Welcome to the DevDays USA 2020 Virtual Edition Virtual Pub Crawl. While we can't fully duplicate the in-person experience, we can commiserate together and hoist a few glasses to try to forget our social distancing troubles for (at least) one night/afternoon/morning (depending on time zone). We have lined up 5 virtual pubs which you can tour at your leisure. Each will be providing a unique experience, including 1 or more scheduled events in some cases which you may want to join. Just like a real pub crawl, you can order whatever you'd like - but unlike a real pub, there's no extra charge – as long as you provide your own libations! Some pub events may involve a special guided tasting - in these cases, a shopping list is provided if you want to taste-along. Or you can just drink whatever you have on hand that you like - the experience is more about distant socializing, though, of course, it will be enhanced by the proper sort of libation. You're encouraged to tour freely, take in as many of the scheduled special events as you'd like (which will be spread throughout the evening), but try not to stay in too many bars at the same time. Since these virtual bars, like the real physical ones, each have a limited top capacity of 300 each. Bonus points to those of you who come in creative costume!
The Chicago FHIR Blues Bar
From sweet home Chicago comes the Chicago FHIR* Blues Bar where Chicago hipsters gather for blues, booze and chews. Founded in 1989 by such legendary blues singers as Hip-Hop Hammond, Q-Ball Quinn, Kanye Wes and Lightnin’ Chuck, the CFBB has been a Chicago mainstay for over 30 years as a model of urban persistence. It’s had to be, since it has oddly burned down once every 2 years (most recently in Summer 2018) but in each case it has risen back up like a drunken Phoenix, bigger and better than before. Patrons know their liquor here on the South Side of Chicago, and talk about their love for Da Bears, Da Bulls, Da Hawks and Da White Sox (but never those prissy Cubs), and the frequent fist fights generally end up in a sweaty, bloody hug. So come and get it while we’re still here for the best in blues, booze, chews and assorted bad behavior that toddling Chi-town has to offer.
Location: Chicago, IL
Theme: Blues, booze, chews. Host Bartender: Wayne Kubick
Alternate Bartender: TBD
Music genre/style: Classic Chicago Blues (Buddy, Koko, Lonnie, BB, Otis . . .)
Special Event at 5:20 and 7:00 ET: Guided Cheese tasting with pairings with Erika Kubick, CEO, Cheese, Sex, Death, Inc.
Taste-along shopping list:
1) Fresh Goat Cheese - Widely available and best when purchased from a local creamery. Recommended national brands include Vermont Creamery and Cypress Grove. Pair with: honey and wheat beer or a crisp white wine like Sauvignon Blanc, Gruner Veltliner or Albarino.
Aged Gouda - Look for a wedge with visible crunchy bits, proof of a well-aged hunk. Recommended brands include Ewephoria, Beemster, and Trader Joe’s 1,000 Day Gouda. Pair with: toasted pecans and malty amber ales or the white you served with the Goat cheese or bubbles.
Roquefort - A classic French sheep’s milk cheese with piquant kick. If you can’t find it, look for Blue d’Auvergne, any blue from the American producer Rogue Creamery, or Trader Joe’s cave-aged blue. Pair with: dried figs and stout. For wine a Sauterne is traditional, but also any full-bodied or fortified red.
But if all you got is cheese whiz and beer, come as you are.
Amsterdam Cozy Canal Cafe
Join us in this typical Amsterdam-style “brown” café, a disappearing species of traditional dutch pub, small-scale, cosy and dark. Wood is the main theme, with floors drenched with ages of spilt beer and spirits. Visit them before they are all gone and replaced by the more cosmopolitan affairs you could find in all major cities around the world.
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Theme: Amsterdam "brown" cafe
Host Bartender: Ewout Kramer
Music genre/style: 60-70’s Dutch music (boudwijn de groot et al)
Special Event at 6:00 ET: Tasting of Dutch treats: Jenever, cheese with mustard and bitterballen - plus a game.
Taste-along shopping list: If you can't find jenever, cheese with mustard and bitterballen at your local Piggly-Wiggly, you might substitute gin, gouda and meatballs. The gouda will also worked Or just show up to get a better idea of what jenever, cheese with mustard and bitterballen really are.
The Colorado Mountain Beer Lodge
Join the crew on the fire pit terrace overlooking both the Telluride ski resort and the box canyon. We will have a FHIR-side chat, brews, and some solid modern blues in the background. At an altitude of 9,600 feet, you'll be on top of the world.
Location: Telluride, CO
Host Bartender: Dave Shaver
Alternate Bartender: Mark McDougal
Music genre/style: Modern Blues – Eric Bibb, Keb Mo, Monte Montgomery, Dwayne Dopsie, Coco Montoya, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, Indigenous, Joe Bonamassa, Taj Mahal, Tab Benoit, SRV, KWS, and other TLAs.
Special Event at 5:40 ET: Guided beer tasting – you pick it from the chart
Taste-along shopping list: Everyone has a favorite style of beer – drink what you love! Dave's go to style is Double IPA or a citrusy IPA. Before the gathering, review the Brewer's Association Beer and Food Matching Chart. Another resource to pair cheeses with beer is Marcella Wright's Generic Cheese and Beer Pairing Chart. Dave will be pairing a Telluride Brewing Company a) Fishwater Double IPA, and b) Batch 1000 Barleywine with 1) Tillamook Extra Sharp Cheddar, and 2) Original Blue cheese from Point Reyes Farmstead. Use the chart to pick your pairing for the beer you plan to enjoy.
Orange You Glad You're on FHIR Tiki Bar
Location: Washington DC
Theme: Your mind and glass can be at the beach bar even when your body isn't
Host Bartender: Julia Skapik
Alternate Bartender: Matt Rahn
Music genre/style: The Soundtrack from Cocktail
Schedule of Events:
Welcome! and how to add your song to the Tiki Jukebox
Demo: Matt will show you how to make the most refreshing cocktail in the world, The Orange Crush!
Taste-along shopping list:
In order to make the best Orange Crush, made popular in Dewey Beach, Delaware, you'll need the following: 1 or 2 oranges fresh squeezed (3-4 oz) or Orange juice, 2 oz vodka, 1oz triple sec (or any orange liquor), 2-4oz soda water
Tiki Time with Special Guests
Special Event at 6:20 and 7:20 ET: Cocktail Competition to be announced during live event.
Bring your best bartender attitude and get ready to win a prize!
10 Tiki FHIR Salute
America's Hat is Canada's oldest bar and tavern. Many of our most respected citizens have graced this bar over the years, including Celine Dion, Drake, Justin Bieber, and Lloyd McKenzie. We have it on good authority that some will even be making an appearance. Please note that you must be at least 19 years of age to purchase alcohol in Canada. FHIR puns are strictly forbidden in our establishment.
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Host Bartender: James "Maple" Agnew
Alternate Bartender: Mark "Ketchup Chips and Caesars" Iantorno
Music genre/style: Just the Canadian national anthem on repeat
Special Event at 6:40 ET:
Please join us for the world's best pub-stumpers trivia. Come dazzle your friends with your knowledge of everything under the sun.
Taste-along shopping list: Canadian Whisky, Canadian Beer, Caesar cocktails with a side of poutine.