Thanks for Coming Out

This is one of those times I don’t dare mention names, because I can’t list them all and I wouldn’t want anyone to be overlooked, but thanks to all who came out and tasted the Triple Sugar Tripel last night. That was a heck of a party!

The beer, for those who weren’t there, was a lot sweeter than I expected, but it was a warming sipping beer for the winter. When cold, it had a pretty good balance between bitter and sweet, that slipped toward the sweet side as it warmed. I’m pleased with how it came out, though my homemade version was less sweet and full-bodied – the 75th Street version is a rich sipping after-dinner beer. The beer snobs at the party seemed to enjoy it as a complex, style-stretching Belgian Tripel, and people who don’t typically drink beer enjoyed a sweet drink. One of my Bud Light-favoring friends summed up her reaction as “if you closed your eyes and didn’t know it was beer, you would think you were drinking wine.” I think there’s some truth to that statement, and it hints at the complexity of the beer.

We raised somewhere over a thousand dollars for the Central City School Fund, enough for a scholarship enabling a child to attend an excellent Catholic school in the old Northeast or the West Side. That’s a tremendous accomplishment. Thank you to all who came out and enjoyed the beer, and a special thanks for those who tossed something into the pot.

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