494. Firestone Walker/Nectar Ales – Humboldt Brown Ale
Oct29

494. Firestone Walker/Nectar Ales – Humboldt Brown Ale

It’s been a heckuva day, and I’ve already had one of my own homebrewed Bourbon barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout. So, I reached into the beer fridge and decided to drink the first thing I grabbed. I believe I pick this one up a few months ago at the liquor store in a mix a 6-pack.  The bottle says, “Ale Brewed with Hemp” Location: Poured into a tulip shaped pint glass from the bottle at my home in Bloomington,...

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493. Flat Branch Pub & Brewing – Galaxy Wheat IPA
Oct26

493. Flat Branch Pub & Brewing – Galaxy Wheat IPA

We’re in Columbia, Missouri this weekend for the homecoming football game at my alma mater, Mizzou.  I get to make it back here a couple times a year, and when I do, I like to stop here and try some of the beers on tap.  If you’re a regular reader, you’ve already seen that I’ve had their Ed’s IPA, English Pale Ale, Irish Red, Hudson’s ESB, Cherry Brown, Green Chili, Belgian Golden, and Kristal...

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492. Maritime Pacific Brewing Co. – Imperial Pale Ale
Oct24

492. Maritime Pacific Brewing Co. – Imperial Pale Ale

It’s just a relaxing evening at home, and I thought I’d take the opportunity to dig into the beer fridge and sample another beer.  I’m still getting caught up on my reviews from my trip to Seattle, but I don’t want that to keep me from trying another beer. Location: Poured into a large tulip shaped pint glass from the bottle at my home in Bloomington, IL. Numbers: 7.5% ABV, 235 Calories Appearance &...

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491. Pennsylvania Brewing Co – Oktoberfest Lager
Oct22

491. Pennsylvania Brewing Co – Oktoberfest Lager

As I’ve mentioned in my last few reviews of Penn beers (Penn Weizen and Penn Overlook IPA), my dad and sister brought several beers back for me from a recent trip to Pittsburgh. Since there’s only a few days left in the month of October, I thought I’d better have the Oktoberfest beer they brought me. Location: Poured into a large tulip shaped pint glass from the bottle at my home in Bloomington, IL. Numbers: 5.5%...

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490. Pennsylvania Brewing Co – Penn Weizen
Oct20

490. Pennsylvania Brewing Co – Penn Weizen

As I mentioned in my last review of a Pennsylvania brewing Company beer, my dad and sister brought a bunch of beers from this brewery back for me from their trip to Pittsburgh. It’s a lazy Saturday afternoon, and I’ve been spending my time cutting down my hop vines and harvesting hops for my homebrew. I came in the house for lunch, and decided to grab this beer.  The bottle says, “This is an authentic Bavarian style...

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489. Red Brick Brewing – Brown Ale
Oct18

489. Red Brick Brewing – Brown Ale

I’m still catching up on all my reviews from my trip to Seattle a couple weeks ago, but wanted to keep things moving with my reviews.  I believe this beer was given to me by my sister whose friend gave it to her for me. I’m not sure of the age of the beer or storage conditions, but it’s been in my beer fridge the last several months. Location: Poured from the bottle into a tulip shaped glass at my home in...

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488. Laughing Dog Brewing – Rocket Dog Rye IPA
Oct14

488. Laughing Dog Brewing – Rocket Dog Rye IPA

For my last post, I was at my homebrew club meeting, having a Bell’s This One Goes to 11 Ale.  Today, I’m meeting with a small group from my homebrew club to discuss a “barrel project” where we can all brew a beer and age it in an old Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrel for a year or so.  During out meeting, I decided to have this beer since I’d only had Laughing Dog’s Dogzilla Black IPA, and was sure I...

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487. Bells Brewery – This One Goes to 11 Ale
Oct08

487. Bells Brewery – This One Goes to 11 Ale

I spend last week in Seattle, Washington – mostly for a work conference – but I didn’t let that stop me from seeing the city’s craft beer scene.  I was able to hit 12 microbreweries and try over 20 local craft beers during my trip.  Today, I’m back home at Fat Jack’s in Bloomington, IL for our monthly homebrew club meeting.  Before the meeting I grabbed this beer… mostly because I liked the...

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486. Naked City Brewery – Hoptari Fresh Hop IPA
Oct05

486. Naked City Brewery – Hoptari Fresh Hop IPA

It’s been a really, really long day, but it’s been a great one.  I was in Redmond, Washington for work this morning, and stopped at The Cork and Vine, checking out Black Raven Brewing.  Afterward, I headed back to downtown Seattle, visiting Pike market and the Pike Brewery.  I then met up with my cousin, hitting Fremont Brewing, Reuben’s Brews, NW Peaks Brewery, Hilliard’s Beer, and Old Town Alehouse.  Our last...

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485. Schooner Exact Brewing Co. – Hopvine India Pale Ale IPA
Oct05

485. Schooner Exact Brewing Co. – Hopvine India Pale Ale IPA

I’ve had a great day and evening so far, stopping at several breweries throughout Redmond and Seattle, Washington.  This evening, my cousin and I have been walking around his neighborhood of Ballard, going from brewery to brewery.  So far this evening, he and I have stopped at Fremont Brewing, Reuben’s Brews, NW Peaks Brewery, and Hilliard’s Beers (and that’s after stopping at Black Raven and Pike Brewing Co....

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484. Hilliard’s Beer – Nautical Reference Pale Ale
Oct05

484. Hilliard’s Beer – Nautical Reference Pale Ale

It’s been a long day already in Seattle, Washington, where I’ve been the last few days for a conference for work.  It’s my last day here, and I’ve already stopped at several places, and had several beers, including the Totem Pale Northwest Ale and Trickster IPA at Black Raven Brewing, the Harlot’s Harvest Pumpkin Ale and Space Needle Golden Anniversary IPA from Pike Brewing Co, the Robust Porter at...

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483. Northwest Peaks Brewery – Redoubt Red
Oct05

483. Northwest Peaks Brewery – Redoubt Red

After visiting Reuben’s Brews, my cousin and I walked down the street to this brewery. It was closing up for the evening, but my cousin and I were able to talk the guy working into letting us have one beer (and one growler and bottle to go) before they closed up.  Thank you to the brewing intern working there for letting us stay slightly past closing time for me to enjoy this beer and buy some beers to go.  I loved the feel of...

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482. Reuben’s Brews – Robust Porter
Oct05

482. Reuben’s Brews – Robust Porter

After an already great day in the Seattle and Redmond , Washington area, finishing up the conference I was attending at the Microsoft campus, picking up beer to bring home at The Cork and Vine, checking out Black Raven Brewing, visiting Pike market and the Pike Brewery, I met up with my cousin to hit a few more breweries before I head out of town in the morning. Our first stop was Fremont brewing where we visited their urban beer...

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481. The Pike Brewing Co – Space Needle Golden Anniversary IPA
Oct05

481. The Pike Brewing Co – Space Needle Golden Anniversary IPA

The St. Louis Cardinals are on the TV, beating Atlanta in the NLCS wildcard game, and I’m at The Pike Brewing Company in Pike Market in Seattle, Washington.  I’m in town for a conference for work, and after everything finished up today, I came here for sightseeing.  I’ve already had their Harlot’s Harvest Pumpkin Ale (along with a couple of beers at Black Raven brewing earlier).  This beer was endorsed by James...

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480. The Pike Brewing Co – Harlot’s Harvest Pumpkin Ale
Oct05

480. The Pike Brewing Co – Harlot’s Harvest Pumpkin Ale

I’m in Seattle, Washington for work, and the conference I was attending wrapped up for the day.  Since I was in Redmond, it gave me a chance to stop at Black Raven Brewing for lunch.  After getting back to the hotel, I headed over to Pike Market to do some sightseeing and visit this brewery as well.  I was able to sit at the bar and watch my St. Louis Cardinals in the playoffs against Atlanta.  The only tough thing was trying to...

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479. Black Raven Brewing – Trickster IPA
Oct05

479. Black Raven Brewing – Trickster IPA

I’m still at Black Raven Brewing in Redmond, Washington, and I just had their Totem Pale Northwest Ale, along with a pizza delivered there.  I’m in town for a conference and was looking for good breweries in the area to visit.  A poll of my Twitter followers, Facebook friends and people on my Google+ page, showed that this brewery came highly recommended by those who’ve been to the area.  Therefore, when the...

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478. Black Raven Brewing – Totem Pale Northwest Ale
Oct05

478. Black Raven Brewing – Totem Pale Northwest Ale

I’ve you’ve read my last few posts, you’d see that I’ve been in Seattle and Redmond, Washington the last few days at a conference on the Microsoft campus.  When I sent a note out to my Twitter followers, Facebook friends and posted on my Google+ page, this brewery seemed to be one of the most recommended breweries in the Seattle area.  So, when the conference finished up, I first stopped at the Cork & Vine...

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477. Fish Brewing – Leavenworth Whistling Pig Hefeweizen
Oct04

477. Fish Brewing – Leavenworth Whistling Pig Hefeweizen

As I’ve mentioned in my last several posts, I’m in the Seattle and Redmond, Washington area for work this week.  Specifically, the conference I’m attending is on the Microsoft campus.  This evening, we had another networking mixer.  At the mixer, they had a few different craft brews.  After having a Scotch Style Pike Kilt Lifter, I noticed this beer, which I hadn’t added to this list yet. Location: Poured into...

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476. Ninkasi Brewing – Total Domination IPA India Pale Ale
Oct04

476. Ninkasi Brewing – Total Domination IPA India Pale Ale

It’s been a long day in Seattle, Washington, where I am for work.  I’ve been at a conference all day and a networking event afterward (where I had Mac & Jack’s African Amber).  Then I stopped at Red Mill Burgers, which came recommended on the Travel Channel.  Finally, I stopped at Hale’s Ales for a few quick samples, where I had their Red Manace Big Amber, Cream ESB, and Mongoose IPA.  When I got back to my...

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475. Hale’s Ales – Mongoose IPA
Oct03

475. Hale’s Ales – Mongoose IPA

This is my third post from Hale’s Ales in Seattle, Washington, where I stopped for a few samples while on a trip for work.  The conference I was at was finished for the day, and I stopped at Red Mill Burgers for a bite to eat and then here for a quick few small drinks.  I started with their Red Menace Big Amber, followed by the Cream Hale’s Special Bitter on a nitro tap.  I wasn’t necesarily impressed with either,...

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