847. Sunup Brewing – White Russian Imperial Coffee Stout
Feb09

847. Sunup Brewing – White Russian Imperial Coffee Stout

Today is the first real snow we’ve gotten this year, with about 3-4 inches. So, when I got home, I had to snowblow the driveway. I rewarded myself with a Founders Breakfast Stout when I came inside. After that, I opened this beer. When my sister went to Phoenix a few weeks ago, she asked what beers I might want from there. I looked up good beers in Arizona and this one popped up on the list, and I was really glad she brought a...

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846. Brooklyn Brewery – Black Chocolate Stout (Winter 09-10)
Feb05

846. Brooklyn Brewery – Black Chocolate Stout (Winter 09-10)

Since I made a breakfast pizza today, and have been way off the diet, I decided to go ahead and enjoy a big beer tonight. This one was sent to me by my friend @jonathanmoxey when he lived in New York City, and it’s been hiding in the back of the beer fridge for 7 years or so. Location: Poured into a TEKU pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL Numbers: 10% ABV, 24.5° Plato OG, 360 Calories Ingredients: Malts: 2-row, caramel...

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845. Mother Bunch Brewing – Imperial Hoppymoto IPA
Feb04

845. Mother Bunch Brewing – Imperial Hoppymoto IPA

TGIF! It’s been a pretty busy week this week. We got a dog on Wednesday, so a lot of our time in the evening has been occupied with him. With everything going on, my diet has not gone very good. So, since it’s Friday, I thought I just go ahead and have this big beer. After having the aged Full Sail Slipknot Imperial IPA yesterday, I figured I better finish as many of the IPAs I have in the fridge as I can. My sister gave...

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844. Full Sail Brewing – Slipknot Imperial IPA (2010)
Feb03

844. Full Sail Brewing – Slipknot Imperial IPA (2010)

I just got back from a work happy hour and had a couple of IPAs. When I got home, I had a craving for another IPA. I found this tucked away in a cabinet the other day. It was given to me by John Harris (now of Ecliptic Brewing) when I brewed with him in Portland, during my Cuisinternship. I visited the real Brewmaster’s reserve beer cooler and he sent me home with several beers, including this beer. Location: Poured into a...

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843. Widmer Brothers Brewing – Brrr Hoppy Red
Jan28

843. Widmer Brothers Brewing – Brrr Hoppy Red

We’ve been cleaning the house all day, preparing for family to come over tonight after my in-laws 50th anniversary dinner. I was ready for a beer about two hours ago, but I’m finally grabbing one now that we’re mostly finished up. This one was the first one out of the beer fridge, because I received it last week, in a shipment from my friend @Bettywriter. She sent me three Widmer beers she had left over from the...

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842. The Alchemist – Heady Topper
Jan22

842. The Alchemist – Heady Topper

It’s a fairly lazy Sunday afternoon. I’m sitting here editing family vacation videos, and the program I’m using decided to crash. So, especially since the new diet starts tomorrow, I thought I’d grab a very good beer out of the fridge. When my dad and sister asked me for a wish list of beers for Christmas, this beer was one of them at the top. I’ve heard quite a bit about this beer, and wanted to try it...

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841. Sixpoint Brewery – Sweet Action
Jan22

841. Sixpoint Brewery – Sweet Action

I went to the doctor this past week, and my cholesterol is a bit out of control. Therefore, I’m trying to slow down a little bit on the beers I’m drinking. I’ve been pretty good this week with my diet, so tonight, I rewarded myself with a trip to Flingers and a few craft beers. So, when I got home, I decided to crack open another one. I’ve had this one in the beer fridge a little bit, having picked it up on a...

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840. Ninkasi Brewing – Sleigh’r Winter Ale
Jan17

840. Ninkasi Brewing – Sleigh’r Winter Ale

We’ve been in the midst of an ice storm this weekend, and now that it’s Monday it’s foggy and raining out. Either way, the winter weather has got us all in a funk. Therefore, I decided to open this beer, which my friend @Bettywriter sent to me as a Christmas gift a few weeks ago. I love it when she sends me stuff from the Pac-Northwest that I can’t get around here. Location: Poured into a large Perfect Pint...

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839. Russian River – Pliney the Elder
Jan15

839. Russian River – Pliney the Elder

An ice storm has hit the midwest, and so we stayed home today and cleaned around the house. I thought I’d reward myself by cracking open this beer. My sister was in San Francisco a few weeks ago attending both a 49ers and Raiders game in her quest to attend an NFL game in every NFL stadium. She asked if there were any beers in the area I’d like and this was it. She managed to get 2 bottles of it for me! Huge thanks to my...

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838. Sleepy Dog Brewing – Peanut Butter Milk Stout
Jan10

838. Sleepy Dog Brewing – Peanut Butter Milk Stout

It’s been tough getting back into the swing of things today, Monday. There was a beer club meeting tonight, but had to miss it because I had work to catch up on. Now that I finished it up, I thought I’d crack open this beer and watch the national championship college football game on TV. My sister brought this beer back from her trip to Arizona a few weeks ago. It looked interesting, especially after I had the Peanut...

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837. Pipeworks Brewing – Closer Encounter Hopped Up Imperial Stout
Jan07

837. Pipeworks Brewing – Closer Encounter Hopped Up Imperial Stout

TGIF! It’s been tough getting back into the swing of things this week at work, and my wife decided that we’d host a murder mystery tomorrow. So after work, I stopped several places to pick up different elements for my costume. It’s a Titanic theme, and I’m the captain.  As I sit here and work on my costume, I thought I’d have this beer. When I made my Russian Imperial Stout the other day, I pulled this...

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836. New Glarus Brewing – Smoke on the Porter
Jan02

836. New Glarus Brewing – Smoke on the Porter

It’s been a weird day with New Years Day being on a Sunday this year. I’m getting things together to brew a Russian Imperial stout tomorrow. I got a 15 gallon used bourbon barrel and thought I’d age my Russian Imperial Stout in it. I got this beer at the New Glarus Brewery when my friend Steve and I roadtripped up there a few months ago. Location: Poured into a goblet style pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL...

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835. Four Peaks Brewing – Pumpkin Porter
Dec29

835. Four Peaks Brewing – Pumpkin Porter

I’m still trying to get back into the swing of things at work after a long Christmas weekend. Fortunately, I received a ton of awesome new beers as gifts from my dad and sister. My sister went to Phoenix a couple weeks ago on her goal of attending an NFL game at every stadium in the country. This was one of the beers she brought back for me. It says it was canned on 10/10/16. Location: Poured into a large goblet shaped glass at...

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834. Spiteful Brewing – Mrs. O’Leary’s Chocolate Milk Stout
Dec21

834. Spiteful Brewing – Mrs. O’Leary’s Chocolate Milk Stout

I’m on a mission to make some space in the beer fridge, so I’m doing another review. After the chocolate milk stout I had last night, I found another two in the fridge. I picked this one up during A work trip up to Chicago. I’ve had a couple of beers from Spiteful that were pretty good, so I thought I’d give this one a try, especially with the Chicago connected name. The bottle says it’s batch #27....

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833. 4 Hands Brewing – Peanut Butter Chocolate Milk Stout
Dec20

833. 4 Hands Brewing – Peanut Butter Chocolate Milk Stout

To our surprise, school was cancelled today. So I ran back and forth between home and work a couple times to check on the kids and my father-in-law who was watching them. Now that work is finished, I decided to have a beer. I picked this beer up a couple weeks ago when it caught my curiosity at the liquor store. I brewed a peanut butter cup imperial stout once and wanted to see how this one compared. Location: Poured into a large Sam...

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832. Books & Brews – It was a Dark and Stormy Stout
Dec19

832. Books & Brews – It was a Dark and Stormy Stout

I’ve been wanting to do a few reviews to clear up some space in the beer fridge. So tonight I decided to open this Imperial Stout my sister picked up for me when she was in Indianapolis for a football game last year. I was thinking about it, since she’s in Arizona today at another football game, and asked me if there were any beers from there I’d like her to bring home for me. Location: Poured into a TEKU pint glass...

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831. Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) – Abominable Winter Ale
Dec18

831. Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) – Abominable Winter Ale

There’s an ice storm outside and everything is coated in a thin layer of ice. On my way back from picking up dinner, I slid across the driveway and couldn’t even make it up to the garage. It’s a perfect night for staying in, having a beer, and watching the Saturday Night Live Christmas special. My friend @Bettywriter sent me this beer last winter, and I didn’t quite get around to drinking it, but it seems like...

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830. 4204 Main St. Brewing – Pecan Brown Ale
Dec02

830. 4204 Main St. Brewing – Pecan Brown Ale

My daughter is dancing in the nutcracker this weekend, and had a performance today. I had to leave work early to go pick her up. I’ve got a little bit of time to kill before my dad and sister get here to stay the weekend and watch her dance. My sister brought a six pack of this beer last weekend when she came for Thanksgiving. It sounded like a good beer to have on a cold, gray day like today. Location: Poured into a tall thin...

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Ultimate Gift Guide for Craft Beer Lovers
Dec01

Ultimate Gift Guide for Craft Beer Lovers

If you’re looking for something for that beer geek in your family, and don’t want to get them some Beer Boxers, then here are more than a few ideas.  If you are the beer geek in the family, perhaps you could leave this list lying around or leave it up on your computer screen for someone to find. Great Craft Beer Well, the most obvious gift for the beer geek is beer.  If you’re not familiar with craft beer, a good...

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829. New Glarus Brewing – Back 40 Bock
Nov23

829. New Glarus Brewing – Back 40 Bock

My boss let me out of work early, so I came home to help get ready for Thanksgiving. My dad is here and my sister is on her way… Time for a beer to kick off the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend. I picked up this beer during a trip up to New Glarus with my friend Steve a couple months ago. Location: Poured into a New Glarus tall pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL Numbers: 5.5% ABV, ~130 Calories Appearance &...

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