57. New Belgium – Fat Tire Amber Ale Draft
May29

57. New Belgium – Fat Tire Amber Ale Draft

Tonight we decided to try a new place out for dinner – at least new to us, since we haven’t been there yet – and we went to Joe’s Station House Pizza Pub here in town.  When we got there, I was thrilled because the waitress said they had Bell’s Hop Slam on tap.  Unfortunately, she was wrong, and the rest I had to choose from were fairly limited.  So, I decided to go for the Fat Tire on draft. When it...

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56. Founders Brewing – Dry Hopped Pale Ale
May29

56. Founders Brewing – Dry Hopped Pale Ale

We finished car shopping for the day, and I decided to grab another hoppy beer before heading to dinner.  I wanted something that had a good hop flavor, but not necessarily a higher alcohol IPA.  I grabbed the Founders Dry Hopped Pale Ale out of the fridge.   The label says that it has 35 IBUs and is 5.4% ABV. When I poured the beer, ,it had a pretty large soapy head, which fell slowly, but left some nice lacing on the glass (as you...

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55. Lost Coast Brewery & Cafe – Indica India Pale Ale
May29

55. Lost Coast Brewery & Cafe – Indica India Pale Ale

It’s a really nice Saturday afternoon on Memorial Day weekend.  My parents came to town and are watching the kids while my wife and I shop for a minivan.  It’s been a good morning visiting dealerships and test driving cars, and we stopped back at home for lunch.  I was looking for a nice IPA, and fortunately, just picked a few up on Friday.  I decided to go for the Indica India Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery & Cafe. ...

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54. Avery Brewing – Redpoint Ale
May28

54. Avery Brewing – Redpoint Ale

I really like Avery’s big beers, so I was excited when I found a few of their beers in the “mix a six” area of my local liquor store.  The label says, “Redpoint Ale.  Ahhh, Success!  It’s taken a lot of time and effort to create this unique, rich red ale with a distinct hop bouquet.  Enjoy our achievement in celebration of your own accomplishments.  Cheers!” It had a decent head when I poured it,...

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53. O’Fallon Brewery – Hemp Hop Rye Amber Ale
May28

53. O’Fallon Brewery – Hemp Hop Rye Amber Ale

It’s Friday afternoon, and I wanted to go for something fun to kick the weekend off. So, when I reached into the beer fridge. I grabbed an O’Fallon Hemp Hop Rye Amber Ale. On the label, it says that it is a ,”Malt Beverage Brewed With Hemp Seeds.” when I poured into the glass, it had a fairly small head, which disappeared quickly, and not much of a head stuck around at all. It was pretty cloudy and had a dark...

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52. New Glarus Brewing – Road Slush Stout
May27

52. New Glarus Brewing – Road Slush Stout

I got an email today that I was being followed on Twitter by New Glarus Brewery, so I thought I’d grab another one of their beers out of the beer fridge. I’ve only got a few left to choose from, so I grabbed the Road Slush Stout, even though it’s almost Memorial Day. It says it’s brewed with fresh oatmeal and includes chocolate and victory malts. When I poured it, it was black with some ruby colors coming...

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51. Brouwerij Huyghe – Delirium Tremens Draft
May26

51. Brouwerij Huyghe – Delirium Tremens Draft

I had a steering meeting tonight for our homebrew club – the ABNormal Brewers – at Medici in Normal. We hold our meetings there because they usually have a decent list of beers on tap.  Tonight they had a few beers I thought would be interesting, and I settled on the Delirium Tremens, since I haven’t seen it on tap very often. It was served in a goblet (wine glass), and was very clear.  It had a bright yellow color,...

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50. Founders Brewing – Red’s Rye P. A.
May24

50. Founders Brewing – Red’s Rye P. A.

I spent my early evening at work, working outside this evening, so when I finally got home I wanted to go for a nice refreshing IPA. In the beer fridge I had quite a selection of Founders beers to select from and reached for the Reds Rye P. A. Ale. The label says that it’s “hopped up and brewed with rye,” it’s got 6.6% ABV and 70 IBU’s. It poured a dark amber, and reddish color, and had a decent head,...

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49. New Glarus Brewing – Golden Ale
May23

49. New Glarus Brewing – Golden Ale

It’s Sunday afternoon, I just finished mowing and trimming the yard and had a turkey sandwich for lunch. I looked into the beer fridge for something appropriate and passed on all the stouts and double IPAs. I found a New Glarus Golden Ale which sounded pretty good. The 500ml bottle has all of the details on the label and it says it was brewed on 3-23-09 and bottled on 6-18-09. Additionally, it says it was a 160 BBL batch, an OG...

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48. Stone / Firestone Walker / 21st Amendment – El Camino (Un) Real Black Ale
May22

48. Stone / Firestone Walker / 21st Amendment – El Camino (Un) Real Black Ale

I was really looking forward to this one, as I have heard so much about all of the great breweries that collaborated on this beer.  However, I was a bit nervous, since my friend from New York who sent me this (and several others) seemed most eager about getting my feedback on this one. Then, I read the label, which says, “Ale brewed with fennel seed, chia seed & pink peppercorns – with mission figs added.” the...

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47. Founders Brewing – Breakfast Stout
May21

47. Founders Brewing – Breakfast Stout

When I got home from work today, I discovered that the radiator on my car was leaking very severely gushing fluid onto the garage floor.  So tonight I went to the beer fridge in need of something big and strong.  Fortunately, I had a Founders Breakfast Stout in there.  It’s a label says that it is 8.3% alcohol by volume and that it is a double chocolate coffee oatmeal stout, thus, the name, Breakfast Stout. When I poured it, it...

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46. Breckenridge Brewery – 471 Small Batch Double IPA
May20

46. Breckenridge Brewery – 471 Small Batch Double IPA

After the experience I had yesterday with the Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA, I got nervous, so tonight, I decided to have the Breckenridge Brewery 471 Small Batch Double IPA that I had in the beer fridge. This bottle had a born on date of February 2009 so it was even older than the one I had yesterday. This bottle says, “It all comes down to this. We love making beer. And while our mainline beers keep us very busy, there...

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45.  Dogfish Head – 90 Minute Imperial IPA
May19

45. Dogfish Head – 90 Minute Imperial IPA

I got back from my son’s preschool graduation tonight and felt like grabbing something both refreshing and strong, and much to my delight, I found a Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA in the back of the beer fridge. The bottle says, “what you have here is an Imperial India pale ale featuring a single, constant 90 minute hop addition. It’s balanced by a ridiculous amount of English two row barley. Then we dry hop in...

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44. Rogue Ales Brewery – American Amber Ale
May18

44. Rogue Ales Brewery – American Amber Ale

After drinking an O’Fallon Cherry Chocolate beer, I felt like having something a little more traditional this evening.  A few weeks ago, I had a taste for an amber ale, so I decided to try the Rogue American Amber Ale.  I had debated between the growlers they sell at the liquor store and the 6-pack.  Ultimately, I went with the 6-pack because it was both cheaper, and didn’t make me feel obligated to drink it all in a day...

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43. O’Fallon Brewery – Cherry Chocolate Beer
May18

43. O’Fallon Brewery – Cherry Chocolate Beer

Tonight when I got home from work, I thought I would reach into the beer fridge and find the most unique thing I could. The decision was pretty clear when I stumbled across an O’Fallon Cherry Chocolate beer in the back of my fridge.  I picked this one up around Christmas time when I was brewing a chocolate covered cherry imperial stout. The bottle says that it is a malt beverage with natural flavors.  It had a nice creamy head,...

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42. Tröegs Brewing – Nugget Nectar Imperial Amber
May17

42. Tröegs Brewing – Nugget Nectar Imperial Amber

Despite all of the traveling I’ve been doing lately I don’t often get to try beers from outside of the local area. So, I bribed a friend who lives in New York City to mail me some beers that I couldn’t get here.  He sent me several very good beers (which I have yet to drink yet), including Tröegs Brothers Nugget Nectar Imperial Amber ale. The label says that it is a “Hopheads Nirvana. Experience a heady...

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41. New Glarus – Snowshoe Ale
May16

41. New Glarus – Snowshoe Ale

I’ve been working around the house a lot today, and I even was able to mow part of the lawn before the rain moved in. And since I felt like the morning was pretty productive I thought I’d enjoy a nice beer this afternoon. I went into the beer fridge and found a New Glarus Snowshoe Ale from this past winter’s trip up to Wisconsin Dells.  We got a chance to stop by the brewery on our way home and I bought a mixed case...

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40. The Lion Brewery Ceylon – Lion Stout
May14

40. The Lion Brewery Ceylon – Lion Stout

I’m finally back from my travels, and we took the kids to the zoo in Peoria today.  We stopped at Old Chicago on the Peoria riverfront for lunch before heading home.  Unfortunately, their draft beers were in transition, so I took the opportunity to try the most unique beer I could find on the menu.  It said Lion Stout was brewed in Sri Lanka, so I thought I’d give that one a try. The bottle said that it was 8% ABV, and...

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39. Heineken Brouwerijen – Heineken Premium Lager
May12

39. Heineken Brouwerijen – Heineken Premium Lager

I really can’t thank my travel partner Steve enough for all the upgrades to first class. On our last day of travel, I again sat in first class on our flight from Tampa to Chicago. As I mentioned in my review of Budweiser, my choices on the flight were limited, so I thought I’d try Heineken – which I had never tried in the can – since it’s not something I’d probably pay for if I didn’t have to....

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38. Birra Peroni Industriale – Peroni Nastro Azzurro Draft
May12

38. Birra Peroni Industriale – Peroni Nastro Azzurro Draft

As I mentioned in my last post, we stopped for lunch at Millers Ale House in Tampa, FL.  Also, as I mentioned, for a place called an “Ale House,” their beer selection was pretty domestic, generic, and ironically, filled with lagers.  Although, a lager, I saw that the Peroni was on draft, so I thought I’d give it a try. It had a nice, pinky finger sized head with tiny bubbles which stuck around for quite a while due...

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