666. Brewery Het Anker – Lucifer Belgian Ale
Jan31

666. Brewery Het Anker – Lucifer Belgian Ale

Well, here it is… The beer of the beast – number 666. So to mark this number, I went out and specifically bought this beer. I figured it was appropriate for the occasion, and safe – as it is, ironically, a Trappist monk brewed ale. I just had Russian River’s Damnation in preparation for this landmark, and it’s a good day to enjoy a few beers, since it’s a cold rainy/snowy day stuck indoors. The...

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665. Russian River Brewing – Damnation Golden Ale
Jan31

665. Russian River Brewing – Damnation Golden Ale

It’s a snowy and rainy Saturday afternoon, good for staying home and enjoying a few beers. As I approached the beer of the beast, #666, I was considering what I should have for that dark brew. This is definitely one I considered, but I thought it might be more appropriate to have it right now, signaling my impending damnation before I have #666. I picked up this beer during my trip to Seattle last year, and fortunately it...

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664. Brauerei Beck & Co. – Beck’s Sapphire
Jan27

664. Brauerei Beck & Co. – Beck’s Sapphire

It’s bitterly cold here tonight with -20 windchill, so we just settled down to watch some TV in the warmth of the house. It was kind of a rough end of the day at work, so I almost went for the bourbon rather than the beer. However, I snatched this at random from the beer fridge as I came in from work. I think I picked this up this past fall as part of a mixed 6 pack I got on vacation in Florida. Location: Poured into a slightly...

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663.  Ale Asylum – Hopalicious American Pale Ale
Jan26

663. Ale Asylum – Hopalicious American Pale Ale

I’m sitting here working on work stuff with the GRAMMY awards on TV. A “polar vortex” is blowing in outside and the wind sounds incredibly intense outside. I just had Revolution’s Double Fist, which seemed to have a good amount of Cascade hops (I’m guessing), so I thought I’d have this one next, since the label says, “Eleven separate editions of Cascade hops give this American pale ale...

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662. Revolution Brewing – Double Fist Double Pale Ale
Jan26

662. Revolution Brewing – Double Fist Double Pale Ale

It’s been a fairly relaxing weekend, cleaning up around the house and catching up on reviews from last weekend when we did a small tavern tour of Chicago. After working on some of those reviews, I had a craving for a beer. I picked up this one on a work trip to Chicago this past fall, when I was looking for local brews. I’ve heard good things about Revolution, so I was looking forward to trying their double IPA. I also put...

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661. Pennsylvania Brewing Co. – Nut Roll Ale Winter Ale
Jan23

661. Pennsylvania Brewing Co. – Nut Roll Ale Winter Ale

I just finished dinner, along with a great dessert my wife made with crescent rolls and marshmellows. I’ve got several beer reviews to catch up on from our Tales, Taverns & Towns tour of Chicago last weekend, but I didn’t want that to stop me from enjoying one tonight. This beer was given to me by my sister and dad, from their trip to Pittsburgh a while ago. I’ve been waiting to enjoy this until the holidays, and...

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660. Goose Island – Bourbon County Brand Barleywine
Jan18

660. Goose Island – Bourbon County Brand Barleywine

I’ve had multiple beers tonight during our Tales, Taverns & Towns tour of Chicago. Our last stop of the night was Sheffield’s, and I discovered the “Beer School” room, which had some awesome beers. Since I figured this was my last beer of the evening, I went big with this one. I love their Bourbon County Brand Stout, so I was looking forward to trying this one. Location: On tap and served in a small snifter glass...

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659. Off Color Brewing – Apex Predator
Jan18

659. Off Color Brewing – Apex Predator

Our last stop of the evening on the Tales, Taverns & Towns tour of Chicago was Sheffield’s. They had a lot of great beers on tap, and this one was recommended by our guide Liz. Off Color is one of the newer breweries in Chicago, and I’d also heard many great things about John Laffler and the barrel program he ran at Goose Island. So, I was looking forward to trying one of his beers. Location: On tap and served in a...

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658. Spiteful Brewing – Spiteful IPA
Jan18

658. Spiteful Brewing – Spiteful IPA

We’re on our way to the final stop on the Tales, Taverns & Towns tour of Chicago. We ran out of beer on the trolley bus after our second stop, and Liz, our guide, picked up some more craft beers. I’ll admit, I hadn’t heard of Spiteful Brewing before, and saw they were another Chicago brewery, so I thought I’d give this one a try. I thought the can art was pretty cool, but as I’ve learned, that...

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657. Three Floyds Brewing – Gumballhead
Jan18

657. Three Floyds Brewing – Gumballhead

Our third stop on the  Tales, Taverns & Towns tour of Chicago was Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro. Our guide Liz told us a great story about this bar, a former funeral home, and what used to happen here in the days of gangsters and prohibition. This was probably the nicest place we stopped at, as it was decorated nicely and had a lot of local craft beers on tap. Since we aren’t able to get Three Floyds beers downstate,...

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656. Metropolitan Brewing – Flywheel Bright Lager
Jan18

656. Metropolitan Brewing – Flywheel Bright Lager

Our second stop on the  Tales, Taverns & Towns tour of Chicago was the Old Town Alehouse. The had a few local beers on tap, and so I picked a couple of them I hadn’t had yet – this one and Goose Island Green Line Pale Ale – and let my wife pick which one she wanted. So, I ended up with this one. We had a great time at this bar, which had some great artwork on the wall and a great intimate atmosphere, where we got...

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655. Kona Brewing – Pipeline Porter
Jan18

655. Kona Brewing – Pipeline Porter

As I mentioned, my wife and I are on a Tales, Taverns & Towns tour in Chicago, and our first stop was the Green Door Tavern, where I had Morning Wood from Local Option. On the bus, our guide, Liz, had some beers available for us to drink on our way to the next stop. I saw this was a porter from Kona that was brewed with 100% Kona coffee, and since I knew we were in for a long evening, I thought it wouldn’t be a bad idea to...

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654. Local Option Bierwerker – Morning Wood Oak Aged Amber
Jan18

654. Local Option Bierwerker – Morning Wood Oak Aged Amber

We’re in Chicago this weekend on a bit of a beer excursion. My wife’s sorority sister runs tours of Chicago through her business – Tales, Taverns & Towns – and organized a reunion for the women who were in the sorority with her (and their spouses). We don’t get up to Chicago often, and so I was looking forward to this opportunity to try some beers from many of the breweries that have popped up there...

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653. Brauerei Hirt – Hirter Morchl
Jan17

653. Brauerei Hirt – Hirter Morchl

It started out to be a bit of a challenging day, but it’s ending pretty good. We bought a new car today – a Toyota Highlander – and took the new car out to dinner to celebrate. We went to CJ’s to get some good deep dish pizza, and I was shocked to see this beer… on draft. Apparently they were having an Oktoberfest in January celebration, so they had this and German food on the menu. I also love that it...

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652. Brouwerij St. Bernardus – St. Bernardus Tripel Abbey Ale
Jan13

652. Brouwerij St. Bernardus – St. Bernardus Tripel Abbey Ale

I’m not going to my homebrew club meeting tonight, so I thought I’d enjoy a couple of good ones tonight. I bought this one last year when I bought the Westy 12. It came in a gift pack with three different St. Bernardus beers and a couple of glasses. I already had the Abt 12, which I actually preferred a bit more than the Westvleteren 12, so I was looking forward to trying this one too. The bottle had a date of 17 08 15 on...

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651. New Glarus Brewing – Raspberry Tart
Jan12

651. New Glarus Brewing – Raspberry Tart

I was having dinner with my family last night and noticed that my daughter was saving her favorite food until last. My wife commented that she must take after me, because that’s what I tend to do. I’ll admit, there are several great beers in the fridge, but I keep saving them until later. Well, I’ve decided not to wait, and as long as I have time to sit down and enjoy a beer, I should start enjoying the special ones....

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650. Mother Earth Brewing – Dark Cloud Munich-Style Dunkel Lager
Jan11

650. Mother Earth Brewing – Dark Cloud Munich-Style Dunkel Lager

It’s been a nice Saturday, running a few errands and watching Mizzou beat Auburn in basketball. I’m caught up on beer reviews, so it’s time to enjoy a couple beers from the fridge this evening. I thought I’d start the night with this beer my sister brought back for me from her trip to Asheville, NC a few months ago. It says it was bottled on 022513. Thanks to my friend Joe, I’ve had a beer from Mother...

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649. Southern Tier Brewing – Imperial Mokah
Jan08

649. Southern Tier Brewing – Imperial Mokah

Wednesday nights are nice and relaxing, since my wife and kids have school stuff every Wednesday night. I spent most of the evening cleaning out my car, prepping to trade it in. Now I’m sitting down to enjoy this beer and the Mizzou basketball game. This beer was sent to me by my sister’s friend Brittany who lives near the brewery in New York. Thanks Britt!!! Location: Poured into a snifter glass at my home in Bloomington,...

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648. Founders Brewing – Rübæus Pure Raspberry Ale
Jan06

648. Founders Brewing – Rübæus Pure Raspberry Ale

We’re sitting down for dinner and getting ready to watch the BCS National Championship game. I blindly reached into the beer fridge and this is what I came out with. I picked up a four pack of this at the liquor store in July (it says it was bottled on 6/10/13). I’ve already had a few, but I have time tonight while watching the pregame to takes notes. Location: Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass at my home in...

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647. Red Hook Ale Brewery – Audible Ale
Jan03

647. Red Hook Ale Brewery – Audible Ale

It’s game night! My Mizzou Tigers play in the Cotton Bowl tonight, and I happened to find this aptly named beer in the beer fridge. I believe I picked up this beer as part of a mixed 6-pack when I was on vacation in Florida this summer. It says it was bottled on Jun 03, 13, and it says that it’s a beer that was brewed in collaboration with Dan Patrick. Location: Poured into a snifter glass at my home in Bloomington, IL....

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