Saturday night I went out with a good friend from high school to hear another high school friend and the band he plays in at Number 5 restaurant.  The original plan was to go to this restaurant and listen for a while, then go to another place to hear another band.  We never left Number 5.

Straight Up, the band that was playing, had great vocals, a fantastic horn player, and the keyboardist – still amazing as he was in high school.

I decided I was going to have a beer when I got there and was impressed with the list of beers on tap.  I much prefer what is on tap to a bottle of beer.  I looked and looked and decided to try a beer from Great Lakes Brewing Company.  I had had their Christmas Ale in December at Chapter House and loved it!

I went with an Edmund Fitzgerald Porter for the evening.  The first sip wasamazing.  The hint of chocolate and coffee came through above the hops but the hops – I lean toward hoppy beers – taste still shone through.    This is a good beer that I cannot wait to have this summer with barbeque.

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