804. Flat 12 Bierwerks – Walkabout Pale Ale
Jan23

804. Flat 12 Bierwerks – Walkabout Pale Ale

We had a relatively low key weekend, so I thought I’d try to do a couple reviews today. This is one of the beers my friend Kevin brought from Indianapolis. I don’t know much about their brewery, but already had their Half Cycle IPA, which was overly bitter. So, I’m hoping this one is a little better. Location: Poured into a curved pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL Numbers: 5.3% ABV, 40 IBUs, ~140 Calories...

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803. Hi-Wire Brewing – Hi-Pitch IPA
Jan19

803. Hi-Wire Brewing – Hi-Pitch IPA

It’s Monday… time for a beer, but seriously, it was a long day at work, and I was ready for a beer. I’ve also been trying to review beers a little more regularly. This beer was given to me by my sister after her trip to Asheville, NC. The bottle says, “Hi-Pitch, a Western North Carolina take on the West Coast style IPA. Huge citrus hop aromas make this a Hop Head’s dream. Its full body balances well with...

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802. West Sixth Brewing – Pay it Foward Cocoa Porter
Jan18

802. West Sixth Brewing – Pay it Foward Cocoa Porter

I was awoken this morning by my wife cleaning our bedroom, announcing she had a list of things for me to do today. I knocked out most of the stuff on the list, and even went to the gym today. So, I decided to reward myself with a beer tonight. This was part of a bunch of beers my sister brought back from her trip to Cincinnati and gave me for Christmas. Location: Poured into a snifter glass at my home in Bloomington, IL Numbers: 7%...

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801. Fountain Square Brewery – Soul Ride India Pale Ale
Jan16

801. Fountain Square Brewery – Soul Ride India Pale Ale

It’s been a pretty relaxing Saturday. The only thing we had to do today was go to the neighbors daughter’s birthday party. So when I got home, after I took care of a few things, I decided to sit down and review a couple of beers. My buddy Kevin Marks brought this in a bunch of beers for me from Indianapolis a couple of months ago, so I’ve been trying to make my way through them. The label says, “This American...

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800. Founders Brewing – Kentucky Breakfast Stout 2009 KBS
Jan16

800. Founders Brewing – Kentucky Breakfast Stout 2009 KBS

It’s been a long week at work, since one of the hospitals I oversee public affairs for opened a new patient wing. Since it’s a Friday night and a milestone beer, I thought I’d grab something from the special section of the beer fridge. Before I cracked it open, I had to do a bit of research to see what year KBS this was… so thanks to the beer geeks out there who posted the info letting me know it was a 2009....

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799. Ecliptic Brewing – Regulus Sparkling Ale
Jan10

799. Ecliptic Brewing – Regulus Sparkling Ale

I’m working on my webpage today, and am sitting in the kitchen enjoying the gorgeous view of all of the snow we had last night. I thought I’d knock out a couple of beer reviews, and I’ve been meaning to have this one for quite a while. My friend Betty sent it to me from Portland, after I asked her to send me some beers from Ecliptic Brewing. When I did my Cuisinturnship in Portland, I brewed with John Harris, the...

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798. Lagunitas Brewing – Censored Rich Copper Ale
Jan08

798. Lagunitas Brewing – Censored Rich Copper Ale

I had to drive up to Chicago for work today for a monthly meeting, and was hoping to make it back into town for “Belgian Beer School” at our local HyVee grocery store.  I made it about halfway through, but thanks to my friends Kiel, Fred & Heather for saving me a seat and a few sips of each beer to get caught up! Also, thanks to Adam Schulte of Artisanal Imports for an excellent presentation and samples of great beers....

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797. Sun King Brewing – Wee Mac Scottish-Style Ale
Jan03

797. Sun King Brewing – Wee Mac Scottish-Style Ale

I’m set on doing a few reviews today, so now that I’ve had dinner and helped put away Christmas decorations it’s time for a beer. This is one of the beers my sister brought me from her trip to Indianapolis. Admittedly, I’ve already had the other three in the four pack and held onto this one to do this review. The can says, “Crafted to be smooth and malty, Wee Mac has a rich hazelnut character with toffee...

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796. Mankato Brewery – Haymaker IPA
Jan02

796. Mankato Brewery – Haymaker IPA

It’s been nice having a long, relaxing weekend, and I’ve been meaning to know a few more beers off the list. I’ve been trying to find and drink all of the IPAs in the beer fridge, knowing that the flavors in those will fade the fastest. I picked this one up as part of a mixed 12 pack of beers from Mankato Brewing when I was up in Minnesota at Mayo clinic.  So far, I’ve only had their Leaf Raker Nut Brown ale....

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