341. Samuel Adams – Latitude 48 IPA
Jun24

341. Samuel Adams – Latitude 48 IPA

It’s a relaxing evening, and I reached into the beer fridge to grab something new. I bought this a couple weeks ago as part of the Sam Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed 12 pack, which includes this Latitude 48 as well as single hopped versions of the beer. Tonight, I was able to sit down, relax, enjoy this beer, and make a few notes… that is before it was time to put the kids down to bed. Location: Enjoyed this bottle in my...

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340. Full Sail – Pale Ale
Jun24

340. Full Sail – Pale Ale

It’s an incredible evening, so I thought I’d head outside and relax on the deck with a beer and enjoy the evening.  I found I still had this Full Sail Pale Ale from my visit to Oregon at the end of last summer, so I thought I’d better drink it soon. Location: Bottle enjoyed on my deck in Bloomington, IL. Numbers: 5.4% ABV, 37 IBUs, ~ 149 Calories Appearance & Aroma: It was clear and slightly amber colored with a...

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339. New Belgium – Ranger IPA
Jun10

339. New Belgium – Ranger IPA

I’m out with my family for dinner tonight and was ready for a big beer.  Fortunately, they had this freshly tapped beer to satisfy my craving for something hoppy. Location: On tap at Joe’s Station House Pizza Pub in Normal, IL. Numbers: 6.5% ABV, 70 IBUs, 14.6 OG, 2 TG, 185 Calories Ingredients: Hops: Chinook, Simcoe, Cascade; Malts: Pale, C-120. Appearance & Aroma: The beer had a Soapy head on it which left some very...

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338. Ferguson Brewing – Pecan Brown Ale
Jun06

338. Ferguson Brewing – Pecan Brown Ale

After playing in a golf tournament today and having a bunch of Bud Select and an Alexander Keith’s Nova Scotia Style Brown Ale, Joe and I headed over to Ferguson Brewing company for a beer.  Joe told me that along with their Imperial Vanilla Bourbon Porter (which wasn’t available), they’re known for this beer.  The bartender was awesome, giving us samples of at least 4 other beers on tap.  Even better, after...

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337. Alexander Keith’s – Nova Scotia Style Brown Ale
Jun06

337. Alexander Keith’s – Nova Scotia Style Brown Ale

If you’ve read my last few posts, you know that I’ve been in St. Louis, MO and Columbia, MO on a sort of guys weekend.  It’s been filled with microbreweries and golf.  Today I’m in St. Louis playing in a charity golf tournament.  On our way past the clubhouse, these lovely ladies were serving assorted Anheuser Busch InBev beers, but this one caught my eye.  I’m not sure if it’s owned by them, but...

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336. Dugges Ale & Porterbryggeri AB – Kals Stout Oatmeal Stout
Jun05

336. Dugges Ale & Porterbryggeri AB – Kals Stout Oatmeal Stout

As I’ve mentioned in my last several posts, I’ve been in St. Louis and Columbia, MO this weekend, hitting microbreweries and playing golf. I’m staying at my friend Joe’s house today trying to recover before playing in another golf tournament tomorrow. As part of the recovery process, Joe cracked open this bottle of beer from Dugges, a microbrewery in Mölndal, outside Gothenburg, Sweden. He had a friend from...

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335. Broadway Brewery – Nut Brown Ale
Jun04

335. Broadway Brewery – Nut Brown Ale

After a great day yesterday, hitting 4 microbreweries in St. Louis, I’m in Columbia, MO today for a golf tournament.  We’ve already had a long day with a ton of Bud Select on the course, and now we’re out for a few beers at Broadway Brewery.  For my first beer, I had the Broadway Brewery APA, but didn’t realize that I had already done a review of that beer when I was in town for the same golf tournament last...

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334. Square One Brewery – IPA India Pale Ale
Jun03

334. Square One Brewery – IPA India Pale Ale

We’ve already stopped at Urban Chestnut, Six Row, and The Stable, so our next stop on our mini tour of St. Louis microbreweries was Square One Brewery.  I’ve been here a few times, and there’s something about how these tap handles line up with the arched window that I find artistic.  Oh, and the beer here pretty good too.  However, much like we discovered at Six Row, it seemed that the selection was limited to the...

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333. Bear Republic – Ryevalry
Jun03

333. Bear Republic – Ryevalry

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m on a “mini-micro” tour, visiting 3-4 microbreweries in St. Louis with my friend Joe.  We stopped at The Stable, a craft beer bar and nanobrewery, because I had a gift certificate from my sister.  Since I’d already had a couple of Double IPAs this afternoon, including the STLIPA at Urban Chestnut, and the Double IPA at Six Row, I thought I’d try this Belgian style double...

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332. Grand Teton – Pursuit of Hoppiness
Jun03

332. Grand Teton – Pursuit of Hoppiness

After hitting Urban Chestnut Brewing and Six Row Brewing in St. Louis, I asked my friend if we could stop at The Stable, a craft beer bar and nano brewery.  My sister bought me a gift certificate to this bar for Christmas, and this was one of the few chances I had to use it.  After having Grand Teton’s Sweet Grass APA a couple weeks ago, and having a craving for another hoppy beer (after finishing off a double IPA at both Six...

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331. Six Row Brewing – Double IPA
Jun03

331. Six Row Brewing – Double IPA

After having the STLIPA and Winged Nut at Urban Chestnut, my friend Joe and I headed over to Six Row in St. Louis on our “mini-micro tour” (stopping at 3-4 microbreweries today).  We were bummed we missed out on their bacon infused “Porked Porter” yesterday.  Additionally, their taps seemed a bit limited, as the bartender mentioned that they were preparing for the St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival next...

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330. Urban Chestnut – STLIPA (St. Louis India Pale Ale)
Jun03

330. Urban Chestnut – STLIPA (St. Louis India Pale Ale)

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m in St. Louis doing a “mini-micro tour” (hitting 3-4 microbreweries) with my friend Joe.  After lunch, our first stop was Urban Chestnut brewing for a couple beers. They have a very cool set up in an old carriage garage, and both the brewery and bar are new and modern. Joe and I sat at the corner of the bar and had samples of several different beers.   They are very, very generous...

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329. Urban Chestnut – Winged Nut
Jun03

329. Urban Chestnut – Winged Nut

After having an awesome lunch at The Shaved Duck, my friend Joe took me to the first stop of our “mini-micro” tour of St. Louis – Urban Chestnut.  It’s a microbrewery that opened in January near the St. Louis University campus.  Founders Florian Kuplent and David Wolfe started it after leaving Anheuser-Busch when it was bought out by InBev.  I’ve heard good things about them and was really looking forward...

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328. Griesedieck Bros. – Premium Golden Pilsner
Jun03

328. Griesedieck Bros. – Premium Golden Pilsner

I’m in St. Louis today for the beginning of my annual golf weekend. My friend Joe (seen in the background having a Stone IPA) lives here and set up a nice half day “mini-micro” tour as I call it. We’re planning to hit 3-4 microbreweries here in St. Louis. Before getting started we knew we had to get some food in us, and a few beers, since it’s about 100 degrees outside. We stopped at the Shaved Duck for...

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327. Flying Dog – Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale
Jun01

327. Flying Dog – Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale

As I mentioned in my last post about Rogue’s Captain Sig’s Northwestern Ale, I’m at Fat Jack’s tonight for our ABNormal Brewers monthly steering meeting.  Next month we’ll have a presentation at our meeting on beers from Schlafly/St. Louis Brewing Co.  I’ve had several of their beers, including their Helles, APA, AIPA, India Brown, Octoberfest, Pumpkin, and more, so I’m looking forward to...

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326. Rogue Ales – Captain Sig’s Northwestern Ale
Jun01

326. Rogue Ales – Captain Sig’s Northwestern Ale

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m vice president of the ABNormal Brewers homebrew club here in town.  Tonight we have our monthly steering meeting to discuss our plans for the next meeting.  It’s a great chance to get together to discuss topics for the meeting, as well as try some of the good beers on tap at Fat Jack’s. Location: On tap at Fat Jack’s in Bloomington, IL. Numbers: 6.2% ABV, 80 IBUs, 75...

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