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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925. Founders РCurmudgeon’s Better Half
Jan25

925. Founders РCurmudgeon’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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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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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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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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865. Goose Island – Cooper Project #1
Jun14

865. Goose Island – Cooper Project #1

My friend and I spent the weekend doing the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, and hit 13 distilleries (and 5 breweries). It was a bit of a challenge getting back to work today, but I did and decided to reward myself and transition back to normal with this beer. I found it locally a few weeks ago and snagged a few bottles. I love their Bourbon County Brand Stout and thought a bourbon barrel aged scotch ale would be just as awesome. Location:...

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851. Firestone Walker – Double Barrel Ale
Mar04

851. Firestone Walker – Double Barrel Ale

It’s been a bit of a lazy Saturday, which I’m enjoying before my son starts soccer and baseball within the next few weeks. I decided it had been a week, so I’d do another review. I dug into the beer fridge and found this one. I’m not sure where I got it, or how long I’ve had it, but the bottle says 2/26/14, which make it almost exactly two years old. Location: Poured into a goblet style pint glass at my...

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828. Triton Brewing – Shot to the Tart
Nov23

828. Triton Brewing – Shot to the Tart

We’ve got two days until Thanksgiving and my wife is having the carpets cleaned tomorrow. So, what does she decide to do? Start putting up Christmas decorations!?! So I’m going to chill with a beer. I’ve got several New Glarus beers handy from my trip to the brewery with my friend Steve, but it feels like I just had their Bubbler. So I decided to finally crack this one open, which was given to me by my friend Kevin...

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823.  Georgetown Trading Co РJames E. Pepper 1776 Ale
Nov08

823.  Georgetown Trading Co РJames E. Pepper 1776 Ale

It’s Election Day here in the United States, with two of the most disliked presidential candidates in our country’s history. I voted this morning for what I felt like was the lesser of two evils. So, now that I’m home, and I’m watching the back and forth on the news, it’s driven me to drink. So what better way to commemorate election night than this beer. It was given to me by my friends Fred and Heather...

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800. Founders Brewing – Kentucky Breakfast Stout 2009 KBS
Jan16

800. Founders Brewing – Kentucky Breakfast Stout 2009 KBS

It’s been a long week at work, since one of the hospitals I oversee public affairs for opened a new patient wing. Since it’s a Friday night and a milestone beer, I thought I’d grab something from the special section of the beer fridge. Before I cracked it open, I had to do a bit of research to see what year KBS this was… so thanks to the beer geeks out there who posted the info letting me know it was a 2009....

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778.  Goose Island РLolita (2013)
Aug22

778.  Goose Island РLolita (2013)

This past Monday, I had to go back up to Mayo Clinic to see my cardiologist. the good news is that my heart is back to a normal size and I can start to ween off the medications (over the next couple years). The bad news is that he’s concerned about my weight gain and cholesterol. Admittedly, I’ve not been good about eating well¬†this past year. He recommended I start dieting immediately, so I did. I’ve been very good...

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777. Against the Grain – Kentucky Ryed Chiquen
Aug13

777. Against the Grain – Kentucky Ryed Chiquen

As I mentioned in my last post, I was up in Chicago for work today, and on my way home, I decided to stop in Lexington, IL at Kemp’s Upper Tap. ¬†This small bar in a small town always seems to have the best beers around. It must help that one of the big local craft beer distributors is located just up the street from them. ¬†When I saw this beer on the list, I knew I had to get it. ¬†I’d heard about how good it was, and then...

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760. The Grand Canyon Brewing Co. – Shaggy Bock
Mar02

760. The Grand Canyon Brewing Co. – Shaggy Bock

This is another beer that was sent to me by Grand Canyon brewing Company. much like the last one I had, this one includes a flavor bomb. Since I didn’t have any luck with the last one, I figured I had better cracked this one open sooner rather than later, even though it is a bock and should age pretty good. Location: Poured into a pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL. Numbers:¬†6.75% ABV, ~200 Calories Appearance & Aroma:...

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756. The Grand Canyon Brewing Co. – Winter Bourbon Barrel Bomber
Jan10

756. The Grand Canyon Brewing Co. – Winter Bourbon Barrel Bomber

I received this beer from¬†the brewery last year and saw that it had a “flavor bomb” on the inside. ¬†Therefore,¬†I decided to wait a while and let the flavor soak into it¬†a little bit – especially since¬†it was a bourbon barrel flavor. ¬†I finally opened it tonight after watching the local team (Illinois State University)¬†lose in the national championship today. I’m working on work stuff tonight but thought...

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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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697. Tyranena Brewing – Rocky’s Revenge Bourbon Brown
May15

697. Tyranena Brewing – Rocky’s Revenge Bourbon Brown

My wife and I are up in Rochester, MN this evening because I have a checkup at Mayo Clinic. It’s been a little over a year since my heart surgery, and we’re here to see if my heart is shrinking back to normal size. Tonight, we went back to The Loop, a restaurant we hit the night before my surgery last year, because I remembered they had good food and a pretty good local tap list. I’d never heard of Tyranena Brewing...

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