OT - Hopslam in Chicago

Submitted by lunchboxthegoat on January 13th, 2012 at 8:16 PM

For those of you Chicago MGoBloggers, my local beer store got its shipment of Hopslam this week. I know that there was some turmoil as to when it would be released given the weird two announcements from Bells. But I assure you 2012 Hopslam is out and it is wonderful!



January 14th, 2012 at 9:01 AM ^

Thanks for the tip, I have been calling binny's for two weeks asking if they knew when it was coming in, they claimed no idea, end of january. Sitting waiting for takeout last night and checked the site and saw this. Called them and sure enough they had it. Rushed over there 15 minutes before closing. One case per customer, I asked for 3 and the guy laughed at me and said he wished he could buy 3 as well... It sells out in chicago in like 2 days, going back today for another case...


January 14th, 2012 at 9:27 PM ^

Go to Terry's Turf Club in the Nati for the best burger in town and a hopslam, sit at the bar and talk to terry, he'll throw you some extra food...  and then enjoy the diabetes kicking in while on the couch watching football...


January 13th, 2012 at 8:49 PM ^

I'm so glad I live in Kalamazoo, I never have to wait I just go downtown and drink at Bells. On a side note I have to give a shout out to Arcadia, just because my parents founded it.


January 13th, 2012 at 11:00 PM ^

22 years divorced from A2, and I still miss that place.  When I was there it was a world-class beer selection and hardcore punk. Misfits/Minor Threat wannabees. 

Cool mix, once in a while.

Ate there in a pinch with the family after a Michigan hockey game last winter. The food was phenomenal, so was the beer. 

And no punk music. 



coastal blue

January 14th, 2012 at 12:20 PM ^

Whitsun is delicious. 

Oberon has steadily declined to the point where it no longer even piques my interest at the bar/store. Even though its a big deal when it comes out in SW Michigan when I grow up as a kind of "Summer is here!!" symbol, I can't even get excited about it anymore. 


January 14th, 2012 at 3:15 PM ^

Black Note is very good, but I've only had it once or twice, so hard to say its one of my favorites.  If you can find it and like huge stouts, you'll like it. 

For the uninitiated its a blend of expedition and double cream aged in a bourbon barrel for awhile.  IIRC, there's a plan to be a 750ML bottle release at some point soon-ish.


January 13th, 2012 at 9:11 PM ^

My wife is going to go into labor any day now, so we're stuck at home. should I be drinking right now? Of course not, but my grandpa got me a bottle of Blue Label, so yeah, I'm drinking, and listening to Dean Martin, and Ray Lamontagne.



January 13th, 2012 at 9:26 PM ^

The outfit he's coming home from the hospital in is ALL Michigan, haha. His room has two posters in it, Bo Schembechler and one that simply reads "The Team" in maze and blue. It's a Winnie the Pooh design, but the maze and blue touches work well wih it.