888. Pelican Brewing – Bad Santa Cascadian Dark Ale
Jan13

888. Pelican Brewing – Bad Santa Cascadian Dark Ale

The end of the day today was a little stressful at work, and then I had to go pick up my son and run several errands. When we finally got home, I was ready for dinner and a beer. I poured myself a huge mug of homebrew and then decided to have one of these beers. My friend Betty sent me a pack of four beers from Pelican Brewing out in Oregon. Since this one is a seasonal, I figured I’d start with it first. The bottle says,...

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774. Dryhop Brewers & Begyle Brewing – Johnny Quest Thinks We’re Sell Outs Black IPA
Jul25

774. Dryhop Brewers & Begyle Brewing – Johnny Quest Thinks We’re Sell Outs Black IPA

My son’s baseball season ended suddenly and unfortunately last night with a loss in the first round of the tournament. So, we have nothing going on today except for cleaning the house. At lunch, I decided to grab a beer from the beer fridge, and I’ve been trying to make my way through the IPAs as quickly as possible. I picked this one up on one of my many work trips to Chicago. Also, I thought I’d try out my new TEKU...

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737. Pollyanna Brewing – Dr. Pangloss Cascadian Dark IPA
Oct08

737. Pollyanna Brewing – Dr. Pangloss Cascadian Dark IPA

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m¬†at Beer House Chicago¬†and they’re¬†having a special event with Pollyanna Brewing Co, a new brewery in Lamont, IL.¬†Since the beers were on special, and since it was a new brewery to add to the list, I¬†had their Mazzie Pale Ale, and decided to follow that with this one. ¬†In addition, I won a growler and a coupon for a free growler fill at their brewery. Location:¬†On tap and served in a...

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636. Firestone Walker – Wookey Jack Black Rye IPA
Dec12

636. Firestone Walker – Wookey Jack Black Rye IPA

My friend Joe is in town this week for work, and this is his last night in town. We were looking for a good place to eat that also has some decent craft beers on tap. I got a reservation at Reality Bites, a nice restaurant in town that usually has 6 or so pretty good beers on tap. I was excited when I saw this beer on tap, because my friend Tom from our local homebrew club raved about it when he had it. Both Joe and I went for this...

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622. Greenbush Brewing – Anger Black IPA
Nov08

622. Greenbush Brewing – Anger Black IPA

It’s Friday night and my wife suggested we go out for dinner to Medici in Normal, IL. I like their food, and the fact that they have 25 or so craft beers on tap. I looked through their beer list and this beer was one that I hadn’t had yet. The last time I was at Medici¬†, I had a beer from Greenbush – Dunegras, and I thought I’d give the brewery another try. Location: On tap and served in a tumbler pint glass...

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546. Boulevard Brewing – Grainstorm Black Rye IPA
Mar01

546. Boulevard Brewing – Grainstorm Black Rye IPA

We’ve been having a rough go of it lately, and so to escape things for a bit, my wife and I took the kids out to Flinger’s Pizza and Pub tonight for dinner. Nothing beats their tomato-basil cheesebomb (especially when you can’t eat meat on Fridays during lent), and the craft beers on tap. I usually try to stay away from beers like Boulevard that I can get easily, but this one looked interesting. It was confirmed when...

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433. St. Louis Brewery / Schlafly – Black IPA
Jun01

433. St. Louis Brewery / Schlafly – Black IPA

I’m in Columbia, MO this weekend for my fraternity’s annual golf tournament. ¬†Followers of this blog will often see me trying new beers on my trips to the town of my alma mater, and this trip was no different. ¬†We arrived in town and immediately stopped at a new beer bar in town called 44 Stone. ¬†They had a very good craft beer list with a ton of great bottles available. ¬†I’d had several of the craft beers on tap,...

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411. Stone Brewing – 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA
Mar03

411. Stone Brewing – 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA

As I’ve mentioned in my last several posts, I’m in St. Louis today doing a tour of microbreweries. ¬†However, we’re currently at the International Tap House (ITAP) in Soulard to enjoy a few more beers and watch the Missouri Tigers in March Madness. ¬†I was looking for something local on tap I hadn’t had yet, but I couldn’t find anything. ¬†This beer caught my eye, and since I hadn’t had it yet, I went...

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279. Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works – Torrent Black IPA Draft
Feb25

279. Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works – Torrent Black IPA Draft

As I mentioned in my last couple posts, it’s my wife’s birthday and we’re out on the town. After a nice dinner at Kobe Steakhouse and swalling a Tsingtao and Asahi Super Dry, we headed over to Destihl for a beer or two and enjoy the evening before having to pick up the kids. Ever since I had Deschutes’ Hop in the Dark Cascadian Dark ale and the Walnut Brewery 1123 IPA during my trip out to the Great American...

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171. Walnut Brewery – 1123 IPA Draft
Sep15

171. Walnut Brewery – 1123 IPA Draft

As I mentioned in my last post, we were in Boulder, CO for work and found the nearest brewpub for dinner.¬† After looking at the menu, nothing really stood out, so I thought I’d ask they waitress if they had any seasonals or anything that wasn’t on the beer menu.¬† She said, with a bit of disgust, “We do have this black IPA, but it’s really bitter.”¬† I said I’d have that, and then she asked,...

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168. Deschutes Brewery – Hop in the Dark Cascadian Dark Ale
Sep14

168. Deschutes Brewery – Hop in the Dark Cascadian Dark Ale

After a nice dinner and a couple of beers at Wynkoop Brewery we headed back to our hotel.¬† Conveniently, there was a liquor store across the street, so I thought I head in and see if I could find some beers I couldn’t get in Illinois.¬† This Deschutes beer sounded interesting, and after my trip to Oregon, I knew they had some pretty good beers. The bottle said, “From the nothing’s sacred pacific northwest comes a...

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151. Laughing Dog Brewing – Dogzilla Black IPA
Jul25

151. Laughing Dog Brewing – Dogzilla Black IPA

One of the trends I’m noticing in the craft beer industry is an attempt to shift perceptions of black/dark beers.¬† Beer geeks roll their eyes when they hear someone say, “Oh, I don’t like dark beers.”¬† So, I’ve noticed several “black” versions of regular beer styles – in particular, black lagers and black IPAs – in an attempt (I believe) to give beer geeks something different to...

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