|One Pleasant Pig|
On that fateful Friday the 9th the erstwhile Brad Boman and myself embarked on our trip to the Pig and Gnome. I instantly fell in love with the Pig because of their laid back atmosphere that nicely complemented an extremely strong tap list.
Happily discovering Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA on tap, I was ready for a strong opener (after enjoying a Surly Furious in the hotel room-Surly becoming distributed in Minnesota only ensures that I'll be hitting the Twin Cities more than periodically). Always ready for a hoppy start to the night, the Commodore replied to the challenge and let me enjoy another strong GLBC brew as the subtle hop texture balanced with the floral taste made for a well designed IPA. Not quite the kickass hop factor of Burning River, the Commodore was a strong English style IPA that thrives with balanced hop flavor.
|Cleveland will always have a winner with GLBC|
|A Quality Hefe from St. Paul|
Joined by our old college buddy Rich, the now three man group made short trip to Happy Gnome. Initially worried about the Gnome having a pretentious atmosphere, we were pleasantly surprised by a second straight friendly, strong bartender that knew his beer (shout out here to the people of Minnesota, they really could teach many of us Chicagoans some lessons in enjoying life and dealing with people).
|Yeah, I'll gladly be naughty for this Goose|
|Good Times at Gnome|
The night cap at Gnome was quite the interesting experience. Per my recommendation Brad tried the Tyranena Chipotle Smoked Porter and shall we say struggled with the complexity of the brew. Brad did not enjoy the self-described taste of barbecue pork (I will say, I also did not find the sweeter notes that made me such a fan when I enjoyed one at Brixie's a few weeks back).
Meanwhile my fervor for trying Rogue's Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout was quickly quelled after tasting one of the most highly decorated beers of its style. For whatever reason I could not taste anything beyond the weakish oatmeal body, failing to enjoy any sweet and/or coffee notes inherent in most stouts. After this night I was not exactly rushing to purchase any shares of Rogue (though I will make an attempt to try Shakespeare Stout again as I realize a beer rated as an A by Beer Advocate is not the lemon I portrayed it as).
Meeting up with our buddies that were finished with the rehearsal dinner, it was bon voyage to the Gnome and a night of quality beer bar hopping was in the books (at least as it relates to quality beer bars). The events of the rest of the night are sort of a blur anyways (thanks Vern for the tequilla shot), but thankfully I made sure to take strong mental notes on my trips to the Pig and Gnome and look forward to frequenting these spots on future trips to Minnesota.
Deep into my enjoyment of the wedding reception Saturday night, I capped off the reception with Summit's Extra Pale Ale. A strong bodied pale ale, Summit's EPA hit the spot with its hops and tasty floral notes (bitter, but tastefully bitter). After a night with the liquors that Summit still went down smoothly and my taste buds enjoyed the change of pace.