I would like to take a moment to officially welcome myself back to the land of the drinking! Flynn David Murphy was born at midnight on August 17th (or was it the 16th? There was a bit of a debate in the hospital over what was his official birthday) and that means that I can drink beer again! Well, hold up. To be honest, I wasn’t that enthusiastic to drink right after I had Flynn, mostly because I was averaging three hours of sleep a night and beer just made me tired. But now that Flynn is sleeping a little better at night (for now…) and my parents offered to babysit, the hubby and I ventured out on Saturday to sample some very missed Chicago beer.
We started off at the Revolution Brewing brewpub, where I not only indulged in my favorite fermented beverage but also sampled some un-pasteurized cheese! Those ladies who have ever been pregnant know what a treat that is… The cheese board at Rev never disappoints and was a perfect accompaniment to the Horizontal Tango, a barrel-aged Dubbel. I also had a mug of The Whip, an 85-IBU IPA, and a tulip of Coup d’Etat, one of my favorite saisons.
While we could have ended our date there, mumsy and daddums said they would watch the little peanut until 6 pm and it was only 2 pm; there was plenty more beer to be had in four hours. We next stopped into Vas Foremost, a great beer store across the street from Rev. We didn’t need any beer; we had plenty at home and we just picked up a growler of The Whip at Rev. But this was my beer day and, dammit, I wanted more! I picked up some Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale and a four-pack of Tallgrass Brewing Velvet Rooster, a Belgian-style Tripel.
We then traveled north to the Half Acre taproom. The taproom opened right before I got pregnant so I’ve only been there twice and never got to fully appreciate its awesomeness. The hubby and I both got the Periwig ESB, but I had the ‘regular’ draft beer while the hubby got it served on nitro. I typically do not like beers on nitro; I prefer highly carbonated beers. (For those that are unfamiliar, Guinness is served on nitro and it is that nitrogen-CO2 blend that gives it the creamy consistency.) The Periwig was outstanding on nitro and I found myself taking more sips out of the hubby’s glass than my own. I typically want to sample as many different beers as possible while at a brewery, but I was smitten with the Periwig on nitro and had two more before it was time to finally head home to the peanut.
It was so much fun being able to go to my favorite places and sample Chicago-brewed beer again. Thanks so much to my parents for watching Flynn, and to my hubby for watching Flynn on Sunday when, since I had not had anything to drink for nine months, I was nursing a bit of a nasty hangover. Where should we go on our next beer date?