In 1985 Bruce Springsteen’s hit, “Glory Days” turned the fifth launch from the album, Born in the united statesA. The tune portrayed Springsteen’s childhood little league baseball teammate, Joe DePugh in keeping with a New York Occasions article. As Springsteen wrote:

I had a pal was an enormous baseball participant
Again in highschool
He may throw that speedball by you
Make you appear to be a idiot boy
Noticed him the opposite night time at this roadside bar
I used to be strolling in, he was strolling out
We went again inside sat down had just a few drinks
However all he stored speaking about was [“Glory Days”].

A gifted athlete I as soon as knew

There was a child I grew up with on the Southwest aspect of Chicago. He was a three-sport stud in each sense of the phrase. He was a dominant pitcher in baseball. Speak about with the ability to “throw the speedball by you.” This child had an arm.

In soccer, he was the beginning quarterback. He had a pocket presence that was unbelievable. His arm was uncanny.

Basketball was his third sport to finish his Three Sport Letterman standing. His bounce shot was like nothing I ever noticed earlier than.

He was a gifted athlete and a good higher particular person. Over time Hollywood has portrayed jocks as selfless, shallow, and narcissistic folks. He wasn’t any of these items. He was a real particular person. He remembered his roots and the place he got here from. Even when you weren’t a well-liked athlete, he would nonetheless find time for you. He would say howdy at any time when I might see him. He actually was a unbelievable particular person.

I promise there’s a beer connection right here. Simply grasp with me.

Again within the early 2000’s, I used to be strolling out of a neighborhood bookstore. There was a man that was coming into the bookstore. At that second, that break up second passing him, I knew I acknowledged him.

We exchanged glances and I had that feeling like, “Hey I do know you, don’t keep in mind precisely, however I do know you.” That sort of look that sticks with you for some time and makes you assume, “How within the heck do I do know this man?” Earlier than this second, I hadn’t seen him since highschool commencement.

A few years previous and we drifted aside. This was my Springsteen “Glory Days” second. Because it had been, I used to be strolling out and he was strolling in, however you get the purpose.

Quick ahead to winter of 2017. I obtained phrase that this pal that I went to highschool with for twelve years, discuss to on the telephone for many of the fifth grade, acquired right into a struggle inside the seventh grade to solely be pals with him once more actually 5 minutes later, handed away.

“Glory Days”

I want I might have “went again inside sat down had just a few drinks.” I actually remorse not speaking about these “Glory Days”.

Rising up on the Southwest aspect of Chicago within the 80s and 90s meant that most individuals had been ingesting Miller Lite, that wonderful Pilsner as my dad nonetheless calls it immediately.

I’ve had this concept to brew a Pilsner as an homage to my Southside roots for a couple of 12 months now. So right here’s Southside 60629. A approach to keep in mind my outdated pal, Jay. A approach to reconnect with my roots of rising up on the Southwest aspect of Chicago. A method to hook up with music meaning a lot to me and helps me with remorse and the ache of dropping somebody.


“Glory Days”Southside 60629


36%    4lbs   2 Row

37%    4lbs   Pilsner

27%    3lbs   Flaked Corn


1oz    Liberty  @ 60 min A.A   13.Three IBU

1oz    Liberty  @ 30 min A.A   10.Three IBU

1oz    Liberty  @ 20 min A.A     8.1 IBU

1oz    Liberty  @ 5 min A.A     2.7 IBU

Wyeast Kolsch 2565*           75% Attenuation

Batch measurement 5.5 gallons

Boil measurement    7    gallons

OG 1.054

FG  1.010

Shade 2.Four SRM

Effectivity 78%

IBUs 34.4

ABV 6.5%

*Attributable to lack of temperature management


About The Writer

authorSteve Thanos Bio: I’ve been instructing seventh grade studying for the previous 17 years. I reside in Darien, IL with my pretty spouse, unimaginable 7 12 months outdated daughter, and superior 10 12 months outdated Boston Terrier. I’ve been an avid homebrewer for the previous 5 years. I’m a proud winner of many homebrew competitions nonetheless searching for extra homebrewing {hardware}. I’m the present Vice President of my homebrew membership, Plainfield Ale and Lager Lovers (PALE). I’m very within the homebrewing neighborhood. I’m at the moment running a blog for Homebrew Academy and Sommbeer. Lastly, I’m at the moment brewing by way of the 2015 BJCP types, making an attempt to medal in all classes, and weblog about every beer. You could find my writings at