292. St. Louis Brewery – Schlafly Reserve Imperial Stout 2010
Mar26

292. St. Louis Brewery – Schlafly Reserve Imperial Stout 2010

As I mentioned in my last post, my mom unexpectedly passed away on March 18.  As you can imagine, it has been a tremendously difficult time.  We’ve not only been dealing with her death, but all of the other things you don’t think about until something like this happens.  My wonderful wife went out to do some shopping and came back with this beer for me.  She figured I needed something big to relax and help deal with...

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Mom
Mar26

Mom

In my last several posts, I talked about being in Austin, TX for a few conferences, including SXSW.  While I was at SXSW, I found out that my mom was having some heart issues again, but they were trying to treat it without surgery.  The last day of SXSW, my dad called and said she was going into surgery and I needed to get home immediately.  I jumped on a plane and was back that night while she was in surgery.  We went through...

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SXSW and New Beers
Mar26

SXSW and New Beers

As you can tell by my last several posts, I was at SXSW Interactive in Austin, TX. During the 5 days, I got a chance to try several new beers that I could have added to the list. Looking back on my untappd tab, I had Rio Blanco Pale Ale from Real Ale Brewing, Lone Star from Pabst, and several others. However, I promised myself that I wouldn’t post a beer unless I took a picture of it and was able to jot down a few notes about it...

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291. Ranger Creek – OPA, Oatmeal Pale Ale Draft
Mar11

291. Ranger Creek – OPA, Oatmeal Pale Ale Draft

When I had my cuisinternship in Oregon, I met @kfinsand from @taplister on Twitter before coming out there.  It was great to finally meet up with him at the Oregon Brewers Festival and chat.  I found out that he was also going to be at SXSW and was helping to put together a beer lovers get together.  I couldn’t turn down the chance to meet other beer folks, and try some local brews, so we met up at Opal Divine’s in Austin....

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290. Great Divide – Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout Draft
Mar10

290. Great Divide – Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout Draft

My friend Robert (seen in the background here) and I were still hanging out at The Gingerman in Austin, TX, getting ready for the beginning of SXSW.  We had both met Beverly the week before at the iMedia Brand Summit, who was also sticking around in town for SXSW.  She joined us for a drink.  Unfortunately, she’s not much of a beer person, and ordered a glass of wine.  As you can imagine, the wine at a beer bar doesn’t see...

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289. Jester King Craft Brewing – Commercial Suicide Draft
Mar10

289. Jester King Craft Brewing – Commercial Suicide Draft

After having the Live Oak Brewing Liberation Ale at The Gingerman in Austin, TX, I wanted to try another local beer.  Before coming to SXSW, I had done some research and found out about Jester King Craft Brewing.  It’s a new brewery near Austin, and it looks like they’re making some interesting beers.  This one appeared to be no exception.  Their site says, “A true “session beer”, Commercial Suicide is an authentic...

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288. Live Oak Brewing – Liberation Ale Draft
Mar10

288. Live Oak Brewing – Liberation Ale Draft

After a long day, I wanted to stop at The Gingerman for a few beers. It’s a beer bar in Austin (they have a few other locations) that has a ton of beers on tap. For me, it’s a good opportunity to try some new and local stuff. I didn’t even know what this beer was, but it was local, so I wanted to give the Liberation Ale from Live Oak Brewing a try. At liveoakbrewing.com, it says, “Liberation Ale is light in...

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287. Kona Brewing – Longboard Island Lager
Mar10

287. Kona Brewing – Longboard Island Lager

As I mentioned in my last post, I was out at the Hickory Street Bar and Grill in Austin, TX at SXSW.  My new friend Robert and I enjoyed the view of Congress Ave. from their patio while we ate.  After starting with a Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale, I thought I’d try something else from them along with my meal.  The only other Kona beer on their menu was this one, so it made my decision easy. Numbers: 4.6% ABV, 18 IBUs, 13 degrees plato...

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286. Kona Brewing – Fire Rock Pale Ale
Mar10

286. Kona Brewing – Fire Rock Pale Ale

I’m down in Austin, TX for SXSW and my new friend Robert and I headed out on the town to try to find a place to eat.  We found The Hickory Street Bar & Grill, which had a nice patio looking out on to Congress Ave.  Although I know it’s probably made by one of the other Craft Brewers Alliance breweries, I was glad to see beer from Kona Brewing on the beer list.  I haven’t had any of their beers, but they sounded...

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285. (512) Brewing – (512) IPA Draft
Mar09

285. (512) Brewing – (512) IPA Draft

When I checked into the Downtown Austin Residence Inn for the beginning of the SXSW Interactive Festival, I got a coupon for a couple free drinks at the attached Champions bar and grill. So, my friend Robert and I headed to the bar before dinner. Fortunately, they had some local brews on tap, so I got a chance to try this local IPA. Numbers: 7% ABV, 65 IBUs Appearance & Aroma: It was a somewhat hazy brown-orange color with a...

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284. Grupo Modelo – Pacifico
Mar09

284. Grupo Modelo – Pacifico

We’re finished with the iMedia Brand Summit, and we’ve got a day off before the Social Business Summit, and then SXSW Interactive.  Since it was a great afternoon, my new friend Robert suggested was try out Chuy’s Hula Hut for lunch.  Since I’m a big fan of Mexican food, and I had a craving for a cerveza, I was in. I nostalgically became a big fan of this beer after my trip to Cabo San Lucas in 1999, where...

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283. Real Ale Brewing – Fireman’s 4 Blonde Ale Draft
Mar06

283. Real Ale Brewing – Fireman’s 4 Blonde Ale Draft

I arrived at the iMedia Brand Summit I was headed to at the Hyatt Lost Pines resort, just south of Austin. After the second night of the conference, I headed to the hotel bar to see if I could find any local brews on tap. I got lucky and found this one, even though I had to look up where it was brewed, since the waitress didn’t know the brewer. Numbers: 5.1% ABV, 21 IBUs, 12 OG (plato) Appearance & Aroma: A very bright gold...

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282. Widmer Brothers – Broken Halo IPA
Mar05

282. Widmer Brothers – Broken Halo IPA

I’m still sitting in the Austin, Texas airport, now watching the second half of the Missouri-Kansas game in the bar just outside of security. Unfortunately, my Tigers are down, and it doesn’t look good. However, the bar was almost empty, so I could relax and enjoy sipping on this brew during the second half. After having the Shiner Bohemian Black Lager I was looking for something a bit hoppy. Numbers: 6% ABV, 45 IBUs,...

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281. Spoetzl Brewery – Shiner 97 Bohemian Black Lager
Mar05

281. Spoetzl Brewery – Shiner 97 Bohemian Black Lager

I just arrived in Austin, Texas for a couple of conferences – iMedia Brand Summit and SXSW Interactive.  However, the first thing I had to do when I arrived in the Austin airport was find a sports bar.  My Mizzou Tigers were playing my dad’s Kansas Jayhawks in the Big XII tournament.  I found one past security and settled in with this Texas beer to watch the game. Numbers: 4.9% ABV Appearance & Aroma: The black/deep...

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