Having long planned to go on a road trip down to Chicago and the the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul to visit friends and stuff our faces with good food and even better beer, Mike and I finally made the drive earlier this month. When I say “we” made the drive I of course mean that my husband did the driving and I navigated, provided drinks and snacks, and changed music as necessary. I do not in fact drive (yet) so there were some very long days of driving for Mike. I will have to do something about that soon as I did enjoy the road trip aspect of the vacation on its own merits.
We only had a week so we budgeted our time carefully, planning to spend the majority of the days visiting some very good friends. Chicago had to be enjoyed as thoroughly as possible in about 40 hours. With some input from Twitter friends who invited us out to dinner at a lovely Italian place the first night we chose a couple of attractions we had to see. This of course included a local brewpub. We spent the morning at Shedd Aquarium taking tons of photos of interesting fish and petting stingrays before moving on to a greatly anticipated lunch at Haymarket Pub & Brewery.
We arrived at the brewpub and took only a few minutes to peruse the menu before we decided there was only one solution to our serious beer-choosing dilemma: we’d have to try them all. Starting at the top of the menu, we ordered one 4 oz sample of each beer and shared them slowly as we ate our lunch.
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My favourite brew by a decent margin was their Aleister Double American IPA which I ordered a full pint of once we had finished our samples. Read more about it below.
Brewed and dry-hopped with 3 pounds per barrel of Amarillo!!! Dry in the beginning, with a nice malt middle and a huge hop finish, this big I.P.A. brings notes of bright fruit and citrus. Miiiiiiiiister Crowley!!! What went wrong in your head? Oh, Mr. Crowley, did you talk with the dead???
— menu description at Haymarket