Friday, April 29, 2011

Chicago Beer Tour Day Two

Friday meant more visits to beer haunts in Chicago and stop into Rotofugi for a look at their new store and gallery at their new location. We started in Andersonville and first hit-up Reza's buffet for some incredible middle eastern food. Their lunch buffet is the way to go!

From there we walked up to Hamburger Mary's, a nationwide boutique burger chain restaurant, but the Chicago location also brews craft beer! It's often hit or miss there but their hits are outstanding. The Black Widow black IPA (pictured) was simply amazing! This joint turned out to be Adriana's favorite place we visited. If you are familiar with the joint, you'd know why. After a few beers we stopped into In Fine Spirits and Andersonville Liquors to buy more beer.

Then we headed over to Hopleaf, one of the most renowned beer bars in Chicago. We enjoyed a few beers there from the long beer list. Then we split to head down to Rotofugi. We were all impressed with their new space and shelves of amazing toys. Really cool store and must-visit for anyone looking for designer toys.
We had dinner plans up north with Kevin and Erica, who were in the country visiting from South Africa. Before getting on the highway we stopped into Binny's Skokie for a quick tequila tasting and peruse the excellent craft beer selection. Bought a few things then headed up to Firkin in Libertyville for dinner. Because it was Friday we had a bit of a wait but it gave us more time to catch up before getting seated. Again, great conversation, food and more beer!

Another great day with good friends and good beers on the eve of Dark Lord Day!

  • April New: 31
  • April Re-watch: 8
  • April '11 Total: 39
  • April '10 Total: 68
  • 2011 Total: 268

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