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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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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845. Mother Bunch Brewing – Imperial Hoppymoto IPA
Feb04

845. Mother Bunch Brewing – Imperial Hoppymoto IPA

TGIF! It’s been a pretty busy week this week. We got a dog on Wednesday, so a lot of our time in the evening has been occupied with him. With everything going on, my diet has not gone very good. So, since it’s Friday, I thought I just go ahead and have this big beer. After having the aged Full Sail Slipknot Imperial IPA yesterday, I figured I better finish as many of the IPAs I have in the fridge as I can. My sister gave...

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844. Full Sail Brewing – Slipknot Imperial IPA (2010)
Feb03

844. Full Sail Brewing – Slipknot Imperial IPA (2010)

I just got back from a work happy hour and had a couple of IPAs. When I got home, I had a craving for another IPA. I found this tucked away in a cabinet the other day. It was given to me by John Harris (now of Ecliptic Brewing) when I brewed with him in Portland, during my Cuisinternship. I visited the real Brewmaster’s reserve beer cooler and he sent me home with several beers, including this beer. Location: Poured into a...

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842. The Alchemist – Heady Topper
Jan22

842. The Alchemist – Heady Topper

It’s a fairly lazy Sunday afternoon. I’m sitting here editing family vacation videos, and the program I’m using decided to crash. So, especially since the new diet starts tomorrow, I thought I’d grab a very good beer out of the fridge. When my dad and sister asked me for a wish list of beers for Christmas, this beer was one of them at the top. I’ve heard quite a bit about this beer, and wanted to try it...

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839. Russian River – Pliney the Elder
Jan15

839. Russian River – Pliney the Elder

An ice storm has hit the midwest, and so we stayed home today and cleaned around the house. I thought I’d reward myself by cracking open this beer. My sister was in San Francisco a few weeks ago attending both a 49ers and Raiders game in her quest to attend an NFL game in every NFL stadium. She asked if there were any beers in the area I’d like and this was it. She managed to get 2 bottles of it for me! Huge thanks to my...

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814. New Glarus Brewing – Scream IIPA
Jul25

814. New Glarus Brewing – Scream IIPA

Last weekend my friend Steve convinced me to go with him up to New Glarus Brewing Company, so he could buy some of their Spotted Cow. A friend of his wants him to brew a clone of that beer for his wedding, and he’d never had it before. It was an awesome trip, and I bought a bunch of beer to bring back with me, including this one. I really enjoy their fruit beers, so I was curious to see what one of their IPAs would be like....

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809. Spiteful Brewing – Working for the Weekend Double IPA
Mar13

809. Spiteful Brewing – Working for the Weekend Double IPA

I’m doing SXSW again at home this year, and so, just like at SXSW, I’m having a few beers. I had a couple of Hop Slams at lunch, so I thought I’d have this with dinner. I picked up a four pack of this a few weeks ago during a work trip up to Chicago. The label has some interesting artwork, so along with the name, the fact that it’s a double IPA, and I really enjoyed their Spiteful IPA , I was looking forward to...

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792. Evil Twin Brewing – Molotov Cocktail Imperial IPA
Dec05

792. Evil Twin Brewing – Molotov Cocktail Imperial IPA

It’s been a pretty relaxing Friday night. We couldn’t really go out and do anything, since my son has been sick the last four days, and we needed to stay home tonight. I finished up my review of Dogfish Head Sixty-one, and I’m settling into watch a movie and do another review. I’d heard of Evil Twin Brewing, and was looking forward to trying it, but couldn’t find it anywhere near me. However, when I was...

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767. Oddside Ales – Paranoia Imperial India Pale Ale
May16

767. Oddside Ales – Paranoia Imperial India Pale Ale

It’s been a pretty decent Saturday afternoon. I got to sleep in a little bit, and then we went to the gym. I got a little work done around the house, before we had to go get pictures taken with my son’s baseball team. now I’m working on the house, and decided to take a break and have this beer. I picked it up last fall when my family and I took a trip up to Western Michigan. before we left town, I picked up several...

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765. Three Floyds Brewing – Dreadnaught Imperial IPA
Apr27

765. Three Floyds Brewing – Dreadnaught Imperial IPA

Things have been crazy busy lately with work and family. So, after rushing home from work and taking my son to soccer practice, and then coming home to mow the lawn, I decided to crack open this beer. I picked it up a few months ago during one of my many work trips up to Chicago. Whenever I find Three Floyds beers up there I snag them. This one says it was bottled on 7/3/2014, and like the last one, I didn’t want these big IPAs...

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764. Three Floyds Brewing – Apocalypse Cow
Apr12

764. Three Floyds Brewing – Apocalypse Cow

It’s been a productive weekend working around the house, and today I got out and mowed the lawn for the first time this year. I thought I’d reward myself with a beer, and it’s been a while since I’ve done a review, so I grabbed the biggest IPA I could find in the front of the beer fridge. I picked up this beer a few months ago when I was up in Chicago for work. Whenever I find Three Floyd’s beers up there...

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748. Natty Greene’s Brewing Co. – Cannonball Double IPA
Nov25

748. Natty Greene’s Brewing Co. – Cannonball Double IPA

It’s a couple days before Thanksgiving, and I had to pick up a huge turkey, because we’re having everyone over at our house for Thanksgiving. In order to make room in the refrigerator, I needed to clear out a few beers. So, I thought I’d sit down and enjoy this one I stuck in the fridge a couple weeks ago. It’s from my sister’s trip to Asheville, North Carolina this past fall. I’ve never heard of...

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725. Three Floyds Brewing – Arctic Panzer Wolf Imperial IPA
Aug30

725. Three Floyds Brewing – Arctic Panzer Wolf Imperial IPA

It’s college football kickoff Saturday and my Mizzou Tigers are taking on the Jackrabbits of SD State. I sat down to watch the game and cracked open this beer, which I picked up a couple weeks ago during our trip up to Michigan. The ToGo line at Three Floyds was ridiculously long, since Zombie Dust had just come out that day. So, we stopped at a liquor Store just down the street from the brewery, and picked up a few Three...

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723. Olde Hickory Brewery – Death By Hops IPA
Aug27

723. Olde Hickory Brewery – Death By Hops IPA

Work has been slow, as I wrap up my last week or so until I start my new job. I got home tonight, and was very productive. I added a couple of motion sensors to our indoor light switches, because the kids always leave the lights on, and then I ended up mowing the lawn. So, after a productive evening, I thought I’d come in and crack open a beer. This is one of the many beers that my sister brought me back from her trip to...

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722. Sierra Nevada – Hoptimum Whole-Cone Imperial IPA
Aug26

722. Sierra Nevada – Hoptimum Whole-Cone Imperial IPA

Well, today I announced that I got a new job to some people at work. I start my new job in about two weeks and an really looking forward to the new adventure. After cleaning up the kitchen tonight after dinner, I decided to sit down and do a beer review. I don’t remember exactly where I got this beer, but I put it in the fridge a couple months ago with the intention of drinking it soon. I’m glad I finally got around to it....

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719. Founders Brewing – Dissenter Imperial IPL 2014
Aug20

719. Founders Brewing – Dissenter Imperial IPL 2014

I’m at Fat Jack’s in Bloomington, IL tonight for a meeting about our homebrew club’s For What it’s Wort competition. I was looking at the beer list, and hadn’t heard of this beer from Founders Brewing. They make some pretty good beers, so I didn’t think it was much of a risk to give this one a try. Some quick research on my phone told me it’s a hoppy, flavorful lager, so I was eager to give it...

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718. Greenbush Brewing – Remnant of Dragon
Aug08

718. Greenbush Brewing – Remnant of Dragon

We’re in St. Joseph, Michigan for an extended weekend, and looked around to see what breweries might be in the area. We discovered that Greenbush Brewing was just a short drive away, and the menu looked pretty good, so we thought we’d try it for dinner. We spent most of the day at Silver Beach, so the kids were worn out and didn’t appreciate the hour-long wait to get in. They were a bit crabby, so I was happy to...

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712. 3 Floyds Brewing Co. – War Mullet Double IPA
Aug07

712. 3 Floyds Brewing Co. – War Mullet Double IPA

We aren’t able to take a long vacation this year, so we’re taking a long weekend trip up to the Michigan coast. On our way up, we stopped at Three Floyds Brewing to have lunch, since I’d never been there. It turned out that Zombie Dust came out today, so there’s a long line outside for Take Out beers. The kids and my wife weren’t thrilled with the loud punk music, but we sat down for lunch and ordered...

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662. Revolution Brewing – Double Fist Double Pale Ale
Jan26

662. Revolution Brewing – Double Fist Double Pale Ale

It’s been a fairly relaxing weekend, cleaning up around the house and catching up on reviews from last weekend when we did a small tavern tour of Chicago. After working on some of those reviews, I had a craving for a beer. I picked up this one on a work trip to Chicago this past fall, when I was looking for local brews. I’ve heard good things about Revolution, so I was looking forward to trying their double IPA. I also put...

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