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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