757. Pollyanna Brewing – Imperial Black Saison
Jan18

757. Pollyanna Brewing – Imperial Black Saison

It’s Sunday and I’ve spent most of the day working on computer issues. My computer is to the point I have to reinstall the operating system and basically start over. Therefore, I really needed to crack this open. If you follow the blog, the last time I had a beer from Pollyanna Brewing Co, I was at Beer House Chicago where they were having a special event. I won a growler and a fill. So I finally stopped in a couple weeks...

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756. The Grand Canyon Brewing Co. – Winter Bourbon Barrel Bomber
Jan10

756. The Grand Canyon Brewing Co. – Winter Bourbon Barrel Bomber

I received this beer from the brewery last year and saw that it had a “flavor bomb” on the inside.  Therefore, I decided to wait a while and let the flavor soak into it a little bit – especially since it was a bourbon barrel flavor.  I finally opened it tonight after watching the local team (Illinois State University) lose in the national championship today. I’m working on work stuff tonight but thought...

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755. Deschutes Brewery – Fresh Squeezed IPA
Jan07

755. Deschutes Brewery – Fresh Squeezed IPA

I spent all afternoon at the fire department working on a video for work (see the completed video about heart health with the fire department). It was fulfilling, but exhausting. I stopped on way home to pick up dinner for my family. I had a free pizza coupon, and decided to sit and have craft beer while waiting for my food. I really wanted the Goose Island barleywine on tap, but decided to go with this one first. Location: On tap and...

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754. Downtown Grill & Brewery – Alt
Jan02

754. Downtown Grill & Brewery – Alt

Something at work was bugging me, so when I got home, I was ready for a beer. That’s when I saw the growler my sister brought me a month or so ago from Downtown Grill & Brewery in Knoxville, TN. She called when she was at the brewery to see what I wanted and this and the IPA sounded like good fall brews. Location: Poured into a large Sam Adams Perfect pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL. Numbers: 5.6% ABV, ~170 Calories...

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753. Three Floyds – Robert the Bruce Scottish Style Ale
Dec16

753. Three Floyds – Robert the Bruce Scottish Style Ale

Today was a pretty decent day at work. My employees were gone and I had a fairly good talk with my boss (who I’ve only gotten a chance to talk with about 3 times since I started about 3 months ago). I was also able to get home at a decent time. So, to celebrate the day, I cracked open this beer while making dinner. I picked this one up during one of my many work trips up to Chicago lately. Location: I poured it into a snifter...

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752. Krombacher Gruppe – Krombacher Dark
Dec11

752. Krombacher Gruppe – Krombacher Dark

I’m still at the Beer House Chicago since I’m staying a across the street while I’m up in the Chicago suburbs for work. As I mentioned in my last post, there was a sales girl here giving away glasses if you have both Keombacher Pils and this Dark. It’s kind of a cool glass and it’s somewhat cheap, so I figured why not. Location: On tap and served in a Krombacher Pilsner glass at Beer House Chicago in...

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751. Krombacher Gruppe – Krombacher Pilsner
Dec11

751. Krombacher Gruppe – Krombacher Pilsner

I’m in Chicago again for work and am staying across the street from Beer House Chicago again. Tonight, there was a girl at the bar trying to get people to buy this beer and their “black Pilsner” (I had to explain to her what a Schwartzbier is. I really try not to be a beer snob) to get a free glass. I thought it was kind of a cool glass, and it was a fairly cheap beer, and I haven’t had it yet. So, I thought...

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750. Samuel Adams – Fat Jack Double Pumpkin
Dec02

750. Samuel Adams – Fat Jack Double Pumpkin

Today at work, we had an all day offsite educational session. So, it was a pretty good day and I got home a little bit early. After dinner, my son and I went and got haircuts, and when I got home the kitchen was clean. The kids had to do their homework, so I grabbed this beer and sat down to do some homework of my own – another pumpkin beer to add to the list. Location: Poured into a large Sam Adams Perfect pint glass at my home...

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749. SanTan Brewing – Oktoberfest
Nov28

749. SanTan Brewing – Oktoberfest

It’s the day after Thanksgiving, and we had a wonderful time yesterday with the family here at our house. I had plenty of my homebrew on tap, as well as lots of food. Today, I had to work from home, because with my new job I still don’t have a lot of vacation saved up. So, after getting plenty of work done, I decided to crack open this canned craft beer. SanTan Brewing sent me this beer a couple of months ago to try, and I...

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748. Natty Greene’s Brewing Co. – Cannonball Double IPA
Nov25

748. Natty Greene’s Brewing Co. – Cannonball Double IPA

It’s a couple days before Thanksgiving, and I had to pick up a huge turkey, because we’re having everyone over at our house for Thanksgiving. In order to make room in the refrigerator, I needed to clear out a few beers. So, I thought I’d sit down and enjoy this one I stuck in the fridge a couple weeks ago. It’s from my sister’s trip to Asheville, North Carolina this past fall. I’ve never heard of...

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747. Saw Works Brewing Co. – Rocky Hop IPA
Nov22

747. Saw Works Brewing Co. – Rocky Hop IPA

It’s been a lazy Saturday recovering from a late night last night. My son’s birthday was this week, and he had a couple friends over last night to spend the night. I finally went to bed about 2 AM after trying to get them to bed. I’m buying time before the Missouri – Tennessee football game tonight, so I decided to crack open this growler my sister brought me. She was down in Knoxville (home of the University...

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746.  Big Muddy Brewing – Pumpkin Smasher
Nov17

746. Big Muddy Brewing – Pumpkin Smasher

It was a long Monday at work, but my wife had dinner going when I came home. While she finished up dinner, I enjoyed this beer. It was (I think) the last of the mixed pumpkin beers I bought when I was up in Chicago a couple weeks ago. Most of the beers I bought haven’t been great or worthy of adding to my top 10 pumpkin beers list. I’m hoping Pumpkin Smasher will reverse that trend with this one. Location: Poured into a...

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745. Woodruff Brewing Co. – Woodruff IPA
Nov15

745. Woodruff Brewing Co. – Woodruff IPA

Its been a decent Saturday, and I’ve been catching up on a lot of the reviews. That made me thirsty to have one, and after dropping the kids off at a couple of birthday parties it was time. My sister went to Nashville and Knoxville Tennessee a couple of weeks ago, and brought back several beers for me. She brought me several growlers, and in order to drink them when they were fresh, I thought I should crack them open soon....

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744. Redhook Ale Brewery – Out Of Your Gourd Pumpkin Porter
Nov08

744. Redhook Ale Brewery – Out Of Your Gourd Pumpkin Porter

It’s been a fairly relaxing Saturday watching college football and basketball and being mildly productive. Now that dinner is finished and the kids have taken over the main TV, I decided to sit down in the kitchen and enjoy a beer. I picked up this one in Chicago a few weeks ago, along with the other pumpkin beers I’ve been trying lately. I haven’t been too successful at finding new pumpkin beers to add to my top 10...

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743. Southern Tier Brewing – Warlock Imperial Pumpkin Stout
Nov07

743. Southern Tier Brewing – Warlock Imperial Pumpkin Stout

We met with a window guy this evening to see what it would cost to replace all of the windows in our 25-year-old home. After the meeting, and more specifically, the price he gave us, I needed to have a really big beer. I bought this beer a couple weeks ago when I was up in Chicago for work, along with the 6 or 7 other pumpkin beers I’ve tried recently. I’ve been searching for new pumpkin beers to add to my top 10 list....

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742. Tyranena Brewing Co. – Painted Ladies Pumpkin Spice Ale
Nov05

742. Tyranena Brewing Co. – Painted Ladies Pumpkin Spice Ale

My wife and kids just left for religious education, so, after a long day of work, I got to come home and sit down and enjoy a beer. I think this is one of the last few pumpkin beers I bought a few weeks ago to enjoy around Halloween. So far, not many have been great. Hopefully, this one will turn the trend. Location: Poured into a Stella Artois chalice at my home in Bloomington, IL. Numbers: 7.5% ABV, 22 IBUs, ~220 Calories...

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741. Lakefront Brewery – Pumpkin Lager
Oct30

741. Lakefront Brewery – Pumpkin Lager

Tomorrow night is Halloween, so I thought I’d try to crack open another one of the pumpkin beers I bought when I was up in Chicago a few weeks ago. I’m always on the lookout for new pumpkin beers to add to my list, as it was one of the first styles that got me hooked on brewing my own beer and trying craft beer. The last beer I had – Wild Onion Pumpkin Ale – reminded me of a lager-style pumpkin beer, so I...

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740. Wild Onion Brewing – Pumpkin Ale
Oct26

740. Wild Onion Brewing – Pumpkin Ale

It’s been a productive Sunday so far, getting the yard in shape, raking leaves, and other chores around the house. The kids went with a friend to go trick-or-treating at the church, and my wife went to go buy a new microwave oven. So, I’ve got the house to myself for the next half hour. It was a good opportunity to sit down, and have one of the pumpkin beers I recently bought, and see if I can find any new additions to my...

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739.  Arcadia Ales – Jaw-Jacker Ale
Oct22

739. Arcadia Ales – Jaw-Jacker Ale

I’ve been super busy with my new job lately. As I mentioned before, I’ve got a lot to learn, and so my days have been long and exhausting. When I come home, I’ve been pretty much vegging out. With Halloween approaching, I bought several new pumpkin beers during my weekly trips up to Chicago. Since we’re only a week or so from the holiday, I thought I’d finally crack one of these open and see if I find any...

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738. Furthermore Brewing – Fatty Boombalatty Belgian White
Oct08

738. Furthermore Brewing – Fatty Boombalatty Belgian White

As I mentioned in my last couple of posts, I’m at Beer House Chicago and and had a couple of beers from Pollyanna Brewing Co, a new brewery in Lamont, IL. It was still pretty early, so I decided to stick around and have one more beer. Again, I was trying to find something local that I couldn’t find down in central IL. Although Furthermore isn’t quite “local,” it is from just north of Chicago, in Wisconsin. And,...

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