First, Lindsey from Goose Island Brewery helped me pick some beers that would make my Florida blogging friends jealous! In less than 140 characters, she responded to my top 3 request with "Oh so many! I would say Bourbon County Stout, Matilda & Juliet (if they can find any!) If no Juliet.. Sofie or Pere Jacques". If you use Twitter (and are not a psycho), go follow her!
My second awesome person is the beer and spirits buyer Chris from Whole Foods Kingsbury in downtown Chicago. I've sent other Whole Foods' stores emails trying to prepare in other cities, but Chris sent the most awesome email ever. This was the second response, so we're buds already. Check this awesomeness out:
We currently have dreadnaught which only comes in 22’s. We have bourbon co. and pere jacques in 4packs, matilda in 4packs and 22’s, and sofie in 22’s, we also have night stalker which came out this week. I don’t have any pictures of the beer isle which is about 62 ft long with over 1000 products so a picture really won’t show everything. If you’re looking for 22’s you can’t get down there I recommend the Ginger Twin, Baume, or Daisy Cutter by Half Acre, Dragons Milk, Black Tulip, Night Tripper by New Holland, Behemoth by Three Floyds, the IPA or Pullman Brown by Flossmoor Station, and the Hopmouth by Arcadia. What day is your friend coming? On Tuesday we are getting a very special Founders delivery with Backwoods Bastard and Kentucky Breakfast stout.
So as you can see, the seeds are planted and the ball is in our court! Decisions, decisions. I'll let you know how things work out.
I just opened big 22 of Highland Black Mocha Stout brewed by Highland Brewing Company in Asheville, North Carolina. This is "Highland's most robust beer" and is "Just a wee bit different" according to the label. This is the last one from my friend in South Carolina.
Rich chocolate and malty aroma. Roasted chocolate flavors start things out, and there are lots of coffee flavors as well. Some hops keep this on the lightly bitter side. There is a burnt, nutty flavor that persists throughout the entire beer. That aspect is slightly annoying, but that's probably just my preference and others might enjoy it. Medium body and low to medium carbonation. Pretty one-dimensional, yet a solid beer.
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