668. Sierra Nevada – 2012 Bigfoot Barleywine Ale
Feb02

668. Sierra Nevada – 2012 Bigfoot Barleywine Ale

I found this beer this afternoon, when I was cleaning out the basement. I like to hide beers in the basement, where it’s cool, and find them later. I figured I’d kick off the big game with a big beer, and the Super Bowl just kicked off. I bought this beer a year or two ago at the liquor store, with the intention of sticking them away and having one every year or so. Location: Poured into a small goblet glass at my home in...

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660. Goose Island – Bourbon County Brand Barleywine
Jan18

660. Goose Island – Bourbon County Brand Barleywine

I’ve had multiple beers tonight during our Tales, Taverns & Towns tour of Chicago. Our last stop of the night was Sheffield’s, and I discovered the “Beer School” room, which had some awesome beers. Since I figured this was my last beer of the evening, I went big with this one. I love their Bourbon County Brand Stout, so I was looking forward to trying this one. Location: On tap and served in a small snifter glass...

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592. Legend Brewing – Barleywine
Aug22

592. Legend Brewing – Barleywine

Yesterday, my son, who is learning to ride his bike, went off the trail by our house and went straight off a 4 foot drop into a creek. His hand was cut pretty bad and there was lots of crying… As well as daddy having to carry him 1.5 miles back home. Today was a long busy day at work, and we were supposed to have baseball practice. Due to my son’s injury, he didn’t want to go. So, I decided I was going to chill out...

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576. Broadway Brewery – Barleywine
Jun01

576. Broadway Brewery – Barleywine

Today was supposed to be the day of my alumni golf tournament in Columbia, Missouri, but the golf course was closed due to all of the rain recently. So, my friends Bill, Tom, and I had a great brunch at a Mexican place in town, went out and shot Tom’s pistol at a shooting range, and then stopped at the famous Shakespeare’s Pizza for dinner. After that, we headed to Broadway Brewery so I could try a few more local craft...

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562. Illinois Brewing Co. – Big John Barley Wine
Mar24

562. Illinois Brewing Co. – Big John Barley Wine

Today I’m at Illinois Brewing Company here in Bloomington, IL. They let our homebrew club come in and brew a beer on their system for our club’s barrel project. I actually put together our Russian Imperial Stout recipe to brew on their system, so we can age it in a Buffalo Trace bourbon barrel. We had a great time brewing, despite a few hiccups, and went upstairs for a bit during the boil to grab a beer. Since it’s...

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547. AleSmith Brewing – Old Numbskull Barley Wine Ale
Mar02

547. AleSmith Brewing – Old Numbskull Barley Wine Ale

I’ve heard a lot of great things about AleSmith beers, and really wanted to try them, but we haven’t been able to get them here in central Illinois. Fortunately, my friend David, who lives out in San Diego was willing to send me a couple of them. If you live in the San Diego area and need a photographer, please give him a shout – davereedphotography.com. So, as I sit here and watch my Missouri Tigers on TV, I decided...

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500. St. Louis Brewery / Schlafly – 2008 Schlafly Reserve Barleywine Style Ale Aged on Oak
Dec15

500. St. Louis Brewery / Schlafly – 2008 Schlafly Reserve Barleywine Style Ale Aged on Oak

As most of you know, I celebrated the halfway to 1000 beers point with a bit of an online celebration – giving away bike chain bottle openers and cards.  The other thing I did was have a poll to select which beer I should enjoy for #500.  Withe the help of a tweet from @Schlafly, this beer easily cruised to the top spot.  So, as promised, I cracked this one open at the end of the celebration week and enjoyed the halfway mark....

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434. Avery Brewing – Hog Heaven
Jun01

434. Avery Brewing – Hog Heaven

After starting with Schlafly’s Black IPA, I was ready to get the weekend started. The new beer bar in Columbia, MO – 44 Stone – also had this nice craft beer on draft. Knowing I had a long night ahead of me (and an early morning to get up and play golf), I oped for the 4oz glass of this big beer. According to the brewery, “this dangerously drinkable garnet beauty is a hop lover’s delight. The intense dry-hop...

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367. Twisted Pine Brewing – Bough Breaker Barleywine
Aug29

367. Twisted Pine Brewing – Bough Breaker Barleywine

As I’ve mentioned, I’m in Boulder, Colorado for work and stopped at Twisted Pine Brewing for a couple of beers.  I started with their flagship IPA, Hoppy Boy, which was a fairly average IPA.  Someone had recommended I try their Barleywine, so I did. According to the brewery, “A dark ruby amber color with a big tan head. BB features a gargantuan amount of Amarillo hops. aroma is flowery, spicy, and  has a distinct orange...

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293. Stone Brewing – Double Bastard Ale Draft
Apr06

293. Stone Brewing – Double Bastard Ale Draft

After everything that has been going on, I really needed a night out.  Fortunately, I found out that a local distributor had picked up Stone Brewing and we would now be able to get it in our area.  A local bar, Fat Jack’s, was having a “tap takeover” (like they did with Goose Island a couple months ago) with several Stone beers.  I had several of their beers when a friend from San Diego shipped me a few last year,...

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271. Arcadia Brewing – Cereal Killer Barley Wine Draft
Feb04

271. Arcadia Brewing – Cereal Killer Barley Wine Draft

As I mentioned in my last post, I was out at Medici in Uptown Normal for a couple of beers.  We were catching up on things and making plans for our trip to SXSW next month.  After starting with a very good Smuttynose Big A IPA, I decided to go with something a bit maltier.  They had this beer on tap, so I thought I’d give it a try. Numbers: 10% ABV Appearance & Aroma: It was deep black, and there was almost no head to it. ...

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245. Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg – 2009 Samichlaus Classic Bier
Dec26

245. Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg – 2009 Samichlaus Classic Bier

I mentioned a few weeks back that the presentation at our local homebrew club meeting was holiday beers.  This beer was one of the samples, and I knew I had to pic up a bottle. As I learned that the Beer Hunter, Michael Jackson, had written about this beer – the strongest lager in the world, at 14% ABV, it is aged for a year from St. Nicholas day.  The bottle reaffirms hist story, saying, “Bottled only once a year on...

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180. Founders Brewing – 2010 Nemesis Draft
Sep29

180. Founders Brewing – 2010 Nemesis Draft

I was at Fat Jack’s in downtown Bloomington tonight for an ABNormal homebrewers club steering meeting.  I was surprised and happy to see that they had Founders’ Nemesis on draft.  I had read about it, but hadn’t had it, so this was  a good opportunity to try it.  Despite it being $4.50 for a half pint, I’m glad I got to try it. It was extremely black in color and had a creamy tan head on it.  The head fell...

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123. Alaskan Brewing – 2008 Big Nugget Barleywine Draft
Jul23

123. Alaskan Brewing – 2008 Big Nugget Barleywine Draft

Don’t get me wrong, the regular beers available at the Oregon Brewers Festival are awesome, but after stopping at the “Buzz Tent” for the 13 year old Full Sail Brewing Russian Imperial Stout, I found myself being drawn back to the Buzz Tent to see what cool and interesting beers were popping up.  Being in the Midwest, I hadn’t gotten a chance to drink any offerings from Alaskan Brewing (despite having heard of...

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115. Deschutes Brewery – Super Jube
Jul22

115. Deschutes Brewery – Super Jube

This morning was the Oregon Brewers Festival Brunch and Parade. After a great brunch, where I had another Deschutes Miss Spelt with my eggs and bacon, everyone gathered together for the traditional parade through downtown Portland. It was a great time – marching the ceremonial first keg from Deschutes, past City Hall to pick up Portland Mayor Sam Adams (Yes, that’s his real name), and then going to the riverfront park for...

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