Beer Me Brunch

Chicago. Brunch. Beer.
kungfud:

I did it and it was glorious. Bacon wrapped avocado. #keto #ketosis #ketogenic #avocado #bacon #snacks #lowcarb #yum #foodshare #foodporn #sunday #brunch

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kungfud:

I did it and it was glorious. Bacon wrapped avocado. #keto #ketosis #ketogenic #avocado #bacon #snacks #lowcarb #yum #foodshare #foodporn #sunday #brunch

Word.

beeritual:

Firestone “Double Barrel Ale (DBA)”

90 A-


This English pale ale blends one batch that was brewed in traditional stainless steel, then adds 20% of a different batch that was aged in 60-gallon oak barrels (I would love to try this 100% oak brew). Aromas are like toasted bread, caramel drizzled biscuits, with distinctly English herbal hop notes. On the palate, bubbly carbonation plays off the tongue while caramel washes over roasted, bready malts. Herbal hops quickly rise, transitioning into flavors of red apple, oranges, and other fine earthy notes added from the oak. Malts soon taste like whole grains with a raw, husky quality. The finish is somewhat dry, leaving with a light touch of bitterness. There’s a proportionate bitter-sweetness which I find very agreeable. Mouthfeel is crisp yet smooth, soft on the edges with a lighthearted body.


Double Barrel is an everyday ale that drinks great, and is perfectly suitable for any occasion. I say this is a malt-forward ale, because it’s not that bitter, but it’s not that sweet either. So it ends up being a little sweet up front, fruity in the middle, then leaves with earth tones toward the finish. English pale ales have greater malt complexity than Americans, and I personally find the English hops to be a welcome shift from the typical citrus-focused varieties we’ve all grown accustomed to in the states. When you consider this in the context of the pale ale, this is a solid brew. Although this is unlikely to turn heads, I recommend it.


5.0%

30 IBU

Paso Robles, California


Good eats and drinks lately: Pork belly breakfast sandwich from Frontier, croque monsieur from Brasserie by LM, and mint chocolate and wedding cake cupcakes from Bittersweet cafe.

I was hoping Frontier still had the bacon and cheese omelet that was listed on their menu on FourSquare, but the biscuit was super good. The highlight was the breakfast potatoes that had the consistency of mashed potatoes, but with giant chunks of crunchy potatoes.

The croque monsieur was outstanding. If you’re looking for a great brunch deal in the South Loop, go to Brasserie by LM! $25 gets you bottomless mimosas and a brunch entree. Also, the servers are really sweet.

Bittersweet is right near where I live, but it took me 6 months to actually visit. They not only have great deals on cupcakes, macaroons, and tarts, but they may even surprise you with a free cup of coffee. Highly recommend the pecan pie!

Blaze Pizza just opened down the street from me! It’s run just like a Chipotle, but with pizza, so it’s great.

I wanted to try the gluten-free crust but it was $3 more, so I opted for regular crust with vegan cheese and pepperoni. Never tried vegan cheese, but since I’m paranoid that I’m growing more and more lactose intolerant, I figured why not try it out.

The pizza is pretty good! The dough is kinda chewy and pretty think. The vegan cheese was…hmm. I think I may just have to deal with pain. No bueno.

Next time I’ll definitely get regular everything, and probably add veggies to make myself feel less guilty.

calumet412:

Boys of Wicker Park, 1959, Chicago.

via Mas Miguel

calumet412:

Looking south from the Belmont platform, 1969, Chicago

calumet412:

Looking south from the Belmont platform, 1969, Chicago