830. 4204 Main St. Brewing – Pecan Brown Ale
Dec02

830. 4204 Main St. Brewing – Pecan Brown Ale

My daughter is dancing in the nutcracker this weekend, and had a performance today. I had to leave work early to go pick her up. I’ve got a little bit of time to kill before my dad and sister get here to stay the weekend and watch her dance. My sister brought a six pack of this beer last weekend when she came for Thanksgiving. It sounded like a good beer to have on a cold, gray day like today. Location: Poured into a tall thin...

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823.  Georgetown Trading Co – James E. Pepper 1776 Ale
Nov08

823.  Georgetown Trading Co – James E. Pepper 1776 Ale

It’s Election Day here in the United States, with two of the most disliked presidential candidates in our country’s history. I voted this morning for what I felt like was the lesser of two evils. So, now that I’m home, and I’m watching the back and forth on the news, it’s driven me to drink. So what better way to commemorate election night than this beer. It was given to me by my friends Fred and Heather...

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771. Hi-Wire Brewing – Bed of Nails Brown Ale
May30

771. Hi-Wire Brewing – Bed of Nails Brown Ale

Today has been a pretty good day… Yesterday was the kids last day of school, so my wife and I took off work to hang out with the kids. This morning, one of our neighbors invited several families over for donuts and a walk around the neighborhood, which was a lot of fun. I then worked on the house and we picked out new hardwood floors. After the kids fell asleep watching tv, I decided to have a beer. This is one of the beers my...

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735. Bur Oak Brewing – Boone County Brown
Oct04

735. Bur Oak Brewing – Boone County Brown

My family and I are at the Lake of the Ozarks in central/southern Missouri with the rest of my family to help my grandparents celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary.  It was great seeing my whole family, as well as my grandparents. While waiting for dinner, I ordered a local beer. I’d heard of Bur Oak Brewing during my last trip to Columbia, MO, when I had their Trail Bender Wheat. And since I used to live in Boone County when...

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726. Ale Asylum – Madtown Nutbrown
Sep03

726. Ale Asylum – Madtown Nutbrown

I’m winding down my last few days at work, so my days haven’t been too bad. Tonight, we took the kids out to dinner. When we got home, it was such an awesome night outside, I decided to grab a beer out of the fridge, sit on the deck, and do a beer review. I picked up this beer on one of our trips up to Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, when we stopped at a gas station in Wisconsin Dells. There’s no “Best enjoyed...

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720. Mankato Brewery – Leaf Raker Nut Brown Ale
Aug22

720. Mankato Brewery – Leaf Raker Nut Brown Ale

It’s a Friday night, and I got home from work and fell asleep. Since it’s already kind of late, we ordered a pizza and decided to watch some TV. While waiting for the pizza guy, I thought I’d crack open a beer for a review. I picked this one up last fall when we were up in Minnesota for a family event. It was part of a Mankato Brewery variety pack. Location: Poured into a curved pint glass at my home in Bloomington,...

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697. Tyranena Brewing – Rocky’s Revenge Bourbon Brown
May15

697. Tyranena Brewing – Rocky’s Revenge Bourbon Brown

My wife and I are up in Rochester, MN this evening because I have a checkup at Mayo Clinic. It’s been a little over a year since my heart surgery, and we’re here to see if my heart is shrinking back to normal size. Tonight, we went back to The Loop, a restaurant we hit the night before my surgery last year, because I remembered they had good food and a pretty good local tap list. I’d never heard of Tyranena Brewing...

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679. Olde Hickory Brewery – Daniel Boone Ale aged in Oak Barrels
Mar01

679. Olde Hickory Brewery – Daniel Boone Ale aged in Oak Barrels

It’s been a long, tough day, cleaning, prepping the house, and meeting with our realtor. But today, we now have a for sale sign in our yard. We’re nervous as hell about moving, and to take the edge off, I decided to open up this big beer. This is another beer my sister brought me from her trip to Asheville, NC. It had a price tag of $8 on it. The label is a bit cheesy, but I hope you can’t judge this beer by its...

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661. Pennsylvania Brewing Co. – Nut Roll Ale Winter Ale
Jan23

661. Pennsylvania Brewing Co. – Nut Roll Ale Winter Ale

I just finished dinner, along with a great dessert my wife made with crescent rolls and marshmellows. I’ve got several beer reviews to catch up on from our Tales, Taverns & Towns tour of Chicago last weekend, but I didn’t want that to stop me from enjoying one tonight. This beer was given to me by my sister and dad, from their trip to Pittsburgh a while ago. I’ve been waiting to enjoy this until the holidays, and...

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646. Mother’s Brewing Co. – Three Blind Mice
Dec31

646. Mother’s Brewing Co. – Three Blind Mice

It’s New Years Eve and I took the day off work to stay home with the kids. I picked up this beer a few months ago when we when to St. Louis to visit my dad. I hadn’t heard of the brewery before buying this beer, but they seem pretty active on social media. I still haven’t really seen this beer outside of St. Louis. The bottle says, “Three Blind Mice is inspired by our favorite qualities from English brown ales,...

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605. SweetWater Brewing – Georgia Brown
Sep20

605. SweetWater Brewing – Georgia Brown

We’re on vacation and on our way to Disney World. Today, we left central IL and drove to Atlanta to visit (and stay with) my friend Joe and his family. Like a great host, Joe immediately offered me a beer after arriving from a 10 hour drive. I happily took this local beer to add to the list. Location: Poured from the bottle into a Mizzou pint glass at Joe’s home in Atlanta, GA. Numbers: 5% ABV, 24 IBUs, ~ 160 Calories...

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600. Bell’s Brewery – Best Brown Ale
Sep03

600. Bell’s Brewery – Best Brown Ale

Today was a very long day at work, and I really needed to relax this evening. We had some Chinese food for dinner, and it was a cool evening. So after dinner, I opened the windows, sat down at the table and cracked open this beer. I just really wanted to sit down and relax, and this beer sounded good. So, somewhat unceremoniously, I enjoyed this one as my 600th beer. It’s been in the beer fridge for about a year, and is...

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587. Surly Brewing Co. – Bender Beer
Aug02

587. Surly Brewing Co. – Bender Beer

As I’ve mentioned before a couple times, I had heart surgery at the end of March. I had the surgery done at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. I had to go back up there last weekend for a check up, and I was able to convince my wife to let me stop at a liquor store and pick up some local beer (both in Minnesota and Wisconsin!). I had heard a lot about Surly, and knew that they had their roots in homebrewing. They had several...

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585. Bad Weather Brewing – Ominous
Jul29

585. Bad Weather Brewing – Ominous

I’m up at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN for a checkup on my heart, and we took a break for lunch. We found a place down the street called McGoon’s Taxi Co. Restaurant and Pub and had some lunch. I was happy to see they had a local craft beer on tap, so I had to give it a try. Location: On tap and served in a regular pint glass with a Minnesota Twins logo at McGoons Taxi Co. Restaurant and Pub. Numbers: 7.5% ABV, 40 IBUs,...

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563. Illinois Brewing Co. – Big Beaver Brown Ale
Mar24

563. Illinois Brewing Co. – Big Beaver Brown Ale

As I mentioned in my last post, when I reviewed Illinois Brewing Co.’ s Big John Barley Wine, I’m at Illinois Brewing Co. today brewing a batch on their system for our homebrew club’s barrel project. We finally finished up our brew, and while the snow is really coming down outside, we sat at the bar and enjoyed a beer inside. Behind the barleywine, this was the next most interesting for me on their house tap list....

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514. Abita Brewing Co – Turbodog
Jan03

514. Abita Brewing Co – Turbodog

I’m still going through the beer fridge, trying to thin it out a bit. I’ve found several beers which were hiding and have been in there for a while. I remember picking up this beer, along with several others in a mixed 6 pack, during my trip to New Orleans a year ago (at the time I visited Crescent City Brewery in the French Quarter and had the Abita Amber on my way out of town). Location: Poured into a Stella Artois...

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511. The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery – Brown Ale
Dec31

511. The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery – Brown Ale

This is another beer that was sent to me from my sister’s friend.  You’ve recently seen that I found several North Carolina beers in the fridge that have been there for a bit – Duck Rabbit Milk Stout, Highland Kashmir IPA, Big Boss Bad Penny Brown Ale, and Highland Gaelic Ale.  I figure I’d better make my way through these beers soon, and today has been a relaxing day when I could plow through a few of them....

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509. Big Boss Brewing Co – Bad Penny Brown Ale
Dec31

509. Big Boss Brewing Co – Bad Penny Brown Ale

If you’ve seen my last few posts, you know I found several beers in the corner of the beer fridge that were given to me by my sister’s friend. They all appear to be about a year and a half old, so I thought I’d go ahead and make my way through them as soon as possible. Several of the beers appear to be from breweries in North Carolina, including this one. This beer appears to be a bit older than the others, as it was...

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508. Real Ale Brewing Co – Brewhouse Brown Ale
Dec30

508. Real Ale Brewing Co – Brewhouse Brown Ale

After finding a couple of beers in the beer fridge that had 2011 dates on them, I thought I’d investigate further.  It turns out I have a corner of the fridge with some older beers, so I’m going to start digging into them.  I found this one, which was marked 6.21.11, that I remember picking up as part of a mixed pack of Real Ale beers I got on a business trip to Texas.  At the time, I reviewed the Real Ale Rio Blanco Pale...

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494. Firestone Walker/Nectar Ales – Humboldt Brown Ale
Oct29

494. Firestone Walker/Nectar Ales – Humboldt Brown Ale

It’s been a heckuva day, and I’ve already had one of my own homebrewed Bourbon barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout. So, I reached into the beer fridge and decided to drink the first thing I grabbed. I believe I pick this one up a few months ago at the liquor store in a mix a 6-pack.  The bottle says, “Ale Brewed with Hemp” Location: Poured into a tulip shaped pint glass from the bottle at my home in Bloomington,...

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