216. Shmaltz Brewing – Coney Island Freaktoberfest
Oct31

216. Shmaltz Brewing – Coney Island Freaktoberfest

I had two days left for my Oktoberfest Challenge and only one beer left, so I decided to hold onto this one and enjoy it on Halloween.  It’s been a fun Halloween evening – my son is dressed as Indiana Jones and my daughter dressed as a princess.  I took them out trick-or-treating while my wife stayed home handing out candy.  I enjoyed one of my Russian Imperial Pumpkin beers in a coffee mug while taking the kids around,...

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215. Blue Moon / Miller Coors – Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale
Oct29

215. Blue Moon / Miller Coors – Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale

It’s a nice fall friday evening and I took off work just a bit early to enjoy the afternoon. So, of course, when I got home, I grabbed a beer for my Oktoberfest Challenge out of the fridge. Although Halloween is just a couple of days away and I realized that I’ve only got 2 beers for my challenge to make it through the next 3 days… I need to find another beer to qualify for my challenge quickly. The label says,...

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214. Brauerei Beck & Co – Beck’s Oktoberfest
Oct28

214. Brauerei Beck & Co – Beck’s Oktoberfest

I’m down to the last couple of beers in the beer fridge for my Oktoberfest Challenge, and I think I still need one or two more.  I remember covering Oktoberfest beers during one of our ABNormal Brewers club meetings last year, and remember being somewhat surprised at how much I liked Beck’s Oktoberfest in comparison to the others we tried. So now in the spirit of reviewing it, I thought I’d give it another go around....

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213. New Holland Brewing – Charkoota Rye Smoked Doppelbock Lager Draft
Oct28

213. New Holland Brewing – Charkoota Rye Smoked Doppelbock Lager Draft

After our ABNormal Brewers steering meeting, I stopped at Medici for a quick drink to get a beer which would meet my goal toward my Oktoberfest Challenge, and get another punch on my Wednesday Warriors card.  While I’m now only 2 Wednesdays away from becoming a Wednesday Warrior, I was not able to find a beer to meet my challenge for today.  While I’m again bummed about falling short in my quest, I did enjoy stumbling...

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212. Anderson Valley Brewing – Brother David’s Belgian-style Double Ale Draft
Oct27

212. Anderson Valley Brewing – Brother David’s Belgian-style Double Ale Draft

It’s time for our monthly ABNormal Homebrewers steering meeting, so we met at Fat Jack’s to discuss the business of our next monthly meeting.  Fat Jack’s normally has one of the better beer selections in town, so I was hoping to get a new Oktoberfest, seasonal, or pumpkin beer for my Oktoberfest Challenge.  Unfortunately, with October being almost over, they didn’t have either, so I went for this one since I...

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211. Capital Brewery – Fest Seasonal Beer
Oct26

211. Capital Brewery – Fest Seasonal Beer

When I went to Friar Tuck to find more pumpkin beers and Oktoberfests, I managed to find this one.  I assume that since it was out this time of year, and is simply called “Fest Seasonal Beer,” that it is an Oktoberfest beer.  As you can tell, I’m starting to struggle to find beers that qualify for my Oktoberfest Challenge, so if anyone here in town sees anything that would qualify, please let me know.  The bottle...

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210. SABMiller / Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing – Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest German-Style Märzen
Oct25

210. SABMiller / Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing – Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest German-Style Märzen

It’s starting to get pretty difficult to find Oktoberfest beers for my Oktoberfest Challenge.  However, a trip to Friar Tuck after work netted a few new options.  I still need a few more, but I’ll worry about that later this week.  I was familiar with Leinenkugel’s, as it seems to be a brand some locals try when they’re looking for a microbrew.  I tried one of their beers once and wasn’t a fan, but I made...

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209. Erdinger Weissbräu – Erdinger Oktoberfest
Oct24

209. Erdinger Weissbräu – Erdinger Oktoberfest

We had an incredible weekend in Columbia, MO, back at Mizzou for homecoming.  With ESPN Gameday, homecoming activities, and a huge upset over #1 Oklahoma, we had a tremendous time.  The only bad thing about the day was that I couldn’t find an Oktoberfest seasonal to drink for my Oktoberfest Challenge.  I’m bummed, but I’m going to continue to try to finish off the month strong.  The bottle says “Erdinger is...

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208. Flatbranch Pub & Brewing – Cherry Brown Draft
Oct23

208. Flatbranch Pub & Brewing – Cherry Brown Draft

We had a great time checking out the ESPN College Gameday set on the quad at Mizzou homecoming, but we stopped at Flatbranch Pub & Brewing for an early lunch before heading over to the homecoming parade.  I had their ESB to start my meal and decided to have another to finish off my meal. I looked up at the board, and unfortunately, there was nothing that qualified for my Oktoberfest Challenge.  So, unfortunately, I’ll have...

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207. Flatbranch Pub & Brewing – Hudsons E.S.B. Cask Beer
Oct23

207. Flatbranch Pub & Brewing – Hudsons E.S.B. Cask Beer

As I mentioned in my previous post, we’re in my old college town of Columbia, MO, for homecoming at Mizzou.  It’s also the first time that ESPN College Gameday has come to Columbia.  This morning we took the kids down to enjoy the atmosphere (we helped set a new attendance record at ESPN Gameday with over 18,000 fans) and see the set.  Before the show ended, we headed over to Flatbranch to grab an early lunch before the...

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206. Founders Brewing – Devil Dancer Triple IPA
Oct22

206. Founders Brewing – Devil Dancer Triple IPA

Well, I spent most of the day running from the car dealership to the credit union, but we finally closed on the minivan we were considering… just in time to pack it up and head to my old stomping grounds at the University of Missouri-Columbia for Homecoming.  We took the kids around to look at the house decorations and got back to the hotel late.  I was hoping to find a new type of seasonal beer in Columbia, but with all the...

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205. Avery Brewing – The Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest
Oct21

205. Avery Brewing – The Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest

We test drove a minivan this evening and have been stressing about buying it.  At the same time, we’re getting packed up and ready to head to my alma mater, the University of Missouri-Columbia, tomorrow for Homecoming weekend.   So it’s a bit stressful around the house.  This, combined with the fact that one of my friends (who I hope to see this weekend), who is a beer lover… his last name happens to be Kaiser.  So,...

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204. Brauerei Heller Bamberg – Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen
Oct20

204. Brauerei Heller Bamberg – Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen

I was at the liquor store scouring for Marzens and Pumpkin beers to meet my Oktoberfest Challenge when I came across this beer.  I could hardley read much of the label, since it was primarily in German, but usually, when it comes to beer, that’s not a bad thing.  The back label said, “Aecht Original Schlenkerla Maerzen Smokebeer, considered the classic example in its category, has been brewed for centuries in the baroque...

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203. Clipper City Brewing – Prosit! Imperial Octoberfest Lager
Oct19

203. Clipper City Brewing – Prosit! Imperial Octoberfest Lager

It’s been a hell of a day at both work and at home.  All I have to say is, don’t buy Windows 7 preinstalled, and definitely don’t by a Gateway computer.  So, that being said, I went to the beer fridge looking for the biggest beer I could find that would qualify for my Oktoberfest Challenge.  This Heavy Seas series Imperial Oktoberfest from Clipper City fit the bill at 8% ABV.  The bottle said that it is “Malt...

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202. Brauerei Aying – Ayinger Oktober Fest Marzen
Oct18

202. Brauerei Aying – Ayinger Oktober Fest Marzen

I had to make a run to the liquor store tonight after work because I was all out of beers for my Oktoberfest Challenge.  It’s getting harder than I thought!  And since I had 2 Oktoberfests reviewed on Saturday, I didn’t have one yesterday.  So, I returned from the liquor store this evening with 4 more Oktoberfest beers.  When I reached into the beer fridge, this one seemed coldest, so it’s the one I thought I’d...

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201. Tin Mill Brewing – Dopplebock Draft
Oct16

201. Tin Mill Brewing – Dopplebock Draft

As I mentioned in my last couple posts, we were in Hermann, MO for their Oktoberfest celebration.  In the midst of all of the wineries, there was Tin Mill Brewing, so my fellow beer-loving friend and I enjoyed a few beers here while our wives headed back over to the winery.  I didn’t have a whole lot of faith in Tin Mill’s beers after having their Oktoberfest, however, I thought I’d go ahead and give their dopplebock...

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200. Tin Mill Brewing – Oktoberfest Draft
Oct16

200. Tin Mill Brewing – Oktoberfest Draft

While visiting several wineries at the Oktoberfest celebration in Hermann, MO, we decided to take a break from the wine and have a beer.  Fortunately, we knew that the Tin Mill Brewery was located right in downtown Hermann.  They had a nice beer garden and band playing out back, so we hung out for a while and had a couple of beers before going back to the wineries.  I also saw this as an opportunity to try another Oktoberfest beer...

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199. Left Hand Brewing – 400 Pound Monkey English IPA
Oct16

199. Left Hand Brewing – 400 Pound Monkey English IPA

We’re on our way to the Oktoberfest celebration in Hermann, MO, and I’ve already had a Schlafly Oktoberfest to satisfy my daily requirement as part of my Oktoberfest Challenge. While my intention was to dig into my freshly home brewed pumpkin beer, my friend also had this Left Hand 400lb Monkey in his cooler and offered it to me. Since I haven’t had it before, and I do appreciate ESB’s and English IPA’s I...

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198. St. Louis Brewery / Schlafly – Oktoberfest
Oct16

198. St. Louis Brewery / Schlafly – Oktoberfest

We’re on our way down to the Oktoberfest celebration in Hermann, MO. My friend organized a bus trip, so we could all head down and have a great time enjoying the beer and wine in the German settlement town without having to drive. I came completely unprepared for my Oktoberfest Challenge, hoping I’d be able to find an Oktoberfest beer I had not had yet. On the ride down, my friend brought several beers, including this...

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197. Southern Tier Brewing – Imperial Pumking
Oct15

197. Southern Tier Brewing – Imperial Pumking

I actually did pretty good today out on the golf course with my dad.  So, what better way to reward myself after a long day on the golf course, and prepare for a long day of drinking tomorrow at Oktoberfest, than this 9% ABV Imperial Pumkin from Southern Tier. When I poured it, it was very clear and appeared to be fairly golden in color with the slightest orange tint to it. There was a creamy white head, and the beer appeared to have...

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