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From: hplabs!utah-cs!ihc!estes (Edward A Estes +1 312 982 3969)
Subject: Still looking for tapping info (plus a Chicago brewpub comment)
Date: 1989-08-24 16:56:51 GMT

A while back, I asked if someone might have saved the discussion on
tapping systems which occurred ~1 year ago. I got an address/phone #
for Rapids Wholesale Bar & Restaurant Equipment, and sent for one of
their catalogs. While the catalog has all sorts of neat pictures, it
doesn't give much of a clue as to what I need to put beer on tap.
For example, there is a wide choice of pressure regulators -- how do
I choose.

So, in an attempt to ferret out the desired information, I will try to
jog some memories. During the aforementioned discussion on beer delivery
systems, one poster went into great detail about the necessary fittings,
hoses, gauges, etc. As I recall, he also talked about the different
types of fittings found on various Cornelius kegs. Also, this person
had an anecdote about always refilling one's CO2 tank, rather than exchanging
it, since he made the mistake of exchanging a brand-new, shiny tank for
an ugly, dinged one.

Does this spark any memories? I received one email message from someone
else also interested in this info, so maybe it could just be posted again.

Now, to contribute to the Chicago brewpub discussion:
I've only tried Tap and Growler, and Goose Island. I agree with the previous
poster that noted that the food at Tap and Growler surpasses that at
Goose Island. The one time I visited T&G, they had only two different
beers available. The porter (or was it a stout?) was very smooth, and went
well with their spicy sweet potato chips. I was unimpressed with the
pilsner -- it had a chemical taste to it. Our group later discovered that
the glass of ice water on the table had the same taste, so we attributed it
to a glassware cleaner. The pilsner was also almost flat; perhaps due to
the cleaner. T&G uses extract-only brewing. The brewpub is one of the
"brewpub kits", available for about $75K. The group that sells the equipment
also sells the extracts, and provides their own recipes, as I understand.
(I have a brochure from some brewpub kit outfit, and could post the address,
if someone is interested.)

Goose Island, on the other hand, does all-grain brewing. Every time I've
been there, they've had their four flagship brews, plus 1-3 seasonal brews.
I always get the 6-oz. sampler glasses, so I can try all the beers.
The flagship brews are excellent, and have always been of consistant
quality. (Personal favorite: Honker's Ale) The seasonal brews are usually
very good. They had a spiced beer last Christmas that tasted just like
graham crackers -- it went over well in our group, although I would
classify it more as a "dessert" beer, than one to serve with a meal.
As previously noted, the food at GI is mediocre, at best. (I once had
a nacho-type platter, described as made with melted cheddar and Monterey jack,
that was actually smothered in Velveeta. YUK!)

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