894. Sierra Nevada/Fuller’s – Atlantic Style Vintage Age
Feb21

894. Sierra Nevada/Fuller’s – Atlantic Style Vintage Age

Things are getting pretty tough at work, as I’ve still got a few weeks before I find out the fate of my job (once again). It makes it hard to stay motivated, and when I get home, I’m usually ready for a beer or a bourbon. I reached into the beer fridge tonight and figured I’d drink whatever I grabbed. I got this beer sent to me as part of the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across the World special 12 pack this past summer....

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893. Straight to Ale – Monkeynaut IPA
Feb17

893. Straight to Ale – Monkeynaut IPA

It’s finally Friday, and I’m glad to be home. It’s been a busy week at work, finishing up a project, and a depressing one. My job is going away, and so I’ve got until May to find a new one internally within the company. There are a lot of cut-backs and so it’s getting more and more competitive for positions. I haven’t had any luck so far and got news this week that I wasn’t even selected for...

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892. New Glarus – Wisconsin Belgian Red
Feb10

892. New Glarus – Wisconsin Belgian Red

It’s been a relaxing Saturday evening watching the Winter Olympics and helping my wife prep the stairs for a darker wood stain. I cracked open Odell’s Friek earlier in the evening, and so I thought I’d have this one to compare it to (since it’s also a cherry lambic style beer). I picked this one up a couple weeks ago when I was up in Minnesota and stopped on my way through Wisconsin to pick up a bunch of New...

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891. Odell Brewing – Friek (2016)
Feb10

891. Odell Brewing – Friek (2016)

We’ve been expecting snow this weekend, so we’ve spent a couple days laying low here at home. I’ve been trying to work on my weight/health a bit lately, so my beer drinking has slowed down a bit. However, today’s a bit of a cheat day, so I thought I’d crack open this beer. I bought it last year around Christmas time when we were having friends over, and then we never broke it open. It’s been staring...

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890. Fremont Brewing – 2012 Bourbon Barrel Abominable Winter Ale
Feb04

890. Fremont Brewing – 2012 Bourbon Barrel Abominable Winter Ale

We had a great afternoon today. First, we went to a lunch celebration for our neighbor’s birthday. Then, we went to a Mizzou alumni watch party, and watched my Tigers beat Kentucky. After having a couple beers at the watch party, I decided to crack one open when I got home. I’ve got a lot of great stuff in the cellar, and I’m realizing that much of it is five or more years old. So, I decided to start cracking some of...

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889. Atwater Brewery – Pumpkin Spice Latte
Jan20

889. Atwater Brewery – Pumpkin Spice Latte

TGIF. It’s been a long week at work, perhaps the first full week since before Christmas. My wife and I went out to dinner and I had a couple Hop Slams. So, when we got home, I thought I’d have another beer. My sister was in Detroit over New Years weekend and brought me back a few beers from Atwater Brewery. She knows I like Pumpkin beers, so she brought this one back for me. It’s a pumpkin spiced Scotch Ale....

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888. Pelican Brewing – Bad Santa Cascadian Dark Ale
Jan13

888. Pelican Brewing – Bad Santa Cascadian Dark Ale

The end of the day today was a little stressful at work, and then I had to go pick up my son and run several errands. When we finally got home, I was ready for dinner and a beer. I poured myself a huge mug of homebrew and then decided to have one of these beers. My friend Betty sent me a pack of four beers from Pelican Brewing out in Oregon. Since this one is a seasonal, I figured I’d start with it first. The bottle says,...

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887. pFriem – Belgian-Style Christmas Ale
Jan07

887. pFriem – Belgian-Style Christmas Ale

It’s been a fairly productive Saturday, cleaning up the house and taking down Christmas decorations. I’ve already cracked open a 2012 Bigfoot from Sierra Nevada tonight, which aged nicely. Since we took down the Christmas trees today, I figured I’d crack open this Belgian-style Christmas Ale. I got this a few days ago from my friend Betty who lives in Portland. She picked it up at a fairly new brewery in Hood River,...

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886. Jolly Pumpkin – La Parcela No. 1 Pumpkin Ale
Dec28

886. Jolly Pumpkin – La Parcela No. 1 Pumpkin Ale

It’s been a fairly slow week at work this week with no one in the office really. So tonight, we’re relaxing a bit and preparing for a murder mystery party we’re hosting tomorrow night. I’ve been trying to finish off the IPAs and seasonal beers I have in the beer fridge. I bought this one five years ago for October, and never got around to having it. The bottle is marked as “Blend 16” and says it was...

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885. Drake’s Brewing – Denogginizer Imperial IPA
Dec27

885. Drake’s Brewing – Denogginizer Imperial IPA

It’s been a busy several days going back home to St. Louis and rushing from family event to family event on Christmas. It was great to see my grandparents though, as they’re both in their 90’s. Tonight, I’m getting ready to watch the Mizzou football bowl game against Texas in the Texas Bowl. I’ve been eyeing this beer since my sister brought it back from California for me this past summer. I’ve seen...

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884. Flying Monkeys – Paranormal Imperial Pumpkin Ale
Dec06
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883. New Belgium – Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin
Nov30

883. New Belgium – Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin

Things are pretty busy between work and home, and so again tonight, I thought I’d crack open another beer. We had a Halloween party a month or so ago, and my friend Steve brought a 6 pack of this beer. It’s a “Pumpkin Ale featuring cinnamon and habanero chili peppers for just the right amount of heat.” As you know, I’m a fan of pumpkin beers, so I was glad he left a couple of them so I could try it....

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882. Three Taverns Brewery – A Night on Ponce IPA
Nov29

882. Three Taverns Brewery – A Night on Ponce IPA

Things are getting shuffled around at work again, so I’m again looking for a new position just barely over a year after getting my current position. So, I haven’t been eating the healthiest… especially with lots of leftover pie and cake from our combination Thanksgiving and birthday party for my son. So after a slice of birthday cake after dinner, I decided to open up another one of the IPAs from my friend Joe....

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881. Avery Brewing – PumpKYn 2015
Nov23

881. Avery Brewing – PumpKYn 2015

It’s Thanksgiving and we have the entire family over at our house for lunch and dinner. I started with some bourbon, and I thought this would make a great transition over to beer (I’m planning to have some of my pumpkin beer later). I bought this beer last year with the intention of having it last Thanksgiving, but never got around to it. Location: Poured into a pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL. Numbers: 15% ABV,...

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880. Avondale Brewing – Battlefield IPA
Oct28

880. Avondale Brewing – Battlefield IPA

It’s a very cold and rainy Saturday, and we’re just working around the house. So since it’s barely after noon, I thought I’d grab a beer. This is one of the beers my friend Joe brought me from down South when we met up a couple months ago to do the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Since it’s an IPA, I thought I’d better drink it before the hops fade much more. It does say that it was canned in March 2017....

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879. White Oak Brewing – Res Ipsa Loquitur
Oct19

879. White Oak Brewing – Res Ipsa Loquitur

My son was attending a party on the other side of town, and after I dropped him off, I decided to finally stop by White Oak Brewing’s taproom. I haven’t been there since it was a homebrew shop a year or two ago. I don’t get to this side of town often so I decided to stop in for a beer and check it out. I sampled a couple IPAs and decided on this one. Location: On tap and served in a small TEKU glass at the White Oak Tap...

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878. Maine Beer Co. – Zoe
Oct13

878. Maine Beer Co. – Zoe

Things are really busy and a bit overwhelming at work as I work on a huge annual report at work. So, when I got home, I had a couple of glasses of bourbon, and decided to finish the night with this beer review. My friend Fred brought this beer to our house for a party, and I’ve had it in the fridge for a while now. I figured it was time to crack it open, as the label says to enjoy it fresh. Location: Poured into a Sam Adams...

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877. Fairhope – Take the Causeway IPA
Oct10

877. Fairhope – Take the Causeway IPA

It’s a Monday night, and during my son’s soccer practice, I decided to go across the street and get some pumpkin beer for the season. When I got home, I realized I missed my homebrew club meeting, so I decided to go ahead and crack open a beer. I’m trying to make my way through some of the beers my friend Joe brought me in June when we did the Bourbon Trail. He lives in Atlanta, and brought me a bunch of beers from...

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876. Lagunitas – Little Sumpin’ Extra! Ale
Oct07

876. Lagunitas – Little Sumpin’ Extra! Ale

I just finished up a huge project at work yesterday and the cross-country season is over for my son. He also had his second-to-last soccer game of the season today. So fall is starting to wind down a bit. I was very productive around the house last weekend, so I’m relaxing a bit today. I’ve had this beer several times before and didn’t realize I hadn’t reviewed it yet. My wife loves Lagunitas Little...

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875. Wicked Weed – Napoleon Complex Hoppy Pale Ale
Oct04

875. Wicked Weed – Napoleon Complex Hoppy Pale Ale

It’s been a busy few weeks both at work and at home, so more evenings I have been enjoying bourbon rather than craft beer lately. However, I’ve got a few IPAs in the beer fridge that need to be sampled before the hops fade too much. Speaking of bourbon, this was given to me by my friend Joe when we met up in Kentucky and did the Bourbon Trail back in June. So, the good news is this Wicked Weed beer was likely brewed before...

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