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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930. 2nd Shift – Brewligans East Coast Style IPA
Mar22

930. 2nd Shift – Brewligans East Coast Style IPA

TGIF again, as I’ve tried to give up alcohol during the week during Lent. So these Friday beers are extra special. It’s been a good week at work and the kids start spring break this weekend – making it a good time to grab a beer. This is one of the beers my sister brought me from 2nd Shift Brewing in St. Louis. The can says, “Brewligans is a hazy, East Coast style IPA that features low bitterness, but provides...

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929. Chattanooga Brewing – Hill City IPA
Mar15

929. Chattanooga Brewing – Hill City IPA

TGIF. It’s my daughters birthday today so I grabbed a beer before heading to dinner and ice skating with my daughter and her friend. It’s also much needed since I gave up alcohol during the week during Lent this year. My friend Joe gave me this beer a couple weeks ago when we met up in Kentucky for our second Bourbon Trail trip. The bottom says it was canned on 1/15/19. Location: Poured into a tall curved pint glass from...

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Brewing Up Chicago Brewseum Exhibit
Mar10

Brewing Up Chicago Brewseum Exhibit

A few weeks ago, my wife and I hopped on the train up to Chicago for her sorority reunion, and I was more excited than she was. One of her sorority sisters, Liz Garibay, is a founder of the Chicago Brewseum, and the group was meeting at the Field Museum to support her and get a tour of her newest exhibit – Brewing Up Chicago: How Beer Transformed the City. We took the train up and had a nice brunch before heading over to the...

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928. Red Hare Brewing – Berry Belgian Waffle
Feb17

928. Red Hare Brewing – Berry Belgian Waffle

It’s been a pretty relaxing weekend, even though I got started on taxes and paid some bills. I’ve been drinking Hop Slam almost all weekend, but since it’s Sunday evening, I thought I’d grab something a little lighter. My friend Joe from Atlanta brought me this beer when he and I met up last year, so it’s been in my beer fridge for several months. It sounds like it would be good, and at nearly 8% ABV,...

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927. 2nd Shift Brewing – Brewcocky Imperial IPA
Feb03

927. 2nd Shift Brewing – Brewcocky Imperial IPA

My wife discovered Marie Kondo this week, so I had to spend my day going through my closet and drawers throwing out old clothes. So I was ready for a beer this evening. I picked up some sushi and cracked open this beer my sister brought me from St. Louis. The can says, “Brew Cocky is another IPA I came up with that is brewed with loads and loads of Falconers Flight Hops that we use in an inappropriate, gratuitous manner and make...

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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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922. Perennial – Prism Saison with Amarillo & Wakatu
Dec31

922. Perennial – Prism Saison with Amarillo & Wakatu

It’s New Year’s Eve and I just got back from the local BBQ place where we had a Mizzou alumni gathering to watch the Tigers come back to barely lose at the end. So after having a couple Sam Adams there, it was time for another beer. I’m enjoying this one and working on the computer while Ryan Seacrest hosts the party in New York. This beer was given to me by my sister a couple months ago. The beer says it was canned...

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921. Silver Harbor Brewing – Shipfaced
Dec08

921. Silver Harbor Brewing – Shipfaced

The holidays are quickly approaching, and rather than attend our homebrewing club holiday party, I decided to stay home and spend the evening truly relaxing. As I catch up on some computer work here at home, I decided to crack open this beer. I’ve been looking forward to trying it since we picked it up at Silver Harbor Brewing Company when we had lunch at the brewery this summer in St. Joseph, MI. While there, I saw that this...

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920. Old Nation – M-43 IPA
Dec01

920. Old Nation – M-43 IPA

This weekend is my daughter’s performance in the local holiday show. My dad is here and we’re watching NCAA football conference championships, so I thought I’d crack open a beer while we watch. I bought this a few weeks ago after hearing a lot of buzz about it. It’s one of the beers people have been buzzing about in this recent Northeast IPA NEIPA/Hazy IPA craze. Since I bought a four pack, I finally decided to...

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919. Narrow Gauge – OJ Run Imperial IPA
Nov01

919. Narrow Gauge – OJ Run Imperial IPA

Things have been pretty busy around here the last few weeks, between our kids’ activities, our Halloween party, and we are now preparing our kitchen for a renovation. I’m sitting here cleaning our cabinet doors, and decided to have a beer. I wasn’t familiar with this beer or brewery, but this is one of the beers my sister brought me a couple months ago from St. Louis. Location: Poured from the can into a TEKU pint...

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918. Monday Night Brewing – Cinnamon Cocoa Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale
Oct19

918. Monday Night Brewing – Cinnamon Cocoa Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale

Every year for the last several years, my wife and I have hosted a Halloween party. My wife is huge into decorating for the party, so preparation has been going on the last several weeks. After working all evening on getting things ready, I decided to pause and have this beer. It was a beer my friend Joe gave me when we met up several months ago. He lives in Atlanta, so whenever we meet up, he brings me some new beers from down south....

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917. Founders Brewing – Barrel Runner IPA
Sep07

917. Founders Brewing – Barrel Runner IPA

Its a nice evening out, and I’m enjoying the last bits of 80 degree weather we’re having here in central Illinois before it drops into the 40s this week. I bought this beer a few weeks ago before a pirate murder mystery we were hosing and because Founders usually makes good Barrel aged stuff. This one sounded really interesting and the label/theme was perfect for our party. One of the best beers I ever had was a barrel...

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