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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Show Us Your...Beer Collection

Posted on 05.12.11 at 10:00 AM

Bourbon Barrel-Aged Dark Lord from Three Floyd's - JULIA THIEL
  • Julia Thiel
  • Bourbon Barrel-Aged Dark Lord from Three Floyd's

Each week we ask you to show us something. This week it's your BEER COLLECTION—a wall of bottles belonging to Austin Harvey. Got something to show us? showus@chicagoreader.com

The newest addition to Harvey's beer wall is a bottle of bourbon-barrel-aged Dark Lord from Three Floyds Brewing in Munster, Indiana. Even regular Dark Lord is pretty hard to get—it's sold only one day a year, at the brewery—and the bourbon-barrel aged stuff exponentially more so.

Harvey, a server, bartender, and brewery tour leader at Goose Island, estimates that he has more than 600 bottles of beer, most of them large-format. They include Westvleteren 12, one of the highest-rated and rarest beers in the world; Sam Adams Utopia, the strongest naturally brewed beer in the world; Portsmouth Brewery's Kate the Great; and a bunch more rare stuff.

The shelves of beer aren't just for show, though: Harvey cracks open bottles on a regular basis. "It is a conversation piece, but the beer's got to get drunk."

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