575. New Belgium Brewing – Hop Kitchen – Hoppy Bock Lager
May31

575. New Belgium Brewing – Hop Kitchen – Hoppy Bock Lager

As I mentioned in my last few posts, I’m in Columbia, Missouri, home of my alma mater, for an alumni golf tournament. My friend Bill and I have already stopped at Booche’s for a burger and a Stag Beer, as well as Flatbranch, where I had their Red Wheat. Now we’re at Addison’s Bar and Grill meeting up with our friend Tom. I haven’t heard of New Belgium’s Hop Kitchen line, but thought this beer...

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574. Flat Branch Pub & Brewery – Red Wheat
May31

574. Flat Branch Pub & Brewery – Red Wheat

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m in Columbia, MO – home of my alma mater, the University of Missouri – for a fraternity golf tournament. My friend Bill and I already stopped for some great burgers at Booches and a Stag beer. Avid readers of the blog know I usually hit up Flat Branch Pub & Brewery for a couple beers when I’m in Columbia, and this trip was no different. Bill and I met up with his...

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573. Pabst Brewing – Stag
May31

573. Pabst Brewing – Stag

This weekend I’m in Columbia, MO, home of my alma mater, the University of Missouri, for a fraternity golf tournament. I met up with my friend Bill and we hit one of my favorite food spots in town – Booches. I absolutely love their little cheeseburgers, and it’s a must for me when I hit Columbia. It’s also kind of a divey, pool-hall kinda place that serves cheap beers like this one.  Therefore, to enjoy the...

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572. Highland Brewing Co. – Black Mocha Stout
May26

572. Highland Brewing Co. – Black Mocha Stout

This beer was sent to me by my sister’s friend several months ago. Unfortunately, there was no date on the bottle and I’ve lost track of when my sister gave it to me. The bottle says, “Highland’s most robust beer, having a very malty body with a large, roasted chocolate flavor, all achieved solely through the use of special roasted barley grains. It is black in color with a very clean finish and a moderate hop...

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571. Great Lakes Brewing – Lake Erie Monster
May24

571. Great Lakes Brewing – Lake Erie Monster

It’s Friday night and we’re at one of our usual favorites – Flinger’s Pizza Pub in downtown Bloomington, IL. I was looking for something I hadn’t had yet, and this one fit the bill. I’ve also found that I tend to like IPAs and other heavily hopped beers here, because they go nicely with our old standby – the tomato-basil cheesebomb. Location: On tap and served in a regular pint...

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570. Deschutes Brewing Co. – Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale
May22

570. Deschutes Brewing Co. – Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale

I can’t remember the last time my wife and I had a date night, but tonight we hired a nanny for the summer and we’re letting her watch the kids as a trial run. We went out out to one of our favorite spots in town for a date night – Reality Bites. The atmosphere here is dark and intimate and it’s pretty much what you’d call a “tapas bar.” They have a few craft beers on tap, and this was one I...

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569. Southern Tier Brewing Co. – Unearthly Imperial India Pale Ale
May10

569. Southern Tier Brewing Co. – Unearthly Imperial India Pale Ale

We’re at our usual spot this Friday evening – Flinger’s Pizza Pub in downtown Bloomington, IL. As I’ve mentioned before, with each beer, we get a free slice of pizza (which we give to the kids). We love the tomato-basil cheesebomb, and it tends to go great with some hoppy beers. Also, since this is my one beer for the week, I figured I’d go big with this one. I had the Oak Aged Unearthly last year at the...

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568. Bell’s Brewery – Pale Ale
May03

568. Bell’s Brewery – Pale Ale

With the drugs I’m on following my heart surgery, I’m limiting my beer intake to a beer or two a week. I’ve still got a bunch of beers in the beer fridge to catch up on, and I was looking for something lighter. I can’t remember how I picked up this beer, but I think it may have been in a mixed six-pack at the local liquor store. The bottle says, “A blonde ale made from a delicious blend of pale malts with...

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