314. Brasserie D’Achouffe – Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel Draft
Apr26

314. Brasserie D’Achouffe – Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel Draft

After having the Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan Nut Brown, I was feeling like something hoppy to finish off the night.  The bartender again let me try several samples to see if there was anything I might like (although I didn’t mentioned that I’d tried about half of the ones he was giving me before).  I’d remembered have a couple Belgian IPAs, and really enjoyed Flying Dog’s Raging Bitch, so the bartender...

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313. Lazy Magnolia – Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale Draft
Apr26

313. Lazy Magnolia – Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale Draft

I’m in Nashville for work and went to the Flying Saucer for dinner to hopefully try a couple new beers.  They had a ton of beers on tap (as you can see a small sample of their enormous tap wall in the picture here).  The bartender was great, letting me sample 4-5 different beers before finally making my selection.  After dinner, this sounded like a good one to have as a beer dessert, as the menu said, “Southern Pecan Nut...

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312. Yazoo Brewing – Amarillo Pale Ale Draft
Apr26

312. Yazoo Brewing – Amarillo Pale Ale Draft

I was looking for a place to go for dinner in Nashville, and a friend mentioned that The Flying Saucer was pretty close to my hotel.  While I don’t have a Flying Saucer nearby, I was fairly familiar with the concept from my cousin Steve, his wife Sarah, and my friend @BettyWriter (who sent me a Breckenridge Brewing glass from glass night at the Austin Flying Saucer).  They were having trivia tonight and I settled in at the bar...

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311. Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery – White River IPA Draft
Apr26

311. Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery – White River IPA Draft

This is my second beer here at Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery.  I started with the American Pale Ale, which wasn’t as hoppy as I had hoped, but it went pretty good with my burger.  Fortunately, I don’t have to travel again until tomorrow, so I stuck around for second beer.  Their porter was recommended to me by a friend on Twitter, but I had a craving for hops, and this seemed to be the best option after the American...

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310. Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery – American Pale Ale Draft
Apr26

310. Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery – American Pale Ale Draft

Yesterday I was in San Jose, California having Gordon Biersch Maibock and Marzen, and after many airline delays, I made it to Nashville about 2 a.m.  So what better way to relax after some crazy travel than to grab a beer.  Right across the street from my hotel was the Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery.  I had visited here a couple years ago when I was here for work, but most recently, my sister brought me a growler of their Dry...

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309. Gordon Biersch, San Jose –  Märzen Draft
Apr25

309. Gordon Biersch, San Jose – Märzen Draft

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m at the Gordon Biersch in the San Jose, California airport while traveling for work.  My flight was delayed, as there’s terrible weather in the Midwest, including around Dallas.  That gives me time to have another beer while they continue to announce more delays to our flight.  I just tried their Maïbock, which was good, so I thought I’d give their Märzen a shot. Location: On tap at...

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308. Gordon Biersch, San Jose – Maïbock Draft
Apr25

308. Gordon Biersch, San Jose – Maïbock Draft

We got in to San Jose, California pretty late last night due to storms in Dallas, and now we’re headed back into it.  We’ve been in San Jose all day, and now our flight is delayed, as we’re going through Dallas on our way to Nashville.  It gave us some time to grab a bite to eat at the Gordon Biersch in the airport and have a couple beers  before eventually boarding our flight. Location: On tap at Gordon Biersch in...

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307. Harpoon Brewery – Harpoon IPA Draft
Apr24

307. Harpoon Brewery – Harpoon IPA Draft

I had a nice weekend at home, but I’m back out on the road for work again this week.  The storms throughout the Midwest have been awful, so I’m not sure we’re going to get out of DFW on time.  That gave us plenty of time to have a nice dinner at Pappadeaux Seafood House in the airport.  Fortunately, they had these very large glasses and this Harpoon IPA on tap to pass the time until we find out what time we’ll...

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306. Foster’s Australia – Foster’s Lager Beer
Apr21

306. Foster’s Australia – Foster’s Lager Beer

I’m back in my hotel room after several days in Miami.  It was time to pack up and get ready to head home, but I really needed a cold one to decompress from the day.  I walked over to the gas station next to the hotel and looked to see what they had.  My choices were Budweiser, Bud Light, Heineken, or this, a Foster’s oilcan.  Since I hadn’t checked Foster’s off on my journey yet, it was a good beer to try...

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305. Kingfisher Brewing – Kingfisher Premium Lager Beer
Apr21

305. Kingfisher Brewing – Kingfisher Premium Lager Beer

I’m in Miami this week for work, and when we wrapped up for the day, we went for lunch.  I have had almost no experience with Indian food, so when my coworker suggested it, I thought I’d give it a try.  We went to Guru in Miami Beach.  I started with this Kingfisher Premium, an Indian beer, and then had the chicken tikka masala.  The food  was pretty good, and I enjoyed the opportunity to try something different. Location:...

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304. The Bruery – Mischief Belgian Style Ale
Apr20

304. The Bruery – Mischief Belgian Style Ale

I’m hanging out at The Abbey Brewing Company in Miami Beach, Florida this afternoon.  I’ve tried their Immaculate IPA and Father Theodore’s Stout, while having a nice conversation with their Brewmaster/President Raymond Rigazio.  He had to leave, but I stuck around for a bit nursing my stout.  Since it’s Easter/Passover this week, things were extremely slow at the bar.  So, I got to know Carlos the bartender,...

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303. The Abbey Brewing Co. – Father Theodore’s Stout Draft
Apr20

303. The Abbey Brewing Co. – Father Theodore’s Stout Draft

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m in Miami Beach today and spent the morning running and enjoying the sun on South Beach (along with getting some work done with my laptop). For lunch, I searched for a nearby brewery or brewpub and found The Abbey Brewing Company. While trying their Immaculate IPA, I struck up a conversation with their Brewmaster/President Raymond Rigazio. He was a tremendously nice guy and let me sample...

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302. The Abbey Brewing Co – Immaculate IPA Draft
Apr20

302. The Abbey Brewing Co – Immaculate IPA Draft

I’ve got a “day off” in Miami, so I decided to head down to South Beach and get in a little run and a little sun (despite the fact that I had my laptop there with me to get in a little work).  After a morning on the beach, and getting a nice sunburn, I looked to see if there might be a good brewpub or microbrewery nearby.  That’s how I stumbled across The Abbey Brewing Co. As I took tasting notes on my phone, I...

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301. Warsteiner Brauerei – Helles Draft
Apr19

301. Warsteiner Brauerei – Helles Draft

I’m in Miami, Florida for work, and stopped at Fritz & Franz Bierhaus in Coral Gables.  I was here almost a year ago when I was also in town for work (and I had the Gösser Dark Beer and Köstritzer Schwarzbier).  They have a long list of Austrian and German beers, and Steve (my coworker, seen here) was getting his Spanish lesson via Facetime on his phone.  I was looking for a big one, since I had some time to kill, so I...

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300. König Brauerei – König Pilsener
Apr19

300. König Brauerei – König Pilsener

My work travels have taken me from the Washington DC area to Miami, Florida this week.  It was almost a year ago that I was in Miami for the same project for work.  My coworker suggested a place to eat in Coral Gables, and we discovered it had closed, I suggested we try the Fritz & Franz Bierhaus, where we had dinner last year (and I had the Gösser Dark Beer and Köstritzer Schwarzbier).  The list of Austrian and German beers is...

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299. Capitol City Brewing – Extra Special Bitter (ESB) Draft
Apr17

299. Capitol City Brewing – Extra Special Bitter (ESB) Draft

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m in Washington DC for work today and stopped at Capitol City Brewing in Arlington, VA for dinner and a beer or two.  This is my second beer here after having their Amber Waves Ale with my meal.  Since my coworker decided to have a glass of wine for dessert, and I was driving, I went for this as my second beer. Location: On tap at Capitol City Brewing in Arlington, VA Numbers: 4.7% ABV...

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298. Capitol City – Amber Waves Ale Draft
Apr17

298. Capitol City – Amber Waves Ale Draft

I arrived in Washington DC for work today and spent most of the afternoon running around the National Mall taking pictures and checking things out. Although it was only a couple of hours, it was great to see some of our nation’s treasured monuments – The Whitehouse, Capitol, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and more. I was ready for a nice brewpub and found that Capitol City had 3 in the area. In order to avoid...

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297. Flossmoor Station – Panama Limited Red Ale Draft
Apr07

297. Flossmoor Station – Panama Limited Red Ale Draft

The last time I was at my favorite local liquor store, I saw some fancy new bottles from Flossmoor Station.  I had heard of them from members of my local homebrew club, as they have had the chance to stop there.  It’s south of Chicago by a little bit.  Since I’ve had a lot of the other beers on tap here at Medici in Normal, I thought I’d give this one a try.  Their site says, “Our Panama Limited Red is a hoppy,...

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296. Stone Brewing – Cali Belgique IPA Draft
Apr07

296. Stone Brewing – Cali Belgique IPA Draft

Last night I was at the Stone Brewing kick off event at Fat Jack’s.  I found out they also had an event at Medici in Normal, and tonight I’m at Medici for a “Tweetup” for an upcoming social media conference – @Midwest – I’m participating in.  The last Belgian IPA I decided to try here – Flying Dog Raging Bitch – I really, really liked, so I thought I’d give the one from Stone...

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295. Stone Brewing – Smoked Porter Aged in Bourbon Barrels Draft
Apr06

295. Stone Brewing – Smoked Porter Aged in Bourbon Barrels Draft

I’m still at the Stone Brewing event, as we finally get this beer here in Central Illinois.  I’ve already had (this evening) their Double Bastard and the Sublimely Self Righteous Ale, and wanted to get something that might be a little more rare than these.  When I sampled this, it had some really interesting flavors, so I capped off the evening with this one. Numbers: 6% ABV Appearance & Aroma: It was deep brown/black...

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