777. Against the Grain – Kentucky Ryed Chiquen
Aug13

777. Against the Grain – Kentucky Ryed Chiquen

As I mentioned in my last post, I was up in Chicago for work today, and on my way home, I decided to stop in Lexington, IL at Kemp’s Upper Tap.  This small bar in a small town always seems to have the best beers around. It must help that one of the big local craft beer distributors is located just up the street from them.  When I saw this beer on the list, I knew I had to get it.  I’d heard about how good it was, and then...

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776. Ballast Point – Grapefruit Sculpin 
Aug13

776. Ballast Point – Grapefruit Sculpin 

I was up in Chicago today for work, and on my way home, I decided to stop in Lexington, IL to see the new Kemp’s Upper Tap bar. Although it’s about 15 minutes north of Bloomington-Normal and is a super small town, this bar seems to get more good beers on tap than any other place nearby. It seems like the different flavored Ballast Point Sculpin beers have been pretty popular lately, so I thought I’d give this one a...

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775. Sierra Nevada – Golden IPA
Aug10

775. Sierra Nevada – Golden IPA

We returned from vacation on Friday and we’ve been recovering the last couple days. It’s given me a few hours to catch up on reviews, which inspired me to do one. Right before we left, I bought a “4-way IPA” case of Sierra Nevada beers. I thought I’d give one of them a try. On the bottle it says: Hoppy, light-boddied IPAs have become a hallmark of the West Coast style of brewing, and our Golden IPA is as...

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774. Dryhop Brewers & Begyle Brewing – Johnny Quest Thinks We’re Sell Outs Black IPA
Jul25

774. Dryhop Brewers & Begyle Brewing – Johnny Quest Thinks We’re Sell Outs Black IPA

My son’s baseball season ended suddenly and unfortunately last night with a loss in the first round of the tournament. So, we have nothing going on today except for cleaning the house. At lunch, I decided to grab a beer from the beer fridge, and I’ve been trying to make my way through the IPAs as quickly as possible. I picked this one up on one of my many work trips to Chicago. Also, I thought I’d try out my new TEKU...

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773.  New Belgium & Perennial Artisan Ales – Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout
Jun27

773.  New Belgium & Perennial Artisan Ales – Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout

It’s Friday, and it’s been a very bizarre day. The best part of it was that my wife passed a test and now we get to go to Boston this fall. We celebrated with a nice dinner out with the kids. After a quick trip to Lowes, to buy some baseboard for my weekend project, I decided to crack open this beer for dessert. I bought it a few weeks ago, because it looked good, and my friend Jonathan is a Brewer at Perennial Artisan...

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772. Great Lakes Brewing – Nosferatu Imperial Red Ale
Jun12

772. Great Lakes Brewing – Nosferatu Imperial Red Ale

TGIF! It’s been a pretty good week, and I thought I’d celebrate it with a big beer on our deck. I’ve had this one in the fridge a while now, but I think I picked it up as part of a mixed 6-pack at the liquor store. The bottle is dated 11/29/13, but I figured it would be OK since it’s a big beer. The bottle says: The Beer With The Bite Aptly named after the notorious German vampire from the 1920s, our imperial...

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771. Hi-Wire Brewing – Bed of Nails Brown Ale
May30

771. Hi-Wire Brewing – Bed of Nails Brown Ale

Today has been a pretty good day… Yesterday was the kids last day of school, so my wife and I took off work to hang out with the kids. This morning, one of our neighbors invited several families over for donuts and a walk around the neighborhood, which was a lot of fun. I then worked on the house and we picked out new hardwood floors. After the kids fell asleep watching tv, I decided to have a beer. This is one of the beers my...

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770. Three Floyds – Man-O-Awe American Pale Ale
May24

770. Three Floyds – Man-O-Awe American Pale Ale

We have been extremely productive this Memorial day weekend. In fact, I’ve already put down 100 bags of mulch in our planters. So, after a couple of days of solid work, I thought I’d chill out on the deck this evening, and have a beer. I’ve been trying to make my way through the IPAs in the beer fridge, and I think I got most of them. I pick this one up with the other Three Floyd’s beers I’ve had lately...

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769. Abbey of Leffe – Leffe Blonde
May19

769. Abbey of Leffe – Leffe Blonde

I’ve been in a training session all day for work and got home a little bit early. Therefore, I grab my laptop to catch up on a little bit of work, and cracked open this beer, while enjoying the evening sun in the kitchen. I picked up this beer a few weeks ago, when I stopped at Fresh Market to get some sushi for my son. They had some interesting beers you could make a mixed six pack with so I got this one along with...

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768. Brew Bus Brewing – Last Stop India Pale Ale
May17

768. Brew Bus Brewing – Last Stop India Pale Ale

We’ve been work on and around the house all day, and now that I’m waiting on some spackle to dry, I thought I’d stop and have a beer. A few months ago my sister was in Florida and mention she was planning on stopping by a few breweries. I told her to stop and see Anthony, a fraternity brother who owns the Tampa Bay Brew Bus and Brew Bus Brewing. She stopped and got a few beers for me and he gave her a 6-pack of this...

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767. Oddside Ales – Paranoia Imperial India Pale Ale
May16

767. Oddside Ales – Paranoia Imperial India Pale Ale

It’s been a pretty decent Saturday afternoon. I got to sleep in a little bit, and then we went to the gym. I got a little work done around the house, before we had to go get pictures taken with my son’s baseball team. now I’m working on the house, and decided to take a break and have this beer. I picked it up last fall when my family and I took a trip up to Western Michigan. before we left town, I picked up several...

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766. Stone Brewing – Go To IPA
May09

766. Stone Brewing – Go To IPA

We had my son’s soccer game this morning and then I laid 44 cubic yards of mulch. So, before I have to get ready to go to my daughter’s dance recital, I thought a beer was in order. I saw this beer at one of our local liquor stores a few weeks ago and thought I’d get it as an every evening kind of brew. It’s their version of a “session IPA” – which is a style that’s only recently...

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765. Three Floyds Brewing – Dreadnaught Imperial IPA
Apr27

765. Three Floyds Brewing – Dreadnaught Imperial IPA

Things have been crazy busy lately with work and family. So, after rushing home from work and taking my son to soccer practice, and then coming home to mow the lawn, I decided to crack open this beer. I picked it up a few months ago during one of my many work trips up to Chicago. Whenever I find Three Floyds beers up there I snag them. This one says it was bottled on 7/3/2014, and like the last one, I didn’t want these big IPAs...

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764. Three Floyds Brewing – Apocalypse Cow
Apr12

764. Three Floyds Brewing – Apocalypse Cow

It’s been a productive weekend working around the house, and today I got out and mowed the lawn for the first time this year. I thought I’d reward myself with a beer, and it’s been a while since I’ve done a review, so I grabbed the biggest IPA I could find in the front of the beer fridge. I picked up this beer a few months ago when I was up in Chicago for work. Whenever I find Three Floyd’s beers up there...

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763. Ecliptic Brewing – Spica Hefepils
Mar21

763. Ecliptic Brewing – Spica Hefepils

It’s an awesome Saturday afternoon outside and as I crack open this beer and reheat leftover pizza, the biggest decision I have to make is whether to watch the NCAA basketball tournament or the National Lampoon’s Vacation marathon on AMC.  This beer was sent to me by my friend Betty who lives up in the Northwest. When I won the brewmaster “Cuisinternship” with Full Sail Brewing, I brewed with John Harris, a...

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762. Pyramid Brewing – Thunderhead IPA
Mar07

762. Pyramid Brewing – Thunderhead IPA

I’ve been busy today, while my wife has been napping because she’s not feeling very good. The weather is finally starting to get a little bit better, and it’s a really nice day outside. So, I decided to sit down, enjoy the sunlight in the kitchen, and have this beer. I got this bottle from my friend Betty, who lives in Tacoma, Washington and Portland, Oregon. She sent it as a housewarming/new job gift....

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761. Green Man Brewing – ESB Special Amber Ale
Mar06

761. Green Man Brewing – ESB Special Amber Ale

It’s been a fun afternoon, shooting a video at work, and leaving early to get home and watch the kids while my wife goes to happy hour. I took the kids out to dinner at Moe’s, and when we got home I decided it was time for a beer. This one has been in the refrigerator for a while now. it’s one of the beers my sister picked up for me on her trip to Asheville, North Carolina. I’ve already had a couple of beers...

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760. The Grand Canyon Brewing Co. – Shaggy Bock
Mar02

760. The Grand Canyon Brewing Co. – Shaggy Bock

This is another beer that was sent to me by Grand Canyon brewing Company. much like the last one I had, this one includes a flavor bomb. Since I didn’t have any luck with the last one, I figured I had better cracked this one open sooner rather than later, even though it is a bock and should age pretty good. Location: Poured into a pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL. Numbers: 6.75% ABV, ~200 Calories Appearance & Aroma:...

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759. Dry Hop Brewers – Shark Meets Hipster Wheat IPA
Feb22

759. Dry Hop Brewers – Shark Meets Hipster Wheat IPA

I was up in Chicago for work and stopped at this brewery one evening a couple weeks ago. I tried a flight of their beers, and decided to get this one to bring home and review. I love the idea of the canned growler, but when I opened it, the can was several ounces short of being full. Today, I’m procrastinating getting some work done, so I thought I’d have a beer since I’m caught up on reviews and I’ve got...

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758.  Books & Brews – The Three Hopsketeers IPA
Feb21

758. Books & Brews – The Three Hopsketeers IPA

It’s a cleaning day here at home, and I took a break to catch up on beer reviews. It’s been several weeks since I posted, because WordPress was down on my phone. It’s a bummer because I visited a couple breweries in Chicago the last couple of weeks (Revolution & Atlas). My sister went to Indianapolis a couple months ago and stopped at a few breweries in Indy. She called while she was at this brewery and brought...

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