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Wednesday, December 7

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« Apple Cider at Home With my South Indian Friend's help at Rasam »

Drink Fri Nov 14 2008

Surly Darkness

surly.jpg Surly Darkness, a gorgeous limited release Russian Imperial Stout from the Surly Brewing Company, is currently back on tap in Chicago.

Only a couple dozen barrels are brewed each year and most bars have a two glass maximum per person. (Which isn't a bad idea at 10.3% ABV.) The beer pours thick and is a deep brown/black with a silky brown head. The flavors run through chocolate, blackberries, molasses, coffee, chicory and roasted malt.

The supply may not last the weekend, so it may be a good idea to call ahead to your favorite bar to see if it is available. Three great bars that still have it (as of this afternoon) are:

The Map Room
1949 N. Hoyne
(773) 252-7636

3258 N. Sheffield
(773) 281-4989

Small Bar Wicker Park
2049 W. Division
(773) 772-2727

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Lorna / November 15, 2008 10:41 AM

Had some at the Hopleaf last night. It's a must. Totally complex, kind of sweet but with that bitterness of chickory and some smoke... quite the treat.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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