883. New Belgium – Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin
Nov30

883. New Belgium – Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin

Things are pretty busy between work and home, and so again tonight, I thought I’d crack open another beer. We had a Halloween party a month or so ago, and my friend Steve brought a 6 pack of this beer. It’s a “Pumpkin Ale featuring cinnamon and habanero chili peppers for just the right amount of heat.” As you know, I’m a fan of pumpkin beers, so I was glad he left a couple of them so I could try it....

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882. Three Taverns Brewery – A Night on Ponce IPA
Nov29

882. Three Taverns Brewery – A Night on Ponce IPA

Things are getting shuffled around at work again, so I’m again looking for a new position just barely over a year after getting my current position. So, I haven’t been eating the healthiest… especially with lots of leftover pie and cake from our combination Thanksgiving and birthday party for my son. So after a slice of birthday cake after dinner, I decided to open up another one of the IPAs from my friend Joe....

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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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880. Avondale Brewing – Battlefield IPA
Oct28

880. Avondale Brewing – Battlefield IPA

It’s a very cold and rainy Saturday, and we’re just working around the house. So since it’s barely after noon, I thought I’d grab a beer. This is one of the beers my friend Joe brought me from down South when we met up a couple months ago to do the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Since it’s an IPA, I thought I’d better drink it before the hops fade much more. It does say that it was canned in March 2017....

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879. White Oak Brewing – Res Ipsa Loquitur
Oct19

879. White Oak Brewing – Res Ipsa Loquitur

My son was attending a party on the other side of town, and after I dropped him off, I decided to finally stop by White Oak Brewing’s taproom. I haven’t been there since it was a homebrew shop a year or two ago. I don’t get to this side of town often so I decided to stop in for a beer and check it out. I sampled a couple IPAs and decided on this one. Location: On tap and served in a small TEKU glass at the White Oak Tap...

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878. Maine Beer Co. – Zoe
Oct13

878. Maine Beer Co. – Zoe

Things are really busy and a bit overwhelming at work as I work on a huge annual report at work. So, when I got home, I had a couple of glasses of bourbon, and decided to finish the night with this beer review. My friend Fred brought this beer to our house for a party, and I’ve had it in the fridge for a while now. I figured it was time to crack it open, as the label says to enjoy it fresh. Location: Poured into a Sam Adams...

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877. Fairhope – Take the Causeway IPA
Oct10

877. Fairhope – Take the Causeway IPA

It’s a Monday night, and during my son’s soccer practice, I decided to go across the street and get some pumpkin beer for the season. When I got home, I realized I missed my homebrew club meeting, so I decided to go ahead and crack open a beer. I’m trying to make my way through some of the beers my friend Joe brought me in June when we did the Bourbon Trail. He lives in Atlanta, and brought me a bunch of beers from...

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876. Lagunitas – Little Sumpin’ Extra! Ale
Oct07

876. Lagunitas – Little Sumpin’ Extra! Ale

I just finished up a huge project at work yesterday and the cross-country season is over for my son. He also had his second-to-last soccer game of the season today. So fall is starting to wind down a bit. I was very productive around the house last weekend, so I’m relaxing a bit today. I’ve had this beer several times before and didn’t realize I hadn’t reviewed it yet. My wife loves Lagunitas Little...

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875. Wicked Weed – Napoleon Complex Hoppy Pale Ale
Oct04

875. Wicked Weed – Napoleon Complex Hoppy Pale Ale

It’s been a busy few weeks both at work and at home, so more evenings I have been enjoying bourbon rather than craft beer lately. However, I’ve got a few IPAs in the beer fridge that need to be sampled before the hops fade too much. Speaking of bourbon, this was given to me by my friend Joe when we met up in Kentucky and did the Bourbon Trail back in June. So, the good news is this Wicked Weed beer was likely brewed before...

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874. Trimtab Brewing – IPA
Sep01

874. Trimtab Brewing – IPA

We’ve been pretty busy the last few weeks between school starting and the kids activities, and attending a couple of beer festivals. I got off a bit early from work today for the holiday weekend and decided to crack open a beer. I went down to the beer fridge and found several of the beers my friend Joe brought me when we met up in Kentucky and did the Bourbon Trail a couple months back. Since this one was an IPA, I figured I...

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873. Sierra Nevada/Tree House – East Meets West IPA
Aug23

873. Sierra Nevada/Tree House – East Meets West IPA

It’s been a crazy past several weeks. We went on vacation to Florida and when we got back, the kids started their school activities – band, cross country, soccer, etc. So with the start of school, it’s been a bit nuts around here. In addition, we attended the Great Taste of the Midwest beer festival in Madison, WI, and Bruegala Beer Festival here locally in Normal, IL the past two weekends. So we’ve had our...

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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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871. Green Bench Brewing – Sunshine City IPA
Aug03

871. Green Bench Brewing – Sunshine City IPA

We’re vacationing in Florida this week, and after three days at Universal Studios Florida, we’re spending the week at a condo on the beach. I stopped at a local liquor store for some beers to enjoy on the beach and this one caught my eye. The label says, “Packed with hop flavor and aroma, we double dry hopped this beer with equal parts Mosaic, Citra, and Azacca hops, for an intensely tropical profile reminiscent of...

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870. Ballast Point – California Kolsch
Jul17

870. Ballast Point – California Kolsch

It’s been a super busy weekend, between my son’s baseball games, seeing a Shakespearian play, a going away party for friends, and renovating our basement bathroom. I’ve been working my butt off, so this beer is long past due. This is one of the San Diego beers that was sent to me by my friend David. He keeps telling me I need to come out there to see all of the breweries, and if things work out, we might be headed...

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869. Sierra Nevada/Boneyard Beer – West Coast-Style DIPA
Jul09

869. Sierra Nevada/Boneyard Beer – West Coast-Style DIPA

It’s been a pretty busy weekend. My son had baseball games on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and he has one later today. I’m also in the process of renovating our basement bathroom. So, now that I’m waiting for spackle to dry, I thought I’d crack open a beer. This beer was sent to me by Sierra Nevada to promote their Beer Camp Across the World 12 pack. The can says, “We just love brewing hoppy beers”...

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868. Obed & Isaac’s – Peoria Skyline IPA
Jul04

868. Obed & Isaac’s – Peoria Skyline IPA

It’s the 4th of July, and my wife and I drove to Peoria, IL to pick up a new vanity for the basement bathroom we are renovating. Before stopping at Lowe’s to pick up the vanity we bought online, we stopped at Obed & Isaac’s for lunch. We’ve been here once before and thought both the food and beer was pretty good. This looked like a newer IPA on the menu, so I thought I’d give it a try. Location: On...

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867. Sierra Nevada/Kiuchi – White IPA with Yuzu
Jul01

867. Sierra Nevada/Kiuchi – White IPA with Yuzu

It’s a gorgeous Saturday and the kickoff of the July Fourth weekend. After getting some work done, I thought I’d try and catch up on a few of these posts. There’s nothing better than drinking a beer while blogging about them. I had to choose between beers my friend Joe gave me when we met up in Kentucky a couple weekends ago, beers my friend David sent me from San Diego, or beers from the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp...

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866. Sierra Nevada/Garage Project – Beer Camp Campout Porter
Jun23

866. Sierra Nevada/Garage Project – Beer Camp Campout Porter

It’s been a busy week, and I was thinking we might do a firepit night tonight (although we didn’t end up doing it). Therefore, I thought I’d try this beer, which the label says, “In honor of Beer Camp, our friends at New Zealand’s Garage Project brewery wanted to carry the camping theme straight through to the flavor of our beer. Featuring a unique malt smoked over manuka wood, rare manuka honey and...

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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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864. Ballast Point – Piper Down Scottish Ale
Jun08

864. Ballast Point – Piper Down Scottish Ale

As I mentioned a few days ago, I got a few beers sent to me by my friend David in San Diego, including AleSmith’s tribute to Tony Gwynn. Additionally, he sent me a few beers from Ballast Point, another top brewery in San Diego. While they’re getting pretty well known for their flavored IPA’s, I haven’t had much variety from them. I thought having a Scottish Ale from them might be a little different, plus, I...

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