• Vanilla Bourbon County Stout

Saturday was of course Public Drunkenness and Green Novelty Hats Day in our fair city, but I decided to spend the afternoon indoors at Goose Island‘s Clybourn brewpub, going toe-to-toe with more than a dozen Chicagoland brewers at Stout Fest 2010. The brewers won—I’m amazed I can read my notes, honestly—but it’s easy for me to be a good sport about it, because before I waved the white flag I managed to try 15 different stouts, some of them among the best examples of the style I’ve tasted.