By Sarah Corbin
Green Home Experts is hosting Battle of Brews this Sunday, July 28 starting at 1pm. Local residents get to sample the brew stylings of local home brewers.
Folks from Autre Monde, Kinderhook Tap, Marion Street Cheese Market and Whole Foods in River Forest are going to be on hand as celebrity judges to let us know their top pick for best home brew.
Proceeds benefit the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry.
The Meatloaf a Go Go food truck is even going to be on hand to sell food, so we can double treat our beer palates.
To top it off, the Battle is right on South Blvd, near Oak Park Avenue. The alleyway, which will be blocked off for the event and garden center have plenty of room for loads of folks to attend.
Local home brewers, celebrity judges, meatloaf, beer, and my friend Maria! Seems like another worthy party from a local retailer.
You can buy tickets here:
1. My husband, Jim, is a home brewer. After we sold our little bakery on the south side, Jim missed the magic of yeast and put all of that wonderful bakers knowledge to work in our own kitchen brewing up beer. The processes really aren't that different. Brewing beer takes a little more patience for the end result, 6 weeks or more. If you bake a loaf of bread, you know within hours that you forgot the salt, but 6 weeks is a long time to wait to be sure you spent your time wisely to create a delicious product.
I tend to have a fondness for fun beer after watching Jim take on some different flavors in our kitchen. I think it will be great to join folks who have committed to that same kind of patience for end results and check out what kind of flavors they are brewing up at home. I'm looking forward to meeting that big long list of folks.
(No my husband didn't enter this year, but maybe going will convince him to join in on the fun next year)
2. Maria Onesto Moran, owner of Green Home Experts, is so accustomed to my retail interloping that we are now good friends. Her energy and enthusiasm, her business personality are just my pace. I wish I had more time to hang out with her. And she has adorable children. I think a lot of folks feel that way about Maria.
3. I live 3 blocks from Kinderhook Tap. Those folks are really doing some things right. Now the owners have even become official Oak Park residents. I wish I could hang out at Kinderhook Tap more often too. They also know a thing or two about fun beer.
4. Meatloaf. I'm excited about Meatloaf a Go Go being on hand. I came to liking meatloaf very late in life. Sorry mom, but I don't know that your meatloaf ever inspired me to go back for seconds. Maybe in my family we were really meatball folks anyway. And I make bad meatloaf (I make it as a last resort, or a catch all, add things I shouldn't like the carrots that we need to eat in the bottom of the produce drawer.) Jim, fortunately for our kids, makes great meatloaf, that they will actually eat when he makes it.
There was that time that he made meatloaf with a mistaken whole wheat cinnamon bread. But that just makes meatloaf all the more endearing because I still get to tease him a little bit.
We are really lucky to live where we live. This summer, I've been able to talk about Yearbook, Careful Peach, and now Green Home Experts. Each of those businesses is independent and creative. We live in a community that supports creative independent endeavors. And that's pretty crititcal. Our indepent retail community teaches our children, celebrates with us, teaches us and gives back a heck of a lot more than a simple 1% to education on your red card.
So get out there and enjoy the weekend - enjoy your community of creative independent thinkers. Top it off with a brew battle Oak Park style.