Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Bull Sightings


Good times today on my trek home from the daily grind. On my way to the car after work I noticed that the Chipotle sign was hung at the future site of Chipotle at 14th and Walnut. Then as I crossed Walnut to get to my car in the underground garage were 4 new stainless steel beer tanks sitting outside (I almost jumped the security fence and dry hump the tanks but I guess I'm getting older). I imagine tomorrow those tanks will find their home in the new Gordon-Biersch. I'm going to guess that Gordon-Biersch is going to be open by March. I hope they start brewing soon. As if things couldn't get any better I had a stop by Mission Liquor on Johnson Dr. and they had Boulevard Irish Ale. So there you go, Irish Ale has hit the stores, get out there, get a sixer and get your Irish on.

12 comments:

  1. Please tell me you've never humped any Boulevard beer tanks, dry or otherwise. I'd like to be able to continue to enjoy my favorite KC beer. ;-)

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  2. Chipotle downtown is good news indeed.

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  3. Irish Ale is available?!!! That's the best news I've heard all day.

    Gordon Biersch is a chain...and all things considered, I'd rather KC Hopps have opened up another brewery location in the P&L. But as far as chains go, Gordon Biersch is pretty quality.

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  4. Gordon Biersch brews a consistently high-quality product. That said, they only brew German-style lagers, with the resultant "boringness" of it all, and they do it for a mighty high price to the consumer. German beer is fucking boring beer for fucking boring palates, and you can quote me on that. (They wiped out most of their decent traditional styles in favor of lagers right around WWI). The only high points to Gordon Biersch is to go there when they have a Maibock or Dubbel on tap.

    I'm more excited about getting a Flying Saucer here. Yes, they too are expensive, but at least they carry ales that "push the envelope" and are "less safe" than Yuppiedom Yard House or even Barley's. And no brewery or brewpub in this part of the Midwest brews a "dangerous" IPA style, ala Colorado, East Coast or West Coast.

    I think the Flying Saucer will take-off, just on the merits of carrying Dogfish Head beers alone, if you don't mind the cheap pun.

    Just my humble opinion. I could be wrong.

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  5. Why is German beer boring? Just because it doesn't have an assload of hops? Don't get me wrong because I love hops, but lager doesn't equal boring in my book.

    Germany has so many styles to offer, you can't just write them off because Beck's and St. Pauli Girl aren't that exciting. What about Dopplebock, Hefeweizen, Alt, Kolsch, Rauchbier, Berliner Weisse, Eisbock, Schwartzbier, just to name a few?

    German beer has plenty of big flavors to offer as well as more subtle ones. If you still don't like German beer that's okay, "Drink what you like" is what I always say.
    I just don't think you can dismiss such a storied brewing tradition so easily.

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  6. I should have made myself more clear. Most German beer is boring, but not all German beers are boring. There are still interesting styles produced there. Many of those are produced in small quantities or are micro-regionalized. A few styles, like Bamberg's Rauschbier or Leipzig's Gose, are made mainly for export and were saved or revitalized by outside market demand.

    Gordon Biersch, though, will brew the boring "main-line" German styles, with few exceptions. It's very much like A-B setting up a brewpub in Germany to brew Bud Light. They would never think of brewing something as regionally popular as a Kölsch
    or Altbier, (mainly because they are ales). Boring.

    And I'm not just another homebrewing Hop-Monkey. I think Bull E. Vard or anyone that has had my line-up of homebrew before, can attest to that. I'll have a hoppy ale on tap, maybe 3 times per year, but I usually have a nice Kölsch, Porter, or Belgian-style on tap, with very little "hoppiage."

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  7. Okay then, Ben, now I want to know: What's your problem with my boys down at Saint Arnold's? I saw you ragging on them some other beer site, but I can't remember where now. I think Saint Arnold's rocks!

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  8. Howdy, Lee!

    Maybe I haven't tried "the right beer" of theirs. I've tried a lot of their beers over the years, and it all seems to lean toward "sickeningly sweet" for every style they attempt. I'm not saying that's bad, it's just not my cup of tea...(sweet tea, that is). It reminds me of Newcastle or Fat Tire. Sweet thrills for the masses.

    Holy shit...I've really become an opinionated beer snob!

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  9. Lee - I leave my pants on when I do my dry humping.

    Ben - You are quite the beer snob, but 20 years of drinking your brew would make anyone a beer snob. I wish everyone had the opportunity to to meet your level of snobbery.

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  10. Ben - wow, if you think Newcastle and Fat Tire are "for the masses," you far outstrip me in beer snobbery. When I hear the phrase "the masses," I think of my redneck relatives who never get more adventurous than Bud Light.

    Yes, I suppose St. Arnold's beers are rather sweet sometimes. I think the beer of theirs that you want is their Elissa IPA. Obviously, an IPA won't be sweet. But I also highly recommend their Christmas Ale, Winter Stout, and Spring Bock.

    And oh yeah: If you're lucky enough to be in Texas at the right time, you might get one of their limited edition Divine Reserve releases.

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  11. Lee,

    That nice brew you brought to the Blog Summit from Austin was really taaasty. I know there is great beer in Texas. And Texas has it's share of other-worldly good homebrewers, too. I'll try your St Arnold's suggestions.

    I'll be down in Huntsville, TX in a couple of weeks for my 6th annual (or is it anal) 100-mile trail run there. I plan to rehydrate with an uber-liver-expansion program, post race.
    Race website: http://www.tejastrails.com/Rocky.html

    Happy Trails,
    Bad Ben

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  12. Lee,

    That nice brew you brought to the Blog Summit from Austin was really taaasty. I know there is great beer in Texas. And Texas has it's share of other-worldly good homebrewers, too. I'll try your St Arnold's suggestions.

    I'll be down in Huntsville, TX in a couple of weeks for my 6th annual (or is it anal) 100-mile trail run there. I plan to rehydrate with an uber-liver-expansion program, post race.
    Race website: http://www.tejastrails.com/Rocky.html

    Happy Trails,
    Bad Ben

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