866. Sierra Nevada/Garage Project – Beer Camp Campout Porter
Jun23

866. Sierra Nevada/Garage Project – Beer Camp Campout Porter

It’s been a busy week, and I was thinking we might do a firepit night tonight (although we didn’t end up doing it). Therefore, I thought I’d try this beer, which the label says, “In honor of Beer Camp, our friends at New Zealand’s Garage Project brewery wanted to carry the camping theme straight through to the flavor of our beer. Featuring a unique malt smoked over manuka wood, rare manuka honey and...

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865. Goose Island – Cooper Project #1
Jun14

865. Goose Island – Cooper Project #1

My friend and I spent the weekend doing the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, and hit 13 distilleries (and 5 breweries). It was a bit of a challenge getting back to work today, but I did and decided to reward myself and transition back to normal with this beer. I found it locally a few weeks ago and snagged a few bottles. I love their Bourbon County Brand Stout and thought a bourbon barrel aged scotch ale would be just as awesome. Location:...

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864. Ballast Point – Piper Down Scottish Ale
Jun08

864. Ballast Point – Piper Down Scottish Ale

As I mentioned a few days ago, I got a few beers sent to me by my friend David in San Diego, including AleSmith’s tribute to Tony Gwynn. Additionally, he sent me a few beers from Ballast Point, another top brewery in San Diego. While they’re getting pretty well known for their flavored IPA’s, I haven’t had much variety from them. I thought having a Scottish Ale from them might be a little different, plus, I...

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Beer Camp on Tour in Chicago
Jun06

Beer Camp on Tour in Chicago

Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp will be in Chicago on June 10, 2017. They’ve partnered with the Illinois Craft Brewers’ Guild to hold a huge festival at Navy Pier from 3-7 pm. There’s a huge list of breweries that will be serving, and Sierra Nevada will be pouring beers from their Beer Camp Across the World Collaboration. Get more information and tickets to Chicago’s #BeerCamp on Tour event.   Here’s...

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863. Surly – Todd the Axe Man IPA
Jun04

863. Surly – Todd the Axe Man IPA

It feels like it’s been a day of running my son around to stuff. I’m back at Medici  to pick him up from a party. He’s not ready to go yet, so conveniently, I’ll have a beer while I’m waiting. While I like the beers here at Medici, they tend to have the same breweries represented on their taps. This is the first time I’d seen a Surly beer on tap here, and it looked like a good one to try while I...

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862. Ballast Point – Red Velvet Cake Nitro
Jun03

862. Ballast Point – Red Velvet Cake Nitro

It’s a Saturday night and I had to drop off my son off at a party he was attending at Medici. Since we had nothing else going on tonight, I thought I’d stick around for a beer before I left. This looked like a pretty unique beer on tap, and especially since it was on nitro, I thought I’d give it a try. Location: On tap and served in a tumbler style pint glass at Medici in Normal, IL. Numbers: 5.5% ABV, 35 IBUs, ~130...

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861. Pyramid Brewing – 1977 Championship Lager
Jun03

861. Pyramid Brewing – 1977 Championship Lager

I love getting mail from my friend @Bettywriter. Every few months she sends me beers from the Portland area. With the NBA finals kicking off this week, I thought I’d have this beer she recently sent me, which celebrates the Portland Trailblazers NBA championship in 1977. It’s a lager from Pyramid Brewing, which has locations in Seattle and Portland. It’s been an awesome Saturday outside, and it’s the only...

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860. Lagunitas – The Waldos’ Special Ale
Jun02

860. Lagunitas – The Waldos’ Special Ale

Summer is off and running. My son had his first golf lesson tonight, and as we waited, several parents grabbed Coronas from the clubhouse. So, when I got home and my daughter threw a fit because I bought a Happy Meal for my son and nothing for her, I grabbed this big beer. I was excited to find a six pack of this beer at the local liquor store around the end of April. My only challenge has been trying to keep them away from my wife...

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