268. St. Louis Brewery / Schlafly – Raspberry Coffee Stout
Jan30

268. St. Louis Brewery / Schlafly – Raspberry Coffee Stout

I found out about this beer a few months back from STLHops, and I knew I had to try it. St. Louis Brewery/Schlafly, makes a very good coffee stout (review coming soon), and I think it has a lot to do with the Kaldi’s coffee they use (and the cold steeping process for extracting the coffee flavors).  I had never thought of a coffee-raspberry combination before, but once I had heard of it, I knew that it sounded pretty good. Also,...

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267. MacTarnahan’s – Summer Grifter India Pale Ale IPA
Jan23

267. MacTarnahan’s – Summer Grifter India Pale Ale IPA

When I went to Oregon for my Brewmaster Cuisinternship this summer, I asked my friend Betty to send back several bottles I got while at Full Sail.  When shipping the bottles back for me, she slipped this one in along with them.  I think she’s a fan of MacTarnahan’s since she brought out their Amber Ale when we went to lunch in Portland, and she sent me a bottle of their Winter Hum Bug’r Porter as a pay off on a bet. ...

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266. Full Sail – Brewmasters Reserve Hop Pursuit
Jan23

266. Full Sail – Brewmasters Reserve Hop Pursuit

After having the Hopivore yesterday, I was still craving a big, bold, hoppy beer.  You can pretty much say that this one spoke to me, since was really in pursuit of a hoppy beer.  When I got this beer, it was literally from the Brewmaster’s Reserve, when John Harris, Brewmaster at Full Sail – Riverplace, dipped into his hidden fridge and gave me several beers when I was there for my Brewmaster Cuisinternship.  The bottle...

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265. New Holland – Hopivore Michigan Wet-Hopped Harvest Ale
Jan22

265. New Holland – Hopivore Michigan Wet-Hopped Harvest Ale

Things have been pretty crazy at work, so I was looking for a nice hoppy beer when I got home today.  Of all the beers in the fridge, this one looked like it had the most potential.  The bottle says, “Michigan-grown hops are the story in this seasonal harvest ale. Hopivore is wet-hopped, with hops added to the brew just hours after harvest, creating rare, fresh flavors.” Numbers: 5.85% ABV, 55 IBUs Appearance & Aroma:...

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264. Left Hand Brewing – Imperial Stout
Jan20

264. Left Hand Brewing – Imperial Stout

I had brought my sister some of my homebrew of Thanksgiving to share with her friends.  When I went home over Christmas, I brought more.  She surprised me with a few Michelob beers, and this one from her friend Pam.  She told me that Pam appreciated my beers and wanted to share this with me because it is her favorite beer.  The bottle says, “A black ale to brighten your day” and given the kind of days I’ve had...

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263. Stone – Stone IPA India Pale Ale
Jan13

263. Stone – Stone IPA India Pale Ale

As I mentioned a few months ago, a friend from San Diego mailed me three Stone beers for my challenge (Thanks again David!).  This one was hiding in the back of the beer fridge, because I was really looking forward to it.  I wanted to make sure it would be enjoyed at a time when I could really savor it.  Especially after having the Ruination, I was excited to get a chance to try this one. Numbers: 6.9% ABV, 70 IBUs Appearance &...

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262. Green Flash Brewing – Le Freak Ale
Jan11

262. Green Flash Brewing – Le Freak Ale

I announce each of my posts on Twitter (@1KBeers), and recently got a suggestion via Twitter from @Lauren_BILLYves – who as it turns out, is Lauren Hinkley, the daughter of Green Flash Brewing founders Mike and Lisa Hinkley.  Obviously, she suggested I try a brew from Green Flash Brewing, and specifically, Le Freak.  The bottle says, “Extreme ale converging San Diego-style imperial pale ale and Belgian-style...

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261. Coniston Brewing – Bluebird Bitter
Jan11

261. Coniston Brewing – Bluebird Bitter

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m at the ABNormal Homebrews meeting tonight and our style of the month is English Pale Ales.  One of the beers we had – and I ended up with a decent amount of – was this one.  The presenter selected it because it won the Supreme Champion Beer of Britain 1998 at the Great British Beer Festival Olympia London.  Unfortunately, the presenter also said that he had no idea how long these...

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260. Avery – duganA IPA Draft
Jan10

260. Avery – duganA IPA Draft

I’m at Fat Jack’s tonight for our monthly ABNormal Homebrewers meeting.  While we’re discussing English Pale Ales at the meeting tonight, I thought I’d kick it off with something fairly flavorful and big.  I’ve liked almost everything I’ve had from Avery so I took a low risk and went for this one. Numbers: 8.5% ABV, 93 IBUs, 1.076 O.G., Hops – Chinook, Centennial and Columbus, Malts –...

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259. ABInBev – Michelob Marzen Oktoberfest Style Beer
Jan09

259. ABInBev – Michelob Marzen Oktoberfest Style Beer

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I brought my sister almost a case of homebrews for her and her friends to try.  So, when we came in over Christmas, she brought me a few Michelob beers from a sample she had, which I hadn’t had yet as part of my 1000 beer challenge. The label says, “March Beers, or ‘Marzenbiers,’ were originally brewed at the end of the Bavarian brewing season and stored in caves through the warm...

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258. Founders – Backwoods Bastard
Jan08

258. Founders – Backwoods Bastard

After having the Founders Dirty Bastard yesterday, I was looking forward to having this one today.  If you aren’t aware, this one is the exact same as the Dirty Bastard, except that it has been aged in bourbon barrels.  I’m having this one while sitting here watching my Mizzou Tigers getting killed on ESPN3. Numbers: 10.2% ABV, 50 IBUs Appearance & Aroma: Deep brown in color, and surprisingly, it seems a little bit...

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257. Founders – Dirty Bastard Scotch Style Ale
Jan07

257. Founders – Dirty Bastard Scotch Style Ale

This beer has been looking at me from the beer fridge, but I was waiting until I was able to get Founders Backwoods Bastard until I tried this one.  So, I’m having this one tonight and I’ll try the Backwoods Bastard tomorrow.  Founders says this about Dirty Bastard, “So good it’s almost wrong. Dark ruby in color and brewed with seven varieties of imported malts. Complex in finish, with hints of smoke and peat, paired...

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256. Magic Hat Brewing – #9 not quite Pale Ale
Jan07

256. Magic Hat Brewing – #9 not quite Pale Ale

I was at Friar Tuck looking for new beers and decided to get a mix-a-six.  I was surprised when I saw this beer, as I didn’t realize we got Magic Hat brews here in Illinois yet.  I had heard about this and finally had one about a year ago at Bridge in St. Louis.  The label says, “The ancient ritual of brewing a distinctly rich and flavorful beer is a performance to behold. Our mysterious mélange of time- honored...

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255. New Glarus – Spotted Cow
Jan05

255. New Glarus – Spotted Cow

This was another beer my friend Jim brought back for me from his trip to Wisconsin. I had this when I talked my wife into stopping by their hilltop brewery in New Glarus, WI on our trip back from Wisconsin Dells last winter. However, since we stopped there and had this one before I started this blog, I was glad Jim brought me one to review here. Numbers: 4.8% ABV Appearance & Aroma: The beer was very clear and yellow in color, but...

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254. Potosi Brewing – Potosi Snake Hollow India Pale Ale IPA
Jan04

254. Potosi Brewing – Potosi Snake Hollow India Pale Ale IPA

I’ve mentioned in a couple previous reviews that my friend Jim took a trip to Wisconsin and brought several beers back for me to try.  This was one of a few he brought me from Potosi brewing, in Potosi, WI. Numbers: 7% ABV, 70 IBUs Appearance & Aroma: This was golden yellow and extremely clear with a decent sized, bright white, foamy head, which left some nice lacing on the glass.  There appeared to be plenty of carbonation...

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253. Atwater Block – Cherry Stout
Jan03

253. Atwater Block – Cherry Stout

It’s the first day back at work and it wasn’t too bad, but that doesn’t mean I won’t come home and have a good beer.  Besides, I’ve been pretty proud of myself for catching up on my posts (several have been written while I sit at the computer, as I am now).   Additionally, I’ve been thinking about making these review a little easier to read, so let me know what you think about this format. This...

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