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Old 04-15-2012, 04:31 PM   #1
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The owner of a bar here in the Western suburbs of Chicago has asked me what kinds of craft beer he could bring into his bar. The bar is a local blue collar hangout: sports, hot wings, TVís, and a lot of BMC. He has six taps with Guiness, Spaten Oktoberfest, Lite, and a couple other BMC something-or-other. He had Goose 312 which he just switched to Summer Shandy.

Aside from a couple Mexican beers, and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, everything in bottles is BMC. I told him the only difference between all those bottles is that they have different labels. Ha!

I donít see many of the regulars changing to craft beer, and I donít want the owner to get discouraged with craft beer that doesnít sell. When I go in there for a burger or to watch the Hawks I usually drink Spaten or Sierra Nevada. It would be nice for those of us who find ourselves in a local bar to have at least a small selection of good beer. I told him he could get a case of some different beer, and that wouldnít cost much. He probably isnít going to give up a tap just yet.

It is in our best interest to get bars like these to start stocking SOME craft beer, so, I am looking for a list of some beer that you think would help this bar out. Local would be good. A variety would be good.

Let me know what you think.
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Old 04-17-2012, 04:16 AM   #2
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Not one person?
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Old 04-20-2012, 01:57 AM   #3
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Local I'd recommend Half Acre Daisy Cutter and Gossamer, Goose Island 312, Honkers Ale, and IPA. All pretty easy drinking and reasonably priced. Two Brothers Prairie Path would be a good one as well and a gluten free option for people with gluten issues.

 
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Old 04-20-2012, 02:04 AM   #4
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How about anything from Lagunita's, since they are going to put a brewery on the south side of Chicago!!! I think 18th & Western.

 
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Old 04-21-2012, 11:23 PM   #5
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I dont know from local but a seasonal sampler from Sierra Nevada should do ok. Their summerfest is a nice light lager with just a bit more abu's than they are used to in a bar like that.

 
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Old 04-22-2012, 02:03 PM   #6
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Thanks for the recommendations, guys!
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