Chicago FanGraphs/BeerGraphs Meetup: Tonight

Yes. We will do more of these. Because they are fun. On July 18th, we won’t have baseball to watch, and that will make this a support group meetup of sorts. Come talk to us about the first half of real baseball, or fantasy baseball, or about brewing, or about beer, or about life.

Thanks to all of these great writers that have agreed to come for this informal Q&A session. Ask for the FanGraphs event, as we’ll have our own space. Sorry youngsters, this is a 21 and over event.

July 18, 4pm — 8+pm, Fizz, Chicago

Eno Sarris (BeerGraphs, FanGraphs)
Michael Bates (NotGraphs, SBNation)
Carson Cistulli (FanGraphs)
Dayn Perry (FanGraphs, CBS Sports)
David Wiers (FanGraphs)
Bradley Woodrum (FanGraphs)
Cee Angi (SBNation)
T.K. Gore (CSNChicago/NBCSports)
Dan Hayes (CSNChicago)
Kevin Holden (CBS Milwaukee)
Harry Pavlidis (BrooksBaseball)
Sahadev Sharma (ESPNChicago)
Scott Skillings (STATS)
JJ Stankevitz (CSNChicago)
Matt Dennewitz (BeerGraphs, Pitchfork)
Greg Sasso (BeerGraphs)
J.R. Shirt (BeerGraphs)
Jeff Gross (Hardball Times, SaBEERmetrics)




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  1. bjs2025 says:

    Crowdsourcing: Best beer you’ve ever drank:

    Troeg’s Perpetual IPA – Double IPA – Harrisburg, PA

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    • Well-Beered Englishman says:

      Favourites, at least. (I don’t much drink lagers, and dislike IPAs.)

      Wheat: Live Oak Hefeweizen (Austin, TX)
      Belgian: Trappistes Rochefort 10
      Lager: Lakewood Lager (Dallas, TX)
      Ale: Riggwelter Strong Yorkshire Ale (Masham, UK)
      Porter: 512 Pecan, barrel aged (Austin, TX)
      Stout: 512 Cascabel Cream (Austin, TX)
      Limited Release: Stone Collaborations Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout (San Diego, CA)
      At-Large: St Bernardus Abt 12 (Belgium)

      No trouble singling out Trappistes Rochefort 10 as the finest of these.

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      • That’s an impressive list. I feel that we have entirely opposite taste in beer styles–I’m an IPA guy, though I can appreciate good examples of other styles. I’m also a more recent initiate to good beer, so I don’t think I have nearly the breadth of experience you do. For me:

        Saison: Saison Dupont Dry-Hopped
        DIPA: Stone Ruination (as well as the more recent RuinTen, which is fantastic) (I might have said Firestone Walker Double Jack, but I feel the need to not just steal all of Eno’s favorites)
        IPA: Bell’s Two Hearted / Ithaca Flower Power
        Stout: AleSmith Speedway Stout
        Red: Lagunitas Lucky 13
        Lager: Southern Tier Krampus

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        • Dr_Caligari says:

          Well, I love me both some baseball talk and beer drinking, but a Thursday may cause me a bit of trouble at getting there. I’ll put myself as a definite maybe for right now, since I am unsure of scheduling a full week and change ahead.

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        • Dr_Caligari says:

          And for my actual answer, to Well-Beered’s question (how’s it going WBE?), here’s some of my favorites:

          Wheat: Three Floyd’s Gumballhead
          Lager: Southern Tier Krampus (totally agree, mustache, it’s delicious)
          Dortmunder: Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold
          DIPA: Great Lakes Lake Erie Moster
          Rye: Two Brothers Cane and Ebel
          Imperial Stout: Two Brothers North Wind, followed closely by Founders Breakfast Stout
          Russian Imperial Stout: Old Rasputin
          Porter: Bell’s Porter and Founders Porter are kind of a tossup
          Scottish: Three Floyd’s Robert the Bruce
          Pumpkin: Schlafly Pumpkin Ale (Although I also enjoy some Pumking)
          Limited release: Goose Island Bourbon County is spectacular, but also as smoked stout collaboration that I had from Westbrook Brewing in South Carolina with Evil Twin was amazing.

          Basically, I’m from the midwest so that’s most of what I drink.

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        • Dr_Caligari says:

          And I still managed to not include WBE’s answer for most disappointing:

          I’m going to have to go with Delirium Tremens. It’s just not a flavor that I enjoy even if other folks think it’s delicious. But man, I suck at replying.

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        • Well-Beered Englishman says:

          Dr Caligari! I’d been wondering where you’d gone. Yes, our locations are evident in our choices; I yearn for the day when Founders Breakfast Stout, Krampus, or Three Floyd’s anything are find-able in the South.

          I believe my father had Delirium Tremens and reported to me that it is citrusy, or lemony, in an intense way?

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        • Dr_Caligari says:

          Yeah, it is strong on a combination of citrus (which really isn’t bad, as I’ve had a number of citrusy beers that I do like) and a kind of floral taste. And that mixture just doesn’t work for me. I think either one of those tastes separately would be ok for me, but that was just not pleasant. Luckily, my buddy paid for it, so it wasn’t a complete loss on my end.

          And hopefully I have a bit more time to comment here, as I am done teaching for the semester and have taken care of the couple projects I needed to handle.

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        • Wobatus says:

          Love the Old Rasputin. Also Cigar City’s Zhukov’s Final Push. A current favorite as a summer beer is Carton’s Boat Beer, from Atlantic Highland’s, NJ. Peekskill is a current favorite brewer. I think the guy from Ithaca is there now.

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        • Wobatus says:

          When I moved to New York in 1987, I started getting the old Thomas Hardy’s by Eldridge Pope. Those were amazing. Those and the Corsendonks, Orval’s and Westmalles at a Belgian place in the Village, and Schenkterlas in Yorkville started me on a beer odyssey.

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        • Wobatus says:

          Schlenkerla.

          And the Belgian place in the Village was Cafe de Bruxelles on Greenwich Ave and 13th Street. Was there for years then became Lyon in 2010 or 11 and is now a place called Cole’s. More of a cocktail-y place.

          A good place for belgians now in Manhattan is B cafe on East 74th, although a tad pricey.

          By the way, not sure of the worst beer i ever had, although Buster Poindexter used to do a song, in the style of Noel Coward, called “The Worst Beer That I’ve Ever Had.” Invariably introduced by a story about rehabbing at Duffy’s Dry-Out Clinic on Montserrat and running into Morey Amsterdam.

          The lines were something like:

          I’ve had Pilsner Urquell brewed in a Communist hell [which after the fall of the soviet union became a "former communist hell"]

          I’ve imbibed a Newcastle brown
          It’s the only way to bear that old town
          and Fosters from down under
          that would make an abo chunder
          and tie his kangaroo down

          etc.

          Not as great on the page but it was a fun drinking song.

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    • Tino Martino says:

      Brouwerij Oud Beersel Oude Geuze__Geuze__Beersel, Belgium

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    • Stone’s Sublimely Self-Righteous black IPA on tap at the brewery. And it’s not really that close.

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    • Ben says:

      La Trappe Quadrupel Oak Aged. Ridiculously expensive, but amazingly complex.

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    • Jeffrey Gross says:

      Excluding one offs and super limited beers such as BCS Rare/Vanilla, BA Vanilla DL and even tough to get brews likdouble sunshine?

      Among beers folks have an easy shot at trying, my top 3:
      1. Abrasive Ale
      2. Abraxas
      3. Consecration,
      4. Head Hunter IPA
      5. Zombie Dust

      I swear that this list is not intentionally IPA heavy, as I like plenty of non-hoppy beers.

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    • Eminor3rd says:

      Bell’s Black Note Stout

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  2. olethros says:

    Founder’s Doom BBA DIPA
    RR Pliny the Younger
    Gouden Carolus Cuvee van de Kaizer
    Dayman Coffee IPA

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  3. Well-Beered Englishman says:

    Additional crowdsourcing question: Most Disappointing Beer You’ve Ever Drank

    For me, Victory Golden Monkey. Irritating. Although I can also confess to not much liking Chimay of any colour.

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    • t says:

      I don’t know about most disappointing but I completely agree that this is not a good beer. It barely fits the style and to compare it to great tripels…Westmalle, Tripel Karmeliet…it is awful. I am local to Victory and they have a lot of great stuff but I never understood this one, or why so many seem to really enjoy it.

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    • Agreed re: Golden Monkey. For me it’d be Stone Arrogant Bastard Oaked–I really like the standard Arrogant Bastard, but the Oaked version has an oaky (duh) flavor which just overwhelmed everything else in the beer and got old after about 3 oz.

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    • Sarge6 says:

      I mix Chimay with molasses and spray it on my lawn as a tonic. And make sure to tell my beer-snob buddies, to whom it’s some kind of rank heresy.

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    • Tino Martino says:

      5 Rabbit Brewery__Golden Ale__Bedford Park, IL

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    • Ben says:

      Possibly Delerium Tremens.

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    • Jeffrey Gross says:

      Barrel Aged Kopi Speedway. The base beer is absolutely amazing, almost perfect. The BA is an over-oaked, over-dry mess with poor integration of the complexities.

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    • Eminor3rd says:

      Zombie Dust

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    • KM says:

      Yeah, Golden Monkey is awful – its a shame they market that one so heavily, because Victory makes a huge huge variety of beer, and while none will blow you away, most are pretty solid in a pinch. Storm King is worth trying if u want one of their big ones. I live in Philly so I’ve had most of what they make at one point or another.

      I couldn’t even begin to put a favs list together, but some stuff some notables from lately and general likes:

      Deschutes – goin to single out the Black Butter Porter, but anything of theirs is great. Stoked they just started distributing in Philly

      Dupont Posco Rustica – if u like their standard saison, get this.

      Stillwater – anything they make. If u dig saisons, buy this.

      Mission brewing – dig the IPA and the Blonde (which is really more of a kolsch) in particular. The IPA had a big malt backbone that rounds out the hops.

      Terrapin brewing – out if Maryland, I think… Was just at a tap takeover & was prett impressed with everything I had.

      Great divide Hercules if you’re into hops. One of my fav DIPAs (besides the obvious ones). Also, the Green Flash imperial. It tastes like…umm… College :).

      I could go on about beer all day… So I’ll just cut myself off there.

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  4. Travis L says:

    RR Pliny the Younger
    Swann Stout (Western Australia, can’t seem to get in the US)

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  5. ljc says:

    Thank you for providing a reason to look forward to a day with no baseball.

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  6. 20 Years Old says:

    Do one of these is say Toronto please so i can actually go.

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  7. Chcago Mark says:

    Hello Eno,
    Grrrreat! Do we just show up? Do you suggest early?
    Thanks

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  8. Portlander says:

    Portland fan/beer graphs meetup going to happen ever? I want to buy Jeff a beer.

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  9. Northsider says:

    Talk about bad timing. I live 5 minutes from Fizz, but I’ll be out of town that week. Sounds like a good time.

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  10. Sarge6 says:

    Suggest bumping this post to the top every couple of days to remind folks.

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  11. Jeffrey Gross says:

    FYI. I will have a special treat for those that stay since I will be appearing late. I anticipate a large crowd, so full disclosure it’s only 25 oz.

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  12. olethros says:

    Something tells me I’ll have a hard time convincing the wife to stay home with a two year old and a two month old so I can make the 3 hour drive for this. Maybe I can invent a “business” trip? Enjoy!

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  13. ajw says:

    Seriously? This is ten blocks from my apartment, but I’m out of town for work. What the hell?

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    • ajw says:

      If this was 1993 and not 2013, I’d just come to the bar when my flight lands, but it’s tough to explain that one these days. Dammit!

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  14. Randy says:

    Please do one of these in Washington D.C. I’d love to talk baseball with people who are smarter than me.

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  15. Chcago Mark says:

    WOW! All these beers! Has anybody heard of Miller Genuine Draft? Ha! See you all there.

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  16. Ben says:

    Suggestion for next time: the 4-8 timeslot makes it unrealistic for me (and many others, I suspect) to attend. 6-10 would be a lot more doable.

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  17. Rhubarb says:

    I would have gone but that scoundrel Stank-o-witz is going to be there? Perish the thought…

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  18. David Bruno says:

    Count me in!

    $3 Magic Hat bottles and trivia starts at 8:30

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  19. Bob says:

    I cant be hung over to see PJ Friday night or I would be all over this

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  20. rotobanter says:

    Til this day…a good ol schmitts gay

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  21. rotobanter says:

    In Minnesota at some point?

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