926. Hand of Fate – 1818 Prairie State Farmhouse Ale
Jan30

926. Hand of Fate – 1818 Prairie State Farmhouse Ale

The wind chill today was -53 degrees, so we were told to work from home if we could. So after sitting here in front of the window all day, staring out into the frigid park, I decided to… umm celebrate living here in Illinois. This beer was brewed for the state’s bicentennial, and a friend Friend Steve brought this beer to a party and left it. Brewed for state’s bicentennial. This ale, proudly named 1818, is our...

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925. 2nd Shift – Little Big Hop Session IPA
Jan27

925. 2nd Shift – Little Big Hop Session IPA

It’s Sunday afternoon and I’m feeling pretty productive… I’ve watched CBS Sunday Morning, gone to church and then cooked up a couple pounds of ground beef into burgers and taco meat. Now, I can relax and have a beer, and what better style for a Sunday afternoon than a session IPA. When I started this blog in April 2010, I never imagined that “session IPA” would be a style. I just reminds me how much...

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Deja Vu All Over Again. Another Duplication.
Jan27

Deja Vu All Over Again. Another Duplication.

To quote a native of my hometown of St. Louis, and baseball Hall of Famer, Yogi Berra, “it’s like deja vu all over again.” In researching other beers I’ve had from 2nd Shift Brewing in St. Louis, I realized that I had mistakenly had their El Gato Grande IPA twice. It was listed as 410. 2nd Shift Brewing – El Gato Grande AIPA and 899. 2nd Shift Brewing – El Gato Grande IPA. This isn’t the first time...

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925. Founders – Curmudgeon’s Better Half
Jan25

925. Founders – Curmudgeon’s Better Half

TGIF! Ever since the holidays, when we had a few short weeks at work, work weeks have been feeling long. The kids also had the day off school today because of the cold. We’re supposed to get more snow this weekend (third weekend for snow in a row). So, now that Friday’s finally here it’s time for a beer! I bought a four pack of this beer a few weeks ago and have already had a couple, which I’ve really enjoyed....

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924. Uinta Brewing – Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout
Jan20

924. Uinta Brewing – Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout

My brother-in-law and nephew have been in town from Tampa, FL all weekend. So, we’ve spent most of our time this weekend hanging out with them. It’s also snowed more, as we got another 4 inches to add to the 10 or so inches we got last weekend. So, I’ve also been outside in the bitter cold (the high today was 12 degrees) blowing snow. We’ve got a little bit of downtime before heading out to dinner with them, so...

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923. 2nd Shift – Liquid Spiritual Delight with Maple Aged in Whisky Barrels
Jan12

923. 2nd Shift – Liquid Spiritual Delight with Maple Aged in Whisky Barrels

It’s been snowing all day today, and we’ve gotten about 9 inches of snow. I went out for a little bit and blew the snow off the drive, only for it to snow another inch or two afterward. This evening, my wife and I worked on a puzzle and relaxed. Afterward, I decided to crack open a beer. My sister brought me a four pack of this one from St. Louis. The last one I had was awesome, so I was looking forward to sipping on this...

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