Perhaps one of my favorite parts of the Healthy Living Summit weekend was our visit to the Goose Island Brewery in Chicago.
Sunday morning post breakfast the three of us said goodbye to Sarah and heading via T to the little brewery.
After getting lost, ordering a cab through Theodora’s iPhone, and landing some spots on the sold out tour: we got down to business.
To be honest, I think Matt would of loved the tour and the explanation that is beer making but for me it was hard to understand and difficult to follow. Plus I was busy being a blogger.
And taste testing random beer essentials like malt & hops. The tour guide said I could, swear!
Barrels of booze:
And then there was the tasting!
I started paying attention some time after the beer was placed in front of me. And luckily for you, we even took notes!
A quick crash course:
How to taste beer
Appearance: Color, Clarity, Foam, Carbonation, Effervescence
Aroma: Hoppy, Malty, Floral, Fruity
Mouthfeel: Light, Medium or Full Bodied
Taste: Sweet, Bitter, Malty
Finish: Crisp or Lingering, Sweet or Dry
From left to right: Willow Street White, Nut Brown Ale, Honkers, IPA, Liquid Dark, Sai-Shon Tea.
My favorites were easily Willow Street White & Sai-Shon Tea.
After the tasting we said goodbye to Theodora and we settled in for a delicious lunch at the Brewery.
I ordered a Sai-Shon Tea & treated Matt to a Nut Brown Ale.
Aside from hanging out with Heather & I at lunch, he also drove all the way from Iowa City to pick me up in Chicago post-HLS. He definitely deserved a beer!
Matt & I split the pepper-encrusted burger which was topped with blue cheese and served along side some delicious fries.
I also saw roasted beets with feta on the menu and I knew we had to have a side of those.
The food at Goose Island was easily as good as the beer. The upside to the beer though? I get to buy it in Iowa!
You didn’t think that I forgot to swing by Trader Joe’s on my way out of town, did you?
I love Matt in this picture. Clearly ready to shop till he drops!