Brother Thelonious, Hopslam & Huma Lupa Licious!

P1030862Three favorites – not only do they taste great, but what unbelievable names and label designs!  Brother Thelonius is just so cool a name and label, just look at the blending of religious imagery with Jazz coolness, the play on Belgian ale brewed by Monks, Theloinius Monk and a keyboard halo – absolute genius at work.  Hopslam graphics just says it all about the fun of craft beers and who cannot resist a name like Huma Lupa Licious – as you not be able to resist the flavor.

Craft Beer – Norwegian style

We had friends around the other night, and introduced them to Lilyhammer.  So we decided to do a Norgwegian theme including mock Aurora Borealis lights, norwegian sweaters, regional food and ALCOHOL (of course):  Akavit and some of the most strong flavored beer from Nogne O.  Earthy, strong and full of character.  Not for the lager types.  I found it at Binny’s, here in Highland Park, Illinois.


Single Malt anyone?

There is well over 100 single malt distilleries in Scotland.  So if you are looking for one to experience and are not sure where to start, outside of the usual Glenfiddich, etc., I can suggest two that we discovered while touring around Scotland.  My favorite is “Talisker”.

You will find it smooth, yet with a peat-like flavor, that is bold, warm but not too intense.  It is the only malt from the Isle of Skye.  A close runner up is “Oban”.  There are many other fine ones too – but these will give you an insight into the world of single malts.   As mentioned above, a great way to see Scotland is to start off in Edinburgh – explore the town with its many historical sights, great pubs and restaurants and the hospitality of the Scots.

The Castle:

From Edinburgh, you can tour Scotland by planning to visit a number of distilleries across the country which can take you across the highlands, lochs, castles, islands and end up in Glasgow for another cosmopolitan experience.  Don’t miss the Charles Rennie Mackintosh museum.  A few glimpses below: