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Eric Strader
Eric Strader
Eric Strader writes about the craft beer scene in Indiana and Michigan. He's a dad, husband, potter, soccer coach, special education paraprofessional, who likes to read, bike, hike, and canoe.

Chicagoland's Brian Lee wins Goose Island pint glass from Hop Notes

Last week, beer blogger Eric Strader offered up a Goose Island pint glass to the first person to correctly answer a Hop Notes trivia question. The winner was Brian Lee – find out a little about him here.

Posted on May 12, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

Michiana, you are going to have to act a little faster than Brian Lee if you want to win stuff from Hop Notes.

Goose Island just released part two of its Imperial Release Series, The Ogden, (Belgian Tripel, 9% ABV, IBUs 35). To celebrate, I gave away a Goose Island pint glass to the first correct response to a trivia question – name the two most recent Goose Island barrel aged beers I have enjoyed, along with their ABVs.

Of all the responses, Brian, from Montgomery, Ill., was the first to reply, and he had the correct answer of Matailda Lamicus (7% ABV) and Lolita (8.2% ABV). Earlier in April, these beers were offered alongside three other barrel aged beers and paired with cheese at the Central City Tap House. I would have liked to deliver the glass in person and buy Brian a beer, but since he lived across the big lake, I settled with him sending a photo of himself enjoying his new glass.

Brian lives in the Chicagoland area and considers himself a bit of a craft beer nut. He discovered Hop Notes about a year ago while searching for reviews for a particular beer. Recently, he picked up a four-pack of Goose Island The Illinois (imperial IPA, 9% ABV, IBUs 95) was quite impressed and was curious to see my thoughts as well. He checks back regularly, sometimes on his PC and other times on his Android tablet. Hopefully our new layout design is a bit more friendly for mobile devices.

In the past, Brian has gravitated toward beers with more emphasis on malt, but he has seen his palate change and craves hoppy beers more often now.

“I guess you could say that I've gone from hop-resistent to a hop head in just a few years”, he said.

Well, Brian, welcome to the hoppy side. His local choice for grabbing a beer is the Tap House Grill in Oswego, which offers 35-40 craft beers on tap that rotate monthly. He tells me his favorite brewery is definitely Revolution. Their Anti-Hero (IPA, 6.5% ABV, IBUs 70) is his go-to IPA, and he also enjoys their A Little Crazy. Other personal favorites include Bell's Two Hearted Ale (IPA 7% ABV), Southern Tier IPA (7.3% ABV) and Three Floyds Rober the Bruce (Scottish style ale, 6.5% ABV, IBUs 24).

The photo of Brian shows him enjoying a Green Flash Hop Head Red in his new pint glass. And since we are talking about hoppy beers, how about the Michiana invasion of Lagunitas hop bombs?! Recently Lagunitas entered our distribution area, beginning with its IPA (6.2% ABV). A couple of weeks ago a keg of their Undercover Investigation Shutdown (9.65% ABV) arrived at the Constant Spring. This is currently on tap there, and bottles have also arrived in our area. But the two bottles that I'm really excited about are Little Sumpin' Sumpin' (American pale wheat, 7.5% ABV) and Hop Stoopid (double IPA, 8% ABV). Hop Stoopid comes in 22 oz. bottles, and at less than $6 a bottle, is a great deal for an incredibly delicious beer.  Undercover Investigation Shutdown is a seasonal, so if you are interested in that, get it now. The others are year-round, so you should have no problem finding those.

This week begins American Craft Beer Week, and I had so much fun giving away the pint glass last week, I decided to give away some more items this week.  Check back and see what and how you can win during American Craft Beer Week.

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