432. O’Fallon Brewery – 5-Day IPA
May25

432. O’Fallon Brewery – 5-Day IPA

As I mentioned in my last post, I picked up my wife from the train station in St. Louis, and we stopped at Bailey’s Chocolate Bar in Lafayette Square for a drink.  I started off with their house beer, an amber wheat Chocolate Ale, brewed by O’Fallon.  I was less than impressed, and decided to go with something bolder and hoppier. Location: On tap and served in a regular pint glass at Bailey’s Chocolate Bar in...

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431. O’Fallon Brewery / Bailey’s Chocolate Bar – Chocolate Ale
May25

431. O’Fallon Brewery / Bailey’s Chocolate Bar – Chocolate Ale

In my last post, I mentioned I was in St. Louis for the weekend, taking the kids to the zoo on their day off school.  My wife had to work and was taking Amtrak into town to meet us.  Her train was delayed a bit, so I stopped at 4 Hands Brewing, had a pint of their Prunus Saisonand picked up a growler to go.  My wife’s trip wasn’t great, so she wanted to stop at a bar for a drink before heading to my dad’s house.  We...

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430. 4 Hands Brewing – Prunus Saison
May25

430. 4 Hands Brewing – Prunus Saison

I’m in St. Louis for the weekend, visiting my dad and taking the kids to the zoo.  Since the kids had the day off school, I took the day off work and took them to the zoo.  However, my wife had to work and is taking the train in to meet us.  I headed downtown to pick her up fron the train station, and since her train was delayed a half hour, I stopped in at 4 Hands to have a drink and pick up a growler to go.  According to the...

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429. Argus Brewery – California Steam
May16

429. Argus Brewery – California Steam

I was just in Champaign, Illinois at Destihl, having a Vertex IPA.  When I called my friend Fred (head brewer at Destihl) to ask what to have, he asked me if I could pick something up from there and bring it back to him in Normal, IL.  I delivered it to him and we stopped for a quick beer at Medici in Normal.  I was scanning the list for something I haven’t had yet, and with it being a fairly hot day, I thought I’d go for...

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428. Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works – Vertex IPA
May16

428. Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works – Vertex IPA

I was just at Destihl in Normal, IL on Monday with my friend Joe, where I tried their Strawberry Blonde ale, Downstate Pale Ale, and St. Dekkera Reserve Bela Imperial Pilsner Sour Ale.  On Wednesday evening, I found myself at Destihl’s Champaign location.  My friend Fred, the head brewer here, recommended I give it a try if I was feeling like something a bit hoppy. Location: On tap and poured into a tulip shaped glass at Destihl...

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427. Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works – Strawberry Blonde Ale
May14

427. Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works – Strawberry Blonde Ale

I’ve mentioned in my last couple of posts, but my friend Joe is passing through central Illinois on his way home to St. Louis from Chicago. We’re having dinner at Destihl, the local brewpub, along with a few beers. I started out with their St. Dekkera Reserve Bela Imperial Pilsner Sour Ale, and then followed that with their Downstate Pale ale with my dinner. After dinner, I thought I’d go with something a bit lighter...

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426. Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works – Downstate Pale Ale
May14

426. Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works – Downstate Pale Ale

As I mentioned in my last post, my friend Joe is passing through town, on his way home to St. Louis from Chicago.  He wanted to meet at Destihl to try a few of their beers, and have some dinner.  I started out with their St. Dekkera Reserve Bela Imperial Pilsner, so I was looking for something a bit lighter and drinkable than the sour I’d just had.  This beer fit the bill and I thought it would be a nice pairing for my bison...

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425. Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works – St. Dekkera Reserve Bela Imperial Pilsner Sour Ale
May14

425. Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works – St. Dekkera Reserve Bela Imperial Pilsner Sour Ale

My friend Joe had been in Chicago all weekend and was passing through central Illinois on his way home to St. Louis. He wanted to meet at Destihl for a couple of beers on his way through town, as he’s heard me talk a lot about their beers, as well as the opportunity to brew here when I won their homebrew contest a few years ago. They’ve become very well known for their St. Dekkera Reserve series of barrel aged beers, due...

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424. Piece Brewery & Pizzeria – Dark-n-Curvy Dunkelweizen
May05

424. Piece Brewery & Pizzeria – Dark-n-Curvy Dunkelweizen

We were wrapping up our meal at Piece Pizzeria and Brewery in Chicago, and needed to head out to go to my sister’s football game (she plays professional women’s tackle football for the St. Louis Slam, and we were up in Chicago to watch her team take on the Chicago team).  I’d already had their Worryin’ Ale and Wingnut, and helped my wife with her Golden Arm.  She didn’t seem to enjoy the first few sips of...

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423. Piece Brewery & Pizzeria – Wingnut
May05

423. Piece Brewery & Pizzeria – Wingnut

As I’ve mentioned in my last couple of posts, we’re in Chicago for the day.  It was finally a chance to stop Piece Brewery & Pizzeria, a place I’d heard about from several people in my local homebrew club.  The pizza was excellent and they had several brews on tap.  I already had their Worryin’ Ale and finished off my wife’s Golden Arm.  I thought their double IPA would be a good beer before heading...

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422. Piece Brewery & Pizzeria – Golden Arm
May05

422. Piece Brewery & Pizzeria – Golden Arm

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m in Chicago today to watch my sister play football.  She plays professional women’s tackle football for the St. Louis Slam.  We headed up early and took the kids to Shedd Aquarium.  Before going to the game, we stopped at Piece for a pizza and a few beers.  I already had their Worryin’ Ale, and my wife let me enjoy about half of her beer when she ordered this one. Location: Served...

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421. Piece Brewery & Pizzeria – Worryin’ Ale
May05

421. Piece Brewery & Pizzeria – Worryin’ Ale

We’re up in Chicago today for my sister’s football game (she plays for the St. Louis Slam women’s tackle football team), as she’s playing the Chicago team.  We headed up this morning and took the kids to Shedd Aquarium.  It was a great morning and I planned ahead to have lunch here at Piece on our way up to the game in Evanston.  I’d heard many good things from guys in my homebrew club about both the beer...

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