511. The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery – Brown Ale
Dec31

511. The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery – Brown Ale

This is another beer that was sent to me from my sister’s friend.  You’ve recently seen that I found several North Carolina beers in the fridge that have been there for a bit – Duck Rabbit Milk Stout, Highland Kashmir IPA, Big Boss Bad Penny Brown Ale, and Highland Gaelic Ale.  I figure I’d better make my way through these beers soon, and today has been a relaxing day when I could plow through a few of them....

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510. Highland Brewing Co – Gaelic Ale
Dec31

510. Highland Brewing Co – Gaelic Ale

As I mentioned in my last couple of posts, I found several beers in my beer fridge that my sister had given me from her friend. Much like this and the Highland Kashmir IPA I had, they all seem to be from North Carolina. I’m very appreciative, but I’m not sure how long my sister had them, and they’ve been hiding in my beer fridge for a while, as they all seem to be at least a year and a half old. The bottle says,...

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509. Big Boss Brewing Co – Bad Penny Brown Ale
Dec31

509. Big Boss Brewing Co – Bad Penny Brown Ale

If you’ve seen my last few posts, you know I found several beers in the corner of the beer fridge that were given to me by my sister’s friend. They all appear to be about a year and a half old, so I thought I’d go ahead and make my way through them as soon as possible. Several of the beers appear to be from breweries in North Carolina, including this one. This beer appears to be a bit older than the others, as it was...

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508. Real Ale Brewing Co – Brewhouse Brown Ale
Dec30

508. Real Ale Brewing Co – Brewhouse Brown Ale

After finding a couple of beers in the beer fridge that had 2011 dates on them, I thought I’d investigate further.  It turns out I have a corner of the fridge with some older beers, so I’m going to start digging into them.  I found this one, which was marked 6.21.11, that I remember picking up as part of a mixed pack of Real Ale beers I got on a business trip to Texas.  At the time, I reviewed the Real Ale Rio Blanco Pale...

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507. The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery – Milk Stout
Dec29

507. The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery – Milk Stout

We’ve been enjoying the holidays by working around the house, doing a little bit of cleaning, but mostly enjoying some of our new toys and tech.  After having the Highland Kashmir IPA, and noticing the date on it was from 2/22/11, I figured I’d better check some of the other beers given to me by my sister’s friend.  I grabbed this one and noticed the bottle was marked with a 7/11 date, and figured I’d better...

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506. Highland Brewing Co – Kashmir IPA India Pale Ale
Dec28

506. Highland Brewing Co – Kashmir IPA India Pale Ale

I took the day off work today to stay home and watch the kids. We had to go out for a little bit and get some shopping done and it turned into a bit of a debacle. My son spilled his root beer on the floor of my car, and then my daughter spilled her chocolate milk on my seat. Needless to say, when I got home I reached into the beer fridge and this was the first thing I grabbed. I believe this beer was given to me by my sister’s...

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505. Cathedral Square – Bourbon Barrel Aged Holy Moly
Dec22

505. Cathedral Square – Bourbon Barrel Aged Holy Moly

As I mentioned in my review of Urban Chestnut’s Thrale’s, I’m in St. Louis for the holidays and we’re at International Tap House (iTap) in Soulard to watch the Mizzou-Illinois basketball game. We’ve already had a couple of beers while watching the game, as well as some awesome BBQ from Bogart’s down the street.  I wanted to go for a local beer I couldn’t get elsewhere, and this looked like the...

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504. Urban Chestnut Brewing Co – Thrale’s
Dec22

504. Urban Chestnut Brewing Co – Thrale’s

We’re in St. Louis for the holidays and went out with my friend Joe and his wife to watch the Mizzou-Illinois basketball game (I went to Mizzou and my wife went to Illinois). After meeting at Perennial Artisan Ales (hoping they’d have some TVs to watch the game, or some Abraxas I could buy – they had neither), we went to the International Tap House (iTap) in Soulard to watch the game. My friend Joe had this one...

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503. Pennsylvania Brewing Co. – 25th Anniversary Imperial Pilsner
Dec20

503. Pennsylvania Brewing Co. – 25th Anniversary Imperial Pilsner

Like the other Pennsylvania Brewing Company beers I’ve had, this one was given to me by my dad and sister after their trip to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They stopped at Penn brewery for dinner, and bought me a few beers. When my sister told the waiter about my blog, he gave her a few extra beers for me, including this one. So, as we get our first few inches of snow this year, accompanied by 50 mile-per-hour winds outside,...

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502. Russian River Brewing – Redemption Blonde Ale
Dec19

502. Russian River Brewing – Redemption Blonde Ale

It’s been a long day at work and there’s still lots to do before the holidays.  So, when I got home from work, I just wanted to grab a good beer, sit and enjoy it, before having to start cleaning, wrapping presents, getting cards ready, etc. I picked up this beer at the Hop and Vine during my trip to Seattle, Washington a couple months ago.  Obviously, we can’t get Russian River beers in the Midwest, so I bought 4...

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501. Stone Brewing Co. – Stone Enjoy By 12.21.12 IPA
Dec16

501. Stone Brewing Co. – Stone Enjoy By 12.21.12 IPA

When I crossed the halfway to 1000 beers mark, I held a poll to see which beer I should drink to celebrate #500.  The 2008 Schlafly Reserve Oak Aged Barleywine won, and I enjoyed that beer yesterday.  Since the beer that tied for the second spot has a very visible “Enjoy By” date on the front, I decided to go ahead and crack this one open this evening. This is a well-hopped double IPA that Stone wants you to drink right...

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500. St. Louis Brewery / Schlafly – 2008 Schlafly Reserve Barleywine Style Ale Aged on Oak
Dec15

500. St. Louis Brewery / Schlafly – 2008 Schlafly Reserve Barleywine Style Ale Aged on Oak

As most of you know, I celebrated the halfway to 1000 beers point with a bit of an online celebration – giving away bike chain bottle openers and cards.  The other thing I did was have a poll to select which beer I should enjoy for #500.  Withe the help of a tweet from @Schlafly, this beer easily cruised to the top spot.  So, as promised, I cracked this one open at the end of the celebration week and enjoyed the halfway mark....

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Giveaway: Bike Chain Bottle Openers
Dec11

Giveaway: Bike Chain Bottle Openers

  The next giveaway for my halfway to 1000 beers celebration is a bottle opener from Resource Revival. The company, based in Oregon, creates some really fun, functional products from recycled bicycle parts. Every year, bike shops all over the United States send them tons of tons of greasy, used parts and their team of artists tinker with them until new products are born. Most recently, the company launched a new site –...

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Poll: Which Beer Should be #500?
Dec10

Poll: Which Beer Should be #500?

I dug deep into the beer fridge and cellar to see what I had been hiding for a special occasion.  Please vote and help me decide among  the selection of beers I’m looking at to mark the halfway point of my journey. [poll id=”2″] If you selected “Other” I must be able to get the beer locally in Central IL, or you must be willing to ship it to me....

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Giveaway: $40 in Beer Related Cards
Dec09

Giveaway: $40 in Beer Related Cards

Here’s the first giveaway of my halfway to 1000 beers online celebration! Hanukkah started this weekend, and Christmas is just around the corner.  If you haven’t sent out cards yet, here’s your opportunity to get some cool beer-related cards. Our friends over at NobleWorks – www.nobleworkscards.com – are letting us give away $40 worth of cards to one lucky  reader of 1000 Beers. If you’ve already...

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Halfway There Party!
Dec08

Halfway There Party!

I’m only one beer away from the halfway mark to 1000 beers!  It’s taken me a little over 2.5 years to get this far, but I’m hoping it won’t take me as long to finish.  I’ve found the reviews take quite a bit of time, and when I go on a trip – like I did to Seattle last month – I tend to rack up a lot of new beers, with not much time to do the reviews.  I’m hoping to get a little better...

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