Sunday, May 19, 2013

O'Hare's Gastropub - Craft Beer Speed Tasting!


Our local pub, O’Hare’s Gastropub, has done a fantastic job of embracing the craft beer revolution in the past two years. Every Friday night, they have a new craft beer on tap and it’s usually just one keg so if you don’t show up for Friday Night Beers (FNB), you may miss out. They also launched a Beer Club last May and are now over 100 members strong, including me. O’Hare’s has a liquor store next to the pub and within the giant cooler, lies many a happy craft beer just waiting to find it’s forever (well, temporary) home with a beer geek. We do a lot of our shopping here. Back to the Beer Club, for a one-time fee of $15 you are enrolled in the club, receive 5% off all liquor store purchases and get a free pint at the pub. Every other month, you get a box of beers (approximately ten) for about $60-$65. This is an excellent way for someone getting into craft beer to receive a good assortment of beers but it’s also great for the beer geek as often, the hard to find beers turn up in the box. What a happy little surprise! Beer Club members get first dibs on a lot of the new releases so if you’re not a member, back of the line, buddy.

The pub serves up traditional pub food and they make the best chicken pot pie I’ve ever had. Seriously, it’s amazing. My husband is partial to the Nacho Burger – and yes, it’s just as it sounds – a beef burger with jalapenos, olives, onions, peppers, tortilla chips, cheese, salsa and sour cream. You may need a napkin.


The latest event at O’Hare’s was a Speed Tasting yesterday afternoon. Eight tables of beer from breweries and importers, ten minutes at each table, and usually about four 2 ounce pours.  Couple this with five or six people per group and you have a recipe for a fun afternoon. Beers flowed, appies were served, and 50+ people got to sample almost 40 unique beers. Since it was a Speed Tasting, I thought at the end I’d be exchanging my number with some of the sexy beers and we’d fall in love and live happily ever after. That’s what happens at speed dating, right?

 


Pouring: Crooked Coast Altbier, Driftwood Pale Ale, Farmhand Saison, Fat Tug IPA

 

Table 2Aqua Vitae Imports
Pouring: Moa Methode, Moa Pale Ale, Moa Blanc Evolution, Moa Imperial Stout, Moa Noir

 
Table 3Howe Sound Brewing
Pouring: King Heffy, Oatmeal Stout, Lager, Pale Ale, West Coast IPA #1

 

Table 4Beerthirst
Pouring: The Commons Urban Farmhouse, Elysian Loser Pale Ale, West Coast IPA, Logsdon Seizoen Bretta, Elysian Dragonstooth Stout

 

Pouring: Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale, Seedspitter Watermelon Wit, Hoparazzi Lager, Old Boy English Brown Ale, Lord of the Hops IPA

 

Table 6Modern Malt & Spirits
Pouring: Lazy Boy IPA, Lazy Boy Belgium Golden, Diamond Knot IPA, Diamond Knot Industrial IPA, Caboose Oatmeal Stout

 

Table 7Afic Group
Pouring: Sierra Nevada Summerfest, Brooklyn East India Pale Ale, Brooklyn Brown Ale, Magic Hat #9, New Planet Pale Ale (gluten free)


 
Table 8Beverage Concepts
Pouring: Krombacher Pils, Tin Whistle Stag Apple Scotch Ale, Flying Dog Single Hop Imperial IPA, Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout, Renaissance Stonecutter Scotch Ale


 
Did you keep up with the speed tasting? Thanks to Erinn and Grant for hosting a great event and I’m looking forward to the next one! See you for FNB! If you haven’t been to O’Hare’s in Steveston, check it out. You may just see me there.

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