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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863. Surly – Todd the Axe Man IPA
Jun04

863. Surly – Todd the Axe Man IPA

It feels like it’s been a day of running my son around to stuff. I’m back at Medici  to pick him up from a party. He’s not ready to go yet, so conveniently, I’ll have a beer while I’m waiting. While I like the beers here at Medici, they tend to have the same breweries represented on their taps. This is the first time I’d seen a Surly beer on tap here, and it looked like a good one to try while I...

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862. Ballast Point – Red Velvet Cake Nitro
Jun03

862. Ballast Point – Red Velvet Cake Nitro

It’s a Saturday night and I had to drop off my son off at a party he was attending at Medici. Since we had nothing else going on tonight, I thought I’d stick around for a beer before I left. This looked like a pretty unique beer on tap, and especially since it was on nitro, I thought I’d give it a try. Location: On tap and served in a tumbler style pint glass at Medici in Normal, IL. Numbers: 5.5% ABV, 35 IBUs, ~130...

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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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