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Friday, March 16, 2012

I Like the Pick and Roll/I Like the Give and Go

Beer #97 Honkers Ale / Goose Island Beer Company, Chicago, IL

Great way to spend a Friday: blowing off work for the afternoon, hanging out with friends, drinking beer, and watching basketball.  The first day and a half of the tournament hasn't produced as much madness as I'd like, but that might be changing.  Norfolk State already took down Missouri, a #2 seed, and Lehigh (LEHIGH!) was battling Duke (DUKE!) on even terms through half the game.  As my alma mater isn't much of a basketball powerhouse, I typically go into this time of year praying for chaos.  I love a good Cinderella story and always root for the underdog, even if that means my bracket gets laid to waste.

And what goes better with basketball than beer?  Unlike the River Spirit Casino, you can find some decent craft beers at O'Hare Airport.  In my case, the Honkers Ale from Goose Island.  Another beer from the bottle, so not much to report on appearance or aroma, but the taste has good malt notes, with citrus, caramel, and hops.  It all combines nicely to make a good and flavorful yet still easy drinking English bitter.

I'm a bigger fan of Goose Island's Green Line Pale Ale, but you take what you can get in the airport, I suppose.  It's also important to note that beer giant InBev, owner of Anheuser Busch, bought up Goose Island last spring.  So far, that seems like a way for InBev to collect the profits from craft beer and reduce their own distribution costs in the state of Illinois, more so than a plot to drive Goose Island to use cheap ingredients and make crappy beer.  We'll continue to watch that one.

Thing to Think About Today:
I was thinking of suggesting we all think about some of the great NCAA basketball tourney upsets, but there are too many amazing finishes to try and pick just one.  It's a Friday and the beers are flowing, so let's think about basketball, but mix in some awesome 80's music:

'cause it's basketball with Mr. Kurtis Blow!

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