the family. The first part of the month saw us good beer hunting in Grand Rapids, while the second half had us living in Disney heaven for a week. Or hell, however you look at it. We celebrated Thanksgiving, our daughters 3rd birthday, and then hauled home the biggest Clark... Read more »
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Cellar Dweller: Here's What I'm Drinking This Thanksgiving

Cellar Dweller: Here's What I'm Drinking This Thanksgiving
I went into the cellar last night, and came our with a ’13 Perennial Peace Offering. In case you were wondering, the “fam” is getting along fine, so this is not a statement drink. Although, it could be. My daughter has been fiercely battling me on this potty training issue, so we could use more... Read more »

The Features Continue To Deliver A Raucous Live Set

The Features Continue To Deliver A Raucous Live Set
Nothing has changed with The Features. Well, except Matt Pelham looks like John Lennon during his Plastic Ono Band phase. Thank god no one was chirping like Yoko in the background at Subterranean on this night. They are still raucous, and still rocking all of their classics. They blew through scorching versions of “The Way... Read more »

TONIGHT: The Features Bring The Funk Back To Chicago

TONIGHT: The Features Bring The Funk Back To Chicago
The Features return to Chicago tonight and bring their funky, new set to Subterranean. Fans of  the band are aware of their ever changing take on rock and roll, and this latest batch of songs is no exception. Last year’s single, the “Good Old Days,” gave us a glimpse into the future. It was chock-full of... Read more »
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The Ocean Blue To Play First Two Albums & Release Colored Vinyl Editions

The Ocean Blue To Play First Two Albums & Release Colored Vinyl Editions
If I didn’t have two young girls who demanded 100% attention, I would be on a plane to see The Ocean Blue this November. The band will be performing their first two albums, in their entirety for the first time, in Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, and Lancaster, PA. They are doing this in... Read more »