374. Yellowhammer Brewing – Saison de Détente
Aug31

374. Yellowhammer Brewing – Saison de Détente

We finished our meal at The J. Clyde in Birmingham, Alabama, and, after having local brews from Good People Brewing and Back Forty Beer Co., I thought I’d have one more local beer to finish off the evening. According to the brewery description, “This summer seasonal is a medium gravity beer with a complex character. We combine two types of European malts along with a blend of noble European and American hops. The beer is...

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373. Back Forty Beer Co – Truck Stop Honey Brown Ale
Aug31

373. Back Forty Beer Co – Truck Stop Honey Brown Ale

I’m in Birmingham, Alabama for work and we stopped at The J. Clyde for dinner and a few beers.  I was looking forward to trying a few local brews and had Good People Brewing’s Mumbai Rye IPA from the cask before dinner.  When dinner arrived – the beer cheese soup and the Gus Burger – I ordered another local brew from Back Forty Beer Co. Location: Enjoyed an regular pint glass at The J. Clyde in Birmingham,...

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372. Good People Brewing – Casked Mumbai Rye IPA, Dry Hopped with Columbus
Aug31

372. Good People Brewing – Casked Mumbai Rye IPA, Dry Hopped with Columbus

I’m still on the road for work, traveling from Denver, Colorado to Birmingham Alabama today.  We arrrived and got settled into the hotel and headed downtown in search of good local beer.  Thanks to a recommendation from my friend @jkaiseresq we stopped at The J. Clyde for dinner and beers.  He had also recommended several local breweries and fortunately, they had a beer from each on the list.  I decided to start with this...

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371. Rahr & Sons – Buffalo Butt Amber Lager
Aug31

371. Rahr & Sons – Buffalo Butt Amber Lager

As I’ve mentioned in my last couple of posts, I’ve been in Boulder, Colorado for work this week.  Today, I’m traveling from Colorado to Birmingham, Alabama, through Dallas-Fort Worth Airport.  We stopped at the Blue Mesa grill in Terminal D for lunch and I decided to get this beer since I hadn’t heard of it before, and it had an interesting name. Location: Enjoyed a 16oz plastic cup, at Blue Mesa Grill in the...

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370. Boulder Beer Co – Buffalo Gold Premium Ale
Aug30

370. Boulder Beer Co – Buffalo Gold Premium Ale

It’s our last night in Boulder, Colorado, on a trip for work, and we headed down to Pearl Street to walk around.  It had been a long day, so we stopped at The Lazy Dog sports bar for dinner and a much needed beer.  There were only a couple beers on the menu I hadn’t had yet, and I wanted something very drinkable, so I went for this light blonde “premium ale” from Boulder Beer Co. Location: Enjoyed a pint at The...

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369. Walnut Brewery – Indian Peaks Pale Ale
Aug30

369. Walnut Brewery – Indian Peaks Pale Ale

We’re on our second day of work in Boulder, Colorado, and stopped at Walnut Brewery.  I was here almost a year ago and stopped at this very same spot and had their St. James Irish Red, and their 1123 Black IPA.  This time I decided to have something a bit lighter and went for their pale ale. According to the menu’s description of this beer, “North American two-row and Pilsen malts are blended to give a pale straw...

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368. Boulder Beer – Barrel Aged Mojo IPA
Aug29

368. Boulder Beer – Barrel Aged Mojo IPA

I’m in Boulder, Colorado for work, and we’re free for the evening.  I was excited to make it back to Boulder in order to try a few beers I couldn’t get back at home in Illinois.  After a stop at Twisted Pine Brewing and trying their Hoppy Boy IPA and Bough Breaker Barleywine, it was time to get some dinner.  Right around the corner was Boulder Beer Company, which had a nice menu and some great beers. They also had a...

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367. Twisted Pine Brewing – Bough Breaker Barleywine
Aug29

367. Twisted Pine Brewing – Bough Breaker Barleywine

As I’ve mentioned, I’m in Boulder, Colorado for work and stopped at Twisted Pine Brewing for a couple of beers.  I started with their flagship IPA, Hoppy Boy, which was a fairly average IPA.  Someone had recommended I try their Barleywine, so I did. According to the brewery, “A dark ruby amber color with a big tan head. BB features a gargantuan amount of Amarillo hops. aroma is flowery, spicy, and  has a distinct orange...

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366. Twisted Pine – Hoppy Boy
Aug29

366. Twisted Pine – Hoppy Boy

I’m in Boulder, Colorado for work and wanted to try to hit a few breweries while here.  After an unsuccessful stop at Upslope Brewing, we headed out for dinner.  Before heading to our dinner location, I asked the group if we could stop at Twisted Pine Brewing for a couple of beers, since I haven’t been able to have any of their beers. According to them, “Hoppy Boy India Pale Ale is the flagship beer of Twisted Pine....

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365. Left Hand Brewing – Oktoberfest Marzen Lager
Aug29

365. Left Hand Brewing – Oktoberfest Marzen Lager

I’m in Boulder, Colorado for a couple of days for work, and I’m hoping to make the most of it by trying a few new brews.  My hotel was on the north side of Boulder and I was excited to see that Upslope Brewing was right around the corner.  I walked down to the brewery, but unfortunately, it wasn’t open.  So I walked down the street and found this little pizza place that had a few local brews available....

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364. Schmaltz Brewing – He’Brew Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A.
Aug27

364. Schmaltz Brewing – He’Brew Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A.

As I’ve mentioned in the last several reviews, I was at  Bruegala beer festival in Bloomington, IL.  I had an extra sample ticket left and was looking for something to try.  I’ve always thought Schmaltz beers were pretty solid, and I was looking for something solid and hoppy to leave the event with.  When I got to the table with this beer, I have no idea why the label was on upside down, but it was. Location: Enjoyed a 3oz...

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363. Green Flash Brewing – Hop Head Red Ale
Aug27

363. Green Flash Brewing – Hop Head Red Ale

I’m still at Bruegala beer festival in Bloomington, IL, and I’ve taken the opportunity to try a few new beers.  This is one I’ve had before, but didn’t get a chance to review it.  Ever since I got a recommendation on Twitter from@Lauren_BILLYves – who as it turns out, is Lauren Hinkley, the daughter of Green Flash Brewing founders Mike and Lisa Hinkley, I’ve tried several of their beers, including...

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362. Capital Brewing – Square Series Weizen Doppelbock
Aug26

362. Capital Brewing – Square Series Weizen Doppelbock

I’ve mentioned that I’m at  the Bruegala beer festival and they have several special release beers available.  These are beers that are tough to find around these parts (Central Illinois) and are part of a limited quantity at the event.  Ever since I was contacted by the Brewmaster at Capital Brewery, Kirby Nelson, last year, I’ve tried more of their beers.  So, when I saw this one was available at the event, I went...

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361. Southern Tier – Oak Aged Imperial Unearthly India Pale Ale
Aug26

361. Southern Tier – Oak Aged Imperial Unearthly India Pale Ale

Another special release during the Bruegala beer festival, this one sounded pretty good.  I’ve had several Southern Tier beers, and they do a pretty good job with some big flavored beers.  I made an IPA aged on oak chips once and was surprised by how good the mix of hops and oak flavor tasted.  This one was a much bigger beer, and it didn’t disappoint with an equally big flavor. Location: Enjoyed a 3oz sample, in a...

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360. Two Brothers Brewing – Askew Sour Ale
Aug26

360. Two Brothers Brewing – Askew Sour Ale

During the Bruegala beer festival, they had a few special release beers, which were a few somewhat hard to get a hold of bottles.  This one was one of those beers.  My experiences with sour beers has been mixed, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but figured that since it was one of the featured beers, I’d give it a try. Location: Enjoyed a 3oz sample, in a sampling glass, at Bruegala in Bloomington, IL. Numbers: 6.5% ABV, ~...

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359. Firestone Walker – Nectar Ales Nectar IPA
Aug26

359. Firestone Walker – Nectar Ales Nectar IPA

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m at the Bruegala beer festival in Bloomington, Illinois.  At this festival, you buy a punch card with so many samples on it, but some beers cost 2-3 punches.  I stopped at the table with Firestone Walker, because their Double Jack was only 1 punch (it’s an incredible beer, review coming later).  While I was there, I noticed these Nectar Ales, also brewed by Firestone Walker.  I thought...

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358. Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works – Hawaii Five-Ale
Aug26

358. Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works – Hawaii Five-Ale

Tonight I’m at Bruegala , our one and only beer tasting festival in the Bloomington-Normal, Illinois area.  I’m working our Abnormal Brewers booth, and helping out Fred, our former president, and current head brewer for Destihl.  I covered his booth for an hour or so, and got a chance to have a few of their beers.  During a slow time, I thought I’d go ahead and review their Hawaii Five-Ale.  This beer came to be as...

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357. Sam Adams – Latitude 48 IPA Deconstructed Zeus
Aug24

357. Sam Adams – Latitude 48 IPA Deconstructed Zeus

I’ve already reviewed the regular Sam Adams Latitude 48 IPA.  This one is from the Latitude 48 Deconstructed 12 pack, where Sam Adams takes their Latitude 48 IPA and brews a beer with a single one of the five hop varieties used in the Latitude 48.  It’s a good chance to see what each hop variety tastes like with an identical grain bill.  For the first review of the deconstructed series, I thought I’d...

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356. Terrapin Beer – Rye Pale Ale
Aug17

356. Terrapin Beer – Rye Pale Ale

This beer was given to me by my friend Joe, which he picked up on a recent trip to the south. He really recommended this beer, and tried to brew a similar one himself at home.  I also knew this was one that was somewhat well known and well liked in the beer community.  This was backed up by the label, which indicated that this beer won the gold medal at the Great American beer Festival in 2002 in the American pale ale category....

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355. Eel River Brewing – Certified Organic Amber Ale
Aug17

355. Eel River Brewing – Certified Organic Amber Ale

I was looking for something different to drink tonight when I found this Amber ale from Eeel River in my beer fridge.  As I’ve mentioned a couple times before, my sister’s friend Courtney gave me several beers, and this was one of them. It looked interesting because the label says that it is brewed with the finest certified organic hops and barley and has a certified organic on the label. It says that Eel River brewing is...

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