949. Fretboard Brewing – Sapphire Haze Hazy IPA
Apr27

949. Fretboard Brewing – Sapphire Haze Hazy IPA

So we’re in the sixth week of shelter-in-place during the coronavirus pandemic. We’ve been very fortunate to be able to work from home and get some much needed house projects completed. After finishing tiling my kids bathroom this evening, it was definitely time for a beer. My sister brought me this beer a couple of months ago from a trip she took to Cincinnati, although it says it was canned on 8/19/2019. I also recently...

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Beer Festivals go Virtual
Apr26

Beer Festivals go Virtual

It’s beer festival season, but most of us are under a stay-at-home order. You can do virtual beer tastings and tours from your home, but now, you can also do a beer festival from home – thanks to Rock Star Beer Festivals. When you buy a ticket to one of their “Virtual Edition” beer festivals, you’ll receive a package with 10 special local and regional brews, along with brewery swag, delivered to your home...

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948. New Glarus – Oud Bruin 2016
Mar29

948. New Glarus – Oud Bruin 2016

We are on day 17 of “sheltering in place” for the COVID-19 Coronavirus, and I’m in my man cave continuing to stain wood for the display case I’ve been working on. While I let the stain dry, I grabbed this one out of the beer fridge. I bought this at the New Glarus Brewery in 2016, when a friend and I decided to head up there for a day trip. I figured this one would get more interesting with age, but it’s...

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947. Sonder Brewing – Otto Tiramisu Stout
Mar28

947. Sonder Brewing – Otto Tiramisu Stout

We continue to be “sheltered in place” at home, due to the Coronavirus, and we’re starting to lose track of what day it is. I do realize it’s Saturday, and I spent the day working on a display case I’m building for my shot glass collection, cleaning up my man cave, and binging on Ozark on Netflix. After dinner, I had a couple chocolate chip cookies, which probably encouraged me to grab this one out of the...

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946. Sierra Nevada/Avery – Beer Camp Dry Hopped Barleywine Style Ale
Mar27

946. Sierra Nevada/Avery – Beer Camp Dry Hopped Barleywine Style Ale

So, we are in the second week of our “shelter in place” during the Coronavirus epidemic. It’s been a busy couple of weeks at work, as we work to get all of the people where I work online to be able to work from home. After working through the weekend last weekend, it was time for some time off. I took today off and after a trip to the grocery store, mostly lounged around the house. This evening, we watched...

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945. Oskar Blues – Can-O-Bliss Tropical IPA
Feb08

945. Oskar Blues – Can-O-Bliss Tropical IPA

This is the first weekend in quite a while that we haven’t had hardly anything to do. So today, I got my websites transferred over to a new hosting company, cleaned the house a little bit, and then headed to the basement to watch Missouri basketball and clean up my man cave a little bit. So, while I watched the game and cleaned, I enjoyed this beer. I bought a six pack of this beer a couple of weeks ago for a party, and had a...

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944. Perennial – Vacation Dad Dry-Hopped Summer Ale
Feb01

944. Perennial – Vacation Dad Dry-Hopped Summer Ale

It’s been a somewhat lazy Saturday with no a lot going on. I ran some errands, studied and took a practice test for an information security certification, and now I’m settling down to watch Groundhog Day – since tomorrow is Groundhog Day. This beer was given to me by my sister over Christmas. Since it’s dry-hopped, I figured I’d better have it soon. However, the bottom of the can has a September 2019 date...

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943. Fretboard Brewing – The Fretboard Experience Brut DIPA
Dec31

943. Fretboard Brewing – The Fretboard Experience Brut DIPA

It’s New Year’s Eve. I took the day off of work today and homebrewed a double batch of a Russian imperial Stout. I’ve got a bourbon barrel ready for it to go in. So, it’s been a long day, and I just picked up some Chinese food for dinner. So I’m ready to settle in, have some food, enjoy this beer and watch the ball drop. My sister picked up this beer on a recent trip and brought it when she came to visit...

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942. Boulevard Brewing – 2015 Bourbon Barrel Quad
Nov29

942. Boulevard Brewing – 2015 Bourbon Barrel Quad

My dad and sister are staying with us for a few days over this Thanksgiving break and with dinner tonight, we decided to crack open a few beers from the beer fridge. My sister has come around to craft beer over the last few years, and her style of preference is Belgian quad. Therefore, I decided to crack open this 2015 bourbon barrel quad from Boulevard that’s been in the beer fridge for a few years – although I figured...

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941. The Bruery – White Chocolate
Nov28

941. The Bruery – White Chocolate

Happy Thanksgiving! My dad and sister are here from St. Louis and my in-laws from in town are here. Either my sister or my dad bought this for me last Christmas and my sister really wanted me to open it and share it with her. It’s a big beer that’s aged in a bourbon barrel with cacao nibs and vanilla beans. Location: Poured into a Teku pint glass from the 750ml bottle at my home in Bloomington, IL. Numbers: 14% ABV, ~420...

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940. Urban South/Illuminated Brew Works – Two Levees Raspberry Tart
Oct06

940. Urban South/Illuminated Brew Works – Two Levees Raspberry Tart

It’s Sunday evening and we had a great afternoon bicycling with friends to Keg Grove Brewery here in town. I realized I haven’t reviewed many beers lately, although if you follow me on Untappd (1KBeers), you’d see I’ve had a chance to visit several breweries and have many new beers the last few months. One of the breweries we visited a couple weeks ago was Urban South Brewery in New Orleans. As it turns out, a...

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939. Maui Brewing – Coconut Hiwa Porter
Oct05

939. Maui Brewing – Coconut Hiwa Porter

It’s another fall Saturday, and I spent the morning cleaning up the house and prepping for our upcoming Halloween party. Now I’m watching Mizzou football while it’s raining outside, and thought I’d crack open this beer. I picked it up for a Hawaiian party we had (along with the coconut pictured). Location: Poured into a snifter style pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL. Numbers: 6% ABV, 30 IBUs, 183...

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938. Monkish – Caffé Della Vita
Aug03

938. Monkish – Caffé Della Vita

It feels like the first weekend of the summer that we haven’t had much going on. I’ve been editing video of the family cruise we took in June and am getting ready for a work trip to San Diego next week. In preparation for this trip, I decided to crack open this growler from Monkish from my sisters trip to California a couple months ago. She texted me from Monkish and this Belgian Tripel brewed with pistachios, vanilla and...

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937. Rockwell Beer Co. – Passing Clouds
Jul21

937. Rockwell Beer Co. – Passing Clouds

It’s been an extremely busy summer. I’ve been helping to coach my son’s baseball team, and we’ve had several games each week. Additionally, we were gone on vacation for a week and a half at the end of June. So today, after my son’s team played for the fifth straight day in record-setting high temperatures and lost, it was time to finally sit down and have a beer. A little over a month ago, my family went...

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936. Creature Comforts Brewing – Topicália IPA
Jun11

936. Creature Comforts Brewing – Topicália IPA

It’s been a mindblowingly busy few weeks. My son’s baseball season is in full swing, with 5 games in just the past 5 days. At the same time, I finished up an insurance designation (FLMI) for my job, which involved taking lots of tests. We also hosted a Mizzou alumni picnic at our house and are preparing for a Caribbean cruise. With all of that going on, I haven’t been able to just sit and enjoy a beer very often....

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935. Great Flood Brewing – Find-a-Way IPA
May04

935. Great Flood Brewing – Find-a-Way IPA

It’s been a busy Saturday. I picked up 40 bags of mulch and have been working on the yard most of the day, including burning branches that have fallen into the yard. The last hour or so, I’ve been sipping on Bourbon and watching the build-up to the Kentucky Derby. I decided to review one of the beers I picked up during our Bourbon Trail trip a couple months ago. So cheers to the Derby and this Louisville IPA. The can says,...

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934. West Sixth Brewing – IPA
Mar31

934. West Sixth Brewing – IPA

It has been a very busy Sunday morning, going to church, fertilizing the yard and installing a cat door. So now it’s time to have a beer and watch some March Madness NCAA basketball. I picked up this beer a couple weeks ago when I was in Louisville, KY doing the Bourbon Trail. I picked up a mixed six pack of local IPAs. So I know I need to drink them while they are still relatively fresh. Location: Poured into a TEKU pint glass...

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933. Atlanta Brewing Co. – Hoplanta IPA
Mar31

933. Atlanta Brewing Co. – Hoplanta IPA

I’m watching March Madness, and an incredible UVA – Purdue basketball game and had to grab another beer. This one was given to me by my friend Joe when we met up and did the Bourbon Trail a couple of weeks ago. He lives in Atlanta and brought me a few beers from there. I had to double check, because I thought I’d had a beer named Hoplanta before, but the one I had before was from Red Brick Brewing. Location: Poured...

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932. Country Boy Brewing – Cliff Jumper IPA
Mar30

932. Country Boy Brewing – Cliff Jumper IPA

It’s been a rainy Saturday and I spent most of the day pasteurizing strawberries and peaches for my home brewed Belgian golden strong. I’m now watching The Elite Eight basketball games and decided to have a beer. This is another one I picked up on our Bourbon Trail tripd a few weeks ago. When we did the Bourbon Trail in 2017, we actually stopped at this brewery and had a couple beers. I thought I’d get this one to...

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931. Falls City – Hipster Repellant IPA
Mar23

931. Falls City – Hipster Repellant IPA

Its a nice sunny day today, but it’s still fairly cold out. Besides, the NCAA tournament is on this weekend. So, I made up some tacos for lunch and decided to grab a beer to enjoy with it. I picked this one up a couple of weeks ago when my friend Joe and I were in Lexington Kentucky doing the Bourbon Trail. I will admit, that I bought this beer totally because of the name and the cool textured can. The can says, “The...

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