Friday, October 30, 2009

Metropolitan Brewing Company & More...

Last night we hosted an event with Chicago's Metropolitan Brewing Company.  The owners of the brewery, Doug and Tracy Hurst, were both there to meet every one and hand out samples of their three fine German-style brews.  It was a total pleasure having the two of them there.  You can tell they're proud of what they're doing and we're happy to get their beer in front of our customers.  They're both very cool, down to earth, genuine people... I sincerely wish them the best with their new brewery.  It's really interesting that they're brewing Germanic style session beers when so many craft brewers are trying to amp their brews to the moon, creating 13% skull crushers to out do each other.  Of course, we like those skull-crushers too, but it's very cool to see something else being done.  There is a need for a good session beer sometimes, and there's nothing like an ultra fresh Munich-style lager to go with a hearty meal.


Speaking of brewery owners visiting our place, we had the distinct honor of being visited by Don Feinberg and Wendy Littlefield a couple weeks ago.  Don and Wendy founded Brewery Ommegang in 1997. (The brewery was bought by Duvel-Moortgaat in 2003.)  Though Ommegang is no longer theirs, they are still in the beer business and import a fine portfolio of Belgian and French beers, all from family-owned breweries.  Don was instrumental in introducing Belgian beer to the United States, and his passion for it is amazing.  If you ever get a chance to talk to him about beer, I highly suggest you do so.   We feature several of the beers in their portfolio in bottles and on draft from time to time.  Their selections include Scaldis, Moinette, Saison DuPont, DuPont Foret, and more.  We're looking forward to hosting a beer dinner with Don & Wendy sometime next year.  It's something we've been looking to do for some time, and I think their portfolio will be a great way to start our very first series of beer dinners.


We're working on more beer centered events coming up soon.  The coming months should bring around some great events including some truly rare beers from Port & Lost Abbey, Tyranena, and a special release party for a collaboration beer brewed between Scotland's Brewdog & California's Stone Brewing Company.  Be sure to stay tuned for more info on that one.  Looks like we might have a gravity fed cask from these guys as well.  Anything related to Stone Brewing Co in Illinois is alright with us, and the fine brews of Scotland's Brewdog Brewing Company shouldn't be overlooked either.  It's gonna be killer....