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

ÔĽŅÔĽŅIn 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 ‚Äúsession beer‚ÄĚ, 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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