861. Pyramid Brewing – 1977 Championship Lager
Jun03

861. Pyramid Brewing – 1977 Championship Lager

I love getting mail from my friend @Bettywriter. Every few months she sends me beers from the Portland area. With the NBA finals kicking off this week, I thought I’d have this beer she recently sent me, which celebrates the Portland Trailblazers NBA championship in 1977. It’s a lager from Pyramid Brewing, which has locations in Seattle and Portland. It’s been an awesome Saturday outside, and it’s the only...

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860. Lagunitas – The Waldos’ Special Ale
Jun02

860. Lagunitas – The Waldos’ Special Ale

Summer is off and running. My son had his first golf lesson tonight, and as we waited, several parents grabbed Coronas from the clubhouse. So, when I got home and my daughter threw a fit because I bought a Happy Meal for my son and nothing for her, I grabbed this big beer. I was excited to find a six pack of this beer at the local liquor store around the end of April. My only challenge has been trying to keep them away from my wife...

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859. Elysian – Space Dust IPA
May27

859. Elysian – Space Dust IPA

TGIF! Yesterday was the last day of school for the kids, and there were a lot of people out at work today. So, it was a fairly laid back day today. I relaxed on the deck after work and had a few homebrews. Then I decided to crack open this beer. My friend Fred brought it over when we had a murder mystery party a few weeks ago. I’ve learned my lesson with IPAs and wanted to drink this while it was still as fresh as possible. It...

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858. AleSmith – San Diego Pale Ale .394
May26

858. AleSmith – San Diego Pale Ale .394

It’s been a couple weeks since I reviewed a beer, so I figured it was about time. This beer arrived in the mail a couple weeks ago from my friend David, who sent me a pack of San Diego beers. David and I worked together many years ago, and he taught me a lot about his hometown… including Tony Gwynn, who this beer honors (.394 was his career high batting average in 1994). Huge thanks to David for sending me this beer....

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857. Four Hands Brewing – Chocolate Milk Stout
Apr30

857. Four Hands Brewing – Chocolate Milk Stout

After my review earlier today, I spent the evening cleaning up my kids rooms. It was definitely time for another beer. My sister sent this beer a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve been looking at it every time I open my fridge. So, I decided to go ahead and crack it open this evening. Location: Poured into a pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL. Numbers: 5.5% ABV, ~150 Calories Appearance & Aroma: It’s black in color,...

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856.  Revolution- Rosa Hibiscus Ale
Apr29

856.  Revolution- Rosa Hibiscus Ale

It’s a dreary Saturday, as it’s cold and rainy outside. My son’s soccer game and baseball practice have been cancelled, as we’re expecting a ton of rain over the next couple days. I decided to get caught up on finishing off a few posts from this blog. Naturally, rereading info on all these beers makes me want one. I found this one a couple weeks ago in the beer fridge. I can’t remember how long it’s...

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855. Drake’s Brewing- Aroma Therapy 3X IPA
Apr15

855. Drake’s Brewing- Aroma Therapy 3X IPA

It’s been a busy day with my son’s soccer game this morning and then baseball practice this afternoon. We finally got home and relaxed, and I decided to crack open a beer. I’ve had my eye on this one in the beer fridge since I got it from my sister for Christmas. She picked it up on a trip to San Francisco this past fall. I’d seen several people post beers from Drakes on Instagram, so I was glad I got a chance...

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854. Triton Brewing – Fieldhouse Wheat
Apr02

854. Triton Brewing – Fieldhouse Wheat

It’s been a beautiful Saturday outside, and my wife and I took the opportunity to go out and do a bit of shopping. After dinner and a beer at the new BraiZe restaurant here in town, we went home to watch the Final Four. Basketball and beer go great together, so I cracked open this one, given to  me by my friend Kevin. He’s a huge fan of Triton and brought me several beers from them. Location: Poured into a tall glass at my...

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853. Jolly Pumpkin – Noel de Calabaza (2011)
Mar10

853. Jolly Pumpkin – Noel de Calabaza (2011)

I’ve given up candy and sweets for Lent this year, so I’m enjoying this as a dessert. I decided to start digging into some of the older beers in the beer cellar. I’d heard at the time that Jolly Pumpkin uses some funky bugs in their beer which would make it pretty unique after a few years. I finally decided to crack it open after about 5 and a half years. Location: Poured into a goblet style glass at my home in...

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852. Revolution Brewing – Fist City Chicago Pale Ale
Mar07

852. Revolution Brewing – Fist City Chicago Pale Ale

It’s been a draining day at work, so I decided to crack open a beer after dinner tonight. I got this beer a couple of weeks ago when we attended “Experience the Hops” again this year at the Allerton Retreat Center nearby. Revolution was one of the breweries that participated, and I grabbed this can during the “boots and brews” hike. I know I’ve had this beer at their taproom when I was there last...

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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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850. Dubina Brewing – Bell Road IPA
Feb25

850. Dubina Brewing – Bell Road IPA

It’s my wife’s birthday today and we went over to my in-laws house for lunch and some cake. l brought this beer with me to enjoy with my lunch. My sister gave me this beer for Christmas, with a bunch of beers she picked up while she was traveling. She got this one while she was in Phoenix. Location: Poured into a Stella chalice glass at my in-laws home in Bloomington, IL. Numbers: 6.7% ABV, 67 IBUs, ~200 Calories...

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849. Widmer Brothers – Upheaval IPA
Feb13

849. Widmer Brothers – Upheaval IPA

I’m watching the GRAMMY awards, getting ready to turn on the Walking Dead mid-season premier. I’m continuing to clean the fridge out of IPAs, although I know this one is fairly fresh. It was sent to me a couple weeks ago by my friend @bettywriter. It also says it was bottled Nov. 12, 2016. Location: Poured into a tall pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL Numbers: 7% ABV, 85 IBUs, 16 degrees Plato OG, 206 Calories, 14G...

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848. Rogue Ales – PDX Carpet IPA
Feb12

848. Rogue Ales – PDX Carpet IPA

It’s been a day of getting caught up on email and blog posts here. After having the old Full Sail Slipknot IPA the other night, I figured I had better see what other IPAs I might have getting old. This is one I found that my friend @bettywriter sent me last year. She’s from Portland, and thought this beer had a great name, since she’s familiar with the odd carpet at PDX. Location: Poured into a perfect pint glass at...

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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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