280. Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works – Bamberg Rauchbier Draft
Feb25

280. Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works – Bamberg Rauchbier Draft

I wasn’t really planning on having a fourth beer this evening, but it’s my wife’s birthday, and she wanted to have another.  So, how could I say no.  After the Torrent Black IPA, I thought I’d try another beer from the Brewmaster’s Selections.  I really, really enjoyed the Brauerei Heller Bamberg – Hecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen I had during my Oktoberfest Challenge, so I thought I’d give...

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279. Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works – Torrent Black IPA Draft
Feb25

279. Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works – Torrent Black IPA Draft

As I mentioned in my last couple posts, it’s my wife’s birthday and we’re out on the town. After a nice dinner at Kobe Steakhouse and swalling a Tsingtao and Asahi Super Dry, we headed over to Destihl for a beer or two and enjoy the evening before having to pick up the kids. Ever since I had Deschutes’ Hop in the Dark Cascadian Dark ale and the Walnut Brewery 1123 IPA during my trip out to the Great American...

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278. Asahi Breweries – Asahi Super Dry
Feb25

278. Asahi Breweries – Asahi Super Dry

As I mentioned in my last post, we’re out to dinner at Kobe in Bloomington, IL for my wife’s birthday.  Before dinner, I started with a Tsingtao, and wasn’t thrilled with it.  So for my next drink, I went for the Asahi.  We continued to watch the show and I had this beer with my dinner. Numbers: 5% ABV Appearance & Aroma: It was very clear and was golden-yellow in color.  The head was bright white with some big...

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277. Tsingtao Brewery – Tsingtao
Feb25

277. Tsingtao Brewery – Tsingtao

Today is my wife’s birthday, and to celebrate, we went out to Kobe Steakhouse here in town for dinner and a “show.”  It’s usually fairly entertaining, although they’ve got the same gimmicks at all of these types of places.  Since we were celebrating, it was a chance to have a beer, and a unique one that I could add to the list. Numbers: 4.8% ABV Appearance & Aroma: It was in the bottle here, but I...

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276. Ballast Point – Sculpin IPA India Pale Ale Draft
Feb23

276. Ballast Point – Sculpin IPA India Pale Ale Draft

Tonight I’m at Fat Jack’s for our monthly steering meeting for the ABNormal Brewers.  I like that they usually have some different beers on tap, and tonight was no exception.  I felt like something hoppy, so I decided to go for one of the only IPAs on the list. Numbers: 7% ABV, 70 IBUs Appearance & Aroma: It was slightly hazy and golden-straw colored.  It had a very thick, creamy, bright-white head on it, which left...

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275. Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works – Hoperation Overload Double IPA
Feb21

275. Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works – Hoperation Overload Double IPA

I had a late afternoon doctor’s appointment and had to run some errands.  While running errands, I had remembered my friend Fred, the assistant brewmaster at Destihl, saying how much he liked this beer.  So, I decided to stop by.  Unexpectedly, I ran into Fred and his wife Heather, along with 4-5 other members of our homebrew club, the ABNormal Brewers.  Fred was there to unclog the lines which had filled with hop sediment, and...

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Thank You Capital Brewery
Feb18

Thank You Capital Brewery

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll remember my Oktoberfest Challenge back in October, where I had a seasonal Oktoberfest or pumpkin beer every day during the month.  I never thought it would be so hard to find so many seasonal beers.  On one trip to the local liquor store, I found a beer from Capital Brewing simply labled “Fest Seasonal beer.”  I naturally assumed it was their Oktoberfest. When I...

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274. Goose Island – Pepe Nero Draft
Feb10

274. Goose Island – Pepe Nero Draft

As I mentioned in my last post, I was at Fat Jack’s in downtown Bloomington, IL for a Goose Island “mini invasion” where they had taken over 12 taps there.  I met up with my friend Fred, who had just finished teaching a homebrewing class at the community college.  He was in a good mood, so he bought me this round.  Since he was buying I told him to pick what I should have (and I knew I could count on him to pick...

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273. Goose Island – Aviator Doppelbock Draft
Feb10

273. Goose Island – Aviator Doppelbock Draft

After going to uptown and Maggie Miley’s for a happy hour for a co-worker, I headed downtown to Fat Jack’s for a Goose Island “mini invasion.”  They had taken over 12 of the taps there with different Goose Island beers.  Unfortunately, by the time I got there, they were out of their imperial IPA.  There didn’t seem to be much for my hop craving, so I decided to try this one. Numbers: 7.6% ABV Appearance...

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272. Warsteiner Brauerei – Warsteiner Premium Dunkel Draft
Feb10

272. Warsteiner Brauerei – Warsteiner Premium Dunkel Draft

Tonight I’m at Maggie Miley’s in Normal, IL for a happy hour for a coworker (@ChristyBerka) who is moving on to bigger and better things.  So, as you can see by my photo, we went out to raise a glass to her.  This bar always seems to have Warsteiner on tap, and they always serve it in a huge glass, so I went for the Dunkel. Numbers: 4.9% ABV Appearance & Aroma: As you can see, it had a nice sized, creamy, lightly...

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271. Arcadia Brewing – Cereal Killer Barley Wine Draft
Feb04

271. Arcadia Brewing – Cereal Killer Barley Wine Draft

As I mentioned in my last post, I was out at Medici in Uptown Normal for a couple of beers.  We were catching up on things and making plans for our trip to SXSW next month.  After starting with a very good Smuttynose Big A IPA, I decided to go with something a bit maltier.  They had this beer on tap, so I thought I’d give it a try. Numbers: 10% ABV Appearance & Aroma: It was deep black, and there was almost no head to it. ...

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270. Smuttynose – Big A IPA Draft
Feb04

270. Smuttynose – Big A IPA Draft

My friend, BettyWriter is in town, so we went out for a couple drinks to catch up and put together a game plan for our trip to SXSW next month.  We caught up at Medici in “Uptown” Normal, because they usually have a pretty good beer selection.  I have heard a lot about Smuttynose, and it seems like they’ve been everywhere lately, so I thought I’d give them a chance.  The Big A IPA appears to be a big American...

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269. Tommyknocker Brewery – Imperial Nut Brown Ale
Feb03

269. Tommyknocker Brewery – Imperial Nut Brown Ale

I was at the liquor store several months back and found this one.  I remember their Nut Brown Ale being pretty good when we stopped by the brewery several years back.  So, when I saw an imperial version, and when I read that it was, “Brewed with pure maple syrup,” I knew I had to give it a try. I have no idea how old it was when I bought it, but it’s been in the beer fridge for about a year, so even from the outside...

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