545. Uinta Brewing – Crooked Line Detour Double India Pale Ale
Feb27

545. Uinta Brewing – Crooked Line Detour Double India Pale Ale

A few months ago I was in Seattle for work, and picked up a bunch of beers that I couldn’t get back here in Illinois to bring home in my suitcase. I hadn’t heard of this brewery before, or seen any of their beers, so I was excited to give it a try. However, I went to the liquor store the other day, and saw this beer on the shelf. I’m still excited to give it a try though. The bottle says, “ Detour blazes the...

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544. Perennial Artisan Ales – Hommel Bier Belgian Style Ale
Feb26

544. Perennial Artisan Ales – Hommel Bier Belgian Style Ale

My dad lives in St. Louis, so we get back there often. I remember stopping by the brewery to buy a couple of beers (including this one), but I honestly can’t remember when, and the bottle doesn’t have a date on it. The bottle says, “ In the hop capital of Belgium, Hommell is the word for Cumulus, the plant genus where Hoppes resides. Our Hommel Bier defies tradition by combining North American malts, Pacific...

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543. Big Al Brewing – Big Hoppa India Pale Ale
Feb21

543. Big Al Brewing – Big Hoppa India Pale Ale

The snow is really coming down outside, and I’m glad to be inside eating a hot pizza. After I pulled the Epic Simple Ale out of the beer fridge, I saw this one behind it. I also picked this one up during my work trip to Seattle a few months ago. I’d heard a lot of good things about this brewery online (and their support of the local homebrew community), and was a bit disappointed I didn’t get to stop there (although...

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542. Epic Ales – Simple Ale
Feb20

542. Epic Ales – Simple Ale

When I was in Seattle for work a few months ago, I stopped at the Malt and Vine to pick up some beers I couldn’t get here in Illinois. Along with several beers from Russian River, I got several local beers (of places I didn’t visit, which is amazing, because I stopped at 12 breweries during my visit). This one appealed to me because of the simple label and Epic name. The bottle says, “Using only water, Washington...

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541. Southern Tier Brewing Co – LIVE Bottle Conditioned Pale Ale
Feb20

541. Southern Tier Brewing Co – LIVE Bottle Conditioned Pale Ale

My sister is a big fan of my home brews, and shares those I give her with all her friends. She also tells them about this blog, and a few of them have sent me beers to review. This one (and another, with a review coming soon) were sent to me by her friend Brittany who lives not far from the Southern Tier brewery in New York. Thanks Britt! The bottle says, “Brewed with 4 varieties mod hops and 4 types of malts.” it also has...

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540. Brasserie Dubuisson – Scaldis Refermentée Amber Ale
Feb18

540. Brasserie Dubuisson – Scaldis Refermentée Amber Ale

I’ve recently discovered I have a heart condition and have had to cut back a little bit on my beer intake.  Therefore, I’ve been trying to keep it to no more than one a day. If I can only have one, I’m going to go big, like this one. A few weeks ago I corresponded back and forth with @belgianexpert on Twitter, and found out Wendy was located in Chicago (only a little bit north of me). Little did I know, she really is...

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539. Firestone Walker Brewing Co – Double Jack Double IPA
Feb17

539. Firestone Walker Brewing Co – Double Jack Double IPA

It’s a nice Sunday evening, and I’m watching the Amazing Race.  Earlier in the day, I was cleaning up in the basement, and found a stash of beers I was hiding from myself. I’m not sure how this beer ended up in there. While it probably ages well at 9.5% ABV, it’s not meant to last.  The date on the bottle is 11/7/11, so it’s not too bad (a little over a year old), but it was time to drink it....

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538. Cigar City Brewing – Batch 69 Double Cream Ale
Feb16

538. Cigar City Brewing – Batch 69 Double Cream Ale

It hasn’t really been a great day today, and I really needed a big, strong beer. I went to the beer fridge and decided to grab this one, which I picked up when I visited the brewery this past summer on vacation in Tampa, Florida. It seem like a unique style, so I grabbed this one of the several beers they had there at the brewery. The bottle has a July 30, 2012 date on it, and it says, “Batch #69 is a Double Cream Ale, a...

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537. Abita Brewing – Abita Jockamo IPA
Feb10

537. Abita Brewing – Abita Jockamo IPA

It’s Sunday night, and I finally got the kids to bed. There’s not much I find more relaxing that sitting down at the kitchen table and enjoying a beer, and this was a great chance to do so. I went to the beer fridge and found the corner that has a few slightly older beers in it. I picked this beer up as part of a mixed 6-pack of local beers on a business trip to New Orleans about a year ago. During that trip, I actually...

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536. St. Louis Brewery / Schlafly – Tasmanian India Pale Ale TIPA
Feb09

536. St. Louis Brewery / Schlafly – Tasmanian India Pale Ale TIPA

It’s just a relaxing Saturday, and after spending the morning cleaning house, it was time to sit and watch some college basketball. I had heard many good things about this beer from St. Louis friends, and on Twitter, so I bought a 6-pack of this beer a month or two ago. I’ve already had a few, but I’m finally getting around to sitting down and doing a review of it. The bottle says, “ A Special Release IPA, TIPA...

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535. Victory Brewing – Hop Devil
Feb08

535. Victory Brewing – Hop Devil

It’s Friday night and after the week we’ve had, my wife and I really needed to go out for pizza and a beer. We went to Flingers Pizza & Pub here in Bloomington, IL, because they have a great tomato basil “cheesebomb,” as well as some great craft beers on tap. This was one of a couple craft beers on the menu I hadn’t had yet, but had been looking forward to trying. Location: On tap and served in a...

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534. SanTan Brewing – Sex Panther Double Chocolate Porter
Feb07

534. SanTan Brewing – Sex Panther Double Chocolate Porter

A month or so ago I got a Rail Slide Imperial Spiced Ale from SanTan Brewing in the mail. So couple of weeks ago, I got this beer in the mail from them. I love the name and graphic on the can, on which it says, “Sex Panther is a silky smooth Double Chocolate Porter brewed with Colonial Rosewood Cocoa and large amounts of Chocolate malt for a huge chocolatey flavor with hints of truffle and molasses. White wheat is added to give...

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533. Flying Fish Brewing Co – Farmhouse Summer Ale
Feb03

533. Flying Fish Brewing Co – Farmhouse Summer Ale

It’s somewhat of a lazy Sunday, and I’m finally getting a start on taxes, which is obviously driving me to drink.  This beer was another given to me this past summer when I helped my friend Joe.  He gave me several beers so he wouldn’t have to move them.  The bottle had a label on it with a July date on it with the price.  I don’t know if that label was from the brewery or the place where he bought it.  Either...

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532. Gordon Biersch Brewing – Braumeister Selekt IPB Imperial Hopped Robust Pilsner
Feb02

532. Gordon Biersch Brewing – Braumeister Selekt IPB Imperial Hopped Robust Pilsner

This beer arrived in the mail about a month after the Gordon Biersch Wiezeneisbock I received.  I really appreciate it when breweries send me beers – especially limited edition beers I can’t usually get here in central Illinois – to try. The bottle says, “This is an intensely hopped, robust Pilsner that emphasizes the noble hops from Central Europe including Hallertau, Tettnang, Spalt, and Saaz. It has been...

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531. Capital Brewery – Autumnal Fire Doppelbock 2010
Feb01

531. Capital Brewery – Autumnal Fire Doppelbock 2010

If you’re a regular reader, you know I found a streak of older beers in a corner of my beer fridge. I think I left this beer sitting there for a while because I knew it could stand up to a little bit of age. This beer was actually sent to me by Kirby Nelson, the (now former) brewmaster at Capital Brewing, after I reviewed their Fest Seasonal Beer as part of my Oktoberfest Challenge. I really appreciated him taking the time to...

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