South Side St. Patrick's Parade

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Last weekend we went down to the South Side Irish Parade.  Beginning at 101st and Western, this is the parade to be at in Chicago.  I can't say I have necessarily watched the parade in years, but the general mayhem of Beverly and the surrounding area is always a great way to spend a Sunday.

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John has been a member of a south side home-brewing club for a few years now.  Each year we are invited to a small gathering of home-brewers to celebrate the day.  The members bring various home-brewed beers, wines, meads, and spirits to be consumed whilst eating an array of delicious food.

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In addition, during the festivities the club brews gallons upon gallons of a beer for the party the following year, generally some kind of complex stout aged in bourbon barrels. (You can see a bit of their set up for brewing on the right side of the photo above.)

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Here malt is being incorporated into the process.

My parents made it out to meet us after an arduous hike up Western from my cousin Jason's house and enjoyed a drink or two with some of us later in the evening.  One of the last things we tasted was a lovely almond champagne with a perfect mellow sweetness.  Amazing.

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I hope you all had a lovely St. Patrick's Day.  Cheers!

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