692. Summit Brewing – Great Northern Porter
Mar31

692. Summit Brewing – Great Northern Porter

The weather is finally getting nice around here, and I was outside for a while after work playing soccer with my son. After we were finished, it was nice to come inside and sit down with a beer while my wife made dinner. This beer was part of a mixed 6 pack my wife got me for my birthday in the fall. I figured since it was getting warmer, I’d better enjoy this porter before it got too warm. Location: Poured into a slightly...

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691. Samuel Adams – New World Tripel
Mar27

691. Samuel Adams – New World Tripel

It’s been a day filled with anxiety at work (for both me and my wife) and so, when the day was done, I had to crack open a big beer. I put this in the fridge a week or so ago, wanting to get some of the larger bottles out of the boxes in the garage. This bottle was part of a three pack of special Sam Adams Barrel Room Collection beers I found at Sam’s Club just after Christmas. I already had the Thirteenth Hour Belgian...

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690. Avery Brewing – The Czar Imperial Stout 2009
Mar22

690. Avery Brewing – The Czar Imperial Stout 2009

Our Saturday afternoon and evening has been full of packing and watching basketball. It was time to just take a break and enjoy a beer and the end of the exciting Wisconsin-Oregon game. I bought this beer at the local liquor store several years back, and it sat in the bottom of the beer fridge for the last four or five years. Now that the beer fridge is emptied out, the last one out is the first one on top, and I decided it was...

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689. Bell’s Brewery – Batch 10,000 Ale
Mar22

689. Bell’s Brewery – Batch 10,000 Ale

It’s a really nice Saturday afternoon, and I am sitting down to enjoy this beer and watch House of Cards on Netflix. We had an open house this morning, and I hope it went well. When we got back, we did a little bit of packing out in the garage. I remember picking up this beer quite a while ago at the liquor store, because it was a special release. I’m not sure of the ABV, so I hope it was a big one and held up over time....

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688. Deschutes Brewery – Inversion IPA
Mar17

688. Deschutes Brewery – Inversion IPA

It’s Sunday evening, and it’s been a really long weekend. We had a showing of our house, and two birthday parties for my daughter. I finally get a chance to sit down and relax, so I grabbed a beer and started watching the amazing race. The bottle says “Best by 01/29/14,” so I’m a little behind. I don’t remember exactly where or when I got this, but I think it was part of the mixed six pack that my...

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687. Red Hook Brewery – ESB
Mar15

687. Red Hook Brewery – ESB

My daughter’s birthday party with our family is in full swing, and I decided to have another beer. It’s been a long day, after a party at Chuck E Cheese with her friends at lunch, and now a family party in the evening. My dad and sister are here, along with my wife’s parents and sister’s family. I don’t remember for sure, but I think I picked up this beer as part of a mixed six pack I bought on vacation...

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686. Green Man Brewing – Porter
Mar15

686. Green Man Brewing – Porter

As I mentioned in my last couple posts, it’s my daughter’s birthday this weekend. We already had a party for her friends at Chuck E Cheese, followed by a Threadless IPA from Finch’s. Now, we’re having our family party. My sister is in town, and if you follow the blog, you know she and her friends give me a lot of content (i.e. beer) for this blog. So, while she was there (pictured behind the beer), I cracked...

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685. Finch’s Beer Co. – Threadless IPA
Mar15

685. Finch’s Beer Co. – Threadless IPA

We just got back from my daughter’s birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese. Despite the stress of the party, my wife lost her wallet and keys at the party. Luckily, someone turned them in right before we had to leave, but it still multiplied the stress level from already record levels. So, when I got home, I needed a beer to take the edge off before my in=laws came over for our family party tonight. I can’t remember when or...

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684. Full Sail Brewing – Reserve 1999 Mercator Doppelbock
Mar14

684. Full Sail Brewing – Reserve 1999 Mercator Doppelbock

Thank God it’s Friday. It’s been a very rough week at work, and this weekend is my daughter’s birthday. So, tomorrow we’re having a bunch of kids at a party at Chuck E Cheese, and then a family party tomorrow night. When cleaning out the beer fridge a couple weeks ago, I uncovered this beer from my “Cuisinternship” at Full Sail Brewing a couple years ago. At the time, John Harris (who’s now...

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683. Founders Brewing – Porter
Mar12

683. Founders Brewing – Porter

I’ve been out running errands this evening and now have a chance to chill out. I can’t remember where I got this beer. As I mentioned, we’re getting ready to move, so all the beer from the beer fridge is in boxes out in the garage. I found two bottles of this beer, so I thought I’d continue to lighten the load for moving and have both. Location: Poured into a curved pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL....

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682. Spoetzl Brewery – Shiner Blonde
Mar09

682. Spoetzl Brewery – Shiner Blonde

I’ve been so busy the last few weeks that I wanted to just sit around and relax today. So, I hopped online and I’ve been following along with what’s going on at SXSW today. I’ve been watching some streaming videos of sessions, and following along with some on Twitter. To get in the spirit of almost being there, I thought I’d crack open this Shiner beer from a mixed six pack that was given to me by my...

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681. Weyerbacher – Heresy Imperial Stout aged in Oak Barrels
Mar08

681. Weyerbacher – Heresy Imperial Stout aged in Oak Barrels

We’re sitting down to watch the second Hunger Games movie and having dinner. I’ve already had New Glarus Cherry Stout earlier today, so I thought I’d stick with the stouts, and go a bit bigger. I believe this is one of the beers my friend Travis gave me in a mixed 6-pack he brought back from his trip to Virginia Beach last year. Location: Poured into a snifter glass at my home in Bloomington, IL. Numbers: 8% ABV,...

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680. New  Glarus – Unplugged Cherry Stout
Mar08

680. New Glarus – Unplugged Cherry Stout

We’ve got our home on the market, and we had an open house this morning. This afternoon has been pretty relaxing, catching up on several beer reviews. After editing a few, I had a craving for one. So as I sit here during halftime of the Mizzou basketball game, I went out to the garage to grab a beer. I forgot to mention that the beer fridge is now gone, in storage while we move. So, all the beer is boxed up in the cold garage...

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679. Port Brewing Co. – Shark Attack Double Red Ale
Mar06

679. Port Brewing Co. – Shark Attack Double Red Ale

As I keep mentioning, things are pretty stressful right now with everything we have going on. Both my wife and I really needed a beer, so we headed to Firehouse Pizza Pub in Normal. They usually have some pretty good beers on tap, and their NY style pizza is decent (avoid their normal pizza, as the sauce is super sweet). Location: On tap and served in a tumbler style pint glass at Firehouse Pizza Pub in Normal. Numbers: 9% ABV, ~270...

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Duplication. I did it again!
Mar05

Duplication. I did it again!

DUPLICATION. No, it’s not a new beer from Russian River. I made a mistake, and had the same beer twice. If you’ve stuck with me the last several years, you’ll remember back in November 2012, when I discovered a mistake. At the time, I realized I had duplicated Schlafly’s Oktoberfest. Well, as you can tell by the headline, I did it again. This time, I was going back through the last hundred beers I’d had,...

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679. Olde Hickory Brewery – Daniel Boone Ale aged in Oak Barrels
Mar01

679. Olde Hickory Brewery – Daniel Boone Ale aged in Oak Barrels

It’s been a long, tough day, cleaning, prepping the house, and meeting with our realtor. But today, we now have a for sale sign in our yard. We’re nervous as hell about moving, and to take the edge off, I decided to open up this big beer. This is another beer my sister brought me from her trip to Asheville, NC. It had a price tag of $8 on it. The label is a bit cheesy, but I hope you can’t judge this beer by its...

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