Met up with DJ Loopdoggie, who agreed to take me on as his Padawan as I continue my club DJ climb. He’s from Coal City…so Lemont seemed like a good center point. And a brewery tasting room offered the ideal environment for a spinning lesson.

IMG_1804.jpgIMG_1810Lemont has got it going on. The downtown area by the tracks has a couple bars and restaurants that could make for a nice evening.

 

 

 

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A bar and an Italian restaurant share a parking lot with Pollyanna’s tasting room. On weekend nights a few food trucks set up shop and the scene is lit.

I didn’t realize the historical significance of Lemont. Loopdoggie’s co-worker Greg filled me in – pointed out the brickwork that Chicago imported to build the Watertower – one of the only buildings that survived the Great Chicago Fire. Same bricks I stared at outside as I sampled flights of beer. They shipped ’em up the river to the city. That’s how long Lemont has been established – it’s an early Illinois community.

The varieties of beer were all worth a taste, from the Frahuaf Oktoberfest Lager (2nd from right) to the Fun Size milk stout (center) to the Controlled Reentry IPA (far left).

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None appealed to me more than the Fifth Anniversary Lager(far right, above), however. I made that my repeat order for a couple of post-flight pints. One of the vats featured a familiar name:

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I inquired about a Michael Jackson brew, but the brewmaster told me there wasn’t one. It’s just the name of the tank. And it’s not named after that Michael Jackson. Rather a famous brewer who shared the name. All the tanks are named after brewing legends.  I had spotted a Berry Superstitious (2nd from left in the flight, above) on the menu and figured they had some sort of Motown theme going, so learning the truth was disappointing. But i got over it quickly and found other beers with catchy names.

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Saw they have a sausage making event this weekend if you’re not doing anything:

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Worth a trip out to Pollyanna if you’re in that area. Or even if you’re not. Have a beer, have a flight of beer…don’t stop til you get enough.