530. Oskar Blues Brewery – Dale’s Pale Ale
Jan23

530. Oskar Blues Brewery – Dale’s Pale Ale

I picked this beer up when I was on vacation in Florida this past summer. I stopped at a Total Wine and got several beers that I couldn’t get back here in Illinois. A six pack of this was perfect for enjoying on the beach in Florida. I got a chance to do a few reviews during my vacation, including an awesome stop at Pegs, but this final beer from the six pack has been sitting in the beer fridge waiting for my review since then....

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529. Lagunitas Brewing – Lagunitas Sucks! Brown Shugga’ Substitute Ale
Jan23

529. Lagunitas Brewing – Lagunitas Sucks! Brown Shugga’ Substitute Ale

I’m at Medici in Normal, IL tonight for the Wednesday Warrior yearly celebration.  For the uninitiated this bar has Wednesday night craft beer specials, and if you come 10 times throughout the year, you get a t-shirt and an invite to the yearly celebration, which has free food and a free (guess what it is) beer on tap.  After trying the beer on tap (I thought it may have been Schlafly’s Scottish Ale), I decided to get a...

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528. Samuel Adams – Merry Mischief Gingerbread Stout
Jan22

528. Samuel Adams – Merry Mischief Gingerbread Stout

I’ve been home all day today with the kids, and it’s been great having the day off work. In fact, at lunch, I had 8-Bit Pale Ale from Tallgrass. Tonight, I saw this beer in the fridge, which was part of a special holiday 4 pack of Sam Adams beers at Sam’s Club. Since I knew it had spices in it, I knew I couldn’t let it sit in the fridge until next Christmas, so I thought I’d have it tonight. Location:...

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527. Tallgrass Brewing – 8-Bit Pale Ale
Jan22

527. Tallgrass Brewing – 8-Bit Pale Ale

The kids have the day off school today for a teacher in-service day. So, I had to stay home with them. It was nice to get some work done around the house this morning, and I just took a break for lunch. Since I didn’t have to go to work today, I thought, “why not have a beer at lunch?” My friend Joe gave me this beer while I was helping him move this past fall, and I figured it was time to pop the top on this kick...

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526. Stone Brewing – 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale
Jan21

526. Stone Brewing – 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale

I’ve been doing pretty good lately, doing several beer views this month. So tonight, I went out to the beer fridge and brought in a few more beers to try. The evening was getting late, So I only got a chance to try this one, and I figured if I was only going to have one tonight, I had better make it epic. 🙂 The bottle says, “ This years Stone vertical epic ale is the very last one. Yep, this is it. The final chapter. Or as...

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525. Gordon Biersch Brewing Co – Braumeister Selekt Weizen Eisbock
Jan20

525. Gordon Biersch Brewing Co – Braumeister Selekt Weizen Eisbock

Back in September, I received a package from Gordon Biersch Brewing Company with this Bottle of beer, and cool glass to match. Gordon Biersch released this beer starting in October in a limited supply in 9 states. According to the brewery,weizenbock’s historical roots began as a mistake – a brewer at the Kulmbach Brewery in Germany accidentally left kegs of bock outside during cold days, freezing the water out of the beer,...

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524. New Belgium Brewing – Snow Day Winter Ale
Jan19

524. New Belgium Brewing – Snow Day Winter Ale

My wife was out shopping, and came home with a six pack of this. I haven’t had it yet, so I thought I’d give it a try. The bottle says, “With 3 feet of powder closing the roads, a brewery is not a bad place to get snowed in. Given the unanticipated hall pass of a snow day, our brewers decided to experiment. Hmm… what about this dark caramel roasted midnight wheat braced with a serious load of Styrian Goldings,...

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523. Yazoo Brewing – SUE Imperial Smoked Porter
Jan19

523. Yazoo Brewing – SUE Imperial Smoked Porter

It’s a Saturday afternoon, and we spent the morning cleaning house. So, this afternoon I’m sitting here watching my Missouri Tigers play on ESPN, and cracking open this big beer, because they are playing like crap.  This beer was given to me by my fellow Mizzou alum, and friend, Joe. The bottle has a January bottling date marked on it. So, I assume it’s about a year old. The bottlecap, the label, everything is black,...

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522. AleSmith Brewing Co  – Speedway Stout
Jan14

522. AleSmith Brewing Co – Speedway Stout

I’m at my local homebrew club meeting at Fat Jack’s here in Bloomington, IL.  I thought I’d order a beer before the meeting started, and was surprised to see they had an AleSmith beer on the draft menu.  I didn’t think they had started distributing here yet.  Since I’d heard many great things about their beers, I had to give this one a try. Location: On tap and served in a small, 10oz curved glass at Fat...

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521. Pennsylvania Brewing Co – Penndemonium Maïbock Beer
Jan12

521. Pennsylvania Brewing Co – Penndemonium Maïbock Beer

This is yet another beer my dad and sister brought back for me from their trip to Pittsburgh this past summer. They were picking up a few beers for me, after their dinner at Penn Brewery and Restaurant, and told the waiter about my blog. He gave them a few more beers, including this one, to give to me. Thanks! The bottle says, “Brewed in the darkness of Winter, bottled in the light of Spring, Penndimonium Maïbock is a full...

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520. Dixie Brewery – Jazz Amber Light Beer
Jan12

520. Dixie Brewery – Jazz Amber Light Beer

It’s a bit of a lazy Saturday, and I spent the morning taking down the Christmas lights. Like I mentioned in my last review – Abita Restoration Pale Ale – this is yet another older beer I found in my beer fridge that I picked this one up as part of a mixed six pack last December on a work trip to New Orleans. The bottle says, “ At only 92 calories, this award-winning beer retains the taste and character of...

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519. Abita Brewing – Restoration Pale Ale
Jan07

519. Abita Brewing – Restoration Pale Ale

As I mentioned with the last few beers I’ve had, I’m cleaning out the beer fridge of beer that have been in there a while.  I picked up this beer, along with a mix of other Abita and Dixie beers, during a trip to New Orleans last December. The bottle says, “Restoration Pale Ale is brewed with pale, caramel and carapils malts. It is liberally hopped and dry hopped with cascade hops. This golden ale has a rich body,...

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518. Chatoe Rogue – First Growth Pumpkin Patch Ale
Jan07

518. Chatoe Rogue – First Growth Pumpkin Patch Ale

I’m a big fan of pumpkin beers, and if you follow this blog on a regular basis, you’ve certainly seen my Top 10 Pumpkin Beers review. I found this one about a month ago at the liquor store, and had to give it a try. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a date on the bottle, so I don’t know how old it is. The bottle says, “Dedicated to farmers and fermenters GYO is a Rogue Ales term for grow your own. We made...

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517. Highland Brewing Co – Oatmeal Porter
Jan06

517. Highland Brewing Co – Oatmeal Porter

If you’ve been following my blog the last couple of weeks, you’ve seen that I found several beers in the beer fridge that have been there for a while. I’ve had a couple of other Highland brewing beers, including their Gaelic Ale and their Kashmir IPA. I think this is the last beer from them left in the beer fridge. The bottle says, “A unique Highland creation, this robust beer is black in color, very malty with...

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516. Lagunitas Brewing Co – Hop Stoopid Ale
Jan05

516. Lagunitas Brewing Co – Hop Stoopid Ale

It’s a lazy Saturday and I thought I’d grab something big and tasty out of the beer fridge. This was the first thing to grab my eye. It wasn’t marked with a date, and I can’t remember exactly when I bought it, but it can’t be more than a few months old. Location: Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass from the 22oz bottle at my home in Bloomington, IL. Numbers: 8% ABV, 102 IBUs, 1.085 OG, 250 Calories...

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515. SanTan Brewing Co – Rail Slide Imperial Spiced Ale
Jan03

515. SanTan Brewing Co – Rail Slide Imperial Spiced Ale

This beer was sent to me a month or so ago by SanTan Brewing, along with some stickers and other swag. I always appreciate being sent beers to review. This one seems to be a seasonal offering – a winter warmer. The can says, “Rail Slide is brewed with Winter spices that add an edge to this smooth seasonal ale. SanTan celebrates the pioneering punk spirit of the American craft brewer with this delicious brew.”...

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514. Abita Brewing Co – Turbodog
Jan03

514. Abita Brewing Co – Turbodog

I’m still going through the beer fridge, trying to thin it out a bit. I’ve found several beers which were hiding and have been in there for a while. I remember picking up this beer, along with several others in a mixed 6 pack, during my trip to New Orleans a year ago (at the time I visited Crescent City Brewery in the French Quarter and had the Abita Amber on my way out of town). Location: Poured into a Stella Artois...

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513. Oskar Blues Brewery – Deviant Dale’s India Pale Ale
Jan02

513. Oskar Blues Brewery – Deviant Dale’s India Pale Ale

I’ve been going into the beer fridge the last few days, and trying to pull out older beers. I picked up a four pack of these cans during my vacation in Florida, the first week in August. It was a great beer, and I especially enjoyed having this big beer in cans, so I could enjoy it on the beach. I was saving this one for a more formal review, and tonight is the night. Location: Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass from the...

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512. O’Fallon Brewery – Sticke it to the Man Sticke Alt
Jan01

512. O’Fallon Brewery – Sticke it to the Man Sticke Alt

Making my way through a hidden corner of the beer fridge, I’ve been having beers that have unintentionally aged a bit.  When this beer came out, probably a year and a half ago or so, I remember saying that I wanted to try it.  My friend @Chubvar, from the local beer club, had it and offered to bring me a bottle.  Not only did it have one of the best names of any beer, but I’d never had a Sticke style beer. Big thanks to...

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