182. Bell’s Brewery – Bourbon Barrel Aged Hell Hath No Fury Draft
Sep29

182. Bell’s Brewery – Bourbon Barrel Aged Hell Hath No Fury Draft

At our homebrew club steering meeting, one of the guys mentioned that they had Bell’s Hell Hath No Fury on draft at Medici.  So, I decided to quickly stop by and try it.  I had read about it on Bell’s website and which says, “Originally conceived along the lines of a Belgian Dubbel, Hell Hath No Fury… Ale morphed during development into something entirely different. Blending a pair of Belgian abbey-style yeasts...

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181. Spaten Franziskaner Bräu – Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen Draft
Sep29

181. Spaten Franziskaner Bräu – Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen Draft

We were having our ABNormal Brewers meeting at Fat Jack’s in downtown Bloomington, and I was trying to take a look at the board to see what my next beer would be.  I had tried many of the options, so I thought I’d go for the Spaten Octoberfest, since I hadn’t written that one up yet – despite the fact that it was not yet October.  However, it did give me an idea for the month of October, which I’ll...

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180. Founders Brewing – 2010 Nemesis Draft
Sep29

180. Founders Brewing – 2010 Nemesis Draft

I was at Fat Jack’s in downtown Bloomington tonight for an ABNormal homebrewers club steering meeting.  I was surprised and happy to see that they had Founders’ Nemesis on draft.  I had read about it, but hadn’t had it, so this was  a good opportunity to try it.  Despite it being $4.50 for a half pint, I’m glad I got to try it. It was extremely black in color and had a creamy tan head on it.  The head fell...

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179. RAM Restaurant & Brewery Indianapolis – Indy Blonde Draft
Sep22

179. RAM Restaurant & Brewery Indianapolis – Indy Blonde Draft

I was looking for another beer to try, and, since we were in Indianapolis, I thought I’d give the Indy Blonde a try.  I suspect that it is the same as the Big Horn Blonde at other RAM locations, just with a local name.  That didn’t matter too much, as long as I got a chance to try a new beer. I was really surprised at how clear the beer was, and it was a golden yellow color.  There was a very thin white head on it, and I...

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178. RAM Restaurant & Brewery Indianapolis – ’71 Pale Ale Draft
Sep22

178. RAM Restaurant & Brewery Indianapolis – ’71 Pale Ale Draft

We were on our way back from Louisville, Kentucky and decided to stop in Indianapolis for dinner.  I was pushing to stop at a brewpub, and my coworker chose RAM Restaurant & Brewery.  I was somewhat familiar with the brewpub chain since we stopped there a few months ago and I had their Buttface Amber Ale and their Big Red IPA at their Chicago location. The ’71 Pale Ale was cloudy and was deep amber in color, the head was...

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177. Bluegrass Brewing Company – BBC APA Draft
Sep22

177. Bluegrass Brewing Company – BBC APA Draft

This was my second last minute trip for work in the last two weeks, however, the one last week gave me a chance to go to the Great American Beer Festival.  This week we found ourselves in Louisville, Kentucky for work, and just down the street from Bluegrass Brewing Company.  So, we just had to stop in for a bite to eat and a beer.  I felt like something a little hoppy, so I went with the APA, which I thought stood for American Pale...

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2010 Great American Beer Festival GABF
Sep17

2010 Great American Beer Festival GABF

I was thrilled when I found out I was going to be in Denver for work this week. And, just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, I called the crew from Full Sail Brewing from my Brewmaster Cuisinternship, and they allowed me to extend my internship for just one more day. They let me use one of their brewer’s passes to attend GABF. I really can’t thank them enough, and I really didn’t mind being called...

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176. Wynkoop Brewing – Mile HI.P.A. IPA Draft
Sep17

176. Wynkoop Brewing – Mile HI.P.A. IPA Draft

I met up with my friend from the homebrew club at Great Divide, and we knew we needed to grab a bite to eat to get something in our stomachs before heading over to the Great American Beer Festival.  Although I had already been to Wynkoop a couple of days ago, it seemed to be the best place to grab a bite between Great Divide and the convention center.  It was also a chance to try another one of their beers, and since I was in the mile...

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175. Great Divide Brewing – Hoss Rye Lager Draft
Sep17

175. Great Divide Brewing – Hoss Rye Lager Draft

A friend from the ABNormal Brewers gave me a call and said that he was also out in Denver for the Great American Beer Festival.  He was also interested in checking out Great Divide, so I grabbed another beer and a chair and waited for him to come by. The Hoss Rye lager was clear and red in color, not reddish, but red – the reddest beer I’ve ever seen.  There was, as you can see, an amazingly large and creamy white head,...

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174. Great Divide Brewing – Hibernation Ale Draft
Sep17

174. Great Divide Brewing – Hibernation Ale Draft

I was having a great time hanging out at Great Divide Brewing before heading over to the Great American Beer Festival.  They had pulled couches out onto their back area, so I was just hanging out in the nice Denver weather and enjoying the beer.  They were actually currently brewing and serving their Hibernation ale, which is their winter seasonal. It was brown in color and had a very thick, tan head on it.  The head retention was...

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173. Great Divide Brewing – Rumble Oak-Aged IPA
Sep17

173. Great Divide Brewing – Rumble Oak-Aged IPA

We finished up with work, and I’ve extended my work trip in Denver for one extra day so that I can attend the Great American Beer Festival.  As a beer lover, this is an event I’ve always wanted to attend, but never thought I would actually be able to.  The timing of this trip worked out perfectly.  However, since GABF didn’t start until the evening, I had to find something to do with myself for the afternoon.  I saw...

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172. Odell Brewing – IPA Draft
Sep16

172. Odell Brewing – IPA Draft

We had a very long day today in Colorado – going from Denver, up to Boulder and the 4 Mile Canyon wildfire, then up to Greely, over to Loveland, and then near the Denver airport for the evening.  After a day like that, I was ready to have a big bison burger at Ted’s Montana Grill and put down some good beers.  Since I had a chance to try Odell’s St. Lupulin Extra Pale Ale, which was very nice, I thought I’d...

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171. Walnut Brewery – 1123 IPA Draft
Sep15

171. Walnut Brewery – 1123 IPA Draft

As I mentioned in my last post, we were in Boulder, CO for work and found the nearest brewpub for dinner.  After looking at the menu, nothing really stood out, so I thought I’d ask they waitress if they had any seasonals or anything that wasn’t on the beer menu.  She said, with a bit of disgust, “We do have this black IPA, but it’s really bitter.”  I said I’d have that, and then she asked,...

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170. Walnut Brewery – St. James Irish Red Draft
Sep15

170. Walnut Brewery – St. James Irish Red Draft

Today we ended our day in Boulder, CO while working on something related to the wildfires in the area.  We couldn’t find a hotel in the area, but thought we’d have dinner there before heading back toward Denver to our hotel.  As always, I searched the GPS for the nearest brewpub and found the Walnut Brewery. The St. James Irish red was very clear and was obviously, red.  The head was thin with some soapy bubbles and the...

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169. Odell Brewing – St. Lupulin Extra Pale Ale
Sep15

169. Odell Brewing – St. Lupulin Extra Pale Ale

A friend from my homebrew club – the ABNormal Brewers – mentioned that he had met someone from Odell Brewing and was a big fan of their beers.  And, since we don’t get them in central Illinois yet, I thought I’d give their seasonal – St. Lupulin Extra Pale Ale – a try.  It helps that I suspect by the name that it’s going to have a nice hop flavor to it.  The bottle says, “A mystical...

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168. Deschutes Brewery – Hop in the Dark Cascadian Dark Ale
Sep14

168. Deschutes Brewery – Hop in the Dark Cascadian Dark Ale

After a nice dinner and a couple of beers at Wynkoop Brewery we headed back to our hotel.  Conveniently, there was a liquor store across the street, so I thought I head in and see if I could find some beers I couldn’t get in Illinois.  This Deschutes beer sounded interesting, and after my trip to Oregon, I knew they had some pretty good beers. The bottle said, “From the nothing’s sacred pacific northwest comes a...

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167. Wynkoop Brewing – Fresh Hopped Cask IPA
Sep14

167. Wynkoop Brewing – Fresh Hopped Cask IPA

I enjoyed having the B3K Schwartzbier with my bison burger, but now it was time for dessert.  While my co-worker decided to get a scoop of ice cream, I went for the cask – which just happened to have a fresh hopped IPA with just-picked hops. I was clear and had a yellowish/orange color with a very thick soapy, bright white head on it.  There was a nice hop aroma which was mostly floral and a little bit piney. It had a...

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166. Wynkoop Brewing – B3K Schwartzbier Draft
Sep14

166. Wynkoop Brewing – B3K Schwartzbier Draft

We arrived in Denver and got checked into our hotel.  When it came to dinner choices, I didn’t really give my co-worker who was with me much choice.  However, as long as the place had beer, I was sure he wouldn’t mind.  I wanted to hit Wynkoop, Denver’s oldest brew pub, since the last time I was in Denver, it was closed.  I thought I’d start with something light, yet flavorful, so I went with their...

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165. Boston Beer Co. / Samuel Adams – Octoberfest Draft
Sep14

165. Boston Beer Co. / Samuel Adams – Octoberfest Draft

I just found out yesterday that I had to go to Denver today for work.  It was super short notice, but I didn’t mind… because after checking the calendar, I realized I could extend my trip by a day and visit the almighty “Great American Beer Festival.”  I’m really looking forward to trying some great Colorado beers this week and experiencing my first GABF, but while stuck in Chicago’s O’Hare, I...

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164. Goose Island – Summertime
Sep14

164. Goose Island – Summertime

We had our ABNormal Brewers homebrew club meeting tonight and the category this month was German wheat and rye beers.  I’m not sure if this Kolsch qualifies, but that wasn’t going to stop me from doing an impromptu review of this beer. It was extremely clear and was bright yellow in color.  As you can see, it had a thick, white, soapy head which left some nice lacing on the glass.  The aroma was light, but I picked up on a...

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