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Brewhaha

One of the things I enjoy the most about visiting Chicago (other than the chance to hang with my relatives) is the limitless opportunities for food and drink.  A chain restaurant is a chain restaurant is a chain restaurant, but an original restaurant is worth its’ weight in gold, if you ask me.  My only request whenever I visit and take complete advantage of my relatives’ kindness is that they take me to eat foods I wouldn’t ordinarily be able to get here in Podunk, the Land of the Chain Restaurant.  I am never, ever, disappointed.  And whatever food regimen I happen to be on (I can’t call them diets because I don’t actually lose any weight) goes right out the window. 

Have I mentioned that I am all about not denying myself?  Yeah. 

One thing Chicagoans take very seriously is beer.  In the course of this past weekend I have encountered more brands of beer than I ever knew existed, and I have discovered just exactly how plebeian my tastes can be.  I know what I like.  I like beer.  I like a nice lager, I like a nice red ale.  I do pretty well with most of what comes out of Milwaukee.  And because I have this aversion to spending money on beer that I don’t like the taste of, I tend to order from the same basic list of national brands. 

I don’t get out much, beer-ly speaking.  Around here there’s not much need or opportunity. 

If I were to live in an area like Chicago, where there is great diversity in culture, food, and drink, I am reasonably certain I would be a foodie of the highest order.  Because wow, up there — on tap! — are beers I have never heard of in my little redneck countrified existence.  You know how wine aficionados can identify subtle hints of oak or a berry complexity in their glass?  That would be me, sitting at the bar, sampling what’s on tap.  My favorite would be whatever complements a spicy dish. 

Please notice that there is no mention of me doing any actual cooking in this post.  I am a big fan of letting someone else do all the work. 

 

— Mox

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