Chicago’s Week in Beer, April 11-14

Chicago’s Week in Beer, April 11-14

Dropped in on Mistress Brewing in Ankeny, IA last weekend.

As I indicated before, I think I’ve finally got the security issues on my Google Calendar app worked out. So now, if a last0minute beer event comes in, I can pop it into the Calendar and it appears here immediately. Now, I’m noticing that most of the weekday calendar is filled with trivia contests. Well, if not for those, many of these dates would be empty. I had to decide long ago not to do live music events, though, because they would overflow the weekend dates when there’s already plenty going on.

The Times of Northwest Indiana reports that New Oberpfalz Brewing in Griffith is expanding its facility by putting up a new building between its brewery and taproom, at 121 E. Main St. The article says they expect minimal impact on customer service, and they should enjoy expanded production when it’s completed.

Photos above and below are from my visit the previous weekend to see my parents in Ankeny, Iowa, north of Des Moines. They’re doing okay, and I had time to drop in on their local breweries, Mistress Brewing and Firetrucker Brewery. Yes, Firetrucker is in a former firehouse. They were having a “Hop Hero” day, thus the server in the Iron Man costume with a tutu. Also some servers who better fit into Black Window and Scarlet Witch costumes. At Mistress, I ended up drinking their Strawberry Blonde Randalled with Jalapenos and lemons, while chatting with a Navy vet now working at Facebook’s huge data center in Altoona, which was the first I’d heard about that. My impressions on the beers are in the RateBeer list on my right rail.

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