872. Big Storm – Wavemaker Amber
Aug04

872. Big Storm – Wavemaker Amber

My family and I are on vacation in Florida this week, and I’ve been taking the opportunity to try beers from several breweries I haven’t tried before. I bought a few 6 packs of cans for the beach, and just reviewed Greenbench Sunshine IPA. Today, my wife and I went to Slyce, a pizza place right across the intercoastal bridge from where we are staying in Madeira Beach. This was another one of the local beers I’ve seen...

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822. Brasserie Dubuisson – Scaldís Amber
Nov04

822. Brasserie Dubuisson – Scaldís Amber

TGIF! I stopped on my way home and picked up a 4-pack of Founder’s Backwoods Bastard. It wasn’t cold yet, so I threw it in the fridge. It got me in the mood for a good beer and I decided to finally drink this one. It was sent to me by @BelgianExpert a while ago and I figure that at 12% ABV it might be good to put a little bit of age on it. The bottle says 18/6/2014, which I think might be a best before date. Location:...

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819. Natty Greene’s Brewing Co – Buckshot Amber Ale
Oct06

819. Natty Greene’s Brewing Co – Buckshot Amber Ale

It’s the second to last day of my “between jobs” vacation. So, I thought I’d try and do a few beer reviews. I’m not quite sure how long this beer has been in my beer fridge, but I believe it was given to me by my sister, after her trip to North Carolina. Location: Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL Numbers: 4.8% ABV, ~100 Calories Appearance & Aroma: It’s...

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811. Flat 12 Bierwerks- Hello My Name is Amber
Apr03

811. Flat 12 Bierwerks- Hello My Name is Amber

It’s been a busy Saturday running errands, working on taxes, and now, watching the Final Four tournament. I’ve been drinking homebrew most of the evening, and decided to finally cracked open a commercial beer. This beer was given to me by my friend Kevin, who lives in Indianapolis, and brought a bunch of beers from there for me a couple of months ago. I’ve already had a few of their beers, and haven’t really...

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798. Lagunitas Brewing – Censored Rich Copper Ale
Jan08

798. Lagunitas Brewing – Censored Rich Copper Ale

I had to drive up to Chicago for work today for a monthly meeting, and was hoping to make it back into town for “Belgian Beer School” at our local HyVee grocery store.  I made it about halfway through, but thanks to my friends Kiel, Fred & Heather for saving me a seat and a few sips of each beer to get caught up! Also, thanks to Adam Schulte of Artisanal Imports for an excellent presentation and samples of great beers....

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715. Right Brain Brewery – Looping Owl
Aug07

715. Right Brain Brewery – Looping Owl

We’re up in St. Joseph, MI for an extended weekend and a friend who lives nearby recommended The Buck for dinner. She told me they had good food and an incredible beer list. It was a good chance for me to try a few local beers I wouldn’t be able to get back at home. My friend Joe went to Traverse City and stopped at this brewery and had good things to say, so I thought I’d give one of their beers a try. Location: On...

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654. Local Option Bierwerker – Morning Wood Oak Aged Amber
Jan18

654. Local Option Bierwerker – Morning Wood Oak Aged Amber

We’re in Chicago this weekend on a bit of a beer excursion. My wife’s sorority sister runs tours of Chicago through her business – Tales, Taverns & Towns – and organized a reunion for the women who were in the sorority with her (and their spouses). We don’t get up to Chicago often, and so I was looking forward to this opportunity to try some beers from many of the breweries that have popped up there...

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510. Highland Brewing Co – Gaelic Ale
Dec31

510. Highland Brewing Co – Gaelic Ale

As I mentioned in my last couple of posts, I found several beers in my beer fridge that my sister had given me from her friend. Much like this and the Highland Kashmir IPA I had, they all seem to be from North Carolina. I’m very appreciative, but I’m not sure how long my sister had them, and they’ve been hiding in my beer fridge for a while, as they all seem to be at least a year and a half old. The bottle says,...

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473. Hale’s Ales – Red Menace Big Amber
Oct03

473. Hale’s Ales – Red Menace Big Amber

After a long day at a conference here in Seattle, Washington I had an African Amber from Mac & Jack’s in Redmond, and decided to stop for dinner on the way back to my hotel.  I stopped at a highly recommended local place – Red Mill Burgers.  After a good burger (it reminded me a bit of In-N-Out Burger), I decided to stop at Hale’s Ales.  When I was with my cousin at Georgetown Brewing the day before, the server...

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472. Mac & Jack’s Brewing – African Amber
Oct03

472. Mac & Jack’s Brewing – African Amber

I’m at a conference this week in Seattle on the Microsoft campus. At the end of the day, the conference hosted a networking event at the Spitfire Grill there on campus. I grabbed a beer while the presidential debate was on TV. I saw this on tap and hadn’t heard of the brewery before, so I thought I’d give it a try.  Turns out the Brewery was right there in Redmond, WA. Location: On tap and served in a pint glass at...

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453. Hilliard’s Beer – Hilliard’s Amber Ale
Aug30

453. Hilliard’s Beer – Hilliard’s Amber Ale

A couple of months ago, I sent my cousin – who lives in Seattle – a box of my homebrew. I asked him if he could find some local beers and ship the box back to me. He obliged, even checking this blog to see what I haven’t had yet, and sent me 10 or so beers from the area. I’m finally getting around to trying a few of them. This can just happened to be in the door of the beer fridge, so it goes first. Location:...

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449. Peg’s Pizza Cantina Brew Pub – Blind Date Amber Ale
Aug03

449. Peg’s Pizza Cantina Brew Pub – Blind Date Amber Ale

It’s the last evening of my vacation in Florida, and I took my family to Peg’s for dinner.  As I mentioned in my review of their G.O.O.D. Dancing Cody IPA, this place came highly recommended from several sources.  I was impressed with that beer, as well as the food, and wanted a chance to try one more of their beers.  Behind the Dancing Cody IPA, this appeared to be another of their signature beers on tap. Location: On tap...

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431. O’Fallon Brewery / Bailey’s Chocolate Bar – Chocolate Ale
May25

431. O’Fallon Brewery / Bailey’s Chocolate Bar – Chocolate Ale

In my last post, I mentioned I was in St. Louis for the weekend, taking the kids to the zoo on their day off school.  My wife had to work and was taking Amtrak into town to meet us.  Her train was delayed a bit, so I stopped at 4 Hands Brewing, had a pint of their Prunus Saisonand picked up a growler to go.  My wife’s trip wasn’t great, so she wanted to stop at a bar for a drink before heading to my dad’s house.  We...

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388. Abita Brewing – Amber Ale
Dec13

388. Abita Brewing – Amber Ale

I’m at the Atrium Lounge in the New Orleans airport, getting ready to head home after being in NOLA for a couple days for work.  We had an hour or so to kill before our flight started boarding, and my co-worker Steve bought me a beer while we were waiting.  They didn’t have any clean glasses, so I had to enjoy this in the bottle.  I haven’t reviewed this one yet, so I got a chance to take a few minutes, relax and...

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371. Rahr & Sons – Buffalo Butt Amber Lager
Aug31

371. Rahr & Sons – Buffalo Butt Amber Lager

As I’ve mentioned in my last couple of posts, I’ve been in Boulder, Colorado for work this week.  Today, I’m traveling from Colorado to Birmingham, Alabama, through Dallas-Fort Worth Airport.  We stopped at the Blue Mesa grill in Terminal D for lunch and I decided to get this beer since I hadn’t heard of it before, and it had an interesting name. Location: Enjoyed a 16oz plastic cup, at Blue Mesa Grill in the...

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355. Eel River Brewing – Certified Organic Amber Ale
Aug17

355. Eel River Brewing – Certified Organic Amber Ale

I was looking for something different to drink tonight when I found this Amber ale from Eeel River in my beer fridge.  As I’ve mentioned a couple times before, my sister’s friend Courtney gave me several beers, and this was one of them. It looked interesting because the label says that it is brewed with the finest certified organic hops and barley and has a certified organic on the label. It says that Eel River brewing is...

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298. Capitol City – Amber Waves Ale Draft
Apr17

298. Capitol City – Amber Waves Ale Draft

I arrived in Washington DC for work today and spent most of the afternoon running around the National Mall taking pictures and checking things out. Although it was only a couple of hours, it was great to see some of our nation’s treasured monuments – The Whitehouse, Capitol, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and more. I was ready for a nice brewpub and found that Capitol City had 3 in the area. In order to avoid...

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122. MacTarnahan’s – Amber Ale
Jul23

122. MacTarnahan’s – Amber Ale

I had a great time at the Oregon Brewers’ Festival yesterday, and today I wanted to explore downtown Portland a bit. This morning, I stopped at Voodoo Doughnut – a well known doughnut place, known for it’s eclectic atmosphere and strange donuts that I’ve seen on several shows on the Travel Channel and Food Network (see my picture on the right, and you absolutely must try their maple bacon bar if you ever make...

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99. Full Sail Brewing – Amber Ale Draft
Jul19

99. Full Sail Brewing – Amber Ale Draft

I’ve arrived at my Travel Oregon, Oregon Bounty Cuisinternship, as a Brewmaster intern at Full Sail Brewing in Hood River Oregon.  So far, it has been an incredible day.  I have been working on the brew deck all day helping the brewers.  We’ve been brewing up a few beers today, including the Full Sail Amber.  So, when I finally got a chance to rest, relax, and grab a beer to drink – instead of brew – I went for...

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92. Tommyknocker Brewery – Ornery Amber Lager
Jul10

92. Tommyknocker Brewery – Ornery Amber Lager

I had a great day today at the ABNormal Brewers homebrew club picnic.  My son and I had a great time fishing, swimming, and having fun with the other members of the club.  I’ve also got the kids to myself tonight, as my wife is away on a girls weekend.  So, I thinking the title of this beer was appropriate while watching my ornery kids, I opened up this beer to top off the evening. A few years ago, my friends and I went through...

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